West Indies draw level with a facile win

Published: Monday, December 3, 2007, 1:30 [IST]
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Harare: West Indies put their shock first one-day international defeat by Zimbabwe behind them to beat the hosts by 110 runs and level the 5-match series 1-1 at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

The visitors scored a formidable 286-9 but captain Chris Gayle fell headlong with a leg injury going for a fast second run and was taken off by stretcher.

Zimbabwe, who won the toss and chose to field first, managed a hard working but ineffectual 176 all out in reply. Raul Lewis took three for 43 in 9.3 overs.

Gayle had scored 58 when he incurred a strained ligament to his right leg diving for the line.

It is not certain whether he will be able to play in the next match. Two days may not be enough time to repair a ligament problem.

Dwayne Bravo took over and 12th man Darren Sammy was conscripted to field.

Other significant run scorers for the tourists were Runako Morton, who added 79 in 94 balls to his 54 during the first match Friday. Marton is quickly making his mark on the tour and he now has eight ODI half-centuries.

Marlon Samuels sped to 43 in 42 balls, hitting three sixes. Also smashing three sixes during his short stay was Ravi Rampaul.

West Indies had lost Devon Smith early on, but it made no difference to their performance or their determination to succeed, even though Shivnarine Chanderpaul made an unusually low contribution of five runs.

Zimbabwe struggled to make any impression in their reply, scoring only 55 for five overs at little more than three an over. They were simply unable to break free of tight West Indies bowling.

More spirited efforts were evident lower down, but the home side had already lost the match very early in the afternoon.

The third encounter will be on this ground Tuesday, and West Indies now hold the upper hand.

The crowd then will be nowhere near the more than 10,000 spectators, a near record, who filled the stands here.


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