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Williams: Zimbabwe looking at 300-350 in first innings

  • Published at 09:11 pm November 3rd, 2018
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Zimbabwe's Sean Williams sweeps during day one of their first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Zimbabwe at stumps on day one at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium finished on 236 on the board with five wickets remaining

In-form Zimbabwe batsman Sean Williams said his side are looking at a total between 300 to 350 runs, in the first innings of the first Test match against host Bangladesh. 

Zimbabwe at stumps on day one at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium finished on 236 on the board with five wickets remaining.

Middle-order batsman Peter Moor and wicketkeeper-batsman Regis Chakabva were unbeaten on 37 and 20 respectively.

“It depends how slowly we start [Sunday] morning. It is going to be a crucial partnership between Moor and Chakabva. I’d say we are looking at 300 to 350, but I am pretty sure we will get bowled out before we declare; unless we are scoring really quickly and get to 400. It is still a long way away,” said Williams to the media following the day’s play Saturday.

Williams has been in sensational touch for Zimbabwe in this tour. 

The left-handed top-order batsman was the top-scorer for his side with 226 runs in the three-match ODI series, despite his side getting whitewashed. 

Williams brought his form into the Test series, scoring a gritty 88 to stable Zimbabwe’s first innings, which was in jeopardy after the loss of four wickets in the first two sessions of the day. 

Williams before his departure added 38 for the third wicket with captain Hamilton Masakadza, 44 with all-rounder Sikandar Raza for the fourth and 72 with Moor for the fifth wicket. 

The half-century was Williams’ second in the format.

“I have had a good tour so far but I want to continue to take advantage of my good form. I enjoy playing spin. It is one of my strengths. Obviously I had a lapse of concentration on 88 which let me down in getting a three-figure score. I have to work hard again in the second innings to not let that happen,” said Williams.