1st ODI, Providence, Mar 4 2010, Zimbabwe tour of West Indies
(50 ov, target 255)252/9
Zimbabwe won by 2 runs
player of the match
Vusi Sibanda
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• The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Zimbabwe hold nerve for two-run win

A solid Zimbabwean batting effort, led by a watchful Vusi Sibanda and an innovative Tatenda Taibu, was backed up by their slow-bowling armada

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Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe254/5(50 overs)
West Indies252/9(50 overs)
end of over 5012 runs • 2 wickets
WI: 252/9CRR: 5.04 
Kemar Roach1 (1)
Nikita Miller12 (4)
Shingi Masakadza 3-0-36-3
Elton Chigumbura 5-0-32-2

Time for the presentation then. Very glum face put up by Chris Gayle. "Well done to Zimbabwe. The way they batted, ran between the wickets, they did really well. Terrible display of batting out there in the end from us. If we continue like this, Zimbabwe could beat us 5-0 as well ... It's the mental fitness that really counts in these moments." Harsh words from the man who predicted 4-1 to the Windies, in Australia. "We have been in this situation, we can still rebound."

Prosper Utseya is a happy man. His team has indeed prospered on this tour. "It was a good team effort. We are a still young side and need to learn. Masakadza (jnr) managed to hold his cool under pressure, I am happy with his effort. West Indies is still a good side and we respect them."

Man of the match - Vusi Sibanda for that fighting, gut-wrenching, but in the end, extremely crucial 95. "I thought the West Indies bowled really well early on. I took my time. I thought our score was good, but Chris Gayle gave them a good start."

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Zimbabwe win by 2 runs! A fantastic result for the visitors who are enjoying this tour every bit. They held their nerve very well, especially in the key moments. Chigumbura and Shingirai who made superb comebacks in the last two overs epitomise Zimbabwe's effort. Chigumbura pulled it back after bowling a horrendous wide, taking out Chanderpaul. And then, Shingirai Masakadza, on ODI debut mind you, came back after conceding ten runs in the first two balls to hit the perfect lengths. A thoroughly deserved win, with every single member contributing at some point. Good on yer Zimbabwe!

A real heart-break for West Indies - they made a fist of a tough chase in difficult conditions. Chanderpaul took them through the toughest times and it looked like they would seal it in the end overs, but they failed to hold their nerve. Smith's shot was totally uncalled for in the last over - they could have done it with ones and twos. And why Benn and Miller did not cross over when the ball was in the air is a question that will haunt them for a while. Miller was hitting it well and should have been facing the last ball, not Roach.

Masakadza to Roach, 1 run

another inch perfect yorker and he seals the deal in style! Take a bow Masakadza junior! Keeps it on legstump, very full and No. 11 Roach could not do more than squeeze a single to the leg side.

Masakadza to Benn, OUT

Big Benn falls! Cremer holds on to a steepler and West Indies are succumbing to pressure! Benn goes for an almighty hoick over midwicket and hits it really high. Cremer runs in a long way from the deep midwicket fence and takes it millimetres off the ground. Super catch! 4 off 1, and the batsmen did not cross over, would you believe it!

Sulieman Benn c Cremer b SW Masakadza 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Masakadza to Smith, OUT

and he botches it up! Great ball under pressure from the debutant, but in the circumstances a really ordinary shot from Smith, who looks to hit the straight ball across the line. He misses and the stumps are rearranged. Benn walks out to the middle. 4 off 2!

Dwayne Smith b SW Masakadza 4 (11m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80
Masakadza to Miller, 1 run

gets good hold of that one, but hits it straight to deep cover. Strike to Smith.

Masakadza to Miller, FOUR runs

slasher! wide outside off and he throws the kitchen-sink at it, flies towards the vacant third man fence. Miller's the man!

Masakadza to Miller, SIX runs

Well, Miller has other plans! Picks up the length ball on leg stump and whacks it over midwicket for six. Stay at the other end, Smith! 9 required off 5!

15 required off the last over. Miller needs to cross over (Miller's crossing?) and give it to Smith. The momentum has swung wildly in the last 20 minutes or so, like a Waqar Younis yorker!

end of over 497 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 240/7CRR: 4.89 RRR: 15
Dwayne Smith4 (4)
Nikita Miller1 (1)
Elton Chigumbura 5-0-32-2
Shingi Masakadza 2-0-24-1
Chigumbura to Smith, FOUR runs

its the latter! Marginally fuller and down the leg and that's all the help Smith needs to free his hands. He deposits it behind square for a crucial boundary. Great shot under pressure.

Chigumbura to Miller, 1 run

another yorker, and Miller manages to squirt it to the offside for a run. Smith has strike. Will he look to keep it, or go for broke?

Nikita Miller walks out to the pressure. Zimbabwe are favourites here.

Chigumbura to Ramdin, OUT

He's a goner! Superb bowling here, keeps it straight and simple. Ramdin goes for an almighty heave through the covers and makes contact with thin air. Timber is struck and he'll have to go back.

Denesh Ramdin b Chigumbura 8 (30m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Chigumbura to Smith, 1 leg bye

full, tailing down leg and they pick a leg bye

Chigumbura to Smith, no run

great line again, does not hit the yorker length but its good enough. Superb re-adjustment of radar after that wide.

Chigumbura to Smith, no run

super comeback! Full yorker and more importantly follows the batsman as he tries to make room. Dot ball!

Chigumbura to Smith, 1 wide

rubbish ball, loses the plot and fires it well wide of leg stump.

22 off 12. Chanders' wicket puts Zimbabwe back in the driver's seat, but Dwayne Smith can whack it around.

end of over 4810 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 233/6CRR: 4.85 RRR: 11
Denesh Ramdin8 (15)
Dwayne Smith0 (0)
Shingi Masakadza 2-0-24-1
Elton Chigumbura 4-0-26-1
Masakadza to Ramdin, no run

swing and a miss! Short of a length outside off, and misses the attempted pull

Masakadza to Chanderpaul, OUT

BIG wicket! Chanderpaul is gone and this game is far from over. Picks the length ball and times it beautifully, probably too beautifully, it carries to Chigumbura at long off, who is standing a few paces in, but holds his nerve and more importantly, holds the catch.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul c Chigumbura b SW Masakadza 70 (109m 70b 4x4 1x6) SR: 100
Masakadza to Chanderpaul, 2 runs

hit very hard to short midwicket and the ball explodes through the fielder. Two runs. 22 from 14!

Masakadza to Chanderpaul, 2 runs

goes over the offside this time. Short of a length on offstump, and Chanders goes down on a knee and whacks it to deep extra cover

Masakadza to Chanderpaul, FOUR runs

Chanderpaul, take a bow! He hops outside off and manufactures a shot out of nowhere. Shovels it over fine leg for another vital four. They are getting the thrust here.

Masakadza to Ramdin, 1 run

short and wide outside off and cut away towards point for a single.

Masakadza to Ramdin, 1 wide

Wide down the legside. The momentum is shifting, but West Indies need some more big ones.

Best performances - batters
Vusi Sibanda
V Sibanda ZIM
95 runs (162)
5 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
2 fours
1 six
Shiv Chanderpaul
S Chanderpaul WI
70 runs (70)
4 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
1 four
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Shingirai Masakadza
SW Masakadza ZIM
Kieron Pollard
KA Pollard WI
Match details
Providence Stadium, Guyana
TossZimbabwe, elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Vusi Sibanda
Vusi Sibanda
Series resultZimbabwe led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2967
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00, Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days4 March 2010 - day (50-over match)
ODI debut
Adrian Barath
Adrian Barath
Greg Lamb
Greg Lamb
Shingi Masakadza
Shingi Masakadza
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Clyde Duncan
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Norman Malcolm
Reserve Umpire
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Dhieranidranauth Somwaru
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama