Bridgetown: Zimbabwe slumped to 162 for six at tea as West Indies grabbed four wickets in the afternoon session on the opening day of the first Test in Barbados on Tuesday.
Spinner Shane Shillingford took two wickets and Marlon Samuel returned from injury to grab a wicket with his first ball as Craig Ervine was clean bowled for 29 just before the break.
Tino Mawoyo, who reached his 50 soon after lunch, was Shillingford's first victim as he was dragged forward and got an inside edge to a perfect off-spinner’s delivery.
Mawoyo had struggled through a hostile opening burst from the West Indies bowlers, taking several blows to the body in a brave knock.
The opener had been the major contributor as Zimbabwe reached 91 for two at lunch but a steady procession of wickets put them under pressure going into the final session.
A partnership of 42 for the second wicket with Hamilton Masakadza, who was hit on the head by a ferocious delivery from Tino Best, saw off the vagaries of variable bounce and a host of short pitched balls which made batting initially look difficult for the inexperienced Zimbabweans.