HARARE – Zimbabwe A denied West Indies after batting through the remainder of the last day of the three-day warm up match for 70 runs for the loss of four wickets after being set 486 runs to win at Bulawayo Athletic Club yesterday.
The visitors declared twice in the match first on 365/7d in the first innings and 263/5d in the reverse innings with a lead of 485 after amassing 628 runs in the two innings as they tried to test their bowling firepower later in the day.
But without any reason for a marathon sprint and playing in the longer version way Zimbabwe A closed the day on 70/4 needing a further 415 runs with six wickets in hand.
It was, however, a good preparatory match for the Caribbean Islanders as they managed to execute their skills well with both bat and ball in acclimatising for the two-match Test series that gets underway with the first match on Saturday at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
A couple of half centuries at top of the order by the tourists, three in the first innings from opener Kraigg Braithwaite (53), Shai Hope (85 retired out) and Roston Chase (79 retired out) as well as two of the second innings from Kieran Powell (77 retired out) and Kyle Hope (61 retired out) laid the foundation for West Indies’ score of above 600.
Their bowling unit bowled to perfection particularly in Zim A’s first innings where they dismissed the hosts for a paltry 143 runs all out inside 44.1 overs and even in the limited time of 27 overs they bowled for their second innings, taking four wickets still remains a good work cut out.
For Zimbabwe A the batting proved problematic while the bowling was a bit better which gives a lot of homework to head coach Heath Streak as he tries to come up with a winning formular against a West Indies side who a more superior than the locals.