West Indies: 219/10 (Hope 90*, Powell 56; Cremer 4/64, Williams 3/20)
And 88/1 (Brathwaite 38*, Hope 32*; Cremer 1/36)
Zimbabwe 159 (Masakadza 42, Ervine 39; Bishoo 5/79)
West Indies lead by 148 runs
Despite a good start to the test where veterans like Brendan Taylor & Kyle Jarvis returned to International cricket, Zimbabwe have found themselves staring down yet another test loss. Despite restricting the Windies for a mere 219 in the first innings, spinner Devendra Bishoo’s fifer has totally left them reeling.
After a comprehensive morale victory in the first day, Zimbabwe was on the receiving end of some spin magic by Bishoo as they were all out for just 159, handing the opponents a first innings lead of 60, which, in conditions like these, are almost priceless.
In a spin friendly pitch, it was the Zimbabwe bowlers, especially skipper Graeme Cremer who brought about the downfall of the Windies by picking up 4 for 64 runs. Middle-order batsman Shai Hope did show some ‘hope’ (pun intended) to his side by an unbeaten 90, with Kieran Powell scoring 56.
In reply, Zimbabwe did start well with opening partnership for 44 by the returning Solomon Mire and Haamilton Masakadza. But on day 2, they were guilty of gidting their wickets very softly. Bishoo gleefully accepted those gifts by the opposition batsmen and steam rolled their batting lineup. The Windies batsman closed day 2 on 88 for 1, enjoying an already big lead of 148 with 9 wickets remaining.