Series review

Zimbabwe v West Indies 2007-08

ESPNcricinfo staff

One-day internationals (5): Zimbabwe 1, West Indies 3

West Indies started their tour of southern Africa with what was supposed to be a gentle workout against Zimbabwe, but received a jolt when they lost the first game, with the middle order showing a lack of urgency. Things returned to the script after that, West Indies sealing the series with three emphatic victories before the final match was washed out.

They moved on to South Africa happy that several of their players had worked themselves into form: Runako Morton, one of the villains of the first-match go-slow, ended as the leading run-scorer with 250, while Jerome Taylor led the wicket-takers with 11.

For once there was also some good news for Zimbabwe, who benefited from the more positive approach of their new coach, Robin Brown. Victory in the first match came through an impressive team effort, while in the fourth game Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza set a new national first-wicket record with a stand of 167. There was also a welcome return for left-arm spinner Ray Price, back after falling out with the Zimbabwe board and trying his luck with Worcestershire: although he only took one wicket, he went for less than four an over in his first internationals for more than three years.

Match reports for

Kenya v West Indies at Benoni, Sep 8, 2007
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New Zealand v West Indies at Benoni, Sep 9, 2007
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1st Match, Group A: South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, Sep 11, 2007
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5th Match, Group A: Bangladesh v West Indies at Johannesburg, Sep 13, 2007
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1st ODI: Zimbabwe v West Indies at Harare, Nov 30, 2007
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2nd ODI: Zimbabwe v West Indies at Harare, Dec 2, 2007
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3rd ODI: Zimbabwe v West Indies at Harare, Dec 4, 2007
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4th ODI: Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, Dec 7, 2007
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5th ODI: Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, Dec 9, 2007
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Tour Match: Makhaya Ntini Invitation XI v West Indians at East London, Dec 14, 2007
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1st T20I: South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Dec 16, 2007
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Tour Match: South Africa A v West Indians at East London, Dec 19-21, 2007
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1st Test: South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Dec 26-29, 2007
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2nd Test: South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, Jan 2-5, 2008
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3rd Test: South Africa v West Indies at Durban, Jan 10-12, 2008
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2nd T20I: South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, Jan 18, 2008
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1st ODI: South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, Jan 20, 2008
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2nd ODI: South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, Jan 25, 2008
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3rd ODI: South Africa v West Indies at Port Elizabeth, Jan 27, 2008
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4th ODI: South Africa v West Indies at Durban, Feb 1, 2008
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5th ODI: South Africa v West Indies at Johannesburg, Feb 3, 2008
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