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Windies Cricket
Taylor celebrates his four wicket haul. ( Image)

Hardbeatnews, ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Mon. May 1, 2006: Brian Lara’s return as skipper of the West Indies was marked by two wins for the side over the weekend as the Windies team faced-off against Zimbabwe in the first two of seven one day internationals.

Yesterday, pacer Jerome Taylor helped curb the visitor’s run rate to help his side to a 98-run win in the second One-Day International at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

Taylor bagged four for 24 off 10-overs as the as Zimbabwe side were dismissed for 144 in 46.2 overs. The Windies, in their response, reached a whopping 242 for nine off 50 overs with Guyanese Ramnaresh Sarwan top scoring with 55. Opener Chris Gayle reached 49 while skipper Lara managed only 5. Former skipper, Shiv Chanderpaul, hit 46.

Taylor earned the Man-of-the-Match award for his performance.

On Saturday, April 29, Lara hit an unbeaten 40 from 43 balls to help his side to another easy win over Zimbabwe. Gayle added 35 as the Windies reached 154 for 5 off 38.2 overs to obtain a five-wicket win over the visitors. Zimbabwe were earlier dismissed for 151 for 9 off their allotted 50 overs.

West Indies now have a 2-0 lead into the third game of the seven-match series. The third and fourth ODI’s are set for Guyana this weekend before moving on to St. Lucia and Trinidad. –