Windies rained out
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC):
West 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 opener 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 leg-spinner 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 91-run, 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 century-maker 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.