Bravo hundred leads WI fight
DUNEDIN, New Zealand – Darren Bravo survived a dropped catch and completed his fifth Test hundred to prop up West Indies batting against New Zealand before lunch in the first Test on Friday here.
Left-hander Bravo was undefeated on 104 and fellow left-hander Narsingh Deonarine was not out on 26, as the Windies reached 235 for four in their second innings at the interval on the fourth day at University Oval, still trailing by 161.
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Bravo reached his milestone from 200 balls, when he swept leg-spinner Ish Sodhi to deep fine leg for his 15 boundary.
It was his first Test hundred in eight innings spread over five Tests, since his 127 against Bangladesh last November in Khulna.
He was fortunate on 82 however, when left-arm fast-medium bowler Neil Wagner failed to hold a sharp return chance from a leading edge.
Bravo and Deonarine have so far added an even 50 for fifth wicket, after the experienced duo of Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell cheaply in the first hour, leaving West Indies 185 for four.
Samuels made 23 before he gave a return catch to Tim Southee in the second over of the day and Chanderpaul was trapped lbw to Wagner for one in the sixth over of the morning, television replays confirming the dismissal after he asked for a review.
Deonarine came to the crease and never looked ruffled, stroking the ball nicely and rotating the strike constantly to keep Bravo in the groove and they extended West Indies innings to the interval.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 609
(R. Taylor 217 not out, B. McCullum 113; T. Best 3-148)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 213
(S. Chanderpaul 76; T. Southee 4-52)
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (following on)
K. Edwards lbw b Sodhi 59
K. Powell c Southee b Boult 14
D.M. Bravo not out 104
M. Samuels c and b Southee 23
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Wagner 1
N. Deonarine not out 26
Extras (b4, lb3, nb1) 8
TOTAL (4 wkts) 235
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Powell), 2-135 (Edwards), 3-178 (Samuels), 4-185 (Chanderpaul)
Bowling: Southee 14-1-49-1; Boult 15-6-34-1; Wagner 17-2-57-1 (nb1); Anderson 8-2-9-0; Sodhi 22-3-73-1; Redmond 2-1-6-0
Position: West Indies trail by 161 runs with six second innings wickets standing
Umpires: N. Llong (England), P. Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire: I. Gould (England)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: C. Gaffaney (New Zealand)