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2nd Test, Bulawayo, February 12 - 14, 2023, West Indies tour of Zimbabwe
115 & 173

West Indies won by an innings and 4 runs

Player Of The Match
7/37 & 6/62
Player Of The Series
19 wkts
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He lifts the series trophy, as his team-mates join him in the celebration. They are all smiles, and we wrap this tour up with this three-day win by West Indies. Abhimanyu's report will be up soon to help you catch up with proceedings, as the visitors now head to South Africa for two further Tests. Until then, it is goodnight and goodbye from Ranjith, Abhimanyu and me, Himanshu!

Vern: "Happy Motie Day Himanshu!" --- Rather, a Gud(akesh) Day

Kraigg Brathwaite, the winning captain: "Very proud of the team. Good to see an all-round performance. We had to get some runs as quick as we could... The pressure the pacers created was good to see. The bowlers did a fantastic job. Two more Test matches to go [against South Africa] in Africa."

Gudakesh Motie is the Player of the Match for his 13 for 99. He is also the Player of the Series: "Very happy about it... I think I worked hard enough. I had a lot of practice. I am very happy. Back in my country, the wicket is similar."

Craig Ervine speaks first: "Winning the toss, we needed to bat well on the first day... We didn't, and that put us on the back foot from the start. We had good preparations leading up to this. Gary Ballance is such an experienced players; he brought stability... Vicky was exceptional to get five wickets on that track. Brandon has been sitting out for a while, so good to see him."

Time for the presentations

Stephen Kissoon: "Is Motie's 13-99 the best figures ever by a WI Spinner in tests?" --- Yup, he has overtaken Sonny Ramadhin

Mark: ""So now the question is how long can Zimbabwe stretch this match?" By my count, it was 15 deliveries. The match has lasted only 6 sessions in total... and people were worrying that slow scoring by the West Indies yesterday might cost them the win!"

Saurabh M: "What a day to achieve that incredible 10 wicket feat of Alf Valentine on Valentine's day" --- How romantic...

Hello again, I'm here for whatever it's worth.

4.20pm That's that, West Indies win the series 1-0! Zimbabwe fought hard and fell four short of avoiding an innings defeat, but Gudakesh Motie was too good for them yet again. Himanshu will come back for the presentation ceremony now while I quickly wrap up the report!

Motie to Nyauchi, OUT

Motie finishes things off! Tossed up on a length outside off, spins away as Nyauchi comes down the track and it's a simple stumping for Da Silva. Motie finishes with 13 wickets in the match. Figures of 6-62 to go with his first-innings figures of 7-37

Victor Nyauchi st †Da Silva b Motie 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 7m) SR: 50
Motie to Chivanga, 3 runs

Full on leg and Chivanga sweeps it fine through the gap. They get three runs, with the deficit now down to three!

Tanaka Chivanga is the last man in

Motie to Ervine, OUT

And he strikes immediately! He has trapped Ervine in front! It's on a length outside off, he plays back but the ball stays low and hits him plumb in front. Ervine's resilience comes to an end. Motie has two five-fors!

Craig Ervine lbw b Motie 72 (105b 4x4 0x6 169m) SR: 68.57

Motie returns

end of over 474 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 170/8CRR: 3.61 
Craig Ervine72 (104b 4x4)
Victor Nyauchi2 (3b)
Roston Chase 11-2-30-1
Alzarri Joseph 7-2-23-1
Chase to Ervine, 1 run

Tossed up full outside off, Ervine leans forward and chips it over mid-off and he will settle for just the single, keeping strike

Chase to Nyauchi, 1 run

Full outside off, Nyauchi pushes it square for another single

Chase to Nyauchi, no run

Full on off, he turns it to backward square

Chase to Ervine, 1 run

Fired in full on leg, he nudges it square in the gap

Chase to Nyauchi, 1 run

On a length outside off, he goes back and works it through cover for a single

Victor Nyauchi now. There's a short midwicket as well for him

Chase to Mavuta, OUT

Chase strikes first ball! On a length outside off, Mavuta plays forward as it bounces more than he expected and it goes to Reifer at forward short leg, who takes a sharp catch. Chase has his first of the innings

Brandon Mavuta c Reifer b Chase 16 (30b 2x4 0x6 38m) SR: 53.33

Eight runs came off that last over, with Zimbabwe's deficit now down to 11 runs. Chase replaces Brathwaite, who had an over just before tea. Over the wicket to Mavuta

end of over 468 runs
ZIM: 166/7CRR: 3.60 
Craig Ervine70 (102b 4x4)
Brandon Mavuta16 (29b 2x4)
Alzarri Joseph 7-2-23-1
Kraigg Brathwaite 1-0-3-0
Joseph to Ervine, no run

Full and too wide for Ervine to chase after that. He watches it go behind to the keeper

Joseph to Mavuta, 1 run

On a length on middle, this time Mavuta nudges it off his hips to deep backward square

Joseph to Mavuta, FOUR runs

Fired in on a length down leg and Mavuta swivels and uses the pace of the ball to get it over Holder at leg slip and fine of deep backward square

Joseph to Mavuta, 2 runs

Dug in short on middle, he swivels and helps it on fine and they get two

Over the wicket to Mavuta

Joseph to Ervine, 1 run

Full on off, he clips it to mid-on and takes off for the single

Joseph to Ervine, no run

Dug in short on off, Ervine ducks

Okay then. Ervine is on strike. Joseph with the ball from around the wicket.

John P: "@APratim Well today is Motie's day even if it is Valentine's Day." A rose for you for that cheeky comment, John!

Welcome back guys, and thanks Himanshu. Ervine has done really well here and Mavuta has shown before in this series that he can hang around and score runs. So now the question is how long can Zimbabwe stretch this match?

end of over 453 runs
ZIM: 158/7CRR: 3.51 
Brandon Mavuta9 (26b 1x4)
Craig Ervine69 (99b 4x4)
Kraigg Brathwaite 1-0-3-0
Alzarri Joseph 6-2-15-1

Apratim: "Who was the last West Indian left arm spinner to take 10 wickets?" --- Alf Valentine, way back in 1962

3.44pm The tea break comes along, with West Indies three wickets away from a win. Zimbabwe are only another 19 behind from wiping the deficit, with Ervine their only hope, though Mavuta can hang around too. The hosts will hope they can fight here like they did in this Test from 2021, where an eight-wicket stand of 187 pushed Afghanistan. Anyway, Abhimanyu will be with you on the other side of the interval.

Brathwaite to Mavuta, no run

hits his front pad and appeals for leg before, but not given, as he missed his defence

Brathwaite to Mavuta, no run

loopy and full on off. Driven to mid-off

Brathwaite to Mavuta, no run

tucked to slip on the bounce. Full ball angled across towards off

Around the wicket to Mavuta too

Brathwaite to Ervine, 1 run

turned to fine leg for a single

Brathwaite to Ervine, no run

past the outside edge, as he defends this full ball outside off turning away

Brathwaite to Ervine, 2 runs

drives at this full ball outside off to deep extra cover

Brathwaite to bowl now. Around the wicket

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