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Zimbabwe vs West Indies, 1st Test at Bulawayo, , Oct 21 2017 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st Test, Bulawayo, October 21 - 24, 2017, West Indies tour of Zimbabwe
219 & 373
(T:434) 159 & 316

West Indies won by 117 runs

Player Of The Match
5/79, 44 & 4/105
ZIM 2nd Innings
Full commentary

5:52pm And that is all from a fascinating Test match. Thanks for joining us through it, we'll see you for the next one.

Bishoo: Was nice having a long bowl, in England it was a bit tough but had to make use here. I stay patient and the wicket was spinning a lot, so I just had to put the ball in the areas and nothing more. [About his first Test fifty] I was very disappointed yesterday and hopefully next time I'll use my brain more and get it.

Devendra Bishoo is the Man of the Match.

Holder: Started well with the bat and lost our way. Credit must go to the Zimbabweans who set really good fields and kept it tight. It was a tough pitch to get started on. We backed out bowlers to put pressure on them. I guess it took guys a little longer to get adjusted to the pitch and it became easier to bat on for both teams. It was hard work for the fast bowlers and every fast bowler in the game put in a lot of effort; hopefully there's more help in the next game. Bishoo was great - not only with the ball, he contributed with the bat as well. [about why Brathwaite bowled before Chase] Kraigg is under-rated and there was a bit of bounce. He's done it before for us and he's got a six-for for us before. Got us the breakthrough today so it worked out.

Cremer: Little bit disappointing. We went really well on the first day, getting them all out for 219 was excellent. West Indies came back really well and they put the bad balls away. We started well [ today] but it always gets tougher, and their spinners did well. Credit to them. [Put the collapse down to] maybe complacency watching batsmen being comfortable, or maybe it's concentration. Solly [Mire] will just get better and better, he looked really comfortable out there. Hamilton has been great for us too and we need him to kick on. We relied on our three spinners - our seamers bowled well on a tough wicket. We're pretty happy with the balance of the team, we just need to get some runs. The more you play, the more you work out situations. Sometimes you don't realise how much time you have in a Test match. It's about working those things out.

5:37pm A well-deserved West Indies win comes belatedly, but it comes big anyway. A 117-run win after being pegged in the first innings. They have away victories in each of their last three tours now. And one in each of their last four series. A very impressive resurgence from a team that hasn't had too many kinds things said about them. And it's those starlets once more - Brathwaite, Chase, Hope, Bishoo.
Zimbabwe lost a few moments that added up over the Test. The collapse in the first innings, the inability to restrict runs in West Indies' second, and then the run outs today. Onto the presentation now.

Chase to Mpofu, OUT

great catch at long-on. Mpofu bludgeons this fulll ball on leg stump and he's hopping in the crease "get up, get up!". But it isn't enough elevation. Long-on judges this well and puts in the perfect jump to hold onto it

Chris Mpofu c Powell b Chase 33 (25b 4x4 1x6 32m) SR: 132
Chase to Mpofu, 2 runs

short of a length at middle stump, sweeps it to deep square's left and they come back for the second. Highest partnership for the last wicket at this venue. And the first half-century

Chase to Mpofu, FOUR runs

tossed up at middle stump, gets the front leg out of the way and slaps it over the non-striker

Chase to Jarvis, 1 run

back of a length at leg stump, nudged to square leg off the back foot

end of over 903 runs
ZIM: 309/9CRR: 3.43 
Chris Mpofu27 (22b 3x4 1x6)
Kyle Jarvis22 (40b 3x4)
Devendra Bishoo 32-8-105-4
Roston Chase 13-2-54-1

Mark: "Soon the Lambeth Lara - Tim Murtagh - may be batting at #11 for Ireland and showing other #11s how it's done!" --- Oh come on, he averages nearly 20 in first-class cricket.

Bishoo to Mpofu, no run

good length at off stump, prods forward, beaten on the outside edge

Bishoo to Jarvis, 1 run

back of a length at leg stump. And we need to re-name the leg glance after Jarvis. Comfortably tucks it around for the single

Bishoo to Jarvis, no run

back of a length outside off, spins way past the outside edge

Bishoo to Mpofu, 1 run

short at leg stump, pulls to deep square. The home crowd are loving this from the local man

Bishoo to Jarvis, 1 run

full at off stump, squeezes it past extra cover

We had a bad light enquiry before this over, I forgot to mention. Don't stop the fun!

Bishoo to Jarvis, no run

full at leg stump, can't get bat as he looks to flick against the turn

end of over 8911 runs
ZIM: 306/9CRR: 3.43 
Kyle Jarvis20 (36b 3x4)
Chris Mpofu26 (20b 3x4 1x6)
Roston Chase 13-2-54-1
Devendra Bishoo 31-8-102-4
Chase to Jarvis, 1 run

loud cheers of "yay" like a visiting player has floated a long pass out of play. Jarvis walks across his stumps and taps one to long leg

Chase to Jarvis, no run

full at off stump, driven back to the bowler

Chase to Mpofu, 1 run

dropped! Good length at middle stump, swipes across the line hard and it's threatening to fly over Holder who puts both hands up to his left and parries it over the bar

Chase to Mpofu, FOUR runs

give him Man of the Match! Tossed up at off stump, gets the front leg out of the way and clubs this between bowler and mid-off! It's his highest score in Tests

Chase to Mpofu, FOUR runs

tossed up outside off, big stride forward to reach it and slashes it with quick hands, in the air and into the cover boundary

Chase to Jarvis, 1 run

back of a length at middle stump, punched to long-on off the back foot

end of over 881 run
ZIM: 295/9CRR: 3.35 
Chris Mpofu17 (17b 1x4 1x6)
Kyle Jarvis18 (33b 3x4)
Devendra Bishoo 31-8-102-4
Roston Chase 12-2-43-1

Neil: "Sacrilege! You forget the Burnley Lara! ;-)" --- I think we've seen the end of his reign.

Bishoo to Mpofu, no run

full and flat at off stump. Looks to bunt it into the leg side, but cops it on the pad

Bishoo to Mpofu, no run

floated up nicely at off stump, defended solidly back down the pitch

Bishoo to Mpofu, no run

back of a length outside off, slices to backward point

Bishoo to Jarvis, 1 run

good length outside off, pokes it into the off side and then the final-wicket pair tease the point fielder with what are, obviously, very deliberate half-calls. They run through

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