Windies rained out

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY -

BULAWAYO, Zim­babwe (CMC): EST INDIES were dumped from the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries here yes­ter­day af­ter rain, com­bined with care­less cricket, con­demned them to a shock­ing five-run loss to Zim­babwe un­der the Duck­worth/Lewis sys­tem.

Chas­ing a mod­est 219 at Queens Sports Club for a place in to­mor­row’s fi­nal against Sri Lanka, West Indies slumped to 93 for five in the 23rd over, as they failed to cope with left-arm spin­ners Sean Wil­liams (2-18) and Tendai Chisoro (2-23).

When the rain fi­nally ar­rived mid­way dur­ing the 28th over, West Indies were 124 for five but un­for­tu­nately short of the 130 runs re­quired un­der the Duck­worth/Lewis sys­tem.

Left-han­der Jonathan Carter was unbeaten on 43 and captain Jason Holder, 22, while

Wopener Kraigg Brath­waite chipped in with 24 ear­lier. The Caribbean side’s slop­pi­ness had ear­lier cost them dearly when they al­lowed the hosts to re­cover from 127 for eight in the 37th over, to reach 218 for eight off their al­lot­ted 49 overs.

Off-spin­ner Ash­ley Nurse claimed three for 27 in a bril­liant 10-over spell and legspin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo picked up three for 30 in his first game, to wreck the in­nings af­ter Zim­babwe opted to bat.

AHEAD OF THE WEST INDIES

But Sikan­dar Raza pro­duced a su­perb unbeaten 76 and found an ally in Chisoro, who struck a ca­reer-best 42 not out as they de­fied the Windies in a fab­u­lous, record 91run, un­bro­ken stand for the ninth wicket.

Hamil­ton Masakadza, who made 20, joined the pair as the only three bats­men to get into the 20s.

The re­sult meant Zim­babwe fin­ished sec­ond in the stand­ings on eight points, just one ahead of the Windies.

In the West Indies in­nings, out-of-form opener John­son Charles chipped a sim­ple re­turn catch to Chisoro off the first ball he faced, to de­part with just one run on the board.

His open­ing part­ner Evin Lewis, a cen­tu­ry­maker in the last game against Sri Lanka, fol­lowed in the next over leg be­fore wicket to Chisoro for nine play­ing back, and when Shai Hope (14) edged a drive at a wide de­liv­ery from Wil­liams to Masakadza at slip, West Indies were stum­bling badly at 35 for three in the 10th over.

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