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West Indies vs Zimbabwe, 13th Match, Group D at Kingston, , Mar 19 2007 - Ball by Ball Commentary

RESULT
13th Match, Group D, Kingston, March 19, 2007, ICC World Cup
(47.5/50 ov, T:203) 204/4

West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
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sean-williams
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WI
Full commentary

West Indies win this match at last - and are into the Super Eights - with a victory that was inevitable as soon as they Zimbabwe three down really early on. What was surprising was the hard work they made of the victory in the end, Zimbabwe just about making it over 200 and then West Indies taking their time to get to their victory which was, at least, always expected. "It's good to get it over with," says Chris Gayle after the match, who chuckles when asked if he had Herschelle Gibbs's six sixes in mind as he sent the first three balls of one over into orbit.

Thanks for joining us today and do come back tomorrow when Scotland will be taking on South Africa, while Kenya face New Zealand.

47.5
6
Chigumbura to Lara, SIX runs

great way to finish with a beautiful aerial drive over midwicket, these last two shots being a treat for the fans who, with the exception of Gayle, too, have had few moments of pure entertainment

47.4
4
Chigumbura to Lara, FOUR runs

lovely high backlift brought down like an inevitable guillotine with a lovely cover drive

47.3
Chigumbura to Lara, no run

straight up there and that's defended with a very straight bat

47.2
Chigumbura to Lara, no run

a sliver of width outside off and that's worked straight to the man at cover with one bounce

47.1
Chigumbura to Lara, no run

across Lara and he fends it down off the back foot

end of over 477 runs
WI: 194/4CRR: 4.12 RRR: 3.00
Dwayne Bravo37 (46b 3x4 2x6)
Brian Lara34 (63b 1x4)
Chris Mpofu 9-1-34-1
Elton Chigumbura 9-0-35-1

West Indies verging on the win, but the batting hasn't been that brilliant this innings, in truth

46.6
Mpofu to Dwayne Bravo, no run

oh, nearly gets his man there with a prod over the ball

46.5
4
Mpofu to Dwayne Bravo, FOUR runs

he was going to flash and he flashed hard - and that's a wild edge that flies behind, very fine, and the ball flies up and on its way to the boundary

46.4
1
Mpofu to Lara, 1 run

played to wide mid-on

46.3
2
Mpofu to Lara, 2 runs

wide of the man Sibanda at gully and Matsikenyeri does very well, once more, in the deep - he's fielded so well today

46.2
Mpofu to Lara, no run

another play and miss from Lara, slashing wildly with an airy cover drive, but undone by the lack of bounce on that occasion

46.1
Mpofu to Lara, no run

a tidy piece of fielding at backward point, taking the non-striker's stumps with a direct hit, but the batsman was well in

end of over 463 runs
WI: 187/4CRR: 4.06 RRR: 4.00
Dwayne Bravo33 (44b 2x4 2x6)
Brian Lara31 (59b 1x4)
Elton Chigumbura 9-0-35-1
Chris Mpofu 8-1-27-1

Earlier in the day, when Zimbabwe were 31 for 3, nobody was expecting that the game would be taken right towards the final overs - not in competitive terms, mind

45.6
Chigumbura to Dwayne Bravo, no run

comes forward and stands tall, defending that on the front foot

45.5
1
Chigumbura to Lara, 1 run

chopped down late to third man

45.4
Chigumbura to Lara, no run

defended tidily

45.3
1
Chigumbura to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run

dropped Oh no, how did he drop that? The crowd go wild as Bravo sends that high to third man and the ball just popped out of Gary Brent's hands as he hit the ground

45.2
1lb
Chigumbura to Lara, 1 leg bye

swept off the legs behind square

45.1
Chigumbura to Lara, no run

slants that one ever-so-slightly across the lefthander, who jabs his bat down and it crashes off the under edge and onto the floor, safe

end of over 452 runs
WI: 184/4CRR: 4.08 RRR: 3.80
Dwayne Bravo32 (42b 2x4 2x6)
Brian Lara30 (55b 1x4)
Chris Mpofu 8-1-27-1
Elton Chigumbura 8-0-33-1
44.6
Mpofu to Dwayne Bravo, no run

angles in at the righthander and that's defended down into the covers

44.5
Mpofu to Dwayne Bravo, no run

short and hit clean off the back foot into the covers

44.4
1
Mpofu to Lara, 1 run

short and Lara throws his wrists into that one, crashing it out to the point boundary

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ICC World Cup

Super Eights
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS770142.400
SL752101.483
NZ752100.253
SA74380.313
ENG7346-0.394
WI7254-0.566
BAN7162-1.514
IRE7162-1.730
Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AUS33063.433
SA32142.403
NED3122-2.527
SCOT3030-3.793
Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
SL33063.493
BAN3214-1.523
IND31221.206
BER3030-4.345
Group C
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ33062.138
ENG32140.418
KENYA3122-1.194
CAN3030-1.389
Group D
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI33060.764
IRE3113-0.092
PAK31220.089
ZIM3021-0.886