Gary Ballance loved a memorable debut for Zimbabwe, scoring 137 in first innings.© AFP
Zimbabwe survived the lack of first innings centurion Gary Ballance and a few testing spin bowling from West Indies duo Gudakesh Motie and Roston Chase to cling on for a draw within the first Test in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Set 272 to win in a minimal of 49 overs after West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite declared their second innings at 203 for 5, Zimbabwe staggered to 134 for six earlier than stumps had been drawn. That represented a gritty rearguard from the Zimbabwe decrease order after they’d slumped to 119 for 5 with former England batter Ballance edging Chase to wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva for 18.
Any ideas of chasing down the notional goal had been lengthy gone with the emphasis shifting to surviving the final 70 balls on the Queens Sports Club.
Brad Evans was dismissed eight balls later for a duck and, having claimed six wickets by Motie and Chase, the vacationers sensed a dramatic victory.
But wicketkeeper Tafadzwa Tsiga dug in with a dogged 24 not out off 83 balls whereas tail-ender Wellington Masakadza noticed off 36 deliveries for an important match-saving nought not out.
The first three innnings within the match had been all declared with nearly 100 overs misplaced to rain over the primary two days.
West Indies opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul was named participant of the match for his 207 not out within the first innings, his first Test century.
Ballance additionally loved a memorable debut for Zimbabwe, marking it with a primary innings 137 which made him solely the second batsman after Kepler Wessels to attain Test centuries for 2 international locations.
Ballance struck 4 tons for England earlier than his century towards the West Indies whereas South Africa-born Wessels hit 4 for Australia and two for his homeland.
Motie bowled 24 overs and claimed 4 for 50 whereas Chase took two wickets whereas conceding solely 9 runs in 12 overs that included six maidens.
The second and last Test begins on Sunday.
(This story has been edited by Mahaz News employees …)
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