Gale leads Windies revival

PROVIDENCE, Guyana - Chris Gayle and Narsingh Deonarine hit half-centuries as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the second one-day international at the weekend.

PROVIDENCE, Guyana - Chris Gayle and Narsingh Deonarine hit half-centuries as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the second one-day international at the weekend.

Zimbabwe failed to successfully defend a score of 207 as Gayle racked up a top score of 88 from 111 balls and Deonarine supported him with 65 runs from 85 balls.

The result brought West Indies level 1-1 in the five-match series, after Zimbabwe won the opener on Thursday at the same venue.

It was also West Indies's first victory over international opposition, since a depleted side prevailed over Bangladesh by five runs in a Twenty20 International last August in St Kitts.

"This is a big relief," said West Indies captain Gayle. "Hopefully, this is the first of many to come. I must commend Zimbabwe about the way they have gone about their business in this series. They have played some good cricket and they have put us under a lot of pressure.

"It wasn't an easy game, but I am happy that we rebounded, and we won this game. Hopefully, we can carry on for the remainder of the series."

Zimbabwean spin bowlers were again squeezing the life out of the West Indies batting when Deonarine joined fellow left-hander Gayle. But the visitors could not maintain their hold on the match as Deonarine, in particular, and Gayle gradually loosened their grip in a stand of 83 for the fifth wicket.

The wo sides now travel to the island of St Vincent for the remaining three ODIs on March 10, 12, and 14. - Sapa-AFP

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