Devendra Bishoo once again proved the main weapon as he spun the Windies to a comfortable 117-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test at Queens Sports Club. The legspinner followed up his 5 for 79 in the first innings with 4 for 105 on Tuesday (October 24), which included three crucial middle-order wickets that allowed the tourists to wrap the match up inside four days.
Press Conference Update
Devendra Bishoo is the Man of the Match.
Holder: Started well with the bat and lost our way. Credit must go to the Zimbabweans who set really good fields and kept it tight. It was a tough pitch to get started on. We backed out bowlers to put pressure on them. I guess it took guys a little longer to get adjusted to the pitch and it became easier to bat on for both teams. It was hard work for the fast bowlers and every fast bowler in the game put in a lot of effort; hopefully there’s more help in the next game. Bishoo was great – not only with the ball, he contributed with the bat as well. [about why Brathwaite bowled before Chase] Kraigg is under-rated and there was a bit of bounce. He’s done it before for us and he’s got a six-for for us before. Got us the breakthrough today so it worked out.
Cremer: Little bit disappointing. We went really well on the first day, getting them all out for 219 was excellent. West Indies came back really well and they put the bad balls away. We started well [ today] but it always gets tougher, and their spinners did well. Credit to them. [Put the collapse down to] maybe complacency watching batsmen being comfortable, or maybe it’s concentration. Solly [Mire] will just get better and better, he looked really comfortable out there. Hamilton has been great for us too and we need him to kick on. We relied on our three spinners – our seamers bowled well on a tough wicket. We’re pretty happy with the balance of the team, we just need to get some runs. The more you play, the more you work out situations. Sometimes you don’t realise how much time you have in a Test match. It’s about working those things out.