Shai Hope is unbeaten at 56    Getty Images
Shai Hope is unbeaten at 56 Getty Images

After losing two wickets early, visitors West Indies got themselves back on track as they played Zimbabwe in the first Test. At Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo on Saturday, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat. Zimbabwe bowlers Kyle Jarvis and Solomon Mire helped their side bag two crucial wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope, and West Indies were reduced to 65 for 2 at the end of first session. Kieran Powell and Shai Hope then helped their side fight back, as West Indies put up 154 for 3 before tea.

Powell, after losing two batting partners, took up the charge to anchor the innings and Shai provided him with a lot of support. They put up the first stable partnership of the innings. Powell scored his half-century but was removed soon after by opponent captain Graeme Cremer. Powell attempted a paddle sweep but ended up edging it to Craig Ervine, who ran to his left and grabbed a low catch. Though the on-field umpire was not convinced, Cremer took the second successful review for Zimababwe to send the set Powell back for 56.

Zimbabwe restrict West Indies to 65-2 before lunch, Day 1, 1st Test
Zimbabwe restrict West Indies to 65-2 before lunch, Day 1, 1st Test

Shai held on the other end and was joined by Roston Chase in the middle. They slowly and steadily built up yet another partnership. Shai got to his fifty and remained unbeaten at 56 with Chase at 20 as the teams headed for tea. West Indies scored 89 runs in this session losing only one wicket.

Brief scores

West Indies 154 for 3 (Kieran Powell 56, Shai Hope 56*; Kyle Jarvis 1 for 38, Solomon Mire 1 for 22, Graeme Cremer 1 for 42) against Zimbabwe