Over 11 || Score 49/1
First bowling change. Spinner Sean Williams has been introduced into the attack. And off the last ball, Gayle clobbered the bowler over long on for a maximum. What a hit by the big man! But that’s the only scoring shot in the over.
Over 10 || Score 43/1
Chatara and Panyangar’s disciplined bowling in the fist ten overs forced the West Indian batsmen to stop playing their shots at regular intervals and collect boundaries every now and then. Gayle and Samuels are still finding it difficult to score runs. So one can say that, Zimbabwe have started off well.
Over 7 || Score 33/1
Both the strike bowlers — Chatara and Panyangar — are bowling well. It’s just that both the batsmen possess a high range of shorts all over the wicket. Zimbabwe have to take wickets at regular intervals to peg back the West Indian batsmen from scoring runs swiftly.
Panyangara with his fourth over.
Over 6 || Score 31/1
A flashy back-foot drive off the first by Gayle off the first ball to collect his second boundary of the match towards cover region. He then played a slog off the fourth ball to get another boundary, this time towards square leg. 11 off the over.
Chatara to bowl his third over.
Over 5 || Score 20/1
After a shaky start by Samuels and Gayle, slowly and steadily both the batsmen are finding feet. Samules have score two boundaries, whereas, Gayle added one to his account to ease themselves out in the middle. 16 runs have come from the last three overs.
Over 2 || Score 3/1
Tendai Chatara is bowling from the other end. Marlon Samules is the new man in. And Chatara too has picked up the right line from the word go. Excellent first over by Chatara as he not only gave mere three runs but also troubled both the batsmen.
Over 1 || Score 3/1
What an over first up by Panyangara. Off the fourth ball, he almost got the wicket of big hitter Chris Gayle, when the ball hit on his pads. But referral went against Zimbabwe. But it’s a very close shave.
Over 0.2 || Score 0/1
Panyangara Strikes, Smith Out! What a start by Zimbabwe, Panyangara bowled a perfect length delivery, which nipped back in after pitching and went through the gates of the right hander.
The dangerous but erratic opening pair of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith have come to the middle, whereas, Tinashe Panyangara has the new ball in hand.
Are we going to see a Gayle storm today?
Toss: West Indies have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Riding high after demolishing Pakistan in their last encounter, an unpredictable West Indies eye another big win against perceived minnows Zimbabwe in their third pool B match of the cricket World Cup.
West Indies (from): Jason Holder (capt), Marlon Samuels, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Andre Russel, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller
Zimbabwe (from): Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.
After a rather stunning loss to Ireland in their lung-opener, West Indies bounced back strongly to get the better of Pakistan and are currently placed second behind India in the points table.
Zimbabwe have also endured a similar rollercoaster, losing to South Africa, although they did have their moments in the match, before getting the better of UAE to be placed fourth on the table.