Harare: The Windies averted disaster and swung the Cricket World Cup Qualifier back their way after chasing down Zimbabwe’s 289 in a tense Super Six game at Harare Sports Club.
After Brendan Taylor’s superb 138 had guided the hosts to a strong total, West Indies put together a succession of telling partnerships to secure victory despite Zimbabwe threatening yet another dramatic comeback.
Chris Gayle seemed in destructive mood when he smashed two consecutive sixes but soon mistimed a pull shot to Blessing Muzarabani.
Marlon Samuels was the top-scorer for West Indies scoring 86 runs. He hit 4 sixes in his innings of which one cracked the glass on the ground.
It was after the fall of Marlon Samuels wicket in the 44th over the batting line up collapsed.
The visitors lost four wickets for 20 runs. Muzarabani and Graeme Cremer shared four wickets among themselves.
Earlier in the match, Zimbabwe lost two quick wickets and to add to the misery opener Solomon Mire was retire hurt within seven overs. He was struck by a bouncer by Kemar Roach which stuck in between helmet grille and the visor.
At 41 for 2 by end of first Powerplay, Zimbabwe seemed to struggle. Brendan Taylor -- continuing his rich form -- came to Zimbabwe’s rescue.
Taylor hit 138 off 124 with 20 fours and 2 sixes which helped the host to set a good total.
Mire who came to bat after the fall of seventh wicket also contributed 45 to the total with a strike rate of 136.
Jason Holder who is having a good series with the ball picked up 4 for 35. Kemar Roach also picked up three wickets including the wicket of Taylor in the 44th over.
Zimbabwe would have qualified for the World Cup 2019 with the win. Now they would have to defeat UAE in their last game of Super Sixes.