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Cricket: Powell, Simmons lead Windies to 158-7

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Kieron Powell bludgeoned an unbeaten 46 off just 24 deliveries to lift the West Indies to 158 for seven against Zimbabwe in the second and final Twenty20 international at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

The hard-hitting right-hander dominated a 56-run fifth-wicket partnership with Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain contributing 19 and playing an important part in helping to break the shackles imposed by their opponents.

Zimbabwe lost the first game on Saturday by eight wickets and are seeking to avoid a 2-0 whitewash after suffering a 3-0 rout in the one-day series in Grenada.

All the bowlers had earlier shown much greater discipline in limiting the home team's progress.

Tendai Chatara, replacing the expensive Kyle Jarvis from Saturday's first fixture, accounted for the other opening batsman, Johnson Charles, who lost his middle stump in missing an ugly swipe.

The spinners then came to the fore with leggie Natsai M'Shangwe removing Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons, who perished for 41 to a very good low catch at long-off by Craig Ervine.

Experienced off-spinner Prosper Utseya disposed of Christopher Barnwell, the returning all-rounder attempting one cut shot too many to be bowled for just seven.

It was the former captain's only wicket, but his four-over spell, which cost 22 runs, was the most economical.

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