A hard fought 91 runs partnership for eighth-wicket between Regis Chakabva and Graeme Cremer helps Zimbabwe to secure a draw in the second test of two-test match series against Windies at the Queens Sports Club on Thursday.
Zimbabwe was bowled out on 326 in the first inning. In response, Windies team score 448 in their first inning and takes an important lead of 122 runs in the first inning. Dowrich and captain Jason Holder scores brilliant hundred in the first inning of the Windies. Sikander Raza takes 5 wickets for Zimbabwe.
Windies takes an important lead of 122 runs in the first inning. After conceding a lead of 122 runs, Zimbabwe did not start well and both openers lost their wickets early. Windies bowlers continuously hit a tight line and length and did not allow any Zimbabwe batsman to settle down.
Sikandar Raza shows some resistance and scores a brilliant 89 runs. But After his departure, Zimbabwe looks in deep trouble and at one stage they were 210 for 7. But then Regis Chakabva and Graeme Cremer start building the inning for Zimbabwe and solidity faced the fired bowling from Windies on the fifth day of the test cricket.
Both batsmen ensure that Zimbabwe did not lose any wicket further and successfully draw the test for the Zimbabwe. Gabriel, Roach, and Bishoo take 2 wickets each while captain Holder take 1 wicket. For Zimbabwe, wicketkeeper-batsman Chakabva remains not out on 71.
It was the first draw for Zimbabwe in last 12 years and also this was the first time they have avoided defeat in their last 10 matches.
“It felt good that our team batted when their backs were against the wall,” Cremer said at the post-match presentation.
“There were a couple of missed opportunities though. We dropped a few catches and the wicket wasn’t doing as much as we expected,” he said further.
Windies won the two-match series by 1-0. Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza was named man of the match for his scores of 80 and 89, and bowling figures of five for 99. Windies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo won the man of the series award after taking 13 wickets in two test.