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WI batsmen collapse again
HAMILTON, New Zealand—West Indies’ batting crumbled meekly on day two of the second Test against New Zealand yesterday, leaving the Caribbean side needing a Herculean effort to stay alive in the contest at Seddon Park.
Replying to the hosts’ 373, the Windies started badly and never really recovered, finishing the day on 215 for eight in their first innings – still 158 runs adrift of the lead.
Not for the first time in recent history, opener Kraigg Brathwaite was the only shining light, leading by example in his first match as skipper with a top-score of 66.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich made a dashing 35, Shimron Hetmyer got 28 while debutant Raymon Reifer was propped up the innings deep in the final session with an unbeaten 22.
But opener Kieran Powell failed to score, Shai Hope and Roston Chase were left still looking for a significant score in the series while rookie Sunil Ambris trod on his stumps for the second time in three innings, to continue his bizarre start to his Test career.
New Zealand’s bowlers were steady without ever being spectacular, with the seam quartet of Tim Southee (2-34), Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Trent Boult (2-67) and Neil Wagner (2-73) each picking up two wickets.
West Indies had earlier endured frustration as New Zealand converted their overnight 286 for seven into a competitive first innings.
They did well to remove the overnight pair of Tom Blundell (28) and Neil Wagner (1) cheaply for the addition of just 26 runs but were then held up by a last-wicket stand of 61 between Boult and Southee.
Boult played with gay abandon in a 27-ball knock that included five fours and two sixes and Southee joined with a four and a pair of sixes, in an entertaining 39-ball innings.
Seamer Kemar Roach finally ended the innings 45 minutes before lunch when he took a low caught and bowled chance to his right, to remove Southee.
Speedster Shannon Gabriel finished with four 119 and Roach, three for 58, while Miguel Cummins ended with two for 57.
Left with a tricky period to navigate, the Windies’ misery increased when Powell sparred at the sixth ball of the innings from Southee and was caught at the wicket with five runs on the board.
On 24 for one at lunch, West Indies benefitted from two small partnerships afterwards, Brathwaite adding 41 for the second wicket with Hetmyer and a further 44 for the third wicket with Hope who made 15.
Only 55 minutes play were possible in the second session because of rain, in which time Hetmyer showed flashes of his usual aggression before playing too early at one from Boult and watching as the left-armer pulled off a brilliant one-handed return catch diving to his left.
The 20-year-old left-hander struck four fours and a six – a top-edged hook to fine leg off Boult.
When the rains arrived, the Windies were 87 for two with Brathwaite and Hope together, and when they returned 20 minutes after the scheduled tea interval, the slump ensued. (CMC)
New Zealand vs West Indies
2nd day, 2nd Test
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings
(overnight 286 for seven)
J Raval c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 84
T Latham c wkp Dowrich b Cummins 22
K Williamson c wkp Dowrich b Cummins 43
R Taylor c wkp Dowrich b Roach 16
H Nicholls lbw Reifer 13
M Santner b Gabriel 24
C de Grandhomme b Gabriel 58
T Blundell b Gabriel 28
N Wagner c Hope b Roach 1
T Southee c and b Roach 31
T Boult not out 37
Extras (lb1, w3, nb12) 16
TOTAL (all out; 102.2 overs) 373
Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-154, 3-159, 4-186, 5-189, 6-265, 7-275, 8-286, 9-312, 10-373.
Bowling: Gabriel 25-4-119-4 (w1, nb7), Roach 23.2-8-58-3 (nb1), Cummins 20-4-57-2 (w2, nb4), Chase 13-1-90-0, Reifer 17-8-36-1, Brathwaite 4-0-12-0.
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
K Brathwaite c Southee b de Grandhomme 66
K Powell c wkp Blundell b Southee 0
S Hetmyer c and b Boult 28
S Hope c Taylor b Southee 15
R Chase b de Grandhomme 12
S Ambris hit wkt b Boult 2
S Dowrich c & b Wagner 35
R Reifer not out 22
K Roach c Boult b Wagner 17
M Cummins not out 10
Extras (b1, w7) 8
TOTAL (8 wkts, 64 overs) 215
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-46, 3-90, 4-112, 5-117, 6-135, 7-169,8-204.
To bat: S. Gabriel
Bowling: Southee 18-8-34-2 (w1), Boult 19-5-67-2 (w2), de Grandhomme 12-1-40-2, Wagner 15-2-73-2.
Position: West Indies trail by 158 runs with two wickets intact.
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Rod Tucker, Bruce Oxenford; TV – Ian Gould.