West Indies v Zimbabwe

  • Last Updated: March 13 2013, 22:03 GMT

A dashing half-century from captain Darren Sammy and three early wickets in the evening session moved West Indies into a strong position on day two of the first Test against Zimbabwe.

Kyle Jarvis: Key wickets for Zimbabwe
Kyle Jarvis: Key wickets for Zimbabwe

The hosts made 307 in reply to the tourists' mark of 211 all out - largely thanks to a boundary-laden 73 from Sammy.

Kyle Jarvis added three wickets to last night's haul of two to finish with five for 54 but the Windies bowlers also cashed in during a 14-over spell before stumps.

Two wickets from Shane Shillingford and one from Shannon Gabriel left Zimbabwe 41 for three, still 55 adrift.

The home side resumed on 18 for two and Chris Gayle settled into his work early, stroking the fifth ball of the morning for four and following up with a second boundary off Jarvis.

Darren Bravo fell for 11, caught behind off Jarvis, but Marlon Samuels was off the mark with a boundary off Graeme Cremer.

He and Gayle soon put together a productive sequence of shots - collecting a combined 26 off three overs.

Just as their partnership threatened to explode Tendai Chatara took his first Test wicket, Gayle caught at slip off the glove.

Samuels carried on unconcerned at the other end, unleashing a series of boundaries - including a back-to-back four and six off Cremer.

He also took Hamilton Masakadza for consecutive fours and reached his 50 with his 10th boundary off Ray Price.

But he fell two balls before lunch, caught behind off Hamilton Masakadza, leaving Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 25.

He managed to add just one after the break, becoming Jarvis' fourth victim when he offered wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva a third catch.

Sammy took charge thereafter the break, finding the ropes for the first time from his second ball.

With Denesh Ramdin playing a safer hand, Sammy played his shots and was past 20 inside 17 balls.

Successive sixes followed from Cremer, with a third coming soon after.

Price had two unsuccessful lbw appeals against Sammy in as many balls, reviewing the latter, and the batsman took advantage with 14 off an abject Cremer over.

There was luck as well - a close run-out and a drop in the deep - and he finally played Masakadza on to his stumps.

With a tea total of 265 for seven, Zimbabwe took the final three wickets for 42.

Shillingford made just one, Tino Best became Jarvis' fifth victim for a robust 24 and Ramdin departed for a low-key 62.

Zimbabwe had an hour to survive and lasted 7.1 overs before losing a first wicket - Tino Mawayo held at slip off Gabriel for nine.

Spinner Shillingford was given two overs and struck in both of them.

Masakadza was first to go for one, Sammy again the catcher, before Shillingford completed a caught and bowled to send back Vusi Sibanda (15).

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