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Lara calls for improved performance

He said that he wanted to win in a much more authoritative fashion against Zimbabwe.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 14:54 IST

Brian Lara began his third spell in charge of the West Indies by hitting the winning six to beat Zimbabwe on Saturday but called for a drastic improvement from his team.

Lara lofted a delivery from Ryan Higgins over wide long-on to secure a five-wicket victory in a low-scoring affair in the first one-day international at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

"It was a reasonable result," said Lara who led his team past Zimbabwe's modest total of 151.

"We set ourselves targets in this game. They didn't come. We needed a lot more wickets in the first 25 overs. When you're bowling first, you like to get more wickets.

"We set ourselves getting the target in 35 overs which we failed, but it's good to win."

Lara indicated he wanted to win the match in a much more authoritative fashion, and for the remainder of the seven-match series his side will have to get better.

"The new ball bowlers have to get more wickets early," said Lara who scored an unbeaten 40.

"We've got guys bowling 90 miles per hour, but we want them to get wickets. It is something that we've got to work on.

"I don't think it was as comfortable as it looked. Zimbabwe must be commended for fighting."

For Zimbabwe, they had the privilege of producing the top scorer and the most successful bowler in the match.

Justice Chibhabha hit 55 in the visitors' total of 151 for nine off 50 overs, and Prosper Utseya claimed three wickets for 35 runs from his allotment of 10 overs.

"We'll take a lot of positives out of this match," Zimbabwe captain Terrence Duffin said.

"Where we went wrong in the batting was that we lost too many wickets at one stage.

"We're quite happy to learn as much as we can. If we can take a win, we'd be even happier."

West Indies will be going for a 2-0 lead in the series, when the two sides contest the second match on Sunday at the same venue.