Powell departs early after follow on
DUNEDIN, New Zealand – West Indies suffered an early setback batting a second time, after Tim Southee triggered a batting collapse that saw them concede a huge first innings lead in the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday here.
Opener Kieran Powell was caught low at second slip by Southee for 14 off left-arm fast-medium bowler Trent Boult, as the Windies, trailing by 396 on first innings, reached 37 for one in their second innings at the tea break on the third day at University Oval.
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Another half-century and milestone for Shivnarine Chanderpaul was overshadowed by another batting collapse that left the visitors under severe pressure to save the match.
Chanderpaul, the veteran left-hander, batting a smidge out of character, hit the top score of 76, becoming the seventh player to pass 11,000 Test runs, as West Indies were bowled out for 213 in their first innings about an hour and 10 minutes before tea.
Darren Bravo made 40 and Windies captain Darren Sammy was not out on 27, but none of the other batsman looked self-assured at the crease, as Southee ended with 4-52 from 16 overs to put the skids on the top-order, Boult finished with 3-40 from 18 overs to stifle the lower order and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 2-63 from 15.1 overs after some early punishment.
Typically, Chanderpaul entered with the Windies’ backs up against the wall, when fellow left-hander Bravo was caught at gully for 40 from a loose drive at a delivery from Southee angled across him in the fourth over of the morning.
Chanderpaul also had to endure Marlon Samuels being caught at first slip by Ross Taylor off Southee for 14, edging a flat-footed drive at a well-pitched delivery, and Narsingh Deonarine caught in the same position on the second attempt by the same fielder off the same bowler for 15, trying to force a delivery angled across him.
In the final half-hour before the interval, Chanderpaul gave a glimpse of a side to his batting that he seldom exhibits, reaching his milestone, when he hooked a short delivery from left-arm fast-medium bowler Neil Wagner through backward square leg for the third of his eight fours.
He joined the esteemed company of the recently-retired Sachin Tendulkar of India, Ricky Ponting of Australia, Rahul Dravid of India, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, former teammate Brian Lara and Australian legend Allan Border in the 11,000-run club.
He brought up his 50 from 63 balls, when he moved from 38 to 52 in the space of four deliveries in Sodhi’s ninth over.
Chanderpaul slapped the third delivery through cover for his fourth boundary, worked the fourth ball through mid-wicket for a deuce and finished the over with a flourish that fetched him successive boundaries, a lofted straight drive and a whip through square leg.
He followed up with boundaries off the second and third deliveries of Sodhi’s next over, a fluent cover drive establishing a 50-run stand with Denesh Ramdin, as West Indies reached 159 for five at lunch.
After the interval, Chanderpaul was fortunate on 70, when he was dropped at third slip off Boult and gained four runs, but the same bowler started the decline two balls later, when Ramdin was caught behind for 12, gloving a rising ball.
Chanderpaul continued to pick off runs freely and was just getting into thick of things, when he was adjudged lbw to Boult, offering no stroke to a delivery that moved back from outside the off-stump from the left-arm bowler delivering over the wicket.
The durable West Indies left-hander wasted no time reviewing the decision and TV replays revealed he was struck on the thigh pad, but the ball-tracking technology suggested the bails on the top of the stumps would have been clipped, allowing the decision of Australian umpire Paul Reiffel to stand.
After his departure, there was little resistance from the rest of the batting, except Sammy, defying his right glute injury, to hit a few crisp strokes, as the Windies lost their last five wickets for 30 in the space of 43 balls.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 609
(R. Taylor 217 not out, B. McCullum 113; T. Best 3-148)
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 67 for two)
K. Edwards c Fulton b Boult 0
K. Powell c wkpr Watling b Southee 7
D.M. Bravo c McCullum b Southee 40
M. Samuels c Taylor b Southee 14
S. Chanderpaul not out 62
N. Deonarine c Taylor b Southee 15
D. Ramdin c wkpr Watling b Boult 12
D. Sammy not out 27
S. Shillingford b Sodhi 9
T. Best run out (Redmond/Southee) 0
S. Gabriel lbw b Sodhi 0
Extras (lb11, w1, nb1) 13
TOTAL (all out) 213
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Edwards), 2-24 (Powell), 3-70 (Bravo), 4-73 (Samuels), 5-106 (Deonarine), 6-174 (Ramdin,), 7-183 (Chanderpaul), 8-202 (Shillingford), 9-205 (Best)
Bowling: Boult 18-5-40-3; Southee 16-1-52-4; Wagner 13-2-47-0 (nb1, w1); Sodhi 15.1-2-63-2
Overs: 62.1 overs
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (following on)
K. Edwards not out 10
K. Powell c Southee b Boult 14
I. Sodhi not out 12
Extras (lb1) 1
TOTAL (1 wkt) 37
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Powell)
Bowling: Boult 4-0-7-1; Southee 5-0-18-0; Wagner 2-0-7-0; Sodhi 1-0-2-0; Anderson 2-1-2-0
Position: West Indies trail by 359 runs 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)