Brathwaite survived a couple of dropped catches to reach lunch on 70 not out. © Getty Images

Brathwaite survived a couple of dropped catches to reach lunch on 70 not out. © Getty Images

Kraigg Brathwaite’s unbeaten half-century consolidated the Windies advantage over Zimbabwe on the third morning of the first of two Tests at Queens Sports Club on Monday (October 23).

Brathwaite survived a couple of dropped catches to reach lunch on 70 not out, which helped Windies to a score of 155 for 2 in their second innings and an overall lead of 215 runs.

Windies began the third day on 88 for 1 with Brathwaite on 38, and were forced to make slow but steady progress on an increasingly sluggish Queens pitch. Zimbabwe’s only success of the morning came when Kyle Jarvis trapped Kyle Hope lbw for a career-best 43, ending a stand of 82 for the second wicket.

Hope was replaced in the middle by Shai, his younger brother who advanced to 24 not out in an unbroken partnership of 48 with Brathwaite.

Zimbabwe’s frustration grew shortly before lunch when Graeme Cremer found the edge of Brathwaite’s bat twice in two overs, but saw catches dropped by Hamilton Masakadza at slip and Regis Chakabva behind the stumps.

Zimbabwe had bowled Windies out for 219 on the opening day of the series, but were then dismissed for 159 on day two.