'Too many soft dismissals'- Klusener bemoans Zimbabwe batting collapse

Brendan Taylor

Zimbabwe batting coach Lance Klusener was discouraged by what he believes was a number of soft dismissals as the team surrendered the advantage to the Windies in the first Test at Bulywaro.

The hosts seemed to be in a strong position to make an opening innings statement after dismissing the Windies for 219.  However, on the back of a 5 for 79 bowling performance from Devendra Bishoo and two wickets each from Jason Holder and Kemar Roach, Zimbabwe were reduced to 159 all out.  Hamilton Masakadza was the innings top scorer with 42 and Craig Ervine had 39, but for the most part, the African team saw most of its batsmen go for their shots and fail to occupy the crease.

"There were about eight soft dismissals in our innings," Klusener said.

"Way too many soft dismissals and the boys are upset with themselves. That wasn't how we wanted to play,” he added.

"But we saw it [the spinning track] as an opportunity to try and nail the first Test match. Had we applied ourselves a little better and got a little bit of a lead, which would have gone to plan.”

At the close of play, the Windies were 88 for 1 in their second innings.


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