West Indies beat Zimbabwe by six wickets

Solid knocks by opener Chris Gayle and skipper Brian Lara help the World Cup hosts to qualify for the Super Eights stage of the competition.
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Updated on Mar 20, 2007 04:15 AM IST
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Reuters | By, Jamaica

World Cup hosts West Indies qualified for the Super Eights stage of the competition after a six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in Group D on Monday.

Sean Williams struck an unbeaten 70 as Zimbabwe recovered from 59 for four to make a total of 202 for five but Brian Lara's side had little real trouble, reaching the target with 13 balls to spare.

Opener Chris Gayle hit an explosive 40 -- including three consecutive sixes in one over -- and then the Trinidadian pair of skipper Lara (44) and Dwayne Bravo (37) saw West Indies through to victory although both were dropped along the way.

Lara completed the victory with a big six over mid-wicket.

West Indies, who won their opening game against Pakistan, have four points with their final group opponents Ireland on three points.

Zimbabwe have a single point, following a tie with the Irish, and Pakistan have none after two defeats and are eliminated.

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