Just company stood at Queens Sports Club since Zimbabwe’s bowlers chipped off to bowl out West Indies and make sure that the hosts had the upper hand in the end for West Indies on the first day. For a lot of the afternoon, West Indies and Zimbabwe both threw punches, but the Zimbabwe spinners came with seven wickets in the session after tea. West Indies dropped for 3 to 219 from 174 all out, and Hope was stranded on 90 outside. It had been Sikandar Raza’s off-spin that prompted the beginning of West Indies’ collapse. He’d Roston Chase captured via the border by Craig Ervine at leg — the second to split a partnership.
Hope had arrived at the crease returning after a hiatus to colors, that this morning and Solomon Mire, on Test debut, created the incisions to the hosts. Jarvis, looking every inch the county ace with his stylish haircut and full-sleeve tattoo, took the new ball in the City End at overcast, cool conditions, more indicative of Old Trafford compared to Queens Sports Club, and shortly had a comeback wicket when Kraigg Brathwaite could not really get behind one which left him off the pitch, feathering an advantage to wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva for 3 off 22 balls. The introduction Test wicket of mire reduced West Indies for two to 35 and attracted Hope. At a knock that was quantified, Hope — heir apparent to West Indian exhibited the kind of accumulation that was tempered that’s becoming his signature. Cremer maintained his assaulting fielders during, choosing an area when it became evident that opener and Hope Kieran Powell had settled in throughout their wicket stand. Though there were moments of alert once the ball would hold the surface, it appeared the pitch would play true and flat.
This was West Indies’ combination of any material. Graeme Cremer had Jermaine Blackwood, and Sean Williams made the majority of the conditions that are useful to nip Jason Holder Shane Dowrich and Devendra Bishoo out in rapid succession: a bout of 3 in four overs due to him to two. The ball turned and had gripped of spin and proceeded to do this as Cremer made brief work of the West Indies tail to finish with 4. However, regardless of the flip on offer, this is not (yet) that a bunsen burner of a course — since Shai Hope revealed. Playing generally and directly facing the wicket, he profited from the cover driveway. He saw the shine and he remained there after he got in. After he thumped Raza over to the first six and the second of his Test career up to now, his shot in anger came following the beverages break of the day.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first.
KC Brathwaite, KOA Powell, KA Hope, SD Hope, RL Chase, J Blackwood, SO Dowrich †, JO Holder (c), D Bishoo, KAJ Roach, ST Gabriel.
SF Mire, H Masakadza, BRM Taylor, CR Ervine, SC Williams, Sikandar Raza, MN Waller, RW Chakabva †, AG Cremer (c), CB Mpofu, KM Jarvis.
West Indies vs Zimbabwe 1st Test Day 1 Highlights:
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