Barbados: Zimbabwe get off to a good start in their first test match in almost a year.
Zimbabwe made a good enough start to their first test in a long time, although they could have done a lot better given the start they had. The match saw the return of Marlon Sameuls too. Zimbabwe Captain, Brendan Taylor, won the toss and chose to bat on a confusing pitch.
Zimbabwean openers were up against Kemar Roach and Tino Best, and both of them gave it their best but could only dismiss two of their batsmen as Tim Mawoyo and Brendan Taylor led their recovery. It wasn’t easy going though, being hit all over their bodies. getting edges, but they persisted and persisted which meant they went into lunch with only two wickets down.
Soon after lunch, the downfall started for Zimbabwe as Tim’s hard work came to an end and after getting through the hard part of facing the pacers he fell to the off-spinner Shillingford. Dismissal of Tim, started the collapse from which they never recovered and fell from 100/2 at lunch to 211 all out.
Marlon Sameuls on his return became one of the cheif destroyers taking four wickets. Cremer and Chakabva tried to recover a bit when they added 38 for the seventh wicket but their partnership was broken by Sameuls too and after that it was just a matter of time.
West Indies were given about 10 to 12 to face for the day, and credit should be given to the Zimbabweans that after being dismissed cheaply they did not give up and struck early in the 7th over to send Powell back to the pavillion. Sammy looking to save his batsmen for tomorrow, sent in nightwatchman Kemar Roach but to everybody’s disappointment in the West Indian dressing room he was dismissed too as he became Jarvis’s second victim of the day.
Darren Bravo and Chris Gayle made sure that no more wickets fell as West Indies ended the day on 18/2 from 11 overs. Zimbabwe should be pretty pleased their performance on the first day as the match hasn’t tilted much in anybody’s favor and both teams could make the most out of it.