Who would have predicted that: Ramnaresh Sarwan 120* strokes career-best ODI score in masterful chase
In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
West Indian batting maestro Ramnaresh Sarwan took as many as 28 ODIs to bring up his maiden ODI century. But, once he opened his account, the Guyana-born remained consistent for a long span, adding 4 more ODI tons to his tally.
Zimbabwe 273/8 (50 overs) - Craig Ervine 80 (85), Hamilton Masakadza 60 (84); Dwayne Bravo 6/43 (10), Sunil Narine 1/55 (10)
West Indies 274/3 (49 overs) - Ramnaresh Sarwan* 120 (143), Kieran Powell 57 (81); Hamilton Masakadza 2/27 (7), Natsai M'shangwe 0/47 (10)
Result - West Indies won by 7 wickets
After losing the first match of the ODI series on their tour of West Indies in 2013, Zimbabwe made 273 in the second ODI on the back of half-centuries from Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda.
This was their highest total against West Indies in away matches. The visitors thus offered something to their bowlers to fight.
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Chamu Chibhabha, 11.1 ov), 2-76 (Vusi Sibanda, 18.2 ov), 3-76 (Brendan Taylor, 18.4 ov), 4-186 (Hamilton Masakadza, 40.3 ov), 5-232 (Malcolm Waller, 44.6 ov), 6-241 (Craig Ervine, 45.4 ov), 7-268 (Regis Chakabva, 49.1 ov), 8-271 (Kyle Jarvis, 49.5 ov)
The Zimbabwe bowlers did try their best and built pressure but Ramnaresh Sarwan, opening the batting for West Indies, remained unbeaten for 120 off 143 deliveries and guided them through the chase masterfully. The batsman played an almost flawless innings apart from a run-out when on 53 off a direct hit.
But, the umpire did not refer it upstairs. At that point, West Indies needed 151 from 20 overs. The result could have been different had Sarwan been dismissed.
The batsman added 111 runs with Kieran Powell but he had just managed one boundary in the middle overs till the onset of the batting powerplay. He was batting on 68 off 103 deliveries, having gone 80 balls without scoring a boundary.
Sarwan broke the shackles with a crisp boundary through covers and pounded 32 runs off his next 15 deliveries. The batsman ended with 9 fours and 2 sixes to take the team to a 7-wicket victory, with an over to spare.
Fall of wickets: 1-111 (Kieran Powell, 25.4 ov), 2-111 (Darren Bravo, 25.6 ov), 3-219 (Narsingh Deonarine, 43.2 ov)
West Indies - Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo (c), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Tino Best
Zimbabwe - Vusi Sibanda, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (c & wk), Craig Ervine, Malcolm Waller, Regis Chakabva, Prosper Utseya, Kyle Jarvis, Natsai Mushangwe, Tendai Chatara
Match: WI v ZIM, 2nd ODI, Zimbabwe tour of West Indies 2013
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
Umpires: Johanes Cloete, Peter Nero
Third Umpire: Ian Gould
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath
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