West Indies level one-day series

Impressive half-centuries from Chris Gayle and Narsingh Deonarine earned West Indies a four-wicket win over Zimbabwe.

Gayle hit 88 off 111 balls and Deonarine 65 not out off 85 as the hosts reached 208 for six in reponse to Zimbabwe’s 206 all out in the second one-day international in Guyana to level the series at 1-1.

Gayle clobbered seven fours and two sixes as his side came home with 13 balls to spare.

The Windies captain had earlier had an impact with the ball, returning figures of one for 25 off his 10 overs.

Nikita Miller took four wickets and two catches for the Windies, while Brendan Taylor scored 47 off 66 and Elton Chigumbura 50 off 72 as Zimbabwe were all out with one ball to go.

Miller removed Tatenda Taibu (31), Stuart Matsikenyeri (two), Greg Lamb caught and bowled (23) and Graeme Cremer (17), while Kemar Roach chipped in with three wickets, including the key dismissal of Chigumbura.

The tourists had no answer to Gayle’s fierce hitting as he took the innings by the scruff of the neck.

Raymond Price removed partners Adrian Barath (seven) and David Bernard (one), while Shivnarine Chanderpaul (10) and Andre Fletcher (nought) also fell cheaply.

But Deonarine joined his skipper at the crease and the pair helped the Windies from 85 for four to 168 for four.

Gayle finally fell to Graeme Cremer, bowled between bat and pad, and Kieron Pollard (seven) also departed, but the impressive Deonarine guided them home, finishing with six fours and one maximum.

Vusi Sibanda had earlier been run out in the first over of the day as the home side made an early breakthrough.

Top Performer: Narsingh Deonarine

Roach then dismissed Hamilton Masakadza for 14, Miller taking the catch at third man, to leave Zimbabwe on 34 for two, but Taylor and Taibu carried the score along to 93.

Taylor fell lbw to Gayle playing across the line and when Taibu was caught at short fine led by Chanderpaul the tourists had slipped to 107 for five.

Lamb and Chigumbura added valuable runs but went in successive overs, Lamb caught off a top edge by bowler Miller and Chigumbura caught in the covers by Narsingh Deonarine.

And Zimbabwe went from 180 for five to 206 all out as their innings ended with a whimper.

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