The Chevrons lower order batsmen stood resolute to salvage an unlikely draw on the second test against the West Indies at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
By SportBrief Reporter
Regis Chakabva (71) and Graeme Cremer (28) put up a gallant fight for the eighth wicket stand to draw the second and last test match against West Indies despite the visitors winning the series 1-0 on overall.
Sikandar Raza, who was deservedly crowned the man of the match, had laid the foundation for Zimbabwe’s resistance with a well played 89 runs earlier during the day. The all-rounder continued from where he had left off in the previous day but his partner PJ Moor fell after the pair had just added 4 more runs from Wednesday’s score of 140/4.
Moor was quickly removed off the bowling of Chase, leaving the Chevrons on 144/5. His replacement, Malcom Waller could only add 15 runs to the scoreboard before he was dismissed by spin bowler Bishoo leaving Zimbabwe on 172/6.
The in-form Raza continued to keep things ticking for the hosts as he and Chakabva looked to steady things down for the Chevrons. But the Windies captain, Holder, stepped up to claim the big wicket of Raza (89) that had been eluding the visitors thus far.
On 210/7, the Zimbabweans looked like easy pickings as the Windies seemed certain to bring a quick end to their innings.
But the hosts captain Graeme Cremer stood resolute as he along with Chakabva soaked up the pressure from the West Indies bowling attack to form a formidable unbroken 91-run eighth wicket stand that ultimately earned Zimbabwe a draw as they finished the day on 301/7 with that being the last day of the five-day test.
Despite losing the test series 1-0, the chevrons will no doubt take heart from their spirited performance in the second test and look to kick on as they face a much sterner test in the form later this year.