SECOND TEST MATCH: WEST INDIES VS ZIMBABWE
Day 1 at the Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica, 20 March 2013
End of day: West Indies (114/2) trail Zimbabwe (175) by 61 runs, with 8 first innings wickets in hand.
Picking up from his man-of-the-match performance in the first Test at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown Barbados last week, Shane Shillingford put up a show for his home fans in Roseau, Dominica, on Wednesday.
On the first day of the second and final Test against Zimbabwe, the off-spinner captured five wickets for 59 runs in 21.5 overs, as the West Indies dismissed the tourists for 175 in their first innings, in front of a healthy crowd that was solidly behind their home-boy at the Windsor Park Stadium.
Marlon Samuels chipped in with his part-time off-spin to claim three wickets for 15 runs in nine overs, while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel got two for 10 in eight overs.
It was the familiar site of Zimbabwe batsmen making their way back to the hut in steady stream after showing poor judgement in shot selection just after giving an indication that they had settled.
Taylor looked like he had regained his form and was on his way to a big knock, when he was bowled by Shillingford for 33, which he crafted off 62 balls, five of them fours.
There were starts too but no finishes for opener Vusimuzi Sibanda (32) and all-rounder Sean Williams, who made 31 on debut.
The West Indies reply was off on full steam with Chris Gayle quickly settling and then batting his away to a brisk half-century. He struck 10 fours and one six for his unbeaten 61 which anchored the host response that was on 114 for two at the close of the day’s play, which was half an hour later than scheduled because of the rain-delayed start.
For the first time on the tour, Taylor lost the toss – and it was one that was good not to win! Zimbabwe had considered batting first if they won, and batting is what they ended up doing as Darren Sammy chose to field.
The tourists made two changes to the side that lost by nine wickets to the West Indies in the first Test.
Wicket-keeper Raymond Chakabva who was hit by the ball on his left middle finger in that match leading to his not fielding during the West Indies second innings, was replaced by Sean Williams and Taylor took the gloves again.
The selectors also chose Prosper Utseya to play in place of Raymond Price.
The West Indies innings will resume on Thursday with Christopher Gayle on 61 and Samuels 26.