New Zealand 260 (Guptill 71, Roach 4-70)v
West Indies 11-0
Second Test, Jamaica, Day One
Kemar Roach has described the pitch on which he took four wickets yesterday as “not an easy one to bowl on.” He and Tino Best took six wickets between them to help bowl New Zealand out for just 260 on the first day at Sabina Park.
Roach said, “I would rate today’s effort as a good performance. It was not an easy pitch to bowl on. It offered some moisture in the early stages, but then it flattened out and made batting quite easy.”
Roach and Best between them vindicated the decision of West Indies captain Darren Sammy to bowl first after winning the toss, with the former striking first by removing BJ Watling for just two, before the latter dispensed with Brendon McCullum in the very next over for a duck.
It was then that New Zealand fought back as their third-wicket pair of Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill put on 103. It was perhaps this period that Roach was referring to, but, if it was, then it didn’t last. Taylor and McCullum both fell after reaching half-centuries and New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for just 99 runs.
Even Narsingh Deonarine got in on the wicket-taking act, taking two for 43 from 12 overs, as the tourists threw away a promising position of 161 for three. All of their last five batsmen made double figures, but none could better Neil Wagner’s sprightly 23.
In reply, West Indies closed on 11 without loss after five overs, with Kieran Powell unbeaten on 10 and Chris Gayle on one.
© Cricket World 2012
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