ST GEORGE'S  - Zimbabwe went nowhere at the start, then began to find some direction, but soon sank further and further, severely hurting their chances of avoiding a 0-3 whitewash. Barring a short period when Vusi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor counter-attacked, they were tied down by a disciplined and varied West Indies attack on a batting pitch.To make matters worse for them, an ill Craig Ervine, their best batsman in the series, was not available. In his absence, the middle order, when called upon to rebuild another stuttering innings, caved in, barring some fight from Chamu Chibhabha. The wiles of Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul, the accuracy of Dwayne Bravo, and the pace of Kemar Roach and Tino Best was too much to handle.A score of 23 for 1 after the opening Powerplay said it all, as far as Zimbabwe's start went. Tino Mawoyo, replacing Ervine, was peppered with bouncers by Best. One lobbed off the glove but fell short of the slip cordon, two thudded into the body and carried behind. Despite their pace, Best and Kemar Roach did not allow their lines to suffer and Zimbabwe had little opportunity to score. After the burst from the fast bowlers, Zimbabwe had Narine to contend with. He'd struck with his seventh and third deliveries in the first two games. He did so with his first today, Mawoyo pushing forward and going leg-before to an offspinner following a review by West Indies.Hamilton Masakadza heaved the first boundary of the innings in the 11th over off Bravo but in the West Indies captain's next over, backed away to leg stump, and was bowled by one that straightened past his attempted drive.Zimbabwe were 30 for 2 after 13 overs, and desperately needed some momentum. It came from Sibanda and Taylor. Sibanda punished a couple of short ones from Narine and went after Bravo, lofting him through extra cover and over midwicket. Taylor looked in superb touch from the outset, flicking, sweeping, reverse-sweeping for boundaries and even upper-cutting Best over third man for six.The stand was worth 55 at over run a ball, and Zimbabwe seemed to have made up for the tame start. But both batsmen were to fall in almost casual fashion. Sibanda tried to turn a Best delivery to leg, only for it to straighten slightly and for mid-off to take the leading edge. Taylor stepped out to loft the left-arm spinner Permaul, but ended up spooning it to cover.Yet again, Zimbabwe's middle order had a repair job on their hands, and this time, there wasn't a lot of batting to come. The batsmen appeared clueless at times against Narine and weren't able to do much against the variations of Permaul either. Regis Chakabva and Malcolm Waller both had their struggles ended by Permaul.No. 7 Chibhabha was also uncomfortable against the spinners but retained his composure to target the seamers, especially Bravo, later. With Kyle Jarvis willing to hang around, Chibhabha swung a few big hits down the ground to push Zimbabwe past 200 in a ninth-wicket stand of 41. Bravo was taken for 21 off his final two overs as Chibhabha finished the innings by heaving a high leg-side full toss for six. But for an attack that had conceded 337 and failed to defend 273, 211 appeared too inadequate.

SCOREBOARDZIMBABWE:T Mawoyo lbw Narine9V Sibanda c Deonarine b Best41H Masakadza b DJ Bravo6B Taylor c Powell b Permaul39R Chakabva b Permaul17M Waller lbw Permaul15C Chibhabha not out48T Mutombodzi run out13N M'Shangwe b DJ Bravo1K Jarvis c and b Best7C Mpofu not out2EXTRAS: (4lb, 9w)13TOTAL: (9 wkts, 50 overs)211FOW: 1-23, 2-30, 3-85, 4-104, 5-128, 6-139, 7-157, 8-160, 9-201 BOWLING: Roach 7-3-15-0, Best 9-0-38-2, Bravo 10-1-58-2, Narine 10-1-41-1, Permaul 10-0-40-3, Deonarine 4-1-15-0UMPIRES: Ian Gould (ENG), Gregory Brathwaite (WI)TV UMPIRE: Johan Cloete (RSA)MATCH REFEREE: Javagal Srinath (IND)