Kieran Powell remained unbeaten    AFP
Kieran Powell remained unbeaten AFP

Zimbabwe were off to a positive start in the first Test against West Indies, restricting them to 65 for 2 before lunch on Day One. At the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo on Saturday, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat. However, Zimbabwe s early strikes left them with a shaky start. Before lunch, Kieran Powell remained unbeaten at 25 along with Shai Hope at 19.

Kraigg Brathwaite opened the innings with Powell for the first Test, as the start was delayed due to wet outfield. Kyle Jarvis, who made his comeback to Zimbabwe s national side breaking his Kolpak deal, gave his side the first breakthrough. He bowled a full-length delivery outside off-stump and produced an edge off Barthwaite who tried to defend. Regis Chakabva, the wicketkeeper, took a clean catch which reduced West Indies to 14 for 1.

West Indies announce unchanged squad for Zimbabwe tour
West Indies announce unchanged squad for Zimbabwe tour

Debutant Solomon Mire bagged the second wicket. This time, Kyle Hope edged one off a length delivery. The on-field umpire was not convinced but the confident Graeme Cremer decided to take the review. The decision was overturned and Kyle was sent back.

Shai Hope and Powell then settled things down for West Indies. The team did not lose any further wickets in the session and the two batsmen took the team s score past fifty.

Brief scores

West Indies 65 for 2 (Kieran Powell 25*, Shai Hope 19*; Kyle Jarvis 1 for 22, Solomon Mire 1 for 15) against Zimbabwe