When the West Indies players took to the field on Sunday for the second of the five ODIs, they were cautious to avoid another defeat at the hands of lowly ranked Zimbabwe.
On Thursday West Indies captain Chris Gayle was livid with his teammates Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith and Danish Ramdin after an unexpected defeat by Zimbabwe.
Smith was bowled by debutant Shingirai Masakadza with four runs needed off the last three balls while Pollard and Ramdin were dismissed as a result of some poor shot selection.
The West Indies Captain expressed his disappointment in an interview with Cricinfo.
Gayle said: “In the Australia series, I saw improvements in the likes of Pollard and Smith. To come here … and the way they went about it, I must say I am very disappointed in those two guys and Ramdin.
“Those guys were key for us and the way they went about it was a terrible display. It is very disappointing and sad to see how they went about it.”
The victorious Zimbabwe team on the other hand will have to guard against complacency and hope that they come back from the West Indies with a maiden historic series win.
Despite inflicting two surprise defeats on their more illustrious hosts, Prosper Utseya was quick to warn his players to guard against complacency ahead of the second match on Sunday.
“West Indies are still a good side. We still respect them. For us to beat them, we need to make sure that we play hard, remain focused, pay attention to the small things, and remain disciplined”, he told Cricinfo.
Zimbabwe found an unlikely hero in debutant Shingirai Masakadza who announced his entry on the international scene in style with a match winning display in which he showed a lot of composure despite bowling the last over in the tight contest.
The stage is therefore set for another display of good cricket and Zimbabwean fans will be hoping that their team continues to display the fighting spirit that they have displayed in the one-off Twenty20 and the first ODI.