Hamilton Masakadza top scored for Zimbabwe in their first innings with 42 runs, before he fell to the combination of Devendra Bishoo, and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, the former retaining impressive figures of 5 for 79.
West Indies struggled to 219 all out in its first innings, but Bishoo made use of the spin-friendly pitch at Queens Sports Club to claim a fourth five-wicket haul and put the tourists in a position of strength.
However, there was poor shot selection, which aided West Indies bowling, with Bishoo, in particular, taking full advantage and emulating the Zimbabwean spinners, who took eight wickets on day one.
With Zimbabwe bowled out in just 61.3 overs, the West Indies began their second innings after tea and reached stumps on 88 for one, giving them an overall lead of 148.
Zimbabwe appeared on course to overhauling the Windies total, with Masakadza and Craig Ervine adding 47 runs for the second wicket before Bishoo claimed his first scalp.
Zimbabwe's batting coach, Lance Klusener expressed his disappointment with the way the batsmen lost their wickets as it was not the way the team had planned to approach their innings. Kraigg Brathwaite took a good catch out at deep midwicket as Mire (27) took on Kemar Roach.
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Masakadza (42) was the first of Bishoo's victims as he felt for a wide delivery and was caught behind, while Brendan Taylor's comeback innings was brief as he reverse swept to slip in the legspinner's next over.
Sean Williams fared no better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Roach for seven runs. Bishoo had his fifth wicket in easy fashion, Regis Chakabva caught by Roston Chase. Shannon Gabriel, meanwhile, chipped in with one. Malcolm Waller got a sharp inswinging delivery from Jason Holder, but should not have played all around it.
Masakadza put on 44 for the first wicket with debutant Mire who faced 36 balls and counted four fours and a six before gifting his wicket by tugging Roach to Brathwaite at mid-wicket, half-hour into the day's play.
There was a nice cameo performance at the tail-end from Chris Mpofu who got the crowd on their feet and chanting his name as he scored 10 runs off 26 deliveries before Gabriel had him outside-edging to Dowrich to end Zimbabwe's innings for 159.
Cremer found the breakthrough with the third ball of his first over when he bowled Kieran Powell for 17 but that was the only success for Zimbabwe as Brathwaite and Kyle Hope ensured that there no further wicket losses for the visitors with an unbeaten 63 run partnership for the second wicket.
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