Motie offers Zimbabwe a scare however debutant Tafadzwa Tsiga helps salvage draw

Zimbabwe 379 for 9 dec (Ballance 137*, Kaia 67, Joseph 3-75) and 134 for six (Chibhabha 31, Tsiga 24, Motie 4-50, Chase 2-9) drew with West Indies 447 for six dec (Chanderpaul 207*, Brathwaite 182, Mavuta 5-140) and 203 for five dec (Reifer 58, Blackwood 57, Masakadza 3-71, Evans 2-41)

Gudakesh Motie put in a career-best efficiency to maintain West Indies within the hunt for an unlikely win late on the fifth day, however the guests simply ran out of time because the opening Test in opposition to Zimbabwe resulted in a draw. After West Indies set Zimbabwe a goal of 272 in a couple of session-and-a-half, Motie picked up 4 for 50 in 24 overs, leaving the hosts in all kinds of hassle, however the debutant wicketkeeper Tafadzwa Tsiga made an unbeaten 24 off 83 balls to bail his facet out.
Zimbabwe had began the chase with constructive intent with Tanunurwa Makoni getting two fours within the first over, which was bowled by Kemar Roach. However, it didn’t take Motie lengthy to strike as he lured Makoni right into a drive and had him caught behind for 9. Chamu Chibhabha caught a agency cowl drive off Roach however was unsettled by Alzarri Joseph’s tempo. The quick bowler induced a thick exterior edge off Chibhabha’s bat, however Joshua Da Silva was wrong-footed and the ball flew to the left of first slip.
Kaia and Chibhabha added 47 for the second wicket earlier than Kaia flicked a easy catch to Kraigg Brathwaite at midwicket to provide Motie his second wicket. Chibhabha then departed subsequent when he pushed a size ball from Roston Chase to Jermaine Blackwood who took a wise catch to his proper at slip. Motie then struck once more as Zimbabwe slipped to 83 for 4 with nonetheless near an hour-and-half of the day’s play left.

However, Gary Ballance and Tsiga adopted a measured method and helped Zimbabwe get nearer to security. West Indies tried plenty of issues, which included Jason Holder resorting to bowling offbreaks however the duo stood agency for 19 overs. Chase then produced the breakthrough when he strangled Ballance down the leg facet and within the subsequent over Motie trapped Brad Evans in entrance. But Tsiga remained resolute, whereas Wellington Masakadza confronted 36 balls with out scoring earlier than the 2 groups shook arms because the opening Test resulted in a stalemate.

Earlier, when Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul walked out on the fifth day, they turned the eleventh and twelfth batters – and the primary pair ever – to bat on all 5 days of a Test. The duo, nonetheless, didn’t final lengthy on Wednesday.

Evans claimed his maiden Test wicket when he burst by the defences of Chanderpaul within the ninth over of the day. From across the wicket, he bought one to jag one again into the left-hander, who performed away from the physique, because the ball took a skinny inside edge and pegged again his center stump. Soon after, Masakadza pinned Brathwaite in entrance for the second time within the Test.

Zimbabwe appeared to have a gap at that stage, and Craig Ervine employed funky fields to second-guess the West Indies batters. But Raymon Reifer and Blackwood remained strong. With the floor nonetheless taking part in largely true, the 2 performed their photographs usually and with ease. Reifer was the extra aggressive one and bought his boundary counter operating with a crisp cowl drive off Masakadza.

Blackwood batted with a extra defensive mindset and even didn’t put away a number of brief deliveries early in his innings. He bought his first boundary away through a backside edge by the wicketkeeper’s legs however quickly gained confidence, slamming a six and 4 within the final over earlier than lunch. Ervine rang within the adjustments however each Reifer and Blackwood appeared pretty comfy on the crease as the 2 moved into lunch unbroken with West Indies 199 forward.

The batters upped the scoring charge after the break, getting three fours within the first three overs. Reifer reached his maiden Test fifty with a tough pull by midwicket, whereas Blackwood quickly bought to his seventeenth quickly after. The two additionally introduced up the 100-run stand in fast time and it turned obvious that West Indies have been searching for a declaration in some unspecified time in the future within the session.

Masakadza then eliminated each Reifer and Blackwood in fast succession earlier than Evans had Chase nicking off to the wicketkeeper. The third umpire needed to be referred to as for with the on-field tender sign being not out. But, replays clearly advised that the ball had taken the skin fringe of Chase’s bat whereas additionally hitting the bottom concurrently.

Kyle Mayers and Da Silva bought a number of boundaries away with West Indies declaring an hour into the second session and setting Zimbabwe 272 in 49 overs. Zimbabwe’s openers got here out to bat quickly after the thick clouds that have been build up introduced some rain and stopped play. It turned out to be a delay of about 25 minutes because the gamers took an early tea within the interim and no overs have been misplaced.

Source web site: www.espncricinfo.com

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