Zimbabwe seamers Kyle Jarvis and Solomon Mire picked up a wicket apiece as the West Indies reached 65 for two at lunch on the opening day of the first Test at Queens Sports Club.
Jarvis marked his first international game in over four years with the early wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite, while Test debutant Mire dismissed Kyle Hope in his third over.
Both batsmen were caught behind by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva, though Hope was only given out after the Decision Review System revealed an edge and overturned umpire Paul Reiffel's original decision.
From 35 for two, the West Indies rallied in the final 45 minutes of the first session as Kieran Powell edged his way to 25 not out, and Shai Hope reached lunch unbeaten on 19.
Although overnight rain delayed the toss by around 10 minutes, West Indies captain Jason Holder decided to make first use of a pitch that is expected to deteriorate.
His assessment of conditions was vindicated in the closing stages of the opening session, with legspinner Graeme Cremer already finding prodigious turn.
While the tourists named an unchanged side from the one that played England in the last Test in September, Zimbabwe welcomed back batsman Brendan Taylor and fast bowler Jarvis.
Jarvis' last game for Zimbabwe was back in 2013, after which he signed a Kolpak deal with English county side Lancashire. Taylor followed suit after the World Cup in 2015, when he moved to Nottinghamshire.
Both players announced recently that they were relinquishing their Kolpak status in order to return to international cricket.
All-rounder Mire, who moved back to Zimbabwe from Australia earlier this year, is earning his first Test cap.
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