Windies rely on Hope on a day of ad­ver­sity

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RUGBY -

ZIM­BABWE en­joyed a su­perb open­ing day of the first Test against the West Indies, dis­miss­ing the tourists for just 219 in Bulawayo.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and opt­ing to bat, the Windies re­cov­ered from los­ing two early wick­ets to reach 154 for three at tea as Kieran Pow­ell made 56 and Shai Hope reached the in­ter­val on the same score.

But, al­though Hope went on to make 90 not out, his team crum­bled around him in the fi­nal ses­sion as Zim­babwe’s spin­ners took the seven re­main­ing wick­ets on a turn­ing pitch.

Cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer ended with fig­ures of four for 64 and then saw his open­ers reach 19 with­out loss at stumps to trail by 200.

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