FIRST TEST MATCH: WEST INDIES VS ZIMBABWE
Day 3 at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, 14 March 2013
Result: West Indies (307 and 12/1) beat Zimbabwe (211 and 107) by 9 wickets.
Hosts West Indies took a one-nil lead in their two-match Test series after beating Zimbabwe by nine wickets, at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Thursday.
The victory, which gave the hosts five Test wins in a row for the first time since 1988, came two overs after lunch on the third day.
And that puts into perspective the post-match comment by Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor that “it was a tough Test.”
He was himself dismissed within the first over of the day’s play when he was caught by Kieran Powell off the bowling of Shane Shillingford, after his partnership with night watchman Raymond Price had added six runs to the overnight score.
The departure of Taylor (6) left Zimbabwe 47 for four. But it would soon be 47 for five after Price (7) was bowled by Kemar Roach. His was one of the three wickets on the day that did not fall to Shillingford who was chosen as the player of the match after recording his best Test bowling figures. After getting three wickets in Zimbabwe’s first innings, he got six for 49 runs in 16 overs in the second.
Shannon Gabriel finished with three for 10 in 7.4 overs.
For Zimbabwe, Tendai Chatara took the sole West Indies wicket to fall in their chase for 12 runs. He had Powell (6) caught by Graeme Cremer, to retain figures of one wicket for one run in two overs. He took two wickets during the first West Indies innings – including the premium one of Chris Gayle – to mark his debut.
But the pick of Zimbabwe bowlers was Kyle Jarvis whose five for 54 is his best bowling performance and his second five-for in Test matches. It is also the first five-for by a Zimbabwe bowler against the West Indies since Raymond Price captured five wickets for 199 runs in Bulawayo in 2003.
The second Test of the International Home Series 2013 between hosts West Indies and Zimbabwe is at the Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica, starting next Wednesday.