Zimbabwe – 153 for 7 in 20 overs (Vusumuzi Sibanda 64, Sikandar Raza Butt 23; Carlos Brathwaite 3/22, Dwayne Bravo 2/11, Jerome Taylor 2/35)
West Indies – 154 for 0 in 12.4 overs (Johnson Charles 92*, Andre Fletcher 56*)
West Indies won by 10 wickets.
WEST Indies openers Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher put up unbeaten knocks of 92 and 56 runs respectively to lead the West Indies to a 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe, in their second practice match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
The win, which followed another in their first practice match at the same venue on Saturday, gave the West Indies victory in the two-match Twenty20 series that the two teams played as part of their preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, which will be held in India from next Tuesday to the 3rd of April.
Charles was duly adjudged player of the match for his 92 runs which were crafted from 48 balls that included 16 boundaries, six of which were maximums. Fellow opener Andre Fletcher hit a 35-ball 56 which had five fours and three sixes.
Earlier, Carlos Braithwaite claimed three wickets for 22 runs in four overs, Dwayne Bravo two wickets for 11 runs in two overs and Jerome Taylor two for 35 runs in four overs, to help restrict Zimbabwe to 153 runs for seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Opener Vusumuzi Sibanda top-scored with 64 runs from 56 balls, eight of them fours, before he was bowled by Bravo.
But there was not enough support for Sibanda as the next best batsman was Sikandar Raza Butt on 23 runs, then Richmond Mutumbami on 19, captain Hamilton Masakadza 15 and Malcolm Waller 10.
Zimbabwe left Sharjah for India on Tuesday.
They will sleep over in New Delhi and proceed to Dharamshala on Wednesday for two more warm-up matches against Bangladesh on the 4th of March and Ireland on the 6th, under the ICC practice schedule for the World Twenty20 tournament.
The Zimbabwe touring party will then go to Nagpur, for their ICC World Twenty20 qualifying Group B matches against Hong Kong, Scotland and Afghanistan on the 8th, 10th and 12th of March.
Three of the 17 players who were in the camp in Sharjah will be returning home on Tuesday, because of injury.Advertisement
Leg-spinner Graeme Cremer suffered a fractured left forearm when he was hit by the ball while batting in the first practice match against the West Indies at the same venue on Saturday.
In the same match, pace bowler Neville Madziva was also hit by the ball on the right thumb while trying to make return catch.
The third player, Luke Jongwe, suffered a head injury when he missed the ball while attempting a return catch and it hit him above the right eye, in the first practice match against the Sharjah Cricket Club last Tuesday. He has been recovering well and has not presented with any neurological symptoms so far.
According to the neurosurgeon, Jongwe will have to rest for three to four weeks away from any cricket activity to give the injury time to heal.
As Zimbabwe had a 17-man camp and only 15 can be submitted for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, only one player – Tawanda Mupariwa – has been called to join the squad.