West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Barbados, 2nd day March 13, 2013

West Indies strike after taking big lead

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Zimbabwe 211 and 41 for 3 (Shillingford 2-9) trail West Indies 307 (Sammy 73, Ramdin 62, Samuels 51, Jarvis 5-54) by 55 runs
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West Indies were in danger of conceding an embarrassing first-innings lead on home soil to Test irregulars Zimbabwe, playing their first match in over a year. At 151 for 6 in pursuit of 211, the captain Darren Sammy arrived and did what he normally does. He attacked. And for once, he survived long enough. The result was a 69-ball 73 that turned the game and sent Zimbabwe into defensive mode, like Marlon Samuels' assault in the morning had done. It also gave West Indies a sizeable lead, the importance of which was driven home when Zimbabwe lost three quick wickets towards the close.

Both innings came when Zimbabwe were in a position to exert pressure, but couldn't, largely due to one bowler consistently leaking runs. Samuels had targeted Graeme Cremer, not allowing him to settle as he took 32 off 26 deliveries from the legspinner. Brendan Taylor persisted with Cremer, over his other specialist spinner Ray Price, and Sammy took further toll. Forty-seven of Sammy's runs came off the 28 balls he faced from Cremer. In contrast, Price bowled just 27 deliveries to Sammy and Samuels combined, and conceded only seven.

All Sammy and Samuels wanted to do was to hit boundaries, which is what Zimbabwe allowed them, with Cremer serving up long hops and overpitched deliveries. All the four sixes Sammy hit came against Cremer, as did most of his fours. When Cremer bowled full, Sammy powered him straight down the ground. When he dropped it short often, he was pulled over midwicket. Samuels cut and pulled Cremer despite the bounce in the pitch, and also stepped out to drive him against the turn through midwicket. By the time the restrictive Price was given more bowling, the damage had already been done.

Denesh Ramdin played an important knock, giving solid support to Sammy during their century partnership for the seventh wicket. Then, after Sammy chopped Hamilton Masakadza onto his stumps shortly before tea, Ramdin patiently built the lead further along with Tino Best, who became Kyle Jarvis' fifth victim to end the innings.

The part-time medium of Masakadza had claimed Samuels as well, off what proved to be the last ball before lunch. Samuels was in imperious touch on his comeback from facial injury, but could not resist going for one more boundary, and edged Masakadza to the wicketkeeper. Till that moment, Samuels hadn't let West Indies feel any strain after the big wickets of Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo. He'd come out and gone after the bowling so clinically that it was Zimbabwe who felt constrained enough to let Price start with a defensive line outside leg.

Jarvis had given Zimbabwe an early opening when he switched to round the wicket and had Bravo edging to the wicketkeeper in the ninth over of the day. At 43 for 3, West Indies should have been made to grind for their runs. Samuels and Gayle had other ideas.

Samuels hit Cremer out of the attack. Gayle drove the seamers through extra cover and down the ground, although he was far more watchful compared to Samuels. He was leaving them outside off stump and defending solidly. It needed something out of the ordinary to dislodge him, and the debutant medium-pacer Tendai Chatara provided that. First ball after the first drinks break, he produced one that reared up at Gayle from short of a good length, and carried to second slip off the glove.

Samuels was not going to change his approach despite 81 for 4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul added still more solidity to the batting and the duo's partnership went past 50 in next to no time. Zimbabwe turned to Masakadza and Price and the pace of scoring came down with lunch approaching, before Samuels threw it away after reaching his fifty in 67 balls.

West Indies slipped from 144 for 5 at lunch to 151 for 6 soon after, as Chanderpaul under-edged an attempted pull off Jarvis to the wicketkeeper. Two overs later, Cremer was brought back, probably to lure Sammy to his fall. Only, Sammy wasn't to be lured today.

It was Tino Mawoyo who was lured into chasing a wide, full away-swinging delivery in the eighth over of Zimbabwe's second innings, only to edge it to Sammy in the slip cordon. It was the first ball Shannon Gabriel bowled, after Kemar Roach and Best had been far too short with the new ball.

Zimbabwe's day, which had begun so promisingly, was to end on a worse note. Masakadza failed to keep his gloves away from Shane Shillingford's first ball, a seemingly harmless short delivery that carried to backward short leg. Vusi Sibanda tried to turn Shillingford to the leg side, only to offer a tame return catch off the leading edge. After a day on which they could have taken a morale-boosting lead, Zimbabwe were now struggling to avoid defeat on day three.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • WILAD on March 14, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    So scoring runs against a weak team should be easy? So I guess we should drop Bravo, Pollard ad Gayle cuz they can't score runs against Zim in a test. Give me a break. Runs is runs and wickets are wickets. Everyone just care about their favorite player. If is their favorite player who get the wicket or runs they start say how good they be.

  • riverlime on March 14, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Well done to Sammy for his 70. However, he would not be able to do that against decent opposition fielding and bowling, which is why both Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo would fill his space quite well. I would personally go for Sars, because he would be a good partner for both the solidity of Chanders, and the fluency of Samuels in the middle order.I think Sammy's skills are well suited to the shorter formats, where he would flourish, but for Tests, he cannot justify his continued selection.

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Sorry "old_chap". You are being somewhat unreasonable. If you are going to discount runs scored against Cremer then you must also discount Sammy's dismissals by excellent bowlers. Or am I being unreasonable.

  • Hasheem on March 14, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    From what I have seen off Shillngford he looks very decent bowler and will be very effective in all 3 forms for the Windies. As for ZMB they have been very poor,But for Jarvis. The ZMB bowling is OK,its the batting which is so dam pathetic

  • Classicplayer on March 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    whoever says zimbabwe is better than Bangladesh, just check the score now zimbabwe 58/6 .. lol

  • tonyton on March 14, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Whoa people, dont get blinded by the 6's. Again, not hating on Sammy, but I thought we did not want Pollard on the team. Ya think Sammy cameo comes close. Listen, the blokes a good guy, probably one of the better person on the team and I saying that from what I have seen and heard from him. But again, to use a spot just to pick someone with good leadership skills is not the best way moving forward. He did a great job rebuilding this WI team, but when there is better talent, the selectors needs to bring it together. There is talk of Ramdhim captaining, maybe people see something there. If so, then this series would have been a great opportunity to try him and use Sammy spot for a better allrounder or another batsman. WI have the talent, dont let it go to waste. I do agree Sammy should captain the ODI and T20 sides. Well maybe one day they will get it right, hopefully the other chaps stay around long enough to represent WI

  • jupiterlaw on March 14, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    RALLY_WINDIES -It is a big lead relative to the 211 that ZIM scored in the 1st innings. Given the dact that ZIM has lost 3 wickets inside the lead, it really looks massive now. In absolute terms, the lead is not big, but in relative terms, it is.

  • delboy on March 14, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @NJ_De_Zoysa you are very close to what a lot of Sammy detractors are missing. WI have needed a genuine leader since Clive Lloyd left. The team has had his stars. The team now has a leader but a group of stars who lack consistency. Gayle is devoid of the responsibility so it's time for him to perform. Lendl Simmons should be pushing his countryman Ramdin, if Ramdin continues to fail with the bat then let Simmons be the next Dujon. DM Bravo must perform otherwise Fuddin or Deonarin or Charles should be given their opportunity. I do not support chopping and changing so if Bravo fails this series he should be out.

  • on March 14, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Old-chap come on man! If the man is not performing then he must not be on the team. But sammy is all waysworking hard. Sammy is good at performing especially when our recognized skillfull players are down. The selectors are doing fine. Although I do not always understand some of their decisions. But then again I do not need to know understand everything. It is their job not mine.

  • NJ_De_Zoysa on March 14, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Yes,Sammy is not a decent bowler or batsmen.But West Indies only want a captain who can unite the team.Not a captain who can score hundreds or getting bag of wickets. You know What happened with Lara. WI cricket only want a leader for their stars.

  • WILAD on March 14, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    So scoring runs against a weak team should be easy? So I guess we should drop Bravo, Pollard ad Gayle cuz they can't score runs against Zim in a test. Give me a break. Runs is runs and wickets are wickets. Everyone just care about their favorite player. If is their favorite player who get the wicket or runs they start say how good they be.

  • riverlime on March 14, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Well done to Sammy for his 70. However, he would not be able to do that against decent opposition fielding and bowling, which is why both Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo would fill his space quite well. I would personally go for Sars, because he would be a good partner for both the solidity of Chanders, and the fluency of Samuels in the middle order.I think Sammy's skills are well suited to the shorter formats, where he would flourish, but for Tests, he cannot justify his continued selection.

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Sorry "old_chap". You are being somewhat unreasonable. If you are going to discount runs scored against Cremer then you must also discount Sammy's dismissals by excellent bowlers. Or am I being unreasonable.

  • Hasheem on March 14, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    From what I have seen off Shillngford he looks very decent bowler and will be very effective in all 3 forms for the Windies. As for ZMB they have been very poor,But for Jarvis. The ZMB bowling is OK,its the batting which is so dam pathetic

  • Classicplayer on March 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    whoever says zimbabwe is better than Bangladesh, just check the score now zimbabwe 58/6 .. lol

  • tonyton on March 14, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Whoa people, dont get blinded by the 6's. Again, not hating on Sammy, but I thought we did not want Pollard on the team. Ya think Sammy cameo comes close. Listen, the blokes a good guy, probably one of the better person on the team and I saying that from what I have seen and heard from him. But again, to use a spot just to pick someone with good leadership skills is not the best way moving forward. He did a great job rebuilding this WI team, but when there is better talent, the selectors needs to bring it together. There is talk of Ramdhim captaining, maybe people see something there. If so, then this series would have been a great opportunity to try him and use Sammy spot for a better allrounder or another batsman. WI have the talent, dont let it go to waste. I do agree Sammy should captain the ODI and T20 sides. Well maybe one day they will get it right, hopefully the other chaps stay around long enough to represent WI

  • jupiterlaw on March 14, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    RALLY_WINDIES -It is a big lead relative to the 211 that ZIM scored in the 1st innings. Given the dact that ZIM has lost 3 wickets inside the lead, it really looks massive now. In absolute terms, the lead is not big, but in relative terms, it is.

  • delboy on March 14, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @NJ_De_Zoysa you are very close to what a lot of Sammy detractors are missing. WI have needed a genuine leader since Clive Lloyd left. The team has had his stars. The team now has a leader but a group of stars who lack consistency. Gayle is devoid of the responsibility so it's time for him to perform. Lendl Simmons should be pushing his countryman Ramdin, if Ramdin continues to fail with the bat then let Simmons be the next Dujon. DM Bravo must perform otherwise Fuddin or Deonarin or Charles should be given their opportunity. I do not support chopping and changing so if Bravo fails this series he should be out.

  • on March 14, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Old-chap come on man! If the man is not performing then he must not be on the team. But sammy is all waysworking hard. Sammy is good at performing especially when our recognized skillfull players are down. The selectors are doing fine. Although I do not always understand some of their decisions. But then again I do not need to know understand everything. It is their job not mine.

  • NJ_De_Zoysa on March 14, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Yes,Sammy is not a decent bowler or batsmen.But West Indies only want a captain who can unite the team.Not a captain who can score hundreds or getting bag of wickets. You know What happened with Lara. WI cricket only want a leader for their stars.

  • old_chap on March 14, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    one or two slogging innings cant make sammy a classy test batsman..looking forward to see him playing against better attacks on the contrary he scored most of his runs against poor graeme cremer...hilarious

  • satishchandar on March 14, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @Rally_Windies : On this track, 96 IS a big lead man..

  • satishchandar on March 14, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    This is Sammy's career. Not effective with ball yesterday and critics out in full flow. Today smashes with bat and supporters flow in. The man is full of spirits and he does merit place in the 11 ahead of more talented folks beating them with his excessive commitment. I do see a Dhoni in Sammy. Pulling more than their talent and doing a tougher job himself to protect other big guns from needless pressure.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 14, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    @ fr600

    Please ! Zim is way better than BD. A team needs Good Bowlers to win test matches, ZIm has got some whereas BD has none.

  • adkum on March 14, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Congrats Captain Sammy. Nice to see you doing something with the bat after all. Keep it up because WI board has confirmed you as captain irrespective of how well you do.

  • Rally_Windies on March 14, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    if Devon Thomas was keeper

    WI would have been bowled out for about 200, either 10-20 runs ahead or behind ...

    1 Nepotistic bad team selection, JUST 1 can make such a HUGE difference in a game ....

    (as it did in the Australia Series)

    But once Marlon in back scoring 100's it gives the WI selectors leeway to insert non-performers into the team !

  • Rally_Windies on March 14, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Abhishek Purohit ? define BIG LEAD ? or maybe it was your editor who changed the story title ? But 96 ? big lead ? really ?

  • on March 14, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Sarwan is an infom Test batsmanat the moment but the WICB selectors dropped him for the Test match. These sekectors never get it right.

  • on March 14, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    West Indies need a pair of Test openers... Gayle and Powell, no way.. 8 runs off 48balls, that;s rediculious..no singles that's areal terrible performance..

  • Gizza on March 14, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    @Garikai Dzoma you are right in my opinion. WI is better than Zim at the moment (although not as much as they would like to be) and Zim is clearly better than Bangladesh. The team that has gone backward especially in Tests is Sri Lanka who can't even bowl out Bangladesh for under 600 on their own pitches after Murali's retirement. Zim vs SL (as well as WI vs SL) would be very interesting in Tests and I'm predicting SL will struggle more than anticipated.

  • Classicplayer on March 14, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    @Garikai Dzoma , are you serious ? Zim beat ban by 300 run in test in last meeting! ! can you show us the scores ?

  • sunilramlall on March 13, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    While we (WI) are ahead and will most likely win the test, we were clearly missing a 6th batsman such as Sarwan, Deonarine, or Dwayne Bravo. Sammy did well today but lacks consistency.

    If we looked at the body language during the games in which Bravo captained, the players were much more engaged and enjoying their game. I trust the leadership observed same.

    Shiv, you are always the inspiration for all. It is just amazing to watch your son bat. Congrats and God bless. We are all proud of you.

    Go Windies.

  • nafzak on March 13, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    All teh Sammy supporters will say "I told you so". Truth be told however, The opposition is weak and Sammy big hits more often than not does not end well. Sammy is for the most part an ODI and T/20 player. He is clearly not a top batsman and not a top bowler, hence he cannot be considered a genuine all rounder who excels as a batsman and bowler or as either and is good in the other. He is at best mediocre in both. I wish Sammy well, but a genuine batsman would have been better in the long run. The bowling, especially by Creamer was very very poor. I still hope WI win and they should. A better test would be against SA, Pak, Eng, Ind, SL or Aus.

  • on March 13, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    well done windies.there is no comparison between wi n zim.

  • on March 13, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Only fools inside and outside of the caribbean will continue to ask for Sammy to be dropped. Gayle is the only one who can keep this team together the way Sammy did .Sarwan can't make the side mainly thanks to Ottis Gibson and his bias towards Kieron Powell who is getting progressivle worse with each match. Next is Ramdin ,who is maybe the best man to succeed Sammy ,not that Sammy needs a successor right now. As for mr Dwayne Bravo ,and i'm saying this as a Trinidadian ,who grew up watching Biran Lara ,and even Dwayne when he first played England at home ,and even as a fan of both players who have made bital contirbutions to West Indies criket ...NO !!!!!! Dwayne Bravo is VERY self absorbed ,loves the limelight ,and a bit too much for his own good .His average is poor for a player with so much talent ,and the fundamental reasons is his own failure to tighten up the defence and shot selection in his batting ,and as for his bowling ,he is too expensive ,end of story!!!

  • Great-shot444 on March 13, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Have to feel for the ZIM supportes here, they lost the big oppurtunity of putting pressure on WI. But they still have some batting left . They need atleast 150 lead . By the way great comeback from WI. Gud luck to both the teams from Pakistani fan

  • Albert_cambell on March 13, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    look forward to a great series between zimbabwe and Bangladesh. BD fans dont get too excited after that draw against SL on a road. Zimbabwe has a good bowling attak. watchout for them.

  • delboy on March 13, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Since the retirement of Clive Lloyd, their seems to be a myth that the BEST batsman/bowler in the WI team MUST be the captain. This has lead to the team be 'lead' by some personnel who clearly lacked leadership or when faced with the job has caused their own performance to decline. Sammy is no Clive Lloyd but comes close in respect of the results he has achieved and his personal performances during his tenure. If all other members of the squad perform as expected them it matters not whether Sammy is TEST match material because the team will most likely always win..COLLIS KING, COLIN CROFT and a host of others could not get a look in because those who where picked ahead of them made their selection count.

  • on March 13, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @fr600 Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 300 runs the last time they met. NZ was also given a run for their money. The insinuation that BD is better than Zim is absurd.

  • on March 13, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Take away Sammy's score and WI would be in trouble...Not just a top score but a potentially match changing one. It will be very hard for Zimbabwe but credit to them for fighting this far into the game. Their batting in the second innings will be the key.

    I wonder if Sammy can reinvent himself as an opener at least in T20. He has to work on getting his batting averages up into the 30's at least.

  • delboy on March 13, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @Adam_from_Maine, ask Ray Price. By the way Ramdin is still at the crease and a Tino is in the hutch so Sammy is only top-score at the moment.

  • macadamnut on March 13, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    And now Darren Sammy has top-scored, I look forward to reading about why he needs to be dropped.

  • fr600 on March 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Looks like Zimbabwe improved a lot lately. Zimbabwe is probably now capable of taking on Bangladesh.

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  • fr600 on March 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Looks like Zimbabwe improved a lot lately. Zimbabwe is probably now capable of taking on Bangladesh.

  • macadamnut on March 13, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    And now Darren Sammy has top-scored, I look forward to reading about why he needs to be dropped.

  • delboy on March 13, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    @Adam_from_Maine, ask Ray Price. By the way Ramdin is still at the crease and a Tino is in the hutch so Sammy is only top-score at the moment.

  • on March 13, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Take away Sammy's score and WI would be in trouble...Not just a top score but a potentially match changing one. It will be very hard for Zimbabwe but credit to them for fighting this far into the game. Their batting in the second innings will be the key.

    I wonder if Sammy can reinvent himself as an opener at least in T20. He has to work on getting his batting averages up into the 30's at least.

  • on March 13, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @fr600 Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 300 runs the last time they met. NZ was also given a run for their money. The insinuation that BD is better than Zim is absurd.

  • delboy on March 13, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Since the retirement of Clive Lloyd, their seems to be a myth that the BEST batsman/bowler in the WI team MUST be the captain. This has lead to the team be 'lead' by some personnel who clearly lacked leadership or when faced with the job has caused their own performance to decline. Sammy is no Clive Lloyd but comes close in respect of the results he has achieved and his personal performances during his tenure. If all other members of the squad perform as expected them it matters not whether Sammy is TEST match material because the team will most likely always win..COLLIS KING, COLIN CROFT and a host of others could not get a look in because those who where picked ahead of them made their selection count.

  • Albert_cambell on March 13, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    look forward to a great series between zimbabwe and Bangladesh. BD fans dont get too excited after that draw against SL on a road. Zimbabwe has a good bowling attak. watchout for them.

  • Great-shot444 on March 13, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Have to feel for the ZIM supportes here, they lost the big oppurtunity of putting pressure on WI. But they still have some batting left . They need atleast 150 lead . By the way great comeback from WI. Gud luck to both the teams from Pakistani fan

  • on March 13, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Only fools inside and outside of the caribbean will continue to ask for Sammy to be dropped. Gayle is the only one who can keep this team together the way Sammy did .Sarwan can't make the side mainly thanks to Ottis Gibson and his bias towards Kieron Powell who is getting progressivle worse with each match. Next is Ramdin ,who is maybe the best man to succeed Sammy ,not that Sammy needs a successor right now. As for mr Dwayne Bravo ,and i'm saying this as a Trinidadian ,who grew up watching Biran Lara ,and even Dwayne when he first played England at home ,and even as a fan of both players who have made bital contirbutions to West Indies criket ...NO !!!!!! Dwayne Bravo is VERY self absorbed ,loves the limelight ,and a bit too much for his own good .His average is poor for a player with so much talent ,and the fundamental reasons is his own failure to tighten up the defence and shot selection in his batting ,and as for his bowling ,he is too expensive ,end of story!!!

  • on March 13, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    well done windies.there is no comparison between wi n zim.