THE second and final cricket Test between Zimbabwe and visiting West Indies will commence on Sunday at Queens Sports Club.
West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 117 runs in the first Test which concluded on Tuesday, a day before it was scheduled to end.
The second five-day contest between the two teams is due to end on 2 November. While Zimbabwe were once again guilty of some soft dismissals in the first Test, which included two calamitous run-outs, West Indiesa�� leg spinner Devendra Bishoo finished with nine wickets on Tuesday.
Bishoo followed up his 5 for 79 in the first innings with figures of 4 for 105 in the second as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 316 on the fourth day.
Although Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor struck half-centuries as Zimbabwe put up a better fight with the bat in their second innings, they were derailed by some clever bowling from Bishoo and a couple of devastating run-outs, ensuring they were always unlikely to pull off a world-record chase of 434.
Bishoo played a key role in slicing through the Zimbabwean middle order.
Zimbabwean captained Graeme Cremer reckoned: a�?We had a really good opportunity there to go and put some runs on the board and put them under pressure, but we had too many soft dismissals on day two. I thought on day one we were excellent with the ball and on the field. We really thought we had a good opportunity to put them under pressure.a�?
Cremera��s leg spin claimed eight wickets in the match.
The tourists who travelled to Zimbabwe last year for a One Day International tri-series are smarting from a 2-1 Test series loss they recently suffered at the hands of England, winning the once-off T20I and losing the five-match ODI series 4-0.
Earlier this year, Zimbabwea��s tour of Sri Lanka also included their first away Test since 2014.
While they did lose the Test, the Chevrons won the ODI series and also became the first away side to scale a target in excess of 300 in ODIs. West Indies will be chasing their first series win after they last won against Bangladesh three years ago.
Zimbabwea��s last win also came against Bangladesh in a one-off Test played in 2011. West Indies have never lost to Zimbabwe in eight previous meetings, winning six times and drawing twice.
First Test brief scores
West Indies – 219 & 373
Zimbabwe – 159 & 316
Man of the Match – Devendra Bishoo (West Indies)