Tuesday 23 December 2008 

Second Test In Napier Ends In A Draw

Second Test In Napier Ends In A Draw
Second Test In Napier Heading For A Draw
© REUTERS/Nigel Marple (NEW ZEALAND) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 
The second Test between New Zealand and the West Indies in Napier was drawn after the home side reached 220 for five in their second innings on the final day.

Set 312 to win, Jesse Ryder was unbeaten on 59 and James Franklin on two when the two teams agreed to end the match with nine overs remaining in the match, meaning the series was drawn 0-0 after the match in Dunedin also ended in stalemate.

New Zealand lost first-innings century maker Tim McIntosh (3) lbw to Jerome Taylor, Daniel Flynn was run out for 33 and Jamie How was caught by Chris Gayle off Fidel Edwards for a quickfire 54.

Ross Taylor (46) was trapped in front by Sulieman Benn and Brendon McCullum edged Taylor to Ramdin for 19 but Ryder continued to impress, hitting four fours in his third Test half-century in his 10th innings.

Earlier, Gayle fell three runs short of a double century as the West Indies were bowled out for 375 in the last over before lunch.

Gayle and Edwards added 70 runs during the morning session to frustrate New Zealand and put the West Indies in a good position to save the match.

Gayle batted magnificently and deserved to reach a double century, playing with a mixture of patience and aggression to dominate the New Zealand attack.

He never looked in any trouble and when he eventually fell it was the unluckiest of dismissals, a bottom edge from spinner Jeetan Patel cannoning into the boot of wicket-keeper McCullum and bouncing up for McCullum to take a simple catch.

Patel (5-110) was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers, recording his first five-wicket haul in tests.

He was well supported by skipper Daniel Vettori (2-91), who trapped big hitting tail-ender Daren Powell lbw in the last over before lunch to wrap up the West Indies innings.

© Reuters 2008

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