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Bishoo picks five as West Indies take control over Zimbabwe

Devendra Bishoo (right) led West Indies' fightback with a five-fer
Devendra Bishoo (right) led West Indies' fightback with a five-fer

West Indies 219 & 88-1 (Brathwaite 38no) v
Zimbabwe 159 (Bishoo 5-79)
First Test, Bulawayo, day two

Devendra Bishoo claimed a five wicket to dismiss Zimbabwe for 159 runs in their first innings following which the West Indies top order did well to stretch the lead to 148 runs with nine wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the first Test in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe resumed the day at 19 for naught, trailing West Indies' first innings total by 200 runs. Hamilton Masakadza (42) started the proceedings with a boundary as he and Solomon Mire (27) added 44 runs at the end of 11 overs.

Kemar Roach (2-23) finally managed a breakthrough for West Indies when he had Mire caught in the deep in the 12th over but Masakadza and Craig Ervine (39) carry forward the momentum with another 47 runs for the second wicket.

Despite being treated harshly by Ervine, Bishoo (5-79) made a strong statement as he accounted for the wicket of Masakadza in the 27th over and backed it up removing Brendan Taylor (1) as well. Zimbabwe ended the first session with a score of 101 for three.

The second session proved a big setback for the hosts as Sean Williams (7), Ervine, Sikandar Raza (6), Malcolm Waller (11), Regis Chakabva (12), Graeme Cremer (0) and Chris Mpofu (10) all fell in quick succession, adding just 58 runs with Bishoo being the wrecker in chief.

From being 93 for two at one stage, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 159, thereby conceding a 60 run first innings lead to West Indies.

West Indies openers started the final session with a bit of caution but Kieran Powell (17) fell in the 11th over when Cremer (1-36) castled him but Kraigg Brathwaite (38 not out) and Kyle Hope (32 not out) with their unbeaten 63 run stand ensured the visitors ended the day strong at 88 for one, stretching the lead to 148 runs.

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