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Zimbabwe Looks For Edge Over West Indies

Zimbabwe will be looking to edge closer to becoming the latest visiting side to make history in the Caribbean, when the third One-day International against West Indies is contested on Wednesday at the Arnos Vale

PTI [ Updated: March 09, 2010 22:08 IST ]
zimbabwe looks for edge over west indies
zimbabwe looks for edge over west indies

Zimbabwe will be looking to edge closer to becoming the latest visiting side to make history in the Caribbean, when the third One-day International against West Indies is contested on Wednesday at the Arnos Vale Multiplex.

Zimbabwe have never beaten West Indies in a bilateral ODI series, but the conditions, and their opponents' penchant for self-destruction have combined to enhance their chances of creating their own bit of cricket history.

The five ODI series is currently level at 1-1, after the Zimbabweans won the first ODI last Thursday by two runs, and the hosts rebounded last Saturday to take the second ODI by four wickets.

The Zimbabweans have suffered a setback with the news that Kyle Jarvis has been ruled out of the remainder of the series, after suffering a stress fracture in his lower back.

This will hurt Zimbabwe's plans of fortifying their bowling attack, since the specialist seam bowlers they have tried in the series have been disappointing.

For West Indies, Dwayne Bravo and his younger brother Darren have pushed Andre Fletcher and Dwayne Smith out of the 14-member squad.

Ramnaresh Sarwan however, remains on the sidelines, as the West Indies Cricket Board have decided not to rush his return from a back injury.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has spent the last two months on the periphery, after breaking a thumb when playing for the Victoria Bushrangers in the Australia Twenty20 Big Bash in January.

The younger Bravo was dropped from the squad, following the T20I between the two sides, when he played an ill-advised pull shot for a first-ball duck.

Squads:

West Indies (from): Chris Gayle (captain), Adrian Barath, Sulieman Benn, David Bernard, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy

Zimbabwe (from): Prosper Utseya (captain), Hamilton Masakadza (vice-captain), Elton Chigumbura, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Greg Lamb, Tim Maruma, Shingirai Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor.

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