West Indies canter to nine wicket victory

Published: Sunday, October 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:Chris Gayle smashed a 34-ball 41 to follow up his three-wicket haul earlier in the day as West Indies ran roughshod over minnows Zimbabwe scoring a nine-wicket victory with over 35 overs to spare in the ICC Champions Trophy qualifying match at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera here today.

After bundling out Zimbabwe for 85 in just over two hours and 30.1 overs, the West Indies openers came out all guns blazing especially Chris Gayle who smashed a 34-ball 41 to put his on the way to victory.

Lara came in after the fall of Gayle and scored and unbeaten 20-ball 24 with two fours and as many sixes as West Indies made 90 for one in just 14.1 overs.

Earlier, batting after winning the toss, Ziimbabwe put up another spineless batting performance folding up for 85 in just 30.1 overs with captain Prosper Utseya being the top scorer with 27 which included two boundaries in a stay of 41 balls.

Opener T V Mufambisi was the top scorer with 18 which he made with the help of two boundaries facing 31 balls.

This was the eighth time that the Zimbabweans have been dismissed for less than 100. They also registered a dubious record of scoring their lowest Champions Trophy total beating the previous 145 against hosts England in the last edition.

For the West Indies, Chris Gayle was the most successful bowler with three wickets for three runs, while Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Smith took two wickets each.


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