Zimbabwe frustrate Windies to secure draw
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, (CMC):
West Indies' bid for a clean sweep ended in frustration as wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva struck a defiant half-century to earn Zimbabwe a precious draw on the final day of the second Test here yesterday.
Starting the day confident of victory at Queens Sports Club, West Indies managed to take just three Zimbabwe wickets as the hosts produced a gritty performance to end on 301 for seven in their second innings, when the match was abandoned mid-way through the final session.
Chakabva was at the heart of the effort with an unbeaten 71, while Sikandar Raza, unbeaten on 58 overnight, missed out on three figures for the second time in the contest with 89, following his first innings 80.
Peter Moor stroked 42, while captain Graeme Cremer chipped in with 28 to help frustrate West Indies, especially in the final session.
It was a 91-run, unbroken eighth wicket stand between Chakabva and Cremer, which steered the hosts safely through the final session and left the visitors out of options.
West Indies bowlers toiled on an unresponsive track, and fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel (2-34) and Kemar Roach (2-37), along with with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-74) all only managed to take two wickets each.
Resuming the day on 140 for four but more importantly, only 18 runs ahead, Zimbabwe suffered a major setback in the day's second over when Moor perished after adding just three runs to his overnight 39 wafting at one from Gabriel and providing Shai Hope with a catch at gully.
Raza, unbeaten on 58 overnight, then combined with Malcolm Waller, who made just 15, to keep West Indies at bay for the remainder of the hour.
Waller batted nearly an hour and escaped with several near misses before falling in the first over following the first drinks break, edging Bishoo to Jermaine Blackwood at slip at 172 for six.
West Indies took the series 1-0 after winning the first Test nine days ago by 117 runs at the same venue.