BULAWAYO: Tagenarine Chanderpaul struck his first Check century and fellow opener Kraigg Brathwaite additionally reached three figures because the West Indies reached 221 with out loss on Sunday after a rain-affected second day of the primary Check in opposition to Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.
Captain Brathwaite recorded his twelfth Check ton as he made 116 whereas Chanderpaul, son of West Indies nice Shivnarine, closed on 101.
It’s the highest opening partnership by West Indians since Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell scored 254 in opposition to New Zealand in Antigua 11 years in the past.
Saturday’s play had been deserted due to rain quickly after lunch with the vacationers 112-0 and the inclement climate intervened once more.
Brathwaite, Chanderpaul hit half-centuries for Windies
Play was solely capable of begin at 1500 native time (1300 GMT) on Sunday after sawdust had been scattered throughout the damp areas within the outfield.
As was the case on the opening day, the West Indies openers took few probabilities, scoring at fewer than two and half runs per over in opposition to some tight Zimbabwe bowling on a sluggish pitch.
Brathwaite, who has been in a wealthy run of kind, appeared the extra comfy and was the primary to succeed in his century.
By the shut he had confronted 246 balls and hit seven fours.
Chanderpaul was extra circumspect though there have been moments when he performed like his father who solely retired from Check cricket eight years in the past, having racked up 30 centuries in 164 Checks.
Whereas it took his father 19 Checks to succeed in his first century, Chanderpaul junior has wanted simply three.
The 26-year-old left-hander solely made his debut in Perth in opposition to Australia in November when he scored 51 and 45. He adopted that with 47 and 17 in Adelaide and checked out dwelling alongside Brathwaite in Bulawayo.
He struck 10 fours and a six throughout the course of his innings, mentioning his century with a neat tuck behind sq. for a single.
“He (Chanderpaul) seems to be world-class and is a prime opener,” stated Brathwaite on the shut. “Glad now we have obtained some huge partnerships up to now and would like to proceed.”
Every of the Zimbabwe bowlers deserves credit score for protecting a decent rein on the West Indies scoring, spinner Wellington Masakadza conceding simply 30 runs from a decent 16 overs which included six maidens.
The match, which is the primary for the West Indies with Brian Lara appearing as efficiency mentor, is the primary of two in a Check sequence in Bulawayo. The second is scheduled to start out on February 12.