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Masakadza century highlights rain hampered day one

Hamilton Masakadza led Zimbabwe's fightback on day one
Hamilton Masakadza led Zimbabwe's fightback on day one
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Zimbabwe 169-4 (Masakadza 101no) v West Indies
Second Test, day one, Bulawayo

Hamilton Masakadza scored an unbeaten century as Zimbabwe made a terrific comeback riding on his 142 run stand with Peter Moor to reach 169 for four at stumps on day one of the second Test in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe decided to bat first on winning the toss.

The openers were circumspect against West Indies' new ball attack and within the first 10 overs, Kemar Roach (2-24) had Solomon Mire (4) and Brendan Taylor (1) dismissed while Shannon Gabriel (1-37) at the other hand accounted for Craig Ervine (0). The visitors were reeling at 14 for three at that stage.

In the 11th over, Gabriel had Masakadza caught down the leg side but only to find that he had overstepped. He and Moor (52) arrested the fall of wickets and ensured Zimbabwe went into lunch at 56 for three.

The runs were hard to come by and in the 34th over, Masakadza hit a boundary to complete his half-century and he signalled his intention clear with a six and a four off Devendra Bishoo (0-46).

Masakadza and Moor brought their 100-run stand in the 43rd over and after a productive second session, they went into tea with a score of 147 for three.

On restart, Moor completed a very fine half-century but was castled by Roston Chase (1-26) soon after. However, Masakadza went on to notch his fifth Test century and as Zimbabwe reached 169 for four in 61 overs, rain arrived allowing no further play possible.

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