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Streak hits century as Zim batsmen make merry

Heath Streak celebrated his first Test century on Wednesday by declaring on 507-9 against West Indies in the first of two Test matches.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2003 23:57 IST

Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak celebrated his first Test century at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday by declaring on 507-9 against West Indies in the first of twoTest matches.

Streak thought he would be leaving the visitors an awkward 45 minutes or so. But after only 16 balls bowled, bad light and rain brought the second day to an early close.

Streak's 127 was one of many fine batting performances by the home side against a lackluster attack - Fidel Edwards excepted - and a generally defensive stance by West Indies captain Brian Lara. Andy Blignaut weighted in with 91, only one run short of his personal Test best.

Tatenda Taibu improved his highest score in Tests, moving it to 83. And debutante Stuart Matsikenyere scored 57. It was Zimbabwe's highest Test score since taking 563 off West Indies on this same ground two years ago.

After being derided as barely worth a place among the Test nations, Zimbabwe have answered.

Streak's century was painstaking, but he rarely missed an opportunity to crash the ball through the covers. Blignaut began aggressively, calmed down and then hit out with renewed vigor before falling within nine runs of his own century.

Taibu was desperately unlucky to drag a wide ball from Edwards onto his stumps, when it cut back just enough to take the inside edge of his bat.

The partnership between Streak and Blignaut was, at 168, the highest for the Zimbabwe eighth wicket in Tests. But there were others, notably 79 between Taibu and Matsikenyere, and 81 between Taibu and Streak.

Zimbabwe were struggling at 58-3 early in their innings on Tuesday. But they dug deep, batting with grit and resolution to recover from a bad situation.

They can hardly lose from here. West Indies' main objective will be to save the match and wait for the second Test in Bulawayo next week.

Blignaut began aggressively, calmed down and then hit out with renewed vigour before falling within nine runs of his own century.

Taibu was desperately unlucky to drag a wide ball from Edwards onto his stumps, when it cut back just enough to take the inside edge of his bat.

The partnership between Streak and Blignaut was, at 168, the highest for the Zimbabwe eighth wicket in Tests. But there were others, notably 79 between Taibu and Matsikenyere, and 81 between Taibu and Streak.

Zimbabwe were struggling at 58 for three early in their innings yesterday. But they dug deep, batting with grit and resolution to recover from a bad situation.

They can hardly lose from here. West Indies' main objective will be to save the match and wait for the second Test in Bulawayo next week.

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First Published: Nov 05, 2003 18:18 IST