SHARJAH – West Indies started their tour of the United Arab Emirates on a winning note with an 18-run victory over Zimbabwe on Saturday night at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Allrounder Dwayne Bravo was the Man-of the-Match with 55 off 48 balls including four fours and two sixes.

He added 60 for the fourth wicket with wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, who made 40 off 33 balls – with two fours and two big sixes.

Bravo was also the best bowler taking two wickets off consecutive balls in the penultimate over — which went for just four runs.

He was backed up by left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn who took 2-25 off his four overs.

Scores: WEST INDIES 147-7 off 20 overs (Dwayne Bravo 55, Denesh Ramdin 40, Darren Sammy 21 not out; Tinashe Panyangara 2-30, Tendai Chatara 2-37)

ZIMBABWE 129-7 off 20 overs (Richard Mutumbami 40, Malcolm Waller 33, Elton Chigumbura 25; Dwayne Bravo 2-20, Sulieman Benn 2-25)