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2nd Test, Day 4: Zimbabwe gain narrow lead after West Indies all out for 448

The lead was just 18 runs for the home team, which is 1-0 down in the series and needs to push for victory to get anything from the two-test contest.

Reported by: AP , New Delhi [ Published on: November 01, 2017 22:07 IST ]
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A file image of Jason Holder after being dismissed.Photo:GETTY IMAGES

Centuries from Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich at the tail end of West Indies' first innings took it to 448 all out on Day 4 of the second test against Zimbabwe on Wednesday. By stumps, Zimbabwe held a narrow lead but only had six second-innings wickets in hand at 140-4 and faced a challenge to keep West Indies at bay.

The lead was just 18 runs for the home team, which is 1-0 down in the series and needs to push for victory to get anything from the two-test contest.

The West Indies first innings was saved by captain Holder, who made 110 batting at No. 9, and No. 8 Dowrich, who made 103 for his first test century.

Their eighth-wicket stand was ultimately worth 212, taking West Indies out of trouble at 230-7 to a position of control at 442-8 when the partnership was finally broken by Zimbabwe seamer Tendai Chisoro (3-113).

West Indies was finally all out for a 122-run first-innings lead.

While Holder and Dowrich put West Indies in control with that double-century stand, quick bowler Kemar Roach pressed home the advantage with two wickets in the first six overs of Zimbabwe's second innings.

Roach (2-14) removed both openers and fellow quick Shannon Gabriel pitched in with the wicket of Brendan Taylor as Zimbabwe slipped to 46-4.

Sikandar Raza led the recovery with an unbeaten 58, with PJ Moor alongside him on 39 not out.

They pushed Zimbabwe into a narrow lead at stumps, but have plenty more work to do on the final day.

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