Shai Hope was the lone fighter in the middle of a collapsing West Indies team, as they were bowled out for a mere 219 on day one of the first test at Queens Sports Club in Zimbabwe.
Attacking the West Indies from the start Zimbabwe bowlers had them struggling at 35 for 2. Having lost Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope early, Kieran Powell and Shai Hope fought to repair the innings and to carry the Windes on.
An amazing catch at short leg which required a review to confirm, saw Powell on his way back to the Pavilion. Throughout the day, West Indies and Zimbabwe seemed up to the task for this engaging battle, but after tea thanks to Zimbabwe’s spinner Sikandar Raza’s which started the collapse, saw seven Windies wickets fall in the last session. West Indies collapsed from 174 for 3 to 219 all out, and Hope was left stranded on 90 not out. Only Roston Chase 31 gave any contribution worth mentioning. Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, and Shannon Gabriel were all sent back to the Pavilion without scoring.
Zimbabwe’s spin bowling attack led by Alexander Cremer who took 4 wickets for 64 runs, and Sean Willimas 3 wickets for 20 runs, saw the West Indies stance at the end of day one collapse to a mere school yard fiasco.
Notable players at Stumps:
Shai Hope 90 (not out)
Kieran Powell 56
Roston Chase 31
Alexander Cremer 4 for 64
Sean Willimas 3 for 20
On day two, Zimbabwe will look to pick up from 19 without loss and seek to erase West Indies lead. While the bowlers of the West Indies will have to bend their backs hard to defend their total and get back into the game.