Deonarine, Best put the skids on NZ
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Narsingh Deonarine and Tino Best grabbed two wickets apiece before lunch, enhancing West Indies' claims for a series-clinching victory over New Zealand in the second Test on Saturday here.
Deonarine, who bowled unchanged through the morning period, has been the pick of the Windies bowlers with 4-21 from 17 overs and Best grabbed 2-22 from nine overs, as the New Zealanders stumbled to 109 for seven in their second innings for an overall lead of 160 at the interval on the third day.
Best triggered the wobble, when he struck twice in the space of three deliveries in his third over of the day, removing night-watchman Neil Wagner for six and the Black Caps captain Ross Taylor for a second-ball duck with catches to the ‘keeper, leaving the visitors rocking on 80 for four.
The Caribbean side's bowlers slowed the scoring to a trickle and Brendon McCullum cracked under the pressure, when he gave a bat-pad catch to forward short leg, playing defensively forward to Deonarine. He made 19.
Deonarine added the scalp of Kane Williamson, caught at slip for eight, edging a loose drive before Sunil Narine was belatedly introduced and snared Kruger van Wyk caught at deep backward square leg for five from a top-edged slog/sweep just before the interval, sinking New Zealand to 105 for seven.
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.
They are making a bid to complete their first series sweep, since Ridley Jacobs’ side beat Bangladesh 2-0 close to a decade ago.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 260
(M. Guptill 71; K. Roach 4-70)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 209
(M. Samuels 123; D. Bracewell 3-46, T. Boult 3-58)
NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings
(overnight 59 for two)
M. Guptill lbw b Deonarine 42
B.J. Watling lbw b Deonarine 11
N. Wagner c wkpr Ramdin b Best 6
B. McCullum c Fudadin b Deonarine 19
*R. Taylor c wkpr Ramdin b Best 0
K. Williamson c *Sammy b Deonarine 8
D. Brownlie not out 12
K. van Wyk c Chanderpaul b Narine 5
D. Bracewell not out 0
Extras (lb1, w1, nb4) 6
TOTAL (7 wkts) 109
Fall of wickets: 1-55 (Watling), 2-56 (Guptill), 3-80 (Wagner), 4-80 (*Taylor), 5-85 (McCullum), 6-98 (Williamson), 7-105 (+van Wyk)
Bowling: Roach 12-3-34-0 (nb3); Best 9-2-22-2 (w1); *Sammy 6-2-19-0 (nb1); Narine 7-0-12-1; Deonarine 17-6-21-4
Position: New Zealand lead by 160 with three second 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)