Frustration follows early strikes
DUNEDIN, New Zealand – West Indies were further frustrated by an unbroken, half-century stand between Ross Taylor and Bradley-John Watling, after they bowled with greater discipline and were rewarded with a couple of wickets before lunch in the first Test against New Zealand on Wednesday here.
Windies captain Darren Sammy and fast bowler Tino Best grabbed one wicket apiece, as the New Zealanders, sent in to bat, reached 445 for five in their first innings at the interval on the second day at University Oval with Taylor undefeated on 144 and Watling not out on 26.
Sammy has so far taken 2-79 from 23.1 overs and Best has 2-101 from 26 overs, as they and the rest of the visitors’ attack bowled with far greater control than they did the previous day after the Black Caps resumed from their bedtime total of 367 for three.
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This built-up the pressure on the New Zealand overnight pair of century-makers Brendon McCullum, the current captain, and Ross Taylor, the former captain, as they shared a record fourth-wicket stand for the hosts against the Caribbean side of 195.
Sammy benefitted, making the breakthrough, when he bowled McCullum for 113 with a perfectly-pitched delivery that moved back to extract the off-stump. The home team captain struck 14 fours and three sixes from 134 balls in close to three hours.
Three overs later, Best had the little-known left-hander Corey Anderson caught behind down the leg-side for a 14-ball duck to leave the New Zealanders 385 for five.
But Sammy was forced to leave the field with a tight right glute muscle after the first delivery of his 24th over and the pressure eased, as Watling joined Taylor and they put on 60 – unbroken – for the sixth wicket.
To add to West Indies frustrations, both batsmen had a number of close calls, edging a couple deliveries past the stumps and just short of fielders with Taylor fortunate on 131, when Kieran Powell dropped him at forward short leg from off-spinner Shane Shillingford’s bowling about 20 minutes before the interval.
The Windies also lost their remaining umpires’ decision review, when Gabriel struck Watling, on 10, on the back pad with a full-length delivery which the technology suggested would have missed leg-stump.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings
(overnight 367 for three)
P. Fulton c Edwards b Sammy 61
H. Rutherford c Deonarine b Shillingford 62
A. Redmond c Samuels b Best 20
R. Taylor not out 144
*B. McCullum b Sammy 113
C. Anderson c wkpr Ramdin b Best 0
+B.J. Watling not out 26
Extras (b9, lb9, nb1) 19
TOTAL (5 wkts) 445
I. Sodhi, T. Southee, N. Wagner, T. Boult to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-95 (Rutherford), 2-117 (Redmond), 3-185 (Fulton), 4-380 (McCullum), 5-385 (Anderson)
Bowling: Best 26-5-101-2; Gabriel 24.5-4-123-0; Sammy 23.1-4-79-2 (nb1); Shillingford 36-5-107-1; Deonarine 7-0-17-0
WEST INDIES: K. Powell, K. Edwards, D.M. Bravo, M. Samuels, S. Chanderpaul, N. Deonarine, +D. Ramdin, *D. Sammy, S. Shillingford, T. Best, S. Gabriel
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: N. Llong (England), P. Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire: I. Gould (England)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: C. Gaffaney (New Zealand)