WI eye win after Roach bugs NZ
NORTH SOUND, Antigua – Openers Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell firmly set West Indies on course for victory over New Zealand before tea in the first Digicel Test on Sunday here, following another memorable spell of fast bowling from Kemar Roach.
Gayle was not out on 19 and Powell was not out on 12, as West Indies reached 32 without loss in their second innings in pursuit of a victory target of 102 at the break on the final day.
This followed Roach claiming 5-60 from 23.2 overs, as New Zealand were bowled out for 272 in their second innings about 45 minutes before tea at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
It was the fifth time in 20 Tests that Roach had claimed five scalps and enhanced his reputation as the current strike bowler in the West Indies attack.
After lunch, West Indies immediately claimed the second new ball and Roach had almost instant success, when night-watchman Neil Wagner, whose attritional approach brought him just 13 from 103 balls in 124 minutes at the crease, was caught behind driving loosely outside the off-stump at the third delivery with the new “cherry”.
Ravi Rampaul followed up in the next over, when he had Dean Brownlie caught at first slip for five playing defensively forward to a well-pitched delivery that moved away, leaving New Zealand 225 for seven.
West Indies met a bit of defiance, when Daniel Vettori and Kruger van Wyk spent the next 35 minutes together and pushed New Zealand past the 250-run mark.
But Rampaul produced another unplayable delivery to remove Vettori caught behind for 13 before Sunil Narine trapped Doug Bracewell for a four-ball duck in the next over, sinking New Zealand to 258 for nine.
West Indies play cat-and-mouse with the New Zealand last-wicket pair of van Wyk and Chris Martin before Roach returned and Roach wrapped the innings up in the second over of the new spell, when he bowled van Wyk for 30.
Before lunch, Roach had grabbed two scalps to keep the balance of power with West Indies, as the New Zealanders reached 225 for five.
The Caribbean side were frustrated, after the Black Caps resumed from their overnight total of 199 for three and encountered few or no terrors, reaching 217 for three with their captain Ross Taylor on 21 and left-hander Wagner on 11.
Rain swept across the ground and stopped play about 40 minutes after the start, offering West Indies 20 minutes to regroup.
Roach made the breakthrough almost immediately with the second ball following the stoppage, when Taylor played across a well-pitched delivery that moved back sharply and was a palpable lbw victim. He made 21.
Roach struck again with the first delivery of his next over, when he bowled Kane Williamson for a one-ball duck, extracting the off-stump in spectacular fashion with another well-pitched delivery that moved back, wobbling New Zealand on 217 for five.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 351
(M. Guptill 97; S. Narine 5-132)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 522
(C. Gayle 150, K. Powell 134; C. Martin 3-134)
NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings
(overnight 199 for three)
D. Flynn lbw b Narine 20
M. Guptill c Fudadin b Narine 67
B. McCullum b Roach 84
*R. Taylor lbw b Roach 21
N. Wagner c wkpr Ramdin b Roach 13
K. Williamson b Roach 0
D. Brownlie c Gayle b Rampaul 5
+K. van Wyk b Roach 30
D. Vettori c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 13
D. Bracewell lbw b Narine 0
C. Martin not out 0
Extras (b9, lb6, nb4) 19
TOTAL (all out) 272
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Flynn), 2-170 (Guptill), 3-194 (McCullum), 4-217 (*Taylor), 5-217 (Williamson), 6-225 (Wagner), 7-225 (Brownlie), 8-251 (Vettori), 9-258 (Bracewell)
Bowling: Rampaul 17-3-52-2; Roach 23.2-4-60-5 (nb4); Narine 42-13-91-3; *Sammy 16-6-25-0; Samuels 3-1-22-0; Deonarine 4-2-7-0
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 102)
C. Gayle not out 19
K. Powell not out 12
Extras (w1) 1
TOTAL (without loss) 32
Bowling: Bracewell 4-0-20-0; Martin 4-0-12-0 (w1)
Position: West Indies need 70 more to win with all second innings wickets standing
Umpires: R. Kettleborough, P. Reiffel
TV umpire: M. Erasmus
Match referee: R. Madugalle
Reserve umpire: J. Wilson