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For the first time since 2000, the West Indies clinched back-to-back Test victories at home with a five-wicket win over New Zealand in Kingston, Jamaica.In a low-scoring game, the West Indies progressed from their overnight score of 135 for four to close on 206 for five, comfortably reaching their target to claim the series 2-0.
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."
New Zealand have suffered a major blow ahead of the second Test against the West Indies, a match they must win to avoid defeat in the two-match series, after talismanic all-rounder Daniel Vettori was ruled out with a groin strain.
Ravi Rampaul has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand, which begins on Thursday, with a groin injury. He has been replaced in the 13-man squad by Fidel Edwards. Tino Best is the other fast-bowler included in the squad who didn't play during the hosts' nine-wicket win in the first Test in Antigua.
West Indies won the first Test against New Zealand by nine wickets with around an hour to spare on the final evening at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. They reached their target of 102 in the 20th over of their second innings after Kemar Roach had ended with five for 60 to help bowl New Zealand out for 272 in their second.
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 and Narsingh Deonarine had prolonged the West Indies first innings to 521 in the morning session as both men added substantially to their overnight score.
West Indies took control on the third day of their Test against New Zealand in Antigua, closing on 442 for six in reply to the visitors' 351. Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell both reached three figures and shared a marathon 254-run opening stand. Gayle brought up his 14th Test century relatively early in the day with a pulled six off Chris Martin and was fairly untroubled in spite of some reverse swing from Neil Wagner.
Since coming back from his international exile following his falling-out with the WICB, he has torn the New Zealand bowlers to shreds in all four matches played so far on their tour of Florida and the Caribbean. His comeback began with a 51-ball 53 in England last month, but really ignited with back-to-back half centuries against the hapless Kiwis at Lauderdale last weekend, before reaching a climax with his 20th ODI century in the second ODI on Saturday.
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