Bulawayo - Leg-spinner
Devendra Bishoo pricked Zimbabwe's bubble of optimism on Sunday as his
five-wicket haul put the West Indies in charge of the first Test at
Queens Sports Club.
Zimbabwe came into the two-match series in a
buoyant mood following the return of Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis to
their ranks, and carried it through the opening day when they dismissed
the West Indies for 219.
Bishoo's 5 for 79 on the second day
was like a bucket of cold water on Zimbabwe's spirits as they were
bowled out for 159, with Hamilton Masakadza's 42 the top score.
were way too many soft dismissals, and the boys are upset with
themselves. That wasn't how we wanted to play," said Zimbabwe's batting
coach Lance Klusener.
"We've got a second bite at the cherry, but it won't be easy to bat out there."
Zimbabwe bowled out in just 61.3 overs, the West Indies began their
second innings after tea and reached stumps on 88 for one, giving them
an overall lead of 148.
Kraigg Brathwaite led the way with an unbeaten 38, while Kyle Hope registered a career-best 32 not out in his fourth Test.
The partnership left Zimbabwe facing a long road back into the game, and with a lingering regret over their batting efforts.
the turning pitch has provided assistance to the spinners on the
opening two days, Zimbabwe's batsmen were largely culpable for their own
The hosts made a positive start in reply to West
Indies' 219 all out, with openers Masakadza and Solomon Mire moving
their overnight total from 19 to 44 without loss.
But an overly
adventurous stroke from Mire allowed Kemar Roach to strike, as the
debutant was caught on the midwicket boundary for 27.
replacement, Craig Ervine, dug in alongside Masakadza as the pair put on
47 for the second wicket to put Zimbabwe back in control.
from 91 for one Zimbabwe slipped to 139 for seven as Masakadza felt for a
Bishoo delivery and edged behind, Brendan Taylor reverse-swept the
leg-spinner to slip and Sikandar Raza holed out to long-off.
Sean Williams chased a wide delivery from Roach and was caught behind,
before Bishoo completed his five-wicket haul when Regis Chakabva offered
a tame catch to backward point.
Shannon Gabriel finished off the
innings with the wicket of Chris Mpofu on the stroke of tea, leaving the
tourists with a sense of satisfaction.
"Over the last year the
bowling department has been functioning, so I'm not surprised that we
were able to bowl them out under our score," said West indies bowling
coach Roddy Estwick.
"We felt our seamers have been outstanding
all year, and once Bishoo came to the party I wasn't surprised we
restricted them to this score."