Cheap wickets hurt Windies
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Three cheap wickets – including Chris Gayle – put West Indies under pressure before lunch in the second Digicel Test against New Zealand on Friday.
The Windies were 62 for three, replying to the New Zealanders’ first innings total of 260, at the interval on the second day with Marlon Samuels not out on 30 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul not out on eight.
Opener Kieran Powell and Assad Fudadin fell in the first half-hour to left-arm fast-medium bowler Trent Boult, and Gayle fell for eight to a brute of a delivery from Neil Wagner in the final hour before lunch.
Powell failed to add to his overnight 10 before he edged to third slip, and Fudadin made five before he was lbw after the Black Caps reviewed South African umpire Marais Erasmus’ not-out verdict.
Gayle was strangely subdued throughout the 107 minutes he spent at the crease and survived a chance on five, when wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk and first slip fielder Ross Taylor, the visitors’ captain, combined to muff and edge from the big left-hander in Tim Southee’s third over.
The talismanic opener was kept on a tight rein by the New Zealand attack before he cuffed a short, rising, eighth delivery from Wagner, another left-arm fast-medium bowler, to backward point.
Chanderpaul had a few close shaves just before lunch. He was one, when he turned a delivery from Southee uppishly into mid-wicket, and was six, when he got the leading edge and almost gave a return chance to Wagner.
Samuels was typically silky smooth, an on-drive off Southee bristled with confidence, and he looked the most comfortable West Indies batsman at the crease.
West Indies lead the two-Test series 1-0, following a nine-wicket victory in the first Test, which ended last Monday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 260
(M. Guptill 71; K. Roach 4-70)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 11 without loss)
C. Gayle c Watling b Wagner 8
K. Powell c Brownlie b Boult 10
A. Fudadin lbw b Boult 5
M. Samuels not out 30
S. Chanderpaul not out 8
Extras (w1) 1
TOTAL (3 wkts) 62
N. Deonarine, +D. Ramdin, *D. Sammy, S. Narine, K. Roach, T. Best to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Powell), 2-17 (Fudadin), 3-53 (Gayle)
Bowling: Boult 10-2-25-2; Bracewell 7-3-8-0; Southee 7-2-19-0 (w1); Wagner 5-1-9-1, Williamson 1-0-1-0
Position: West Indies trail by 198 with seven first innings wickets standing
Umpires: M. Erasmus (South Africa), P. Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire: R. Kettleborough (England)
Match referee: R. Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite (West Indies/Barbados)