Powell turned his overnight score of 43 into a hard-earned 90, but his dismissal saw Windies reach lunch on 188 for 4. © CWI

Powell turned his overnight score of 43 into a hard-earned 90, but his dismissal saw Windies reach lunch on 188 for 4. © CWI

Kieran Powell, the opener, fell narrowly short of a century but Windies still made steady progress in their first innings on the third morning of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Tuesday (October 31).

Powell turned his overnight score of 43 into a hard-earned 90, but his dismissal saw Windies reach lunch on 188 for 4 in response to Zimbabwe’s 326 all out.

While the second evening at Queens Sports Club had produced attritional cricket as the Windies scoring rate crawled along, the tourists were more adventurous on day three with Powell leading the way in a 55-run stand for the second wicket with Devendra Bishoo, the nightwatchman.

It took the introduction of Sikandar Raza, the offspinner, to change the course of the morning, as he had Bishoo caught and bowled for 23 and then trapped Kyle Hope lbw for one.

Powell looked destined for a fourth Test century after he was dropped on 85 by Graeme Cremer, but Chris Mpofu, the seamer, ensured the mistake was not costly as he used the second new ball to have the opener caught at gully.

Shai Hope and Roston Chase reached lunch on 23 and 16 respectively, as Windies scored 110 runs in the morning session to reduce the deficit to 138.

Windies lead the two-match series 1-0 following their 117-run win at the same venue last week.