Narine shines, but WI bat flop again
HAMILTON, New Zealand – Career-best bowling from Sunil Narine was followed by another dramatic West Indies batting collapse in the final period, leaving New Zealand to chase 122 for victory in the third Test on Saturday here.
Narine grabbed 6-91 from 42.3 overs, but Ross Taylor 131 – hit his third hundred of the series – as the New Zealanders were dismissed for 349 just before tea on the third day at Seddon Park to give the Windies a slender first innings lead of 18.
The Caribbean side then failed to ease concerns about their batting, as the Black Caps’ pacemen, led by left-arm swinger Trent Boult with 4-23 from 10 overs, bowled them out for 103 in their second innings just before the scheduled close.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy hit the top score of 24 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 20, but no other batsman reached that many, as Tim Southee captured 3-12 from 8.5 overs and left-arm medium-fast bowler Neil Wagner claimed 2-34 from seven overs.
The Windies then failed to make a breakthrough, as openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford carried New Zealand to six without loss before stumps were drawn.
A painful ankle that kept Kieran Powell off the field during the latter stages of the Black Caps’ first innings meant that Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards were forced to open the batting for the visitors in their second innings.
In the twinkling of eye, all three were sent packing in a destructive opening spell from Boult that left West Indies wobbling on 13 for three.
Brathwaite was bowled for seven with an in-swinging first delivery of Boult’s third over and Powell was caught at third slip for a duck with the final delivery when he hung his bat outside the off-stump to a ball shaping away before Edwards was caught behind down the leg-side for one from a feathered leg-glance in the bowler’s fifth over.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul came to the crease and spent just over half-hour with Marlon Samuels stemming the fall of wickets.
But Samuels was caught behind for 13 off left-arm medium-fast bowler Corey Anderson hanging his bat outside the off-stump and Chanderpaul, a century-maker in the first innings, was caught at gully off Wagner in the following over, as the Windies stumbled to 46 for five.
Another period of temporary resistance came when Denesh Ramdin joined Narsingh Deonarine and they shared 29 for the biggest stand of the innings, but they were both dismissed before the total reached 100.
Deonarine was caught at first slip off Wagner for 13 and Ramdin, also a first innings century-maker, was trapped lbw to Boult for 18, leaving West Indies 91 for seven.
Sammy responded to the carnage with typical flourish, collecting half-dozen boundaries in a 17-ball cameo, but Southee returned for a second spell to have him caught behind and mop up the rest of the tail, claiming his 100th Test scalp, as the last three wickets fell without adding a run.
Earlier, Narine continued to make run scoring difficult for New Zealand’s batsmen, but Taylor struck 16 fours and two sixes from 264 balls in close to 5 ½ hours of batting to significantly reduce West Indies lead, after New Zealand resumed from their overnight total of 156 for three.
Narine struck in the first half-hour, when he had New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum caught at slip for 12, but the Windies met resistance when Anderson and Taylor linked up for a 50-run, fifth-wicket stand.
Veerasammy Permaul’s stifling left-arm spin then produced a wicket, when Anderson was caught at deep mid-wicket for 39, as the New Zealanders reached 249 for five at lunch.
After the interval, Sammy had Bradley-John Watling caught behind for 20, chasing a wide ball, and this opened up the tail for Narine, but Taylor remained entrenched, reaching his hundred from 239 balls, when he drove a half volley from Tino Best through extra cover for his 14th four.
Best finally brought Taylor’s defiance to a close, when he had him caught at third man from an upper cut, but the Black Caps tail-enders were still able to add another 43 to shorten the visitors’ advantage.
The Windies trail 0-1 in the three-Test series, following a defeat by an innings and 73 runs in the second Test which ended last Friday at the Basin Reserve in the New Zealand capital of Wellington.
Rain forced a draw in the first Test which ended two Saturdays ago at University Oval in the South Island city of Dunedin.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 367
(S. Chanderpaul 122, D. Ramdin 107; T. Southee 4-79)
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings
(overnight 156 for three)
P. Fulton c *Sammy b Narine 11
H. Rutherford c and b *Sammy 10
K. Williamson lbw b Narine 58
R. Taylor c Samuels b Best 131
*B. McCullum c *Sammy b Narine 12
C. Anderson c Deonarine b Permaul 39
+B. Watling c wkpr Ramdin b *Sammy 20
T. Southee lbw b Narine 18
I. Sodhi b Narine 9
N. Wagner c Edwards b Narine 22
T. Boult not out 1
Extras (b6, lb8, nb4) 18
TOTAL (all out) 349
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Rutherford), 2-43 (Fulton), 3-138 (Williamson), 4-174 (*McCullum), 5-224 (Anderson), 6-269 (+Watling), 7-306 (Taylor), 8-317 (Southee), 9-332 (Sodhi)
Bowling: Best 14-1-63-1 (nb1); Sammy 23-8-69-2 (nb2); Permaul 35-6-103-1; Narine 42.3-17-91-6 (nb1); Deonarine 3-0-9-0
WEST INDIES 2nd
K. Brathwaite b Boult 7
K. Edwards c wkpr Watling b Boult 1
K. Powell c Southee b Boult 0
M. Samuels c wkpr Watling b Anderson 8
S. Chanderpaul c Williamson b Wagner 20
N. Deonarine c Taylor b Wagner 13
+D. Ramdin lbw b Boult 18
*D. Sammy c wkpr Watling b Southee 24
S. Narine not out 0
V. Permaul lbw b Southee 0
T. Best lbw b Southee 0
Extras (lb12) 12
TOTAL (all out) 103
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Brathwaite), 2-12 (Powell), 3-13 (Edwards), 4-40 (Samuels), 5-46 (Chanderpaul), 6-75 (Deonarine), 7-91 (Ramdin), 8-103 (Sammy), 9-103 (Permaul)
Bowling: Boult 10-4-23-4; Southee 8.5-5-12-3; Anderson 6-0-22-1; Wagner 7-1-34-2
NEW ZEALAND 2nd
Innings (target: 122 runs)
P. Fulton not out 4
H. Rutherford not out 0
Extras (b2) 2
TOTAL (without loss) 6
Bowling: Best 1-0-4-0; Narine 1-1-0-0
Position: New Zealand trail by 120 with all second innings wickets standing
Umpires: I. Gould (England), N. Llong (England)
TV umpire: P. Reiffel (Australia)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: D. Walker (New Zealand)