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ST GEORGE’S, GRENADA — The West Indies recorded a convincing 156 run victory over Zimbabwe in the first of three One Day Internationals at St George’s in Grenada.

Defending a mammoth total of 337 runs, the Windies bowlers restricted the Zimbabweans to 181/9 from their 50 overs. Spinner Sunil Narine was the pick of the West Indies bowlers, finishing with figures of 10-4-28-3.

Zimbabwe won the toss against West Indies at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada and elected to bowl first.

The West Indies left out Jonathan Carter and Veerasammy Permaul, while Kieron Pollard failed to make it back to the Caribbean in time for the One Day International.

Zimbabwe opted for an eleven that amassed 346 runs in their warm-up match against the Vice Chancellor’s XI two days ago.

Result: West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 156 runs.

Zimbabwe Innings: 181/9 (50 Overs) Malcolm Waller 51, Craig Ervine 41; Sunil Narine 10-4-28-3, Andre Russell 7-0-24-2, Dwayne Bravo 8-0-30-2.

West Indies Innings: 337/4 (50 Overs) Johnson Charles 130, Kieran Powell 79, Darren Bravo 100*; Chris Mpofu 10-0-83-2, Natsai Mushangwe 10-2-56-1.

Zimbabwe XI: Brendan Taylor*, Regis Chakabva+, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Natsai M’shangwe, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Malcolm Waller.

West Indies XI: Dwayne Bravo*, Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin+, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan.

Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Joel Wilson
TV Umpire: Johan Cloete (South Africa)
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (India)
Reserve Umpire: Peter Nero

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