West Indies won the first Test by an emphatic 117 runs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, thumping all the hopes that the Zimbabweans had harboured as regards claiming the victory.
In the first innings, Zimbabwe’s bowling had been quite impressive, ferocious and effective. West Indies were dismissed within a day, and that had ignited little glimmers of hope of gaining control of the game. The chance for Zimbabwe to bat came in the first innings, and apparently, they squandered a clear opportunity. They failed to surpass the Windies’ target, getting into the second innings trailing.
The second innings yielded positive innings for West Indies. They increased their lead to a mammoth 434, creating a subsequent herculean task for Zimbabwean batsmen. In the second innings for Zimbabwe, the batsmen showed positive intent initially, but a quick middle-order collapse triggered the impetus for an inevitable loss.
The guys tried all their best. There are areas which need improving, for example our batting and our fielding. The fielding has been one which some fans call “leaking.”
The opening partnership between Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza is seemingly keen on delivering, although it is too early to settle for this. For all we know, with time, Solomon Mire is an awesome batsman for Tests. Brendan Taylor returned to his prolific form in the second innings, a few more games will do the magic.
The team is exuding signs of change. They should capitalize on a side that has not been performing well in the Test format of late.
Zimbabwe still has a long way to go.