A half century from Tino Mawoyo was the main highlight after an average start from the Zimbabweans.
Zimbabwe were finally all-out for 211 on day one of the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados.
Mawoyo top-scored for the visitors, as some fine bowling from Kemar Roach, and then Shane Shillingford and Marlon Samuels, undid Zimbabwe.
At one point Brendan Taylor’s men were at 158-6 but the loss of three wickets for just one ball meant Zimbabwe did well to surpass 200.
The returning Samuels finished with the best bowling figures for the hosts with 4-13 despite bowling less than seven overs. However, it was Shillingford’s dismissal of opener Mayowo that proved the key wicket, as the batsman had just reached 50 and looked settled at the crease.
Shillingford was West Indies’ most relied upon bowler and the spinner finished the innings with three wickets.
The West Indies were looking to increase their winning streak in Test matches to five before the start of this clash and were certainly the favourites going into the match, especially with the return of Samuels and Chris Gayle.
However, their reply to Zimbabwe’s modest total didn’t get off to the best of starts. Opener Kieran Powell was dismissed for just five runs by visiting bowler Kyle Jarvis and when the seamer claimed the wicket of night watchman Roach the very next ball, the hosts found themselves at 8-2.
Darren Sammy’s side finished the day at 18-2 with Gayle on 11 and will begin day two today at 2pm GMT.