West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1st Test, Barbados, 3rd day March 14, 2013

Shillingford's six-for sets up big Windies win


West Indies 307 (Sammy 73, Ramdin 62, Samuels 51, Jarvis 5-54) and 12 for 1 beat Zimbabwe 211 (Mawoyo 50, Samuels 4-13) and 107 (Ervine 23*, Shillingford 6-49) by nine wickets
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Shane Shillingford, on his international comeback, ran through a clueless line-up to take his best Test figures as Zimbabwe batted like the Test irregulars they are. West Indies needed just under two hours on the third morning to end the Zimbabwe second innings, although their win was delayed by the farce of a lunch break taken after three overs of their tiny chase.

There would have been no need for West Indies to bat again, had Craig Ervine not been put down twice after a wicket each had gone down in the day's first two overs. There was nothing in the Kensington Oval pitch or in the West Indies attack to justify Zimbabwe lasting only 41.4 overs. There was bounce and some turn for Shillingford alright, but only one of his six wickets, that of Graeme Cremer, was off a delivery that came close to being called unplayable.

It was Zimbabwe's inability to keep down testing, but pretty regular, deliveries that led to their downfall. But for a side that kept itself out of the Test arena for six years and was playing only its fifth Test since ending the exile in August 2011, ability to survive Test-quality bowling is hard to develop without exposure.

That inability was evident in the number of batsmen, three in each innings, who fell to offspin in the leg trap. Few Test specialist batsmen would have fallen so easily. Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain, summed it up when he stepped out to Shillingford in the day's first over, suddenly stopped and jabbed a length offbreak to forward short leg. It continued a horror tour for Taylor with scores of 8, 0 & 39 in the ODIs, 0 & 4 in the Twenty20s, 20 & 20 in the three-day tour match, and 26 & 6 in this Test.

A few overs later, Malcolm Waller again exposed another area of weakness against spin. He waited deep in the crease as a Shillingford offbreak spun into his thigh pad, but failed to keep the bat out of the way, and got an inside edge to forward short leg.

The next two wickets were earned by Shillingford. He bowled Regis Chakabva with a flighted straighter one as the batsman pushed forward expecting turn. Cremer got a brute that kicked and straightened from a good length to take the edge to the wicketkeeper. Shillingford was accurate throughout the match, and got considerable lift and, at times, sharp turn.

Zimbabwe's spineless showing with the bat, apart from the first session of the game, hid a few West Indies shortcomings. They were under danger of conceding the first-innings lead on day two, before their captain Darren Sammy bailed them out with a match-turning knock from No. 8. They dropped a few catches, including Ervine twice this morning, once by Chris Gayle off Shillingford at slip and once by Darren Bravo at third slip off Tino Best.

Shannon Gabriel ended the innings with two wickets in three balls, leaving Ervine stranded. Kieran Powell had his second failure of the match as he stabbed a Tendai Chatara lifter to gully. When Chris Gayle scored the winning runs, it was the first time since 1988 that West Indies had won five successive Tests. The opposition back then during a seven-match streak were England and Australia; three of the current five wins have come against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • joel on March 15, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    What I find depressing is how difficult WI batsmen are finding it to handle the swing of ONE decent medium pacer. What are they going to do when they face Steyn, Morkel, and Philander bowling as a pack? Powell in particular seems very suspect to lbw when the ball is pitched on leg, since he is almost always falling over to the offside. He needs some long sessions facing the bowling machine, with it set on producing serious swing.

  • Nathaniel on March 15, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Swingit: I get your drift. That's one of the sad things about our WI cricket. When we were the dominant force in cricket it never mattered where a person was from. I remember a time when the WI team had 5 members from one country (Barbados at one time, Guyana at another). We played at the oval in Trinidad without one Trini in the team and you couldn't tell the difference. The TT crowd supported the team anyway because it was our team, WI team. Now people are arguing for their countryman to get in the team regardless of how he performs? That's when the wheels start coming off the wagon. I remember when the then Combined Islands played Trinidad for the Shell Shield championship. Match was played in Guyana and we were so happy for the Combined Islands winning their first championship. Even the Trinis headed by Deryck Murray didn't seem too upset that they lost. We need to go back to picking on merit and drop the bias act.

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    If the selectors are going to drop Best, I also think, Bravo should be dropped. Not because he should be, but because he deserves to be dropped.. Tino usally pick up wickets in bunches, and who know how he would had performed if Bravo had taken that easiest of slip catches in the first innings.. Bravo must be dropped too, for he might be the reason for Tino's pooe performance.. plus his own performance was horrible... Selectors got to put a stop to players dropping catches like that......Drop Best, Drop Bravo also..It would be a very good example for the team..If this was Viv's team he would had been send of the field, and be substituted..SELECTORS start setting PRINCIPLES, they would carry this team a very long way..

  • Ravi on March 15, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Great move in dropping Narine and not selecting Pollard for the tests...these guys can be great test cricketers for the windies in the future but they need to play some more four day cricket and develop themselves some more...windies cricket does seem to have a bright future...imagine is dwayne bravo can improve his bowling and batting at regional 4 day level then we would have some great competition for places....

  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Rally_Windies... If he learn to turn the ball maybe he can get in the side. He nothing more than a medium pacer without a run up.

  • eddo on March 15, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    And seriously who would have the gall to compare Nikita Miller's stats to the great Marchall or ANY other top bowlers in domestic cricket in the Windies between 1975 and 1990? Are you Even the weakest of domestic sides would regularly beat the top sides touring the Windies in tour matches. I mean most of the domestic sides in the Caribbean at that time would thrash most international teams in existence today (could beat even current SA team) much less the current domestic teams. Miller first class stats are literally against club teams, Marshall domestic stats were against the top batsmen in the world playing on teams that could on any given day beat any top test side.

  • yuvraj on March 15, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    Jus like Aussie and Eng play an Ashes series once in every 2 years, i think it will be good if zim and BD arrange a series like that. In that way each team will get more test matches and both of them will become more competitive.

  • eddo on March 15, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    @Rally what are you saying that Shane Shillingford was born in Saint Lucia or is that the big island vs small island mentality that lump all islands not called JA, TnT, Guyana or Bdos in the same boat? Do you know the view these countries had of Viv before he proved them wrong? We talking about Sir Viv here but of course he was from a "small island." What would you do drop Shane for Miller when the next text is in Dominica a spin friendly haven that no one knows better than Shilly? Nikita failed to impress when he had his chance but now the claim is "oh he should not have been in ODIs only test."What about all these calls for Delorn Johnson seems he has impressed many but I never here you call out for him is Delorn's crime that he was not born in JA? I tell you I have this convo with my TnT brethren to many times, so much so thta they now say I musta been born in a small island. Talk about regressive myopic attitudes.

  • Dominic on March 15, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    The DRS system is a joke,it compromises the umpiring and could be dimmed as cheating in some people's eyes, either its taken in its entirety as 100% valid or not at all e.g if someone is given LBW and the ball is shown to be hitting the stumps the player should be given out regardless,otherwise if should be withdrawn.