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Gayle Finishes Off New Zealand

Chris Gayle hits out
Chris Gayle smashed a quickfire half-century to help the West Indies thrash New Zealand
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West Indies 460 & 95-0 (Gayle 80no) beat
New Zealand 221 & 331 by 10 wickets
Second Test, Trinidad

Chris Gayle smashed 80 not out in 46 balls to hurry the West Indies to a 10-wicket win in the second Test in Trinidad after New Zealand's brave resistance was finally broken.

After unexpectedly taking the game into its final day, New Zealand, with the help of some rain, took the game into a penultimate session before Gayle helped the home side level the three-match series 1-1.

New Zealand were finally bowled out for 331 in their second innings, setting the West Indies a meagre target of 93 to win.

Gayle, who dropped a catch early in the day to allow New Zealand off the hook, was in no mood to hang around, blasting six sixes as the West Indies notched a 10-wicket win for the 24th time in their Test history.

Resuming on 257 for eight, New Zealand rode their luck early on with edges flying to third man and a regulation chance passing Gayle by in the slips.

Mark Craig reached a maiden Test century and after he and BJ Watling extended their ninth-wicket partnership to 99.

It was broken when Craig drove away from his body and edged Kemar Roach to Denesh Ramdin for 67 in 167 balls.

Watling also passed his half-century but a lengthy rain delay either side of lunch further frustrated the West Indies.

When play did get underway again with New Zealand on 313 for nine, they added 20 more runs before Trent Boult was caught by Ramdin off Shannon Gabriel for eight.

Watling was left unbeaten on 66 in 216 balls while for the West Indies Roach finished with four for 74, Gabriel two for 66, Jerome Taylor two for 73 and Sulieman Benn two for 78.

The left-arm spinner bowled 58 overs in all and 20 of them were maidens.

There was just one maiden in the West Indian run chase as Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite saw their side home in quick time.

After seeing off the initial burst with the new ball from Tim Southee and Boult, Gayle launched into the bowling and was particularly severe on Ish Sodhi, who leaked 21 runs in two overs and Boult, who went for 28 in three.

The left-hander struck seven fours as well, finishing on 80 in 46 balls while Brathwaite, who scored a century in the first innings to set up the West Indies eventual victory, completed a fine game with 15 not out in 34 balls.

Brathwaite was named as the man of the match and the two sides now move on to Barbados, where the third Test begins on 26th June.

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