NZ batting woes leave Windies in control
Sun, 05 Aug 2012 12:32p.m.
The West Indies are poised to wrap up the second cricket Test in Kingston, sitting on 135-4 at stumps on the third day, 71 short of victory after the Black Caps batting line-up again failed to fire.
New Zealand set the West Indies 206 to win after crumbling to 154 all out in their second innings shortly after lunch on Sunday (NZT).
Opener Martin Guptill top-scored for the Black Caps with 42, but part-timer Narsingh Deonarine's 4-37 ripped through the middle order, backed up by paceman Tino Best's 2-44 and spinner Sunil Narine's 3-19.
Despite losing the early wickets of Kieron Powell and Chris Gayle for six and eight respectively, the Windies assumed control as first innings century-maker Marlon Samuels looked untroubled by New Zealand's four-strong seam bowling attack.
With the West Indies sitting comfortably on 56-2 at tea, South Africa-born Test debutant Neil Wagner delivered a mini-breakthrough 16 overs after play resumed, Assad Fudadin clipping an inside edge onto his stumps and departing for 27.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined Samuels at the wicket, but the partnership lasted only 19 runs before Doug Bracewell dismissed Samuels for 52 as stumps approached.
The Windies danger man racked up 123 of his team's first innings 209 as they chased New Zealand's opening 260, but fished outside off stump and edged a well-taken catch to captain Ross Taylor in the slips.
However, nightwatchman Kemar Roach and Chanderpaul saw the West Indies safely through to stumps, leaving the home team with six wickets in hand and only 71 runs required to close out the two-Test series 2-0.
With a nine-wicket win from the first Test in Antigua last week, a win in the second will lift the West Indies above New Zealand in the ICC's Test rankings, leaving the Black Caps eighth and ahead only of Bangladesh.
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10/08/2012 12:43:06 a.m.
Weve heard it all before cut the bullshit shape up or ship out you lot do nothing to enhance New Zealand insted we are becomming a laughing stoct
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