Hinds century sinks Zimbabwe

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The West Indian batting came good as they plundered their highest score against Zimbabwe to pave the way for a 41-run win at Kingston's Sabina Park in the second match of their triangular limited-overs international series. Pakistan, who are yet to play, are the other participants.

The left-handed batsman Wavel Hinds, named man of the match, hit 12 fours and one six in an undefeated 116 off 124 balls to be the cornerstone of the West Indies' total of 280 for 3 off 50 overs after choosing to bat. Half-centuries from Stuart Carlisle and captain Andy Flower helped Zimbabwe make a scrap of it, but the West Indian bowlers restricted their opponents to 239 for 8 off 50 overs.

Hinds found a worthy ally in his fellow left-handed Jamaican, Chris Gayle. Together they flayed the Zimbabwe attack in the last 15 overs to share an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 125 off 91 balls.

Gayle was unbeaten on 58 off 45 balls, including six boundaries, to help his team reach their highest total against Zimbabwe in eight matches. The opening batsmen Sherwin Campbell and Philo Wallace shared 53 for the first wicket, but perished to the medium pace bowler Gary Brent, who finished with figures of 2 for 34.