short on middle stump, punched off the front foot to midwicket
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).
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)
full just outside off, mistimed drive towards mid on
full on off, driven on the up to the fielder at cover once again
back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot to cover
full outside off, left alone by Chakabva
full outside off, defended off the front foot towards point
Kieran Powell is going to get a bowl here.
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
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
flighted outside off once again, defended off the front foot
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
back of a length outside off, stays in his crease and defended off the back foot
back of a length outside off, turn into the batsman's body, punched off the back foot to midwicket
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
full on leg stump, punched down the ground to Brathwaite
back of a length on middle stump, waits for the ball to come to him before knocking it towards the leg side
short outside off, waits late before cutting it fine past the keeper. Dowrich has to give it a chase
good length on middle, turned off his hips towards square leg
good length on leg stump, spins further away and Dowrich can't hold onto it. Dribbles away behind him
good length outside off stump, turns into the batsman as he tries to defend, hits the pad and appeals for lbw, but pitched outside off
|Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo|
|Toss||Zimbabwe, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||West Indies won the 2-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2280|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40pm, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||29,30,31 October, 1,2 November 2017 - day (5-day match)|