Kemar Roach bagged 2 wickets in the 1st session    AFP
Kemar Roach bagged 2 wickets in the 1st session AFP

Fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel ripped out three Zimbabwe wickets in the opening session as the West Indies made a strong start to the second Test at Queens Sports Club on Sunday. After winning the toss and deciding to bat in their bid to earn a share of the two-match series, Zimbabwe went to lunch on 56 for three. The home side lost opener Solomon Mire in the fourth over of the day when he edged behind off Roach, before key batsmen Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor were bowled by Gabriel and Roach respectively.

Gabriel could have had another wicket when opener Hamilton Masakadza was caught at gully, but replays showed that the fast bowler had overstepped. Masakadza therefore survived to reach lunch unbeaten on 35, while Peter Moor dug in alongside him to make 15 not out.

Moor was only playing after Zimbabwe went into the game without two important players. Fast bowler Kyle Jarvis missed out because of an ankle injury, while allrounder Sean Williams was too ill to take the field.

Graeme Cremer: First innings with the bat is crucial in Test cricket
Graeme Cremer: First innings with the bat is crucial in Test cricket

As a result, Moor came in as a replacement middle-order batsman while left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro made his Test debut. The changes left Zimbabwe with just two seamers in their line-up, which made captain Graeme Cremer s victory at the toss all the more important as the hosts look to bounce back from a 117-run defeat in the first Test.

Although Queens Sports Club was overcast and unseasonably cold the pitch had significant bare patches on which Zimbabwe s spinners will hope to have success later in the match. The West Indies named an unchanged side from the first Test.

Brief scores

Zimbabwe 56 for 3 (Hamilton Masakadza 35*, Moor 15*; Shannon Gabriel 1 for 18, Kemar Roach 2 for 19) against West Indies