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West Indies win by 8 wickets

W Indies vs Zimbabwe

West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st T20: Lendl Simmons steers hosts to comfortable win

Lendl Simmons: Sealed a crushing victory with a six

Chris Mpofu: Took two wickets in a losing cause for Zimbabwe

World champions West Indies cantered to an eight-wicket win in the first of two Twenty20 internationals to be contested with Zimbabwe in Antigua.

After restricting the Zimbabweans to just 130-8 bowling first, West Indies eased past their target with 23 balls remaining thanks to an unbeaten half-century from Lendl Simmons (63 not out).

Simmons sealed victory in style at the start of the 17th over by launching Kyle Jarvis (0-39) for a towering six back down the ground, his sixth of a very entertaining 49-ball knock.

Malcolm Waller had earlier fallen one run short of a maiden half-century as Zimbabwe posted a modest total after winning the toss.

Waller and Craig Ervine put on 60 for the fourth wicket, a new Zimbabwean T20 record, after pace bowler Tino Best (3-18) had set the tone for West Indies by removing openers Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza.

Windies top-order duo Johnson Charles and Simmons quickly set about chasing down the target, sharing a 30-run partnership inside four overs.

Charles blasted a breezy 26 off 14 balls before falling to Chris Mpofu (2-14), who then claimed the wicket of Darren Bravo.

But Simmons looked in great touch, crashing six sixes to take the game away from Zimbabwe, the last of which sealing a commanding win.

The two teams will meet again at the same venue on Sunday.

Match Details

Date
2nd Mar 2013
Toss
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
Umpires
P J Nero and J S Wilson

w indies BATTING CARD

Batsman R
J. Charles lbw b Mpofu 26
Simmons not out 63
Bravo c C.J. Chibhabha b Mpofu 0
Bravo not out 38
Extras 4w 4
Total 16.1 Overs 131 - 2
Full Batting Card

zimbabwe BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Jarvis 3.1 0 39 0
Mpofu 4 0 14 2
T.C. Mutombodzi 2 0 20 0
Utseya 4 0 25 0
N. Mushangwe 3 0 33 0
Full Bowling Card