Gudakesh Motie led the West Indies to a decisive innings and four-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second and final Test at Bulawayo after his first innings performance of 7 for 37.
Innocent Kaia of Zimbabwe lost the set early after losing the opening game against the talented Motie. Zimbabwe had started the afternoon session with a score of 46 for 2. Craig Ervine (72) and Milton Shumba (72) sew a crucial stand of 30. However, Motie castled Shumba just as the pair appeared ready to turn the stand into a large one. The batter’s premature descent of the deck didn’t exactly assist his situation.
Tafadzwa Tsiga, Zimbabwe’s first Test hero, was also bowled out by Motie. side in major difficulties at 102 for 5. The downward spiral for Zimbabwe didn’t stop there, as Motie and Shannon Gabriel joined forces to oust Wellington Masakadza and Donald Tiripano. Ervine attempted sweeps and reverse sweeps against Roston Chase and Motie and briefly kept the scoreboard ticking over despite losing wickets at the other end.
Unfortunately, Zimbabwe lost their final three wickets immediately following the tea break for the addition of just 15 runs. While Motie won an LBW appeal against Ervine, Brandon Mavuta was removed by Roston Chase, and the Zimbabwean captain was unable to catch the ball. Victor Nyauchi was duly dismissed by the left-arm spinner, who thus completed the deal.
Play had earlier begun in the morning session following a protracted delay caused by the damp outfield. The West Indies were bowled out for 292 runs after starting the day at 290 for 8. Nyauchi finished the game with a five-wicket haul. With a significant 177 run deficit, the hosts started their second innings poorly as well, losing Tanunurwa Makoni and Chamu Chibhabha in the first seven overs.
In a nutshell, Zimbabwe scored 115 (Innocent Kaia 38; Gudakesh Motie 7-37) and 173 (Craig Ervine 72; Gudakesh Motie 6-62) and lost against West Indies 292 (Roston Chase 70, Raymon Reifer 53; Victor Nyauchi 5/56) by an innings and 4 runs.