Early scalp for Shilly as NZ chase 112
DUNEDIN, New Zealand – Shane Shillingford opened the bowling and grabbed an early wicket, after West Indies set New Zealand 112 for victory in the first Test on Saturday here.
Shillingford had opener Peter Fulton caught behind down the leg-side for three from a faint edge that required the video umpire to confirm, as New Zealand went to lunch on three runs for one wicket in their second innings on the final day at University Oval.
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The Windies had been dismissed for 507 in their second innings about 20 minutes before the interval with Darren Bravo going early for the top score of 218 and captain Darren Sammy the last wicket to fall for 80.
The visitors lost their last six wickets for 64, as the New Zealanders’ three fast-medium bowlers shared the wickets with Neil Wagner ending with 3-112 off 30 overs, fellow left-armer Trent Boult 2-81 off 35 overs, spearhead Tim Southee 2-101 off 29.1 overs and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi 2-155 from 49 overs.
West Indies suffered an early setback, when Boult bowled batting hero Darren Bravo in the third over of the morning with a delivery that kept low. He struck 31 fours from 416 balls in just over 9 ½ hours.
Shane Shillingford came to the crease and resisted for close to an hour before he was caught at first slip off Wagner for 15 and Tino Best was dismissed in the same manner three.
With Shannon Gabriel his remaining partner at the crease, Sammy tried to take things to the bowlers with an eye on increasing the lead and a second Test hundred to silence the critics of his batting, but he was caught on the cover boundary off Southee to bring his innings to a close.
West Indies have not won a Test, let alone a series in New Zealand since Courtney Walsh claimed a match haul of 13 wickets and bowled them to an innings and 322-run victory inside four days 18 years ago at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
New Zealand have not won a Test since late late year when McCullum took over the captaincy, having drawn five and lost four of their matches.
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)
(overnight 443 for six)
K. Edwards lbw b Sodhi 59
K. Powell c Southee b Boult 14
D.M. Bravo b Boult 218
M. Samuels c and b Southee 23
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Wagner 1
N. Deonarine c wkpr Watling b Anderson 52
+D. Ramdin b Sodhi 24
*D. Sammy c Sodhi b Southee 80
S. Shillingford c Taylor b Wagner 15
T. Best c Taylor b Wagner 3
S. Gabriel not out 0
Extras (b4, lb7, w5, nb2) 18
TOTAL (all out) 507
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Powell), 2-135 (Edwards), 3-178 (Samuels), 4-185 (Chanderpaul), 5-307 (Deonarine), 6-363 (Ramdin), 7-453 (Bravo), 8-491 (Shillingford), 9-507 (Best)
Bowling: Southee 29.1-4-101-2; Boult 35-11-81-2 (w1); Wagner 30-3-112-3 (nb2); Anderson 14-2-29-1; Sodhi 49-7-155-2; Redmond 5-1-18-0
NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings (target: 112)
P. Fulton c wkpr Ramdin b Shillingford 3
H. Rutherford not out 0
TOTAL (1 wkt) 3
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Fulton)
Bowling: Best 2-0-3-0; Shillingford 1.1-1-0-1
Position: New Zealand need 109 more runs to win with nine 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)