Left-hander Darren Bravo struck an unbeaten 72 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. Bravos 103-ball knock guided the host to 215-5 off 46.2 overs as they chased Zimbabwes 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 capitalise 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 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 Zimbabwes 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. But Chibhabha counterattacked toward the end to give the innings some respectability. (AFP)
Brief scores:Zimbabwe 211/9 in 50 overs (C Chibhabha 48 n.o,V Sibanda 41,V Permaul 3/40,T Best 2/38) lost to West Indies 215/5 in 46.3 overs (DM Bravo 72 n.o,K Powell 42,T Mutombodzi 2/35,H Masakadza 1/38) by 5 wickets