Marlon Samuels claimed career best figures of 4 for 13 and his partner spinner Shane Shillingford take 3 for 58 as the West Indies all out Zimbabwe for 211 runs on day one of the opening Test on Tuesday. The Tourists fight back late in the day through fast bowler Kyle Jarvis (2 for 9), with the West Indies where 18 for 2 at the Stumps at Kensington Oval.
Zimbabwe's first innings total was build around opener Tino Mawoyo's top scorer of 50 runs but pacer Kemar Roach (2 for 31) and Shillingford dismissed the back of the top order before Samuels polished off the innings. Zimbabwe, batting after winning the toss, lost Vusi Sibanda made 12.
Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza added second wicket partnership of 42 runs before Roach struck again in his first over of a second spell. Zimbabwe reached 100 runs with just lose two wickets just after lunch but the hosts side dominated in the next two sessions.
The Mawoyo struck seven fours in an even fifty off 95 deliveries. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel then got a wicked outswinging yorker to pluck out the off stump of skipper Brendan Taylor for 26 as the Zimbabweans chipped down further to 110 for 4. Taylor, who smashed four boundaries, had put on 41 runs with Mawoyo. Zimbabwe were 162 for 6 at tea.
Regis Chakabva dropped by Tino Best at mid-off off Shillingford before the break, find a useful ally in Graeme Cremer on resumption and the pair put on seventh wicket partnership of 38 runs. Cremer was the more enterprising, hit three fours in 25 before he slashed to backward point off Samuels. Chakabva dismissed at the same total, prodding Shillingford to Kieran Powell at short leg after defying for 15 off 92 deliveries.
Marlon Samuels quickly wrapped up the innings with Jarvis (0) snared by Powell at bat-pad and Tendai Chatara (2) caught at mid-off as he attacked. Ray Price, who slammed a reverse sweep for four and a big six over midwicket, ended on 12 not out. Kyle Jarvis find a early wickets. Chris Gayle unbeaten on 11 runs and Darren Bravo not out on without score.