Chanderpaul Ton In Vain As Zimbabwe Open With Win
Zimbabwe 274-8 (Chibhabha 73, Matsikenyeri 51)
243-8 (Chanderpaul 127no, Morton 50, Chigumbura 3-25)
Zimbabwe won by 31 runs and lead the five-match series 1-0
Shivnarine Chanderpaul's eighth one-day international century wasn't enough as Zimbabwe beat the West Indies by 31 runs in the first match in Harare.
Elton Chigumbura, who earlier shared a stand of 89 with Stuart Matsikenyeri at the end of Zimbabwe's innings, removed both Chris Gayle (five) and Devon Smith (five) as West Indies' run chase didn't get off to a great start.
Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels (25) hit 55 for the third wicket before Samuels edged Hamilton Masakadza to Tatenda Taibu for a simple catch.
Chanderpaul then combined with Runako Morton, who scored 54 but the West Indies were always well behind the asking rate and he was left with too much to do as wickets tumbled as batsmen came in with no time to play themselves in and having to score too quickly too soon.
Earlier, Chigumbura (38) and Matsikenyeri (51) reignited Zimbabwe's innings after wickets from the West Indies had slowed their progress. The pair hit two sixes and four fours in a 41-minute stand that changed the complexion of the game after Justice Chibhabha's earlier half-century.
Openers Vusi Sibanda (14) and Brendan Taylor (27) were the first to fall, with Sibanda in particular unable to take advantage of the Power Play overs. He was caught behind off of Daren Powell while Taylor, who hit four fours in his innings, was run out by Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Dwayne Bravo then had Tatenda Taibu caught behind for ten before a half-century partnership between Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza prevented Zimbabwe from collapsing.
Chibhabha was trapped in front by Chris Gayle for 73 from 85 balls after failing to connect with a sweep shot before Gayle also picked up Masakadza, lbw for 36.
Chigumbura, Matsikenyeri, and Keith Dabengwa (nought) all fell within eight balls of each other near the close as Jerome Taylor, Bravo, and Chris Gayle all picked up two wickets.
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