Powell leads Windies reply
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC):
Kieran Powell was closing in on his second half-century of the series, but opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite fell just before the close to spoil an otherwise flawless West Indies reply on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe here yesterday.
The left-handed Powell was unbeaten on 43 as the Windies reached 78 for one in their first innings at stumps, in response to the hosts' decent 326 all out at Queens Sports Club.
West Indies appeared set to complete the day without losing a wicket when Brathwaite perished three overs before the close for 32, edging a flat leg break from Graeme Cremer to Hamilton Masakadza at slip.
Brathwaite faced 160 deliveries and counted two fours, adding 76 for the first wicket with Powell, who has so far struck four fours in a 123-ball knock.
West Indies trail by 248 runs heading into today's day three.
Zimbabwe had earlier rallied to their eventual total after beginning the day on 169 for four, with opener Hamilton Masakadza extending his fifth Test hundred to 147 and Sikandar Raza gathering an invaluable 80.
The pair put on 90 for the fifth wicket, which pushed the Zimbabwe total past the 200-run mark and kept West Indies without success in the first hour.
The right-handed Masakadza, on 101 at the start, faced 240 balls in a shade over six hours and counted 16 fours and two sixes.
Raza, meanwhile, gathered his fifth Test half-century, hitting six fours and a six in a knock spanning 147 balls and just over three hours.
Kemar Roach claimed three for 44, while fellow seamer Shannon Gabriel (2-64) and leg-spinner Bishoo (2-82) supported with two wickets apiece.