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07-Mar-2010 03:45:00 GMT
West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Providence

Gayle, Deonarine Help WI Series Levelling Win

Providence: A determined 88 from captain Chris Gayle led West Indies to a four-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Saturday to level the one-day series at 1-1.

Zimbabwe made 206 all out with Elton Chigumbura contributing 50 but West Indies surpassed their total with 13 balls to spare, although they were made to work by some smart spin bowling from the tourists.

Slow left-armer Ray Price trapped West Indies opener Adrian Barath lbw and then removed Dave Bernard with a superb stumping from keeper Tatenda Taibu as Zimbabwe looked for a repeat of Thursday's surprise win.

Although Gayle was timing the ball well at the other end, the home side found themselves struggling at 85-4 after Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Andre Fletcher went cheaply.

But local boy Narsingh Deonarine produced a steely display and put on 83 with Gayle before a wild stroke from the skipper saw him bowled by spinner Graeme Cremer with the score on 168 for five.

There must have been some nerves in the West Indies dressing room after Kieron Pollard was caught in the deep off Brendan Taylor with an unnecessarily aggressive stroke.

However, Deonarine kept his cool to make an unbeaten 65, his best score in a one-day international, with partner Darren Sammy's securing the win with a four.

The victory was the first one-day international victory for West Indies in 15 games and Gayle said he was glad to have avoided another embarrassing loss.

"It's a relief. Hopefully this is the first of many to come. I must say Zimbabwe played really well to push us so far but I must commend the boys on coming back from the defeat," he said.

Brief scores
206 (Chigumbura 50, Taylor 47, Miller 4-43) by four wickets
West Indies: 208 for 6 (Gayle 88, Deonarine 65*)
Result: West Indies won by four wickets
MOM: N Deonarine (West Indies)

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