W Indies vs Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Win By 26 Runs
Awful start to Ottis Gibson's tenure as Windies coach but plenty of jubilation for the rejuvenated Zimbabwe set-up. Sammy and Benn' bolwing heroics are tossed out the windows, as as many as six Zimbo spin bowlers step up in celebration. Plenty of pride to go around for the struggling nation.
Over 20 S Masakadza 1-1wd-1-1-1-1-0
79-7 - Dropped! Long-off spills Ramdin but it doesn't really matter as the result is done and dusted with the boundary stopped. And that, as they say in the classics, is the ball game.
The Windies need 33 runs off six balls to avoid an upset. Fat chance that's going to happen.
Over 19 Chigumbura 0-4-1-0-1-1
73-7 - Can you believe it? A seamer into the attack. Not sure it's a wise move, as Ramdin welcomes pace through the air with four clubbed down the ground.
Over 18 Taylor 0-1-0-0-0-0
66-7 - Not one seamer in this innings, with Taylor the sixth spinner of the day. Wicket! Rampaul drives at a couple to no avail, surviving a stumping chance in the process. The Windies need 40 runs to win from 12 balls.
Over 17 Cremer 0-2-0-1-0-W
65-7 - Cremer completes his complement, with the Windies restricted to singles and a two when more than the odd boundary is the order of the day. Wicket! The departure of Sammy doesn't help their cause either, with the all-rounder beaten by flight, dancing down the track only to have the ball snipe through the gate and crash into the stumps. Next in is Rampaul.
Over 16 Lamb 1-W-1-1wd-1-1-1
62-6 - Wicket! Utseya lands an absolute blinder at midwicket, stopping Smith's slog-sweep dead in its tracks. Sensational catch on the dive to his right and next in is Sammy, hoping to add to his five-wicket haul earlier with a winning role with the bat.
Over 15 Matsikenyeri 6-1-1-1-1-0
56-5 - Matsikenyeri undoes all that Utseya, Price, Cremer and Lamb have strung together, offering Smith six heaved over midwicket with an ugly loosener. Windies need 50 runs off 30 balls to win from here on in.
Over 14 Lamb 1-1-0-0-0-0
46-5 - Ramdin insists on the cut shot but there is far too much turn on the go for him to get the stroke away. He'd be much better off looking too nudge runs through mid-on.
Over 13 Cremer 0-1-1-1-1-0
44-5 - High hopes form bowler and 'keeper, going up for an lbw shout that probably inolved a bit of bat and was pitched well outside the off-stump anyway.
Over 12 Lamb W-0-0-0-0-1
40-5 - Wicket! Dropped on 16 and then almost run out a couple of minutes later, Chanderpaul is all out of reprieve. Lamb beats him with an 'arm' ball of sorts, with some slight spin in striking the left-hander on the pads dead in front of off- and middle-stump. Up goes the finger, off goes the veteran and in comes Smith. Cremer still breathing a huge sigh of relief.
Over 11 Cremer 0-0-0-1-1-0
39-4 - Cremer turning it square, with the Windies forced to scamper singles. One such chance of the arm almost brings the demise of Chanderpaul, who beats the direct-hit by a whisker or three.
Over 10 Lamb 2-0-1-0-1wd-0-1
37-4 - More spin, that of Lamb's right-arm variety. He so very nearly strikes with an opening loosener, as Chanderpaul top edges a full toss to long-on. Dropped! It hangs under Cremer for ages, only to spill from the plighted fielder's hands. That could have been a killer blow for the Windies. Plenty of turn for Lamb. Too much in fact, as a wide spins down the leg-side. The Zimbos were 30 for four at this stage of their knock.
Over 9 Cremer 1-1wd-W-W-0-0-0
32-4 - Leg-spin into the attack, which is effectively off-spin to left-armer Chanderpaul, who nurdles a single through square-leg. Cremer will prefer angling the ball away from right-handed Pollard. Wicket! The IPL recruit and Windies big-hitter fancies a fat, early dip, missing his attempted drive over the bowler's head to have his stumps cleaned up. Silly shot, with the Windies in a spot of bother in pursuit of a modest target now. Bravo comes to the crease, pivots to swipe across the line first ball up and pays the price. Wicket! He is struck on the pads dead in front and up goes the finger immediately. Next in is Ramdin, in need of a captain's knock of note. The wrong'un almost proves too much for Gayle's fill-in to handle, but he gets his bat down in time.
Over 8 Price 0-4wd-0-0-1-0-1
30-2 - Price's mid-stride hop and a skip flummoxes only himself, as unwelcome (for Zimbabwe) wides slip down the leg-side. Price's four-over complement is done for the day.
Over 7 Utseya 0-2-0-1-0-W
24-2 - Plenty of flight from the spinner, but Shiv won't be attempted to go over the top of cover. Lamb fluffs his second error of the day, offering the left-hander two through square-leg that should've been just one. Wicket! Fletcher reckons he has an early six, but it turns out that his hefty slog-sweep can't carry the fence as the midwicket fielder welcomes a simple catch. Next in is Pollard.
Over 6 Price 0-0-0-1-0-W
21-1 - The ball grips and turns, as Chanderpaul almost plugs a return catch to Price, but the ball drops short. Then, out comes the reverse-sweep to no avail as the stalwart West Indian feels the pressure a touch. Wicket! The pressure tolls on Barath though, as the young right-hander dances down the track, misses his attempted loft drive and has his stumps cleaned up. Taibu would have had plenty of time to orchestrate the stumping, anway. Next in is Fletcher.
Over 5 Utseya 0-1-0-1wd-0-1-0
20-0 - Chanderpaul pads up but there is no way this side of the equator the umpire is going to give out a delivery that pitched outside the off-stump and was certainly not sliding in.
Over 4 Price 0-4-1-0-4-2
17-0 - Barath welcomes a touch too much width from Price, lacing four through point and following that up with a single skewed to deep square-leg on the hack. Chanderpaul matches his batting partner's boundary, scooping four more over the on-side.
Over 3 Utseya 0-0-0-2-0-0
6-0 - Chanderpaul eventually finds some handy placement beyond mid-off for two, with plenty of close-in fielders raising the pressure levels. Taibu is as quick as a flash behind the stumps, whipping off the bails in the wake of Chanderpaul's missed sweep and foot dragged outside the crease. Televsion upon television replay play out, revealing the Windies star has scratched his foot back at the last milli-second.
- 28th Feb 2010
- C R Duncan and N A Malcolm
w indies BATTING CARD
|Chanderpaul||lbw b Lamb||20|
|Fletcher||c Masakadza b Utseya||0|
|Bravo||lbw b Cremer||0|
|Smith||c Utseya b Lamb||12|
|Total||Close, 20.0 Overs||79 - 7|