Zimbabwe show first-day spunk

October 30, 2017
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach led a new-ball burst with two wickets in the first session.

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC):

Today's second day of the second Test at Queens Sports Club here started early with 98 overs scheduled after rain ended play in a see-saw opening day yesterday.

Opener Hamilton Masakadza struck his fifth Test hundred and second against West Indies to rescue Zimbabwe on yesterday's rain-curtailed first day.

The 34-year-old was unbeaten on 101 when the forecast bad weather arrived half-hour after tea with the hosts on 169 for four, after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

Peter Moor, in for his first match of the series, supported with 52, but he fell just before the rain swept across the venue.

No other Zimbabwe batsman made it into double figures as surprisingly, West Indies seamers took prominence as they ruthlessly disposed of the top order inside the first hour of play.

Seamer Kemar Roach finished with two for 24, while new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel grabbed the other wicket in a productive first session as Zimbabwe reached lunch at 56 for three.

 

Disappointing displays

 

Hoping for a better outing following two disappointing displays with the bat in last week's first Test, Zimbabwe enjoyed no such luxury, quickly finding themselves three wickets down inside the first hour.

Roach struck first in the day's fourth over with four runs on the board, luring Solomon Mire (four) into a tentative prod at an away-swinger, with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich taking the edge low down to his right.

Three overs later, Gabriel snapped Craig Ervine's middle stump with one angled in to send the experienced right-hander on his way without scoring, with seven runs added to the total.

And the innings was in further turmoil when Brendan Taylor played on to Roach for one nearing the hour, leaving Zimbabwe tottering on 14 for three.

However, Masakadza combined with Moor to rescue the innings in a productive 142-run stand for the fourth wicket, to see Zimbabwe safely to lunch and keep West Indies wicketless in the second session.

All told, the right-handed Masakadza struck nine fours and two sixes in a 171-ball knock, while Moor, also a right-hander, faced 155 deliveries and counted three fours.

Masakadza gained a reprieve on 15 when he seemed to edge a mistimed pull at a short one from Gabriel on to his body and into the hands of gully. He was given not out, but when West Indies resorted to DRS, replays showed the bowler had over-stepped.

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