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West Indies vs Zimbabwe, Ahmedabad

Ruthless Windies thrash Zimbabwe

Chris Gayle starred with ball and bat as holders West Indies began their ICC Champions Trophy qualifying campaign with a nine-wicket win over Zimbabwe. Skipper Prosper Utseya (27) was one of only three Zimbabweans to make double figures as they were shot out for 85. Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Smith took two wickets and Gayle 3-3, before surviving two dropped chances to hit a rapid 41.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brian Lara eased them home off only 14.2 overs - and before the scheduled dinner break. They were on top as soon as Ian Bradshaw and Taylor nipped the ball back in to bowl Justice Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza.
Champions Trophy, qualifying round, Ahmedabad: West Indies 90-1 (14.2 overs) bt Zimbabwe 85 (30.1 overs) by nine wickets

Lara to play in India after 10 years; West Indies not taking Zimbabwe lightly

West Indies captain Brian Lara, who is playing in India after almost 10 years, said his team would not take depleted Zimbabwe lightly in Sunday's ICC Champions Trophy qualifier. Defending champions West Indies and Sri Lanka are expected to advance to the main rounds from the four-team qualifiers which also involve Bangladesh.
Although Lara has played 128 Tests and 275 one-day internationals, the last time he was in action in an ODI in India was in the 1996 World Cup semi-final, against Australia at Mohali. The last time he played a Test in India was in December 1994, at Chandigarh. Since Lara took over as captain for a third term in April, the West Indies routed Zimbabwe 5-0 and stunned India 4-1 at home, before edging out the Indians to reach the Malaysian tri-series final last month. Zimbabwe were routed 3-0 by South Africa in a recent ODI series, but a 3-2 victory in a preceding home series against Bangladesh offers hope of winning at least one match against an established side.

Zimbabwe ready to take on Windies

Zimbabwe will hope to take a few lessons from batting great Brian Lara when they clash with his West Indian team in a Champions Trophy qualifying match here on Sunday.
Zimbabwean cricket is attempting to rebuild after being battered and bruised by political turmoil at home that forced top stars like Andy Flower, Heath Streak and Tatenda Taibu to quit the country. Zimbabwe, now coached by former international Kevin Curran and captained by 21-year-old Prosper Utseya, will cause a major upset if they progress beyond the qualifying round also featuring Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The top two teams in the round-robin qualifier will join world champions Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, England and New Zealand in the main tournament that begins on October 15. Since Lara took over as captain for a third term in April, the West Indies routed Zimbabwe 5-0 and stunned India 4-1 at home, before edging out the Indians to reach the Malaysian tri-series final last month. West Indies Team (from): Brian Lara (Captain), Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels, Wavell Hinds.
Zimbabwe Team (from): Prosper Utseya (Captain), Stuart Matsikenyeri, Brendan Taylor, Tafadzwa Mufambisi, Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Terry Duffin, Tawanda Mupariwa, Ed Rainsford, Piet Rinke, Anthony Ireland, Gregory Strydom, Chamu Chibhabha, Tafadzwa Kamungozi.


Champions Trophy Qulifying round: West Indies vs Zimbabwe, Ahmedabad

Scores

West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets
Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat
85 all out (30.1 overs)
90 for 1 (14.2 overs)

Zimbabwe Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
T V Mufambisi c C S Baugh b J E Taylor
18
31 2 0
C J Chibhabha
 
b I D R Bradshaw
1
8 0 0
H Masakadza
 
b J E Taylor
1
5 0 0
B R M Taylor run out
 
7
15 1 0
S Matsikenyeri c C S Baugh b D R Smith
7
13 1 0
E Chigumbura c J E Taylor b D R Smith
10
31 2 0
H P Rinke run out
 
1
5 0 0
P Utseya lbw b C H Gayle
27
41 2 0
A J Ireland
 
b C H Gayle
6
21 1 0
E C Rainsford c D J Bravo b C H Gayle
0
13 0 0
T Kamungozi not out
 
0
1 0 0
Extras
 
3nb 3w 1lb 7
 
Total
 
all out 85 (30.1 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
J E Taylor 6.0 0 19 2
I D R Bradshaw 8.0 1 20 1
D R Smith 6.0 2 14 2
D J Bravo 7.0 0 28 0
C H Gayle 3.1 1 3 3
Fall of wicket
 
9 C J Chibhabha
10 H Masakadza
31 T V Mufambisi
31 B R M Taylor
39 S Matsikenyeri
46 H P Rinke
58 E Chigumbura
82 A J Ireland
84 E C Rainsford
85 P Utseya

West Indies Innings
 
 
Runs
Balls
4s
6s
C H Gayle c T Kamungozi b E Chigumbura
41
34 7 1
S Chanderpaul not out
 
14
36 2 0
B C Lara not out
 
24
20 2 2
Extras
 
4nb 1w 4b 2lb 11
 
Total
 
for 1 90 (14.2 ovs)

Bowler
O
M
R
W
E C Rainsford 5.0 1 21 0
A J Ireland 4.0 1 27 0
E Chigumbura 3.0 1 17 1
P Utseya 2.2 0 19 0
Fall of wicket
 
66 C H Gayle

Umpires: M R Benson, R E Koertzen

Champions Trophy Qulifying round: West Indies vs Zimbabwe, Ahmedabad

Venue

Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad

The Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium in Motera is another impressive stadium in terms of facilities for the players. The ground will host two preliminaries and three second round matches. India will meet a qualifier on October 26.

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Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.