Bravo leads Windies to clean sweep
Darren Bravo led from the front as West Indies defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets in Grenada to complete a 3-0 one-day international series whitewash.
The left-handed number three, who made 100 not out in the first match, struck an unbeaten 72 off 103 balls as the Windies chased down 212 with 22 deliveries unused.
Earlier, opening batsman Vusi Sibanda’s 41 and an unbeaten 48 from Chamu Chibhabha lifted Zimbabwe to 211 for nine after Veerasammy Permaul claimed 3-40 off 10 overs.
Having won the toss, Zimbabwe started cautiously and had 23 on the board when Sunil Narine struck in the ninth over.
The spinner, with his first delivery, trapped Tino Mawoyo lbw for nine before Dwayne Bravo, fresh from taking a career-best 6-43 in the second ODI, continued to impress with the ball, bowling Hamilton Masakadza.
However, the tourists regrouped with Sibanda and Brendan Taylor adding 55 in eight overs until Tino Best had the former caught at mid-off.
Permaul then got to work with a trio of wickets that left Zimbabwe struggling on 139 for six.
The left-arm spinner saw Taylor slice straight to cover and then trapped Max Waller in front and bowled Regis Chakabva.
Tinotenda Mutombodzi hit Narine for four and six but was superbly run out by Dwayne Bravo, who then bowled Natsai Mushangwe.
Chibhabha ensured Zimbabwe passed 200 with a 62-ball knock that included three fours and two sixes, with Ryan Jarvis giving Best his second scalp in the penultimate over by handing him a return catch.
Kieran Powell and Ramnaresh Sarwan made a solid start to the reply with a 46-run opening stand, but they became Mutombodzi's first two international wickets.
Sarwan, who took 42 balls to make 19, was caught and bowled before Powell picked out long-on to depart for 42.
West Indies stuttered in the 31st over, losing Narsingh Deonarine for 26 and Kieron Pollard in the space of three balls, the latter run out without facing, to leave the hosts 121 for four.
But the Windies soon regained the initiative when the Bravo half-brothers shared a 46-run partnership in just six overs.
Dwayne hit a four and a six in his rapid 25 and, although he became Jarvis’ only wicket when he holed out to long-on with 45 still required, Darren struck a quintet of fours in a 78-ball half-century.
The 24-year-old received good support from Denesh Ramdin, who contributed an unbeaten 24.