Wednesday 10 March 2010 

Quicks Rout Zimbabwe After Chanderpaul Half-Century

Fast Men Rout Zimbabwe After Chanderpaul Half-Century
Fast Men Rout Zimbabwe After Chanderpaul Half-Century
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West Indies 245-9 (Chanderpaul 58) beat
Zimbabwe 104 (Sammy 4-26) by 141 runs
Third One-Day International, Saint Vincent

Shivnarine Chanderpaul stroked a half-century and fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy shared seven wickets as the West Indies thumped Zimbabwe by 141 runs in the third One-Day International in Saint Vincent.

After the West Indies made their way to 245 for nine, Zimbabwe lost their first wicket without scoring and proceeded to be bundled out for 104 in 31.5 overs.

Roach returned three for 28 and Sammy four for 26 as the West Indies produced a strong performance to go 2-1 up in the series with two games remaining.

Roach delivered a hostile early spell that was too good for Vusi Sibanda (0) who had his off-stump ripped from the pitch and the pacer returned later to dismiss Greg Lamb for seven and Elton Chigumbura for ten.

Sammy ended a second-wicket stand of 51 between Hamilton Masakadza (35) and Brendan Taylor (19) by removing both, also adding the scalps of Tatenda Taibu for one and Timycen Maruma for two as the West Indies took complete control of the contest.

Zimbabwe lost four wickets for seven runs to slip from 51 for one to 58 for five and despite some defiant batting from Graeme Cremer (6) and Prosper Utseya (13 not out), the game was over as a contest very early on in their innings.

Dwayne Bravo marked his 100th ODI by trapping Stuart Matsikenyeri in front for a golden duck and having Cremer caught by Nikita Miller to finish with two for 23 while Miller ended the game when Ray Price (4) drilled him to Chris Gayle at cover.

Their target of 246 represented a testing target at the Arnos Vale ground in Kingstown, where the average score in a first innings is 210, and the West Indies were earlier grateful Chanderpaul's efforts in setting their innings up for a late charge.

He faced 76 balls for his 58 runs before he was run out one ball after a 65-run partnership between the left-hander and Denesh Ramdin had been broken when Ramdin chipped Maruma to Utseya for 19.

After Utseya invited the West Indies to bat, Gayle (33) and Adrian Barath (35) made a steady start to the innings, although Gayle in steady mode still managed to smack three fours and a six.

Utseya dismissed both but after the Chanderpaul-Ramdin partnership had been broken, some lusty hitting from Narsingh Deonarine (21), Dwayne Bravo (24), Kieron Pollard (17 in 11 balls) and Ravi Rampaul (14 in four balls) put the West Indies into a strong position.

Sammy was unbeaten on seven as the West Indies added 92 runs in the final nine overs of their innings.

Chigumbura's tidy opening spell went wicketless but he returned to pick up two for 43 by dismissing Bravo and Nikita Miller (0) while Utseya returned two for 47.

© Cricket World 2010

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