2nd T20I, Sir Viv Richards Cricket Grounds, North Sound, Antigua, 03 March 2013
Result: West Indies (158/7) beat Zimbabwe (117/6) by 41 runs.
As if a clean sweep of the One-Day International series against Zimbabwe was not emphatic enough, West Indies today concluded a two-nil win of the Twenty20 International series.
The hosts won the toss for the first time in five throws and opted to bat. Led by Kieron Pollard, who joined the tour from Dhaka where he was playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, West Indies put up 158 runs for seven wickets in their allotted twenty overs, at the Sir Viv Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua.
Pollard made an unbeaten 45 runs from 24 balls, three of them sixes and three fours. Along the way, he was joined by captain Darren Sammy (19) and the two made 56 runs in a fifth wicket partnership.
Pollard’s fellow opener, Lendl Simmons – who put up 63 runs in the first Twenty20 International between the two sides which was played here yesterday – made 41 today before he was caught by Craig Ervine off the bowling of Natsai M’shangwe.
For Zimbabwe, Mutombodzi claimed two wickets for 28 runs in his four overs, and M’shangwe another brace but for 33 in four overs. Chatara, Mpofu and Utseya grabbed one each.
Chasing, Zimbabwe were 117 for six at the end of their 20 overs.
Hamilton Masakadza top-scored for Zimbabwe with 53 runs but his sixth Twenty20 International fifty was not enough to rescue Zimbabwe on the day.
Samuel Badree was the pick of the West Indies bowlers, finishing with figures of three wickets for 17 runs in four overs. Dwayne Bravo had two for 15 in three overs.
The tour moves to Georgetown, Barbados, for the first Test match of the International Home Series 2013 between hosts West Indies and Zimbabwe.