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Windies onslaught leaves Chevrons with a mountain to climb

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The visitors’ star batsmen Roston Chase and Kraigg Brathwaite put in a commanding performance to strengthen the Windies grip on the first Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club on Monday.

By SportBrief Reporter

West Indies continued their fine form from yesterday as they looked to punish the Chevrons for not capitalizing on their poor first innings performance.

Kraigg Brathwaite made 86 at the top of the innings, and with Chase scoring an unbeaten 91 that took the Windies to a mammoth 369 for eight at stumps on the third day.

That score sees the Caribbean boys take an overall lead of 429 and the Chevrons having to pursue a world-record chase in the fourth innings to overturn the deficit.

Brathwaite worked the bat patiently in the morning session as the Windies added just 67 runs before Kyle Hope was trapped leg before wicket by the returning Jarvis for 44.

With the heat and general frustration taking its toll on the Zimbabwean bowlers, Chase was able to cash in later in the day.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Zimbabwe as they looked to stage a fight back of some sorts in the hour before tea, when the Windies fell from 174 for two to 244 for six.

Brathwaite’s innings was ended when he was trapped lbw by off-spinner Sikandar Raza, with left-arm spinner Sean Williams also enjoyed success with the harder ball, as he had Jermaine Blackwood stumped and Shane Dowrich caught at slip.

However, the visitors captain Jason Holder counter-attacked with a run-a-ball 24, and Chase continued to score briskly to keep the scoreboard ticking.

The skipper, Holder, was eventually dismissed by Graeme Cremer shortly after tea, but just as the hosts looked like wrapping up the Windies innings, Devendra Bishoo hit a feisty 44 in an 82-run stand for the eighth wicket with Chase.

The partnership was eventually terminated on the stroke of stumps when Cremer had Bishoo caught on the boundary to record his seventh wicket of the match, but the damage had already been done.

The Chevrons have it all to do on Tuesday as they face a long battle to save the game and will have to improve drastically from their disappointing first innings score if they are to stand a chance to win the first test.

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