Zimbabwe saw off a late bid by West Indies to force an unlikely result on the last day’s play as they finished on 134 for six in their second innings of the drawn first test on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe were set 272 to win with 49 overs left on the final afternoon, but never seriously chased their target and were comfortably placed for the draw on 83-2 in the 23rd over before spin bowlers Gudakesh Motie (4-50) and Roston Chase (2-9) sent late flutters through the home dressing-room.
Wicketkeeper Tafadzwa Tsiga’s 83-ball score of 23 not out helped to frustrate the touring side as the shadows lengthened in the late afternoon.
Meanwhile, Jason Holder resorted to some off-spin bowling in the ongoing Test match between West Indies and Zimbabwe. The tall West Indies all-rounder, who generally bowls right-arm pace, bowled a couple of overs of right-arm off-spin on Wednesday (February 8) against Zimbabwe.
The final session of Zimbabwe vs. West Indies Test Since a lot of overs have been bowled on the pitch in Bulawayo, the wicket seems to be aiding the spin bowlers.
As a result, West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite handed the ball to Holder, and the all-rounder tried off-spin. While he could not take any wickets, he conceded only six runs to Gary Ballance and Tafadzwa Tsiga in the two overs he bowled.
You can watch the video of his off-spin bowling here:
It is not new to see the pitch assisting the spinners on Day 5 of the Test.
West Indies are currently racing against time to pull off a win against Zimbabwe. The Caribbean team has to take four wickets in the remaining overs on Wednesday to complete a win. The home side needs 151 runs for a win, and it looks like they will be happy with a draw.
The fast bowlers have not enjoyed much success at the Queens Sports Club. In Zimbabwe’s second innings, West Indies have taken six wickets, with slow left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie taking four of them. Off-spinner Roston Chase has bagged the other two wickets.