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Cremer, Williams restrict West Indies to 219 on first day

Shai Hope (right) remained unbeaten on 90 in the first day in Bulawayo
Shai Hope (right) remained unbeaten on 90 in the first day in Bulawayo

West Indies 219 (Shai 90no) v
Zimbabwe 19-0 (Mire 17no)
First Test, Bulawayo, day one

Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams picked seven wickets between them to bowl out West Indies for 219 runs in their first innings following which the Zimbabwe openers ended the first day's play with a score of 19 for naught in the first Test in Bulawayo.

West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first after rain delayed the start of the day's play. A cautious start from West Indies saw them score just 14 runs in the first eight overs.

The pressure eventually got onto openers Kraigg Brathwaite (3) when Kyle Jarvis (1-40) had him caught in the slips. It was also his first wicket on making a Zimbabwe comeback.

Kieran Powell (56) held one end up but Zimbabwe also removed Kyle Hope (16) and had the visitors reeling at 36 for two. This is when Powell and Shai Hope (90 not out) got the innings back on track with a 75 run stand for the third wicket.

In the process, both the batsmen crossed their respective half-centuries. The introduction of spinners dented the momentum of West Indies with Cremer (4-64) accounting for Powell. Zimbabwe had to use a review for the second time and both went in their favour. This time for a caught at short leg.

Shai (90) continued to grind and had Roston Chase (31) providing brief support but with Williams (3-20) and Cremer in action, West Indies collapsed dramatically from being 174 for three to 219 all-out. Shai remained unbeaten on 90 at one end, seeing wickets tumbling at the other end.

In the brief five overs of play in the Zimbabwe innings, Solomon Mire (17 not out) looked positive while Hamilton Masakadza (0 not out) also managed to remain unbeaten as the home side ended the day with a score of 19 for naught. They now trail West Indies by 200 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.

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