Live Cricket Score, Zimbabwe vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 2 in Bulawayo

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Live Cricket Score, Zimbabwe vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 2 in Bulawayo

Hamilton Masakadza. (Image Courtesy: Twitter)


PREVIEW DAY 2, ZIM vs WI: Opener Hamilton Masakadza struck an unbeaten century as Zimbabwe reached 169 for four at the close on a rain-curtailed first day of the second test against West Indies at the Queens Sports Club on Sunday. After Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat, Masakadza reached 101 not out from 171 balls with nine fours and two sixes. He will resume on Monday with Sikandar Raza (nine not out). Masakadza watched from the opposite end as Zimbabwe slipped into early trouble when they limped to 14 for three as West Indies seamer Kemar Roach (two for 24) made early inroads for the visitors, including the big wicket of Brendan Taylor (one). But Masakadza, who scored his fifth test century, put on 142 for the fourth wicket with Peter Moor (52) before the latter was bowled by Roston Chase (one for 26). The players left the field at the end of the 61st over and persistent rain kept them off for the remainder of the day. West Indies won the first test by 117 runs and cannot lose the two-match series.

Commentary (Zimbabwe innings)

Sikandar Raza has fought hard and has already crossed the fifty-run mark. He has his skipper for company. Will they bat well and add another 100 odd to their team’s tally or will the visitors come out and wrap the things up quickly? Join us in a while to find what happens next…

Session highlights – 39 Overs, 127 Runs and 3 Wickets! It’s been a good extended session for both these sides. Zimbabwe continued to have the upper hand over the visitors with Masakadza and Raza churning the runs with ease in the first hour. Holder didn’t opt for the new ball and asked his spinners to bowl. Bishoo was way too short in his initial burst but once he pitched the ball up, he reaped huge dividends. Brathwaite from the other end offered him handy support as the duo extracted enough turn and bounce to cause the panic in the opposition camp.

99.6 K Brathwaite to Raza, Fuller outside off, Raza drives it through covers to keep strike after LUNCH ON DAY 2! 296/7

99.5 K Brathwaite to Raza, Comes down the track. Kraigg pulls his length back. Raza adjusts and defends it. 295/7

99.4 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Shorter in length outside off, the batsman pushes it on the off side for a run. 295/7

99.3 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Quicker on off, turning back in. Cremer tries to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge and on the bounce to short leg. 294/7

99.2 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Flatter on off, Cremer defends it off the back foot. 294/7

A leg slip in place.

99.1 K Brathwaite to Raza, Advances down the track and drives it down to long on for a run. 294/7

Still a minute to go and we will have one more in before lunch…

98.6 D Bishoo to Cremer, Floats it on off, Cremer defends it off the front foot. 293/7

98.5 D Bishoo to Raza, Goes onto the back foot and punches it through covers for a run. 293/7

98.4 D Bishoo to Raza, Advances down the track, looses his balance in process but Raza somehow manages to drives it back to the bowler. 292/7

98.3 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 292/7

98.2 D Bishoo to Cremer, Slower through the air on off, turning away. Cremer tries to defend but gets an outside edge towards short third man for a run. 292/7

A conversation between the two batsmen. Sikandar walks across to Cremer to have a word as he wants to eat up time and make sure this is the last over before lunch.

98.1 D Bishoo to Raza, Loopy ball on off, Raza drives it to the man at covers. 291/7

97.6 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 290/7

97.5 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Floats it on off, Cremer defends it off the front foot. 290/7

97.4 K Brathwaite to Cremer, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 290/7

97.3 K Brathwaite to Raza, A full toss on middle, Raza drives it down the ground for a run. 290/7

97.2 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Cremer waits for the ball to spin into him and flicks it through square leg for a run. 289/7

97.1 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Ambitious appeal but nothing from the umpire! Flatter on middle, turning back in. Cremer tries to defend but it goes off the pads to the man at short leg. 288/7

96.6 D Bishoo to Raza, Slower through the air outside off, turning away. Raza tries to drive but gets beaten. 288/7

96.5 D Bishoo to Cremer, Cremer is off the mark! Short and wide outside off, from Bishoo. Graeme cuts it through point. The outfield is not that quick to take the ball to the fence. The fielder dives and pulls it back in to save a run for his side. 288/7

96.4 D Bishoo to Cremer, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 285/7

96.3 D Bishoo to Cremer, Flatter on off, also shorter in length. Cremer defends it off the back foot. 285/7

96.2 D Bishoo to Cremer, Floats it up on off, Cremer defends it solidly. 285/7

96.1 D Bishoo to Raza, Flighted ball outside off, Raza leans into it and drives it through covers for a run. 285/7

95.6 K Brathwaite to Cremer, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 284/7

95.5 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Flicks it to mid-wicket with the spin. 284/7

95.4 K Brathwaite to Raza, Dances down the track and times it through covers for a run. 284/7

95.3 K Brathwaite to Raza, Shorter in length outside off, Raza, against the spin, punches it through the cover region for a couple. 283/7

95.2 K Brathwaite to Raza, Quicker on leg stump, Raza flicks it to short leg. 281/7

95.1 K Brathwaite to Raza, Shorter in length on middle, turning back in. Raza works it to short leg. 281/7

94.6 D Bishoo to Cremer, Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 281/7

94.5 D Bishoo to Raza, Drags his length back outside off, Raza punches it through covers for a run. 281/7

94.4 D Bishoo to Raza, FOUR! A gift by Bishoo! A full toss on middle, Raza goes down on one knee and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 280/7

94.3 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 276/7

94.2 D Bishoo to Raza, Tosses it up on off, Raza defends it off the front foot. 276/7

94.1 D Bishoo to Raza, Floats it wide outside off, Raza shoulders his arms to it. 276/7

93.6 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Works it with the spin to mid-wicket. 276/7

93.5 K Brathwaite to Raza, Almost! Raza comes down the track and tries to drive the ball through the off side. The ball turns in sharply but luckily for Raza he gets an inside edge towards short fine leg for a run. 276/7

93.4 K Brathwaite to Raza, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 275/7

93.3 K Brathwaite to Raza, Quicker on off, Raza defends it watchfully. 275/7

93.2 K Brathwaite to Raza, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 275/7

93.1 K Brathwaite to Raza, Flatter on off, Raza defends it off the back foot. 275/7

92.6 D Bishoo to S Raza, Fuller outside off, Raza drives it down to long off for a run. 275/7

92.5 D Bishoo to Raza, Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 274/7

92.4 D Bishoo to Raza, Tosses it up outside off, Raza pushes it to covers. 274/7

92.3 D Bishoo to Raza, SIX! Fifty for Raza, his fifth in Tests! He brings it up in style! A long hop by Bishoo on middle, Raza goes back and picks the bones out of it as he deposits it over the mid-wicket fence. He is now Zimbabwe’s only hope if they are to reach 350. He has played really well uptil now and he would want to make it count. 274/7

92.2 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman works it down the leg side. 268/7

92.1 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 268/7

91.6 K Brathwaite to Cremer, NOT OUT! Cremer survives and the Windies lose a review! Brathwaite once again tosses it up outside off, this one too turns back in. Cremer prods forward to defend but gets beaten and is hit on the pads. The Windies appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Holder after a chat with his teammates opts to review. Replays show that there is not bat involved and the ball is spinning past the leg stump. 268/7

Review time! The Windies have taken a review for LBW against Cremer. Looks close!

91.5 K Brathwaite to Cremer, Loopy ball outside off, turning back in. Cremer tries to defend but gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire remains put. 268/7

91.4 K Brathwaite to Cremer, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 268/7

91.3 K Brathwaite to S Raza, Floats it outside off, Raza drives it down towards mid off for a run. 268/7

91.2 K Brathwaite to Raza, Tosses it up on off, Raza defends it watchfully. 267/7

91.1 K Brathwaite to Raza, Flatter on off, Raza defends it off the back foot. 267/7

Graeme Cremer strides out to the middle.

90.6 D Bishoo to Chakabva, OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! 100 Test wickets for Bishoo, he becomes the 5th West Indian spinner to achieve this feat. Good variation from Bishoo! He pushes it quicker through the air, lands it full on middle. Chakabva goes down on one knee and tries to sweep but misses it completely. The ball goes between his legs and disturbs the woodwork behind. Chakabva’s struggle comes to an end. Zimbabwe are losing their way now. Bishoo gets his second. 267/7

90.5 D Bishoo to Raza, Sweeps it through square leg for a run. 267/6

90.4 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman has driven it straight back to the bowler. 266/6

90.3 D Bishoo to Raza, BEATEN! It is turning square! Bishoo tosses it up on middle, the ball drifts into the batsman and turns away. Raza prods forward and tries to defend but gets beaten. A peach! 266/6

90.2 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Drags his length back on off, Chakabva goes back and pulls it towards wide mid on for a run. 266/6

90.1 D Bishoo to Raza, Tosses it up on middle, very full so the spin is out of contention. Raza drives it towards mid on for a run. 265/6

89.6 K Brathwaite to Raza, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single. 264/6

89.5 K Brathwaite to Raza, Flicks it to mid-wicket with the spin. 263/6

89.4 K Brathwaite to Raza, Quicker on the pads, Raza tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. 263/6

89.3 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Short and wide outside off, too easy for Chakabva. he is all the time in the world to rock back and cut it through point for three. 263/6

89.2 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Flatter on middle, the batsman defends it by covering the line of the ball. 260/6

89.1 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Tosses it up on off, Chakabva tries to defend but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket. 260/6

88.6 D Bishoo to Raza, Shorter in length outside off, Raza shuffles across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. 260/6

88.5 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 258/6

88.4 D Bishoo to Raza, Floats it up on off, turns away sharply. Raza gets beaten as he tries to defend it. 258/6

88.3 D Bishoo to Raza, Flighted ball outside off, Raza need not play at it. 258/6

88.2 D Bishoo to Raza, Slower through the air outside off, Raza lets it be. 258/6

88.1 D Bishoo to Raza, Flatter on off, skids off the surface. Raza defends it towards covers. 258/6

87.6 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Flighted ball on middle, Chakabva drives it towards mid on where Holder dives to his left and makes a good stop. 258/6

87.5 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Flatter on off, the batsman defends stoutly. 258/6

87.4 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Slower through the air, gets some turn off the surface. Chakabva tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 258/6

87.3 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Tosses it up on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot. 258/6

87.2 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Flicks it with the angle to mid-wicket. 258/6

87.1 K Brathwaite to Raza, Advances down the track and drives it down to long on for a run. 258/6

86.6 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Loopy ball outside off, Chakabva tries to sweep but gets beaten. A sweep shot against Bishoo, not a good idea. 257/6

86.5 D Bishoo to Chakabva, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 257/6

86.4 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Flatter on off, turns away. Chakabva gets an outside edge down towards third man for a couple. 257/6

86.3 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 255/6

86.2 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 255/6

86.1 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Floats it up outside off, Chakabva defends it off the front foot. 255/6

85.6 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, On middle and leg, Chakabva eases it down to long on for a single. But why is long on in place? Regis is the new man to the crease and why would you let him rotate strike? The man at long on should be brought up. This is really strange from Holder. 255/6

85.5 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Shorter outside off, Chakabva punches it through the covers for a couple. 254/6

85.4 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Brathwaite is getting some sharp turn here! He again slows it up outside off, turns back in and also skids off the surface. Chakabva goes back and tries to flick it but misses and is struck on the pads. The on-air commentators believe it was worth an appeal there. Replays show there was an inside edge there and maybe the keeper must have heard that. 252/6

85.3 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Better this time! He bowls it slower through the air on off, Chakabva defends it solidly. 252/6

85.2 K Brathwaite to Raza, Quicker again on middle, Raza punches it down to long on for a run. 252/6

85.1 K Brathwaite to Raza, Flatter down the leg side, Raza tries to pull but misses. 251/6

84.6 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Gives it air on off, turning away. Chakabva tries to defend but gets beaten. 251/6

84.5 D Bishoo to Chakabva, Drives it with the spin to covers. 251/6

84.4 D Bishoo to Raza, Fuller in length on the stumps, Raza drives it down to long on for a run. 251/6

84.3 D Bishoo to Raza, Floats it outside off, Raza does not fiddle with it. 250/6

84.2 D Bishoo to Raza, NOT OUT! Loopy ball outside off, turning away. Raza plays a similar shot like Masakadza but does not connect. The keeper collects and whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire goes upstairs. Replays show that Raza never lifted his foot. 250/6

An appeal for a stumping against Raza has been referred upstairs.

84.1 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 250/6

83.6 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Floats it full on off, the batsman drives it to mid on. 250/6

83.5 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Loopy ball on off, turns back into the batsman. Chakabva tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 250/6

83.4 K Brathwaite to Raza, Fuller outside off, Raza drives it through covers for a run. 250/6

83.3 K Brathwaite to Raza, Flatter on off, the batsman defends it off the back foot. 249/6

83.2 K Brathwaite to Chakabva, Sweeps it with the spin through square leg for a run. 249/6

Regis Chakabva is the next man in.

83.1 Brathwaite to M Waller, OUT! Waller bags a golden duck! An off spinner’s dream delivery! The move of not taking the second new ball is paying off. Kraigg tosses it up outside off, inviting the batsman to drive. Waller obliges and tries to go through the line but leaves a gap between bat and pad. The ball turns in sharply and goes right between the gap to hit the timber. Two quick wickets for the Windies and they are ecstatic. 248/6

82.6 D Bishoo to S Raza, Drives it with the angle to mid on. 248/5

82.5 D Bishoo to Raza, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 248/5

82.4 D Bishoo to Raza, Short again outside off, Raza cuts it through extra cover for a couple. 248/5

82.3 D Bishoo to Raza, Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 246/5

Malcolm Waller is the next man in.

82.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, OUT! This is what you get by bowling fuller! A loss of concentration from Masakadza, a bad shot by him. Not wise to go against the spin when the ball is turning. Bishoo again bowls a loopy ball outside off, turning away. Masakadza tries to fetch it and slog sweep it over the leg side but gets a top edge which lobs besides the pitch. Dowrich runs to his left, sets himself under it and takes it. A fighting innings by Hamilton comes to an end. He falls three short of his 150 and walks off to a standing ovation. West Indies have managed to break the 90-run stand and are now back into the game. 246/5

82.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Nicely bowled! Bishoo tosses it up on middle, it drifts into the batsman, turns away sharply and also bounces extra. Masakadza goes on the back foot to defend but gets an outside edge through short third man for a couple. 246/4

81.6 K Brathwaite to Masakadza, Dances down the track and eases it down to long on for a single. 244/4

81.5 K Brathwaite to Masakadza, Allows the ball to turn in and works it towards mid-wicket. 243/4

81.4 K Brathwaite to Masakadza, Drops it on a length and it skids off the deck, HM does well to keep it out off the back foot. 243/4

81.3 Brathwaite to Masakadza, A stifled appeal for an LBW! Pushes it quicker through the air around off, Masakadza tries to broom it away but misses and is struck on the pads. They appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Maybe, the impact would be outside the line. 243/4

81.2 K Brathwaite to Raza, A loopy full toss on middle, swept behind square on the leg side for a single. It was uppish but safe. 243/4

81.1 K Brathwaite to Raza, Very full around middle, bunted back to the bowler. 242/4

Kraigg Brathwaite is introduced into the attack. My colleague just reminded me that he was the one who removed Masakadza in the first innings of the first Test. Can he do it again? Well, his team would love it if he does so.

80.6 D Bishoo to Masakadza, There you go! That is the length you need to bowl Bishoo! Floats it up around off, Hamilton leans forward to defend but the ball turns away and nearly kisses the outside edge of Masakadza’s bat. 242/4

80.5 D Bishoo to Masakadza, And again! Shortish around off, turning further away, punched towards Holder at short cover. 242/4

Ian Bishop is livid with the bowling from Bishoo. He wants him to bowl fuller and make the batsman come forward but Bishoo is bowling really flat and short.

80.4 D Bishoo to Raza, What’s with Bishoo? He is not learning. Continuously dropping it short and once again Raza cuts it to deep cover for a single. 242/4

80.3 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Flatter one on the shorter length outside off, Masakadza smashes it through covers for a single. 241/4

80.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Wide enough for the batsman to play at it. 240/4

80.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Slower through the air outside off, spinning away further. The batsman lets it be. 240/4

Second new ball is due now!

Hamilton Masakadza now has the most number of runs in an innings for a batsman from Zimbabwe against West Indies in Tests.

79.6 J Holder to Raza, Bouncer! the batsman ducks under it. 240/4

79.5 J Holder to S Raza, Better from Holder! He lands it on a length around off, Raza prods forward and blocks it. 240/4

79.4 J Holder to Raza, FOUR LEG BYES! Poor by Holder! He errs in line and drifts it on the pads. Raza misses the flick as the ball brushes the pads, beats the diving keeper and into the fine leg fence. Second boundary of the over for Zimbabwe. 240/4

79.3 J Holder to Masakadza, That was nicely timed as well but only for a single. Holder persists with the short ball on middle, Hamilton swivels inside the crease and pulls it to deep square leg for a run. 236/4

79.2 J Holder to H Masakadza, FOUR! Bad ball and it has been dispatched! Short and wide outside off by Holder. Seeing the width on offer, Massakadza goes after it and cuts it through backward point for a boundary. He moves onto 142. 235/4

79.1 J Holder to Masakadza, Back of a length on off, Masakadza defends it off the back foot. 231/4

Ian Bishop on-air analyses his point further. The second new ball is around the corner and that will complicate issues for Bishoo. That is why he should have been bowled earlier in the morning.

78.6 D Bishoo to Raza, Sixth short ball in a row, slapped hard but straight to the point fielder. 231/4

78.5 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 231/4

78.4 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Bishoo hasn’t got his rhythm. Drops it short again, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for a run. 231/4

78.3 D Bishoo to S Raza, Short and spinning away, cut through point for a run. 230/4

78.2 D Bishoo to Raza, Short again and Raza cuts it off the back foot to the cover region. 229/4

78.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Starts off with a short delivery around off, cut past the diving cover fielder for a run. 229/4

Drinks time. Meanwhile, Devendra Bishoo is brought on for a bowl. Ian Bishop on-air feels that he should have been brought in earlier.

77.6 R Chase to Raza, Drifting down the leg side, Raza looks to play it across but misses. 228/4

77.5 R Chase to Raza, Leans into this one and pats it back to the bowler. 228/4

77.4 R Chase to S Raza, Floated outside off, Raza creams it to sweeper cover for a couple. 228/4

77.3 R Chase to S Raza, Missed opportunity! How costly will that be? Spinning sharply into Raza, he looks to tuck it across but seems to have got an inside edge on his pads. The ball lobs towards the short leg fielder who reacts very late. By the time he dives, the ball falls down on the ground. The Snicko confirms the inside edge. West Indies need to pounce on such opportunities if they are to come back in the game. This is a good track to bat on and the hosts can make you pay for it. 226/4

77.2 R Chase to Raza, Lunges forward to this one and blocks it nicely. 226/4

77.1 R Chase to Raza, Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot. 226/4

76.6 J Holder to H Masakadza, FOUR! Hit with disdain! Hamilton is showing his colorful array of shots all around the ground. Short delivery in line of the stumps, Masakadza swivels across and pulls it with aplomb through square leg for a rocketing boundary. Best over of the innings, 13 from it. 226/4

76.5 J Holder to Masakadza, On a length outside off, holding its line. Hamilton doesn’t fiddle with it. 222/4

76.4 J Holder to Masakadza, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Off pace delivery from Holder on a fullish length on middle, Masakadza is early into his drive and hence, gets it uppishly towards mid off. The fielder dives to his right but it goes past him. It rolls away on this slow outfield and through to the fence. 222/4

76.3 J Holder to H Masakadza, FOUR! An artist at work! Length delivery around off, Masakadza strides forward confidently and drives it through cover-point. Brathwaite in the deep runs to his right but the ball has been timed so well that it beats him with ease. 218/4

76.2 J Holder to Raza, Angling sharply into Raza who works it to mid-wicket for a run. 214/4

76.1 J Holder to Raza, Fullish delivery in the channel outside off, Raza watches it closely and makes a good leave. 213/4

75.6 R Chase to Masakadza, FOUR! Nice improvisation! Floated around off, Masakadza goes for the fancy reverse sweep and executes it well. There is no protection in the deep behind square on the off side and he hits in the same region. Picks up another boundary. 213/4

75.5 R Chase to Masakadza, Another one that spins down the leg side, Hamilton leaves it. 209/4

75.4 R Chase to Masakadza, Clipped with the spin towards mid-wicket. 209/4

75.3 R Chase to S Raza, Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total. 209/4

75.2 R Chase to Raza, Tossed up around leg stump, Raza goes for the reverse sweep but misses to get hit around the hips. The ball deflects towards fine leg. Two leg byes taken. 208/4

75.1 R Chase to Raza, Chase comes from around the wicket and bowls it around the pads, Raza looks to help it away but misses. 206/4

74.6 J Holder to Masakadza, On a driving length outside off, Masakadza doesn’t get drawn into the drive and lets it go safely. 206/4

74.5 J Holder to Masakadza, In the off stump channel, Masakadza lets it go. 206/4

74.4 J Holder to Masakadza, Back of a length delivery, angling in from outside off. Hamilton pushes it off the inner half of the bat towards mid on. 206/4

74.3 J Holder to Masakadza, Fuller in length, defended solidly off the front foot. 206/4

74.2 J Holder to Raza, Good length delivery around off, Raza hops and works it through square leg for a run. That brings up the 50-run stand between the two. They have shown good character and are playing really well. 206/4

Three slips in place now. West Indies on the attack.

74.1 J Holder to Masakadza, On a length outside off, tapped past point for a single. 205/4

73.6 R Chase to Raza, Floated delivery, Sikandar lunges forward and keeps it out. 204/4

73.5 R Chase to Raza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 204/4

73.4 R Chase to Raza, Tossed up delivery, Raza strokes it through covers. The fielder hares after it and cuts it off before the boundary ropes. Two runs taken. Actually, there was the third run on offer but poor running between the wickets didn’t allow the batsmen to take it. 204/4

73.3 R Chase to Raza, Spinning into Raza who clips it to short leg. 202/4

73.2 R Chase to Raza, Raza turns this one with the spin towards mid-wicket. 202/4

73.1 R Chase to Raza, FOUR! Picked the gap to perfection! Full toss on off, Raza kneels and sweeps it nicely past the short leg fielder. There are two men in the deep, one at deep square leg and one at long leg and he bisects them to earn a boundary. 200 up for Zimbabwe. 202/4

72.6 J Holder to Masakadza, Stays back to this one and defends it. A maiden for Holder, testing over from him. 198/4

72.5 J Holder to Masakadza, Ooh… that was close! Back of a length delivery angling in sharply from outside off, Masakadza looks to force it through covers with hard hands but gets a thick inside edge past the leg stump. He would have had his heart in his mouth there. 198/4

72.4 J Holder to Masakadza, Fuller in length outside off, left alone. 198/4

72.3 J Holder to Masakadza, In the zone of apprehension, Hamilton plants his front foot across and lets it go. These two have played sensible cricket, left deliveries outside the off stump and have played very few false shots. 198/4

72.2 J Holder to Masakadza, Length delivery on off, Masakadza tucks it off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket. 198/4

72.1 J Holder to Masakadza, Back of a length delivery around off, Hamilton stays back and punches it back to the bowler. 198/4

71.6 R Chase to Raza, Loopy delivery, Raza lunges forward in defense. Good over from Chase. 198/4

71.5 R Chase to Masakadza, Quicker on middle, turned through mid-wicket for a single. 198/4

71.4 R Chase to Masakadza, That was risky! Full delivery on middle, Masakadza goes for the fancy reverse sweep and connects decently to get it to short third man. If he missed that, he was a goner. 197/4

71.3 R Chase to Masakadza, Strides forward to the tossed up delivery and defends it. 197/4

71.2 R Chase to Raza, Nicely bowled! Chase spots Raza using his feet and bowls it slow through the air around off. Sikandar tries to push it through the gap at extra cover but gets beaten in the flight. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads and towards mid on. A run taken. 197/4

71.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Short delivery around off, turning in slowly into Sikandar. He plays it with soft hands towards backward square leg for a single. 196/4

70.6 J Holder to Raza, Well played! Length delivery just outside off, skidding after pitching. Raza shuffles a bit and keeps it out by taking his bottom hand off the bat. 195/4

70.5 J Holder to Raza, In the channel outside off, curving in a touch. Sikandar doesn’t flirt with it. 195/4

70.4 J Holder to Raza, A touch fullish on off, Raza opts to stay back instead of coming forward and buries it into the track. 195/4

70.3 J Holder to Raza, Raza taps this length delivery towards backward point and looks for a run but is rightly sent back. 195/4

70.2 J Holder to Masakadza, Short of a length well outside off, Masakadza makes good use of the depth of the crease and punches it to sweeper cover for a run. 195/4

70.1 J Holder to Masakadza, Good length delivery angling in from around off, Hamilton covers the line and answers it with a straight bat. 194/4

False start! Holder stops in his delivery stride.

The skipper, Jason Holder comes in for a burst.

69.6 R Chase to S Raza, FOUR! Pleasing shot! Half-volley outside off, Raza opens the face of the bat and drives it elegantly through covers for a boundary. 8 from the over. 194/4

69.5 R Chase to Raza, Spinning into the pads, Sikandar helps it towards fine leg. Good running between the wickets allows the batsmen to come back for the second. 190/4

69.4 R Chase to Masakadza, Fraction short around off, cut away against the spin to covers to rotate strike. 188/4

69.3 R Chase to Masakadza, Turn on that occasion! Spins in sharply from outside off, Hamilton looks to defend it with the spin but is struck on the pads 187/4

69.2 R Chase to Masakadza, Fullish on off, pushed off the front foot towards mid on. 187/4

69.1 R Chase to Raza, Turning into Raza who turns it to mid-wicket for a run. 187/4

Roston Chase comes into the attack. He got good purchase from the track yesterday and will be looking to put pressure on the batsmen. A slip and short leg in place.

68.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, In the corridor of uncertainty, Hamilton presses forward and defends it solidly. 186/4

68.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Much better this time. Fuller in length just outside off, the opener plants his front foot across and makes a good leave. 186/4

68.4 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Gabriel loses his radar and slants it down the leg side, Hamilton tries to play it across but fails to put bat on ball. 186/4

68.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Bouncer but wayward in direction. It is down the leg side, no trouble at all for Masakadza to leave it alone. A short delivery should be well-directed otherwise there is no meaning to the effort ball. 186/4

68.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, A tad fuller in length on off, Hamilton strides ahead and blocks it solidly towards Gabriel who mimes a throw to the keeper. 186/4

68.1 S Gabriel to Raza, Straying on the hips, Raza turns it to fine leg for a run. 186/4

67.6 K Roach to Masakadza, Roach goes wide of the crease and creates a testing angle. Gets the ball to come in substantially as Masakadza defends it tentatively from within the crease. 185/4

67.5 K Roach to Masakadza, This time it is well outside off, Hamilton points his bat skywards to allow it through. 185/4

67.4 K Roach to Masakadza, Back of a length outside off, Hamilton camps back and strokes it to the cover region. 185/4

67.3 K Roach to Masakadza, Fuller in length this time, Masakadza presses forward and keeps it out. 185/4

67.2 K Roach to Masakadza, Fractionally overpitched outside off, driven crisply to mid off. 185/4

67.1 K Roach to Raza, Shuffles across to the good length delivery and turns it around the corner for a run. 185/4

66.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, As Ed Rainsford mentioned, the fielder in the leg side came into focus. Full length delivery on leg stump, flicked straight to the man who came in the mid-wicket region. 184/4

66.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Down the leg side, Hamilton looks to play it across but misses it. 184/4

Ed Rainsford on-air mentions a good point. In the first Test match, the ball hardly traveled through the gully region. So, he adds that it is rather better to have a short leg in place. Let the batsman know that a bouncer might be coming up so keep them alert.

66.4 S Gabriel to Masakadza, FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Fullish and straying on the pads, Masakadza clips it with authority through mid-wicket. Chase hares after it but the ball wins the race this time. 184/4

66.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Back of a length ball on off, Masakadza punches it firmly off the back foot to covers. 180/4

66.2 S Gabriel to H Masakadza, Shortish and room on offer, Hamilton slaps it hard but hits it straight to the man in the point region. 180/4

66.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length delivery around off, Masakadza makes good use of the depth of the crease and taps it to the cover region. Gabriel is not looking his hundred percent. He was limping yesterday as well. Let’s hope he is fine. 180/4

Alan Wilkins on-air mentions that Roach is quick off the pitch and has a habit of surprising the batsmen. It is not easy to get set against him. You have to be on your toes all the time.

65.6 K Roach to Raza, Short delivery outside off, Raza lets it go. 180/4

65.5 K Roach to Raza, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 180/4

65.4 K Roach to S Raza, Full delivery on middle, Raza pushes it off the inner half to mid on. 180/4

65.3 K Roach to Raza, Another one in the channel outside off, Sikandar doesn’t fiddle with it. 180/4

65.2 K Roach to Raza, Good length delivery outside off, Sikandar leaves it alone in an awkward manner. 180/4

65.1 K Roach to Raza, What a brute of a delivery! Cut into two halves! Roach goes wide of the crease and shapes in a pacy length delivery on off. Raza is caught in a tangle and gets beaten on the inside edge. The ball seems to have brushed the body and carries to Dowrich. Roach is confident but the keeper straightaway indicates that it came off the thigh pad. Raza is lucky to survive that one. 180/4

64.6 S Gabriel to Raza, On a length on middle, Raza shuffles across and tucks it nicely to fine leg for a run and will retain strike. 180/4

64.5 S Gabriel to Raza, Another short ball but the direction is wayward. It is down the leg side and Sikandar leaves it easily. 179/4

Good signs! Finally a bit of sun peeping through the clouds.

64.4 S Gabriel to Raza, Well-directed bouncer on middle and leg, doesn’t rise as much as expected. Raza has to duck under it in a jiffy to evade it. 179/4

64.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Gabriel slips this one on the pads and Hamilton stays well balanced. He clips it beautifully through mid-wicket. Chase chases it on this slow outfield and cuts it off. Saves a run for his side. 179/4

64.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Fractionally overpitched around off, timed sweetly to mid off. 176/4

64.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Length delivery around off, Hamilton stays back and defends it stoutly. 176/4

63.6 K Roach to Raza, Brave leave! Angling in prodigiously from outside off on a fuller length, Sikandar covers his off pole and lets it go. Good over from Roach. 176/4

Alan Wilkins on-air praises Roston Chase. He has played 14 Tests and scored a decent amount of runs (934) as well as picked up wickets (26). He is an underrated cricketer but he has a lot of potential which he proves time and again.

63.5 K Roach to Raza, In the zone outside off, left alone. 176/4

63.4 K Roach to Raza, In the off stump channel, a bit of nibble in the air. Raza knows where his off stump is and makes a good leave. 176/4

63.3 K Roach to Raza, Roach searches for some swing and hence, bowls it fullish on off. Doesn’t get much movement though and Raza deals with it easily. 176/4

63.2 K Roach to Raza, Good length delivery around off, defended solidly off the back foot. 176/4

The sweeper cover comes in. Right tactic from Holder.

63.1 K Roach to Masakadza, Full delivery on off, Hamilton crouches and taps it to mid on for a swift single. 176/4

62.6 S Gabriel to Raza, Not much movement either in the air or off the pitch for Gabriel. On a length on off, holding its line. Sikandar gets behind the line of the delivery and eases it to covers. 175/4

62.5 S Gabriel to Raza, Effort ball from Gabriel! He hits the deck hard and bowls it around off, Raza sways away from the line of the delivery, drops his wrists and makes a good leave. 175/4

62.4 S Gabriel to Raza, A touch fuller this time but well outside off, Raza plants his front foot across and lets it go safely. 175/4

62.3 S Gabriel to Raza, Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Sikandar prods forward and defends it with a high elbow. 175/4

Two slips for Raza.

62.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Shaping into Hamilton who tucks it nicely through square leg to rotate strike. 175/4

62.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, angling in. Masakadza hangs back and defends it nicely to covers. 174/4

Shannon Gabriel to bowl from the other end. A slip and a gully in place. The slip fielder is standing in a much more conventional position for Gabriel.

61.6 K Roach to Raza, Full delivery on the base of off stump, Raza leans ahead and blocks it solidly. 174/4

Two slips and a gully in place for Raza. West Indies are attacking him as he is new to the crease.

61.5 K Roach to Raza, Stays back to this one and answers it with a straight bat. 174/4

61.4 K Roach to Masakadza, Roach goes wider of the crease and angles in a full length delivery into Hamilton. He shuffles a bit and pushes it to mid off for a run. 174/4

61.3 K Roach to Masakadza, Similar delivery outside off, not close enough to induce a stroke from Masakadza. 173/4

61.2 K Roach to Masakadza, Length delivery in the zone of apprehension, a bit of inward movement. Masakadza points his bat skywards and allows it through. 173/4

61.1 K Roach to Masakadza, FOUR! What a way to start off the day for Masakadza! Half-volley outside off, Hamilton leans ahead confidently and creams it past the diving extra cover fielder to find the fence. He is continuing from where he left off. 173/4

We are set to get rolling. The weather is a bit warmer this morning in Bulawayo. Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza to continue their innings. Kemar Roach to steam in with the ball. He got the rewards last morning. Can he get them today as well? A wide slip in place. Here we go…

PITCH REPORT – Tino Mawoyo says the pitch was covered due to the weather but there are some dry areas from which the ball might turn and bounce. Adds if the batsmen show some resistance they will be well on course to get a decent first innings total.

On the other hand, the tourists were more or less disciplined. They would be aiming to restrict the home side to as less as possible. With grey clouds looming overhead, it will be a stern test for the batsmen. Let’s hope the rain stays away and we get in the allotted overs today.

Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the second and final Test between Zimbabwe and West Indies in Bulawayo. The hosts have shown that they have the temperament to bounce back from tough situations. Masakadza emerged as the hero for them as he scored an unbeaten century and is still going strong. However, he needs support from the lower middle order if they are to go past the 300-run mark.

… Day 2, Session 1 …

Come the third session, Moor departed as soon as he scored a fifty but the onus was on Hamilton Masakadza who was approaching his Test ton. He got to it but then the dark clouds opened up, not allowing any more play. The conditions got very gloomy forcing the match officials to call it a day. The hosts would feel they have got out of the jail but the question is, will they be able to carry this further? With 29 overs getting lost today, the match will begin half an hour early, that is 0930 local for the next three days and it shall begin 5 minutes early, that is 0955 local on the final day to cover up for the time and overs lost. Do join us tomorrow to see how this Test pans out, weather permitting. Until next time, it’s goodbye from us. Cheers!

A damp squib is what we got to witness after two good sessions of play today. After opting to bat on a chilly morning, Zimbabwe’s top order was dented within no time as the Windies’ pacers took full toll of the conditions that were on offer. They could have had even more had Gabriel not overstepped when Masakadza was batting on 15. Hamilton then got good support from Moor. The duo weathered the storm and staged a remarkable recovery. They kept the visitors at bay for the entire second session and in the process stitched a game-changing 142-run stand.

1646 local time update – And as expected, the conditions aren’t deemed good enough for the play to continue and THAT’S STUMPS ON DAY 1!

1615 local time update – The rain has subsided a bit but there is still a light drizzle. Keeping that and light in mind, it seems like the inevitable is on the cards. But still let’s wait for the official confirmation…

1555 local time update – The news isn’t good, folks! The rain is only getting heavier and the entire ground is now covered. The light can be a issue too as it has gone all gloomy. Chances of further play look bleak but let’s keep our fingers crossed…

1525 local time – Both the umpires come together to have a word as the drizzle has gotten heavier. It’s quite murky as well. And they call for the covers now. The groundsmen coming running in. The players are asked to leave the field. Stay with us as we will keep you posted…

60.6 D Bishoo to Raza, Gives this some more flight, Raza drives it back to the bowler. 169/4

60.5 D Bishoo to Raza, Flighted delivery outside off, pushed back to the leggie. 169/4

60.4 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Bishoo has bowled too many short balls today. Hamilton cuts it through backward point for a single. 169/4

60.3 D Bishoo to Raza, Short outside off, punched through covers for a single. 168/4

It has started to drizzle now informs Ian Bishop on air…

60.2 D Bishoo to Raza, Takes a stride forward and drives it towards cover. 167/4

60.1 D Bishoo to S Raza, Low full toss, dipping in, worked towards mid on. 167/4

59.6 R Chase to Raza, Sikandar comes down the track to push it away but gets it off the outer half towards backward point for a quick single. 167/4

59.5 R Chase to Raza, Turns in with bounce, Raza clips it past short leg. 166/4

59.4 R Chase to Raza, Darted on middle, worked towards mid-wicket. 166/4

59.3 R Chase to Masakadza, 5th Test ton for Hamilton, second against the Windies! He gets there after being lucky earlier. He has made it count this time around and the crowd is up on its feet to laud the effort of this man. Entire Zimbabwe team is clapping for him in the dressing room. What a proud moment this is for him. He soaks in all the applause as he takes the helmet off and gets a hug from Raza. Coming to the ball, fuller ball on middle, driven past the bowler down the ground for a single. 166/4

Masakadza is on 99, the crowd is right behind him. Can he get there?

59.2 R Chase to Raza, Floated delivery outside off, Raza comes down the track to drive but gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single. 165/4

59.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Tossed up outside off, Maskadza comes forward and taps it towards the off side for a brisk single. On 99 now! 164/4

58.6 D Bishoo to Raza, FOUR! What a hit! Bishoo once again bowls it short and was asking for trouble. Raza goes deep in the crease and cracks it through extra cover for a boundary to end the over. 163/4

58.5 D Bishoo to Raza, Leans forward and blocks it out. 159/4

58.4 D Bishoo to Raza, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 159/4

58.3 D Bishoo to Raza, Short and outside off, Raza gets on top of the bounce and cuts it through cover-point for a couple. 159/4

58.2 D Bishoo to Raza, Gets forward and strokes it straight to Holder at cover. 157/4

58.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Fuller and wider on off, Hamilton pushes it towards backward point. There is a slight hesitation between the batsmen as to run or not and eventually decide to cross. 157/4

Sikandar Raza walks in next!

57.6 R Chase to P Moor, OUT! Bowled ’em! It’s totally against the run of play! Roston Chase is the one who breaks the 142-run stand! The Windies are relieved at the moment as they have been kept at bay for a long period of time. Chase pushes it quicker through the air, drops it a touch short around off. Moor goes back to defend but this one skids off the surface, beats the outside edge and knocks the off stump. Moor can’t believe it but has to walk back after playing a fine innings. 156/4

57.5 R Chase to Moor, Flatter again on middle, Moor is right behind to keep it out. 156/3

57.4 R Chase to Moor, Goes back to this flatter ball and defends it down. 156/3

57.3 R Chase to Moor, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 156/3

57.2 R Chase to Moor, Gets right forward and smothers it down. 156/3

57.1 R Chase to H Masakadza, Flighted full ball served outside off, Hamilton makes room to drive but gets a thick inside edge towards short fine leg for a single. 156/3

56.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Floats it up outside off, blocked gently off the front foot. 155/3

56.5 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Short and outside off, cut past the man at point for a single. 155/3

56.4 D Bishoo to Masakadza, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 154/3

56.3 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Fuller on off, driven towards the man at extra cover. 154/3

56.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Flighted delivery around middle, Masakadza makes room to drive but gets a thick inside edge on the pads. 154/3

56.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Bowls it well outside off, left alone. 154/3

55.6 R Chase to Moor, Goes back and punches it towards cover. 154/3

55.5 R Chase to Moor, FOUR! There it is, 3rd Test fifty for Peter Moor! He came into the side as a replacement and has grabbed the opportunity with both the hands. The fact that he walked in when his side was in early trouble will make this fifty even more special for him and his side. Coming to the ball, a full toss outside off, Moor leans ahead and drives it through covers. Blackwood sprints after it but the ball still wins the race. 154/3

55.4 R Chase to Moor, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 150/3

55.3 R Chase to Moor, Flatter delivery on middle, tucked off the back foot towards the leg side. 150/3

55.2 R Chase to Masakadza, Flighted delivery outside off, driven down to long off for a single. 150/3

55.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Takes a stride forward and nudges it towards short mid-wicket. 149/3

54.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Loops it up outside off, Moor goes back to cut but mistimes it towards the cover fielder. 149/3

54.5 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Tossed up outside off, eased down to long off for one. 149/3

54.4 D Bishoo to Moor, Short on middle, punched down to long off for a single. 148/3

54.3 D Bishoo to Moor, Bishoo once again drops it short, it turns away, cut away towards the fielder at extra cover. Moor is not happy, he knows that he should have put that away. 147/3

54.2 D Bishoo to Moor, Short and outside off, cut away towards extra cover. 147/3

54.1 D Bishoo to Moor, Fuller outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder. 147/3

Devendra Bishoo to bowl from the other end…

53.6 R Chase to Masakadza, What is Masakadza doing? Once again tires to play the reverse sweep but gets hit on the pads. Getting a bit fidgety here is Hamilton. Replays show it did take some part of the gloves before dying down. 147/3

53.5 R Chase to Masakadza, Quicker delivery around middle and leg, Hamilton prods forward to defend but gets it off the pads towards short fine leg. 147/3

53.4 R Chase to Masakadza, Full outside off, blocked off the front foot and into the ground. 147/3

53.3 R Chase to Masakadza, Tossed up ball outside off, Masakadza tries to reverse sweep this but the ball turns in and he gets beaten. 147/3

53.2 R Chase to Masakadza, Flatter ball on middle and off, crunched off the back foot towards point. 147/3

53.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Bowls it around leg, it turns further down, the batsman lets it be. 147/3

Welcome back for the final session, folks! Hamilton Maskadza and Peter Moor stride out to bat. All eyes on the former as he is just 7 short of the three-figure mark. Roston Chase to continue the proceedings. Let’s play…

… Day 1, Final session …

The Windies will be really kicking themselves to have let the momentum slip away. Gabrile overstepped when Masakadza was on 15 has come down as a haunting for them. In this session their bowlers apart from Roach looked off color. Bishoo and Chase are getting the ball to turn but they have bowled too many loose deliveries as well. Can they break this stand? Will we see Masakadza reaching the three-figure mark? Join us in a while to find out…

What a session for Zimbabwe, a wicket-less one! They were down and out in the morning, losing three quick wickets but since then Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor have done a really good job to hold the innings together. Agreed, the former got a few lives but he has made it count. The latter looked a bit desperate to score runs but his side will be happy to see him still out there. The stand is worth 133 and it will be interesting to see if these two can swell it to a big one.

52.6 D Bishoo to P Moor, Edgyyy! Tossed up ball outside off, Moor leans ahead to drive but gets a thick outside edge which rolls past the slip fielder. They take two and that is TEA ON DAY 1! 147/3

52.5 D Bishoo to Moor, Turning away from a length outside off, left alone. 145/3

52.4 D Bishoo to Moor, In the air… safe! There is no need to go after this Moor. Really a bad approach with the tea break around the corner! Flighted delivery around middle, Moor gets down and goes for the slog sweep against the spin. The ball turns away and hence he gets a big top edge. However, there is no one patrolling in the deep mid-wicket region and so a couple is taken. 145/3

52.3 D Bishoo to Moor, Bishoo drops it short outside off, turning away as well, slapped off the back foot through covers for a couple. 143/3

52.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Flighted ball but a bit too full, driven through extra cover for one. 141/3

52.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Tossed up delivery around off, defended off the front foot. 140/3

51.6 R Chase to Moor, Flatter through the air, Moor goes back and tucks it on the bounce towards short leg. 140/3

51.5 R Chase to Masakadza, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single. 140/3

51.4 R Chase to Masakadza, Almost… Chase is bowling really well! He is not afraid to flight the ball and is getting nice assistance off the deck too. Masakadza leans forward to defend but the ball turns in with some bounce and goes off the gloves towards short leg. Luckily for Hamilton it dies down well in front of the man there. 139/3

51.3 R Chase to Masakadza, Floats it up outside off, blocked into the ground gently. 139/3

51.2 R Chase to Masakadza, Shorter around off, defended off the back foot. 139/3

51.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Chase slows it through the air outside off, Masakadza goes at it with hard hands, gets a thick inside edge on the boots as the ball lobs up towards the vacant silly point region. The man in the slip, Blackwood was interested but it was far away from his reach. 139/3

50.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Lands it on middle, turning away, punched off the back foot towards cover. 139/3

50.5 D Bishoo to Moor, Flatter delivery on middle, played back to the bowler. 139/3

50.4 D Bishoo to Moor, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 139/3

50.3 D Bishoo to Moor, Loopy delivery on off, pushed off the front foot towards cover. 139/3

50.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Flighted delivery around off, driven through cover for one. 139/3

50.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Tossed up on the stumps, Hamilton makes room and drives it through extra cover. Immediately calls for two and gets it comfortably. 138/3

49.6 R Chase to Masakadza, Masakadza goes back and flicks it through mid-wicket and will keep strike. 136/3

49.5 R Chase to Masakadza, Fuller on middle, wristed uppishly towards mid-wicket. 135/3

49.4 R Chase to Masakadza, Quicker one on middle, defended off the back foot. 135/3

49.3 R Chase to Moor, Roston drops it short on middle, tucked with the spin through backward square leg for a single. 135/3

49.2 R Chase to Moor, Loopy delivery outside off, defended into the ground. 134/3

49.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Darts it on middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 134/3

48.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Driven straight to the cover fielder. 133/3

48.5 D Bishoo to Moor, Quicker through the air outside off, Moor lets the ball go. 133/3

48.4 D Bishoo to Moor, Comes forward and blocks it out. 133/3

48.3 D Bishoo to Moor, Loopy leg-break outside off, Moor comes forward to defend but the ball turns away to beat the outside edge. 133/3

48.2 D Bishoo to Moor, Once again it’s outside off, nicely left alone. 133/3

48.1 D Bishoo to Moor, Flatter outside off, left alone. 133/3

Devendra Bishoo is brought back into the attack.

47.6 R Chase to Masakadza, NOT OUT! The on-field call has to be overturned! The crowd goes wild, they want to see the ton from the bat of Masakadza! Chase floats it up outside off, Hamilton dances down the track but the ball turns in and it goes off something to the short leg fielder. They all appeal and umpire Dharmasena raises his finger. Masakadza after taking his time challenges the decision. Front foot is fine. There is no spike on the Ultra Edge as the ball went past the bat. So, maybe it came off the forearm. Now they also check for the LBW and replays show the impact is miles outside off. Right then, Masakadza gets another life. 133/3

Hamilton Masakadza is given out caught at short leg. Now then, he walks towards Moor, takes his time and then opts for the review. He says, he isn’t sure. Let’s wait and find out. He is on 86, can he survive?

47.5 R Chase to Moor, Top edge! Floats it up outside off, Moor gets down to sweep but gets a safe top edge over the keeper for a single. 133/3

47.4 R Chase to Moor, Gets back to defend but once again is beaten by the turn and bounce and wears it on the pads. 132/3

47.3 R Chase to Moor, Gets right behind the line and blocks it out watchfully. 132/3

47.2 R Chase to Moor, Chase drops it short around middle, it turns in. Moor looks to turn it away on the leg side but gets it off the pads towards first slip. 132/3

47.1 R Chase to Moor, Flighted delivery outside off, Peter Moor lunges forward to defend but there is some turn which takes the inside edge and dribbles between the legs towards short fine leg. 132/3

Jason Holder is back on the field and now Shannon Gabriel is walking off…

46.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Once again it’s on the shorter side outside off, HM lets it sail over him to the keeper. 132/3

46.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Hits the deck hard on middle and off, Hamilton stands tall offers a straight blade. 132/3

46.4 S Gabriel to Moor, Full toss on the pads, quelled into the leg side for a single. 132/3

Jason Holder is off the field!

46.3 S Gabriel to Moor, Gabriel goes wide of the crease and angles one on a fuller length, Moor bunts it back to the bowler. 131/3

46.2 S Gabriel to Moor, Angles in a fuller length delivery on middle, defended nicely off the front foot. 131/3

46.1 S Gabriel to Moor, FOUR! Ahhhh… that almost carried all the way! This is such a good shot to watch! Gabriel bowls a short of a length outside off, Moor stands tall, arches back just a touch and then as the ball arrives his ramps it over the keeper for a one bounce boundary. 131/3

45.6 R Chase to Masakadza, This one turns in, Hamilton comes forward to defend but the ball goes off the pads and dies down in front of short leg. 127/3

45.5 R Chase to Masakadza, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 127/3

45.4 R Chase to Masakadza, Slows it through the air around middle, defended watchfully. 127/3

45.3 R Chase to Masakadza, SIX! He has sent it out of the park! What a meaty blow, that! Chase gives it a nice flight outside off, Masakadza gets down on one knee and murders the slog sweep over deep mid-wicket for a biggie all the way. 2000 Test runs for this man! 127/3

45.2 R Chase to Masakadza, Gets on the front foot and buries it into the ground. 121/3

45.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Loopy delivery around off, defended off the front foot gently. 121/3

44.6 S Gabriel to Moor, Stands tall and blocks it out back to the bowler. Gabriel mimes a throw and gives a stare to Moor. He looks really annoyed, understandably so but he has only himself to blame. 121/3

44.5 S Gabriel to Moor, Fuller delivery outside off, driven with an open face bat towards point where Hetmyer (sub) dives full length to his left to stop some runs. 121/3

Change of bat for Peter Moor…

44.4 S Gabriel to Moor, Fuller and tries to attack the stumps, Moor makes room and defends it back to the bowler. 121/3

44.3 S Gabriel to Moor, Digs in a short ball, angling in on the body, the batsman ducks under it. 121/3

44.2 S Gabriel to Moor, Back of a length delivery outside off, stabbed towards point. 121/3

44.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Length delivery, angling in on middle, tucked through square leg for a single. 121/3

43.6 R Chase to Moor, Tossed up delivery around middle, flicked towards the man at short mid-wicket. 120/3

43.5 R Chase to Masakadza, Masakadza chips this over mid on and picks up a single. 120/3

43.4 R Chase to H Masakadza, FOUR! He has drilled it! Floated delivery outside off, Masakadza takes a stride forward and absolutely drills it through extra cover for a boundary. Booming shot, that! 119/3

43.3 R Chase to Masakadza, Loopy ball outside off, defended once again off the front foot. 115/3

43.2 R Chase to Masakadza, Keeps it a bit full this time, Masakadza comes nicely forward to counter the spin. 115/3

43.1 R Chase to Masakadza, Floats it up outside off, it turns back in with some bounce as Hamilton punches it back to the bowler. 115/3

Roston Chase is brought into the attack now. Can he get a breakthrough?

42.6 S Gabriel to Moor, Ends the over with a bouncer! Good amount of bounce but wasn’t that threatening enough. Peter calmly ducks under it. 115/3

42.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Drifting on the pads, clipped down to deep backward square leg for a single. 115/3

42.4 S Gabriel to Masakadza, What was that? On a length and outside off, this one holds its line as Masakadza initially tries to play at it but then makes a leave at the very last moment. 114/3

42.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Keeps it full again around that off stump line, Hamilton drives it to the left of Gabriel who collects and mimes a throw. 114/3

42.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Touch fuller and angling in, bunted back to the bowler. 114/3

42.1 S Gabriel to Moor, 100-run stand comes up! Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, Moor swivels a touch and pulls it with control down to fine leg for a single. These two have put up a good show so far. How long can they continue? 114/3

41.6 J Holder to Moor, Wider outside off, Moor unfurls a classic cover drive to keep strike. 113/3

41.5 J Holder to Moor, Short of a length delivery on middle, tucked towards square leg for nothing. 112/3

41.4 J Holder to Moor, This is wayward! Holder once again bangs in a short ball but well down the leg side, Moor leaves it alone. 112/3

41.3 J Holder to Moor, Bangs in a short ball on middle, Moor at the last moment ducks under it. 112/3

41.2 J Holder to Moor, Length delivery around middle and off, defended off the back foot. 112/3

41.1 J Holder to Moor, Holder comes from around the wicket, angles it away on a fuller length outside off, driven wide of mid off for a couple of runs. 112/3

40.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length delivery just outside off, Masakadza shuffles a touch and answers it with a straight bat. 110/3

40.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Sharp bouncer on leg stump, Hamilton ducks under it in a jiffy. 110/3

40.4 S Gabriel to Moor, Full length delivery on middle, pushed off the inner half of the bat to deep backward square leg. A run taken. 110/3

40.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Angling into Hamilton who nudges it to wide mid on to rotate strike. 109/3

40.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, FOUR! Easy pickings! Half-volley around off, Masakadza strides ahead and eases it past Gabriel. The swing of the bat was nice and the timing was spot on. The ball whistles away to the fence. 108/3

40.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length delivery on off, Masakadza blocks it off the back foot. That hit the bat hard. 104/3

39.6 J Holder to Moor, In the zone of apprehension, Moor doesn’t flirt with it. 104/3

39.5 J Holder to Masakadza, Back of a length outside off, punched firmly off the back foot. Moor calls his partner through for a run and completes it with ease. 104/3

39.4 J Holder to Masakadza, Length delivery around off, Hamilton hangs back and blocks it solidly. 103/3

39.3 J Holder to Moor, Tucks Moor with a shortish delivery around the rib-cage area. He fends it away around the corner for a run. 103/3

39.2 J Holder to Moor, Another one in the channel outside off, Peter plants his front foot across and lets it go. 102/3

39.1 J Holder to Moor, Fullish delivery outside off, Moor points has bat skywards to allow it through. 102/3

A bit of an issue with the ball again. The leather needs trimming. Meanwhile, the umpires call for drinks. Zimbabwe have recovered really well after the initial jolt. Masakadza and Moor are going along nicely and have also punished the loose deliveries. The Windies need to give their best to dislodge this partnership. Meanwhile, the umpires are sipping a cup of coffee in this chilly weather.

38.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Short of a length delivery, Masakadza rises with the bounce and taps it besides the pitch on the off side. 102/3

38.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, FOUR! Nicely done! Fullish delivery just outside off, Masakadza drives it with a high elbow past Gabriel down the ground. Holder gives it a chase from mid off but only comes second best. 102/3

A man at sweeper cover in place now.

38.4 S Gabriel to Moor, Good early call! Taps the fullish delivery to covers and calls his partner through for a run. Masakadza is running to the danger end but beats the throw with ease. 98/3

38.3 S Gabriel to Moor, A bit wider outside off, Moor isn’t bothered to play at that one. 97/3

38.2 S Gabriel to Moor, Overpitched outside off, Peter leans into it and strokes it to Brathwaite at extra cover. 97/3

38.1 S Gabriel to Moor, Full length delivery on off, eased past the bowler. Gabriel is limping in his followthrough. He has had his issues with his hamstring and needs to be careful. He is fine to continue at the moment. 97/3

It is extremely cold. Tough day for the crowd as well. People are wrapped in their blankets and have scarves around their neck. Meanwhile, Shannon Gabriel returns for a bowl.

37.6 J Holder to Masakadza, Back of a length outside off, blocked solidly off the back foot. 97/3

37.5 J Holder to Masakadza, On a length around off, angling into Masakadza. He hangs back to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad and the ball deflects towards the slip region. 97/3

37.4 J Holder to Moor, Good running! Moor strides forward confidently and strokes it to mid off for a swift single. 97/3

37.3 J Holder to Moor, Leans ahead to the fullish delivery and caresses it to the fielder in the cover region. 96/3

37.2 J Holder to Moor, Length delivery well outside off, holding its line. Peter doesn’t flirt with that one. 96/3

37.1 J Holder to Moor, On a fuller length outside off, curving in. Moor plants his front foot across and makes a watchful leave. 96/3

36.6 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Quicker outside off, left alone watchfully. 96/3

36.5 D Bishoo to Masakadza, FOUR! A bish from Bishoo! Short ball around off, Masakadza waits in the crease and just picks it up over mid on to find the fence. The spinner is looking a bit off colour in this cold weather. 96/3

36.4 D Bishoo to H Masakadza, Shortish this time, punched off the back foot through extra cover. The fielder in the deep hares to his left and cuts it off. A brace taken. 92/3

36.3 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Pushed to mid off from the front foot. 90/3

36.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Similar delivery, mistimed drive back to the bowler. 90/3

36.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Tossed up outside off, Hamilton leans into it and strokes it to mid off. 90/3

35.6 J Holder to Moor, Shortish delivery around off, Peter sways away from the line of the delivery, drops his wrists and lets it sail into the gloves of the keeper. 90/3

35.5 J Holder to Moor, Fractionally overpitched outside off, pushed off the front foot to the cover region. 90/3

35.4 J Holder to Moor, Half-volley outside off, Moor opens the face of the bat and drives it through point. Blackwood hares after it from backward point and saves a couple for his side. He is lightning quick across the turf. 90/3

35.3 J Holder to Moor, Full delivery attacking the stumps, played with soft hands to mid-wicket. 88/3

35.2 J Holder to Moor, On a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Peter points his bat skywards to let it be. 88/3

35.1 J Holder to Moor, Good length delivery on middle and leg, Moor backs away and defends it besides the pitch on the leg side. 88/3

A bit of leather is coming out from the ball. The umpire cuts it off and we are ready to go again.

34.6 D Bishoo to Masakadza, SIX! Where did that come from? Really well played! Short delivery well outside off, Masakadza hangs back and hammers it over wide long on for a maximum. It is a long boundary there and he clears it with ease. 88/3

34.5 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Tossed up around off, spinning away. Hamilton leaves it alone. 82/3

34.4 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Quicker in pace, pushed back to the bowler. 82/3

34.3 D Bishoo to Moor, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 82/3

34.2 D Bishoo to Moor, Moor stays back and punches it to the same fielder. 81/3

34.1 D Bishoo to Moor, Floated delivery on off, driven with the spin to short extra cover. 81/3

33.6 J Holder to Masakadza, Another one outside off and Hamilton doesn’t fiddle with it. 81/3

33.5 J Holder to Masakadza, Stays back to the good length delivery and buries it into the ground. 81/3

33.4 J Holder to Masakadza, In the channel outside off, left alone. 81/3

33.3 J Holder to Masakadza, Back of a length delivery outside off, Hamilton drops his wrists and gets a bit of glove on it. The ball bounces and goes towards the keeper. 81/3

33.2 J Holder to Masakadza, FOUR! 8th Test fifty for Hamilton Masakadza! Short delivery in line of the stumps, Masakadza pulls it with authority through backward square leg. Right in the gap between the two fielders in the deep and he picks up another boundary. It has been a measured knock from him. He was out off a no ball but has since then, looked assured and needs to carry on. 81/3

33.1 J Holder to Masakadza, Good length delivery outside off, shaping in substantially. Masakadza trusts his judgement of where his off stump is and makes a good leave. 77/3

Jason Holder is back into the attack.

32.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Another one spinning away from Peter and he doesn’t fiddle with it. 77/3

32.5 D Bishoo to Moor, Outside off, Moor leaves it alone. 77/3

32.4 D Bishoo to Moor, Short delivery, cut with the spin to the point region. 77/3

32.3 D Bishoo to Moor, Flat and quick, punched off the back foot to short cover. 77/3

32.2 D Bishoo to Moor, Continues to be short, this time it is punched with the spin to point. 77/3

32.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, A bit short on off, Masakadza makes good use of the crease and cuts it to deep cover-point. A run taken. 77/3

31.6 K Roach to Moor, Full length delivery attacking the base of off stump, Moor puts his head down and pushes it to mid off. 76/3

31.5 K Roach to Moor, Waits for this one and taps it with an open face of the bat to point. 76/3

31.4 K Roach to Moor, Roach goes wider of the crease and bowls a full delivery around off, driven firmly off the front foot to mid off. 76/3

31.3 K Roach to Moor, Fullish delivery angling in from around off, blocked solidly by covering the line of the ball. 76/3

31.2 K Roach to Moor, Overpitched around off, driven crisply to sweeper cover for a brace. 76/3

31.1 K Roach to Moor, Fuller in length around off, Moor chooses to stay back and defend it. Ian Bishop on-air mentions that in Roach’s previous over, an edge went past the second slip region. He feels that is the reason the first slip fielder has been moved wider. 74/3

30.6 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Well outside off, Hamilton shuffles across his stumps and leaves it. 74/3

30.5 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Lunges forward to this one and defends it. 74/3

30.4 D Bishoo to H Masakadza, Another edge! Around off, Masakadza pushes at it with hard hands and gets an outside edge past first slip. Two runs taken. 74/3

30.3 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Skidding off the surface and in line of the stumps, Hamilton blocks it watchfully. 72/3

30.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Short around off, Masakadza pushes at it but gets it off the outer half through short third man. Chase chases it from backward point and saves a couple for his side. 72/3

30.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Floated delivery, eased with the spin to short extra cover. 70/3

29.6 K Roach to Moor, Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Moor clears his front leg and looks to jam it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 70/3

29.5 K Roach to Moor, Fullish on middle and leg, Moor looks to clip it away but is struck on the thigh pad. A casual appeal is turned down. It was always heading down leg. 70/3

29.4 K Roach to Moor, Bouncer around off, Moor sways away from the line of the delivery to evade it. It dies on the keeper. Indications that it is an abrasive surface. 70/3

29.3 K Roach to P Moor, Good length delivery shaping into Moor. He keeps it out off the inner half of the bat. 70/3

29.2 K Roach to Moor, On a length outside off, holding its line. Peter doesn’t fiddle with it. 70/3

Ian Bishop on-air mentions that short leg can be brought in place. Roach is getting good inward movement and that might induce a false stroke towards that region. It is about applying mental pressure as well.

29.1 K Roach to Moor, Good length delivery outside off, seaming in sharply. Moor covers the line and blocks it down the track. 70/3

28.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Tossed up on off, knocked down to long off for a single. 70/3

28.5 D Bishoo to Moor, Played with the spin to the point region this time. 69/3

28.4 D Bishoo to Moor, Well outside off, Moor lets it go. 69/3

28.3 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Shortish again, Hamilton cuts it through cover-point for a singe. 69/3

28.2 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Fraction short this time, punched with the spin to short extra cover. 68/3

28.1 D Bishoo to Masakadza, Full delivery around off, Masakadza goes for the sweep against the spin but gets it off the inner half to fine leg. Two runs taken. 68/3

27.6 K Roach to Moor, Tailing in nicely on a fullish length, Peter closes his bat face early and hence, gets an inside edge onto his boots as the ball deflects to the short cover region. Another good over. 66/3

27.5 K Roach to Moor, Overpitched outside off, driven sweetly to the man in the cover region. 66/3

27.4 K Roach to Moor, Roach is getting good movement. Swinging in from around off, Moor covers the line and plays it defensively to mid-wicket. 66/3

27.3 K Roach to Moor, Roach again goes wider of the crease and angles in a length delivery. Moor pushes at it tentatively but gets a thick inside edge to mid-wicket. 66/3

27.2 K Roach to Masakadza, Shortish delivery and room on offer, punched on the up to sweeper cover to rotate strike. 66/3

27.1 K Roach to H Masakadza, Full delivery tailing into Masakadza who clips it nicely through mid-wicket. Two runs taken. That brings up the 50-run stand between the two. An important partnership, they have played sensible cricket and need to carry on. 65/3

26.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot. Good over from Bishoo. 63/3

26.5 D Bishoo to Moor, Bishoo is making an impact straightaway! Quick and flat on off, Moor prods forward to defend but is beaten by the sharp turn. 63/3

26.4 D Bishoo to Moor, Around off, Moor covers his stumps and lets it go. 63/3

26.3 D Bishoo to Moor, Poor shot! Tossed up around off, Moor kneels and goes for a slog sweep across the line but gets a top edge over second slip. Two runs taken. Moor needs to be careful. 63/3

26.2 D Bishoo to Moor, Outside off, spinning away. Moor leaves it alone. 61/3

26.1 D Bishoo to Moor, Quick through the air on off, kept out watchfully. 61/3

Bishoo to continue his spell. Two slips in place.

25.6 K Roach to Masakadza, Shaping in sharply from a length around off, Masakadza is cramped for room and blocks it towards mid on. 61/3

Ed Rainsford on-air mentions that Masakadza has done well to leave the balls outside the off stump. His teammates were guilty of fiddling with deliveries in that channel and paid the price for it.

25.5 K Roach to Masakadza, Good length delivery outside off, left alone. 61/3

25.4 K Roach to Moor, Around the hips, tucked to fine leg for an easy single. 61/3

25.3 K Roach to Moor, Roach goes wider of the crease and angles in a full length ball on off, Peter drives it crisply to wide mid off. 60/3

25.2 K Roach to Moor, Length delivery outside off, Moor doesn’t fiddle with it. 60/3

25.1 K Roach to P Moor, Well bowled! Cross seam delivery on a back of a length on off, Moor is taken aback by the sharp bounce and gets a thick outside edge in the gap between slip and gully. Two runs taken. 60/3

25.1 K Roach to Masakadza, No ball! Starts off with a high full toss, a beamer. Masakadza keeps it out around the corner for a run. Roach immediately apologizes to him, that was not intentional. If he bowls another one, he will be taken out of the attack. 58/3

We are back for the afternoon session. Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor to continue batting. Kemar Roach to bowl first up after lunch. A wide slip in place. Here we go…

… Day 1, Session 2 …

The pair of Masakadza and Moor though has stitched a decent partnership to get things going or the matters could have been worse. Remember, Gabriel also got a wicket off a no ball of Masakadza. He needs to address his front foot issue sooner rather than later. Zimbabwe will look to get back into the contest while the tourists will be eager to keep taking wickets. Holder gave only one over to Bishoo and we might see him bowling a lot in the second session. Join us in a while.

Great opening session of the game for the Windies. Grey clouds are still looming overhead and the visitors have made the most of the conditions on offer. Both Gabriel and Roach were on the money and took three quick wickets to put the hosts on the back foot. There was no real application from the Zimbabwean batsmen and that led to their downfall.

24.6 D Bishoo to Moor, Tossed up outside off, left alone by Moor. Good over by Bishoo, a maiden. That’s Lunch, Day 1! 56/3

24.5 D Bishoo to Moor, Nicely bowled! Bowls it outside off, with a bit of drift, Moor looks to defend but is beaten all ends up. The batsman did lose his balance in the process but thankfully for him, he never left the crease and hence could not be out stumped. 56/3

24.4 D Bishoo to Moor, Floated outside off, driven towards covers by Moor. 56/3

24.3 D Bishoo to Moor, This one is wide enough for the batsman to leave it. 56/3

24.2 D Bishoo to Moor, Flights it outside off, Moor pushes it towards covers. 56/3

24.1 D Bishoo to P Moor, Loops it outside off, driven towards covers by the batsman. 56/3

As expected, Devendra Bishoo comes on for a bowl. Last over of the session too…

23.6 J Holder to Masakadza, Shorter in length from Holder, Hamilton pulls it through square leg for a couple of runs. 56/3

23.5 J Holder to Masakadza, Full and outside off, driven towards covers by Masakadza. 54/3

23.4 J Holder to Masakadza, Good length outside off, left alone. 54/3

23.3 J Holder to Masakadza, Full and straight on the stumps, driven towards mid on by the batsman. 54/3

23.2 J Holder to Masakadza, Angles a good length ball around off, defended watchfully. Holder screams in disgust as he is not happy with himself. 54/3

23.1 J Holder to Masakadza, Shorter in length outside off, Masakadza pulls it to the right of Blackwood at short mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 54/3

22.6 S Gabriel to Moor, Full and outside off, Moor defends it towards point from his crease. 52/3

22.5 S Gabriel to Moor, Gabriel bowls this full and this time he gets Moor to poke at it. The ball swings away and beats the bat. Moor was playing for the one that comes into the batsman. 52/3

22.4 S Gabriel to Moor, Same line, same length, same shot by the batsman. 52/3

22.3 S Gabriel to Moor, Full and outside off, left alone by the batsman. 52/3

22.2 S Gabriel to Moor, Gabriel bowls it outside off on a fuller length, Moor is not bothered. 52/3

Bishoo is warming up…. Might have him bowling in the first session soon. Could be as early as the next over.

22.1 S Gabriel to Moor, Shorter in length outside off, Moor backs away and pats it towards point. 52/3

21.6 J Holder to Masakadza, Shorter in length outside off, punched into the off side by the batsman. 52/3

21.5 J Holder to Masakadza, Full length outside off, left alone by Moor. 52/3

Fazeer Mohammed on-air mentions that Zimbabwe need to play more Test cricket. This is their third Test match this year while the other teams have played much more. Bangladesh had got their opportunities and they have improved as a side. The ICC should take steps to give the African nation more opportunities to prove their worth.

21.4 J Holder to Moor, Hurls a length ball just outside off, Moor comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge through the leg side for a single. 52/3

21.3 J Holder to Moor, Angles a length ball outside off, swings in, left alone. 51/3

21.2 J Holder to Moor, Similar length just around off, Moor defends it from his crease. 51/3

21.1 J Holder to Moor, Good length outside off, Moor is not interested. 51/3

20.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Angles a full length ball around off, Hamilton comes forward and blocks it. 51/3

20.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length outside off, left alone. 51/3

A sweeper goes back.

20.4 S Gabriel to Masakadza, FOUR! Good shot! Full and outside off, Masakadza strides forward and drives it through the covers. This time the timing is good and he gets a boundary, which is a rare thing on this slow outfield. 50 up for the home side. 51/3

20.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Angles a length ball just around off, Masakadza defends it from his crease. 47/3

20.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length outside off, defended towards covers. 47/3

20.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length outside off, left alone. 47/3

Shannon Gabriel returns for a burst.

19.6 J Holder to Moor, Good length outside off, Moor thinks of playing at it and nearly does so before withdrawing his bat at the last moment. 47/3

19.5 J Holder to Masakadza, Shorter in length outside off, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. 47/3

19.4 J Holder to Masakadza, Shorter in length outside off, Masakadza drops his wrists and lets it go. 46/3

19.3 J Holder to Masakadza, Shorter in length outside off, punched towards point by the batsman. 46/3

19.2 J Holder to Masakadza, Length ball outside off, left alone. 46/3

Jason Holder is missing a trick probably. He is still sticking with Jermaine Blackwood even though he is not posing any real threat to the batsmen. Agreed that the conditions are overcast but the go-to-man, Devendra Bishoo needs to be introduced into the attack. Zimbabwe are three down for not many and the pressure needs to be applied at this point of the game.

19.1 J Holder to Masakadza, Good length outside off, no shot offered by Masakadza. 46/3

18.6 J Blackwood to Moor, Full and wide outside off, left alone. 46/3

18.5 J Blackwood to Moor, Angles a length outside off, PJ Moor comes forward and defends it. 46/3

18.4 J Blackwood to Moor, Beaten! Shapes it into the batsman from outside off, the ball pitches and goes away to beat the bat of Moor poking at it. Good ball, that. 46/3

18.3 J Blackwood to Moor, Hurls it outside off on a length outside off, Moor mistimes his push into the off side. 46/3

18.2 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Angles it on a length around middle, Masakadza shapes to turn it through the leg side but gets a soft leading edge towards mid off for a single. 46/3

18.1 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Shorter in length outside off, punched on the up towards covers. 45/3

17.6 J Holder to Moor, Back of a length outside off, Moor stands tall and defends it back down the wicket. 45/3

17.5 J Holder to Moor, Thumped! Good length outside off, punched through the point region. Blackwood gives it a chase and saves two runs for his side. 45/3

17.4 J Holder to Moor, Ouch! Banged in short around middle, Moor arches back and lets it go. The ball brushes the right shoulder of the batsman and goes towards the slip cordon. No appeal since there was no bat there. 43/3

17.3 J Holder to Moor, Angles a length ball around off, Moor gets in line and defends it. 43/3

17.2 J Holder to Moor, Holder goes full but too straight. Moor pushes it down the ground. The mid on fielder hares after it and cuts it off. Two runs taken thanks to the slow outfield. 43/3

17.1 J Holder to P Moor, FOUR! Smacked! Short and wide from Holder, Moor does not miss out and crashes it past point for a boundary. That is where he likes it and the Windies are not bowling to their plans at the moment. 41/3

16.6 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Fuller in length, played back to the bowler. 37/3

16.5 J Blackwood to Masakadza, This one is wide outside off, left alone. 37/3

16.4 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Angles it on the pads, turned through the square leg region for a couple of runs. 37/3

16.3 Blackwood to Masakadza, NOT OUT! Weird! Fuller in length from Blackwood outside off, Masakadza drives it back down the wicket. Jermaine gets a hand to it and deflects it at the stumps at the bowler’s end. The umpire is jumping to save himself but the ball still hits him on the neck. Fry the umpire refers it upstairs as he clearly had no time to see what transpired there. Replays show that Moor never left the crease and hence it is not out. Close call for the umpire there. 35/3

Wow! What happened there? Masakadza drives one back to Blackwood who manages to get a hand to it in his followthrough as the ball disturbs the stumps at the other end. The bowler is ringing his right hand as he appeals and umpire Simon Fry refers it upstairs…

16.2 J Blackwood to Masakadza, A tad short around off, punched towards covers. 35/3

16.1 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Bowls it outside off on a fuller length, left alone by the batsman. 35/3

15.6 J Holder to Moor, Good timing! Overpitched outside off, Moor just pushes at it and gets it through the cover region. Two runs taken. 35/3

15.5 J Holder to Moor, In the zone outside off, left alone. 33/3

15.4 J Holder to Moor, Outside off, Moor is no mood to flirt with it. Alan Wilkins on-air informs that it is a really cold morning in Bulawayo. The players in the dressing room have their hands in the pockets. 33/3

15.3 J Holder to Moor, In the corridor of uncertainty, Peter points his bat skywards to allow it through.. 33/3

15.2 J Holder to Moor, Holder loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side, Peter goes for the clip but misses. 33/3

15.1 J Holder to Moor, Length delivery around off, shaping in. Moor has his off stump covered and makes an easy leave. 33/3

14.6 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Back of a length delivery, Masakadza makes use of the depth of the crease to block it solidly. 33/3

14.5 J Blackwood to Masakadza, In the channel outside off, Hamilton lets it go. 33/3

14.4 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Full delivery outside off, Hamilton drives it with hard hands but once again fails to find the gap through the cover region. 33/3

14.3 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Back of a length ball, helped to mid-wicket. 33/3

14.2 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Gets nicely forward to this one and strokes it to covers. 33/3

14.1 J Blackwood to H Masakadza, Overpitched well outside off, Masakadza drives it nicely to mid off. 33/3

13.6 J Holder to Moor, In the corridor of uncertainty, Moor lets it go. 33/3

13.5 J Holder to Moor, Holder pitches it up this time, Moor puts his head down and defends it calmly. 33/3

13.4 J Holder to Moor, Slanting down the leg side, Moor goes for the flick but misses 33/3

13.3 J Holder to Moor, Fullish ball outside off, Peter doesn’t fiddle with it. 33/3

13.2 J Holder to Moor, Fullish delivery, defended solidly off the front foot to covers. 33/3

13.1 J Holder to Moor, On a length outside off, left alone. 33/3

Holder comes in for a bowl.

12.6 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Short of a length, pushed to mid off. 33/3

12.5 J Blackwood to Masakadza, FOUR! Well played! Shortish and room on offer, Masakadza slaps it through point. The fielder from sweeper cover races to his left and slides but fails to stop it from crossing the ropes. 33/3

12.4 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Fullish on off, eased to mid on. 29/3

12.3 J Blackwood to Masakadza, Another nervy moment! Full outside off, Masakadza pushes at it but gets a bottom edge. The ball runs past the off stump and rolls towards Dowrich. 29/3

12.2 J Blackwood to Moor, Back of a length outside off, punched through covers for a run. 29/3

12.1 J Blackwood to Moor, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 28/3

Jermaine Blackwood comes into the attack. Might be only one over for the part-timer.

11.6 K Roach to H Masakadza, In the air… but safe! Full length delivery on off, Hamilton pokes at it but gets an outside edge that falls well short of Dowrich. Playing with soft hands was the key there. 28/3

11.5 K Roach to Masakadza, Fullish delivery, pushed back to the bowler. 28/3

11.4 K Roach to Masakadza, FOUR! Crisp! Back of a length delivery and width on offer, Masakadza frees his arms and slaps it through cover-point and the ball races to the fence. 28/3

11.3 K Roach to Masakadza, Full delivery on off, Masakadza drives it straight to Roach who parries it with a half-stop to mid on. 24/3

11.2 K Roach to Masakadza, Stays back to the length delivery and blocks it. 24/3

11.1 K Roach to Moor, Fullish delivery outside off, Moor pushes at it but gets an inside edge to mid-wicket. A run taken. 24/3

10.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Full length delivery attacking the stumps, driven sweetly to mid on. 23/3

Drinks.

10.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, WICKET OFF A NO BALL! Oh no! The perennial problem of Gabriel returns to haunt him again. He bowls the effort ball on a shorter length around off, Masakadza goes for a pull but seems to have edged it onto his right arm. The ball lobs in front of the slip cordon. Kyle Hope from gully runs across to his left and dives to take it really well. The players appeal vociferously but the umpire shakes his head. The visitors challenge the decision immediately. The opener starts to walk back but is asked to stop by the umpire. Time for the replays and Gabriel has overstepped. That’s the end of the story. The Snicko spotted the edge. Hamilton gets another chance. Wonder how Gabriel is feeling right now! Replays show that he was flabbergasted. No review lost since it was a no ball. 23/3

Windies go for the review straightaway. They feel that there is certainly an edge as opposed to the umpire, Simon Fry. Let’s find out..

10.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Off-cutter on a fuller length just outside off, Masakadza spots it and drives it crisply to mid off. 22/3

10.4 S Gabriel to H Masakadza, Full length ball around off, Hamilton comes forward and eases it to covers. 22/3

10.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Fullish delivery outside off, Masakadza strides forward and lets it go. 22/3

10.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Short of a length outside off, Hamilton punches it through cover-point for a couple. 22/3

10.1 S Gabriel to Moor, Gabriel is making the ball talk! Shaping in substantially from around off, Moor pushes at it tentatively and gets it off the inner half to fine leg. A run taken. 20/3

9.6 K Roach to Masakadza, Stays back to the good length delivery and blocks it. Another productive over for the visitors. 19/3

9.5 K Roach to Masakadza, Fractionally overpitched on off, Masakadza leans into it and strokes it past the bowler past mid off. The fielder from the same region chases it and keeps it down to a couple. 19/3

9.4 K Roach to Masakadza, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 17/3

9.3 K Roach to Masakadza, Back of a length delivery on off, tucked through square leg for a couple. 17/3

Graeme Cremer had talked about playing out the first hour carefully but the Zimbabwean batting has let the team down once again. Only three wickets yes but all three of them have been due to the poor application from the batsmen. The Windies bowlers have been disciplined but the hosts’ batsmen have not showed enough of the same. All of them have been stuck in the crease, not getting either fully forward or staying back which has led to their downfall. With no Sean Williams, the task is only going to get tougher.

9.2 K Roach to Moor, Angling in from outside off, clipped of the inner half to fine leg for a single. 15/3

Peter Moor is the new man in. He has got an opportunity in this game and will look to make it count.

9.1 K Roach to Taylor, OUT! The Windies are on fire! This time it is Roach who sends another batsman packing. He steams in and lands it on a fullish length in the zone on apprehension, gets some inward movement off the deck. Taylor is in two minds whether to play at it or leave it alone. He ends up feeling for it and the ball takes the inside edge of the bat to deflect back onto the stumps. Zimbabwe are struggling. The decision to bat first after winning the toss is proving to be wrong. 14/3

8.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Fuller in length on off, Masakadza instead of coming forward stays back. He somehow manages to block it. 14/2

8.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good bowling! There is a lot of movement on offer and Gabriel is making good use of it. Angling in sharply from around off, Hamilton is a bit tentative but somehow keeps it out. 14/2

8.4 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Fuller length ball around off, Masakadza strides forward and defends it solidly. 14/2

8.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Well outside off this time, Masakadza leaves it alone. 14/2

8.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length delivery outside off, Hamilton lets it go. 14/2

8.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Back of a length delivery around off, Masakadza punches it off the back foot through cover-point. Two runs taken. It took Gabriel 16 deliveries to make Hamilton play at one. 14/2

7.6 K Roach to Taylor, A loud appeal for an LBW denied! Fullish delivery around off, Taylor looks to keep it out but misses to get hit on the pads. Roach appeals confidently but the umpire stays put. Height must have been a factor. Hawk Eye shows that it would have clipped the top of leg stump. Fair call! 12/2

7.5 K Roach to Taylor, Hangs back to the good length delivery and remains composed in defense. 12/2

7.4 K Roach to Taylor, Back of a length delivery around off, Taylor camps back and blocks it stoutly. 12/2

7.3 K Roach to Taylor, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 12/2

7.2 K Roach to Taylor, Full length delivery on off, Brendan puts his head down and defends it with a high elbow. 12/2

7.1 K Roach to Taylor, Length delivery outside off, angling in a touch. Taylor plants his front foot across and lets it go. 12/2

6.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, In the zone outside off, holding its line. Hamilton leaves it alone. 12/2

6.5 S Gabriel to B Taylor, Fullish delivery, shaping in from outside off. Taylor drives it off the inner half to mid on and gets off the mark. A run taken. 12/2

6.4 S Gabriel to Taylor, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 11/2

6.3 S Gabriel to Taylor, Fullish delivery around off, Brendan strides forward and defends it. 11/2

Brendan Taylor strides out to bat.

6.2 Gabriel to C Ervine, OUT! Bowled ’em! What a sight for a fast bowler. Roach troubled the southpaw in the previous over from round the wicket angle and Gabriel follows in his footsteps. He goes wider of the crease and angles in a fuller length ball from outside off. Generates prodigious movement after pitching. Ervine is half-forward, leaves a big gap between his bat and pad and the ball zips through the gap to shatter the middle stump. It goes for a walk and the visitors are delighted! Craig departs for a duck. Zimbabwe in some trouble. 11/2

6.1 S Gabriel to H Masakadza, Fractionally overpitched outside off, Masakadza drives it nicely through covers. Blackwood hares after it from the point region. The outfield is not that quick and that allows the fielder to keep it in play. Saves a run for his side. 11/1

5.6 K Roach to Ervine, On a length on middle and leg, Craig hangs back and pushes it defensively to short mid-wicket. End of a testing over from Roach, a maiden. 8/1

5.5 K Roach to Ervine, Fuller length ball around off, Ervine comes forward and defends it stoutly. 8/1

5.4 K Roach to Ervine, Length delivery outside off, coming in with the angle, this time Ervine is much more assured in his leave. 8/1

5.3 K Roach to Ervine, Ervine is looking nervy! Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Craig keeps it out off the inner half of the bat. 8/1

5.2 K Roach to Ervine, Ooh… that was close! Shaping in from outside off, Ervine plants his front foot across and lets it go. That was very close to the off stump. 8/1

5.1 K Roach to Ervine, That’s a peach! Fullish delivery around off, coming in with the angle. Ervine has no choice but to play at it and the ball straightens to beat him all ends up. 8/1

4.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Fullish delivery well outside off, Hamilton lets it go. 8/1

4.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Half-volley outside off, Masakadza leans ahead and strokes it elegantly through covers to find the fence. He finally gets off the mark as well. 8/1

4.4 S Gabriel to H Masakadza, Shaping in prodigiously from a length, Masakadza looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 4/1

4.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Fullish delivery outside off, left alone. 4/1

4.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 4/1

4.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, In the channel outside off, zips off the surface. Masakadza doesn’t bother to play at it. 4/1

Craig Ervine comes out to bat. He is a good batsman and will be eager to play an innings of substance.

3.6 K Roach to Mire, OUT! Roach draws first blood! Hurls this one on a fuller length in the channel outside off, gets some away swing as well. Mire pokes at it with minimal foot movement and plays away from the body. An outside edge is induced. Dowrich dives full length to his right and takes a good catch. Good bowling from Roach, he set him up well. Bowled good length deliveries earlier and pushed one fuller this time which brought the downfall of the opener. Not good from the opener too, he was starting to get a bit desperate after a string of dots in the over. Anyway, ideal start for the Windies. 4/1

3.5 K Roach to Mire, On a drive-able length around off, Mire obliges but hits it back to Roach who makes a good stop in his followthrough. 4/0

3.4 K Roach to S Mire, Good fielding! Such kind of effort lifts a side up. Short and room on offer, Mire hammers it towards point where the fielder dives full length to his right and saves a certain boundary. His teammates appreciate his effort. 4/0

3.3 K Roach to Mire, First sign of intent from Mire. Back of a length outside off, Mire slaps it from the back foot but straight to the man in the point region. 4/0

3.2 K Roach to Mire, In the zone of apprehension, Solomon lets it go. 4/0

3.1 K Roach to Mire, On a length, skidding through the surface. Mire hangs back and punches it to the cover region. 4/0

2.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Back-to-back maidens for Gabriel. Hurls this one outside off, Masakadza sees it through safely. 4/0

2.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Length delivery outside off, Hamilton makes another leave. 4/0

2.4 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Substantial movement! Fullish delivery outside off, swinging in. Masakadza plants his front foot across and the ball goes past the off stump. Brave leave in the end. 4/0

2.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, This one nips in from outside off, Masakadza is sure of his off stump and makes a good leave. 4/0

2.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good carry! On a length outside off, zips through the surface. Hamilton points his bat skywards and lets it go. 4/0

2.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, not much swing on offer. Masakadza adopts a circumspect approach and doesn’t flirt with it. Gabriel needs to make the batsman play and make use of the overcast conditions. 4/0

1.6 K Roach to Mire, Well outside off this time, Solomon leaves it again. 4/0

1.5 K Roach to Mire, In the off stump channel, holding its line. Mire lets it go through. 4/0

Mid on comes straighter.

1.4 K Roach to Mire, Length delivery outside off, swinging in. Solomon points his bat skywards to allow it through. 4/0

1.3 K Roach to S Mire, FOUR! First runs of the day! Full length delivery on off, Solomon remains well balanced and drives it with the full face of the bat down the ground. Beats mid on and the ball whistles away to the fence. 4/0

1.2 K Roach to Mire, Good length ball outside off, shapes in after hitting the deck. Mire hangs back and defends it to covers. 0/0

1.1 K Roach to Mire, Way off the target to begin with. Full delivery wide outside off, swinging further away. Mire has nothing to do with it. 0/0

Kemar Roach to share the new ball from the other end.

0.6 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Fullish delivery outside off, not much movement on that occasion. Masakadza makes the sixth leave in a row. Disciplined start from Gabriel, a maiden! 0/0

0.5 S Gabriel to Masakadza, In the zone outside off, holding its line. Hamilton thinks of playing a shot but doesn’t fiddle with it eventually. 0/0

0.4 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Shaping in substantially from the corridor of uncertainty, Hamilton makes the fourth leave in a row. 0/0

0.3 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Length delivery well outside off this time, Masakadza doesn’t flirt with it. 0/0

0.2 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Good stuff from Gabriel! He swings this one in from a length outside off, Hamilton has his off stump covered and lets it go safely. 0/0

0.1 S Gabriel to Masakadza, Starts off with a fuller length ball in the zone of apprehension, generates some away swing as well. Masakadza plants his front foot across and makes a watchful leave. 0/0




First Published: October 30, 2017, 1:13 PM IST




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