Cremer, Chakabva script Zimbabwe’s great escape

The Report by Liam Brickhill in Bulawayo

 Zimbabwe’s battling rearguard secured a draw in the second Test at Queens Sports Club, but West Indies still took the series 1-0, their first Test series win under Jason Holder. Sikandar Raza‘s 89 and Regis Chakabva‘s 71 not out formed the backbone of their effort on the final day. Their obduracy was matched by Graeme Cremer, the captain, who blunted 150 deliveries for his 28 not out when both sides shook hands and settled for a draw at the start of the mandatory overs.

Raza, who also scored 80 in the first innings, became the second player in history after Jacques Kallis to pass 80 twice and take five wickets in a Test, was named Man of the Match. Devendra Bishoo, with 13 wickets across two Tests, was named Man of the Series.

 Summarized scores: Zimbabwe 326 (Masakadza 147, Raza 80, Roach 3-44) and 301 for 7 (Raza 89, Chakabva 71*, Gabriel 2-34, Roach 2-37) drew with West Indies 448 (Holder 110*, Dowrich 103, Powell 90, Raza 5-99)

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