West Indies will have to strike early tomorrow if they are to force a win in the first Test against New Zealand, after the tourists closed day four on 199 for three to lead by 28 runs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Darren Sammy (50) and Narsingh Deonarine (79) had prolonged the West Indies first innings to 521 in the morning session as both men added substantially to their overnight score.
Daniel Flynn and Martin Guptill added 47 for the first wicket as New Zealand got their second innings underway immediately after lunch. Flynn was the first to go, trapped plumb in front by spinner Sunil Narine. Narine was to prove easily the biggest threat throughout the afternoon, although Kemar Roach bowled with his customary pace and aggression to account for Brendon McCullum late in the day.
In between times, McCullum had added 123 with Guptill for the second wicket as the pair took New Zealand to tea on 92 for one. Guptill was the more cautious of the pair, bringing up his fifty off 115 balls, while McCullum brought up his shortly afterwards from 92 balls.
Guptill was eventually prised out by Narine as he came around the wicket and induced him into gloving a catch to Assad Fudadin at short-leg. McCullum fell soon after, dragging on a delivery from Roach, to bring Neil Wagner to the crease as night-watchman for the second time in the match. He ended the day on four not out, while his captain Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 11.
The situation facing West Indies tomorrow morning is similar to that which they faced on the second morning. New Zealand resumed that day on 232 for four with Wagner and Kane Williamson at the crease, whereas tomorrow it will be Wagner and Taylor. On day two, the West Indies bowled well taking five wickets for 77 before Doug Bracewell’s onslaught. A similar performance tomorrow – Bracewell aside – will go a long way to giving them a one-nil lead in the two-match series.
© Cricket World 2012
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