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5th ODI: WI trounce Zim by 10 wkts

Openers Gayle and Chattergoon hit undefeated half-centuries to give West Indies an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 13:24 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Undefeated half-centuries from opening batsmen Chris Gayle and Sewnarine Chattergoon propelled West Indies to an overwhelming 10-wicket triumph in the fifth one-day International against Zimbabwe under lights at the Beausejour Stadium.

Chasing a modest victory target of 153 in their allocation of 50 overs, West Indies did not lose a wicket, and Gayle had the privilege of hitting the winning runs in the first day/night ODI in the Caribbean on Wednesday, when he drove Prosper Utseya through extra cover for the last of his 13 fours.

Gayle also hit a six in his undefeated 95 -- the top score -- at better than a run-a-ball to earn the Man-of-the-Match award, and Chattergoon supported with eight boundaries in an unbeaten 54 from 78 balls to give West Indies an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo and compatriot Dave Mohammed had wrecked Zimbabwe's batting to leave West Indies their modest target.

Bravo captured three wickets for 24 runs from 9.2 overs while Mohammed collected three for 37 from 10 overs on his ODI debut, as the Zimbabwean were dismissed for 152 in 49.2 overs after choosing to bat.

Diminutive batsman Gregory Strydom cracked four fours and two sixes in the top score of 48 from 73 balls.

Zimbabwe captain Terrence Duffin gave support with a painstaking 38 and Brendon Taylor gathered 21 at close to a run-a-ball.

Gayle and Chattergoon were never troubled and carried West Indies safely to their destination.

First Published: May 11, 2006 13:24 IST