Fifties for Powell, Kyle Hope help WI dominate final day

West Indies 336 for 7 dec (Shai Hope 85, Chase 79) and 263 for 5 dec (Powell 77) drew Zimbabwe A 143 (Bishoo 3-28, Gabriel 2-5, Cummins 2-8) and 70 for 4 (Chibhabha 24)

Kyle Hope drives through the off side © Getty Images

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 third-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 as the game eventually 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 West Indies’ 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 soon removed Musakanda, after which Chibhabha and Ryan Burl returned to the pavilion as well. The game ended with Peter Moor (10*) and Richmond Mutumbami (1*) at the crease.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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