Charles smashed six boundaries in his 26-run knock and stitched 30 runs stand for the first wicket with Simmons. (Getty Images)
Live updates from the first Twenty20 international between West Indies and Zimbabwe at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
West Indies innings:
End of over 16.1, West Indies 131 for 2: Riding on a scintillating half-century by Lendl Simmons, West Indies crushed Zimbabwe by eight wickets in their first Twenty20 match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Saturday. After restricting Zimbabwe for 130 runs in 20 overs, West Indies chased down the target in just 16.1 overs.
End of over 14, West Indies 112 for 2: It seemed Lendl Simmons was in hurry in chase of 131 at Antigua. He completed his 3rd T20I fifty off 42 balls. Simmons smashed two sixes and a four in Mushangwe's over. He punished Mushangwe with a six and four two in his previous over too.
End of over 8, West Indies 60 for 2: Chris Mpofu struck again to dismiss Darren Bravo for a duck. Bravo couldn't read a slower one from the West Indies and gave an easy catch to Chibhabha at mid-on. West Indies' 50 runs came in 6.1 overs.
End of over 5, West Indies 45 for 1: West Indies lost the wicket of Johnson Charles for 26 runs. Charles, along with Lendl Simmons gave West Indies a good start. Charles smashed six boundaries in his knock and stitched 30 runs stand for the first wicket with Simmons before losing his wicket to Mpofu.
End of over 20, Zimbabwe 130 for 8: Riding on a magnificent bowling by Tino Best (3 for 18) and Sunil Narine (2 for 17), West Indies restricted Zimbabwe at 130 for 8 in 20 overs. Malcolm Waller was the highest scorer for Windies as he made 49 off 33 balls. Zimbabwe, after losing their early wickets, got a superb support from Ervine and Waller, who stitched a crucial 50-run stand for the fourth wicket.
End of over 19, Zimbabwe 124 for 6: Zimbabwe lost their two important wickets in the death overs. They lost Chibhabha (8) just after Waller, who smashed two magnificent sixes off Sammy, lost his wicket to witty Narine.
End of over 16, Zimbabwe 91 for 4: Sunil Narine got rid of Craig Ervine for 34 runs. Ervine and Waller recovered Zimbabwe after they got off to a bad start. Ervine stiched a 50-run stand for the fourth wicket before being stumped by Ramdin off Narine's delivery. Ervine struck five boundaries in his valuable knock.
End of over 13, Zimbabwe 74 for 3: Skipper Darren Sammy's decision of giving the bowl to pacer Dwayne Bravo didn't seem fruitful for West Indies. Craig Ervine smashed two consecutive boundaries off Bravo. 13 runs came off Bravo's first over.
End of over 10, Zimbabwe 56 for 3: Waller and Ervine tried to steady Zimbabwean innings as they took the team's total to post 50-run mark in 10 overs. Their 50 came up in 8.4 overs.
End of over 5, Zimbabwe 28 for 3: Tino Best struck to remove Vusi Sibanda for 13 runs in his first over of the innings and then dismissed Masakadza to give second success to West Indies. Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor couldn't open his account and gave his wicket to Samuel Badree for a duck.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor had won the toss and elected to bat against West Indies. West Indies brought back their legspinner Samuel Badree and allrounder Christopher Barnwell. Fit-again Darren Sammy will lead the Windies charge in the first T20.
For Zimbabwe, young legspinning pair, Tino Mutombodzi and Natsai Mushangwe have been included in the playing eleven.
West Indies: Lendl Simmons, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin(w), Darren Sammy(c), Christopher Barnwell, Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Samuel Badree
Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor(w/c), Craig Ervine, Malcolm Waller, Chamu Chibhabha, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Prosper Utseya, Natsai Mushangwe, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu