SECOND TEST MATCH: WEST INDIES VS ZIMBABWE
Day 3 at the Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica, 22 March 2013
Result: West Indies (381/8 dec) beat Zimbabwe (175 & 141) by an innings and 65 runs.
Individual and team records were the order of the day after the second and final Test match between West Indies and Zimbabwe at the Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica, on Friday.
The hosts beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 65 runs in the match, to clinch – following on the win in the first Test in Barbados – a sweep of the two-Test series and with it the Clive Lloyd trophy. The victory gave West Indies a streak of six Test wins for the first time in 25 years.
West Indies also registered clean sweeps in the preceding series of three One-day International matches and two Twenty20 Internationals.
There were records too for West Indies bowler Shane Shillingford. Playing before his home crowd, the off-spinner claimed five wickets for 34 runs from 15 overs, as the Zimbabweans – trailing by 206 runs on first innings – were bowled out for 141 in their second innings.
Earlier, West Indies had declared on their overnight 381 for eight during a 15-minute rain-delay to the scheduled start.
Shillingford finished the match with figures of 10 wickets for 93 runs – a career best and the best bowling performance for West Indies against Zimbabwe. Added to his previous best, which was a nine-wicket haul in the first Test in Barbados, it brought his scalp tally in the series to 19 – the highest number in a two-Test series for a West Indies bowler, going past Courtney Walsh’s 16 in New Zealand in 1994-95.
It was also the second time that Shillingford had taken as many wickets at this venue, the first time having been against Australia.
The performance with the ball saw Shillingford adjudged man of the match in Dominica, and – after a similar accolade in the Barbados Test – man of the series, much to the delight of his ecstatic home-town fans who stayed on their feet for the duration of the victory lap that Shillingford walked around the Chinese-built stadium together with other Dominica-linked internationals: captain Darren Sammy and former captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
For Alan Butcher in his final match in charge, captain Brendan Taylor and the rest of the Zimbabwe team, theirs were records they would rather not have garnered.
The Kensington Oval Test ended two overs after lunch on the third day. The Windsor Park Test lasted a bit longer – it ended in the second hour after lunch on the third day.
No wonder captain Brendan Taylor said Zimbabwe had been “taught a proper lesson”.
And no wonder too that in the post-match interview in Roseau, after pointing out that it was a bitter tour and he did not have much to say, Taylor went on to mention at least once in answers to three different questions that they would now go back to Harare and seek to re-focus.
Indeed, for Taylor and his charges and acting coach Stephen Mangongo, there is no other option but to return home and go back to the drawing board.
The tour by Bangladesh is around the corner.
And they will need to learn quickly after the lesson of Kensington – their first Test match since the one in New Zealand last year. And the lessons of the two Test matches – the first time Zimbabwe has played a Test series in seven years.