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Simmons sees West Indies home

UPDATED 03 March, 2013 1:07PM AEST |

Lendl Simmons blasted an unbeaten 63 as the West Indies beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the opening Twenty20 clash in Antigua on Saturday.

Zimbabwe slumped to 8-130 after electing to bat, with the Windies cruising to victory with 23 balls to spare at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Simmons hit six sixes and one four in a powerful display, while Dwayne Bravo added an unbeaten 38 off 30 balls.

Chris Mpofu took two wickets for Zimbabwe, trapping Johnson Charles (26) lbw before ousting Darren Bravo for a duck.

Simmons and Dwayne Bravo combined for an unbeaten 85-run partnership, though, as the hosts ran out comfortable winners.

"It was a clinical game for us, we played really well," West Indies captain Darren Sammy said at the presentation ceremony. 

"We've had some success in this format. We've adapted to this format, and we have the character of players to dominate. Especially after winning the T20 World Cup, we've got a lot of confidence."

West Indies seamer Tino Best starred with the ball, claiming 3-18 from four overs.

Best removed Zimbabwe openers Vusi Sibanda (13) and Hamilton Masakadza (nine) cheaply, with Craig Ervine (34) and Malcolm Waller (49) the only other batsmen to reach double figures for the tourists. 

The second and final T20 match is scheduled for the same venue on Sunday.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 03 March, 2013 1:05PM AEST

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