West Indies have taken a lead over Zimbabwe in the first innings of the second test. The team has lost only four wickets and is likely to build a big lead. The day started with West Indies having a total of 114 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Chris Gayle and Samuels were on crease at 61 and 26 runs respectively. Zimbabwe had a first innings total of 175 runs. Samuels and Gayle had a partnership of 79 runs at the close of first day and the Windies were hoping the partnership to continue further. However, Zimbabwe had different plans as they needed early wickets to prevent opponents from making a big total. Tendai Chatara struck on the very first ball of the day as he bowled out Samuels for 26.
The situation created pressure on West Indies as the run rate slowed down. Even with Gayle on crease, West Indies scored only 44 runs in first 17 overs. Chanderpaul was lucky not to be out early on as he provided a couple of chances to Zimbabwe who could not cash in. However, he started playing more cautiously, scoring just 5 runs from 34 balls. Before lunch, Gayle started to play aggressively and required only 5 balls to reach from 81 to 100 runs, scoring his 15th test hundred on just 134 deliveries. He was out after scoring 101 runs on a delivery by Utseya and a brilliant catch by Jarvis. West Indies took a lead of 26 runs by the lunch time for the loss of four wickets.
After the departure of Gayle, Chanderpaul took the controls as Ramdin joined in as a new comer. Both played with responsibility, developing a partnership of 173 runs and taking a lead of 179 runs. Ramdin was out on 86 while Chandarpaul completed his century. The sixth wicket to fall was of Sammy who scored 9 runs and was out by Cremer. West Indies is in complete control of the match after brilliant knocks by Gayle and Chanderpaul. The scoreboard is as follows:
West Indies 370 for 6 (Chanderpaul 108*, Gayle 101, Ramdin 861) lead Zimbabwe 175 (Shillingford 5-59, Samuels 3-15) by 195 runs in 113 overs.