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T20: Simmons helps Windies register easy win over Zimbabwe

March 03, 2013 10:53 IST

Lendl Simmons blasted six sixes as his unbeaten 63 led West Indies to a comfortable eight wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Antigua on Saturday.

Batting first, Zimbabwe were restricted to 130 for eight with West Indies paceman Tino Best picking up three for 18 in his four overs.

Best removed both Zimbabwe openers Vusi Sibanda (13) and Hamilton Masakadza (9) cheaply as the tourists struggled at 28 for three.

Lendl Simmons of the West IndiesCraig Ervine (34) and Malcolm Waller (49) held together the Zimbabwe innings with a 60-run partnership in ten overs but the lower middle order were unable to capitalise.

In response, Simmons was ably supported by Johnson Charles, the pair putting on 30 inside four overs before Charles was trapped lbw by Chris Mpofu.

Mpofu then removed Darren Bravo for a duck, the left hander's attempted pull looped up to Chamu Chibhabha, to offer Zimbabwe a brief opening.

But Bravo's brother Dwayne came in and struck 38 from 30 balls as he and Simmons, with their 85 run partnership, saw the Caribbean team to victory with 23 balls remaining.

The second and final game of the series will also be played at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North Sound on Sunday.

Scoreboard

Zimbabwe

V Sibanda c Simmons b Best 13

H Masakadza c Pollard b Best 9

B Taylor c Ramdin b Badree 0

C Ervine st Ramdin b Narine 34

M Waller b Narine 49

C Chibhabha b Best 8

T Mutombodzi c Russell b Dwayne Bravo 2

P Utseya c Russell b Dwayne Bravo 2

N M'Shangwe not out 5

K Jarvis not out 0

Extras 8 (4lb, 4w)

Total: 130 (8 wkts, 20 overs)

Did not bat: C Mpofu

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-17, 3-28, 4-88, 5-119, 6-119, 7-124, 8-126.

Bowling: Best 4-0-18-3, Badree 4-0-27-1, Sammy 4-0-34-0, Narine 4-0-17-2, Dwayne Bravo 2-0-16-2, Russell 1-0-6-0, Pollard 1-0-8-0.

West Indies

J Charles lbw b Mpofu 26

L Simmons not out 63

Darren Bravo c Chibhabha b Mpofu 0

Dwayne Bravo not out 38

Extras: 4 (w4)

Total: 131(2 wickets; 16.1 overs)

Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-46.

Bowling: Jarvis 3.1-0-39-0, Mpofu 4-0-14-2, Mutombodzi 2-0-20-0, Utseya 4-0-25-0, Mushangwe 3-0-33-0.

Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

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