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Sikandar Raza

Raza helps Zimbabwe carve out a draw

#ZIMvWI, 2nd Test- Report

Chakabva, Cremer frustrate Windies designs with unbroken 91-run stand but visiting side takes series 1-0

An stubborn eight- wicket stand of 91 between Regis Chakabva (71 off 192) and Graeme Cremer (28 off 150) on Thursday gave Zimbabwe its first draw in Test cricket since 2005.

Windies, however, won the series 1-0, its first Test series win under Jason Holder.

At one stage, Zimbabwe was 210 for 7 -- a lead of just 88 with almost 64 overs left on the final day -- following Sikander Raza's dismissal for 89, and it seemed Windies was on track to win the second Test.

But Chakabva and Cremer, the Zimbabwe captain, managed to keep the Windies bowlers at bay, eating up almost 50 overs.

Both sides had an outside chance of forcing a result when Zimbabwe resumed on the final day on 140 for 4 in its second innings, leading by 18.

But Zimbabwe lost Peter Moor for 42 in the fourth over of the day. Holder had strategically placed Shai Hope at gully and Moor fell for the bait to bring an end to the threatening 98-run partnership and leave Zimbabwe 144 for 5.

Malcom Waller joined Raza at the crease and the two managed to add 28 runs before the introduction of spin proved to be the former's undoing. Devendra Bishoo, the legspinner, deceived Waller with one that was angled across and the batsman jabbed at it tentatively, offering a simple catch to Jermaine Blackwood at slip.

The new ball was available to Windies an hour before lunch, but Holder opted against taking it right away, believing his bowlers could trouble the Zimbabwe batsmen with the old ball reversing.

The logic wasn't flawed as Kemar Roach, the pacer, managed to do just that and nearly had Raza out leg before, but the batsman utilised a review to successfully overturn the decision. Roach, however, managed to slow Raza's, and Zimbabwe's, progress, with a brute of a delivery hitting the batsman on the inner knee.

Raza showed great pluck and continued batting for 203 balls, occupying the crease for 300 minutes, before Holder finally used the new ball after lunch to go past his defences.

Chakabva and Cremer followed Raza's lead and showed excellent resistance to help Zimbabwe reach 301 for 7 before the two captains shook hands on the draw.

Raza, who made 80 in the first innings, became the second player in history after South Africa's Jacques Kallis to pass 80 twice and grab five wickets in a Test.

Raza was named player of the match while Devendra Bishoo, who took 13 wickets in two Tests, was named player of the series.

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