Rain ruins sixth one-day match

Runako Morton's century for West Indies came to nothing against Zimbabwe as afternoon rain forced the sixth one-day international to be abandoned.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 13:42 IST

Runako Morton's century for West Indies came to nothing against Zimbabwe as afternoon rain forced the sixth one-dayer to be abandoned on Saturday.

West Indies lead the seven-match series 4-0 with the final match scheduled again at Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

Morton's second one-day century of 109 set up a West Indies total of 263 for six off 50 overs.

Zimbabwe's innings was twice interrupted by showers and, left to chase a reduced Duckworth/Lewis target of 191 off 30 overs, ended up stuck on 72 for two off 12.1 overs.

Brendan Taylor was unbeaten on 20 and Vusi Sibanda hit 18 not out.

Captain Terrence Duffin and Sibanda took Zimbabwe to 7 without loss before the first rain break after two overs.

On resumption, Duffin was caught behind by wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh for 14 and Piet Rinke was run out by Brian Lara for 4 in pursuit of the new target.

Taylor and Sibanda added 30 off 29 balls to give Zimbabwe a sniff but the rain had the final say.

Earlier, Morton lashed 12 fours and a six and received sound support from Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Sarwan compiled 54 off 62 balls and added 134 for the second wicket with Morton.

Baugh weighed in with a busy, unbeaten 25 off 15 balls toward the end.

Zimbabwe's disciplined bowling effort was led by spinners Ryan Higgins and Prosper Utseya.

The pair bowled in tandem to stall the home team in mid-innings.

Higgins took two for 39, including the prize scalps of Sarwan and West Indies skipper Lara. Utseya did not take a wicket but conceded just 35 runs from his 10 overs.

Pacer Tawanda Mupariwa claimed two for 41.

Mupariwa gave the visitors a fine start when he bowled Chris Gayle for 2 at 15-1 in the fifth over.

But Morton and Sarwan rallied the home team in front of a modest crowd of about 2,000.

The two right-handers played without much fuss in composing a century stand for the second wicket.

Higgins broke the blossoming stand as Sarwan edged behind, a similar dismissal which befell Lara, who scored just 2.

Morton, after facing 150 balls, holed out to long-on off Anthony Ireland. Marlon Samuels was run out without facing a ball, and Dwayne Smith fell for 3 to Mupariwa as West Indies wobbled at 206-6 in the 45th over.

But Chanderpaul and Baugh made sure a satisfying total was achieved in an unbroken stand of 57 off the last five overs.

First Published: May 14, 2006 13:42 IST