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Windies take control in Bridgetown

UPDATED 15 March, 2013 11:42AM AEST | by Omnisport 2

The West Indies have the ascendancy after day two of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Bridgetown.

Resuming on Wednesday at 2-18 in response to Zimbabwe's 211 all out, the Windies made 307 - led by 73 from skipper Darren Sammy and a fighting 62 from wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

At stumps Zimbabwe were 3-41 in their second innings, still 55 runs behind the hosts.

The home side had been stung by two Kyle Jarvis wickets late on day one, and the paceman was at it again when he struck in the morning to remove Darren Bravo for 11.

Tendai Chatara (2-66) hit next, dismissing Chris Gayle for 40 to claim his first Test wicket, and when Marlon Samuels (51) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (26) were both dismissed either side of the lunch break, the West Indies were shaky at 6-151.

But Sammy and Ramdin put on 106 for the seventh wicket before Hamilton Masakadza (2-25) broke the partnership by bowling Sammy after a whirlwind 73 that included eight fours and four sixes.

The reintroduction of Jarvis helped clean up the Windies tail, and the 24-year-old finished with the fine figures of 5-54.

Zimbabwe openers Tino Mawoyo (9) and Vusi Sibanda (15) had put on 25 before Windies speedster Shannon Gabriel struck to dismiss the former, and when Masakadza (1) and Sibanda fell victim to off-spinner Shane Shillingford late in the day, Zimbabwe were staring down the barrel at 3-41.

Ray Price (7 not out) and Brendan Taylor (0 not out) will be at the crease when play resumes on Thursday.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 14 March, 2013 10:23AM AEST

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