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Windies spinner Motie wreaks havoc against weakened Zimbabwe

February 12, 2023 07:41 PM


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West Indies off-spinner Gudakesh Motie wreaked havoc in the second Test against Zimbabwe on Sunday in Bulawayo, taking seven wickets to help dismiss the hosts for 115.

After Alzarri Joseph captured the first wicket and Jason Holder the next two on the first day of the final Test, Motie took charge in a devastating 14.5-over spell, claiming seven in a row.

The  27-year-old Guyanese gave up 37 runs and four of his overs were maidens at the Queens Sports Club in the southwestern city.

Zimbabwe suffered a pre-match blow when star batter Gary Ballance was ruled out having failed to fully recover from migraine headaches.

The home team also lacked prolific run-getter Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl, who were released to play franchise cricket in the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh respectively.

Injuries sidelined captain and all-rounder Sean Williams and fast bowlers Blessing Muzarabani and Tendai Chatara.

Severely depleted, Zimbabwe were 70 for the loss of five wickets by lunch with opener Innocent Kaia the only batsman to impress.

He scored 38 before a thick outside edge proved his undoing as he was caught by first slip Kyle Mayers.

Craig Ervine made 22 before becoming Motie's first victim. The captain was trapped leg before by a full delivery he attempted to sweep.

Batting at seven, Donald Tiripano made a defiant 23, but none of his partners lasted long against Motie.

The tourists made one change from the drawn first Test with fast bowler Shannon Gabriel recalled in place of Kemar Roach for his first Test appearance since November 2021.



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