Devendra Bishoo helped put Zimbabwe to the sword as his bowling propelled the West Indies to a 117-run victory in the first test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday. Bishoo followed up his 5-79 in the first innings with figures of 4-105 in the second, as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 316 to lose the match inside four days.
Truth be told, Zimbabwe only have themselves to blame, after they were bowled out for a dismal 159 in reply to the West Indies first innings of 219. Zimbabwe put up more of a fight with the bat in their second innings, but the damage had already been done as they fell well short of a world-record chase of 434 runs to win.
“Zimbabwe hadn’t won a Test series since 2011”
Hamilton Masakadza and Solomon Mire started well for the home side, putting up a 99 run stand for the first wicket at a brisk rate, before both openers fell in quick succession. A 64-run stand for the fifth wicket between Brandon Taylor and Sikandar Raza gave Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope, only for the hosts to be derailed by a series of soft dismissals.
There was still time for a bit of fun, as final pair Chris Mpofu and Kyle Jarvis hit eight boundaries in a stand of 55 – a record for the 10th wicket at Queens Sports Club.
The second test gets under way at the same venue on Sunday
- The last time Zimbabwe won a test series was in 2011.
- Zimbabwe has won six series total since 1992.
- Chris Mpofu and Kyle Jarvis’ final wicket stand 55 was a record for the 10th wicket at Queens Sports Club.