West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Barbados, 1st day March 12, 2013

Windies lose two after Zimbabwe make 211


West Indies 18 for 2 (Jarvis 2-9) trail Zimbabwe 211 (Mawoyo 50, Samuels 4-13) by 193 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For a side playing its first Test in over a year, Zimbabwe began promisingly in the morning against searing pace bowling, but completely lost their way after lunch, with a solid 100 for 2 turning into 211 all out. Having battled hard against the onslaught from Kemar Roach and Tino Best, they came up short against the offspin of Shane Shillingford and part-timer Marlon Samuels.

Roach and Best bowled with so much intensity they might have run through Zimbabwe by themselves on a luckier day. But, led by the plucky Tino Mawoyo, Zimbabwe took blows, got beaten, edged and stonewalled their way through the first hour before frittering away hard-earned starts on a largely harmless Kensington Oval pitch.

Mawoyo started the downfall soon after lunch when he lunged forward to defend a Shillingford offbreak that spun and bounced to take the inside edge onto pad and straight to short leg. Brendan Taylor tried to turn a Shannon Gabriel delivery with the angle to leg but it moved away late and flattened his off stump. Minutes before tea, Craig Ervine pushed forward to a straight Samuels delivery, and left a fatally big gap between bat and pad.

After trying to rebuild the innings from 158 for 6, Graeme Cremer slashed a wide Samuels delivery to point. Regis Chakabva blocked, ducked and left to plod to 15 off 92, before pushing Shillingford to short leg. All these batsmen promised a lot, and barring Mawoyo to an extent, delivered little.

Zimbabwe had fared much better against a sterner examination in the first session. First ball of the match, Roach hit Mawoyo on the chest with a short ball, showing immediately what awaited Zimbabwe. However, Mawoyo showed there were runs to be reaped on the pitch following self-denial.

For the first ten overs, though, there wasn't much to be done apart from denying oneself, playing with soft hands and hoping for survival. There was movement in the air, but most of it only gave the wicketkeeper a rough time. There was some seam movement, but it was sheer, raw pace and testing lines and lengths that bothered Zimbabwe. Roach began with a barrage of short deliveries and Best, as always, held nothing back in terms of effort.

The last ball of Roach's fourth over proved too quick for Sibanda, and he had his leg stump uprooted through the gate. Best was running in so hard he soon appeared to pull something, and sat on his haunches a couple of times during his fifth over. That didn't deter him from smacking Hamilton Masakadza on the back edge of his helmet.

That was to be the last of Best in the session, with the third specialist quick bowler Gabriel and the captain Darren Sammy taking over. While Gabriel was not lacking in pace in comparison to Best and Roach, he got next to no movement, and also offered width.

Sammy did what he does best, settling on a good length outside off stump, but Mawoyo and Masakadza were disciplined enough not to be tempted. It took Roach, returning in the 21st over, to break the growing second-wicket stand, although Samuels' diving effort at gully deserved as much, if not more credit, for getting rid of Masakadza.

Sammy persisted with himself from the other end after the breakthrough, and it allowed Mawoyo and Taylor some breathing space. Mawoyo started opening up as lunch approached, driving confidently off the front foot and even slashing Roach over the slip cordon. Zimbabwe had exceeded expectations with a first-session return of 91 for 2, but were to disappoint later on.

Shillingford found bounce right away, and in his second over after lunch, took out Mawoyo. Gabriel hadn't been able to get the new ball to do much, but started getting some reverse as it got older, and surprised Taylor in the first over of his second spell.

Malcolm Waller never looked comfortable and was beaten repeatedly by Gabriel, before being given leg-before trying to paddle Shillingford. Chakabva and Cremer hung around for a while, before Samuels ran through the lower order to take his best figures in international cricket. Zimbabwe had two specialist spinners in their XI, and Samuels' and Shillingford's showing would have given them hope of containing West Indies.

It was the pace and swing of Kyle Jarvis, though, that gave them a couple of early wickets. West Indies had 11 overs to get through. Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell had nearly got through seven of them without any alarms, before Jarvis moved one in to catch Powell in front of leg, and the batsman had to walk back after a failed review. That was to have been the last ball of the over, but Jarvis was allowed to bowl a seventh, and trapped nightwatchman Roach plumb in front with a full, away-swinging delivery. After not making Gayle and Powell play much, Jarvis had suddenly found the right line. Zimbabwe would want more of that on day two.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    It seems as though the name BRENDAN NASH has vanished from memory. He has a solid test average and has been almost impenetrable at the regional level.

    He had one bad tour and now his cricket career has seemed to have been cut short. Seems to have 3 unimportant strikes against him: Born in Australia, is Jamaican, and is White

  • Leonard on March 13, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    am loving this,come on Zimbo!!!!

  • Leonard on March 13, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Born and bred in Zimbabwe but now an economic refugee in SA.Hopeless as it looks in the present day, Zim cricket is the only thing from 'home' that I feel attached to. It may not be this current team but I know one day, we shall be celebrating.

  • alfred on March 13, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    wi fans were claiming the pitch isnt good for fast bowling... lol, the only worthy fast bowler on show is proving otherwise.

  • Carl on March 13, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    The way forward...?

    1.C Gayle 2.K Powell 3.D.B.Bravo 4.M.Samuels 5.S.Chanderpaul 6.D.J.Bravo 7.D.Ramdin(c/w) 8.V.Permaul/S.Narine 9.D.Johnson 10.T.Best 11.K.Roach


    Brathwaitte, Barath, Edwards, Deonarine, Bishoo, Gabriel, Holder

    A well-balanced attack including the raw pace of Best, excellent use of angle from Roach, who also possesses genuine pace. Johnson would add the X-factor, with his high left arm action and aggressive streak posing problems for many a batsman. Bravo as a fourth seamer is better than Sammy, and spin from Narine/Permaul with Samuels and Gayle as part-timers gives the captain plenty of options.

  • Carl on March 13, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Edwards 55tests 165wkts @ 37 (economy rate 3.9, strike rate 58.1) Best 18tests 46wkts @ 36 (economy rate 3.5, strike rate 60)

    With Best improving and Edwards seemingly slowing down by the year, we should have seen the last of Fidel. Best has far more aggression and pace, and will never let you down for effort. Paired with Roach, he is a strong part of this Windies attack. When the selectors finally wake up and select the tall left arm speedster Delorn Johnson, we will really be "cooking with gas". It is indeed high time that "Sprint" made his debut in the West Indies test side. Several young pacers show plenty of promise right now, Johnson for one should be given a run in the test side.

  • Carl on March 13, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Re: Rally...

    I agree that Deonarine is a much underappreciated bowler. He, along with the part time spin of Samuels and/or Gayle, would be enough slow options on plenty of tracks.

    Re: Pitches...

    This is a long standing problem. First, the quality fast bowlers dry up for the best part of a decade, so the groundsmen prepare slow, low tracks. Now, when we have guys such as Roach, Best, Johnson, Gabriel, Holder and co in the ranks, they continue to roll out lifeless tracks. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

    Re: Best...

    Tino Best should never have been dropped from the West Indies side. Many said he lacked the control, but for me he has the biggest heart ever, and that more than makes up for the odd 4-ball. His record is improving all the time, and he still bowls much quicker than Fidel Edwards for example, a bowler given far more chances over the years. Check their records and one sees where the selectors have made mistakes. Pace like fire ALWAYS takes wkts.

    Re: Delorn Johnson

    Pick him!!!

  • Ali on March 13, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    WI selectors are mad men ....

    Gayle, Samuels and Doenarine avialable ... (3 off spinners)

    Doenarine has the BEST strike rate of any spinner used by WI in 30 freaking years (or possibly in all of WI history)

    and they keep persisting with Shillingford and Narine in Tests - Specialist off-spinners ?

    Why not play Permaul or Miller in a Test ? with Doenarine and Samuels to hold up the other end ?

    that would seem the best option ! (and a decision almost any other Test playing nation would make)

  • Anthony on March 13, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    tell me why is Gayle in dis side when he is not in form and there are so many others in form on d side. this thing playing by name will have to stop. things like dat we cannot go forward. people let ur boys play cricket y is pollard not playing i dont know, n somewhere down d line u will want to give him a game against a top team n want him to perform. get real people

  • o on March 13, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    TINO was the best bowler he bowled great especially first spell very unlucky not to got any wickets, he also needs to have a 3rd man in seeing as 90 percent of the runs off him came to boundaries in that area.

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