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W Indies, Zimbabwe to play Caribbean's first day-nighter

Written by: Staff

CASTRIES, St Lucia, May 9 (Reuters) West Indies and Zimbabwe will play in the Caribbean's first day-night match when they meet in the fifth one-day international in Castries tomorrow.

The Beausejour stadium was opened in 2002 and floodlights were installed before the A teams of West Indies and England played two matches in March.

After wins in the first two matches in Antigua and another in Guyana, victory tomorrow would give the West Indies an unassailable 4-0 series lead with two matches remaining. The third match in Guyana was cancelled.

The hosts have made one change to the squad that travelled to Guyana, replacing all rounder Dwayne Bravo with fast bowler Tino Best.

West Indies' 82-run victory in the fourth match on Sunday was set up by a total of 333 for six, a record for one-day internationals in the Caribbean.

''I am happier, but I still think there are areas which we can work on, and I think the guys batted really well in this game,'' West Indies captain Brian Lara told reporters.

''It's unfortunate that no one went on to score a hundred and this is something we will have to work on in the remaining matches.'' Zimbabwe captain Terry Duffin said his team, who replied with 251 for seven in Guyana, were improving.

''It was good to see the batting coming along and it was good to see that we can start making good scores,'' Duffin said.

''It was good on the boys that they fought hard in the middle order and helped us to reach a respectable total, it will definitely toughen us up.'' The last two matches of the series will be played in Trinidad on Saturday and Sunday.

Reuters PG RS2046

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