Cricket / Windies Sweep Zimbabwe in ODI

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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada Left-hander Darren Bravo struck a composed, unbeaten 72 Tuesday as the West Indies cruised to a 3-0 clean sweep over Zimbabwe in their one-day cricket series with a five-wicket victory in the third and final match at the National Stadium.

Bravo’s 103-ball knock guided the host to 215-5 off 46.2 overs as it chased Zimbabwe’s modest total of 211-9 off 50 overs.

Opener Kieran Powell struck 42, while captain Dwayne Bravo contributed with 25 and wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin had 24 not out.

Tino Mutombodzi, in his first match, was the best of the Zimbabwean bowlers with 2-35 off 10 overs.

Earlier, Chamu Chibhabha topscored with an unbeaten 48 after Vusi Sibanda (41) and Brendan Taylor (39) failed to capitalize on good starts.

Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul took 3-40 in his first match of the series, while Tino Best (2-38) and Dwayne Bravo (2-58) also help limit the visitors.

Zimbabwe were kept in check after winning the toss for the third straight time in the series, and choosing to bat.

Tino Mawoyo, included in place of the ill Craig Ervine, fell for nine at 23-1 in the ninth over. The right-hander was lbw to Sunil Narine.

Zimbabwe fell to 30-2 a few overs later when Hamilton Masakadza lost his middle stump trying to hit Dwayne Bravo over the top.

Sibanda and Taylor revived the innings with a third wicket stand of 55 off 51 balls.
But both departed with a half century in sight to further derail Zimbabwe’s progress.
Sibanda was squared up by Tino Best and skewed a catch to mid-off. He struck three fours and a six off 60 balls.

When Taylor fell, chipping an off drive to extra cover off Permaul, it was 104-4 in the 25th over.

Permaul also accounted for Malcolm Waller (15), lbw to a straighter one, and Regis Chkabva (17), bowled by a similar delivery.
The teams now meet in a two-match Twenty20 International series in Antigua on Saturday and Sunday.

West Indies' Darren BravoCredit: Reuters