As a result of a record-setting effort by left-arm spinner Guakesh Motie, the West Indies defeated Zimbabwe in the second Test match at Bulawayo to win the series. The 27-year-old took an astonishing 13 wickets in the encounter, enabling his team to easily defeat the opposition. His bowling numbers in the longest format of the game are the finest by a Windies spinner.
In only his third red-ball game for his country, Gudakesh Motie ripped through the Zimbabwe middle-order with a brilliant 7/37 bowling spell in the first innings, dismissing the hosts for a meagre 115. After the Windies responded with 292 runs, Motie’s career-best bowling stats in an innings were followed by another lively burst of spin bowling in the second innings.
The Guyanese wasted little time in the second innings, torturing the home team from the outset and returned with six wickets for sixty-two to lead his team to victory in the deciding match of the series. His 13/99 in the match is the most by a Windies spinner, shattering Sonny Ramadhin’s more than seven-decade-old record of 11 wickets in a match.
The prolific spinner got six wickets in the opening Test match, which ended in a draw, bringing his series total to 19 wickets. He was chosen the series MVP, surpassing Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who had made a double century in the first Test of the series.
“I have practised extensively for this series, and it has paid off. These tracks are comparable to those in my home country, so I focused on mastering the fundamentals “After guiding his team to a series victory, Motie stated in the post-match presentation ceremony: “I’m incredibly proud of the way we played.”
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