Result
2nd Test, Bulawayo, Oct 29 - Nov 2 2017, West Indies tour of Zimbabwe
(144 ov)
326 & 301/7
448
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Liam Brickhill in Bulawayo

Cremer, Chakabva script Zimbabwe's great escape

The eighth-wicket pair blunt West Indies for 48.4 overs on final day after Raza heroics; visitors clinch series 1-0

Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe326(109.1 overs)1st Innings
West Indies448(178.2 overs)1st Innings
Jason Holder110 (198)
Shane Dowrich103 (232)
Tendai Chisoro3/113(41.2)
Zimbabwe301/7(144 overs)2nd Innings
end of over 144Maiden
ZIM: 301/7CRR: 2.09 
Regis Chakabva71 (192)
Graeme Cremer28 (150)
Kieran Powell1-1-0-0
Jermaine Blackwood10-4-21-0

4.23pm And as Jason Holder collects the winning trophy for the 1-0 series win to West Indies, it's time for us to sign off as well. An epic Test that did not pan out exactly how we imagined the finish to be, but what great batting from the hosts over day four and five, to save the match. That concludes this exhilarating series, and we hope you had as much fun as we did in bring it to you. On behalf of Shashank, it's Sreshth saying good bye!

Jason Holder, the West Indies captain: "Feels good (to win first series as Test captain), we played well over past few months, but didn't cross the line over the series. Credit goes to all the players in the dressing room. Slightly disappointed not being able to bowl them out in the second innings. They batted well too, and few decisions didn't go our way, but that's how it goes. We got lucky in our innings as well, to be honest that's how the game works out. But credit to Zimbabwe, they played good cricket and pushed us. I want them to do better, so world cricket becomes more competitive. It wasn't an easy series at all. Credit to Cremer, their spinners got wickets as well. Reviewing is difficult you know, on TV it looks pretty straight but when ball-tracking comes up you see something totally different. Fifteen seconds to make the decision feels like five seconds and it's upto the keeper and the bowler to make the decision. I'm really pleased in our team's direction. We're off to train in Australia next before the NZ series. The conditions there will be quite like England, so it's important to get acclimatised there and give it our best shot."

Devendra Bishoo is the Man of the Series. He says: "Very happy, especially after the poor show in England. This second Test the pitch was slower than the earlier one. When ball got older, it got further slow. Got tough, and not spinning as much either. I'm working a lot on my variations, my googlies, more now. Pretty happy with the series and looking forward to New Zealand."

Sikandar Raza is the Man of the Match. He says: "I think we've put a huge emphasis on our fitness (on his heavy workload in the Test), and for it to show in the middle is very rewarding. And to be rewarded like this is certainly humbling. I wasn't aware of the records, but having my name next to Jacques Kallis is quite humbling and proud. We've got a Test coming up in December, but if I had to be honest I had an awful first Test. My teammates and I expected me to do better, and we had some goals to achieve in this Test, and we did so. We played out of our skin to get a result out of it. Gives us the confidence. About the poor reviews, (jokingly) I'm never reviewing anymore!"

Graeme Cremer: "Feels good to draw after 12 years because we came from behind. Felt good that our team batted when their backs were against the wall. A couple of missed opportunities though, we dropped a few catches and the wicket wasn't doing as much as we expected. Dropped matches always have an outcome to the Test, and this match could've been much different if we held on to them. Our poor use of reviews in this Test is something we will have a look at. Raza was exceptional, especially with the ball. It's not his job to take a five-for, but he did. And he didn't give away many runs. And then with the bat, just shows how good an all-rounder he is. And as for Chakabva, he was short on runs and it was good to see him get a good score. In our team we don't just have 1-2 people putting their hands up, but more like five and six."

4.10pm Time for the presentations.

A bunch of impressive performance through this Test: Hamilton Masakadza's 147, Kieran Powell's 90, Shane Dowrich's maiden ton, Holder's second hundred and so on, but the Test belonged to a certain Sikandar Raza, who became only the second Test cricketer to score 80 plus in both innings and take a five-wicket haul.

4.06pm Some decisions not going West Indies' way, with Cremer's first-ball caught-behind or the two lbw appeals off Chase's bowling, but they only have themselves to blame for it. Used their reviews poorly too early in the innings, and perhaps it cost them a Test win here. But, Moor and Raza yesterday, and the Chakabva-Cremer blockathon deserve credit as well. The unbroken partnership of 91 lasted 48.4 overs and ensured the hosts secured the draw rather comfortably. Presentation and post-match reactions up soon.

musa: "interesting to note that some decisions not going Zim's way too.. Holder LBW yesterday. " -- True, a rough Test for umpires Dharmasena and Fry, but Zimbabwe too lost their reviews on some poor appeals.

Prosper Tafadzw: "So will Zimbabwe get points for the draw. like on the test rankings?" -- Yes, a draw will earn them points because their opponents were ranked higher.

3.51pm There it is! Handshakes all around. It's a draw. West Indies seal the series 1-0, but what a fighting effort from Zimbabwe's middle and lower order. Both camps look happy with the result here. The backroom staff are shake hands now. Klusener, Streak are in the ground congratulating their boys. Ntini looks delighted too. First draw in 12 years for Zimbabwe, and the first time they avoid a loss since 2013 (10 Tests).

143.6
Powell to Chakabva, no run
short on middle stump, punched off the front foot to midwicket

Sathyen G: "How long can this game continue before the captains decide to call it off? They just seem to be going through the motions and there's no point in playing on when there is no intent for a win" -- One hour or 15 overs (whatever is earlier)

143.5
Powell to Chakabva, no run
full just outside off, mistimed drive towards mid on
143.4
Powell to Chakabva, no run
full on off, driven on the up to the fielder at cover once again
143.3
Powell to Chakabva, no run
back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot to cover
143.2
Powell to Chakabva, no run
full outside off, left alone by Chakabva
143.1
Powell to Chakabva, no run
full outside off, defended off the front foot towards point

Kieran Powell is going to get a bowl here.

end of over 143Maiden
ZIM: 301/7CRR: 2.1 
Graeme Cremer28 (150)
Regis Chakabva71 (186)
Jermaine Blackwood10-4-21-0
Kraigg Brathwaite17-2-44-0
142.6
Blackwood to Cremer, no run
good length outside off and extra bounce to go along with the offspin, hits him on the thigh pad as he looks to defend off the back foot
142.5
Blackwood to Cremer, no run
tossed up wide outside off, sharp spin into Cremer's body. Defended off the front foot with soft hands. Keeps the ball near his toes
142.4
Blackwood to Cremer, no run
flighted outside off once again, defended off the front foot
142.3
Blackwood to Cremer, no run
falls just short of short mid on! Tossed up outside off stump and Cremer tries to flick this in front of square, too square in fact and almost carries to Brathwaite
142.2
Blackwood to Cremer, no run
back of a length outside off, stays in his crease and defended off the back foot
142.1
Blackwood to Cremer, no run
back of a length outside off, turn into the batsman's body, punched off the back foot to midwicket
end of over 1429 runs
ZIM: 301/7CRR: 2.11 
Regis Chakabva71 (186)
Graeme Cremer28 (144)
Kraigg Brathwaite17-2-44-0
Jermaine Blackwood9-3-21-0
141.6
4
Brathwaite to Chakabva, FOUR runs
flighted outside off and now Chakabva is taking his chances. Slogged past mid off's right for a boundary. In the slot to be hit, really, but it's the batsman's decision to being aggressive that earned him the runs. First four in 161 balls
141.5
Brathwaite to Chakabva, no run
full on leg stump, punched down the ground to Brathwaite
141.4
Brathwaite to Chakabva, no run
back of a length on middle stump, waits for the ball to come to him before knocking it towards the leg side
141.3
2
Brathwaite to Chakabva, 2 runs
short outside off, waits late before cutting it fine past the keeper. Dowrich has to give it a chase
141.2
2
Brathwaite to Chakabva, 2 runs
141.1
1
Brathwaite to Cremer, 1 run
good length on middle, turned off his hips towards square leg
Best performances - batsmen
H Masakadza
147 runs (240)
16 fours
2 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
cover drive
35 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
15216639261825
JO Holder
110 runs (198)
9 fours
2 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
cover drive
44 runs
5 fours
1 sixes
4591031181518
Best performances - bowlers
Sikandar Raza
O
48
M
12
R
99
W
5
Eco
2.06
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
3W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
KAJ Roach
O
18.1
M
5
R
44
W
3
Eco
2.42
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
TossZimbabwe , elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of Zimbabwe
Player Of The Match
Sikandar Raza
Player Of The Series
Devendra Bishoo
Series resultWest Indies won the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2280
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)10.00am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40pm, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days29,30,31 October, 1,2 November 2017 (5-day match)
Test debut
Tendai Chisoro
Umpires
Kumar Dharmasena
Simon Fry
TV Umpire
Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
Jeremiah Matibiri
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath