Bulawayo: Opener Hamilton Masakadza struck an unbeaten century as Zimbabwe reached 169 for four at the close on a rain-curtailed first day of the second Test against West Indies at the Queens Sports Club on Sunday.
After Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat, Masakadza reached 101 not out from 171 balls with nine fours and two sixes. He will resume on Monday with Sikandar Raza (9 not out).
Masakadza watched from the opposite end as Zimbabwe slipped into early trouble when they limped to 14 for three as West Indies seamer Kemar Roach (two for 24) made early inroads for the visitors, including the big wicket of Brendan Taylor (1).
But Masakadza, who scored his fifth Test century, put on 142 for the fourth wicket with Peter Moor (52) before the latter was bowled by Roston Chase (one for 26).
The players left the field at the end of the 61st over and persistent rain kept them off for the remainder of the day.
West Indies won the first Test by 117 runs and cannot lose the two-match series.
Zimbabwe 1st innings
H. Masakadza not out 101
S. Mire c Dowrich b Roach 4
C. Ervine b Gabriel 0
B. Taylor b Roach 1
P. Moor b Chase 52
S. Raza (not out) 9
Extras (nb-2) 2
Total (4 wkts, 61 overs) 169
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-11, 3-14, 4-156.
Bowling: S. Gabriel 13-3-37-1 (nb-1); K. Roach 10-4-24-2 (nb-1); J. Blackwood 4-1-8-0; J. Holder 11-1-28-0; D. Bishoo 14-2-46-0; R. Chase 9-1-26-1.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Simon Fry
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel
Match referee: Javagal Srinath