Shilly weaves web as NZ inch to victory
DUNEDIN, New Zealand – Three wickets – all to Shane Shillingford – brought a smile back to West Indies, but Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson put New Zealand back on course for victory before rain prompted an early tea in the first Test on Saturday here.
Shillingford, who opened the bowling, has so far collected 4-26 from 15 overs, as the New Zealanders reached 79 for four in their second innings at the break on the final day at University Oval, chasing 112 for victory
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The lanky off-spinner, whose bowling action was investigated last week in Perth in neighbouring Australia, prior to the start of this Test series, failed to make a significant impact in the first innings – but he rebounded to send a few shivers through the Black Caps’ dressing room.
Opening the bowling, he grabbed the scalp of 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.
Shillingford struck in four over intervals, removing Aaron Redmond caught at leg-slip for six, opener Hamish Rutherford caught at long-on for 20 and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum caught at short square leg by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for nine.
But the Windies failed to make further inroads into the New Zealanders’ batting, as Anderson joined Taylor, a double century-maker in the first innings, and batted through until five minutes before the break when rain interrupted.
Earlier, the Caribbean side had been dismissed for 507 in their second innings about 20 minutes before lunch 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 2nd Innings (target: 112)
P. Fulton c wkpr Ramdin b Shillingford 3
H. Rutherford c Gabriel b Shillingford 20
A. Redmond c Deonarine b Shillingford 6
R. Taylor not out 16
*B. McCullum c wkpr Ramdin b Shillingford 9
C. Anderson not out 20
Extras (b1, lb3, w1) 5
TOTAL (4 wkts) 79
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Fulton), 2-15 (Redmond), 3-31 (Redmond), 4-44 (McCullum)
Bowling: Best 8-1-26-0 (w1); Shillingford 15-5-26-4; Gabriel 5-1-16-0; Deonarine 2-0-7-0
Position: New Zealand need 33 more runs to win with six 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)