Well West Indies' loss in the recently concluded ODI series and the T20 series against Australia can well be justified for, West Indies is a far worse outfit compared to Australia who are not at their one time best. Moreover, West Indies were facing Australia in Australia where forget about winning, even a matured loss would be a great feeling for the West Indies team. But, now in the first T20 game against Zimbabwe at Port of Spain, where West Indies were expected to win for one last time, it was fascinating to see West Indies playing the T20 game as though it was a test match.
All that the West Indies team can feel comfortable about is the fact that there was a West Indian bowler in Darren Sammy who bagged 5 Zimbabwean wickets, returning with figures of 5/26 from the 4 overs allotted to him. Can anyone of us imagine even in our dreams a team ending its innings of a T20 game with not only putting up a partly score of 79 but also at a strike rate of just above 3.0 runs an over? In the recently concluded India-South Africa 2 match test series, both the teams out there had atleast one innings wherein the team had scored at a rate of above 4.0 runs an over.
It was Dwayne Smith placed at number 7 in the batting order who recorded the highest strike rate in the match at 80 runs for every 100 deliveries he faced. And the highest run getter in the match for the West Indies team happened to be Denesh Ramdin who scored 23 runs no matter how many deliveries he faced. There were only 3 batsmen from the West Indies' side who could put up individual scores above 10, with extras taking its share of 10 runs. One thing that can be noticed for the West Indies' bowling chart is that the WI captain bought in just 5 of his bowlers who bowled their quota of 4 over each.
And on the other side, the Zimbabwean side bought in 8 of their bowlers, may be which is not of much importance when it comes to winning matches. But, the idea to experiment when things are not going in favor is always a welcome move from the captain. At the end, one thing that is worth to be noted is that there were 7 batsmen from the Zimbabwean side who returned back to the pavilion the way they entered into the crease. Out of these 7 batsmen who couldn't score a run, 6 of them were out. Another interesting fact is that Benn had 4 wickets, all of whom returned without scoring. I guess that this is the 1st such instance where ducks have made headlines.