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BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Leg spinner Devendra Bishoo took five wickets as West Indies took control on the second day of the first test against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club on Sunday to go to the close with a 148-run lead and nine second-innings wickets remaining.
The tourists are 88 for one after Bishoo’s five for 79 had earlier helped to skittle Zimbabwe for 159 in their first innings, with Hamilton Masakadza (42) the top scorer for the home side.
Kraigg Brathwaite (38 not out) and Kyle Hope (32 not out) will resume on day three on a wicket that is providing plenty of assistance to the spinners.
West Indies were bowled out for 219 in their first innings on Saturday as Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer took four for 64. Cremer has also claimed the lone wicket to fall so far in the tourists’ second knock when he bowled Kieran Powell for 17.
(CRICBUZZ)Shai Hope, who has compiled two centuries and two fifties in his last five Test innings, admitted that Windies' first innings total of 219 in the first Test in Bulawayo was 'under par'. However, he added that run-scoring wasn't easy and the visitors still have a chance of registering a come-from-behind win.
"Honestly, it was a very slow outfield," Hope observed. "So that 219 could easily have been closer to 300. When I was batting, I hit quite a few balls through the gap, but scoring was never easy. It's under par, it's under what we were expecting, but I still think we have a chance."
Hope had a poor start to his career, illustrated by the fact that he hadn't scored a fifty in his first eight Tests. The Barbados batsman, however, started the 2016-17 season on a good note by averaging 75.4 in the Regional four-day competition. He followed it up with a crucial 90 in the Bridgetown Test against Pakistan.
Hope then had a wonderful time in England, where he notched up twin hundreds in the Leeds Test to secure the visitors' memorable five-wicket win. He also composed a fine hand of 62 in difficult conditions for batting in the Lord's Test.
In the first Test versus Zimbabwe, Hope continued to be the backbone of the Windies line-up as he essayed a vital unbeaten innings of 90, with wickets falling around him. The promising Windies batsman said that he has tried to stick to the basics, which has helped him to succeed in different conditions.
"Keep it as simple as possible. Try not to complicate your game and put too many things in your head. Rotate the strike," he said. "I just try to simplify it as much as I can, playing the ball late. Pick the gaps and keep the score rotating as much as possible. You don't really want them [spinners] to settle on one batsman, because that makes it much easier. They know where to bowl consistently. In the end they'll get you out," he added.
Hope also commended Kieran Powell, the opener, for adapting to the conditions and accruing a fifty. "I would say we were ahead of the game at that stage. I can see his [Powell's] confidence is good, he's playing a lot better. He's adapting to the conditions as well."
Over a period of time, the track in Bulawayo has helped the spinners to an extent. Spinners, Ray Prince, Paul Strang and Daniel Vettori, are among the top five wicket-takers (Tests) at the ground. Having played a few One-Day Internationals last year at the ground, Hope noted that he expected the track to turn.
"It's always an advantage to be playing at a ground you've played on before," Hope said. "Last year it spun quite a bit, so it wasn't as much of a surprise, despite it being a first-day pitch. We might not have expected it to spin quite as much though."
FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, CMC – West Indies A failed with the bat for the second time in as many days, after left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara claimed a 12-wicket match haul to send them crashing to a heavy 280-run loss inside three days, in the second four-day “Test” here yesterday.
Asked to chase an improbable target of 425 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, the hosts tumbled to 144 all out in their second innings to follow up their meek first innings of 137 on Friday’s second day.
Only the in-form Sunil Ambris with 41 showed any resistance as Windies A failed to string together a single decent partnership to resist the resurgent Sri Lankans.
The right-hander was the only batsman to pass 20, single-handedly carrying the fight before he was ninth out after facing 76 balls in just under 2-1/4 hours at the crease and hitting four fours.
Pushpakumara finished with six for 46 to follow up his first innings haul of six for 52, and end with match figures of 12 for 98.
As he also did in the first innings, off-spinner Shehan Jayasuriya supported with two for 48.
Earlier, Sri Lanka A declared their innings on 267 for nine after resuming the day on 213 for six.
Roshen Silva, unbeaten overnight on 85, added just one but Wanindu Hasaranga pummeled an unbeaten 50 off 62 deliveries with six fours, to inflict more misery on Windies A.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall added two wickets to his tally to finish with five for 107.
Left with around an hour to survive before lunch, West Indies A lost wickets steadily and were languishing on 39 for four at the interval.
Using the new ball, Pushpakumara knocked over opener John Campbell (1), captain Shamarh Brooks (7) and Vishaul Singh (9) to leave Windies A on 27 for three and Jahmar Hamilton perished for six on the stroke of lunch, as the Sri Lankans assumed full control of the encounter.
After the break, Ambris and opener Montcin Hodge (14) tried to resuscitate the innings in a 27-run fifth wicket partnership but seamer Kasun Rajitha cut short the revival by having Hodge caught at the wicket on the stroke of the first hour. Cornwall (2) and Damion Jacobs (0) perished in successive deliveries to Pushpakumara to send Windies A closer to defeat at 80 for seven but Ambris again held up the Sri Lankans’ charge in a 23-run, eighth wicket stand with Sheldon Cottrell (17).
When Pushpakumara disposed of Cottrell via the lbw route, Ambris managed to steer the hosts to tea on 119 for eight but his demise, lbw to the first ball after the resumption from Jayasuriya, ensured the end was not a protracted one.
The series is tied 1-1 following Windies A’s innings victory in the opening match at the same venue a week ago.
Historic Sabina Park in Kingston will host the third and final “Test”, a day/night affair, starting next Thursday.
Chris Gayle’s defamation case to hinge on Australian masseuse
BRENDEN HILLS, The Sunday Telegraph
THE woman at the centre of star West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle’s defamation case can now be named as Leanne Russell.
Ms Russell will be the star witness in the case, scheduled to begin in the NSW Supreme Court tomorrow.
Gayle sued Fairfax Media over a series of reports published from January 2016 that he says falsely claimed he intentionally exposed his genitalia to a female massage therapist and indecently propositioned her in a West Indies’ dressing room while playing in the 2015 World Cup in Sydney.
The reports appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Victoria and The Canberra Times
The articles were based on the account of an anonymous woman who said she walked in to the West Indies change room looking for a sandwich to be confronted by Gayle who she said was wearing a towel.
The unnamed woman was quoted saying that Gayle indecently propositioned her.
Gayle strongly denied the allegations in the articles. Soon after, he launched legal action claiming the articles were wrong and unfairly smeared his reputation as well as damaged his ability to earn money from sponsors.
The woman can now be named as Australian masseuse Ms Russell, who is expected to be called to give evidence in the case.
According to news articles from the time, Mr Russell was called in as a late replacement to work as a massage therapist for the West Indies World Cup squad after another therapist was unavailable.
Fairfax has filed a defence to Gayle’s statement of claim filed with the court and is believed to be relying on a defence of truth and qualified privilege.
The case is set to come down to Gayle’s version of events versus that of Ms Russell’rstar cricketer has flown into Sydney for the case and is set to be the first witness called.
Graeme Cremer (4/64) was the pick of the bowlers with his leg-breaks on a turning wicket. (AP Photo)
Captain Graeme Cremer took four wickets as Zimbabwe restricted West Indies to 219 all out on the opening day of the first test at the Queens Sports Club on Saturday.
Zimbabwe reached 19 for no loss in reply at the close with debutant opener Solomon Mire on 17 not out and his partner Hamilton Masakadza yet to get off the mark.
Cremer (four for 64) was the pick of the bowlers with his leg-breaks on a turning wicket and was superbly supported by all-rounder Sean Williams (three for 20) as eight of the West Indies wickets fell to spin.
Shai Hope was left stranded on 90 not out in the visitors’ innings as he ran out of partners, with the only other meaningful score coming from opener Kieran Powell (56).
Zimbabwe have recalled experienced batsman Brendan Taylor and seamer Kyle Jarvis for the first test of the two-match series.
Shai Hope batted responsibly for windies on the first day at Queens Sports Club as Zimbabwe's bowlers chipped consistently away to bowl West Indies out for 219 and ensure the hosts had the upper hand at the close. For most of the day West Indies and Zimbabwe both battled in an engaging back-and-forth contest, but the Zimbabwean spinners came to the fore after tea with seven wickets in the session. West Indies collapsed from 174 for 3 to 219 all out, and Hope was left stranded on 90 not out.
For the caribbean team only Shai Hope and Kieran Powell showed some resistance. Roston Chase got a start but couldn't convert it. This game stands in favour of the home side at the moment. Would we see the momentum tilt in the west indies favour tomorrow or will the hosts drive home the advantage?
After West Indies' capitulation, the hosts had a tricky five-over period to negotiate before the close. Hamilton Masakadza was content to block out almost everything that came his way but Mire showed no such restraint. He opened his Test account with a glide through gully, and then put an emphatic stamp on proceedings with a towering six off Chase's offspin in the final over of the day. Advantage: Zimbabwe.
The Brian Lara Stadium will become the region's newest first-class venue when it hosts three of Trinidad and Tobago Red Force's home matches in the regional first-class campaign, which bowls off next week.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) said yesterday that it had approved the change for the second, fourth, and seventh-round matches, which had previously been scheduled for historic Queen's Park Oval, to now be played at the spanking new south Trinidad facility.
"This change means that we can now return the game to the south of Trinidad, which, again, has a venue to stage first-class matches," said CWI cricket operations manager Roland Holder.
Red Force will now take on Jamaica Scorpions from November 2-5 in a fixture that will crown the Tarouba venue as a first-class venue.
The hosts will also meet three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars in the fourth round from November 16-19 before clashing in the seventh round with perennial arch-rivals Barbados Pride from December 14-17.
Since the Brian Lara Stadium was opened in May this year, it has hosted several high-profile matches, including the play-off and final of the Caribbean Premier League and last week's opening matches of the ICC Women's Championship between West Indies and Sri Lanka.
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Batsman Brendan Taylor and fast bowler Kyle Jarvis will make their returns to international cricket on Saturday when Zimbabwe take on the West Indies in the first of two Tests in Bulawayo.
Jarvis has not played for Zimbabwe since signing a Kolpak deal with English county side Lancashire in 2013, while Taylor followed suit in 2015 when he moved to Nottinghamshire.
However both players have been lured back as part of Zimbabwe Cricket's attempts to revive the national team, which last year included hiring former Zimbabwe captains Tatenda Taibu and Heath Streak as national selector and head coach respectively.
Those appointments appear to be bearing some fruit -- in July, Zimbabwe won their first one-day international series in Sri Lanka, and nearly pulled off an upset in a one-off Test as well.
The additions of Taylor, Jarvis and Solomon Mire, who was previously based in Australia, have given Zimbabwe the belief that they could cause an upset in their first home Test of the year.
"I feel that we've probably got an even better team now than we had in Sri Lanka," Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer said on Friday.
"We'll take that confidence from Sri Lanka, but we know we can perform even better than that."
The West Indies are undergoing something of a resurgence themselves.
Written off in the wake of an innings and 209-run thrashing by England at Edgbaston in August, they bounced back to win a pulsating second Test at Headingley, proving what they are capable of.
"I think we've had a pretty reasonable year in terms of improvement. The guys have been getting attuned to Test cricket," West Indies captain Jason Holder said.
"We're still not the finished product but we're headed in the right direction."
At the heart of their improvement has been the faith shown by the selectors in a young group of players, with Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope emerging as two batsmen of promise.
Meanwhile the pace of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel is likely to unsettle Zimbabwe's batsmen, and the fast bowlers may also find some assistance in the hot, dry conditions at Queens Sports Club.
"With the Kookaburra balls, reverse swing is always a factor -- they tend to reverse earlier than most and go a bit softer," said Holder. "I would expect some reverse swing in these dry conditions."
Spin is also expected to play a part, so Zimbabwe could give left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro his first Test cap.
Zimbabwe squad: Graeme Cremer (c), Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Michael Chinouya, Chris Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chisoro, Nyasha Mayavo.
The West Indies will be looking to make optimum use of the conditions during an upcoming two-Test series against Zimbabwe, knowing they will be visiting the country again in March for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018.
Picking up that valuable experience in the two Tests in Bulawayo, as well as the chance for players to improve their individual rankings will be incentive enough for the Windies to do well, even though they may not have much to gain in the ICC Test Team Rankings.
The West Indies, ranked eighth in Tests, missed out on direct qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as they were ranked ninth in ODIs at the cut-off date of 30 September but they would be looking to build on the promise showed in the Test series in England which they lost 2-1.
As for the points at stake, the Windies can at best gain one point with a 2-0 win to go up to 76 points while a 1-0 series victory will see it remain at 75 points and eighth place. However, even a drawn series could see it slip behind Bangladesh on decimal points. On the other hand, Zimbabwe can move up to 21 points with a 2-0 series win.
As for the ICC Test Player Rankings, there will be a lot of interest regarding the return to international cricket by Zimbabwe players Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis.
Taylor, a 31-year-old former Zimbabwe captain who had announced his retirement during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in favour of playing County cricket in England, held a career-high 16th position among batsmen in October 2014. He was ranked 26th when he played his last Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong the following month. Pace bowler Jarvis held a career-high 40th rank and last played a Test in 2013 before turning his attention to County cricket.
The highest ranked batsman for the home side is Craig Ervine, who has scored two centuries in his last four Tests for a career-best 43rd rank. Sikandar Raza too is at a career-best 50th place while their highest-ranked bowler is captain Graeme Cremer (57th position), who has taken 16 wickets in his last two Tests.
For the Windies, opener Kraigg Brathwaite is the leading batsman in 18thposition while Shai Hope has risen to 30th place from 102nd, scoring 356 runs in the last two Tests of the series in England, which included a century in each innings at Headingley.
Pace bowlers Shannon Gabriel (21st) and Kemar Roach (26th) are their leading bowlers while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is ranked 28th.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua– The West Indies Cricket Board advised on Thursday that it has approved a change in venues for three of the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force’s home matches in the Digicel Regional 4-Day Championship.
The change will impact on the second, fourth and seventh round matches which will now be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in the southern district of Torouba.
“This change means that we can now return the game to the south of Trinidad, which again has a venue to stage first-class matches,” said CWI Manager, Cricket Operations, Roland Holder.
As a result of the above, the Jamaica Scorpions, reigning champions Guyana Jaguars and the Red Force’s fierce rivals Barbados Pride will get to help welcome the venue onto the list of first-class match venues in the Caribbean.
THE Guyana Jaguars, led by West Indies player Leon Johnson, is set oppose a Caribbean All Stars line-up in a GCB/Keem’s Foundation `Cricket Cares’ T20 match on Sunday from 17:00hrs, at the Guyana National Stadium in what is anticipated to be an entertaining affair.
The game, which should provide a CPL-like atmosphere for the anticipated capacity crowd, takes on an added significance since it is not being played for a trophy, a cash prize or ratings, but for a noble and humanitarian cause.
The players include the entire Jaguars team who finished as runners-up in Antigua last week, while Caribbean All Stars will come from Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Nicolas Pooran, Andre Fletcher, Reyad Emrit, Fidel Edwards, Kevin Cooper, Sulieman Benn and the ‘notebook man’ Keswick Williams among others. All the players will contribute their payment to the victims of hurricane-ravaged Dominica and St Martin, where Johnson’s mother lives.
Tickets cost $1500 for the Party Stand where local artistes Tameka Marshall, Natural Black and ‘rubber waist’ Jomo are among those who will perform live and where the Carib Beer tent will be located. Cheerleaders for the two teams will add to the excitement. Any of the other three stands will cost $2 000 and volunteers will be going around the ground to take donations for the worthy cause. A percentage of the ‘gates’ will also be donated to the hurricane victims. Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow at Poonai’s Pharmacy in Rose Hall Town, Little Rock Hotel in New Amsterdam, M&Ms on the East Bank Demerara, Saro Boy Groceries in Buxton, Nimbus Water in Vreed-in-Hoop, Big Yard Auto Sales in Tuschen and Dan’s Snackette in Parika.
Sunday’s match is being organised by the GCB. Teams:
JAGUARS: Leon Johnson (captain), Robin Bacchus, Sherfane Rutherford, Jonathon Foo, Gajanand Singh, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Anthony Bramble, Kemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Ricardo Adams, Chris Barnwell, Veerasammy Permaul, Steven Jacobs, Ronsford Beaton, Ramal Lewis.
CARIBBEAN All Stars: Rayed Emrit (captain), Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Andre Fletcher, Nicolas Pooran, Kjorn Ottley, Kevin Cooper, Keswick Williams, Jevon Searles, Fidel Edwards, Sulieman Benn, Lennox Cush, Joshua Wade, Andre Stoll, Romaine Maniram.
(ESPNCRICINFO)Kieran Powell (77) and Kyle Hope (61) completed half-centuries in West Indies' second innings as the visitors had a useful outing in their tour match against Zimbabwe A. After their 126-run second-wicket partnership, West Indies' middle order notched up useful contributions before allowing their bowlers to have a go at the Zimbabwe A batsmen. In 27 overs bowled by West Indies in the closing stages of the match, they managed to snuff out four top-order wickets before the game ended in a draw.
Powell and Hope began the final day on an overnight score of 74 for 1 and both brought up their respective fifties soon after. The Zimbabwe A bowlers failed to dismiss either set batsmen, and both of them chose to retire out instead. That allowed the West Indies middle order to have another bat, and Jermaine Blackwood (25), Shane Dowrich (37) and Shimron Hetmyer (48) took their total to 263 before they chose to declare.
Shannon Gabriel then quickly removed the hosts' opener Brian Chari, before a brief resistance between Chamu Chibhabha (24) and Tarisai Musakanda followed. But Raymon Riefer then removed Musakanda, after which Chibhabha and Ryan Burl returned to the pavilion as well in quick succession. The game ended with Peter Moor (10*) and Richmond Mutumbami (1*) at the crease.
A near sold-out crowd at the Queen’s Park Oval was treated to a thrilling match on Saturday with the Red Force falling to a Caribbean Select XI by 11 runs in a gung-ho chase of 218 for victory in the Hurricane Relief T20. With all the proceeds going to help Dominica, Barbuda and St Martin who were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last month, fans flocked to the Oval with tickets priced at $100 to help our Caribbean neighbours. An added bonus was the assembly of a full strength Red Force T20 team for the first time in five years with the likes of Sunil Narine (2/23), Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne and Darren Bravo all donning the red, white and black together. But the Caribbean XI, batting first, spoiled the party for the hosts with an unexpected explosion in the second half of their innings. The Red Force and their captain Kieron Pollard thought they had the match under control with the visitors 74 for three after 10 overs. But Brandon King (62 off 26 balls) and Rovman Powell (56 off 28 balls) had other ideas, taking 143 off the last 10 overs in an aerial assault that stunned the Oval into silence and lifted them to a stunning 217 for eight in their 20 overs. King, who was named Man-of-the-Match, showed little respect for Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Imran Khan, hitting them each for a six in his blistering knock before he finally perished caught at long-on trying to hit Khan for three straight sixes. His dismissal did not stem the flow of runs with Powell upping the ante to take 23 off Pollard’s second over then feasting on medium pacer Rayad Emrit with three sixes in four balls to race to his 50 which came off 25 balls. When he was out, Ashley Nurse (26 not out from 12 balls) took the Caribbean XI well past the 200 mark. But the Red Force came out blazing in their chase and made 218 initially look like child’s play. Opener Lendl Simmons (49 off 25 balls) laid the platform with a blistering cameo before Darren Bravo (58 off 29) looked to take the game away with a pyrotechnic display that had sixes raining and Oval spectators ducking for cover. The left-hander struck three fours and six sixes but – like Simmons – was caught looking to hit one six to many. The chase stuttered badly upon Bravo’s dismissal with wickets falling continuously and the run rate beginning to climb. Not even Kevon ‘Super’ Cooper who struck a six and a four in the 18th over could get it done as the Red Force lost their last six wickets for 48 runs to be bowled out for 206 in 19.5 overs. Speaking after the match, Colin Murray, a member of the Local Organising Committee, said he is optimistic they will meet their goal of raising $1 million to helps the islands. “I hope so. The turnout has been phenomenal, everybody played a super part in this event. If we don’t make a million (dollars) we would have given it our all. We got the support of almost the (entire) corporate Trinidad, we got the players on board, the media involved and I’m very happy. The crowd exceeded our expectations and I’m hopeful we meet our target,” he said. Murray said he expects donations to still come in before the week concludes. “Don’t forget we still have collections coming in and the account is still open at First Citizens. I know a lot of people say they’ve gone away for the long weekend and by next week they want to put something so we are hoping to have some kind of (final) figures by the end of the week.” Murray noted that organisers are contemplating making the charity match an annual event given the widely held scientific belief that climate change is real and hurricane seasons such as this year will become the norm. “We discussed it but that’s about all that we did. It’s a good idea that maybe we can put some funds into an account and God forbid any disaster happens, we can assist,” he said.
BULAWAYO—Batsmen Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Kraigg Brathwaite all gathered half-centuries as West Indies made a bright start to their tour of Zimbabwe, yesterday.
Opting to bat first on the opening day of the three-day tour match against Zimbabwe A, the Caribbean side ended on 301 for six with Hope top-scoring with 85, Chase stroking 79 and Brathwaite chipping in with 53.
Kyle Hope, Shai’s older brother, missed out on a half-century with 42 while seamer Michael Chinouya, who played his only two Tests against New Zealand last year, was the best bowler with two for 55.
In the only warm-up match before the first Test starting on Saturday, West Indies made the most of the outing with their main batsmen getting among the runs.
They lost left-hander Kieran Powell cheaply for one with a mere seven runs on the board in the day’s fifth over but Brathwaite and Kyle Hope posted 87 for the second wicket to repair the innings.
Brathwaite struck five fours and a six in an innings spanning 136 deliveries and just over 3-1/2 hours while Kyle faced 109 balls in 189 minutes at the crease, and counted four fours and a six.
Both perished four balls apart in successive overs with the score on 94 but their demise paved the way for an attractive 175-run, fourth wicket stand between Shai Hope and Chase.
Hope, the most successful batsman on the recent tour of England, appeared in good touch, striking 10 fours off just 107 balls in just over three hours.
Chase, meanwhile, looking to regain his form following a poor England series, faced 114 deliveries in three hours at the crease and counted eight fours and a six.
They were both trotting comfortably towards three figures when they retired with the score on 269 and Jermaine Blackwood failed to follow their example, belting a four and a six in 15 before falling lbw to Chinouya. (CMC)
FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, (CMC) – Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs snatched a six-wicket haul to propel West Indies A to a crushing innings and 13-run victory over Sri Lanka A, on the final day of the opening four-day “Test” here Saturday. The 32-year-old finished with six for 27 as the visitors, following on by 152 runs, were dismissed cheaply for 139 in their second innings to fall 1-0 behind in the three-match series. Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall supported with three for 53 as Windies A ruthlessly disposed of the Sri Lankans in just three hours. Opener Sandun Weerakkody struck an aggressive 56 and partner Ron Chandragupta, 27, but once they both departed, the last nine wickets tumbled spectacularly for a mere 45 runs. Resuming the day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on 210 for seven, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for two runs in the space of 22 balls. Fast bowler Keon Joseph (3-33) and Cornwall (3-69) both ended with three wickets apiece while Jacobs (2-33) and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-41) claimed two wickets each. Sri Lanka A then started brightly with Weerakkody blasting nine fours in a 58-ball cameo as he put on a hasty 82 for the first wicket with Chandragupta. The introduction of the spinners halted Sri Lanka’s progress, however, as Jacobs and Cornwall grabbed two wickets apiece to leave them struggling on 98 for four at lunch. Their fortunes fail to improve after the break, as Jacobs ran through the middle order with the last six wickets going down for 41 runs. The second “Test” bowls off October 19 at the same venue.
WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 364-8 decl. Sri Lanka A 1st innings (overnight 210 for seven) R Chandragupta c wkp Hamilton b Cottrell 11 +S Weerakkody c Brooks b Joseph 0 *D de Silva c Campbell b Jacobs 104 C Asalanka c Ambris b Joseph 10 D Shanaka c and b Cottrell 20 W Hasaranga c Brooks b Cornwall 24 S Jayasuriya c Jacobs b Cornwall 14 C Karunaratne lbw b Jacobs 0 M Pushpakumara c Ambris b Joseph 14 L Kumara not out 0 A Fernando st Hamilton b Cornwall 0 Extras (b8, w1, nb6) 15 TOTAL (all out, 56.4 overs) 212 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-33, 3-73, 4-108, 5-171, 6-181, 7-181, 8-212, 9-212, 10-212. Bowling: Cottrell 13-2-41-2, Joseph 10-2-33-3, Leveridge 10-2-28-0, Cornwall 14.4-1-69-3, Jacobs 9-0-33-2. SRI LANKA A 2nd innings (following on) +S Weerakkody+ c (sub) Cariah b Cornwall 56 R Chandragupta c Singh b Jacobs 27 *D de Silva c Campbell b Jacobs 18 C Asalanka c wkp Hamilton b Cornwall 0 D Shanaka lbw b Jacobs 1 S Jayasuriya lbw b Jacobs 18 W Hasaranga c Campbell b Jacobs 7 C Karunaratne run out 6 M Pushpakumara b Jacobs 0 L Kumara c Ambris b Cornwall 1 A Fernando not out 0 Extras (b2, nb3) 5 TOTAL (all out, 44.2 overs) 139 Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-94, 3-96, 4-97, 5-116, 6-129, 7-136, 8-138, 9-139, 10-139. Bowling: Cottrell 5-0-29-0, Joseph 4-0-24-0, Leveridge 2.2-1-4-0, Cornwall 18-3-53-3, Jacobs 15-6-27-6.
ESPNcricinfo Nobody - not even West Indies' former players - gave the side a chance after they careened to an innings-and-209-run loss against England in three days in the first Test in Birmingham. In the next Test, West Indies staged one of the greatest fightbacks to chase down 322 to square the series in Leeds. Fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel, who claimed four wickets each in the first innings to set the tone for that famous win, want the side produce a similar performance or better it, in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe, starting October 21.
"It was [always] going to be a tough tour of England," Roach said. "And I think the guys in the second Test came out and showed we can play cricket. So, once we go with the same mentality we had in the second Test against England, I think we will do a very good job on this tour here."
"We proved a lot of people wrong [in England]. We have a young group of guys who believe in themselves," Gabriel said.
Roach, who marked his return to Test cricket with 11 wickets at 29.81, including a five-wicket haul at Lord's, recognised the need to alter the lines and lengths on the slower, drier pitches in Zimbabwe.
"Tough conditions in Zimbabwe - it's my first time here," Roach said. "So I'm trying to adapt as fast as possible and looking to win the series against Zimbabwe as well. They [The pitches] are pretty slow, quite a big difference from England. Obviously, it's the drier part of the world, so you've got to adapt and get the lines and lengths right. I think [bowling] fuller is better here. Have to get the ball to do some stuff off the seam and be patient."
Gabriel echoed his new-ball partner's comments and reckoned there might be more assistance for the spinners. "I don't think they are going to give us a pitch with bounce of anything," he said. "I think it is going to be a bit more slower, and a bit more turn and assistance for the spinners. So we need to adjust and come together as a team. Judging from the pitch we practised here, there is tennis-ball bounce."
Roach no longer has that searing pace, but he showed skills and smarts in England. That combined with Gabriel's firepower has lent a fresh edge to the West Indies attack. Captain Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins, and Devendra Bishoo make up the rest of the bowling group. Roach was pleased with the core bowling group and credited bowling coach Roddy Estwick for his inputs.
"The guys [bowlers] have been doing a good job," Roach said. "I had been watching from home [when I wasn't playing]. Our bowling is our strength. We have to keep working hard on that and get better. With more experience, these guys will become better cricketers and better bowlers as well. I think the core of bowlers we have in our Test team is a very good one and hope these guys stick as long as possible.
"I have been working at finding my rhythm and bowling coach Roddy Estwick has been doing a fantastic job. I have had a lot of interactions, and he has given me some good advice. So, I'm confident, going forward into this series against Zimbabwe."
Zimbabwe have had a good build-up to the series, too, having trumped Sri Lanka 3-2 for their first ODI series win away from home since 2009, and then forcing them to dig deep into their reserves in the one-off Test in Colombo. The last time Zimbabwe faced West Indies, Graeme Cremer's men prevailed by five runs via D/L method to progress to the tri-series final against Sri Lanka last year.
Gabriel, who was part of the West Indies squad in that tri-series, warned his side against complacency. The hosts are also likely to be strengthened by the return of Brendan Taylor - who was released by Nottinghamshire and recontracted by Zimbabwe Cricket - and Kyle Jarvis, who has also opted out of his Kolpak deal.
"We are looking forward to these two games, and Zimbabwe have been playing some good cricket," Gabriel said. "They had some success against Sri Lanka in the one-day series and almost pulled off a victory in the Test match. Even when we played them in Zimbabwe in a one-day series, we fell short in one of the games. We don't want to take them too lightly. We just want to go out there and perform to the best of our ability, and not be complacent."