SECOND TEST MATCH: WEST INDIES VS ZIMBABWE
Day 2 at the Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica, 21 March 2013
End of day: West Indies (381/8) lead Zimbabwe (175) by 206 runs.
Hosts West Indies finished the second day 206 runs ahead of Zimbabwe in the first innings of their second Test, at Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica, on Thursday.
It could easily have been a bigger lead!
The day began with Tendai Chatara, playing in only his second Test match, bowling Marlon Samuels (26) with the first ball of the first over of the day and so breaking up – at 79 runs – a partnership with Chris Gayle that could have hurt Zimbabwe more.
Gayle himself then went on to post his 15th Test hundred. It came off 134 balls, 12 of them fours and four sixes. He did not stay on long after that as an attempt at a consecutive six off Prosper Utseya ended up in the hands of Kyle Jarvis, in a catch for the archives.
Underlining his value to Zimbabwe’s spin bowling, Utseya also accounted for another key wicket, Shivnarine Chanderpaul. But it was not before the former West Indies captain had garnered his 28th Test hundred. That was crafted from 246 balls which included 13 fours.
Earlier, Chanderpaul had escaped when Hamilton Masakadza in the slips failed to get his hands under the ball from a Graeme Crèmer delivery.
Chanderpaul also used that life to create a 173-run partnership with Denesh Ramdin (86) that was broken when the latter was trapped leg-before-wicket by Cremer. Although he failed to convert his second half-century of the series, Ramdin’s role in the stand for the fifth wicket was valuable in helping the hosts to consolidate their innings.
Between his demise and that of Gayle, West Indies moved from 181 for four to 354 for five.
Ramdin’s departure saw captain Darren Sammy come to the crease amid much applause as he has played for Dominica in the past. But Cremer put paid to Sammy’s tenure as he had him caught by Masakadza for nine.
Then Utseya removed Chanderpaul for 186, caught by Williams, and Kemar Roach (0), to finish with figures of three wickets for 60 runs in 22 overs.
Fellow spinner Cremer got two for 102 runs in 34 overs, Kyle Jarvis two for 82 in 21 and Chatara one for 69 in 22.
The West Indies innings will resume on Friday with Shannon Shillingford on four and Tino Best 11.