Last Update: February 12, 2023, 23:08 IST
West Indies off-spinner Gudakesh Moti wreaked havoc in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Sunday, taking seven wickets to help bowl out the hosts for 115.
In reply, the tourists reached 133 for the loss of four wickets, and took an 18-run lead at the end of the game with Ramon Reifer top-scoring with 53.
With Alzarri Joseph taking Zimbabwe’s first wicket on the first day and Jason Holder the next two, Moti took seven consecutive wickets in a devastating 14.5-over spell.
The 27-year-old from Guyana conceded 37 runs in his career-best spell while he had four maidens in Queens. Play club in the southwestern city.
Moti said, “Taking seven wickets means a lot to me.”
Zimbabwe captain and batsman Craig Ervine said: “The West Indies bowlers hit the right areas and made it difficult for us to score.
“I chose to bat first as the wicket was dry and it could be difficult to bat towards the end. We are hoping to keep their lead below 100 runs.”
Zimbabwe suffered a pre-match blow when star batsman Gary Ballance was ruled out after failing to fully recover from a migraine headache.
The home team also lacked prolific run-getters Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl, who were released to play franchise cricket in the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh respectively.
Injuries sidelined captain and all-rounder Sean Williams and pacers Blessing Mujarbani and Tendai Chatra.
Zimbabwe were 70 for five at lunch, with opener Innocent Kaiya the only batsman to impress during the first session.
He made 38, then a thick outside edge proved his undoing as he was caught at first slip by Kyle Mayers off Holder.
Ervin scored 22 runs before becoming Moti’s first victim. The skipper was trapped leg before full delivery attempting to sweep.
Batting at number seven, Donald Tiripano scored an unbeaten 23, but none of his partners could last long against Moti.
The West Indies’ innings began disappointingly, with captain and maiden Test centurion Kraigg Brathwaite trapped by Wellington Masakadza before scoring only seven runs.
Tagenarayan Chanderpaul, son of former West Indies captain Shivnarine and who scored a double century in the drawn first Test, added 73 runs for the second wicket with Reifer and was dismissed for a patient 36.
Reifer hit a six and four fours in his innings, then Tendai Chiwanga and wicketkeeper Tafdjwa Siga combined to run him out.
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