Zimbabwe got off on a rocky start on day one of the second test against the West Indies until a Hamilton Masakadza ton helped them to 169/4 before rain stopped play in Bulawayo.
By SportBrief Reporter
The Chevrons veteran batsman Masakadza recorded his fifth test century as he anchored the hosts from a shaky start to a somewhat respectable showing before rain interrupted play in the first day of the second test against the West Indies at the Queens Sports Club on Sunday.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the hosts found themselves in all sorts of trouble as they lost three quick wickets having put on just 14 runs on the scoreboard.
The visitors bowling attack was in a ruthless mood as it took Kemar Roach just two overs to claim his first scalp with Chevrons opener Solomon Mire the first to go as he was caught behind for a paltry 4 runs.
The Windies were relentless and Craig Ervine soon followed when he was stumped by Gabriel without adding anything to the scoreboard having faced 7 balls.
Things seemed to go from bad to worse for the hosts when former skipper Brendan Taylor (1) was the next to depart as he was bowled by Roach, and with the hosts on 14/3 it was beginning to look like it would be a massacre at the Queens Sports Club.
But Masakadza stepped up to the plate and along with PJ Moor (52) put on a formidable 142-run fourth wicket stand to give the home crowd a sense of renewed optimism.
Although Moor was removed from the equation as soon as he reached his half century, bowled by off-spinner Roston Chase, Masakadza held on to record his fifth test ton and help steer the hosts to 169/4 as he ended the day on 101 not out before rain stopped play.
Speaking after the match Masakadza had glowing words for his fourth wicket partner PJ Moor.
“I actually had quite a bit of fun batting with Peter today, because he brought a lot of energy and he was very positive, I fed quite a bit off that,” he said.
Consequently, Zimbabwe still have it all to do if they are to force a draw in the two-test series against the West Indies after having lost the first test by 117 runs.