Windies fight back
30 October 2017
West Indies 78-1 (Powell 43, Brathwaite 32, Cremer 1/31) trail Zimbabwe 326 (Masakadza 147, Raza 80, Roach 3/44, Gabriel 2/64, Bishoo 2/82) by 248 runs
ZIMBABWE remained ahead of West Indies after day two of the second cricket Test at Queens Sports Club Monday with their depleted bowling attack having a lot of work to do in order to maintain the advantage.
Hamilton Masakadza top scored with 147 runs, his second highest score in Test cricket while Sikandar Raza was second best with 80 for Zimbabwe’s first innings of 326 in 109.1 overs. At the close of play last night, West Indies were 78 for one in 49 overs, having lost the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite.
Debutant, Tendai Chisoro, who has a huge role to play with his left arm spin if Zimbabwe get to bowl the tourists out on Tuesday, feels that if they can take early wickets, then they stand a chance of winning the Test and level the series.
“When you look at their score now, 78 for one but considering the overs we have bowled, the run rate is a bit slow, even if its Test cricket, if you add two wickets onto that score, it’s a different ball game now and the two wickets out there, one of them is Bishoo is not considered a batsman so tomorrow you come and play shots you give us chances and hopefully in the first hour we strike early and after that get early wickets,” Chisoro said.
Indications are that Zimbabwe are looking to have a lead of 100 runs, which would give them a great opportunity to record their first ever win over West Indies in the prolonged version of the game.
“If we bowl West Indies out before they get a lead and we have a lead of at least 100 I think we will fancy ourselves in the fourth innings to bowl them out to win the Test match. As a team we said if we get 650 runs in both innings combined we would be safe in the game and we will have a chance to win the game,’’ Chisoro said.
Zimbabwe resumed from their overnight score of 169 for four with Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza at the crease. The two went about building their partnership with some elegant strokes. With their partnership nearing 100 runs, Masakadza was tempted into a big shot by leg spinner Devendra Bishoo but only succeeded in getting the ball up in the air, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich with an easy catch. Masakadza gone for 147 faced 240 deliveries put away 16 fours and two sixes.
Malcolm Waller continued with his poor batting, gone first ball, bowled by Kraigg Brathwaite for a first ball duck. Regis Chakabva was next, an attempted sweep off not materialising as Bishoo bowled him through his legs for 10.
Raza reached his fifth Test fifth in style, with a six off Bishoo. Gabriel got the wicket of Raza, the batsman getting an outside edge to be taken at second slip by Kyle Hope. Cremer was run out going for a single which was not there, Jason Holder with the direct hit to run out his Zimbabwean opposite number for 11. Chisoro was the last batsman out, Roach getting him leg before wicket for nine to bring an end to the Zimbabwean innings.
Roach was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with three wickets for 44 in 18.1 overs while Bishoo and Gabriel had two apiece.
Kieran Powell dropped on 11 by Cremer off his own bowling. Powell went on put on an opening stand of 76 with Brathwaite. Cremer got the much needed breakthrough, Braithwaite taken at first slip by Masakadza.
Powell had nightwatchman Bishoo for company at the crease at the close of play Monday. The match heads into third day, with action starting 30 minutes earlier again due to the rain disruption.