West Indies heeded captain Brian Lara’s demand for improvement and completed a tidy 98-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second limited-overs International.
Zimbabwe were dismissed for 144 in 46.2 overs, chasing a victory target of 243.
Chris Gayle secured the win when he had Tawanda Mupariwa caught at deep backward square leg for 16 to give the West Indies a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series, after they won Saturday’s opener by five wickets at the same venue. Lara had called on his team, particularly the new-ball bowlers Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards, to show a drastic improvement on their performance from Saturday and they responded.
Zimbabwe never recovered from the nightmare of losing their first three wickets – all to Taylor – for 11 runs inside the first six overs yesterday.
Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with a career-best 4-24 from his allotment of 10 overs to earn the Man of the Match award for the second straight day.
Justice Chibhabha, playing in only his third ODI, was again the rock upon which Zimbabwe built their total. The 19-year-old hit the top score of 67 from 100 balls which contained eight boundaries, and added 56 for the fourth wicket with Elton Chigumbura.
Earlier, West Indies had mounted a late charge to reach 242 for nine from their 50 overs, after purposeful bowling from the Zimbabweans had kept a tight rein on their batsmen. Ramnaresh Sarwan hit three fours and two sixes in the top score of 55.
Brief scores: West Indies 242 for 9 (Ramnaresh Sarwan 55, Chris Gayle 49, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 46, Mupariwa 3-46) beat Zimbabwe 144 (Elton Chibhabha 67, Jerome Taylor 4-21)