West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Roseau, 3rd day

Zimbabwe surrender to Shillingford, again

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

March 22, 2013

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West Indies 381 for 8 dec (Chanderpaul 108, Gayle 101) beat Zimbabwe 175 (Taylor 33, Shillingford 5-59) and 141 (Sibanda 35, Shillingford 5-34) by an innings and 65 runs
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Shane Shillingford was among the wickets again, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Dominica, 3rd day, March 22, 2013
Shane Shillingford was unstoppable in his hometown © WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks
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It took just 42.2 overs on the third day for West Indies to clinch the second Test, sweep the series, win six Tests in a row and inflict another surrender to spin on Zimbabwe.

The hosts promptly declared during a 15-minute rain delay in the morning, and a solid start from the Zimbabwe batsmen was a hugely misleading prelude to what was to follow. Once again, Zimbabwe failed to sustain a promising phase of play long enough against a superior opposition. Shane Shillingford was their nemesis again, picking up 10 wickets in the match, several of which owed to the unsettling bounce he was able to extract from the track in his hometown.

The strategy for West Indies was simple, having successfully employed it in the first Test and the first innings in Dominica. The spinners, Shillingford, brought on in the 13th over, and Marlon Samuels, who picked up six wickets in the game, got the ball to turn, and more crucially bounce, from the off stump, surrounded the Zimbabwe batsmen with close-in fielders, who snapped up what came their way or had their team-mates in the outfield ready for opportunities borne out of a desperate attempt to find a release.

Vusi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor countered that pressure temporarily by sweeping Shillingford, Sibanda even struck him for six over deep square leg, but it was only a matter of time before the spitting bounce that proved Zimbabwe's undoing throughout the series returned to trouble them. Taylor was caught on the glove when Shillingford held his length back and caught at short leg.

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  • West Indies' victory is their sixth in a row. They have won two each against New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Since the start of 2012, they have won six and lost four matches (two draws).
  • The win is West Indies' sixth in eight Tests against Zimbabwe. The two draws came in Tests played in Zimbabwe.
  • Shane Shillingford's haul of 19 wickets is the highest by a West Indies bowler in a two-Test series. He is also the first West Indian and 14th overall to take three or more five-fors in a two-Test series.
  • Shillingford's 10 for 93 is his career best and the best bowling performance for West Indies against Zimbabwe, surpassing his nine-wicket haul in the previous Test in Barbados.
  • Shillingford's 10 for 93 is also the fifth-best performance by a West Indian spinner.
  • The win is West Indies' second by an innings since 2009. It is only their sixth innings win since 2000 (two each against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and England).

Taylor's wicket marked the start of the spinners coming to dominate the innings, but Tino Best and Darren Sammy did their bit to end Zimbabwe's early resistance. Best was guilty of bowling too short, and Sibanda had cashed in, slashing hard through the off side and even driving handsomely for boundaries when the ball was pitched up, as he did against Shannon Gabriel. But Best went round the wicket to Hamilton Masakadza, who was also set, got him to seemingly glove one down the leg side, reviewed the "not out" decision and got it overturned. A possible reason for the third umpire to reverse the original call was a change in rotation of the ball as it reached Masakadza's glove, indicating there may have been contact.

Minutes earlier, in the same over, Masakadza had successfully reviewed another caught-behind decision, this time having been given out, though the evidence, in the absence of Hot Spot, was again inconclusive.

Just two balls after Taylor had been sent back, Sibanda played a rash shot across the line to Sammy to be trapped in front, his failed review confirming the ball would have clipped the bails.

With the top order out of the way, Shillingford and Samuels eased past those that came after. Sean Williams got a top-edge while trying to play a cut against Shillingford, to be caught at point, and the capitulation picked up speed following the lunch break. Craig Ervine survived 34 balls but was caught brilliantly by Chris Gayle diving to his left at slip to pouch an edge with one hand. The extra bounce in the track brought the backward short leg into play and Malcolm Waller found that fielder when he tried to work Samuels away off the back foot. Shillingford had, six overs earlier, dismissed Tino Mawoyo, forced to bat at No.7 after missing a good part of the second day's play, in the same region.

With Waller, perhaps Zimbabwe's best batsman in the limited-overs series this tour, back in the pavilion, West Indies required just four more overs to wrap up the innings. Graeme Cremer's stand-out shot was a six over long-on with his eyes staring at the ground at the point of, as well as after, impact, but inside-edged a catch towards midwicket trying the same stroke to give Shillingford his fifth wicket. It was also Shillingford's tenth for the match and 19th for the series - the best returns in a two-match series for a West Indies bowler, going past Courtney Walsh's 16 in New Zealand in 1994-95.

Paul Jarvis and Tendai Chatara lasted just two deliveries, Samuels hastening the end of a mismatch that continued West Indies' best run of consecutive victories in Tests - now six - since 1988.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by delboy on (March 23, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

@b4u8me2 the WORLD rankings derived by collating all performances against the qualifying team shows Sammy as the leading WI all rounder in tests and 50 overs.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

In two decades WI has won six consecutive Test matches. Indeed an achievement. What good was it to have a WI team captained by the record breaking batsman in the world and also at one time record breaking bowler in the world and you not winning. There is something about Sammy that you critics are to blind to see. There is something called discipline and God fearing and this boy from St Lucia has what it takes. HE is by no means a slouch with the bat,nor the ball; a greater fielder than any contender(s) surprises when all have failed yet when WI get onto a winning streak after twenty years instead of being happy they ruefully criticise. THe point is that a win is a win and lets BE HAPPY

Posted by delboy on (March 23, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Why is a guy's position being questioned when his team is doing what they are expected and his personal performances are elevating him in the WORLD top 10? Do these armchair pundits respect personalities as a quantifier over statistics?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Since Chris Gayle return to West Indies, they have not lost a test.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

Now we will have Marlon Samuels come out and claim the WI are back to become world beaters again. Playing against a lowly Zimbabwe shouldn't even be accounted for in the stat books IMO. I am not sure what the WI can take away from this series.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Well, as per usual we win, yet Sammy receives abuse and disrespect on the comments. I agree with the comment that we were recently captained by our so-called better players, yet we were getting dealt with by all (including NZ, who are currently giving England a run foe their money) and yet along comes the Gibson/Sammy era, we start to get a 'winning consistency and we moan. Yes, it is only Zimbabwe, and yes, our six wins have only been against the lesser teams. However, do we not need to see who is ready for the next level in our team? We now have a settled team, with options for both batting and bowling. Personally, would like to now see Derlon Johnson get a go at Test Level (bowlng) and Kieron Pollard (batting). These two will now doubt help to add competition to places in the squad, plus both are match winners (Pollard's star quality already well known on the T20 stage) while Johnson continues to show promise. How we next deal with Pakistan will tell us more.......

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

What an apportunity it is for us to be able to comment on our west indies cricket. It is indeed our business. But there was a time when West Indies was better , the time when my father listerned to commentaries on radio but such an avenue to communicate was not available. Not that there were no problems, in fact we went through some of the most difficult periods like players going to South Africa and many others. We should be thankful that we can express our views.. the foundation has been laid and we are rising. West indies forever the best for me.

Posted by tonyton on (March 23, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Reading all the comparisons about driving BMW's etc etc, Guys its cricket. We have talented players. No one is knocking winning. But seriously, Zim had not played a test in over a year and they were supposed to be a challenge-not, BD had not played a test in over a year, again were they expected to put up serious challenge. Think Tiger Woods takes year off and come back dominating. All the comparisons are there to be made, but the fact remain, WI is a growing team, we had a good start, we have gotten back the attention of our youngsters. They are interested, they are playing and performing. We dont give them a chance, we will lose them again. If there wasnt better choices at the moment, then we could have agreed with the status quo, but there R, we need to use them, especially with practice games like we just had against Zim. That is not a test team, agree or dissagree, wont change the fact. WI selectors wake up, the real test teams will be here soon, step up guys, do the right thing

Posted by WestIndiesFan101 on (March 23, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Could someone please tell me why our fast bowlers persist with this nonsensical short bowling...dont they know that if you bowl good line and length wickets will come...the coach should ban short bowling until they get line and length bowling correct. The purpose of new ball bowling is to get wickets and you cant do that if you're bowling short...all the great fast bowlers will tell you short pitched bowling is suppose to be a surprise...98% is line and length

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

What good is it to give someone who cannot drive a BMW not because its a great car that means it can drive itself, remove Sammy now and that's what you will get

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