Zimbabwe clinch last ball thriller over Windies

Published: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 13:45 [IST]
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Zimbabwe clinch last ball thriller over

Guyana: Zimbabwe followed up their historic Twenty20 win on Sunday by beating West Indies by two runs in a tense first one-day international in Guyana.

The victory gave Zimbabwe a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with the second match set for the same venue on Saturday.

West Indies, chasing 255 for victory, needed 15 off the final over with three wickets in hand but Masakadza bowled Dwayne Smith (4) and Sulieman Benn was caught at midwicket next ball.

Zimbabwe vs West Indies, First ODI - Scorecard

Opener Vusimuzi Sibanda had struck five fours and one six in 95 from 162 balls to be the cornerstone of Zimbabwe's 254 for five from their quota of 50 overs after they decided to bat.

With the hosts requiring four off the final ball, Masakadza bowled a yorker to Kemar Roach who could only pick up a single to give Zimbabwe a 1-0 lead in the five-match series,

The West Indies run chase got off to a good start with captain Chris Gayle (57) and Adrian Barath (50) striking up a 99-run opening partnership before four wickets fell for 66 runs.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul steadied the West Indies and put them within sight of victory with a quick-fire 70 before being caught off the bowling of Masakadza, younger brother of Zimbabwe opener Hamilton.

Zimbabwe's Vusi Sibanda fell five runs short of his century in 162-ball innings that included five fours and a six as the visitors reached 254 for five in their 50 overs.

Brief Score: Zimbabwe 254-5 (50 ovs) bt West Indies 252-9 (50 ovs) by 2 runs

Zimbabwe have never beaten West Indies in a bilateral ODI series.

The two sides also played three ODIs on March 10, 12, and 14 at the Arnos Vale Multiplex in St. Vincent.

The second ODI is in Guyana on Saturday.

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