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1st Test: Gary Ballance hundred leads Zimbabwe’s comeback on Day 4 in opposition to West Indies

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India Today Web Desk

West Indies took a lead of 89 runs of their opening Test in opposition to the West Indies after Gary Ballance scored his fifth Test hundred and his first for Zimbabwe.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 7, 2023 22:01 IST

1st Test: Ballance hundred leads ZIM’s comeback on Day 4 in opposition to WI. Courtesy: AP

By India Today Web Desk: The opening Test between Zimbabwe and the West Indies is heading in the direction of a draw. After posting 447 for the lack of six wickets of their first innings, the guests appeared to be in a powerful place within the match on the Queen’s Sports Oval in Bulawayo.

But Gary Ballance’s fifth Test hundred and a few resistance from the decrease order helped Zimbabwe make a comeback within the recreation. After being diminished to 147 for six, the hosts have been in peril of getting bowled out and conceding a giant first innings result in the Caribbean crew.

But Ballance and Brandon Mavuta placed on 135 runs for the eighth wicket and introduced down the deficit to 120. The left-handed Ballance scored his hundred off 189 balls and have become solely the second batter after Kepler Wessells to attain Test tons of for 2 nations.

Ballance stayed unbeaten on 137 runs off 231 balls with the assistance of 12 fours and two sixes. Balance had already scored 4 tons of for England earlier than signing a two-year contract with Zimbabwe cricket. Mavuta, who earlier picked up a five-wicket haul, scored 56 runs earlier than Jason Holder rattled his woodwork.

Victor Nyauchi and Richard Ngarava scored 13 and 19 not out respectively to offer Ballance assist. However, Zimbabwe ended up giving freely a lead of 68 runs to the West Indies.

Alzarri Joseph, who was the main wicket-taker in worldwide cricket final yr, picked up three wickets. Holder and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie accounted for 2 scalps apiece.

At Stumps on Day 4, West Indies had taken a lead of 89 runs with all their 10 wickets in hand of their second innings. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul have been the in a single day batters.

Edited By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Feb 7, 2023