Samuels gets "life" as WI chase 206
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fortune smiled on Marlon Samuels just before tea, after West Indies made a shaky start in pursuit of 206 for victory in the second Digicel Test against New Zealand on Saturday here.
The hometown hero, a century-maker in the first innings, was not out on 20 after he was dropped and Assad Fudadin was not out on 16, as the Windies reached 56 for two in their second innings at the break on the third day.
Samuels was 20, when he edged Doug Bracewell to gully, where B.J. Watling put down a regulation chance in the final over before tea.
Before a small, but vocal Sabina Park crowd, it was a huge relief for West Indies, after left-handers openers Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell were dismissed cheaply.
This followed disciplined bowling from West Indies – led by Narsingh Deonarine – as the New Zealanders were dismissed for 154 in their second innings about an hour after lunch.
The part-time off-spinner ended with a career-best 4-37 from 22 overs, frontline off-spinner Sunil Narine finished with 3-19 from 12 overs, and Tino Best snared 2-44, as only Dean Brownlie with 35, passed 20 with the bat for New Zealand on the day.
Gayle was then trapped lbw for eight on the crease by a full-length delivery from left-arm fast-medium bowler Trent Boult in the third over of the innings and Powell fell for six, suffering a similar fate to Tim Southee, leaving West Indies 20 for two.
But Samuels joined Fudadin and brought a steadying influence, easing West Indies concerns about a top-order collapse.
Earlier, Narine had claimed two of the last three New Zealand wickets before Kemar Roach wrapped up the visitors’ innings, when Southee was caught at deep fine leg from a top-edged hook at a short, rising ball.
Before lunch, Deonarine and Best grabbed two wickets apiece, enhancing West Indies' claims for a series-clinching victory, as the Black Caps stumbled to 109 for seven at the interval.
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 c Deonarine b Narine 35
+K. van Wyk c Chanderpaul b Narine 5
D. Bracewell c Fudadin b Narine 14
T. Southee c Narine b Roach 7
T. Boult not out 0
Extras (lb1, w1, nb7) 7
TOTAL (all out) 154
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), 8-142 (Bracewell), 9-149 (Brownlie)
Bowling: Roach 12.2-3-34-1 (nb3); Best 13-2-44-2 (nb1, w1); *Sammy 6-2-19-0 (nb1); Narine 12-1-19-3; Deonarine 22-7-37-4
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 206)
C. Gayle lbw b Boult 8
K. Powell lbw b Southee 6
A. Fudadin not out 16
M. Samuels not out 20
Extras (w6) 6
TOTAL (2 wkts) 56
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Gayle), 2-20 (Powell)
Bowling: Boult 5-0-28-1 (w1); Bracewell 3-0-14-0 (w1); Southee 3-1-3-1; Wagner 1-0-11-0
Position: West Indies need 150 more runs to win with eight 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)