The West Indies stamped their dominance with a bullish performance on day four of the second test match against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo despite a spirited fight by Chevrons’ 5th wicket partnership between Sikanda Raza Butt and PJ Moor.
The West Indies started on a strong position with Jason Holder and Shannon Dowrich showing their batting prowess.
Holder was the first to lift his bat in wild celebration as he reached his century before Dowrich attained his maiden test century in a partnership worth 212 runs.
It took debutant Tendai Chisoro to bring to an end the West Indies’ first innings.
First he got the scalp of Dowrich on 103 when he trapped him leg before wicket before the captain Holder followed to the pavillion after being bowled out by the debutant for 110 runs.
Chisoro was not done as he was also responsible for trapping Kemar Roach leg before wicket for a duck as the visitors finished on 448 all out, translating to a lead of 122 going to the second innings.
Sikandar Raza was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5 for 99 in 48 overs that included 12 maidens while Chisoro contributed 3 for 113 in 41.2 overs with 7 maidens.
Other wickets came from Christopher Mpofu and Graeme Cremer.
The Chevrons did not have the best of starts to their second innings as they quickly lost first innings hero, Hamilton Masakadza for 5 after being bowled out by Kemar Roach, leaving Zimbabwe at 5 for 1.
His opening partner, Solomon Mire was soon to follow for a duck after being trapped leg before wicket, again off the bowling of Roach with the very last ball before lunch.
Brendan Taylor was next to go for 10 runs as he was trapped leg before wicket off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.
Off spinner, Davendra Bishoo then once again came to haunt the Zimbabwean innings as he bowled out Craig Ervine for 22 runs to leave the Chevrons at 46 for 4.
When all seemed lost for the Chevrons, Sikanda Raza Butt and PJ Moor stabilised the innings for Zimbabwe to go past the West Indies lead.
Raza scored his second half century in the series, posting an unbeaten 58 runs in the second at stumps on day four.
PJ Moor managed 39 not out to leave Zimbabwe leading the West Indies by 18 runs.
The final day of action this Thursday will be a test to see if Zimbabwe can brew a shocker and level the series.