Bravo Double-Century Holds Up New Zealand

Darren Bravo
Darren Bravo scored a double-century to help the West Indies into the lead against New Zealand in Dunedin
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New Zealand 609-9 dec.(Taylor 217no) v
West Indies 213 & 443-6 (Bravo 210no)
First Test, Dunedin, day four
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Darren Bravo emulated Ross Taylor by scoring his maiden Test double-century as the West Indies fought back on day four of the opening Test against New Zealand in Dunedin.

Bravo was unbeaten on 210 in 404 balls as he and his team batted through the day to close on 443 for six and take a lead of 47 into the final day.

He formed substantial partnerships with Narsingh Deonarine, who hit 52, Denesh Ramdin, who made 24 and Darren Sammy, who was unbeaten at stumps on 44.

Resuming on 168 for two, the West Indies quickly slipped to 185 for four and looked to be heading for defeat when Marlon Samuels (23) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (1) fell cheaply.

Bravo, who hit 30 fours, then added 122 with Deonarine, 56 with Ramdin and 80 with Sammy to put the West Indies into the lead and set up an intriguing final day, although much rests on how long Bravo and Sammy can continue to bat together.

Taylor scored 217 not out in New Zealand's innings of 609 for nine declared before the West Indies were bowled out for 213 and forced to follow on.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
NZL 189-5 beat WIN 108-8 by 81 runs
15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets