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West Indies survive a shameful end

  • West Indies managed to defeat Zimbabwe in a low total game
  • Zimbabwe needed 99 runs to win the first Test against the hosts
  • Curtly Ambrose and Franklyn Rose’s timely wickets helped them defend 99 runs

On 20th March 2000, West Indies survived one of the greatest humiliations that were looking them in the eyes head-on. And, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that team Zimbabwe turned the tides of a win coming towards their direction forcibly towards the opposition. 22 years ago West Indies won a Test match in one of their greatest comebacks in the game in Trinidad.

West Indies was hosting Zimbabwe and in the first Test match, while batting first after losing the toss, they had only managed to stack 187 runs. Wavell Hinds was the highest scorer for the team, making 46 runs off 117 balls. In reply to the puny score, the visitors bundled up 236 runs courtesy of a fine knock from Andy Flower also the captain of his side.

For the hosts, the second inning was no different from their first one rather even worse. In 75 overs the Caribbean team could only rack 147 runs with a run rate of 1.96. Heath Streak’s fiver kept the home team grounded. The visitors were given 99 as a target on day five which seemed very chasable but the guests had other things in mind. 

Apart from Grant Flower’s 26, no other player could score in double figures. The previous inning centurion, Andy Flower, could only hit five runs in 16 balls and for the first time in 118 years, a team failed to chase a double-figure. Zimbabwe went from 47 for to 63 all out with the last three tailenders losing their wicket on 0. Franklyn Rose’s four-for and Curtly Ambrose’s three wickets saved the home side from a great humiliation that day.

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