Zimbabwe vs West Indies: Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich's record 8th-wicket stand helps visitors gain advantage

Eight wicket-stand of 144 runs between Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich after Sikandar Raza's five-wicket haul helped Windies take a vital 48-run lead going into Day 4

AFP, Nov,01 2017

Bulawayo: An unbroken 144-run stand for the eighth wicket between Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich ensured the Windies emerged from day three of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Tuesday with a vital first-innings lead.

Holder and Dowrich came together with the West Indies reeling on 230 for seven, still 96 runs short of Zimbabwe's first-innings total, after Sikandar Raza tore into the tourists with a maiden five-wicket haul.

They turned the game on its head with a counter-attacking partnership as Dowrich ended Tuesday unbeaten on a career-best 75, while Holder contributed 71 not out.

Windies wrests control on Day 3 taking a vital 48-run lead with three wickets in hand. Image courtesy: Twitter @ICC

Windies wrests control on Day 3 taking a vital 48-run lead with three wickets in hand. Image courtesy: Twitter @ICC

"Sometimes you're going to have to raise your hand and say that we tried everything and it didn't work because the opposition have batted well," Raza said. "Credit to them for batting that well."

The record partnership for the eighth wicket at Queens Sports Club took some of the shine off the offspinner's five for 82, which was the first five-wicket haul by a Zimbabwean in Tests at the ground since 2003.

Having contributed 80 in the first innings, Raza was also the fifth Zimbabwean to score a 50 and take five wickets in a Test.

While the second evening had produced attritional cricket as the Windies crawled to stumps on 78 for one, the tourists were more adventurous on day three with opener Kieran Powell leading the way in a 55-run stand for the second wicket with nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo.

It took the introduction of Raza to change the course of the morning, as he had Bishoo caught and bowled for 23 and then trapped Kyle Hope lbw for one.

Powell looked destined for a fourth Test century after he was dropped on 85 by Graeme Cremer, but seamer Chris Mpofu ensured the mistake was not costly as he used the second new ball to have the opener caught at gully for 90.

An attacking 56-run stand for the fifth wicket between Shai Hope and Roston Chase put the West Indies back on top after lunch, before Raza intervened once again.

After Chase was trapped lbw for 32 by the offspinner, Hope was bowled for 40 and Jermaine Blackwood became Raza's fifth victim.

With a large deficit and just three wickets in hand the West Indies looked set to concede a first-innings lead on a difficult pitch, but Dowrich and Holder swung the match back in their favour.

"We're only 48 runs ahead, but we've put lots of miles on their legs," said Powell.

"We're going to come back tomorrow (Wednesday) with two set guys, put some more miles on their legs and stretch out that lead as much as possible. Any lead is a good lead on this pitch."

Published Date: Nov 01, 2017 | Updated Date: Nov 01, 2017

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3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
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2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
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2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
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