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Bridgetwon, Barbados – Opener Tino Mawoyo hit an unbeaten 45 as Zimbabwe reached 91/2 against West Indies at lunch on the opening day Tuesday of the first cricket Test at Kensington Oval.
Fast bowler Kemar Roach led the way for the hosts, taking 2/27.
Mawoyo anchored Zimbabwe after the visitors won the toss and batted in brilliant sunshine. He settled in the first hour before becoming more expansive as the session wore on, striking seven fours off 83 balls.
He lost opening partner Vusi Sibanda after half an hour, Roach plucking out his leg stump as the right-hander played across the line.
Sibanda had been dropped earlier at third slip by Darren Bravo off Tino Best, who bowled well without luck.
Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza shared a second-wicket stand of 42 before Roach struck again in the first over of a new spell.
Masakadza compiled 17 from 37 balls before he deflected to gully where Marlon Samuels pouched a sensational low catch in his left hand.
Captain Brendan Taylor survived to the interval on 12 not out.
Earlier, Zimbabwe provided a test debut to fast bowler Tendai Chatara as the more experienced Chris Mpofu was laid low by a hip injury.
West Indies left out left-arm spinner Veersammy Permaul and batsman Narsingh Deonarine from their squad of 13, meaning recalls for offspinner Shane Shillingford and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. – Sapa-AP