Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford guide West Indies to 9-wicket win over Zimbabwe

Darren Sammy’s 73 in the first essay set the tone for the home side’s comfortable 9-wicket victory over Zimbabwe © Getty Images

Bridgetown: Mar 14, 2013

West Indies defeated Zimbabwe by 9 wickets to win the first Test inside three days at the Kensington Oval on Thursday.

After dismissing Zimbabwe for just 107 in their second innings, the home side were left needing just 12 for victory and they achieved their target shortly after lunch for the loss of just Kieran Powell.

Earlier, West Indies looked on course to win the first Test against Zimbabwe after an impressive second day which saw them bowled out for 307 in their first innings and then reduce the tourists to 41-3 in their second innings on Day Two.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy led from the front topscoring with 73, before taking two smart catches.

He came to the crease just after lunch with his team labouring at 151 for six in reply to the visitors’ first innings total of 211, but then he dominated a 106-run seventh-wicket partnership with Denesh Ramdin (62) to tilt the balance of play in his side’s favour.

Kyle Jarvis’ career-best test innings figures of five for 54 limited the home side to a total of 307 and a lead of 96.

However worse was to follow for the Zimbabweans in the 14 overs they faced to the close of play as tearaway fast bowler Shannon Gabriel removed Tino Mawoyo.

Spinner Shane Shillingford also snared two wickets in two overs to have the visitors praying desperately to get off the pitch and to the safety of the pavilion.

Zimbabwe had earlier won the toss and elected to bat when they were bundled out for 211. Having conceded a 96-run lead in the first innings, it was a steep task for the visitors to eke out a favourable result in this game.

They managed to avoid an innings defeat, but only just as they folded for a negligible lead of 11 runs, giving the home side a target of 12 runs.

Sammy’s 73 in the first innings and Shane Shillingford’s 9 wickets in the match paved the way for a comfortable victory in the first Test for the home side.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 211 and 107 (Craig Ervin 23*, Vusi Sibanda 15; Shane Shillingford 6 for 49) lost to West Indies 307 and 12 for 1 (Kieran Powell 6) by 9 wickets

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(With inputs from AFP)