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Zimbabwe Vs West Indies Live Score (TEST)

Date: Sunday, 29 October 2017 Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo Match Status: Match Ended

Zimbabwe drew with West Indies

326/10
Overs
109.1
R/R
2.99
Fours
28
Sixes
3
Extras
8
448/10
Overs
178.2
R/R
2.51
Fours
39
Sixes
4
Extras
7
301/7
Overs
144.0
R/R
2.09
Fours
19
Sixes
1
Extras
19
  • The visitors were good in the field. Roach and Gabriel bowled well with both the new balls and took wickets. Bishoo was wayward to begin with but settled into a rhythm to reach the landmark of 100 wickets in Test cricket. They will be pleased having restricted the home side under 350. There are no real demons on the track but it is taking slow turn and there is movement for the pace bowlers. Let's see how the Windies reply with the bat...
  • A fairly good show from Zimbabwe after electing to bat. To begin with, it was a horrid start for them as they lost three wickets for only 14. In came Peter Moor and along with Hamilton Masakadza steadied the ship for the home side. The duo stitched a 142-run stand and played sensible cricket. Masakadza, was given a life when he was on 15 by Gabriel and he made it count by scoring a big ton while Moor, who came in as a replacement scored a patient fifty. There was a bit of stutter this morning but once again Sikandar Raza stood tall. He took it on him and played an enterprising knock to take the hosts past 300, thereby becoming the leading run-scorer for his side in Tests this year.
  • 109.1 OUT! No inside edge and Chisoro is a goner! Roach comes from around the wicket and bowls a slower ball on a full length on leg stump. Chisoro looks to keep it out but is hit on the boot. The Windies appeal in unison and up goes the umpire's finger. Tendai decides to challenge the decision. Time for the replays. It shows three reds and the debutant is a dead duck. Surprisingly, the Hawk Eye revealed that the ball pitched on leg stump and deviated in to hit the middle stump. Not quite sure how that's possible but in any case, ZIMBABWE ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 326.
  • Chisoro has been adjudged LBW. He takes the review straightaway. Is there an inside edge?
  • 108.6 FOUR! Nicely done! Fuller length ball outside off, Mpofu pushes it with an angled bat face past the second slip fielder for a boundary. 326/9
  • 108.5 A loud shout for a caught behind denied! Fullish delivery outside off, Mpofu pokes at it but gets beaten. Gabriel roars in an appeal but the umpire stays put. The replays show there was clear daylight between bat and ball.
  • 108.4 Short delivery down the leg side, helped along with a pull to fine leg for a run.
  • 108.3 Full delivery on off, Chisoro heaves it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • Chris Mpofu is the last man in.
  • 108.2 OUT! Bull's eye brings the downfall of Cremer! Full length delivery, Graeme drives it crisply towards mid off and sets off for a run. He takes on the arm of his counterpart, Holder who is very quick to attack the ball. He moves to his left, picks it up cleanly and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end as Cremer tries to get in desperately. It is referred upstairs. The replays find the Zimbabwean skipper short of his crease. He took the longer route to avoid the throw and that proved to be his undoing.
  • Direct hits are always close and Holder believes that he has his man. Great work from the skipper and it's taken upstairs. Cremer seems to be struggling here...
  • 108.1 Uppish but safe! Fullish delivery around off, Chisoro drives it with minimal foot movement in the gap between mid off and extra cover. A run taken. This time Cremer wanted the second but was sent back.
  • 107.6 Fullish delivery, tailing in. Cremer works it to mid-wicket. 318/8
  • 107.5 That was a loose shot! Short and room on offer, Cremer flashes at it but gets beaten.
  • 107.4 Shaping in from a length outside off, Cremer leaves it alone and the ball goes past the off stump.
  • 107.3 Fullish delivery, defended off the front foot.
  • 107.2 What was the skipper doing there? That was a schoolboy error which almost proved fatal. Roach goes around the wicket and bowls a fuller length ball outside off, Chisoro plays it off the outer half towards gully and sets off initially. Cremer keeps running and the debutant has to eventually go for the run. Gabriel goes to his right and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. The replays show that in an attempt to avoid the throw, he took his eyes off the ball and was airborne. A direct hit would have sent him packing.
  • 107.1 Roach goes wider of the crease and angles in a fullish delivery on off. Cremer pushes at it tentatively and gets it off the inner half through backward square leg. A run taken.
  • 106.6 Bowls a very full delivery, attacking the base of off stump. Chisoro keeps it out to the mid-wicket region. 316/8
  • 106.5 Gabriel comes from around the wicket and bowls a pacy full length delivery outside off, Tendai plants his front foot across and lets it sail into the gloves of the keeper.
  • 106.4 Full length ball on middle, Chisoro drives it towards mid on. The fielder attacks the ball and denies the single.
  • 106.3 Short delivery down the leg side, doesn't rise as much as expected. Tendai doesn't commit himself to the hook shot and hence, misses it.
  • 106.2 Length delivery around off, Chisoro hangs back and buries it into the track.
  • 106.1 Full length ball just outside off, Chisoro strides ahead and plays it with soft hands to covers.
  • 105.6 Full length ball attacking the stumps, Cremer taps it to the fielder at mid on. 316/8
  • 105.5 Good length ball around off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 105.4 Length delivery in line of the stumps, Graeme tucks it to mid-wicket and wants a run but is rightly sent back.
  • 105.3 Back of a length delivery around off, Graeme places it to backward point.
  • 105.2 Very full delivery, tailing in. Cremer keeps it out towards Roach.
  • 105.1 On a good length, shaping in. Cremer works it through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 104.6 Fuller in length around off, pushed off the front foot to the cover region. End of a productive over for Gabriel. 314/8
  • 104.5 Full delivery outside off, Tendai leaves it alone. His front foot is well behind the crease. Good discipline from him.
  • 104.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 104.3 FOUR! Almost another one! Gabriel comes from around the wicket and bowls a pinpoint yorker on off, Chisoro looks to jam it out but gets an inside edge past the off stump. The ball beats the diving keeper and races to the fine leg fence. Tendai is off the mark in Test cricket in a nervy manner.
  • Tendai Chisoro comes out to bat, it's his Test debut.
  • 104.2 OUT! Gabriel was making the ball talk and he finally reaps the dividends! He steams in and hurls a fuller length ball outside off on a scrambled seam. After pitching, the ball keeps on coming in with the angle. Raza feels for it and gets a thick outside edge towards second slip. Kyle Hope stationed there takes it comfortably. Thankfully, for the Windies, he hasn't overstepped on this occasion. Raza departs after an enterprising knock. He would be disappointed to miss out on a ton.
  • 104.1 Edged! Full length ball outside off, swinging away a touch. Raza pushes at it with minimal foot movement but gets an outside edge past the gully region for a couple.
  • 103.6 Fractionally overpitched around off, Cremer puts in a nice stride forward and eases it to the cover region. 308/7
  • 103.5 Straying on the pads, worked around the corner for a single.
  • 103.4 Short delivery outside off, Sikandar goes for a pull across the line but gets foxed.
  • 103.3 FOUR! All about timing and grace! Full length delivery in line of the stumps, Raza clips it beautifully through wide mid on. Chase gives it a chase from mid-wicket, looks to keep the ball in play but fails do so. He should have put in a slide there. Raza is now the leading run-scorer for Zimbabwe in Tests this year, going past Hamilton Masakadza.
  • 103.2 On a length, shaping into Raza. He covers the line and defends it solidly.
  • 103.1 That was not far away from the stumps! Good length delivery outside off, curving in. Raza lets it go and it just whizzes past the off pole. Both the new ball bowlers are extracting substantial movement from the deck.
  • 102.6 Full delivery well outside off, the temptation is there to go for an expansive drive but Cremer resists. End of a probing over from Gabriel. 303/7
  • 102.5 Gabriel is in good rhythm. He steams in and bowls a length delivery at 147 clicks outside off, gets it to seam in appreciably off the deck. Cremer knows where his off stump is and makes a confident leave.
  • 102.4 Gabriel bowls this one fuller in length outside off, Cremer stays composed in his leave.
  • 102.3 In the zone outside off, Graeme lets it go safely.
  • 102.2 How did that miss the off stump? So, so close. Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Cremer opts to point his bat skywards as the ball nips back in substantially and just goes over the off stump. An older ball would have crashed into the stumps.
  • 102.1 Full delivery outside off, Cremer strides forward and strokes it towards extra cover. Holder runs to his left, dives half-heartedly to his left and stops it partially. Two runs taken.
  • 101.6 Short of a length outside off, holding its line. Raza doesn't flirt with it. 301/7
  • 101.5 Angling in on a length from around off, Raza defends it solidly off the back foot.
  • 101.4 Back of a length delivery just outside off, Sikandar makes good use of the depth of the crease and blocks it solidly.
  • 101.3 Roach goes wide of the crease and hits the deck hard outside off, Raza points his bat skywards and allows it through.
  • 101.2 FOUR! Well played! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Raza drills it through cover-point and the ball races to the fence. Good attacking batting from Sikandar.
  • 101.1 Good length delivery in the zone of apprehension, Raza doesn't fiddle with it. The ball went on the bounce to the keeper.
  • Kemar Roach to share the second new ball from the other end. Two slips and a gully in place for him as well.
  • 100.6 This time he angles in a short delivery from outside off, the skipper watches it closely and watches it sail through to the keeper. 297/7
  • 100.5 Well-directed bouncer on middle and leg, Cremer sways away of the line of the delivery and drops his wrists to evade it.
  • 100.4 Fractionally overpitched on off, Graeme leans into it nicely and punches it on the up to the mid on fielder.
  • 100.3 Full delivery attacking the stumps, Cremer comes half-forward and plays it with an angled bat face to point.
  • 100.2 Full length ball on middle and off, Sikandar clips it to fine leg for a single.
  • 100.1 Good length delivery around off, Raza taps it besides the pitch on the off side and sets off for a run. The gully fielder comes charging in and so Cremer sends his partner back.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. The good thing is that the sun is out in all its glory at the moment. Sikandar Raza and Graeme Cremer to continue their innings. Shannon Gabriel to bowl first up after lunch. The second new ball has also been taken. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Sikandar Raza has fought hard and already crossed the fifty-run mark. He has his skipper for company. Will they bat well and take the total in excess of 350 or will the visitors come out and wrap things up quickly? Join us in a while to find what happens next...
  • Session highlights - 39 Overs, 127 Runs and 3 Wickets! It's been a good extended session for both these sides. Zimbabwe continued to have the upper hand over the visitors with Masakadza and Raza churning the runs with ease in the first hour. Holder didn't opt for the second new ball and asked his spinners to bowl. Bishoo was way too short in his initial burst but once he pitched the ball up, he reaped huge dividends. Brathwaite from the other end offered him handy support as the duo extracted enough turn and bounce to cause panic in the opposition camp.
  • 99.6 Fuller outside off, Raza drives it through covers to keep strike after LUNCH ON DAY 2! 296/7
  • 99.5 Comes down the track. Kraigg pulls his length back. Raza adjusts and defends it.
  • 99.4 Shorter in length outside off, the batsman pushes it on the off side for a run.
  • 99.3 Quicker on off, turning back in. Cremer tries to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge and on the bounce to short leg.
  • 99.2 Flatter on off, Cremer defends it off the back foot.
  • A leg slip in place.
  • 99.1 Advances down the track and drives it down to long on for a run.
  • Still a minute to go and we will have one more in before lunch...
  • 98.6 Floats it on off, Cremer defends it off the front foot. 293/7
  • 98.5 Goes onto the back foot and punches it through covers for a run.
  • 98.4 Advances down the track, looses his balance in the process but Raza somehow manages to drives it back to the bowler.
  • 98.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 98.2 Slower through the air on off, turning away. Cremer tries to defend but gets an outside edge towards short third man for a run.
  • A conversation between the two batsmen. Sikandar walks across to Cremer to have a word as he wants to eat up time and make sure that this is the last over before lunch.
  • 98.1 Loopy ball on off, Raza drives it to the man at covers.
  • 97.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 290/7
  • 97.5 Floats it on off, Cremer defends it off the front foot.
  • 97.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 97.3 A full toss on middle, Raza drives it down the ground for a run.
  • 97.2 Cremer waits for the ball to spin into him and flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 97.1 Ambitious appeal but nothing from the umpire! Flatter on middle, turning back in. Cremer tries to defend but it goes off the pads to the man at short leg.
  • 96.6 Slower through the air outside off, turning away. Raza tries to drive but gets beaten. 288/7
  • 96.5 Cremer is off the mark! Short and wide outside off, from Bishoo. Graeme cuts it through point. The outfield is not that quick to take the ball to the fence. The fielder dives and pulls it back in to save a run for his side.
  • 96.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 96.3 Flatter on off, also shorter in length. Cremer defends it off the back foot.
  • 96.2 Floats it up on off, Cremer defends it solidly.
  • 96.1 Flighted ball outside off, Raza leans into it and drives it through covers for a run.
  • 95.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 284/7
  • 95.5 Flicks it to mid-wicket with the spin.
  • 95.4 Dances down the track and times it through covers for a run.
  • 95.3 Shorter in length outside off, Raza, against the spin, punches it through the cover region for a couple.
  • 95.2 Quicker on leg stump, Raza flicks it to short leg.
  • 95.1 Shorter in length on middle, turning back in. Raza works it to short leg.
  • 94.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 281/7
  • 94.5 Drags his length back outside off, Raza punches it through covers for a run.
  • 94.4 FOUR! A gift by Bishoo! A full toss on middle, Raza goes down on one knee and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 94.3 The batsman has driven that ball straight back.
  • 94.2 Tosses it up on off, Raza defends it off the front foot.
  • 94.1 Floats it wide outside off, Raza shoulders his arms to it.
  • 93.6 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket. 276/7
  • 93.5 Almost! Raza comes down the track and tries to drive the ball through the off side. The ball turns in sharply but luckily for Raza he gets an inside edge towards short fine leg for a run.
  • 93.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 93.3 Quicker on off, Raza defends it watchfully.
  • 93.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 93.1 Flatter on off, Raza defends it off the back foot.
  • 92.6 Fuller outside off, Raza drives it down to long off for a run. 275/7
  • 92.5 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 92.4 Tosses it up outside off, Raza pushes it to covers.
  • 92.3 SIX! Fifty for Raza, his fifth in Tests! He brings it up in style! A long hop by Bishoo on middle, Raza goes back and picks the bones out of it as he deposits it over the mid-wicket fence. He is now Zimbabwe's only hope if they are to reach 350. He has played really well uptil now and he would want to make it count.
  • 92.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 92.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 91.6 NOT OUT! Cremer survives and the Windies lose a review! Brathwaite once again tosses it up outside off, this one too turns back in. Cremer prods forward to defend but gets beaten and is hit on the pads. The Windies appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Holder after a chat with his teammates opts to review. Replays show that there is not bat involved and the ball is spinning past the leg stump. 268/7
  • Review time! The Windies have taken a review for LBW against Cremer. Looks close!
  • 91.5 Loopy ball outside off, turning back in. Cremer tries to defend but gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire remains put.
  • 91.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 91.3 Floats it outside off, Raza drives it down towards mid off for a run.
  • 91.2 Tosses it up on off, Raza defends it watchfully.
  • 91.1 Flatter on off, Raza defends it off the back foot.
  • Graeme Cremer strides out to the middle.
  • 90.6 OUT! BOWLED 'EM! 100 Test wickets for Bishoo, he becomes the 5th West Indian spinner to achieve this feat. Good variation from Bishoo! He pushes it quicker through the air, lands it full on middle. Chakabva goes down on one knee and tries to sweep but misses it completely. The ball goes between his legs and disturbs the woodwork behind. Chakabva's struggle comes to an end. Zimbabwe are losing their way now. Bishoo gets his second. 267/7
  • 90.5 Sweeps it through square leg for a run.
  • 90.4 The batsman has driven it straight back to the bowler.
  • 90.3 BEATEN! It is turning square! Bishoo tosses it up on middle, the ball drifts into the batsman and turns away. Raza prods forward and tries to defend but gets beaten. A peach!
  • 90.2 Drags his length back on off, Chakabva goes back and pulls it towards wide mid on for a run.
  • 90.1 Tosses it up on middle, very full so the spin is out of contention. Raza drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 89.6 The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single. 264/6
  • 89.5 Flicks it to mid-wicket with the spin.
  • 89.4 Quicker on the pads, Raza tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
  • 89.3 Short and wide outside off, too easy for Chakabva. he is all the time in the world to rock back and cut it through point for three.
  • 89.2 Flatter on middle, the batsman defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 89.1 Tosses it up on off, Chakabva tries to defend but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 88.6 Shorter in length outside off, Raza shuffles across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. 260/6
  • 88.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 88.4 Floats it up on off, turns away sharply. Raza gets beaten as he tries to defend it.
  • 88.3 Flighted ball outside off, Raza need not play at it.
  • 88.2 Slower through the air outside off, Raza lets it be.
  • 88.1 Flatter on off, skids off the surface. Raza defends it towards covers.
  • 87.6 Flighted ball on middle, Chakabva drives it towards mid on where Holder dives to his left and makes a good stop. 258/6
  • 87.5 Flatter on off, the batsman defends stoutly.
  • 87.4 Slower through the air, gets some turn off the surface. Chakabva tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 87.3 Tosses it up on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 87.2 Flicks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 87.1 Advances down the track and drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 86.6 Loopy ball outside off, Chakabva tries to sweep but gets beaten. A sweep shot against Bishoo, not a good idea. 257/6
  • 86.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 86.4 Flatter on off, turns away. Chakabva gets an outside edge down towards third man for a couple.
  • 86.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 86.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 86.1 Floats it up outside off, Chakabva defends it off the front foot.
  • 85.6 On middle and leg, Chakabva eases it down to long on for a single. But why is long on in place? Regis is the new man to the crease and why would you let him rotate strike? The man at long on should be brought up. This is really strange from Holder. 255/6
  • 85.5 Shorter outside off, Chakabva punches it through the covers for a couple.
  • 85.4 Brathwaite is getting some sharp turn here! He again slows it up outside off, turns back in and also skids off the surface. Chakabva goes back and tries to flick it but misses and is struck on the pads. The on-air commentators believe it was worth an appeal there. Replays show there was an inside edge there and maybe the keeper must have heard that.
  • 85.3 Better this time! He bowls it slower through the air on off, Chakabva defends it solidly.
  • 85.2 Quicker again on middle, Raza punches it down to long on for a run.
  • 85.1 Flatter down the leg side, Raza tries to pull but misses.
  • 84.6 Gives it air on off, turning away. Chakabva tries to defend but gets beaten. 251/6
  • 84.5 Drives it with the spin to covers.
  • 84.4 Fuller in length on the stumps, Raza drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 84.3 Floats it outside off, Raza does not fiddle with it.
  • 84.2 NOT OUT! Loopy ball outside off, turning away. Raza plays a similar shot like Masakadza but does not connect. The keeper collects and whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire goes upstairs. Replays show that Raza never lifted his foot.
  • An appeal for a stumping against Raza has been referred upstairs.
  • 84.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 83.6 Floats it full on off, the batsman drives it to mid on. 250/6
  • 83.5 Loopy ball on off, turns back into the batsman. Chakabva tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 83.4 Fuller outside off, Raza drives it through covers for a run.
  • 83.3 Flatter on off, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 83.2 Sweeps it with the spin through square leg for a run.
  • Regis Chakabva is the next man in.
  • 83.1 OUT! Waller bags a golden duck! An off spinner's dream delivery! The move of not taking the second new ball is paying off. Kraigg tosses it up outside off, inviting the batsman to drive. Waller obliges and tries to go through the line but leaves a gap between bat and pad. The ball turns in sharply and goes right between the gap to hit the timber. Two quick wickets for the Windies and they are ecstatic.
  • 82.6 Drives it with the angle to mid on. 248/5
  • 82.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 82.4 Short again outside off, Raza cuts it through extra cover for a couple.
  • 82.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • Malcolm Waller is the next man in.
  • 82.2 OUT! This is what you get by bowling fuller! A loss of concentration from Masakadza, a bad shot by him. Not wise to go against the spin when the ball is turning. Bishoo again bowls a loopy ball outside off, turning away. Masakadza tries to fetch it and slog sweep it over the leg side but gets a top edge which lobs besides the pitch. Dowrich runs to his left, sets himself under it and takes it. A fighting innings by Hamilton comes to an end. He falls three short of his 150 and walks off to a standing ovation. West Indies have managed to break the 90-run stand and are now back into the game.
  • 82.1 Nicely bowled! Bishoo tosses it up on middle, it drifts into the batsman, turns away sharply and also bounces extra. Masakadza goes on the back foot to defend but gets an outside edge through short third man for a couple.
  • 81.6 Dances down the track and eases it down to long on for a single. 244/4
  • 81.5 Allows the ball to turn in and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 81.4 Drops it on a length and it skids off the deck, HM does well to keep it out off the back foot.
  • 81.3 A stifled appeal for an LBW! Pushes it quicker through the air around off, Masakadza tries to broom it away but misses and is struck on the pads. They appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Maybe, the impact would be outside the line.
  • 81.2 A loopy full toss on middle, swept behind square on the leg side for a single. It was uppish but safe.
  • 81.1 Very full around middle, bunted back to the bowler.
  • Kraigg Brathwaite is introduced into the attack. My colleague just reminded me that he was the one who removed Masakadza in the first innings of the first Test. Can he do it again? Well, his team would love it if he does so.
  • 80.6 There you go! That is the length you need to bowl Bishoo! Floats it up around off, Hamilton leans forward to defend but the ball turns away and nearly kisses the outside edge of Masakadza's bat. 242/4
  • 80.5 And again! Shortish around off, turning further away, punched towards Holder at short cover.
  • Ian Bishop is livid with the bowling from Bishoo. He wants him to bowl fuller and make the batsman come forward but Bishoo is bowling really flat and short.
  • 80.4 What's with Bishoo? He is not learning. Continuously dropping it short and once again Raza cuts it to deep cover for a single.
  • 80.3 Flatter one on the shorter length outside off, Masakadza smashes it through covers for a single.
  • 80.2 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 80.1 Slower through the air outside off, spinning away further. The batsman lets it be.
  • Second new ball is due now!
  • Hamilton Masakadza now has the most number of runs in an innings for a batsman from Zimbabwe against West Indies in Tests.
  • 79.6 Bouncer! the batsman ducks under it. 240/4
  • 79.5 Better from Holder! He lands it on a length around off, Raza prods forward and blocks it.
  • 79.4 FOUR LEG BYES! Poor by Holder! He errs in line and drifts it on the pads. Raza misses the flick as the ball brushes the pads, beats the diving keeper and into the fine leg fence. Second boundary of the over for Zimbabwe.
  • 79.3 That was nicely timed as well but only for a single. Holder persists with the short ball on middle, Hamilton swivels inside the crease and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 79.2 FOUR! Bad ball and it has been dispatched! Short and wide outside off by Holder. Seeing the width on offer, Massakadza goes after it and cuts it through backward point for a boundary. He moves onto 142.
  • 79.1 Back of a length on off, Masakadza defends it off the back foot.
  • Ian Bishop on-air analyses his point further. The second new ball is around the corner and that will complicate issues for Bishoo. That is why he should have been bowled earlier in the morning.
  • 78.6 Sixth short ball in a row, slapped hard but straight to the point fielder. 231/4
  • 78.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 78.4 Bishoo hasn't got his rhythm. Drops it short again, punched off the back foot to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 78.3 Short and spinning away, cut through point for a run.
  • 78.2 Short again and Raza cuts it off the back foot to the cover region.
  • 78.1 Starts off with a short delivery around off, cut past the diving cover fielder for a run.
  • Drinks time. Meanwhile, Devendra Bishoo is brought on for a bowl. Ian Bishop on-air feels that he should have been brought in earlier.
  • 77.6 Drifting down the leg side, Raza looks to play it across but misses. 228/4
  • 77.5 Leans into this one and pats it back to the bowler.
  • 77.4 Floated outside off, Raza creams it to sweeper cover for a couple.
  • 77.3 Missed opportunity! How costly will that be? Spinning sharply into Raza, he looks to tuck it across but seems to have got an inside edge on his pads. The ball lobs towards the short leg fielder who reacts very late. By the time he dives, the ball falls down on the ground. The Snicko confirms the inside edge. West Indies need to pounce on such opportunities if they are to come back in the game. This is a good track to bat on and the hosts can make you pay for it.
  • 77.2 Lunges forward to this one and blocks it nicely.
  • 77.1 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 76.6 FOUR! Hit with disdain! Hamilton is showing his colorful array of shots all around the ground. Short delivery in line of the stumps, Masakadza swivels across and pulls it with aplomb through square leg for a rocketing boundary. Best over of the innings, 13 from it. 226/4
  • 76.5 On a length outside off, holding its line. Hamilton doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 76.4 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Off pace delivery from Holder on a fullish length on middle, Masakadza is early into his drive and hence, gets it uppishly towards mid off. The fielder dives to his right but it goes past him. It rolls away on this slow outfield and through to the fence.
  • 76.3 FOUR! An artist at work! Length delivery around off, Masakadza strides forward confidently and drives it through cover-point. Brathwaite in the deep runs to his right but the ball has been timed so well that it beats him with ease.
  • 76.2 Angling sharply into Raza who works it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 76.1 Fullish delivery in the channel outside off, Raza watches it closely and makes a good leave.
  • 75.6 FOUR! Nice improvisation! Floated around off, Masakadza goes for the fancy reverse sweep and executes it well. There is no protection in the deep behind square on the off side and he hits in the same region. Picks up another boundary. 213/4
  • 75.5 Another one that spins down the leg side, Hamilton leaves it.
  • 75.4 Clipped with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 75.3 Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 75.2 Tossed up around leg stump, Raza goes for the reverse sweep but misses to get hit around the hips. The ball deflects towards fine leg. Two leg byes taken.
  • 75.1 Chase comes from around the wicket and bowls it around the pads, Raza looks to help it away but misses.
  • 74.6 On a driving length outside off, Masakadza doesn't get drawn into the drive and lets it go safely. 206/4
  • 74.5 In the off stump channel, Masakadza lets it go.
  • 74.4 Back of a length delivery, angling in from outside off. Hamilton pushes it off the inner half of the bat towards mid on.
  • 74.3 Fuller in length, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 74.2 Good length delivery around off, Raza hops and works it through square leg for a run. That brings up the 50-run stand between the two. They have shown good character and are playing really well.
  • Three slips in place now. West Indies on the attack.
  • 74.1 On a length outside off, tapped past point for a single.
  • 73.6 Floated delivery, Sikandar lunges forward and keeps it out. 204/4
  • 73.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 73.4 Tossed up delivery, Raza strokes it through covers. The fielder hares after it and cuts it off before the boundary ropes. Two runs taken. Actually, there was the third run on offer but poor running between the wickets didn't allow the batsmen to take it.
  • 73.3 Spinning into Raza who clips it to short leg.
  • 73.2 Raza turns this one with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 73.1 FOUR! Picked the gap to perfection! Full toss on off, Raza kneels and sweeps it nicely past the short leg fielder. There are two men in the deep, one at deep square leg and one at long leg and he bisects them to earn a boundary. 200 up for Zimbabwe.
  • 72.6 Stays back to this one and defends it. A maiden for Holder, testing over from him. 198/4
  • 72.5 Ooh... that was close! Back of a length delivery angling in sharply from outside off, Masakadza looks to force it through covers with hard hands but gets a thick inside edge past the leg stump. He would have had his heart in his mouth there.
  • 72.4 Fuller in length outside off, left alone.
  • 72.3 In the zone of apprehension, Hamilton plants his front foot across and lets it go. These two have played sensible cricket, left deliveries outside the off stump and have played very few false shots.
  • 72.2 Length delivery on off, Masakadza tucks it off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.
  • 72.1 Back of a length delivery around off, Hamilton stays back and punches it back to the bowler.
  • 71.6 Loopy delivery, Raza lunges forward in defense. Good over from Chase. 198/4
  • 71.5 Quicker on middle, turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 71.4 That was risky! Full delivery on middle, Masakadza goes for the fancy reverse sweep and connects decently to get it to short third man. If he missed that, he was a goner.
  • 71.3 Strides forward to the tossed up delivery and defends it.
  • 71.2 Nicely bowled! Chase spots Raza using his feet and bowls it slow through the air around off. Sikandar tries to push it through the gap at extra cover but gets beaten in the flight. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads and towards mid on. A run taken.
  • 71.1 Short delivery around off, turning in slowly into Sikandar. He plays it with soft hands towards backward square leg for a single.
  • 70.6 Well played! Length delivery just outside off, skidding after pitching. Raza shuffles a bit and keeps it out by taking his bottom hand off the bat. 195/4
  • 70.5 In the channel outside off, curving in a touch. Sikandar doesn't flirt with it.
  • 70.4 A touch fullish on off, Raza opts to stay back instead of coming forward and buries it into the track.
  • 70.3 Raza taps this length delivery towards backward point and looks for a run but is rightly sent back.
  • 70.2 Short of a length well outside off, Masakadza makes good use of the depth of the crease and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 70.1 Good length delivery angling in from around off, Hamilton covers the line and answers it with a straight bat.
  • False start! Holder stops in his delivery stride.
  • The skipper, Jason Holder comes in for a burst.
  • 69.6 FOUR! Pleasing shot! Half-volley outside off, Raza opens the face of the bat and drives it elegantly through covers for a boundary. 8 from the over. 194/4
  • 69.5 Spinning into the pads, Sikandar helps it towards fine leg. Good running between the wickets allows the batsmen to come back for the second.
  • 69.4 Fraction short around off, cut away against the spin to covers to rotate strike.
  • 69.3 Turn on that occasion! Spins in sharply from outside off, Hamilton looks to defend it with the spin but is struck on the pads
  • 69.2 Fullish on off, pushed off the front foot towards mid on.
  • 69.1 Turning into Raza who turns it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • Roston Chase comes into the attack. He got good purchase from the track yesterday and will be looking to put pressure on the batsmen. A slip and short leg in place.
  • 68.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, Hamilton presses forward and defends it solidly. 186/4
  • 68.5 Much better this time. Fuller in length just outside off, the opener plants his front foot across and makes a good leave.
  • 68.4 Gabriel loses his radar and slants it down the leg side, Hamilton tries to play it across but fails to put bat on ball.
  • 68.3 Bouncer but wayward in direction. It is down the leg side, no trouble at all for Masakadza to leave it alone. A short delivery should be well-directed otherwise there is no meaning to the effort ball.
  • 68.2 A tad fuller in length on off, Hamilton strides ahead and blocks it solidly towards Gabriel who mimes a throw to the keeper.
  • 68.1 Straying on the hips, Raza turns it to fine leg for a run.
  • 67.6 Roach goes wide of the crease and creates a testing angle. Gets the ball to come in substantially as Masakadza defends it tentatively from within the crease. 185/4
  • 67.5 This time it is well outside off, Hamilton points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 67.4 Back of a length outside off, Hamilton camps back and strokes it to the cover region.
  • 67.3 Fuller in length this time, Masakadza presses forward and keeps it out.
  • 67.2 Fractionally overpitched outside off, driven crisply to mid off.
  • 67.1 Shuffles across to the good length delivery and turns it around the corner for a run.
  • 66.6 As Ed Rainsford mentioned, the fielder in the leg side came into focus. Full length delivery on leg stump, flicked straight to the man who came in the mid-wicket region. 184/4
  • 66.5 Down the leg side, Hamilton looks to play it across but misses it.
  • Ed Rainsford on-air mentions a good point. In the first Test match, the ball hardly traveled through the gully region. So, he adds that it is rather better to have a short leg in place. Let the batsman know that a bouncer might be coming up so keep them alert.
  • 66.4 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Fullish and straying on the pads, Masakadza clips it with authority through mid-wicket. Chase hares after it but the ball wins the race this time.
  • 66.3 Back of a length ball on off, Masakadza punches it firmly off the back foot to covers.
  • 66.2 Shortish and room on offer, Hamilton slaps it hard but hits it straight to the man in the point region.
  • 66.1 Good length delivery around off, Masakadza makes good use of the depth of the crease and taps it to the cover region. Gabriel is not looking his hundred percent. He was limping yesterday as well. Let's hope he is fine.
  • Alan Wilkins on-air mentions that Roach is quick off the pitch and has a habit of surprising the batsmen. It is not easy to get set against him. You have to be on your toes all the time.
  • 65.6 Short delivery outside off, Raza lets it go. 180/4
  • 65.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 65.4 Full delivery on middle, Raza pushes it off the inner half to mid on.
  • 65.3 Another one in the channel outside off, Sikandar doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 65.2 Good length delivery outside off, Sikandar leaves it alone in an awkward manner.
  • 65.1 What a brute of a delivery! Cut into two halves! Roach goes wide of the crease and shapes in a pacy length delivery on off. Raza is caught in a tangle and gets beaten on the inside edge. The ball seems to have brushed the body and carries to Dowrich. Roach is confident but the keeper straightaway indicates that it came off the thigh pad. Raza is lucky to survive that one.
  • 64.6 On a length on middle, Raza shuffles across and tucks it nicely to fine leg for a run and will retain strike. 180/4
  • 64.5 Another short ball but the direction is wayward. It is down the leg side and Sikandar leaves it easily.
  • Good signs! Finally a bit of sun peeping through the clouds.
  • 64.4 Well-directed bouncer on middle and leg, doesn't rise as much as expected. Raza has to duck under it in a jiffy to evade it.
  • 64.3 Gabriel slips this one on the pads and Hamilton stays well balanced. He clips it beautifully through mid-wicket. Chase chases it on this slow outfield and cuts it off. Saves a run for his side.
  • 64.2 Fractionally overpitched around off, timed sweetly to mid off.
  • 64.1 Length delivery around off, Hamilton stays back and defends it stoutly.
  • 63.6 Brave leave! Angling in prodigiously from outside off on a fuller length, Sikandar covers his off pole and lets it go. Good over from Roach. 176/4
  • Alan Wilkins on-air praises Roston Chase. He has played 14 Tests and scored a decent amount of runs (934) as well as picked up wickets (26). He is an underrated cricketer but he has a lot of potential which he proves time and again.
  • 63.5 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 63.4 In the off stump channel, a bit of nibble in the air. Raza knows where his off stump is and makes a good leave.
  • 63.3 Roach searches for some swing and hence, bowls it fullish on off. Doesn't get much movement though and Raza deals with it easily.
  • 63.2 Good length delivery around off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • The sweeper cover comes in. Right tactic from Holder.
  • 63.1 Full delivery on off, Hamilton crouches and taps it to mid on for a swift single.
  • 62.6 Not much movement either in the air or off the pitch for Gabriel. On a length on off, holding its line. Sikandar gets behind the line of the delivery and eases it to covers. 175/4
  • 62.5 Effort ball from Gabriel! He hits the deck hard and bowls it around off, Raza sways away from the line of the delivery, drops his wrists and makes a good leave.
  • 62.4 A touch fuller this time but well outside off, Raza plants his front foot across and lets it go safely.
  • 62.3 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Sikandar prods forward and defends it with a high elbow.
  • Two slips for Raza.
  • 62.2 Shaping into Hamilton who tucks it nicely through square leg to rotate strike.
  • 62.1 Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, angling in. Masakadza hangs back and defends it nicely to covers.
  • Shannon Gabriel to bowl from the other end. A slip and a gully in place. The slip fielder is standing in a much more conventional position for Gabriel.
  • 61.6 Full delivery on the base of off stump, Raza leans ahead and blocks it solidly. 174/4
  • Two slips and a gully in place for Raza. West Indies are attacking him as he is new to the crease.
  • 61.5 Stays back to this one and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 61.4 Roach goes wider of the crease and angles in a full length delivery into Hamilton. He shuffles a bit and pushes it to mid off for a run.
  • 61.3 Similar delivery outside off, not close enough to induce a stroke from Masakadza.
  • 61.2 Length delivery in the zone of apprehension, a bit of inward movement. Masakadza points his bat skywards and allows it through.
  • 61.1 FOUR! What a way to start off the day for Masakadza! Half-volley outside off, Hamilton leans ahead confidently and creams it past the diving extra cover fielder to find the fence. He is continuing from where he left off.
  • We are set to get rolling. The weather is a bit warmer this morning in Bulawayo. Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza to continue their innings. Kemar Roach to steam in with the ball. He got the rewards last morning. Can he get them today as well? A wide slip in place. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo says the pitch was covered due to the weather but there are some dry areas from which the ball might turn and bounce. Adds if the batsmen show some resistance they will be well on course to get a decent first innings total.
  • On the other hand, the tourists were more or less disciplined. They would be aiming to restrict the home side to as less as possible. With grey clouds looming overhead, it will be a stern test for the batsmen. Let's hope the rain stays away and we get in the allotted overs today.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the second and final Test between Zimbabwe and West Indies in Bulawayo. The hosts have shown that they have the temperament to bounce back from tough situations. Masakadza emerged as the hero for them as he scored an unbeaten century and is still going strong. However, he needs support from the lower middle order if they are to go past the 300-run mark.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Come the third session, Moor departed as soon as he scored a fifty but the onus was on Hamilton Masakadza who was approaching his Test ton. He got to it but then the dark clouds opened up, not allowing any more play. The conditions got very gloomy forcing the match officials to call it a day. The hosts would feel they have got out of the jail but the question is, will they be able to carry this further? With 29 overs getting lost today, the match will begin half an hour early, that is 0930 local for the next three days and it shall begin 5 minutes early, that is 0955 local on the final day to cover up for the time and overs lost. Do join us tomorrow to see how this Test pans out, weather permitting. Until next time, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
  • A damp squib is what we got to witness after two good sessions of play today. After opting to bat on a chilly morning, Zimbabwe's top order was dented within no time as the Windies' pacers took full toll of the conditions that were on offer. They could have had even more had Gabriel not overstepped when Masakadza was batting on 15. Hamilton then got good support from Moor. The duo weathered the storm and staged a remarkable recovery. They kept the visitors at bay for the entire second session and in the process stitched a game-changing 142-run stand.
  • 1646 local time update - And as expected, the conditions aren't deemed good enough for the play to continue and THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 1!
  • 1615 local time update - The rain has subsided a bit but there is still a light drizzle. Keeping that and light in mind, it seems like the inevitable is on the cards. But still let's wait for the official confirmation...
  • 1555 local time update - The news isn't good, folks! The rain is only getting heavier and the entire ground is now covered. The light can be a issue too as it has gone all gloomy. Chances of further play look bleak but let's keep our fingers crossed...
  • 1525 local time - Both the umpires come together to have a word as the drizzle has gotten heavier. It's quite murky as well. And they call for the covers now. The groundsmen coming running in. The players are asked to leave the field. Stay with us as we will keep you posted...
  • 60.6 Gives this some more flight, Raza drives it back to the bowler. 169/4
  • 60.5 Flighted delivery outside off, pushed back to the leggie.
  • 60.4 Bishoo has bowled too many short balls today. Hamilton cuts it through backward point for a single.
  • 60.3 Short outside off, punched through covers for a single.
  • It has started to drizzle now informs Ian Bishop on air...
  • 60.2 Takes a stride forward and drives it towards cover.
  • 60.1 Low full toss, dipping in, worked towards mid on.
  • 59.6 Sikandar comes down the track to push it away but gets it off the outer half towards backward point for a quick single. 167/4
  • 59.5 Turns in with bounce, Raza clips it past short leg.
  • 59.4 Darted on middle, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 59.3 5th Test ton for Hamilton, second against the Windies! He gets there after being lucky earlier. He has made it count this time around and the crowd is up on its feet to laud the effort of this man. Entire Zimbabwe team is clapping for him in the dressing room. What a proud moment this is for him. He soaks in all the applause as he takes the helmet off and gets a hug from Raza. Coming to the ball, fuller ball on middle, driven past the bowler down the ground for a single.
  • Masakadza is on 99, the crowd is right behind him. Can he get there?
  • 59.2 Floated delivery outside off, Raza comes down the track to drive but gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 59.1 Tossed up outside off, Maskadza comes forward and taps it towards the off side for a brisk single. On 99 now!
  • 58.6 FOUR! What a hit! Bishoo once again bowls it short and was asking for trouble. Raza goes deep in the crease and cracks it through extra cover for a boundary to end the over. 163/4
  • 58.5 Leans forward and blocks it out.
  • 58.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 58.3 Short and outside off, Raza gets on top of the bounce and cuts it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 58.2 Gets forward and strokes it straight to Holder at cover.
  • 58.1 Fuller and wider on off, Hamilton pushes it towards backward point. There is a slight hesitation between the batsmen as to run or not and eventually decide to cross.
  • Sikandar Raza walks in next!
  • 57.6 OUT! Bowled 'em! It's totally against the run of play! Roston Chase is the one who breaks the 142-run stand! The Windies are relieved at the moment as they have been kept at bay for a long period of time. Chase pushes it quicker through the air, drops it a touch short around off. Moor goes back to defend but this one skids off the surface, beats the outside edge and knocks the off stump. Moor can't believe it but has to walk back after playing a fine innings. 156/4
  • 57.5 Flatter again on middle, Moor is right behind to keep it out.
  • 57.4 Goes back to this flatter ball and defends it down.
  • 57.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 57.2 Gets right forward and smothers it down.
  • 57.1 Flighted full ball served outside off, Hamilton makes room to drive but gets a thick inside edge towards short fine leg for a single.
  • 56.6 Floats it up outside off, blocked gently off the front foot. 155/3
  • 56.5 Short and outside off, cut past the man at point for a single.
  • 56.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 56.3 Fuller on off, driven towards the man at extra cover.
  • 56.2 Flighted delivery around middle, Masakadza makes room to drive but gets a thick inside edge on the pads.
  • 56.1 Bowls it well outside off, left alone.
  • 55.6 Goes back and punches it towards cover. 154/3
  • 55.5 FOUR! There it is, 3rd Test fifty for Peter Moor! He came into the side as a replacement and has grabbed the opportunity with both the hands. The fact that he walked in when his side was in early trouble will make this fifty even more special for him and his side. Coming to the ball, a full toss outside off, Moor leans ahead and drives it through covers. Blackwood sprints after it but the ball still wins the race.
  • 55.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 55.3 Flatter delivery on middle, tucked off the back foot towards the leg side.
  • 55.2 Flighted delivery outside off, driven down to long off for a single.
  • 55.1 Takes a stride forward and nudges it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 54.6 Loops it up outside off, Moor goes back to cut but mistimes it towards the cover fielder. 149/3
  • 54.5 Tossed up outside off, eased down to long off for one.
  • 54.4 Short on middle, punched down to long off for a single.
  • 54.3 Bishoo once again drops it short, it turns away, cut away towards the fielder at extra cover. Moor is not happy, he knows that he should have put that away.
  • 54.2 Short and outside off, cut away towards extra cover.
  • 54.1 Fuller outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • Devendra Bishoo to bowl from the other end...
  • 53.6 What is Masakadza doing? Once again tires to play the reverse sweep but gets hit on the pads. Getting a bit fidgety here is Hamilton. Replays show it did take some part of the gloves before dying down. 147/3
  • 53.5 Quicker delivery around middle and leg, Hamilton prods forward to defend but gets it off the pads towards short fine leg.
  • 53.4 Full outside off, blocked off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 53.3 Tossed up ball outside off, Masakadza tries to reverse sweep this but the ball turns in and he gets beaten.
  • 53.2 Flatter ball on middle and off, crunched off the back foot towards point.
  • 53.1 Bowls it around leg, it turns further down, the batsman lets it be.
  • Welcome back for the final session, folks! Hamilton Maskadza and Peter Moor stride out to bat. All eyes on the former as he is just 7 short of the three-figure mark. Roston Chase to continue the proceedings. Let's play...
  • ... Day 1, Final session ...
  • The Windies will be really kicking themselves to have let the momentum slip away. Gabrile overstepped when Masakadza was on 15 has come down as a haunting for them. In this session their bowlers apart from Roach looked off color. Bishoo and Chase are getting the ball to turn but they have bowled too many loose deliveries as well. Can they break this stand? Will we see Masakadza reaching the three-figure mark? Join us in a while to find out...
  • What a session for Zimbabwe, a wicket-less one! They were down and out in the morning, losing three quick wickets but since then Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor have done a really good job to hold the innings together. Agreed, the former got a few lives but he has made it count. The latter looked a bit desperate to score runs but his side will be happy to see him still out there. The stand is worth 133 and it will be interesting to see if these two can swell it to a big one.
  • 52.6 Edgyyy! Tossed up ball outside off, Moor leans ahead to drive but gets a thick outside edge which rolls past the slip fielder. They take two and that is TEA ON DAY 1! 147/3
  • 52.5 Turning away from a length outside off, left alone.
  • 52.4 In the air... safe! There is no need to go after this Moor. Really a bad approach with the tea break around the corner! Flighted delivery around middle, Moor gets down and goes for the slog sweep against the spin. The ball turns away and hence he gets a big top edge. However, there is no one patrolling in the deep mid-wicket region and so a couple is taken.
  • 52.3 Bishoo drops it short outside off, turning away as well, slapped off the back foot through covers for a couple.
  • 52.2 Flighted ball but a bit too full, driven through extra cover for one.
  • 52.1 Tossed up delivery around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 51.6 Flatter through the air, Moor goes back and tucks it on the bounce towards short leg. 140/3
  • 51.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 51.4 Almost... Chase is bowling really well! He is not afraid to flight the ball and is getting nice assistance off the deck too. Masakadza leans forward to defend but the ball turns in with some bounce and goes off the gloves towards short leg. Luckily for Hamilton it dies down well in front of the man there.
  • 51.3 Floats it up outside off, blocked into the ground gently.
  • 51.2 Shorter around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 51.1 Chase slows it through the air outside off, Masakadza goes at it with hard hands, gets a thick inside edge on the boots as the ball lobs up towards the vacant silly point region. The man in the slip, Blackwood was interested but it was far away from his reach.
  • 50.6 Lands it on middle, turning away, punched off the back foot towards cover. 139/3
  • 50.5 Flatter delivery on middle, played back to the bowler.
  • 50.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.3 Loopy delivery on off, pushed off the front foot towards cover.
  • 50.2 Flighted delivery around off, driven through cover for one.
  • 50.1 Tossed up on the stumps, Hamilton makes room and drives it through extra cover. Immediately calls for two and gets it comfortably.
  • 49.6 Masakadza goes back and flicks it through mid-wicket and will keep strike. 136/3
  • 49.5 Fuller on middle, wristed uppishly towards mid-wicket.
  • 49.4 Quicker one on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 49.3 Roston drops it short on middle, tucked with the spin through backward square leg for a single.
  • 49.2 Loopy delivery outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 49.1 Darts it on middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 48.6 Driven straight to the cover fielder. 133/3
  • 48.5 Quicker through the air outside off, Moor lets the ball go.
  • 48.4 Comes forward and blocks it out.
  • 48.3 Loopy leg-break outside off, Moor comes forward to defend but the ball turns away to beat the outside edge.
  • 48.2 Once again it's outside off, nicely left alone.
  • 48.1 Flatter outside off, left alone.
  • Devendra Bishoo is brought back into the attack.
  • 47.6 NOT OUT! The on-field call has to be overturned! The crowd goes wild, they want to see the ton from the bat of Masakadza! Chase floats it up outside off, Hamilton dances down the track but the ball turns in and it goes off something to the short leg fielder. They all appeal and umpire Dharmasena raises his finger. Masakadza after taking his time challenges the decision. Front foot is fine. There is no spike on the Ultra Edge as the ball went past the bat. So, maybe it came off the forearm. Now they also check for the LBW and replays show the impact is miles outside off. Right then, Masakadza gets another life. 133/3
  • Hamilton Masakadza is given out caught at short leg. Now then, he walks towards Moor, takes his time and then opts for the review. He says, he isn't sure. Let's wait and find out. He is on 86, can he survive?
  • 47.5 Top edge! Floats it up outside off, Moor gets down to sweep but gets a safe top edge over the keeper for a single.
  • 47.4 Gets back to defend but once again is beaten by the turn and bounce and wears it on the pads.
  • 47.3 Gets right behind the line and blocks it out watchfully.
  • 47.2 Chase drops it short around middle, it turns in. Moor looks to turn it away on the leg side but gets it off the pads towards first slip.
  • 47.1 Flighted delivery outside off, Peter Moor lunges forward to defend but there is some turn which takes the inside edge and dribbles between the legs towards short fine leg.
  • Jason Holder is back on the field and now Shannon Gabriel is walking off...
  • 46.6 Once again it's on the shorter side outside off, HM lets it sail over him to the keeper. 132/3
  • 46.5 Hits the deck hard on middle and off, Hamilton stands tall offers a straight blade.
  • 46.4 Full toss on the pads, quelled into the leg side for a single.
  • Jason Holder is off the field!
  • 46.3 Gabriel goes wide of the crease and angles one on a fuller length, Moor bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 46.2 Angles in a fuller length delivery on middle, defended nicely off the front foot.
  • 46.1 FOUR! Ahhhh... that almost carried all the way! This is such a good shot to watch! Gabriel bowls a short of a length outside off, Moor stands tall, arches back just a touch and then as the ball arrives his ramps it over the keeper for a one bounce boundary.
  • 45.6 This one turns in, Hamilton comes forward to defend but the ball goes off the pads and dies down in front of short leg. 127/3
  • 45.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 45.4 Slows it through the air around middle, defended watchfully.
  • 45.3 SIX! He has sent it out of the park! What a meaty blow, that! Chase gives it a nice flight outside off, Masakadza gets down on one knee and murders the slog sweep over deep mid-wicket for a biggie all the way. 2000 Test runs for this man!
  • 45.2 Gets on the front foot and buries it into the ground.
  • 45.1 Loopy delivery around off, defended off the front foot gently.
  • 44.6 Stands tall and blocks it out back to the bowler. Gabriel mimes a throw and gives a stare to Moor. He looks really annoyed, understandably so but he has only himself to blame. 121/3
  • 44.5 Fuller delivery outside off, driven with an open face bat towards point where Hetmyer (sub) dives full length to his left to stop some runs.
  • Change of bat for Peter Moor...
  • 44.4 Fuller and tries to attack the stumps, Moor makes room and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 44.3 Digs in a short ball, angling in on the body, the batsman ducks under it.
  • 44.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, stabbed towards point.
  • 44.1 Length delivery, angling in on middle, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 43.6 Tossed up delivery around middle, flicked towards the man at short mid-wicket. 120/3
  • 43.5 Masakadza chips this over mid on and picks up a single.
  • 43.4 FOUR! He has drilled it! Floated delivery outside off, Masakadza takes a stride forward and absolutely drills it through extra cover for a boundary. Booming shot, that!
  • 43.3 Loopy ball outside off, defended once again off the front foot.
  • 43.2 Keeps it a bit full this time, Masakadza comes nicely forward to counter the spin.
  • 43.1 Floats it up outside off, it turns back in with some bounce as Hamilton punches it back to the bowler.
  • Roston Chase is brought into the attack now. Can he get a breakthrough?
  • 42.6 Ends the over with a bouncer! Good amount of bounce but wasn't that threatening enough. Peter calmly ducks under it. 115/3
  • 42.5 Drifting on the pads, clipped down to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 42.4 What was that? On a length and outside off, this one holds its line as Masakadza initially tries to play at it but then makes a leave at the very last moment.
  • 42.3 Keeps it full again around that off stump line, Hamilton drives it to the left of Gabriel who collects and mimes a throw.
  • 42.2 Touch fuller and angling in, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 42.1 100-run stand comes up! Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, Moor swivels a touch and pulls it with control down to fine leg for a single. These two have put up a good show so far. How long can they continue?
  • 41.6 Wider outside off, Moor unfurls a classic cover drive to keep strike. 113/3
  • 41.5 Short of a length delivery on middle, tucked towards square leg for nothing.
  • 41.4 This is wayward! Holder once again bangs in a short ball but well down the leg side, Moor leaves it alone.
  • 41.3 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Moor at the last moment ducks under it.
  • 41.2 Length delivery around middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 41.1 Holder comes from around the wicket, angles it away on a fuller length outside off, driven wide of mid off for a couple of runs.
  • 40.6 Good length delivery just outside off, Masakadza shuffles a touch and answers it with a straight bat. 110/3
  • 40.5 Sharp bouncer on leg stump, Hamilton ducks under it in a jiffy.
  • 40.4 Full length delivery on middle, pushed off the inner half of the bat to deep backward square leg. A run taken.
  • 40.3 Angling into Hamilton who nudges it to wide mid on to rotate strike.
  • 40.2 FOUR! Easy pickings! Half-volley around off, Masakadza strides ahead and eases it past Gabriel. The swing of the bat was nice and the timing was spot on. The ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 40.1 Good length delivery on off, Masakadza blocks it off the back foot. That hit the bat hard.
  • 39.6 In the zone of apprehension, Moor doesn't flirt with it. 104/3
  • 39.5 Back of a length outside off, punched firmly off the back foot. Moor calls his partner through for a run and completes it with ease.
  • 39.4 Length delivery around off, Hamilton hangs back and blocks it solidly.
  • 39.3 Tucks Moor with a shortish delivery around the rib-cage area. He fends it away around the corner for a run.
  • 39.2 Another one in the channel outside off, Peter plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 39.1 Fullish delivery outside off, Moor points has bat skywards to allow it through.
  • A bit of an issue with the ball again. The leather needs trimming. Meanwhile, the umpires call for drinks. Zimbabwe have recovered really well after the initial jolt. Masakadza and Moor are going along nicely and have also punished the loose deliveries. The Windies need to give their best to dislodge this partnership. Meanwhile, the umpires are sipping a cup of coffee in this chilly weather.
  • 38.6 Short of a length delivery, Masakadza rises with the bounce and taps it besides the pitch on the off side. 102/3
  • 38.5 FOUR! Nicely done! Fullish delivery just outside off, Masakadza drives it with a high elbow past Gabriel down the ground. Holder gives it a chase from mid off but only comes second best.
  • A man at sweeper cover in place now.
  • 38.4 Good early call! Taps the fullish delivery to covers and calls his partner through for a run. Masakadza is running to the danger end but beats the throw with ease.
  • 38.3 A bit wider outside off, Moor isn't bothered to play at that one.
  • 38.2 Overpitched outside off, Peter leans into it and strokes it to Brathwaite at extra cover.
  • 38.1 Full length delivery on off, eased past the bowler. Gabriel is limping in his followthrough. He has had his issues with his hamstring and needs to be careful. He is fine to continue at the moment.
  • It is extremely cold. Tough day for the crowd as well. People are wrapped in their blankets and have scarves around their neck. Meanwhile, Shannon Gabriel returns for a bowl.
  • 37.6 Back of a length outside off, blocked solidly off the back foot. 97/3
  • 37.5 On a length around off, angling into Masakadza. He hangs back to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad and the ball deflects towards the slip region.
  • 37.4 Good running! Moor strides forward confidently and strokes it to mid off for a swift single.
  • 37.3 Leans ahead to the fullish delivery and caresses it to the fielder in the cover region.
  • 37.2 Length delivery well outside off, holding its line. Peter doesn't flirt with that one.
  • 37.1 On a fuller length outside off, curving in. Moor plants his front foot across and makes a watchful leave.
  • 36.6 Quicker outside off, left alone watchfully. 96/3
  • 36.5 FOUR! A bish from Bishoo! Short ball around off, Masakadza waits in the crease and just picks it up over mid on to find the fence. The spinner is looking a bit off colour in this cold weather.
  • 36.4 Shortish this time, punched off the back foot through extra cover. The fielder in the deep hares to his left and cuts it off. A brace taken.
  • 36.3 Pushed to mid off from the front foot.
  • 36.2 Similar delivery, mistimed drive back to the bowler.
  • 36.1 Tossed up outside off, Hamilton leans into it and strokes it to mid off.
  • 35.6 Shortish delivery around off, Peter sways away from the line of the delivery, drops his wrists and lets it sail into the gloves of the keeper. 90/3
  • 35.5 Fractionally overpitched outside off, pushed off the front foot to the cover region.
  • 35.4 Half-volley outside off, Moor opens the face of the bat and drives it through point. Blackwood hares after it from backward point and saves a couple for his side. He is lightning quick across the turf.
  • 35.3 Full delivery attacking the stumps, played with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • 35.2 On a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Peter points his bat skywards to let it be.
  • 35.1 Good length delivery on middle and leg, Moor backs away and defends it besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • A bit of leather is coming out from the ball. The umpire cuts it off and we are ready to go again.
  • 34.6 SIX! Where did that come from? Really well played! Short delivery well outside off, Masakadza hangs back and hammers it over wide long on for a maximum. It is a long boundary there and he clears it with ease. 88/3
  • 34.5 Tossed up around off, spinning away. Hamilton leaves it alone.
  • 34.4 Quicker in pace, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 34.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 34.2 Moor stays back and punches it to the same fielder.
  • 34.1 Floated delivery on off, driven with the spin to short extra cover.
  • 33.6 Another one outside off and Hamilton doesn't fiddle with it. 81/3
  • 33.5 Stays back to the good length delivery and buries it into the ground.
  • 33.4 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 33.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Hamilton drops his wrists and gets a bit of glove on it. The ball bounces and goes towards the keeper.
  • 33.2 FOUR! 8th Test fifty for Hamilton Masakadza! Short delivery in line of the stumps, Masakadza pulls it with authority through backward square leg. Right in the gap between the two fielders in the deep and he picks up another boundary. It has been a measured knock from him. He was out off a no ball but has since then, looked assured and needs to carry on.
  • 33.1 Good length delivery outside off, shaping in substantially. Masakadza trusts his judgement of where his off stump is and makes a good leave.
  • Jason Holder is back into the attack.
  • 32.6 Another one spinning away from Peter and he doesn't fiddle with it. 77/3
  • 32.5 Outside off, Moor leaves it alone.
  • 32.4 Short delivery, cut with the spin to the point region.
  • 32.3 Flat and quick, punched off the back foot to short cover.
  • 32.2 Continues to be short, this time it is punched with the spin to point.
  • 32.1 A bit short on off, Masakadza makes good use of the crease and cuts it to deep cover-point. A run taken.
  • 31.6 Full length delivery attacking the base of off stump, Moor puts his head down and pushes it to mid off. 76/3
  • 31.5 Waits for this one and taps it with an open face of the bat to point.
  • 31.4 Roach goes wider of the crease and bowls a full delivery around off, driven firmly off the front foot to mid off.
  • 31.3 Fullish delivery angling in from around off, blocked solidly by covering the line of the ball.
  • 31.2 Overpitched around off, driven crisply to sweeper cover for a brace.
  • 31.1 Fuller in length around off, Moor chooses to stay back and defend it. Ian Bishop on-air mentions that in Roach's previous over, an edge went past the second slip region. He feels that is the reason the first slip fielder has been moved wider.
  • 30.6 Well outside off, Hamilton shuffles across his stumps and leaves it. 74/3
  • 30.5 Lunges forward to this one and defends it.
  • 30.4 Another edge! Around off, Masakadza pushes at it with hard hands and gets an outside edge past first slip. Two runs taken.
  • 30.3 Skidding off the surface and in line of the stumps, Hamilton blocks it watchfully.
  • 30.2 Short around off, Masakadza pushes at it but gets it off the outer half through short third man. Chase chases it from backward point and saves a couple for his side.
  • 30.1 Floated delivery, eased with the spin to short extra cover.
  • 29.6 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Moor clears his front leg and looks to jam it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 70/3
  • 29.5 Fullish on middle and leg, Moor looks to clip it away but is struck on the thigh pad. A casual appeal is turned down. It was always heading down leg.
  • 29.4 Bouncer around off, Moor sways away from the line of the delivery to evade it. It dies on the keeper. Indications that it is an abrasive surface.
  • 29.3 Good length delivery shaping into Moor. He keeps it out off the inner half of the bat.
  • 29.2 On a length outside off, holding its line. Peter doesn't fiddle with it.
  • Ian Bishop on-air mentions that short leg can be brought in place. Roach is getting good inward movement and that might induce a false stroke towards that region. It is about applying mental pressure as well.
  • 29.1 Good length delivery outside off, seaming in sharply. Moor covers the line and blocks it down the track.
  • 28.6 Tossed up on off, knocked down to long off for a single. 70/3
  • 28.5 Played with the spin to the point region this time.
  • 28.4 Well outside off, Moor lets it go.
  • 28.3 Shortish again, Hamilton cuts it through cover-point for a singe.
  • 28.2 Fraction short this time, punched with the spin to short extra cover.
  • 28.1 Full delivery around off, Masakadza goes for the sweep against the spin but gets it off the inner half to fine leg. Two runs taken.
  • 27.6 Tailing in nicely on a fullish length, Peter closes his bat face early and hence, gets an inside edge onto his boots as the ball deflects to the short cover region. Another good over. 66/3
  • 27.5 Overpitched outside off, driven sweetly to the man in the cover region.
  • 27.4 Roach is getting good movement. Swinging in from around off, Moor covers the line and plays it defensively to mid-wicket.
  • 27.3 Roach again goes wider of the crease and angles in a length delivery. Moor pushes at it tentatively but gets a thick inside edge to mid-wicket.
  • 27.2 Shortish delivery and room on offer, punched on the up to sweeper cover to rotate strike.
  • 27.1 Full delivery tailing into Masakadza who clips it nicely through mid-wicket. Two runs taken. That brings up the 50-run stand between the two. An important partnership, they have played sensible cricket and need to carry on.
  • 26.6 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot. Good over from Bishoo. 63/3
  • 26.5 Bishoo is making an impact straightaway! Quick and flat on off, Moor prods forward to defend but is beaten by the sharp turn.
  • 26.4 Around off, Moor covers his stumps and lets it go.
  • 26.3 Poor shot! Tossed up around off, Moor kneels and goes for a slog sweep across the line but gets a top edge over second slip. Two runs taken. Moor needs to be careful.
  • 26.2 Outside off, spinning away. Moor leaves it alone.
  • 26.1 Quick through the air on off, kept out watchfully.
  • Bishoo to continue his spell. Two slips in place.
  • 25.6 Shaping in sharply from a length around off, Masakadza is cramped for room and blocks it towards mid on. 61/3
  • Ed Rainsford on-air mentions that Masakadza has done well to leave the balls outside the off stump. His teammates were guilty of fiddling with deliveries in that channel and paid the price for it.
  • 25.5 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 25.4 Around the hips, tucked to fine leg for an easy single.
  • 25.3 Roach goes wider of the crease and angles in a full length ball on off, Peter drives it crisply to wide mid off.
  • 25.2 Length delivery outside off, Moor doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 25.1 Well bowled! Cross seam delivery on a back of a length on off, Moor is taken aback by the sharp bounce and gets a thick outside edge in the gap between slip and gully. Two runs taken.
  • 25.1 No ball! Starts off with a high full toss, a beamer. Masakadza keeps it out around the corner for a run. Roach immediately apologizes to him, that was not intentional. If he bowls another one, he will be taken out of the attack.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. Hamilton Masakadza and Peter Moor to continue batting. Kemar Roach to bowl first up after lunch. A wide slip in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • The pair of Masakadza and Moor though has stitched a decent partnership to get things going or the matters could have been worse. Remember, Gabriel also got a wicket off a no ball of Masakadza. He needs to address his front foot issue sooner rather than later. Zimbabwe will look to get back into the contest while the tourists will be eager to keep taking wickets. Holder gave only one over to Bishoo and we might see him bowling a lot in the second session. Join us in a while.
  • Great opening session of the game for the Windies. Grey clouds are still looming overhead and the visitors have made the most of the conditions on offer. Both Gabriel and Roach were on the money and took three quick wickets to put the hosts on the back foot. There was no real application from the Zimbabwean batsmen and that led to their downfall.
  • 24.6 Tossed up outside off, left alone by Moor. Good over by Bishoo, a maiden. That's Lunch, Day 1! 56/3
  • 24.5 Nicely bowled! Bowls it outside off, with a bit of drift, Moor looks to defend but is beaten all ends up. The batsman did lose his balance in the process but thankfully for him, he never left the crease and hence could not be out stumped.
  • 24.4 Floated outside off, driven towards covers by Moor.
  • 24.3 This one is wide enough for the batsman to leave it.
  • 24.2 Flights it outside off, Moor pushes it towards covers.
  • 24.1 Loops it outside off, driven towards covers by the batsman.
  • As expected, Devendra Bishoo comes on for a bowl. Last over of the session too...
  • 23.6 Shorter in length from Holder, Hamilton pulls it through square leg for a couple of runs. 56/3
  • 23.5 Full and outside off, driven towards covers by Masakadza.
  • 23.4 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • 23.3 Full and straight on the stumps, driven towards mid on by the batsman.
  • 23.2 Angles a good length ball around off, defended watchfully. Holder screams in disgust as he is not happy with himself.
  • 23.1 Shorter in length outside off, Masakadza pulls it to the right of Blackwood at short mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 22.6 Full and outside off, Moor defends it towards point from his crease. 52/3
  • 22.5 Gabriel bowls this full and this time he gets Moor to poke at it. The ball swings away and beats the bat. Moor was playing for the one that comes into the batsman.
  • 22.4 Same line, same length, same shot by the batsman.
  • 22.3 Full and outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 22.2 Gabriel bowls it outside off on a fuller length, Moor is not bothered.
  • Bishoo is warming up.... Might have him bowling in the first session soon. Could be as early as the next over.
  • 22.1 Shorter in length outside off, Moor backs away and pats it towards point.
  • 21.6 Shorter in length outside off, punched into the off side by the batsman. 52/3
  • 21.5 Full length outside off, left alone by Moor.
  • Fazeer Mohammed on-air mentions that Zimbabwe need to play more Test cricket. This is their third Test match this year while the other teams have played much more. Bangladesh had got their opportunities and they have improved as a side. The ICC should take steps to give the African nation more opportunities to prove their worth.
  • 21.4 Hurls a length ball just outside off, Moor comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge through the leg side for a single.
  • 21.3 Angles a length ball outside off, swings in, left alone.
  • 21.2 Similar length just around off, Moor defends it from his crease.
  • 21.1 Good length outside off, Moor is not interested.
  • 20.6 Angles a full length ball around off, Hamilton comes forward and blocks it. 51/3
  • 20.5 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • A sweeper goes back.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Good shot! Full and outside off, Masakadza strides forward and drives it through the covers. This time the timing is good and he gets a boundary, which is a rare thing on this slow outfield. 50 up for the home side.
  • 20.3 Angles a length ball just around off, Masakadza defends it from his crease.
  • 20.2 Good length outside off, defended towards covers.
  • 20.1 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • Shannon Gabriel returns for a burst.
  • 19.6 Good length outside off, Moor thinks of playing at it and nearly does so before withdrawing his bat at the last moment. 47/3
  • 19.5 Shorter in length outside off, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 19.4 Shorter in length outside off, Masakadza drops his wrists and lets it go.
  • 19.3 Shorter in length outside off, punched towards point by the batsman.
  • 19.2 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • Jason Holder is missing a trick probably. He is still sticking with Jermaine Blackwood even though he is not posing any real threat to the batsmen. Agreed that the conditions are overcast but the go-to-man, Devendra Bishoo needs to be introduced into the attack. Zimbabwe are three down for not many and the pressure needs to be applied at this point of the game.
  • 19.1 Good length outside off, no shot offered by Masakadza.
  • 18.6 Full and wide outside off, left alone. 46/3
  • 18.5 Angles a length outside off, PJ Moor comes forward and defends it.
  • 18.4 Beaten! Shapes it into the batsman from outside off, the ball pitches and goes away to beat the bat of Moor poking at it. Good ball, that.
  • 18.3 Hurls it outside off on a length outside off, Moor mistimes his push into the off side.
  • 18.2 Angles it on a length around middle, Masakadza shapes to turn it through the leg side but gets a soft leading edge towards mid off for a single.
  • 18.1 Shorter in length outside off, punched on the up towards covers.
  • 17.6 Back of a length outside off, Moor stands tall and defends it back down the wicket. 45/3
  • 17.5 Thumped! Good length outside off, punched through the point region. Blackwood gives it a chase and saves two runs for his side.
  • 17.4 Ouch! Banged in short around middle, Moor arches back and lets it go. The ball brushes the right shoulder of the batsman and goes towards the slip cordon. No appeal since there was no bat there.
  • 17.3 Angles a length ball around off, Moor gets in line and defends it.
  • 17.2 Holder goes full but too straight. Moor pushes it down the ground. The mid on fielder hares after it and cuts it off. Two runs taken thanks to the slow outfield.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Smacked! Short and wide from Holder, Moor does not miss out and crashes it past point for a boundary. That is where he likes it and the Windies are not bowling to their plans at the moment.
  • 16.6 Fuller in length, played back to the bowler. 37/3
  • 16.5 This one is wide outside off, left alone.
  • 16.4 Angles it on the pads, turned through the square leg region for a couple of runs.
  • 16.3 NOT OUT! Weird! Fuller in length from Blackwood outside off, Masakadza drives it back down the wicket. Jermaine gets a hand to it and deflects it at the stumps at the bowler's end. The umpire is jumping to save himself but the ball still hits him on the neck. Fry the umpire refers it upstairs as he clearly had no time to see what transpired there. Replays show that Moor never left the crease and hence it is not out. Close call for the umpire there.
  • Wow! What happened there? Masakadza drives one back to Blackwood who manages to get a hand to it in his followthrough as the ball disturbs the stumps at the other end. The bowler is ringing his right hand as he appeals and umpire Simon Fry refers it upstairs...
  • 16.2 A tad short around off, punched towards covers.
  • 16.1 Bowls it outside off on a fuller length, left alone by the batsman.
  • 15.6 Good timing! Overpitched outside off, Moor just pushes at it and gets it through the cover region. Two runs taken. 35/3
  • 15.5 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 15.4 Outside off, Moor is no mood to flirt with it. Alan Wilkins on-air informs that it is a really cold morning in Bulawayo. The players in the dressing room have their hands in the pockets.
  • 15.3 In the corridor of uncertainty, Peter points his bat skywards to allow it through..
  • 15.2 Holder loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side, Peter goes for the clip but misses.
  • 15.1 Length delivery around off, shaping in. Moor has his off stump covered and makes an easy leave.
  • 14.6 Back of a length delivery, Masakadza makes use of the depth of the crease to block it solidly. 33/3
  • 14.5 In the channel outside off, Hamilton lets it go.
  • 14.4 Full delivery outside off, Hamilton drives it with hard hands but once again fails to find the gap through the cover region.
  • 14.3 Back of a length ball, helped to mid-wicket.
  • 14.2 Gets nicely forward to this one and strokes it to covers.
  • 14.1 Overpitched well outside off, Masakadza drives it nicely to mid off.
  • 13.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, Moor lets it go. 33/3
  • 13.5 Holder pitches it up this time, Moor puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 13.4 Slanting down the leg side, Moor goes for the flick but misses
  • 13.3 Fullish ball outside off, Peter doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 13.2 Fullish delivery, defended solidly off the front foot to covers.
  • 13.1 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • Holder comes in for a bowl.
  • 12.6 Short of a length, pushed to mid off. 33/3
  • 12.5 FOUR! Well played! Shortish and room on offer, Masakadza slaps it through point. The fielder from sweeper cover races to his left and slides but fails to stop it from crossing the ropes.
  • 12.4 Fullish on off, eased to mid on.
  • 12.3 Another nervy moment! Full outside off, Masakadza pushes at it but gets a bottom edge. The ball runs past the off stump and rolls towards Dowrich.
  • 12.2 Back of a length outside off, punched through covers for a run.
  • 12.1 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • Jermaine Blackwood comes into the attack. Might be only one over for the part-timer.
  • 11.6 In the air... but safe! Full length delivery on off, Hamilton pokes at it but gets an outside edge that falls well short of Dowrich. Playing with soft hands was the key there. 28/3
  • 11.5 Fullish delivery, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Crisp! Back of a length delivery and width on offer, Masakadza frees his arms and slaps it through cover-point and the ball races to the fence.
  • 11.3 Full delivery on off, Masakadza drives it straight to Roach who parries it with a half-stop to mid on.
  • 11.2 Stays back to the length delivery and blocks it.
  • 11.1 Fullish delivery outside off, Moor pushes at it but gets an inside edge to mid-wicket. A run taken.
  • 10.6 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, driven sweetly to mid on. 23/3
  • Drinks.
  • 10.6 WICKET OFF A NO BALL! Oh no! The perennial problem of Gabriel returns to haunt him again. He bowls the effort ball on a shorter length around off, Masakadza goes for a pull but seems to have edged it onto his right arm. The ball lobs in front of the slip cordon. Kyle Hope from gully runs across to his left and dives to take it really well. The players appeal vociferously but the umpire shakes his head. The visitors challenge the decision immediately. The opener starts to walk back but is asked to stop by the umpire. Time for the replays and Gabriel has overstepped. That's the end of the story. The Snicko spotted the edge. Hamilton gets another chance. Wonder how Gabriel is feeling right now! Replays show that he was flabbergasted. No review lost since it was a no ball.
  • Windies go for the review straightaway. They feel that there is certainly an edge as opposed to the umpire, Simon Fry. Let's find out..
  • 10.5 Off-cutter on a fuller length just outside off, Masakadza spots it and drives it crisply to mid off.
  • 10.4 Full length ball around off, Hamilton comes forward and eases it to covers.
  • 10.3 Fullish delivery outside off, Masakadza strides forward and lets it go.
  • 10.2 Short of a length outside off, Hamilton punches it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 10.1 Gabriel is making the ball talk! Shaping in substantially from around off, Moor pushes at it tentatively and gets it off the inner half to fine leg. A run taken.
  • 9.6 Stays back to the good length delivery and blocks it. Another productive over for the visitors. 19/3
  • 9.5 Fractionally overpitched on off, Masakadza leans into it and strokes it past the bowler past mid off. The fielder from the same region chases it and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 9.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 9.3 Back of a length delivery on off, tucked through square leg for a couple.
  • Graeme Cremer had talked about playing out the first hour carefully but the Zimbabwean batting has let the team down once again. Only three wickets yes but all three of them have been due to the poor application from the batsmen. The Windies bowlers have been disciplined but the hosts' batsmen have not showed enough of the same. All of them have been stuck in the crease, not getting either fully forward or staying back which has led to their downfall. With no Sean Williams, the task is only going to get tougher.
  • 9.2 Angling in from outside off, clipped of the inner half to fine leg for a single.
  • Peter Moor is the new man in. He has got an opportunity in this game and will look to make it count.
  • 9.1 OUT! The Windies are on fire! This time it is Roach who sends another batsman packing. He steams in and lands it on a fullish length in the zone on apprehension, gets some inward movement off the deck. Taylor is in two minds whether to play at it or leave it alone. He ends up feeling for it and the ball takes the inside edge of the bat to deflect back onto the stumps. Zimbabwe are struggling. The decision to bat first after winning the toss is proving to be wrong.
  • 8.6 Fuller in length on off, Masakadza instead of coming forward stays back. He somehow manages to block it. 14/2
  • 8.5 Good bowling! There is a lot of movement on offer and Gabriel is making good use of it. Angling in sharply from around off, Hamilton is a bit tentative but somehow keeps it out.
  • 8.4 Fuller length ball around off, Masakadza strides forward and defends it solidly.
  • 8.3 Well outside off this time, Masakadza leaves it alone.
  • 8.2 Good length delivery outside off, Hamilton lets it go.
  • 8.1 Back of a length delivery around off, Masakadza punches it off the back foot through cover-point. Two runs taken. It took Gabriel 16 deliveries to make Hamilton play at one.
  • 7.6 A loud appeal for an LBW denied! Fullish delivery around off, Taylor looks to keep it out but misses to get hit on the pads. Roach appeals confidently but the umpire stays put. Height must have been a factor. Hawk Eye shows that it would have clipped the top of leg stump. Fair call! 12/2
  • 7.5 Hangs back to the good length delivery and remains composed in defense.
  • 7.4 Back of a length delivery around off, Taylor camps back and blocks it stoutly.
  • 7.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 7.2 Full length delivery on off, Brendan puts his head down and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 7.1 Length delivery outside off, angling in a touch. Taylor plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 6.6 In the zone outside off, holding its line. Hamilton leaves it alone. 12/2
  • 6.5 Fullish delivery, shaping in from outside off. Taylor drives it off the inner half to mid on and gets off the mark. A run taken.
  • 6.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 6.3 Fullish delivery around off, Brendan strides forward and defends it.
  • Brendan Taylor strides out to bat.
  • 6.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! What a sight for a fast bowler. Roach troubled the southpaw in the previous over from round the wicket angle and Gabriel follows in his footsteps. He goes wider of the crease and angles in a fuller length ball from outside off. Generates prodigious movement after pitching. Ervine is half-forward, leaves a big gap between his bat and pad and the ball zips through the gap to shatter the middle stump. It goes for a walk and the visitors are delighted! Craig departs for a duck. Zimbabwe in some trouble.
  • 6.1 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Masakadza drives it nicely through covers. Blackwood hares after it from the point region. The outfield is not that quick and that allows the fielder to keep it in play. Saves a run for his side.
  • 5.6 On a length on middle and leg, Craig hangs back and pushes it defensively to short mid-wicket. End of a testing over from Roach, a maiden. 8/1
  • 5.5 Fuller length ball around off, Ervine comes forward and defends it stoutly.
  • 5.4 Length delivery outside off, coming in with the angle, this time Ervine is much more assured in his leave.
  • 5.3 Ervine is looking nervy! Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Craig keeps it out off the inner half of the bat.
  • 5.2 Ooh... that was close! Shaping in from outside off, Ervine plants his front foot across and lets it go. That was very close to the off stump.
  • 5.1 That's a peach! Fullish delivery around off, coming in with the angle. Ervine has no choice but to play at it and the ball straightens to beat him all ends up.
  • 4.6 Fullish delivery well outside off, Hamilton lets it go. 8/1
  • 4.5 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Half-volley outside off, Masakadza leans ahead and strokes it elegantly through covers to find the fence. He finally gets off the mark as well.
  • 4.4 Shaping in prodigiously from a length, Masakadza looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 4.3 Fullish delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 4.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 4.1 In the channel outside off, zips off the surface. Masakadza doesn't bother to play at it.
  • Craig Ervine comes out to bat. He is a good batsman and will be eager to play an innings of substance.
  • 3.6 OUT! Roach draws first blood! Hurls this one on a fuller length in the channel outside off, gets some away swing as well. Mire pokes at it with minimal foot movement and plays away from the body. An outside edge is induced. Dowrich dives full length to his right and takes a good catch. Good bowling from Roach, he set him up well. Bowled good length deliveries earlier and pushed one fuller this time which brought the downfall of the opener. Not good from the opener too, he was starting to get a bit desperate after a string of dots in the over. Anyway, ideal start for the Windies. 4/1
  • 3.5 On a drive-able length around off, Mire obliges but hits it back to Roach who makes a good stop in his followthrough.
  • 3.4 Good fielding! Such kind of effort lifts a side up. Short and room on offer, Mire hammers it towards point where the fielder dives full length to his right and saves a certain boundary. His teammates appreciate his effort.
  • 3.3 First sign of intent from Mire. Back of a length outside off, Mire slaps it from the back foot but straight to the man in the point region.
  • 3.2 In the zone of apprehension, Solomon lets it go.
  • 3.1 On a length, skidding through the surface. Mire hangs back and punches it to the cover region.
  • 2.6 Back-to-back maidens for Gabriel. Hurls this one outside off, Masakadza sees it through safely. 4/0
  • 2.5 Length delivery outside off, Hamilton makes another leave.
  • 2.4 Substantial movement! Fullish delivery outside off, swinging in. Masakadza plants his front foot across and the ball goes past the off stump. Brave leave in the end.
  • 2.3 This one nips in from outside off, Masakadza is sure of his off stump and makes a good leave.
  • 2.2 Good carry! On a length outside off, zips through the surface. Hamilton points his bat skywards and lets it go.
  • 2.1 Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, not much swing on offer. Masakadza adopts a circumspect approach and doesn't flirt with it. Gabriel needs to make the batsman play and make use of the overcast conditions.
  • 1.6 Well outside off this time, Solomon leaves it again. 4/0
  • 1.5 In the off stump channel, holding its line. Mire lets it go through.
  • Mid on comes straighter.
  • 1.4 Length delivery outside off, swinging in. Solomon points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 1.3 FOUR! First runs of the day! Full length delivery on off, Solomon remains well balanced and drives it with the full face of the bat down the ground. Beats mid on and the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 1.2 Good length ball outside off, shapes in after hitting the deck. Mire hangs back and defends it to covers.
  • 1.1 Way off the target to begin with. Full delivery wide outside off, swinging further away. Mire has nothing to do with it.
  • Kemar Roach to share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 Fullish delivery outside off, not much movement on that occasion. Masakadza makes the sixth leave in a row. Disciplined start from Gabriel, a maiden! 0/0
  • 0.5 In the zone outside off, holding its line. Hamilton thinks of playing a shot but doesn't fiddle with it eventually.
  • 0.4 Shaping in substantially from the corridor of uncertainty, Hamilton makes the fourth leave in a row.
  • 0.3 Length delivery well outside off this time, Masakadza doesn't flirt with it.
  • 0.2 Good stuff from Gabriel! He swings this one in from a length outside off, Hamilton has his off stump covered and lets it go safely.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a fuller length ball in the zone of apprehension, generates some away swing as well. Masakadza plants his front foot across and makes a watchful leave.
  • We are set to get underway. Chilly conditions in Bulawayo, testing for the players. Hamilton Masakadza and Solomon Mire to open the batting for Zimbabwe. Shannon Gabriel to start off with the brand new cherry for the Windies. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Jason Holder says that they would have batted first as well. Hopes that the pitch will hold up together. Mentions that they need to be disciplined. Further adds that one batsman needs to go on and score a hundred. Feels that the bowlers were good in the last game. Informs that they are unchanged for this fixture. Ends by saying that they should give enough room to Bishoo to express himself.
  • Graeme Cremer informs they will bat first. Adds it looks like the same wicket which they had for the first Test and might be tough to bat if it breaks up later. Further says it's all about getting through the first hour today. Calls it an important game for them and they are up for it. Rues the mistakes they committed but opines the boys are fresh and are raring to go.
  • PITCH REPORT - Ed Rainsford doing the pitch report says that there is not much grass near the stumps. Further adds that there would be good carry on this surface. Mentions there will be movement because of the cloud cover. Feels that the side winning the toss should bat first because of the bare areas on the track.
  • TOSS - Zimbabwe win the toss and opt to bat! Tendai Chisoro makes his Test debut for the home side. He got his cap from the Zimbabwean skipper.
  • Hello and welcome for the second and final Test between Zimbabwe and West Indies in Bulawayo. The hosts once again showed they are more than handful in the longest format of the game but the lack of playing Tests cost them. They will hope to not repeat their mistakes. The tourists on the other hand will be elated with their performance. Devendra Bishoo exploited the conditions that were on offer and bowled a match-winning spell to set the game up for his side. Jason Holder will hope that his teammates can put up another good show and seal the series 2-0!
  • The Windies bowlers on the other hand, will look to get a wicket or two early and keep the pressure on this fragile batting line-up. The wicket is providing a lot of assistance to the bowlers and it is not going to be easy to bat on it. Let's see how the hosts reply now...
  • Earlier in the innings, the West Indian top order failed to show any resistance, except for Powell who missed out on a ton by just 10 runs, in spite of getting three lives by Cremer. Raza was the tormentor as he picked up his first fifer in Test cricket. They had the away side down and out at 230-7 but then the partnership between Holder and Dowrich kept them at bay. They were also aided by some really sloppy fielding from the hosts. The Zimbabweans, who will be mentally tired as they were made to toil really hard in the field, will have to come out and bat really well. A lot will depend on their top order if they are to wipe out the deficit. Their first aim will be to bat out the tricky 25-minute period before lunch safely.
  • A brilliant batting display by the Windies skipper, Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich. Their record 212-run stand has ensured the hosts stretch their lead beyond hundred and are now in a comfortable position. They came out today morning and looked positive throughout. Both got to their respective tons but departed soon after. The Zimbabwean bowlers did bowl well but to no luck. Chisoro was their pick of the bowlers today as he picked all the three wickets to fall.
  • 178.2 OUT! THE WINDIES HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 448 AND THEY LEAD BY 122! Chisoro fires in an arm ball on off, Roach plays for the turn but there isn't any. He tries to defend the ball with the bat close to his pads and there is confusion whether it hit the pad first or the bat. The bowler makes a huge appeal and after a while the umpire raises his finger. Roach thinks about a review but there are none left. Replays show that it had brushed the pad before it hit the bat.
  • 178.1 Flatter on off, Roach defends it off the front foot.
  • 177.6 Gives it air on off, turns away further. Gabriel tries to defend but gets beaten. 448/9
  • 177.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 177.4 Loopy ball on off, the batsman defends it with authority.
  • 177.3 FOUR! Where did that come from? Shannon Gabriel says enough of blocking now. Cremer flights it on middle, Gabriel plants his front foot ahead and lofts it over the mid on fielder and it goes on the bounce for a boundary.
  • 177.2 Loopy ball on middle, Shannon defends it stoutly.
  • 177.1 Floats it full on off, Gabriel defends it solidly.
  • 176.6 A similar length ball, turns away sharply. Roach again is beaten on the defense. 444/9
  • 176.5 Quicker on off, turning away. Roach tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 176.4 Tosses it up outside off, Roach tries to drive but gets an inside edge and the ball goes on the bounce to short leg.
  • 176.3 Flatter outside off, Roach need not play at it.
  • 176.2 Bowls it outside off, Roach lets it be.
  • 176.1 Full toss, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 175.6 Comes around the wicket and fires it on the pads. Roach tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. 443/9
  • 175.5 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 175.4 Floats it on off, Roach defends it solidly.
  • 175.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 175.2 Tosses it up on off, Roach tries to defend but is beaten by the away spin.
  • 175.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.
  • 174.6 OUT! TIMBER! It took Chisoro almost 39 overs to get him his first Test wicket and now he gets another one! He has got both the centurions in this innings. He comes over the wicket and lands it outside leg stump, gets it to turn into the batsman. Holder tries to paddle it but misses and the ball knocks the leg stump apart. A brilliant, brilliant knock by Holder comes to an end. Well played, Jason! Zimbabwe too show great gesture as they shake his hand as he walks off. The Windies lead by 117 runs. 443/9
  • 174.5 Full and wide outside off, Holder lets it be.
  • 174.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 174.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 174.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 174.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 173.6 A googly on middle, Roach tries to defend but gets beaten and is hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Missing leg! 443/8
  • 173.5 BEATEN! Cremer bowls it slower through the air on off, the ball drifts into the batsman and then turns away sharply. Roach tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 173.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 173.3 Floats it on off, Roach defends it solidly.
  • 173.2 Tosses it up on off, Roach defends it off the front foot.
  • 173.1 Flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • Kemar Roach is the next man in.
  • 172.6 OUT! Chisoro gets his first Test wicket and he is overwhelmed, not something he will be forgetting soon! He has bowled well and he deserves it. He fires it on leg stump, gets it to straighten. Dowrich tries to sweep but misses to get hit on the front pad. The players appeal and the umpire after giving it a hard thought raises his finger. Dowrich straightaway reviews it. Replays show that there is no inside edge and returns three reds on the Hawk Eye. West Indies also lose a review. Dowrich has to walk back and he does so to a standing ovation by his teammates. He is also being congratulated by the Zimbabwean players. The mammoth 212-run stand has been broken. West Indies now lead by 116. 442/8
  • Review! The umpire finally gives one out but Dowrich has reviewed it. Will Chisoro finally get his first Test wicket? He is already celebrating.
  • 172.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 172.4 Floats it up on off, Dowrich defends it solidly.
  • 172.3 Sweeps the ball hard towards the square leg fielder who makes a good stop diving to his right.
  • 172.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 172.1 Driven towards the mid on region.
  • 171.6 Floats it full outside off, Holder goes for the expansive drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 442/7
  • 171.5 SIX! BANG! Holder gets into the act. He sees the flighted delivery and just lifts it over the extra cover fence for a biggie.
  • 171.4 It's been driven superbly through the covers.
  • 171.3 Drives it through mid on for a run.
  • 171.2 SIX! MAIDEN TEST HUNDRED FOR DOWRICH! What a way to bring it up. A tossed up ball on off, Dowrich lofts it over the long off fence for a maximum. He too roars in joy as soon as he hits it. He walks upto his captain to receive a hug from him. Also this brings up the 200-run stand between the two.
  • 171.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • A nice moment there! Graeme Cremer goes upto Holder and congratulates him on reaching his hundred.
  • 170.6 Flatter on the pads, Dowrich flicks it through square leg and good running helps them get three. 429/7
  • 170.5 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 170.4 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 170.3 FOUR! Hundred for Holder. His second in Tests. What a moment for him and what a knock it has been from the skipper. He is leading from the front here and look what it means to him. Chisoro tosses it up on off, Holder leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary. He makes a loud roar as soon as he hits it. He pumps his fist and acknowledges the applause from the dressing room. He is also the first West Indian to make a Test century coming in at no. 9. He knows he still has to continue as the job is yet not done.
  • 170.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 170.1 Quicker on off, the straighter one by Chisoro. Holder defends it stoutly.
  • Drinks are on the field. The West Indies batsmen are going great guns and have swelled the lead to almost 100 now. Holder was dropped on 78 by Chakabva. The third new ball also created chances but none of them favored Zimbabwe. Both the batsmen are on the verge of registering their respective tons. Will they start to attack once they reach personal milestones? Remains to be seen...
  • 169.6 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 421/7
  • 169.5 Works it to mid-wicket with the spin again.
  • 169.4 Drives it with the spin through mid on for a run.
  • 169.3 ANOTHER HUGE SHOUT! Raza is making things happen here! He fires it on middle, gets it to turn into the batsman. Dowrich tries to work it on the leg side but misses and is struck on the pads. Raza pleads to the umpire but he remains put. The ball once again is missing leg as it has turned too much. The batsmen run a leg bye.
  • 169.2 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 169.1 BEAUTY! Raza bowls it flatter outside off, goes on with the arm. Dowrich tries to defend but gets beaten. Chakabva behind the stumps fails to collect and the batsmen run a bye. Raza has bowled really well! Alan Wilkins on-air mentions that Raza could have had 7 to 8 wickets in this innings, that is how well he has bowled.
  • 168.6 Well done Peter Moor! Shorter in length outside off, Dowrich guides it through point. Moor hares after it and dives to pull it back in. They go upstairs to check whether the stop is clean and yes it is. He has saved a run for his side. 417/7
  • 168.5 Bowled? Oh no, the noise was of the ball hitting the keeper's pads. But that was agonizingly close to the leg pole. Chisoro fires it down the leg side, turning in. Dowrich goes for the sweep but misses and the ball nearly kisses the leg stump and hits Chakabva low on his pads. The bowler too got excited for a moment there.
  • 168.4 Quicker but on the shorter side. Dowrich rocks back and punches it to the man at covers.
  • 168.3 Drags his length back outside off, Holder punches it towards cover where Raza dives over the ball and concedes a run.
  • 168.2 Tosses it up on middle, Holder defends it towards covers.
  • 168.1 Flatter on off, Holder defends it off the back foot.
  • Tendai Chisoro is into the attack. He is still searching for his first Test wicket.
  • 167.6 Floats it up on off, Dowrich lunges forward in defense. 413/7
  • 167.5 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 167.4 Fuller outside off, Dowrich drives it to covers.
  • 167.3 Plays it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 167.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 167.1 HUGE SHOUT! Raza tosses it up on off, turns back in. Holder prods forward to defend but misses and is struck on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire is not interested. Raza cannot belevie it, he thought that was out. It was missing leg, turned way too much. A good decision there by Simon Fry.
  • 166.6 On the shorter side again! Shane defends it onto the ground. 412/7
  • 166.5 He bends his back this time and bowls a bouncer. A quick one. Dowrich ducks under it.
  • 166.4 Comes around the wicket! Time for some short stuff? Oh yes! He bangs it in on leg stump. Comes really slow off the surface, no pace at all. Dowrich jumps and blocks it towards square leg.
  • 166.3 Good length outside off, Dowrich guides it towards point.
  • 166.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 166.1 Fuller in length on middle, Shane drives it to mid on.
  • 165.6 That stayed really low! The tall man did really well to play that! Raza fires it on middle, Holder goes back to flick it. The ball stays extremely low and hits the bottom of Holder's bat and goes on the bounce to short leg. Had he missed that was plumb in front. Sings of the pitch wearing? 412/7
  • 165.5 Dowrich into the 90s now! Flatter outside off, Dowrich pushes it towards covers for a run.
  • 165.4 Fuller in length outside off, the spin is out of the question here. Holder leans into it and drives it through mid off for a run.
  • 165.3 Tosses it up on off, Holder defends it off the front foot.
  • 165.2 The edges are giving Holder a lot of runs today! Raza bowls a straighter one outside off, he tries to defend but gets an outside edge through short third man for a brace.
  • 165.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 164.6 Length outside off, Shane guides it to gully. 408/7
  • 164.5 Short again on off, bounces a touch more. Dowrich hops and defends it onto the ground. He does well to keep it down, it could have easily popped up in the air.
  • 164.4 Shorter in length outside off, Dowrich guides it to point. That made a good sound off the bat.
  • 164.3 Length again outside off, Shane defends it towards covers.
  • Dowrich has broken his bat as he tried to play the last delivery. He wants a replacement.
  • 164.2 Good length on off, bounces a touch more. Hits Dowrich high on his bat as he tries to defend it.
  • 164.1 Fuller in length on middle, Dowrich pushes it to mid on.
  • 163.6 FOUR! Into the 90s! Raza bowls it very full outside off, Holder tries to drive but gets an outside edge through short third man for a boundary. 408/7
  • 163.5 Good work, Chakabva! He has had a tough time with the gloves but he did well there. Raza darts it outside off, goes on with the arm and also stays low. Holder gets beaten as he tries to defend and Chakabva crouches down low and to collect it. That should give him some confidence.
  • 163.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 163.3 Fuller outside off, Dowrich pushes it towards cover for a run.
  • 163.2 Fires it outside off, Holder taps it towards point for a quick single.
  • 163.1 Flatter on off, Holder defends it off the front foot.
  • 162.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 402/7
  • 162.5 A surprise short delivery on middle, gets big on the batsman. Dowrich does well to hop defend it down onto the ground.
  • 162.4 Good length on off, Dowrich defends it towards covers.
  • 162.3 Length outside off, Dowrich it not interested in playing at it.
  • 162.2 Another huge shout from Mpofu but the umpire remains put! He has really bowled well here. He angles it into the batsman. Dowrich goes for the flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Mpofu turns back and cries for the appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Hawk Eye shows the ball is just clipping leg stump.
  • 162.1 Good length on middle, Holder tucks it towards fine leg to change strike.
  • 161.6 Works it with the spin to the man at short leg. 401/7
  • 161.5 Tosses it up on off, Shane defends it solidly.
  • 161.4 Quicker on middle, turning back in. Dowrich defends it off the back foot.
  • 161.3 FOUR! Too easy! A half-volley by Raza outside off. Dowrich leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 161.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 161.1 Flatter on off, Dowrich drives it to mid off.
  • Sikandar Raza is into the attack. He was brilliant with the ball yesterday. Can he repeat his heroics today?
  • 160.6 Fuller in length on off, Holder defends it solidly. A maiden for Mpofu. Good start with the third new ball. 397/7
  • 160.5 Good length outside off, Holder lets it be.
  • 160.4 Back of a length on off, Holder defends it towards point for no runs.
  • 160.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 160.2 PEACH! Holder is lucky to not have edged it! Mpofu goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman, gets it to shape away after pitching it around off. Holder tries to defend but gets beaten. Encouraging sings for Zimbabwe as there was swing on that delivery.
  • 160.1 Fuller in length outside off, looking for some swing but there ain't any. Holder opts not to play at it.
  • The third new ball is due and Zimbabwe have taken it straightaway! Can the new ball bring in some wickets? Chris Mpofu to have a go with it first.
  • 159.6 Loopy ball outside off, Holder drives it to sweeper cover for a run. 397/7
  • 159.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 159.4 Floats it full on off, Dowrich keeps it out.
  • 159.3 Loopy ball on middle, Dowrich plants his front foot forward and blocks it.
  • 159.2 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 159.1 Gives it air on middle, turning away. Holder eases it down to long off for a single.
  • 158.6 Plays it with the spin to mid off to end the over. 394/7
  • 158.5 Fuller in length outside off, Holder drives it through covers for a run.
  • 158.4 Floats it up on middle, Holder lunges forward in defense.
  • 158.3 Quicker outside off, Holder looks to push it through the off side but gets beaten.
  • 158.2 Flatter outside off, turning away. Holder tries to force it through the off side but gets an outside edge through short third man. The fielder there gives it a chase, dives and keeps it down to two. Good effort by him.
  • 158.1 Drags his length back on leg stump, Holder flicks it to short fine leg.
  • 157.6 Does well to block the ball on middle off the front foot. 391/7
  • 157.5 Flighted ball on middle, turning away. Dowrich plants his front foot ahead and defends it.
  • 157.4 A googly on middle, turning back in. Dowrich tries to defend but gets it off the inner half through short fine leg for a couple.
  • 157.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 157.2 Loopy ball on middle, Dowrich lunges forward and defends it.
  • 157.1 Floats it up on off, Dowrich defends it solidly.
  • 156.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 389/7
  • 156.5 Fuller in length outside off, Holder drives it through covers for a couple.
  • 156.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 156.3 Tosses it up on off, Holder defends it off the front foot.
  • 156.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 156.1 Drives it through mid off for a run.
  • 155.6 DROPPED! Chakabva puts another one down! He has had a poor time with the gloves. He had this one in the gloves but then it pops out! Another reprieve for Holder. Cremer tosses it wide outside off, gets it to turn away. Holder goes for the cut but gets an outside edge to the keeper. He sticks a hand out but can't hold onto it. Had he let it go it would have been an easy catch for the slip fielder. Cremer can't believe it, as he walks back angrily towards the umpire. 386/7
  • 155.5 Again a similar length ball, Holder again goes for the cut but is beaten by the extra bounce.
  • 155.4 Short and wide outside off, Holder goes for the cut but is beaten.
  • 155.3 Shorter in length outside off, Dowrich punches it through covers for a run.
  • 155.2 Tosses it up on middle, Dowrich tries to defend but gets it off the inner half to square leg.
  • 155.1 Loopy ball on leg stump, Dowrich drives it down to mid on.
  • 154.6 Fuller in length this time, gets it to tail back in a touch. Jason lunges forward and blocks it. 385/7
  • 154.5 Once again bowls it on the length around the off stump channel. Holder camps back and defends it.
  • 154.4 Fuller in length on middle, Holder times it to mid on. That was well evaded by Dowrich as it was hit straight at him.
  • 154.3 Slower full ball on off, Holder reads it well and defends it off the front foot.
  • 154.2 Good length on off, Holder defends it solidly.
  • 154.1 FOUR! Edgy! Holder almost chopped it on there. Signs of the surface getting slower. Shorter in length by Mpofu outside off, Holder goes for the cut but gets an inside edge past the off stump and down to the fine leg fence.
  • 153.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 381/7
  • 153.5 Slower through the air outside off, Dowrich lets the ball do its part and then guides it to point.
  • 153.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 153.3 Tosses it up outside leg stump, turns in. Dowrich tries to defend but is struck high on the pads. The keeper makes an ambitious appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The bowler was not interested as the ball pitched outside leg.
  • 153.2 Flatter outside off, Dowrich lets it be.
  • 153.1 Fuller in length outside off, Holder drives it through covers for a run.
  • 152.6 A huge appeal but nothing from the umpire. Mpofu comes running in and lands it on a length outside off, gets some sharp inward movement after pitching. Dowrich tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball also falls just short of the keeper who takes it on the bounce. Close call! 380/7
  • 152.5 Lands it on a length again, the ball comes slowly off the surface. Dowrich defends it solidly.
  • 152.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 152.3 Length ball on middle, Dowrich flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 152.2 Highest 8th wicket partnership for West Indies in Tests! Fuller in length outside off, inviting the batsman to drive. Dowrich obliges and hits it through backward point, does not quite get it off the middle but enough to collect two. 150-run stand between the two also comes up.
  • 152.1 Good length outside off, the batsman need not play at it.
  • 151.6 Drags his length back outside off, Dowrich cuts it through point for a run. 378/7
  • 151.5 Quicker but shorter in length on middle, Holder rocks back and whips it against the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 151.4 Floats it full and outside off, Holder drives it to covers.
  • 151.3 Shorter in length and turning away. Jason cuts it to the man at covers.
  • 151.2 Flatter outside off, Holder pushes it towards mid off for no runs.
  • 151.1 Starts off with a nice loopy ball on middle, turns away. Holder prods forward in defense.
  • Graeme Cremer will bowl from the other end.
  • 150.6 Holder too gets going! Fullish length on middle, Holder tucks it around the corner to retain strike. The lead is now 50. 376/7
  • 150.5 First run of the day! Mpofu bowls it full on middle, Dowrich flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 150.4 Good length on off, Dowrich defends it off the front foot.
  • 150.3 The move to have two men at short mid-wicket almost paid off! Mpofu lands it on a length around off, gets it to jag back into the batsman. The ball also stops a little. Dowrich is early into the flick and does it uppishly but on the bounce to the man there.
  • 150.2 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Dowrich defends it towards mid-wicket.
  • 150.1 He starts off with a length delivery around off, no movement off the surface for him. Dowrich defends it off the back foot with authority.
  • We are ready to get underway. The men who matter are out in the middle. Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich will resume their innings. Chris Mpofu will start the proceedings for Zimbabwe. He has a gully and two short mid-wickets in place.
  • PITCH REPORT - Ed Rainsford says, it is sunny and the sun will beat down on the surface, causing more abrasion. Reckons there are a lot of cracks on the track. Opines the finger spinners are going to cause more problems than the wrist spinners. Ends by saying that it is an excellent Test wicket.
  • Hello and welcome to the 4th day of the second Test between Zimbabwe and West Indies in Bulawayo. We witnessed a day full of twists and turns yesterday. The home side had the away side on the mat but could not capitalize and it has let the advantage slip towards the tourists. Now, with two set batsmen Holder and Dowrich out there, the Windies will look to stretch their lead over the 100-run mark. However, the hosts will want to come out and wrap things up as quickly as possible if they are to get back in the game. Today promises to be an action-packed day of cricket. Stay tuned.
  • ...Day 4, Session 1...
  • The hosts were made to toil hard under the sun. They bowled over 100 overs in the day, had their moments but just couldn't capitalize at the right time. The game is slowly drifting away from them and Cremer and Co. will have to regroup quickly if they are to avoid another defeat. Still, if they manage to pick the remaining wickets quickly and then bat well, you never know... this game might open up again. First session on day 4 will be crucial and could decide which way the game is heading towards. There's again an early start at 0930 local (0730 GMT). Do join us to catch all the action. Till then, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
  • As it is said, Test match is all about patience. The one who shows it for a longer period of time, often holds the aces. That's exactly proved to be the case with the Windies. Holder and Dowrich didn't give up and staged a remarkable fightback. They not only wiped off the deficit but also have taken a 48-run lead which could very well prove to be a handy one. They are amidst an unbeaten 144-run stand and are not done yet. Both are approaching their respective tons and would look to build on the lead when they come out fresh tomorrow morning.
  • A gripping day of Test cricket comes to an end. Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich walk back with their heads held high. The duo has done a stupendous job and literally kept the hosts at bay. They were staring down the barrel at 230/7 when Sikandar Raza scalped a few quick wickets, thereby claiming his maiden Test 5-fer to gain the upper hand in this contest.
  • 149.6 Solomon Mire angles it in on middle, Holder hangs back and defends it out towards short mid-wicket. Well done, skipper. That's STUMPS ON DAY 3, WINDIES LEAD BY 48! 374/7
  • 149.5 A bit short and outside off, Holder punches it towards the man at short extra cover.
  • 149.4 Mire angles it in from around off, Jason blocks it out.
  • 149.3 On a good length and outside off, tapped towards point.
  • One can understand the issues Cremer is facing with the current situation. Had Mire been able to bowl much earlier, things would have eased off a bit for him and other spinners as well.
  • 149.2 Highest Test score for Shane Dowrich! It has been a valuable knock and given that it has come when his side was in crisis will make it even more special. Sprayed on the pads, Shane clips it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 149.2 No ball! And it's a big, big no ball. My colleague jokes saying he has given competition to Shannon Gabriel as he has overstepped by a big margin. On the pads, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 149.1 Fuller in length and angling in, Holder clips it to mid-wicket.
  • Okay then! Graeme Cremer has called Solomon Mire into the attack. He didn't bowl the entire day and now is asked to when the day is about to end. Can he bring a wicket?
  • 148.6 Touch fuller outside off, Dowrich drives it off the front foot towards Cremer at short cover who fumbles but they don't run. 371/7
  • 148.5 Fuller and targeting the base of middle stump, Dowrich clips it with the angle towards short mid-wicket.
  • 148.4 Fuller and sprayed wider on off, Dowrich looks to go after it but then at the last moment leaves it alone.
  • 148.3 A bit short and angling in, defended off the back foot towards mid on.
  • 148.2 Length delivery, bowled a bit wider outside off, Dowrich looks to go after it but fails to get any wood on it.
  • 148.1 Angles it in from around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 147.6 Beaten! Raza drifts one across Holder and lures the West Indian skipper to go after it. He does so but it turns away to beat the outside edge. So close that was! 371/7
  • 147.5 Shorter on middle and leg, Dowrich flicks it to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 147.4 Fuller around leg, defended into the ground by Shane.
  • 147.3 Sloppy from the fielder, it's Tendai Chisoro who lets one go. Flatter delivery outside leg, clipped towards square leg where Chisoro misfields. Tired bodies? Anyway, the batsmen will run.
  • 147.2 Once again leans forward and blocks it out on the ground.
  • 147.1 Raza continues from around the wicket and loops it up around middle and leg. Holder prods forward in defense.
  • So we are done with the scheduled overs for the day. We still have 15 minutes to go and it means we can easily get in 3-4 overs. There is a bit of delay as Holder is getting some stretching from the physio while the Zimbabwe fielders enjoy some refreshments...
  • 146.6 Fuller length delivery on off, defended by getting right behind the line of it. 369/7
  • 146.5 Fuller in length and angling in, Dowrich presents a straight face of the bat down the ground. Good running between the wickets allows them to come back for the second.
  • 146.4 Straighter in line of the stumps, Dowrich drives it with a straight bat down the ground.
  • 146.3 Length delivery outside off, Shane lets it go.
  • 146.2 Fuller in length, swinging in, played off the front foot.
  • 146.1 A stifled appeal for an LBW! But umpire Dharmasena shakes his head! Masakadza gets one to swing back in, Dowrich tries clipping it but misses and is hit on the pads. The keeper and the bowler appeal but it was clearly going down leg. This is what Masakadza needs to bowl. Keep pitching it up.
  • 145.6 Quicker one but around leg, Holder clips it towards short fine leg. Wants the single but Dowrich doesn't respond. 367/7
  • 145.5 Flatter delivery around middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 145.4 This time he is successful. Stays back and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 145.3 A bit short and turning in from around middle, Shane tries tucking it away but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 145.2 Loopy delivery around middle and leg, Dowrich gets back and blocks.
  • 145.1 Floats it up wider outside off, milked down to long off for a single.
  • 144.6 Once again keeps it full, angles it in on middle, wristed straight towards short mid-wicket. 365/7
  • 144.5 On a fuller length but the line is wide outside off, Dowrich shoulders his arms to it.
  • 144.4 Fuller and on the middle stump, nudged towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 144.3 Stump-to-stump line from Masakadza. Holder punches it down to long on for a single.
  • 144.2 Hamilton spears in a fuller ball, comes back in a touch. Holder with no foot movement tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge towards the square leg fielder.
  • 144.1 Short of a length delivery outside off, Dowrich punches it through covers for a single.
  • 143.6 Quicker one around middle, punched off the back foot towards the bowler. 363/7
  • 143.5 A bit of flight around middle, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 143.4 The tall man lunges forward and dead-bats it solidly.
  • 143.3 Goes around the wicket and bowls it around leg, Holder looks to flick but the ball turns down further and the batsman misses his attempted flick shot.
  • 143.2 Fuller on the stumps, Shane drives it back to the bowler who fails to stop it with a dive to his right. The ball goes down to long on for a single
  • 143.1 Flighted delivery around middle, Holder gets back and tucks it with the spin through square leg for a single.
  • 142.6 Good take from Chakabva, this! Sprays it down leg, Dowrich misses his clip but Regis quickly moves to his left and collects it. He had a tough time with the gloves today but this should give him some confidence. 361/7
  • 142.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, Shane waits for it and at the last moment dabs it deftly behind point for a couple of runs.
  • 142.4 On a fuller length with no pace on it, eased through covers for a single.
  • 142.3 Length delivery outside off, Dowrich slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 142.2 Good length delivery bowled outside off, Holder gets on top of the bounce and punches it through covers for a single.
  • 142.1 Masakadza from over the wicket bowls a short ball outside off, Holder punches it towards the cover fielder.
  • Zimbabwe are wasting time now! They are doing everything slowly. They now bring Hamilton Masakadza into the attack.
  • 141.6 Raza keeps it full on the stumps, Dowrich clips it towards silly mid on. 356/7
  • 141.5 Floated delivery outside off, Dowrich leans forward and blocks it out.
  • 141.4 Gets across a bit and clips it to short fine leg.
  • 141.3 FOUR! That had to be put away and Dowrich does so! Short delivery around middle and off, Shane camps back and cuts it through covers for a boundary.
  • 141.2 Flatter through the air around middle, Dowrich shows a straight bat.
  • 141.1 Tossed up around middle, Dowrich defends it off the front foot.
  • We have a slight halt in play. Regis Chakabva seems to have sprained his ankle a bit, so is having the magic spray applied on it. The players have decided to use this break to get some refreshments.
  • 140.6 Darts it way outside off, Holder has no intention of playing at that. Lets it be. 352/7
  • 140.5 Slower through the air, quite loopy outside off, driven through the covers. No run taken.
  • 140.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 140.3 Brings the wrists into play and works it away on the leg side.
  • 140.2 Shane Dowrich gets right behind the line of this one and blocks it out.
  • 140.1 Quicker in pace and very close to off, spinning away a touch, Dowrich goes back and blocks.
  • 139.6 On a bit of a fuller length, close to off, met with the full face of the bat to keep it out. 351/7
  • 139.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 139.4 Flat, short and on the stumps, worked away in front of square leg to rotate strike.
  • 139.3 Looped up on the stumps, Dowrich keeps bat and pad close together and blocks it out.
  • 139.2 Straighter in line on middle and leg, defended away on the leg side, past the short leg fielder.
  • 139.1 Down the leg side, Dowrich swivels and then helps it towards short fine leg.
  • 138.6 Short ball around off, drags the pull through mid-wicket for one. The 350 is up for West Indies. 350/7
  • Ed Rainsford on air makes a real good point. He says Zimbabwe wasted a review against Powell earlier during the first session and to be honest it was really a poor call from Cremer. And then one against Holder (which was dead plumb) they couldn't opt for as they didn't have any in the bank. At that time when Holder was struck on the pads, his team was trailing by 99 runs. So it means how important it is to keep the reviews. It can completely change the course of the game, especially as according to the new rules, the reviews won't be refreshed after 80 overs...
  • 138.5 Dropped a bit short on off, turning away, cut away hard through cover-point and the batsman crosses over.
  • 138.4 Loopy delivery outside off, Holder drives it through the cover region for couple of runs.
  • 138.3 Pushes it quicker through the air on off, Holder plants his front foot forward and meets it with a straight blade.
  • 138.2 Full and outside off, drilled through towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 138.1 Extremely full on middle stump, jammed back to the bowler.
  • Drinks break! So, just 9 overs to go in the day and we have around an hour to play. It means Zimbabwe should definitely bowl more than 98 overs in the day but over rate won't be of any use. They need wickets and that too quickly as the match is slowly getting dragged away from them. If the current pair of Holder and Dowrich bats the whole day and take the lead to say over 50-odd, it could well prove to be a handy one. Final hour then, what do we have in store?
  • 137.6 Beaten! Fuller and quicker through the air, Holder leans across to drive but there is a bit of drift and as a result Holder nearly gets an outside edge. 345/7
  • 137.5 Goes back and clips it on the bounce towards the short leg fielder.
  • 137.4 Tossed up ball around off, pushed into the cover region.
  • 137.3 SIX! Down the track and bludgeons it, does Holder! He gets to the pitch of the delivery this time and unfurls a clean strike over long on for a maximum.
  • 137.2 Uppish but no damage done! Raza floats it up around middle and leg, Holder clears the front leg to hit it across the line but seems to have been deceived in the flight. Drags it off the inner half towards wide long on for a couple.
  • 137.1 Flighted delivery outside off, Jason drives it towards mid off by making a bit of room.
  • 136.6 This one dips in around the pads, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single. 337/7
  • 136.5 Jason Holder leans forward, keeps his bat close to the pad and smothers it out.
  • 136.4 Loopy delivery down leg, Dowrich gets down and sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 136.3 Around leg, tucked towards mid-wicket.
  • 136.2 Gives it loop and bowls it full outside off, Holder makes room and drives it down to long off for a single.
  • 136.1 Loopy delivery outside leg, Holder takes a stride forward and smothers it down.
  • 135.6 Dowrich leans forward and dead-bats it. 334/7
  • 135.5 Tossed up outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 135.4 Fuller on the stumps, driven back to the bowler.
  • 135.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 135.2 Around middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 135.1 Gets forward and defends it down.
  • 134.6 FOUR! Reverse sweeps and connects one this time! It's also a moment for the skipper to rejoice, it's his 7th Test fifty! Raises the bat to the dressing room and they all laud the effort! Loopy ball outside leg, Holder gets down and nails the reverse sweep behind point for a boundary. 334/7
  • 134.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 134.4 Brings up the 100-run stand now! What a turnaround from these two this! They are going from strength to strength. Fuller ball on middle, driven down to long on for a single.
  • 134.3 Flatter delivery outside off, Dowrich rocks back to pull but the ball sneaks under his bat and goes between his legs to the keeper.
  • 134.2 There you go! This could be risky Mr. Dowrich! When you are trying to pad it away if it's pitched outside leg then you need to keep your front leg in line. He fails to do so as the ball spins in and hits the back leg and nearly rolls on to the stumps.
  • 134.1 Cremer bowls it down leg, Dowrich lets it be.
  • 133.6 Short delivery on middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. 329/7
  • 133.5 Flighted delivery on the stumps, blokced into the ground.
  • 133.4 Darted on the pads, whipped to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 133.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 133.2 Flatter again, defended off the back foot comfortably.
  • 133.1 Flatter on middle, clipped on the bounce to short leg.
  • As expected, Cremer wants a wicket and he goes to his star man. Sikandar Raza is brought back into the attack. Can this man provide a breakthrough again?
  • 132.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 327/7
  • 132.5 On middle and leg, clipped towards short fine leg for a single. West Indies are now officially into the lead. This has been a superb effort from these two. At one stage it seemed like they won't even wipe the deficit out. Can they swell it to somewhere near 100? If they do, they will have a great chance to seal this one.
  • 132.4 Goes deep in the crease and tucks it around the corner.
  • 132.3 Pitches it outside leg, Jason Holder leans ahead to defend but it goes off the outer half of the bat towards the off side.
  • 132.2 Gets down to play the reverse sweep now but is beaten again.
  • 132.1 That ball nearly rolls back on the stumps! Spinning in from outside off, Holder looks to drive but gets an inside edge which nearly rolls back on the stumps.
  • The commentators on air discuss as to what should Cremer do now? The bowlers look down and out. His spinners are being dealt with ease at the moment. Should he risk bringing an injured Solomon Mire back on? Because Tendai Chisoro has already bowled over 35 overs and looks tired. Let's see what does Cremer opt for.
  • 131.6 SCORES ARE LEVEL NOW! Chisoro drops it a bit short outside off, Jason Holder punches it through the same region and settles for one. 326/7
  • 131.5 West Indies just trail by 1 run! Short and outside off, cracked off the back foot towards cover for a couple.
  • 131.4 Holder takes a stride forward and blocks it into the ground.
  • 131.3 Leans forward and buries it into the ground.
  • 131.2 A bit too full, served outside off, driven towards backward point.
  • 131.1 Flighted delivery outside off, turning away, Holder makes an easy leave.
  • 130.6 On the flatter trajectory, turning in, Dowrich has his stumps covered and shows a straight bat. 323/7
  • 130.5 A bit too full on middle, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 130.4 Shane has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 130.3 Tries to put bat on ball to the delivery pitched on leg, misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 130.2 From around the wicket, Cremer bowls it outside leg, Dowrich pads it away.
  • 130.1 Floated ball on the stumps, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 129.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 322/7
  • 129.5 Takes a long stride forward does Holder and drives it towards cover.
  • 129.4 Goes back and pushes it with the turn towards point.
  • 129.3 Flighted delivery outside off, Holder looks to drive it away but is beaten by the away turn.
  • 129.2 Flatter on off, left alone.
  • 129.1 Shortish ball outside off, Holder cuts it towards extra cover.
  • 128.6 Loopy full toss on middle and leg, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single. 321/7
  • 128.5 Holder takes a stride forward and stonewalls it.
  • 128.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 128.3 Goes around the wicket now, lands it around the rough, Holder defends.
  • 128.2 Cremer once again bowls a short ball, luckily for him Dowrich finds the man in the deep at mid-wicket for a single.
  • 128.1 Flatter through the air around middle, punched off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
  • 127.6 Short and outside off, punched towards sweeper cover for a single. 319/7
  • 127.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 127.4 Darted on middle, blocked.
  • 127.3 FOUR! There it is! 6th Test fifty for Shane Dowrich! It means so much to him, he punches the air in joy. Skipper Holder acknowledges it as well. He needed this as he was having a lean patch with the bat since a while. Very full outside off, Dowrich opens the bat face and gets it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 127.2 Fires it full on middle, blocked by getting behind the line.
  • 127.1 Almost... that just bounced over the stumps! A bit slower through the air, Dowrich rocks back to punch it through the line but gets a bottom edge which just goes over the stumps to the keeper. No luck for the hosts whatsoever.
  • 126.6 Flatter delivery outside off, Dowrich dabs it square of the wicket on the off side. The fielder gives it a chase but they run three. 314/7
  • 126.5 FOUR! That had HIT ME written all over it! This is really poor bowling from Cremer. Once again drags his length short, easy pickings for Dowrich who rocks back and pummels it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 126.4 Flighted leg break outside off, pushed with an angled bat towards point.
  • 126.3 A bit too full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 126.2 Cremer drops it short, turning away, this time Holder hits it through backward point for a single.
  • 126.1 Turning away from a length, Holder cuts it to point.
  • Graeme Cremer to bowl now.
  • 125.6 Slider around middle, kept out off the front foot. 306/7
  • 125.5 Lets the ball turn and then dabs it towards backward point.
  • 125.4 Flatter outside off, left alone.
  • 125.3 FOUR! What a shot, that! Chisoro gives nice flight but drops it in Dowrich's arc who smashes it straight back over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 125.2 Flighted delivery outside off, thrashed towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 125.1 Beaten! Chisoro lands it on a length around off, Holder leans across to defend but the ball turns away and beats the outside edge of Holder's bat. Tendai needs some fortunes here.
  • 124.6 Once again a slower delivery on the stumps, Dowrich defends. 301/7
  • 124.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 124.4 Short and wider on off, Jason Holder quickly opts to pull seeing the length. But ends up dragging it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 124.3 Mpofu once again bowls a slower fuller ball on off, Holder doesn't get greedy seeing it. He just pushes it towards the mid on fielder.
  • 124.2 Short of a length delivery on middle, Jason gets right behind the line and offers a straight bat.
  • 124.1 Mpofu rolls his fingers over the ball, bowls it on middle, Holder works it straight to mid on.
  • 123.6 Flatter and quicker through the air outside off, Dowrich lets it be. 300/7
  • 123.5 Fuller in length and angling in, blocked off the front foot.
  • 123.4 Flatter delivery outside off, Holder rocks back and thrashes it through covers for a single.
  • 123.3 Flighted delivery outside off, driven hard but finds the man at extra cover.
  • 123.2 Flighted delivery on middle, nudged through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 123.1 Too full around off, driven towards the man at mid off.
  • 122.6 FOUR! Runs continue to leak! Short of a length delivery on the body, Holder swivels and pulls it with complete control through backward square leg. Second boundary of the over, 10 off it! 298/7
  • 122.5 On a fuller length on off, pushy drive but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 122.4 FOUR! Up and over! This is good batting from the skipper. He sees the length, picks it up early and smokes it over mid off. Hits it cleanly and picks up a boundary to his name.
  • 122.3 A loud shout for an LBW! Chris angles it in on a fuller length, it keeps nipping back in, Holder tries to slog it across the line but misses and is hit on the pads. The Zimbabwe players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show why, there was a faint inside edge.
  • Silly mid on in place.
  • 122.2 Back of a length delivery on middle, Holder defends it down.
  • 122.1 Mpofu angles it in from over the wicket, Holder lunges forward to defend but there is a little bit of inward movement and hence it goes off the inner half through backward square leg for a couple.
  • Chris Mpofu is asked to bowl from the other end.
  • 121.6 Fires a low full toss on middle, driven easily down to mid on. 288/7
  • 121.5 Short and turning away after pitching, punched off the back foot towards point.
  • 121.4 Full and delivered around off, defended into the ground.
  • 121.3 Floated ball outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 121.2 A bit of flight outside off, pushed off the front foot towards cover.
  • 121.1 Chisoro from around the wicket loops it up around off, Dowrich presses forward in defense.
  • The players return for play. The two West Indian batsmen are Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich. Zimbabwe begin the session with Tendai Chisoro taking the ball first up....
  • ... Day 3, Session 3 ...
  • The Zimbabwe spinners would need to be patient to induce false strokes. They looked flat in the second hour and bowled too many short balls. Can they pick the remaining three wickets quickly or will the current pair bat well to wipe off the deficit and take a handy lead? Join us in a short while to see what happens next...
  • Session highlights - 32 Overs, 100 Runs, 3 Wickets! A fairly good session for both the sides. The hosts had a good first hour where they got timely breakthroughs, courtesy Sikandar Raza who registered his maiden 5-fer and spun the web magnificently to dictate terms. Just when it seemed like Zimbabwe would run through the batting line-up, Holder and Dowrich denied them. The duo took their time to get in and once they did, they got some freebies which indeed helped their cause. The current stand is worth 58 but the important thing from West Indies' point of view is that they are trailing by just 38 runs now.
  • 120.6 Flighted ball around middle and leg, Shane Dowrich lunges forward and wrists it through mid-wicket for one. TEA ON DAY 3! 288/7
  • 120.5 Googly on middle, tucked towards backward square leg.
  • 120.4 Tosses it up around middle and leg, milked down to long on for a single.
  • 120.3 Short and turning away once again, Holder tries cutting it away but mistimes it towards short cover.
  • 120.2 Flighted delivery on middle, defended by coming forward.
  • 120.1 A bit short on off, Jason Holder cuts it with the spin towards point.
  • Graeme Cremer to bowl the last over before tea. Can he strike?
  • 119.6 Flat ball around middle and off, SD rocks back to keep it out. 286/7
  • 119.5 Gets nicely forward and blocks it into the ground.
  • 119.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 119.3 Zimbabwe spinners are bowling too many short balls! Drops it short on middle, Dowrich camps back and pulls it over mid-wicket and gets two for doing so.
  • 119.2 Floated ball outside off, defended towards the short cover fielder.
  • 119.1 Loops it up on off, Holder takes his front foot across and eases it down to long off for a single.
  • 118.6 A bit too full on middle, Shane leans ahead and blocks. 283/7
  • 118.5 Tossed up delivery on middle, swept towards backward square leg.
  • 118.4 Fuller on off, driven past the diving extra cover fielder for a single.
  • 118.3 Slides it across and stays a bit low as well, Dowrich goes deep in the crease and does extremely well to cut it through backward point. He calls for the third and gets it comfortably in the end. Good running! 50-run stand comes up as well!
  • 118.2 Flattish through the air, blocked off the back foot.
  • 118.1 Raza comes from around the wicket and pitches it on middle, punched towards mid on.
  • 117.6 Flighted delivery around middle and off, Holder prods forward in defense. 279/7
  • 117.5 Holder comes forward again to defend but the ball turns away, takes the outside edge of the bat and rolls towards point.
  • 117.4 A bit flatter through the air around middle, Holder uses the depth of the crease and whips it through mid-wicket to collect two.
  • 117.3 Drops it around middle, turns towards off, Holder leans forward to defend.
  • 117.2 Fires it on middle, Jason gets low and jams it out back to the bowler.
  • 117.1 Tossed up on off, driven towards cover.
  • Tendai Chisoro is brought back into the attack.
  • 116.6 Blocked off the front foot and into the ground. 277/7
  • 116.5 FOUR! The deficit is brought under 50 now! This is good batting from the duo! Loopy ball outside off, Dowrich presses forward and strokes it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
  • 116.4 Gets back quickly to this short ball and offers a straight bat.
  • 116.3 Loops it up outside off, Dowrich lunges forward in defense.
  • 116.2 Loopy delivery on off, blocked watchfully off the front foot.
  • 116.1 Gets back and works it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 115.6 FOUR! Runs coming thick and fast for the Windies! Cremer floats it up wider outside off, Holder takes the aerial route and lofts it inside out over extra cover for a boundary. 273/7
  • 115.5 Tossed up on off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 115.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 115.3 FOUR! Cremer serves a gift to his opposite number. He drops it short on middle, Holder is quick to pounce on it. He rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 115.2 Takes a long stride forward and smothers it down.
  • 115.1 Flattish through the air around middle, Holder gets back and defends.
  • 114.6 Floats it up around middle and leg, the batsman gets forward and nudges it away. 265/7
  • 114.5 Fired on leg, worked towards backward square leg.
  • 114.4 FOUR! Beautiful shot! Raza gives it a decent flight, bowls it near middle and off, Dowrich comes down the track and drives it cleanly through mid off to pick up the second boundary of the over.
  • 114.3 Lands it around leg, Dowrich goes back to flick but gets it off the pads towards short leg.
  • 114.2 FOUR! Put away! Raza drops it short on middle, Dowrich rocks back and pulls it hard. The man at short leg takes the evasive action and the ball travels uppishly through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 114.1 Tosses up on leg, Dowrich looks to flick but fails to get any wood on it. Chakabva behind the stumps juggles and collects it somehow. He appeals but nothing from the umpire.
  • The seam is coming off from the ball. Umpire Dharmasena removes the scissor and does the needful.
  • 113.6 Flighted delivery on middle, bunted back to the bowler. 257/7
  • 113.5 Goes back to this flatter one and keeps it out gently.
  • 113.4 Shout for a catch at short leg! A bit slower through the air, dipping in, Holder tries to go for the big slog across the line but misses and it lobs off something towards short leg. They appeal but nothing from the umpire. Replays show it went off the pads.
  • 113.3 Loopy ball around off, Jason prods forward in defense.
  • 113.2 Flatter delivery around middle, Holder hangs back and defends.
  • 113.1 Tossed up delivery around middle, Holder takes a stride forward and defends.
  • 112.6 Tossed up delivery on the off stick, Dowrich comes ahead and smothers the ball in its tracks. Windies still trail by 69 runs. 257/7
  • 112.5 Takes the aerial route and clears the infield with ease. Holder slog sweeps it over mid-wicket and crosses over.
  • 112.4 Straighter in line and going on straight, on the stumps, blocked.
  • 112.3 Picks it off his pads and tucks it away through backward square leg for a run.
  • 112.2 Full and straight on the stumps, drilled back down to the bowler again.
  • 112.1 Continues from around the wicket and tosses it up on off, drilled back down the track towards the bowler.
  • 111.6 The googly on middle and leg, Holder doesn't exactly pick it up. Gets a leading which makes its way towards mid-wicket. 255/7
  • 111.5 Hangs deep inside his crease and blocks it out with a straight blade.
  • 111.4 Touch short again outside off, patted away to the covers from the back foot for a single.
  • 111.3 Shane Dowrich has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 111.2 Fuller in length again, kept out off the front foot.
  • 111.1 FOUR! Cremer has a tendency of doing that, he does occasionally drop it short. Dowrich latches onto it and cuts it square through point for a boundary.
  • 110.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 250/7
  • 110.5 Flatter, quicker and down the leg side, Holder looks to swing it away square on the leg side but misses. Raza however doesn't think so. As Chakabva is unable to gather it cleanly, he goes down in disappointment.
  • 110.4 Loopy and fullish in length again, Holder prods forward to block it out.
  • 110.3 Makes use of his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and hits the ball off the inside edge on the leg side.
  • 110.2 Floats it up on middle and off, Holder comes ahead and blocks.
  • 110.1 Oh dear, oh dear! Umpire Dharmasena has got that completely wrong. Jason Holder survives but he should have been out of here. Sikandar Raza denied another wicket. Comes from around the wicket and bowls an off spinner on off, Holder is back to defend but is caught on the pads. Loud appeal, nothing from the umpire. He indicates there's an inside edge but replays confirm there's no bat involved. The Windies skipper gets a life.
  • 109.6 FOUR! Good shot, it's earned him a much-needed boundary. Too straight in line on a fuller length, Dowrich flicks it elegantly through the mid-wicket region. The man in the deep runs fast to his left in an attempt to stop it but it's too far away from him. The 250 is up for Windies now. 250/7
  • 109.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 109.4 Fuller in length on the stumps, wristed down the ground to long on for a single.
  • 109.3 Looped up outside off, Holder is a bit early into the drive. Chips it in front of Brendan Taylor at cover-point who dives to his left and stops it.
  • 109.2 Should have been forward but Holder is caught in his crease. Could have been his undoing. Just back of a driving length, Holder is two minds about what to do, just loosely plays at it away from his body and the spinning ball beats the outside edge of his bat.
  • 109.1 Overpitched on off, allows Holder to push the ball away to the covers before it turns.
  • 108.6 Jason Holder comfortably punches this down to long on for a single. Wasn't much turn on it, which made it easier for him to play the shot. 245/7
  • 108.5 Shorter and flat on middle and off, whipped away through the mid-wicket region to get off strike.
  • 108.4 Darts it on off stump, Shane meets the ball by bringing down a straight blade.
  • 108.3 At 82 kph, Raza attacks the stumps. The batsman is well forward in defense.
  • 108.2 Quicker in pace again, punched back to the bowler this time off the back foot.
  • 108.1 Pushes it quicker through the air with minimal air around off, Dowrich gets back and punches it out.
  • 107.6 Full around leg, wristed just wide of mid on for an easy run. 243/7
  • 107.5 Short and wide outside off, turning away, Dowrich should have put this away but can only find the man at point.
  • 107.4 Moves inside his crease well. Stays right behind the line and presents a tight defensive shot to keep it out.
  • 107.3 Not much turn here, allows Shane to turn it away towards backward square leg.
  • 107.2 Ripper from Cremer! Lands it on middle and off and it just takes off. Spins a lot as well and beats the outside edge of Shane Dowrich's bat.
  • 107.1 A lot of air from the leggie, but it's too full on middle, Dowrich forces it to mid off by clearing his front leg.
  • 106.6 Knocks this full delivery down to mid on by leaning ahead. 242/7
  • 106.5 FOUR! Beautiful shot. Full outside off, Holder uses his reach well and drives it through the line. The fielder attempts to chase it down but cannot stop it before it reaches the cover boundary.
  • 106.4 An appreciable amount of turn for Sikandar, Jason Holder goes with the turn and bisects the gap between mid-wicket and mid on for a double.
  • 106.3 Spinning in, it's played with soft hands in front of short leg.
  • 106.2 Some flight on this from Raza, attacks the stumps as Holder takes a big lunge forward to defend.
  • 106.1 Quicker delivery on the off stick, Holder is careful as he blocks it out back down the track.
  • 105.6 Darted fuller outside off, no shot offered by the batsman. 236/7
  • 105.5 Full in length once again, stroked through the covers for one.
  • 105.4 Nicely done! Tossed up outside off, Dowrich leans into the stroke before the ball can turn and drives it through the gap in the covers. Solomon Mire chases after it and just about manages to pull it back inside the rope. Saves a vital run for his side.
  • 105.3 Floated delivery from Gremer, Dowrich with a solid front foot defense.
  • 105.2 Tad short again and outside off, Dowrich taps it away on the off side.
  • 105.1 Turning away from the Windies skipper from around off, Jason Holder off the back foot punches it down to long off for a single.
  • Graeme Cremer comes back on.
  • 104.6 Goes with the turn again and punches it straight to Graeme Cremer at short mid-wicket. 231/7
  • 104.5 Positions himself perfectly behind the line and defends.
  • 104.4 Quite full again from Raza, another front foot defensive shot by the batsman.
  • 104.3 Turning in a long way on leg, Dowrich moves inside his crease and whips it past short leg.
  • 104.2 Loopy and full on middle and leg, Holder comes forward and wrists it down to long on for a single.
  • Jason Holder, the Windies skipper, is the new man in. He has a big job in front of him. His team needs him to really step up.
  • Drinks break! What an incredible phase of play for the hosts. Sikandar Raza has done all the damage with his three wickets and dismissed the Windies' middle order in no time at all. Matter of cleaning up the tail now for Zimbabwe, can they do it quickly?
  • 104.1 OUT! Sikandara Raza, oh you masterful beauty! 3 wickets in no time and it's the dangerman Shai Hope who's been sent back. Windies in the deep end here now, brilliant from the offie. He changes the angle and comes from around the wicket, flights in on middle. Hope is forward and plays for the turn when there is none. Proves to be his undoing as the ball goes straight on. Takes the off stump with it and that spells the end to Shai Hope's innings. Maiden 5-fer for Sikandar Raza, he's been superb since he's come on to bowl.
  • 103.6 This time Dowrich unfurls the cut and places it behind square on the leg side. Third man inside the ring chases after it and keeps the batsmen down to two. 230/6
  • 103.5 Short and wide outside off, Hope cuts it from the back foot through point and gets a run for doing so.
  • 103.4 Leans across and knocks this full ball into the covers.
  • 103.3 Darts it full and outside off, left alone.
  • 103.2 Not much turn on this occasion, Shai Hope reads the line well and blocks.
  • 103.1 Shai Hope hangs back to this shorter ball and punches it to covers.
  • 102.6 Flicked to the mid-wicket fielder again and it's the end of the over. 227/6
  • 102.5 Shortens the length a bit on this occasion, Dowrich is on the back foot as he defends it with a straight blade.
  • 102.4 Pushes it to the cover region. Another dot ball.
  • 102.3 Another one played with the spin. Flicked to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 102.2 Straighter one on the stumps, played back to the bowler.
  • 102.1 Dowrich watches this very close as he turns it towards the mid-wicket area. Stays inside the crease and plays it well.
  • 101.6 Comes forward, gets to the pitch of the ball and meets it at its pitch. 227/6
  • 101.5 Flat and short, Hope from within the crease blocks it out.
  • 101.4 Some flight again and outside off, Dowrich gets an outside edge which runs down towards third man for a single.
  • 101.3 Looped up on middle and off, blocked off the front foot with the full face of the bat.
  • 101.2 Spinning away from around off, played away towards point for a single.
  • 101.1 Flatter around off, kept out by getting behind the line.
  • Shane Dowrich is the next man in.
  • 100.6 OUT! It's Sikandar Raza again, Zimbabwe's He-Man! What a player. Comes in and got two wickets in quick succession. Brings his side right back into this contest. Spinning in around off, Blackwood goes back and works it uppishly on the leg side. Straight into the hands of Graeme Cremer at short mid-wicket who takes a good catch. Throws it in the air and celebrates loudly, he knows this is their opening to get in. Blackwood departs, Windies in some trouble. These are now Raza's best figures in Test match cricket. 225/6
  • 100.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 100.4 Floats it up around off, another front foot defense by the batsman.
  • 100.3 Drags the length back around off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 100.2 Provides some decent air around off, Jermaine plants his front foot forward and meets it with the full face of the bat.
  • 100.1 Some turn and bounce for Raza. Kicks off the deck a bit and goes off the inside edge of Blackwood's bat and flies past short leg.
  • 99.6 Off the back foot again, bit quicker and flatter on off, turned towards mid-wicket for a single. 225/5
  • 99.5 Jermaine Blackwood has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 99.4 Brings the wrists into the play and works it on the leg side.
  • 99.3 Some extra loop from the left-armer, Blackwood is forward in defense.
  • 99.2 Against the spin this time, some bite on this for Chisoro. He goes back and works it away on the leg side for one.
  • 99.1 Straighter on the stumps, Hope stays right behind the line and defends.
  • 98.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 223/5
  • 98.5 Zimbabwe excited, half-celebrate but then that's short lived. Spinning in sharply on middle and leg, Blackwood goes back to tuck it away and it lobs off his pads to short leg. They thought there was bat, but that wasn't the case.
  • 98.4 FOUR! Turning in on middle and leg, Blackwood is off the mark in a flash! Rocks back and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • Jermaine Blackwood is the next batsman in.
  • 98.3 OUT! HE'S GONE! This is a big wicket and it's Sikandar Raza again who's got the breakthrough! Zimbabwe needed the wicket and he's done it for his side. Chase played his part too, bit of an unnecessary shot to play with the ball turning so much. Landed around off and it spins in a touch, Chase brings out the reverse sweep and does not connect. Is caught on the front pad and after a long hard think, umpire Dharmasena raises his finger in response to the appeal. Roston reviews it almost immediately and replays show the impact is umpire's call and the ball is clipping the leg stump, which is also the umpire's call. So, he has to go back. The review isn't wasted but the decision stays. The 56-run stand has been broken.
  • Review time! Roston Chase has been caught leg before and adjudged out. He's quickly taken the review. Looks like he might be gone...
  • 98.2 Once again he works it away on the leg side. No run taken.
  • 98.1 Off spinner outside off, Chase plays with the turn and works it on the leg side.
  • Sikandar Raza returns.
  • 97.6 Outside off, placed to point for no run. 219/4
  • 97.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 97.4 Loud shout for an lbw! It's close, really close, but the umpire doesn't think so. On off again and it spins away a shade, Hope is back again in defense and is caught on the pads. Big, big appeal from the Windies, but since the impact is outside off, however marginal it may be, the umpire declines.
  • 97.3 Dropped! There was a clear edge, oh boy! Regis Chakabva should have taken that. Classical delivery from Tendai Chisoro. Lands it on middle and gets it to turn just enough. Hope who is back to defend is squared up a touch and gets a feather. It goes behind and the keeper cannot hold onto it. Big chance, could very well come back to haunt them.
  • 97.2 Very full on off with some drift into Shai Hope, he strides ahead and blocks.
  • 97.1 Spinning away on a shorter length, outside off, cracked square through point which enables Roston to take a run.
  • 96.6 Veering back in on middle and leg, full in length, flicked through the right of the short mid-wicket to keep strike. 218/4
  • 96.5 Fullish in length attacking the stumps, tapped in front of mid-wicket for a brisk run.
  • 96.4 On the pads again, flicked away on the leg side for a single.
  • 96.3 FOUR! Comfortably done. Easy for any batsman in the world really to put that away. Angling down leg, Chase just helps it along its way and across the fine leg fence for a boundary. With that, the 50-run stand is up as well.
  • 96.2 Smartly bowled by Chris Mpofu. Takes the pace off it and bowls an off cutter around off, it comes back in and goes past the inside edge of Chase's bat who is done in because of the lack of pace. Kept a little low too.
  • 96.1 On a good length well outside off, no way the batsman will bother himself with that.
  • 95.6 On the fuller side of things once more, some more flight on it this time. Shai Hope meets it with the full face of the bat to end the over. 211/4
  • 95.5 Tossed right up there, Hope presses forward and buries it into the track.
  • 95.4 Pushes this full delivery just wide of the mid off fielder and both batsmen scurry across for a quick single. Nicely done.
  • 95.3 Looped up outside off, driven into the off side for a single.
  • 95.2 Almost had him! Almost. Too close for comfort for Shai Hope. He goes deep inside the crease to flick it away but the ball is pushed quicker through the air this time. Almost raps him on the pads as he just manages to get some bat on it and put it away on the leg side.
  • 95.1 Drifting in on middle and leg, a bit too straight in line which allows Hope to works it to square leg.
  • 94.6 Back of a length, moving into the batsman off the seam, Chase is watchful as he taps it down on the off side with soft hands. 209/4
  • 94.5 Short of a good length into the body, he swivels inside the line and helps the pull behind square leg for a single.
  • 94.4 Keeps it full again but keep it close to off this time, a solid drive from Hope which finds the man at mid on.
  • 94.3 FOUR! That's an excellent shot! The sound off the bat was majestic, nicely timed. Gentle half-volley outside off, Shai Hope leans into the shot and drives it through the gap in the covers for a boundary.
  • 94.2 Shaping back in on a fuller length, worked away to mid-wicket off the inner half.
  • 94.1 Great effort from PJ Moor! Saved a certain boundary there. Length delivery outside off, Hope cuts this hard square of the wicket. Moor at point dives full stretch to his right, gets a hand to it and parries it towards covers. Saves two vital runs for his side.
  • 93.6 Floats it up outside the line of off stump, pushed into the covers for a single. 202/4
  • 93.5 Stays deep inside the crease to this flat ball and offers a firm punch to long on for a single.
  • 93.4 Fired down the leg side, Hope makes room and looks to flick, but it goes off his pads and down the leg side as the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 93.3 FOUR! Poor ball and it's dispatched! He's not going to miss out on those, Shai Hope. Short and flat around off, he picks up the length early, rocks back and muscles the pull over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 93.2 Oooh! Close. Chisoro darts it quick on middle and off, Hope shuffles across, gets behind the line and just about manages to bring his bat down to defend.
  • 93.1 From around the wicket, it's dropped short outside off, Roston Chase goes back and cuts it to sweeper cover for one.
  • 92.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 194/4
  • 92.5 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, another easy leave for the batsman.
  • 92.4 Cutting back in from outside off, Hope covers the line well and lets it be.
  • 92.3 Hurls in on a slightly fuller length on the fifth stump line, left alone by Shai Hope.
  • 92.2 Similar length delivery, Roston leans into it and strokes it to covers for an easy single.
  • 92.1 Full length delivery outside off, Chase goes for an expansive drive but mistimes it back to Chisoro.
  • 91.6 Sits deep in the crease to the flatter delivery and works it to square leg for a run. 193/4
  • 91.5 Quicker through the air, spinning away. Roston lets it go.
  • 91.4 Drifting in with the arm, Chase makes room and drives it crisply to covers.
  • 91.3 Subtle change of pace from Chisoro. It is in line of the stumps as Chase answers it with a straight bat.
  • 91.2 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and room on offer, Chase makes good use of the crease and slaps it through the vacant point region for a boundary.
  • 91.1 Tossed up on off, Chase presses forward and eases it off the front foot to covers.
  • 90.6 Keeps it nice and full again, Shai jams it out back to the bowler. 188/4
  • 90.5 Similar delivery, driven nicely but straight to the same fielder.
  • 90.4 Full delivery, a bit of inward swing. Shai covers the line and eases it off the front foot to mid on.
  • 90.3 Length delivery in the zone of apprehension, Shai Hope points his bat skywards and allows it through.
  • 90.2 Intent from Mpofu! Full length ball attacking the stumps, Hope drives it straight back to Mpofu who picks it up and mimes a throw at the keeper's end.
  • 90.1 Low full toss on off, Shai whips it straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • Chris Mpofu to share the attack from the other end.
  • 89.6 Floats it up outside off, driven towards extra cover. A maiden to start with! 188/4
  • 89.5 Slider around middle and leg, Chase misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
  • 89.4 Gets behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 89.3 Floats it up outside off, driven off the outer half of the bat towards backward point.
  • 89.2 Bowls it around off, it turns away, left alone.
  • 89.1 From around the wicket, Tendai fires in a fuller ball on middle, it's jammed out well by Chase.
  • Welcome back for the second session! The Windies batsmen, Chase and Hope are back in the middle. Will they dominate the session? Let's wait and find out. Tendai Chisoro will be the one to start first up. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • With the way the track is deteriorating, it will be a stern test for the batsmen. Will the hosts dominate the afternoon session or will the pair of Hope and Chase keep them at bay? Let's find out shortly...
  • The spinners extracted a lot of spin and bounce and kept the batsmen on their toes. It was Raza who provided two important breakthroughs. Powell was riding his luck but finally departed after being put down thrice by Cremer, thereby missing out on a ton by a mere 10 runs.
  • It has been a really action-packed session of cricket - 40 overs, 110 runs, 3 wickets. The day begun with Powell and the nightwatchman, Bishoo braving out the spinners. Both of them took initiative and scored at a good click. However, once Bishoo's gritty resistance came to a close and the 55-run stand ended, the visitors once again went into their shell, allowing the opposition to take hold of things.
  • 88.6 FOUR! Confidence at its best! Full toss in line of the stumps, Hope backs away and whacks it through extra cover to find the fence. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 3! 188/4
  • 88.5 Slow through the air, driven off the inner half down the track.
  • 88.4 Loopy ball, Chase tries to whip it across but ends up dragging it through mid-wicket. Three runs taken.
  • 88.3 Short delivery, punched off the back foot to mid off.
  • 88.2 Flatter delivery, blocked from the crease.
  • 88.1 SIX! Ultra positive batting from Chase! Tossed up delivery on middle, Chase clears his front leg and tonks it down the ground to send it sailing over the fence. He hit that clean as a whistle.
  • There is still a minute to go and the umpires say we can get one more over in. Skipper Graeme Cremer comes on to bowl...
  • 87.6 Seems like a movie is in its climax phase. Quicker through the air on leg stump, Hope makes room to bludgeon it over covers but gets beaten on the outside edge. Chakabva behind the stumps fails to collect it cleanly. That was close to the edge as well as to the off stump. End of an eventful over. 175/4
  • Should be the last ball before lunch...
  • 87.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 87.4 On a flatter trajectory, eased to the same region.
  • 87.3 Hangs back to the flatter delivery and pushes it to covers.
  • 87.2 Now that is unplayable! Lands on middle and spins away with appreciable bounce. Hope looks to counter it by staying back but has no answer to the ripper.
  • 87.1 A lot of oohs and aahs from the home side. They are in the zone at the moment. Quicker through the air, drifting towards the leg stump. Hope keeps it out off the inner half of the bat.
  • 86.6 Ooh.. close shave! A touch fuller around off, shaping in. Chase is a little late on it but manages to get an inside edge onto his pads. 175/4
  • 86.5 Mpofu comes back to over the wicket and bowls it on a length in the zone of apprehension. No such movement there and Roston makes an easy leave.
  • 86.4 Bouncer this time but the direction is not right. It is down the leg side and there is no trouble for Chase to leave it.
  • 86.3 Mpofu switches his angle and comes around the wicket. Bowls a shortish delivery on off, Chase rises with the bounce and keeps it out safely.
  • 86.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, shoots off the deck. Chase lifts his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 86.1 Good length delivery in the off stump channel, Chase hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • Leg gully in place for Roston Chase.
  • 85.6 Quicker through the air, Shai hops back and answers it with a straight bat. 175/4
  • 85.5 Slower through the air on middle, Hope lunges forward in defense.
  • 85.4 Slider on this occasion, Shai reads it and blocks it nicely.
  • The new ball needs trimming. Out comes the scissor and the necessary has been done.
  • 85.3 Quicker delivery in line of the stumps, Hope hangs back and punches it back to Chisoro.
  • 85.2 Slower through the air, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 85.1 FOUR! That's a gift and it is duly accepted! Juicy full toss outside off, Hope flat-bats it over mid off to pick up a boundary.
  • 84.6 Short delivery on middle, Hope drags his pull to fine leg for a run. 171/4
  • 84.5 Slower delivery on a fullish length on off, Hope looks to keep it out but the bat turns in his hands and he gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 84.4 Very full on middle, Shai blocks it to mid-wicket. Mpofu has his tail up.
  • 84.3 Yorker on middle, Hope jams it out to mid on.
  • 84.2 A lot happening at the moment! Good length delivery on middle and leg, Hope hops back and tries to tuck it through square leg but misses to get pinged on the pads. Mpofu appeals loudly along with his teammates but the umpire shakes his head. Mpofu has a look at his skipper but there is no more review left. The height was a factor there.
  • 84.1 In the channel outside off, Hope lets it go.
  • 83.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 170/4
  • 83.5 FOUR! Nicely done! Shorter in length in line of the stumps, Chase rocks back and whips it uppishly through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 83.4 Flatter one, kept out watchfully.
  • 83.3 Coming in with the arm, worked through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 83.2 Shorter in length, punched off the back foot to covers.
  • 83.1 Is that another dropped catch? No, the replays confirm it isn't. On a flatter trajectory on off, Chase strides forward to defend but keeps his bat inside the line. The keeper fails to collect it cleanly. The sound was of the bat hitting the pad.
  • 82.6 Length delivery on off, Hope hangs back and the ball hits the high part of his willow. A terrific over from Mpofu. 164/4
  • 82.5 Angling into Chase who works it through square leg for a run.
  • 82.4 Welcomes Chase with a sharp bouncer around off, he ducks under it quickly to evade it. Mpofu is breathing fire at the moment.
  • Roston Chase is the new man in. He scored a 95 in the second innings of the first Test. West Indies are in a tricky position at the moment. Can he steady the ship for them?
  • 82.3 OUT! Brilliant, brilliant bowling from Mpofu! Finally, Powell runs out of his luck after being dropped thrice by Cremer. Mpofu steams in from around the wicket and bowls a short delivery outside off, coming in with the angle with extra bounce. Powell is taken aback and is caught in a tangle. Tries to fend it away with a hop but gets a thick outside edge towards Craig Ervine at gully. He dives full length to his right and takes a gem of a catch. The umpires check for the side no ball and then the front foot no ball but it is fine. Mpofu is absolutely pumped up. The effort ball works wonders for him. He gets his first wicket of the series. The Windies had cleaned up the opposition with the second new ball yesterday. Can the home side do the same?
  • 82.2 Slanting away from Powell, he plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 82.1 Good length delivery, Powell makes good use of the depth of the crease and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 81.6 Shortish delivery on off, Shai is in two minds whether to leave it or play at it. He eventually pokes at it and gets an inside edge onto his pads. 163/3
  • 81.5 Risky! Flat and quick on off, Hope somehow manages to jam it out to backward point.
  • 81.4 Coming in with the arm, Shai looks to turn it away but is struck on the pads. It will be better if Chisoro varies his pace on this track. He is only bowling quick at the moment.
  • 81.3 Tossed up on off, spinning away. Hope is composed in his leave.
  • 81.2 Well bowled! Quicker through the air around off, Shai plays for the spin but there is none. An outside edge is induced past the first slip fielder. Two runs taken.
  • 81.1 Short delivery, Hope cuts it with the spin to the man at backward point.
  • Tendai Chisoro to share the second new ball from the other end. A slip and short leg in place for him.
  • 80.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, Powell doesn't fiddle with it. 161/3
  • 80.5 Wider outside off, an easy leave for the southpaw.
  • 80.4 Once again on a full length, allowing the ball to swing. Powell covers the line and defends it nicely.
  • 80.3 Movement again! Fullish delivery, shaping away. Hope stands his ground and looks to block it but gets an inside edge onto his pads. His partner calls him through for a run and they steal it.
  • 80.2 Another full delivery outside off, swinging away. Shai Hope plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 80.1 Right on the money! Starts off with a very full delivery outside off, Hope tries to carve it away through square of the wicket on the off side but misses.
  • The second new ball is available and it has been taken straightaway. Chris Mpofu is the lone frontline seamer and he will have a burst with it.
  • 79.6 Quicker through the air outside off, Powell waits for it and glides it down to third man for a couple. 160/3
  • 79.5 Hangs back to the flatter delivery and defends it solidly.
  • 79.4 Floated delivery, Powell comes forward and defends it.
  • 79.3 On a flatter trajectory, Powell hangs back and plays it to point.
  • 79.2 In line of the stumps, Powell strides forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 79.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Masakadza walks off the field. He was hit hard in the hand in the previous over and seems to be hurt. Hope he is alright.
  • 78.6 Outside off, Powell waits for it and dabs it to third man. Three runs taken. 158/3
  • 78.5 Slow through the air, patted back to the bowler. Cremer picks it up and throws it in frustration. It hits Masakadza straight on his hands in the first slip region and he rings it in pain.
  • 78.4 Dropped! This is the third time Cremer has put Powell down off his own bowling. He dropped the southpaw twice on 11 and now on 85. Tossed up on middle, Powell drills it straight back to the skipper who tries to take it with both his hands but the ball pops out. This was not easy but needs to be taken at this point of the game. Powell must be thanking his stars. He is leading a charmed life.
  • 78.3 Hope has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 78.2 Tossed up delivery, Hope lunges forward in defense.
  • 78.1 Slow through the air, eased off the front foot to the cover region.
  • 77.6 That's a peach, past the outside edge again. Slow through the air on middle, Kieran prods forward to block it but is foxed by the massive turn and bounce. 154/3
  • 77.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 77.4 Turn and bounce again! Tossed up on middle, Powell lunges forward to defend but the ball turns away to beat the outside edge of the bat.
  • 77.3 Shorter in length, Powell hangs back and blocks it solidly to covers.
  • 77.2 Makes room to the flighted delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 77.1 Quicker in pace, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 76.6 Floated outside off, eased to covers. 154/3
  • 76.5 FOUR! Easy pickings! Half-tracker on middle, Hope rocks back and pulls it with aplomb over mid-wicket to pick up a boundary. The visitors need much more of those.
  • 76.4 Looks to keep this one out but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 76.3 Fullish in length, eased to mid on for a quick run.
  • 76.2 Floated delivery, Powell strides forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 76.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 75.6 Hangs back to the quicker delivery and blocks it solidly. 149/3
  • 75.5 Hangs back and tucks it to the leg side.
  • 75.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 75.3 Not Out! One of the worst reviews that must have been taken. There was no bat as well. Tossed up outside off, coming in with the arm. Powell looks to keep it out but seems to have been struck on the back pad. Raza is very confident and the keeper also appeals loudly. The bowler is adamant and goes up to his skipper. Eggs him to challenge the decision and he does so. Time for the replays. They show that the ball has brushed the back pad but the impact is miles outside off, confirms the Hawk Eye. Zimbabwe exhaust both their reviews.
  • Howzzat? The Zimbabwe players are getting excited and there is a long discussion. It is for an LBW decision against Powell and they challenge the decision. Was there bat? Seems to be pad first but the impact is a question.
  • 75.2 Hope is on the move as he eases it to deepish mid on for a run.
  • 75.1 Hangs back to the flatter delivery and blocks it.
  • West Indies have only scored 16 from the last 11 overs that means, only one and a half per over. Till Bishoo was at the crease, they had scored 53 in 15 overs but since his dismissal, they are crawling at a snail's pace. It is not good to get in your shell.
  • 74.6 Down the leg side, Kieran looks to work it away but is hit on the thigh pad. 147/3
  • 74.5 Spinning into Powell who works it to backward square leg.
  • 74.4 Floated outside off, eased off the front foot to covers.
  • 74.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 74.2 On middle and leg, helped away towards square leg.
  • 74.1 Short delivery, pulled away to the leg side. Not sure where the ball is as the cameraman is failing to spot it. We have the replays now. It was hit straight to Ervine at short leg who took a blow on his leg.
  • 73.6 Hope is looking jittery, very unlike him. Floated outside off, Shai goes for a booming drive but mistimes it down the track. 147/3
  • 73.5 Fullish around off, Hope pushes at it with hard hands but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 73.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 73.3 A leading edge goes to long off, that's a rare sight! Fullish around off, Powell looks to whip it but gets a leading edge. A run taken.
  • 73.2 Intelligent stuff from Raza. Subtle variations from him deceives Powell. Slow through the air on middle, Powell prods forward to defend but this time the ball spins away to beat him.
  • 73.1 He played that very, very late! Coming in with the arm, sliding on. Powell waits ages for it and keeps it out past short leg at the last moment.
  • 72.6 Tossed up delivery, dealt with nicely by coming forward. 146/3
  • 72.5 Well played! Not that short but Hope hangs back and cuts it expertly with the spin through cover-point. Raza from the cover region sprints after it. He is lightning quick across the turf and slides near the rope to keep the ball in play. Two runs taken.
  • 72.4 He is looking confident at the crease. Leans ahead nicely and drives it to the same fielder.
  • 72.3 Backs away to the full delivery and strokes it to short cover.
  • 72.2 Slow through the air, Shai presses forward and buries it into the track.
  • 72.1 Hope reads the googly this time and works it nicely to square leg.
  • 71.6 Tossed up outside off, played with an angled bat to point. 144/3
  • 71.5 Coming in with the arm, tucked to the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 71.4 FOUR! A welcome boundary for Windies! Short and spinning away, Powell rocks back and slaps it through covers to find the fence.
  • 71.3 Sloppy work! Full toss on middle, Powell knocks it towards Mire at mid on and sets off to the danger end. Mire attacks the ball but makes a meal of the effort. Concedes two runs.
  • 71.2 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 71.1 Short delivery, Powell hangs back and cuts it to backward point.
  • 70.6 Floated delivery, eased to mid off. 138/3
  • 70.5 That almost sneaked through! Cremer slips in the googly, Hope reads it very late, perhaps off the pitch and somehow manages to play it to backward square leg.
  • 70.4 Strides forward to this one and defends it confidently.
  • 70.3 Short delivery, spinning away. Hope cuts it nicely through cover-point. The fielder from point hares after it and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 70.2 Full in line of the stumps, Hope makes room and taps it to mid off.
  • 70.1 Backs away to this one and strokes it to mid on.
  • 69.6 Shorter delivery at a quicker pace, punched off the back foot. A productive over for Raza. 136/3
  • 69.5 Tossed up delivery, eased to deepish mid off for a run.
  • 69.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 69.3 Around leg stump, turning away sharply. Shai goes back and tucks it to backward square leg.
  • 69.2 Fullish delivery, Shai drives it confidently to mid on.
  • Time for Drinks. Meanwhile, Shai Hope strides out to bat. He is a solid middle order batsman and will look to brave out the tough conditions.
  • 69.1 OUT! It was not a wise decision to take the review and the visitors have exhausted one. Since Raza has come into the attack, he has been on the money and is reaping the dividends. Bowls this one slow through the air well outside off, gets substantial inward spin after the ball pitches. Hope hangs deep in the crease and tries to block it but misses to get hit low on the pads. Zimbabwe appeal vociferously and up goes the umpire's finger. Kyle walks across to Powell and consults with him about the review. He goes for it eventually. Time for the replays. They show three reds and the batsman is a dead duck. Good passage of play for the hosts.
  • Zimbabwe are breathing fire at the moment! Kyle Hope has been adjudged LBW and he looks like a goner but he opts for the review.
  • 68.6 A vociferous appeal for a catch turned down! Floated outside off, Powell strides forward to defend but it looks like he has missed it. The ball deflects off the pads and carries to Masakadza at first slip. Only the keeper, Chakabva is confident. Cremer walks across to him and asks him whether he should challenge the decision. They decide not to do it. Rightly so, as the Snicko doesn't spot a nick. 135/2
  • 68.5 Outside off, Powell plants his front foot across and pads it away.
  • 68.4 That's a brute of a delivery! Wrong one at a quicker pace on off, Powell looks to counter it by staying back but is beaten by the sharp away turn.
  • 68.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 68.2 Tossed up delivery, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 68.1 On a flatter trajectory, Powell sits back and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 67.6 On middle and leg, helped with the spin to the leg side. 135/2
  • 67.5 Waits deep in the crease and steers it to third man for a run.
  • 67.4 Spinning away from Powell, he rocks back and places it to point.
  • 67.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 67.2 Did that carry? Raza is in the midst of a good spell. Quicker around off, Powell pushes at it with hard hands and gets an outside edge. Masakadza dives to his left but the ball just goes wide of him and towards third man. A couple taken.
  • 67.1 Flatter delivery, Powell stays back and blocks it.
  • 66.6 That was a jaffa! Quicker through the air on middle, Hope has no option but to play at it and is convincingly beaten by the sharp away turn and bounce. He is lucky to survive that. Cremer's followthrough suggests that he enjoyed that. 132/2
  • 66.5 Slow through the air, Kyle presses forward and defends it to the off side.
  • 66.4 Fraction short this time, cut away to the point region.
  • 66.3 Straighter on this occasion, Hope stonewalls it.
  • 66.2 Leans confidently ahead and strokes it to the cover region.
  • 66.1 Tossed up delivery, Kyle prods forward and blocks it stoutly.
  • 65.6 Covers the line to this one and answers it with a straight bat. 132/2
  • 65.5 On a flatter trajectory, Hope works it through square leg for a run. Easy singles are on offer. The mid on should be perhaps brought up.
  • 65.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 65.3 Slow through the air, Hope strides forward and buries it into the track.
  • 65.2 Floated delivery, Hope puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 65.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • The sun is shining brightly and that has led to the wicket drying up even more. As a result, the ball is spinning and gripping and the batsmen are finding it difficult.
  • 64.6 Clips this one with the spin past short leg. 131/2
  • 64.5 On leg stump, Powell tries to clip it across but is hit on the pads.
  • 64.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.3 Slower through the air, Powell comes forward and blocks it.
  • 64.2 Drifting towards the pads, turned to the leg side.
  • 64.1 Quicker in pace, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 63.6 Not Out! The impact saves Kyle Hope! The home side wastes a review. Floated outside off, spinning in. Hope prods forward to defend but is hit on the back leg. The hosts roar in an appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Raza is confident and tells his skipper to take the review. Time for the replays. The Snicko shows a deviation but it is of the bat hitting the ground. The Hawk Eye rolls in. It shows the impact is outside off and that's the end of the story. End of an eventful over. 131/2
  • Right then, review time! Has Raza taken two wickets in the same over? He convinces his skipper to go for the review. However, it seems that the impact is outside the line.
  • 63.5 Full toss outside off, Hope goes for an expansive drive but mistimes it down the wicket.
  • Kyle Hope comes out to bat.
  • 63.4 OUT! The resistance from the nightwatchman has come to a close but he has done a decent job for his side. Slow through the air on middle, Bishoo cleans his front leg and goes at it with hard hands. Ends up playing it straight back to Raza who cups it safely. Bishoo was dropped on 20 but it hasn't cost much. The 55-run stand also comes to an end. More importantly, it consumed 101 balls which would have irritated the hosts to no end.
  • 63.3 Slow through the air, Bishoo comes forward and blocks it right under his eyes.
  • 63.2 A bit shorter this time, Devendra hangs back and blocks it.
  • 63.1 Floated around off, Powell hangs back and guides it to third man for a run.
  • 62.6 Full and straight, clipped to deepish mid on for a single. 130/1
  • 62.5 The wrong one from Cremer. Bishoo spots it well and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 62.4 Quicker through the air, Bishoo makes use of the depth of the crease to stonewall it.
  • 62.3 Full outside off, Powell eases it through covers to rotate strike.
  • 62.2 Floated delivery, Powell lunges forward in defense.
  • 62.1 Shortish delivery, Bishoo hangs back and cuts it nicely to sweeper cover. A run taken. Low risk cricket this from the nightwatchman.
  • 61.6 Slow through the air, Kieran strides forward and strokes it towards mid off. 128/1
  • 61.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 61.4 Around off, spins away. Powell makes a tight leave.
  • 61.3 Leans into this one and strokes it straight to Raza.
  • 61.2 Full on off, Powell presses forward in defense.
  • 61.1 Floated delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 60.6 Powell taps this one to the off side for a run and will retain strike. 128/1
  • 60.5 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
  • 60.4 Tossed up delivery, eased through mid off for a single. That brings up the 50-run stand between the two. Vital stand this, good going from the duo.
  • 60.3 Floated delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 60.2 Dropped! You won't get an easier catch than that. Slow through the air and on a fullish length on off, Bishoo goes for the big sweep but top edges it. Brendan Taylor at mid-wicket goes back a bit, seems to have it covered but drops a sitter. He is complaining about the sun but he had his sunglasses on.
  • 60.1 Tossed up delivery, driven to deepish mid off for a single.
  • 59.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 123/1
  • 59.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 59.4 Played through mid-wicket by Bishoo. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 59.3 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 59.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 59.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 58.6 Bishoo shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 120/1
  • 58.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 58.4 Hangs deep in the crease and has ample time to clip this through square leg to rotate strike.
  • 58.3 Similar delivery, Devendra pushes hard at it but gets it off the outer half to short third man. A run taken.
  • 58.2 Full on middle, Bishoo leans forward and strokes it to mid off.
  • 58.1 Quick and flat, Bishoo lunges forward in defense.
  • There is a conversation going on between the Zimbabwe players. Something out of the box might do the trick to break this stand. Taylor bowls handy off spin while Masakadza also has a knack of breaking partnerships.
  • 57.6 Stays back and works it through backward square leg for a single. 118/1
  • 57.5 Slow through the air, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 57.4 FOUR! Well played! Bishoo is shining in his batting as well. Tossed up outside off, Bishoo extends his arms and lifts it over mid off for a boundary. This will be frustrating for Zimbabwe.
  • 57.3 98 kph in pace on middle and leg, Powell looks to keep it out but gets a thick inside edge towards fine leg. A run taken.
  • 57.2 Quicker in pace, around leg stump. Powell tries to whip it across but is struck on the pads. A chirpy appeal for an LBW is denied. That seemed to be pitching outside leg and might have also been going down.
  • 57.1 Around leg stump, Powell looks to work it past short leg and it goes straight to Craig Ervine. He fumbles it but was that a catch? Not quite sure. Seemed like pad.
  • 56.6 Some nice flight on this one, Bishoo blocks it right under his nose. 112/1
  • 56.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.4 Sits deep in the crease and works this flatter delivery to the leg side for a single.
  • 56.3 Bishoo looks to drive this one but gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket. A run taken.
  • 56.2 Spinning into Bishoo. He stays back and turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 56.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • 55.6 Quicker in pace, worked to mid-wicket for a single. 109/1
  • 55.5 That was streaky! Arm ball from Chisoro. Powell is not sure whether to come forward or go back. Is stranded and gets an outside edge past first slip. Two runs taken.
  • 55.4 On middle and leg, Bishoo turns it through square leg to get off strike.
  • 55.3 Spinning down the leg side, Bishoo tries to play it across but misses. The keeper doesn't stop it cleanly.
  • 55.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 55.1 Tossed up delivery, Bishoo smothers the spin nicely.
  • 54.6 Shortish delivery, extra bounce there. Bishoo is surprised by it and gets an outside edge past first slip. A run taken. 105/1
  • 54.5 Slow through the air, Bishoo defends it solidly.
  • 54.4 Bishoo is on the move as he taps it with soft hands to mid on.
  • 54.3 Around off, driven crisply to mid off for a run.
  • 54.2 Fullish delivery, Powell drives it to the left side of Cremer who moves across and stops it nicely.
  • 54.1 Floated delivery, Powell strides forward and blocks it.
  • 53.6 Bishoo drills this one straight to Chisoro who makes a good save and mimes a throw back. 103/1
  • 53.5 That was close! That was nicely bowled. A bit quicker through the air, not much spin. Bishoo prods forward to defend but gets an outside edge. Masakadza at first slip dives to his right but the ball falls just short of him and goes past him to third man. Two runs taken.
  • 53.4 The short leg was in the firing zone there! Short deivery, Bishoo hammers it hard and it just evades the fielder. Races towards deep square leg for a couple. 100 UP FOR WEST INDIES.
  • 53.3 Coming in with the arm, tucked through square leg for a run.
  • 53.2 FOUR! In the arc and hit away with ease! Full on middle, Powell clears his front leg and hoicks it over mid-wicket. The fielder at wide long on races to his left but has no chance to stop it. There comes the intent from the West Indies. Could not see much of it yesterday.
  • 53.1 Flighted delivery, Powell puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • This is not good captaincy from Cremer. He has pushed back the fielders to long on and deep mid-wicket for Bishoo as well. Early in the day, you need to put pressure on the batsmen. More so when you are still leading by a substantial margin.
  • 52.6 Camps back and places it against the spin to point for a single. 94/1
  • 52.5 Short on middle, Powell rocks back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and cuts it off. Two runs taken.
  • 52.4 Floated outside off, driven against the spin to the cover region.
  • 52.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 52.2 Quicker through the air, Kieran stays back and stonewalls it.
  • 52.1 Full on middle, knocked down to long on for a run.
  • 51.6 Flatter and quick delivery, kept out watchfully. 90/1
  • 51.5 Drifting towards the pads, Devendra works it to the leg side for a run.
  • 51.4 Floated delivery, Bishoo lunges forward in defense.
  • 51.3 4th Test fifty for Kieran Powell! He was dropped twice in the same over by Cremer of his own bowling and is making merry at the moment. Spinning into Powell, he tucks it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a single. Masakadza was also given a life and he scored a big one. Kieran will look to follow in his footsteps. He scored a half century in the previous game as well but could not carry on. He will aim for a big one here.
  • 51.2 Short and spinning away, cut hard but straight to the man at backward point.
  • 51.1 Floated around off, Powell drives it back to the bowler.
  • 50.6 Intent from Bishoo! Tossed up outside off, Bishoo creams it through covers for a brace. 7 from the over, good start from West Indies. 88/1
  • 50.5 Spinning into Powell who hangs deep in the crease and works it past short leg to rotate strike.
  • 50.4 Slower through the air, Kieran presses forward in defense.
  • 50.3 Flatter delivery, Powell hangs back and defends it solidly.
  • 50.2 Floated delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 50.1 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and outside off, Powell rocks back and cuts it through cover for a boundary. The first of Day 3.
  • Graeme Cremer to bowl from the other end.
  • 49.6 Down the leg side, Bishoo gets a bit of bat on it and the ball goes past the diving leg slip fielder towards fine leg. Two runs taken. 81/1
  • 49.5 Stays back to this one and keeps it out.
  • 49.4 What happened there? Full delivery around off, Bishoo looks to jam it out but misses it. It seems that the ball clipped the pads of the keeper and deflected onto the stumps. The home side looks towards the square leg umpire but he stays put. The replays confirm that it deflected from the keeper. There was no chance of a stumping either as Bishoo's back foot was well in the crease.
  • 49.3 Floated delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 49.2 Similar delivery, Powell wrists it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • Leg slip in place for Bishoo and long on also comes in.
  • 49.1 Full on middle and leg, clipped with the spin to short mid-wicket.
  • We are set to get rolling. The Zimbabwe side is in a huddle and Cremer has some words of wisdom for his teammates. Much warmer conditions today which is a good sign for the players as well as the crowd. Kieran Powell to continue his innings and the nightwatchman, Devendra Bishoo joins him at the crease. Tendai Chisoro to start off with the ball. A slip and short leg in place.
  • PITCH REPORT - Tino Mawoyo doing the pitch report says that the track has started to deteriorate. Mentions that the man who stood out here was Masakadza. Feels that the surface has dried up and Chisoro has extracted good purchase from the City End. Reckons that the Windies batted a bit slow yesterday but they have got a good platform.
  • The away side played rather slowly yesterday. Their run rate is 1.59 per over at the moment which they will strive to better by taking the initiative. The scoreboard needs to be kept ticking otherwise the home side can put a lot of pressure on West Indies. The wicket will only get harder as time progresses and that should be kept in mind. The third day is often considered to be the moving one of a Test match and expect a lot of action today. The good news is that the sun is shining in all its glory and we can expect to get in the allotted 98 overs.
  • Hello and a warm welcome for Day 3 of the second and final Test between Zimbabwe and West Indies in Bulawayo. The match is nicely poised at the moment with the visitors holding a bit of the upper hand courtesy a grinding opening stand. However, it will be a stern test for the batsmen as the surface has already started to grip and turn. If the tourists provide a sniff to the home side, that might just lead them to slope downhill.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • The spinners did the bulk of the bowling for the home side and ran through the overs. Mpofu also bowled his heart out but didn't get any reward. Earlier in the day, the hosts batted really well to get past the 300-run mark courtesy Masakadza and Raza. The former scored a brilliant ton while the latter missed it by a small margin. However, the visitors have responded well. The hosts need to pick up wickets at consistent intervals to pull back the initiative. Join us for an eventful third day's play tomorrow which will start half an hour earlier at 0930 local time (0730 GMT). Till then, adios and take care!
  • An absorbing day of Test cricket comes to a close. The Windies openers did a really good job of grinding it out in the middle. They were going strong but the Zimbabwe skipper came back for a bowl and removed Brathwaite with a beauty just prior to the end of Day 2. Powell has been rather lucky. He was dropped twice by Cremer and is making reasonable use of the lives.
  • 48.6 SAFE! Devendra Bishoo survives! But this is another superb delivery from the skipper. He drifts it across the nightwatchman, Bishoo once again falls in the trap as he looks to drive. Misses and Chakabva behind the stumps takes the bails off. They refer it upstairs and replays show that Bishoo had his foot grounded. STUMPS DECLARED ON DAY 2! 78/1
  • Drama on the last ball of the day! A stumping appeal against Bishoo is taken upstairs but the batsman seems to be confident. Let's wait and find out...
  • 48.5 Excellent googly and it's acknowledged by Bishoo! A bit short, turning the other way, Bishoo goes chasing after it and is almost done in by it.
  • 48.4 A bit full around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 48.3 Leans a bit across to this ball outside off and defends.
  • 48.2 Tossed up ball around middle and leg, Bishoo blocks it down.
  • 48.1 Drifts it away outside off, Powell drives it down to long off to bring Bishoo back on strike.
  • Possibly the last over of the day...
  • 47.6 Gets a stride forward and drives it straight to silly point who wears it on his chest. 77/1
  • 47.5 Fuller and looped outside off, buried into the ground.
  • 47.4 Stays behind the line and blocks it out watchfully.
  • 47.3 A bit short and outside off, seeing the width Bishoo goes back and slaps it. Finds the man at cover-point.
  • 47.2 Slower through the air around off, Bishoo blocks it solidly off the front foot.
  • 47.1 Flatter and bowled outside off, crunched off the back foot through covers for a single.
  • We are done with the overs scheduled for the day. But we still have over 5 minutes remaining, which means we can get in a couple of overs more. There is a change, Sikandar Raza is back on.
  • 46.6 Flatter delivery, defended solidly off the back foot. End of a productive over. 76/1
  • The nightwatchman, Devendra Bishoo is the new man in. Can he do the job for what he has been sent for?
  • 46.5 OUT! The skipper brings himself back into the attack and strikes straightaway before the end of day's play. Brilliant bowling from him and he gets the reward. Drops this one shorter on off, quicker in pace too and it spins away appreciably. Brathwaite hangs back to keep it out but gets an outside edge. The ball flies towards Masakadza at first slip who bends to take a good catch. The umpires tell Kraigg to wait as they check for the front foot no ball. The replays roll in. It is tight but the bowler gets the benefit of the doubt. The 76-run marathon opening stand comes to an end as it came off 281 balls.
  • Now, then... The umpires check for the front foot no ball. It looks very close.
  • 46.4 Full delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • 46.3 Tossed up on off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 46.2 Fullish in line of the stumps, a bit of drift in the air. Brathwaite comes forward and smothers the spin nicely.
  • 46.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Brathwaite lunges forward in defense.
  • Graeme Cremer has brought himself back into the attack.
  • 45.6 Quicker delivery on leg stump, Powell looks to keep it out but is hit on the pads. 76/0
  • 45.5 Clipped with the spin to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 45.4 Not Out! Clearly a bump ball. Fullish delivery on middle and leg, Brathwaite jams it out and it goes towards the short leg fielder who catches it and appeals. The rest of the Zimbabwe players join in. The umpires get together and decide to refer it upstairs. However, the soft signal is not out! Time for the replays. At the first look only, it is confirmed that it is a bump ball.
  • What happened there? The home side is claiming a catch at short leg. However, the on-field umpires' soft signal is not out. Let's wait and find out whether it carried on the full...
  • 45.3 Short delivery which allows enough time to Brathwaite to rock back and cut it to backward point.
  • 45.2 Good running! Powell taps the fullish delivery to covers and calls his partner through for a swift single.
  • 45.1 FOUR! A boundary after ages. Finally runs scored off Chisoro's bowling after 4 consecutive maidens. Spinning down the leg side, Powell whips it past the short leg fielder. There is no protection in the deep and the ball races to the fence.
  • 44.6 Fullish delivery, tailing into Brathwaite. The bat again turns in his hands as he clips it off the inner half to short mid-wicket. Testing over from Mpofu. 70/0
  • 44.5 Wider outside off this time, Kraigg doesn't poke at it.
  • 44.4 Fuller in length on off, some extra bounce on that. Brathwaite adjusts well and blocks it solidly.
  • 44.3 Full delivery on middle and leg, defended to the leg side.
  • 44.2 Well bowled! A bit of nibble in the air and it is enough to trouble the batsman. Full length ball, swinging in sharply. Brathwaite tries to clip it away with the angle but the bat turns in his hands. He ends up getting it off the inner half and on the bounce to the man at square leg. Three fielders have been strategically placed, two short mid-wickets are there in place as well to wait for the false shot.
  • 44.1 Back of a length on middle, Powell shuffles across and turns it through mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • 43.6 Coming in with the arm, defended besides the pitch on the leg side. Fourth consecutive maiden for Chisoro. 69/0
  • 43.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 43.4 A bit shorter this time which allows Brathwaite time to hang back and block it.
  • 43.3 Steep turn and bounce! Tossed up on middle, shoots off the surface. Brathwaite comes forward to block it but the ball hits the high part of the willow and lobs towards the point region.
  • 43.2 Drifting towards the pads, clipped with the angle to short fine leg.
  • 43.1 Quicker through the air around off, turning away. Kraigg waits for it and lets it go.
  • 42.6 Another bouncer but down the leg side, Powell makes an easy leave. 69/0
  • 42.5 As expected, with a man in the deep on the leg side, Mpofu brings out the short delivery. It is well-directed as well and Powell ducks under the bumper.
  • A man at deep square leg now.
  • 42.4 Slightly overpitched outside off, Brathwaite creams it through covers. Three fielders rush after it and it is Raza who is the quickest. He slides near the ropes to keep the ball in play. Saves a run for his side.
  • 42.3 Angling into Brathwaite who turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 42.2 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 42.1 Was that a chance? The replays confirm it was a chance. Half-volley outside off, Powell leans into it and drills it past the diving Taylor at short extra cover. He got a hand to it and hence, the ball slows down on the outfield. Mire gives it a chase and saves a run for his side. Very tough to take those, it was hit very hard.
  • 41.6 Quick and flat on middle, jammed out to the short mid-wicket fielder. Another maiden for Chisoro. 63/0
  • 41.5 Sharp turn and bounce again as Brathwaite makes a good leave.
  • 41.4 Fuller in length, tapped to mid on.
  • 41.3 Spinning away from Brathwaite and he lets it go this time.
  • 41.2 This is really good bowling from Chisoro. Tossed up on off, Kraigg comes forward to block it but is beaten black and blue by the sharp turn. It stays low as well but Chakabva does really well to gather it.
  • 41.1 Slow through the air on middle, Brathwaite prods forward and smothers the turn smartly.
  • 40.6 Good length delivery angling into Powell who answers it with a straight bat. 63/0
  • 40.5 Pacy delivery well outside off, Kieran plants his front foot across and doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 40.4 Slower one on a full length on off, Powell spots it and drills it to the fielder at mid on.
  • 40.3 Length delivery on off, defended neatly to mid off.
  • 40.2 Kieran shuffles a bit to the fullish delivery and blocks it solidly to mid off.
  • 40.1 In the corridor of uncertainty, angling in but not that much. Powell lets it go.
  • 39.6 Tossed up delivery, Brathwaite lunges forward in defense. A testing over from Chisoro. 63/0
  • 39.5 Ripper! Quicker through the air on off, Brathwaite has no option but to play at it and gets foxed all ends up by the sharp turn and bounce.
  • 39.4 Very full on off, jammed out to mid on.
  • 39.3 Rocks back to the flatter delivery and punches it to cover-point.
  • 39.2 Shortish this time, cut with the spin to backward point.
  • 39.1 That's a peach! Slow through the air on middle and gets it to spin away sharply. Brathwaite prods forward to defend but gets beaten all ends up. The keeper collects it and whips off the bails in a flash but the batsman is in. Just when he slowed down his speed, he has got one to whizz past the outside edge of the batsman.
  • 38.6 Good bowling! On a driving length outside off, it seams away after pitching. Kieran doesn't fiddle with it. A maiden for Mpofu. 63/0
  • 38.5 Fuller in length outside off, coming in substantially. Powell covers his off stump and makes a good leave.
  • 38.4 Good length delivery in the zone of apprehension, Powell points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 38.3 Length delivery this time, shaping in sharply. Powell makes use of the depth of the crease to tuck it to short mid-wicket.
  • 38.2 Very full delivery, coming in with the angle. Kieran jams it out down the track.
  • 38.1 Full length delivery around off, Powell strides forward and strokes it to mid off.
  • 37.6 Short delivery, Brathwaite hangs back and cuts it with the spin to the point region. 63/0
  • 37.5 Stays back to the flatter delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • Chisoro is bowling quick through the air and he needs to slow it up. The track is conducive for spin and he needs to realize that quickly to be more effective.
  • 37.4 On middle and leg, worked to the man at 45.
  • 37.3 Around the pads, turned around the corner for a single.
  • 37.2 Full delivery on off, Powell winds up for a big shot but the length is not there to execute it. Ends up jamming it back to the bowler.
  • 37.1 Pushed quicker through the air on middle, pushed defensively to the man at short leg.
  • 36.6 Attacking the stumps with another in dipper, Kraigg is up to it as he eases it to mid on. 62/0
  • 36.5 Substantial movement! Fullish again, swinging in a long way. Brathwaite covers the line and tucks it to short mid-wicket.
  • 36.4 Fullish and tailing in from around off, Kaigg closes his bat face and eases it to the man in front of square leg.
  • 36.3 Full length delivery in line of the stumps, played with soft hands to mid on.
  • 36.2 Similar delivery, this time Powell gets some bat on it and gets it towards square leg. For some strange reason, the umpire signals it as a leg bye.
  • 36.1 Runs in from around the wicket and bowls a length ball on leg stump, Powell looks to work it away but is hit around the hips.
  • Drinks are on the field! Phew! We needed a break! The Zimbabwe spinners are bowling in tandem, no respite at all. Just 11 overs are left in the day with an hour to go. But Kudos to the Windies' openers as they have dealt with anything and everything thrown at them. They have kept the hosts at bay and it would be interesting to see if they can go into day 3 unscathed. Powell especially, was dropped twice and he would be looking to make it count. Meanwhile, Chris Mpofu returns for a bowl. A lot of time is left and hence, the pacer has been brought back for a bowl.
  • 35.6 Bowls it short and outside off, Brathwaite says I have got nothing to offer to this one as he leaves it alone. 61/0
  • 35.5 A bit short and flatter in nature, dabbed off the back foot towards backward point.
  • 35.4 Loopy ball outside off, driven towards the fielder at mid off.
  • 35.3 Around middle and off, pushed towards the cover region.
  • 35.2 More flight from Tendai, whipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 35.1 FOUR! Down the track and gets the result! Kieran Powell breaks the shackles! Chisoro tosses it up outside off, Powell dances down the track and thrashes it wide of mid off for a boundary. It was a bit uppish but in the gap too.
  • 34.6 Touch short outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover for a brisk single. 56/0
  • 34.5 Slower again around middle, Kieran comes forward to defend but the ball turns away and it goes off the outer half of the bat towards point.
  • 34.4 Short and turning away from a length, punched nicely off the back foot but fails to pierce the gap through cover.
  • 34.3 Slower ball, landed full around off, kept out gently.
  • 34.2 Too full around off, blocked off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 34.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, pushed off the front foot towards cover.
  • Cremer and Raza are having a conversation. They are trying to get the fielders in their exact positions.
  • 33.6 Another superb delivery! Tendai Chisoro loops it up outside off, Kraigg once again lunges forward to defend. Is done in by the flight as the ball turns away a touch to beat the outside edge. In the process he nearly loses his balance but recovers in time before the keeper takes the bails off. Well bowled, Tendai! 55/0
  • 33.5 Slower through the air outside off, pushed with an angled bat towards backward point.
  • 33.4 Gets behind the line this time and pokes it towards cover.
  • 33.3 That's more like it! Chisoro needs to pitch more of those there! A loopy delivery outside off, lures Brathwaite to defend it and the batsman obliges. The ball turns away with a little bit of bounce to beat the outside edge of his bat.
  • 33.2 Flighted ball around middle and off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Powell dances down the track and blocks it back down the pitch.
  • 32.6 On middle and leg, wristed towards mid-wicket. 54/0
  • 32.5 A bit fuller outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 32.4 Comes a touch forward and plays it with the spin towards square leg.
  • 32.3 Fired full on the pads, defended in front of the short leg fielder.
  • 32.2 Quicker through the air around middle, worked on the bounce towards the man at short leg.
  • 32.1 Raza lands it around middle, turning in, Kraigg works it with the spin towards square leg.
  • 31.6 Stays back footed and tucks it behind square on the leg side. 54/0
  • 31.5 Nice flight, landed full on off, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 31.4 A bit quicker through the air around middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 31.3 Tosses it up around off, bunted back to the bowler.
  • 31.2 Loopy full toss outside off, should have been put away but Powell finds the fielder at short cover.
  • 31.1 Flighted delivery miles outside off, Powell gets his front foot across and pads it away towards the first slip fielder.
  • 30.6 Tossed up on middle, dealt with expertly. 54/0
  • 30.5 Leans into this one and eases it to long on for a single.
  • 30.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 30.3 Tossed up on off, stays low. Powell camps back to block it.
  • 30.2 Nervy moment for Brathwaite! Pushed quicker through the air on off, Brathwaite hangs back to block it but gets it off the outer half towards point for a single. He departed in the first Test to the same bowler as he was adjudged LBW. This time a little bit of bat saves him.
  • 30.1 Fullish on off, pushed off the front foot to mid on.
  • 29.6 Goes back and defends it towards the mid-wicket fielder. 52/0
  • 29.5 Flighted ball outside off, pushed into the cover region.
  • 29.4 On middle and leg, nudged towards the leg side.
  • 29.3 Darted on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 29.2 In the air... just falls short of Mire at long on! Chisoro gives it a nice flight, Powell clears his front leg and thumps it down the ground towards long on. It went flat and Mire stationed there moves quickly across to his left, dives forward to take it but the ball falls short. Tendai lauds the fielding effort from the Zimbabwe opener. A single picked up.
  • 29.1 Starts off from over the wicket and keeps it full around middle, defended nicely off the back foot.
  • Tendai Chisoro is brought into the attack now. Let's see what the debutant can extract from the surface. To start with, he was a medium pace bowler but now he is a left-arm orthodox.
  • 28.6 Flatter one around middle, tucked off the back foot towards forward short leg. 50/0
  • 28.5 Floats it up on the stumps, Kraigg dead bats it.
  • 28.4 Goes deep in the crease and tucks it towards square leg.
  • 28.3 Leans forward and drives it towards short cover.
  • The commentator on-air informs that 28 overs have been bowled in 1 and a half hours. Brilliant over rate from Zimbabwe. Seems like they are going to easily make up for the overs lost yesterday.
  • 28.2 Floats it up around middle, defended by lunging forward.
  • 28.1 Darts it around the leg stump, Powell wrists it through mid-wicket for a single. The 50-run stand for the opening wicket comes up for the Windies. These two have done a really good job. Can they build on this now?
  • 27.6 It's the googly from the skipper again, Brathwaite fails to pick it up. Manages to tuck it past short leg somehow. 49/0
  • 27.5 Dances down the track and drives it through covers for a single.
  • 27.4 Short and turning in, tucked with the spin towards backward square leg.
  • 27.3 Loopy full toss, dipping in, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 27.2 Too full in length, Brathwaite looks to drive it through the line but gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 27.1 Drops it short on middle, pulled off the back foot through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 26.6 Fuller outside off, pushed towards short cover. Raza has ran through his over, he has completed it in just over a minute. 45/0
  • 26.5 Hangs back and keeps it out of the crease.
  • 26.4 Flattish through the air around middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 26.3 Around middle and off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 26.2 Is it another dropped chance? Nope, it's not! Raza lands it around middle and it zips off the surface to beat the outside edge of the bat. It seemed like an edge but the replays confirm there wasn't any.
  • 26.1 Flatter one outside off, Powell has got nothing to do with that.
  • 25.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 45/0
  • 25.5 Fuller on middle, driven off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 25.4 Gets right behind the line and blocks it out watchfully.
  • 25.3 Drags his length back a bit, Brathwaite pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 25.2 Flighted delivery around off, defended by coming forward.
  • 25.1 Googly around off, Kraigg reads it well and defends it off the back foot.
  • 24.6 What a delivery! Ripper is what sounds apt for it! Raza lands it around middle, it's not that short but Powell goes back to defend. This one turns away with a little bit of bounce, beats the outside edge and was millimeters away from kissing the off stump. 43/0
  • 24.5 Good shot and good stop too! Raza gives it some nice air, keeps it full outside off. Brathwaite presses forward and laces it through wide mid off. Tendai Chisoro from mid off sprints after it and does extremely well to save a run for his side.
  • 24.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.3 Flatter one on middle, punched off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
  • 24.2 Lets the ball turn in and with the spin works it behind square on the leg side.