For a side playing its first Test in over a year, Zimbabwe began promisingly in the morning against searing pace bowling but completely lost their way after lunch, a solid 100 for 2 turning into 211 all out. Having battled hard against the onslaught from Kemar Roach and Tino Best, they came up short against the offspin of Shane Shillingford and part-timer Marlon Samuels.
Roach and Best bowled with so much intensity they might have run through Zimbabwe by themselves on a luckier day. But, led by the plucky Tino Mawoyo, Zimbabwe took blows, got beaten, edged and stonewalled their way through the first hour before frittering away hard-earned starts on a largely harmless Kensington Oval pitch.
Mawoyo started the downfall soon after lunch when he lunged forward to defend a Shillingford offbreak that spun and bounced to take the inside edge onto pad and lob to short leg. Brendan Taylor tried to turn a Shannon Gabriel delivery with the angle to leg but it moved away late and flattened his off stump. Minutes before tea, Craig Ervine pushed forward to a straight Samuels delivery and left a fatally big gap between bat and pad. Read more
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