West Indies once more on the back foot versus New Zealand
The West Indies team was dicely placed at the end of day two in the second test match versus New Zealand .
The New Zealand tail wagged stoutly under the guidance of the more sedate wicket keeper/batsman Watling who was the last man out, attempting an uncharacteristic heave.
Southee, Sodhi and Boult, all had fun at the expense of the West indies bowlers as they swung away lustily to take the score close to the 450 mark.
When the West Indies batted, openers Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards started positively but Powell was trapped leg before wicket to Southee, even as the review showed that the ball was clipping the top of middle stump.
Edwards went on to complete a hall century before he too perished and the West Indies stuttered further with the loss of the crucial wickets of first test match hero, Daren Bravo for just four and the determined TIGER, Shiv Chanderpaul for only six.
Marlon Samuels however batted with resolve to end the day on exactly 50 and he was accompanied by Deonarine who was not out on 11.
It means therefore that on day three the two not out batsmen would have to bat for a fairly long time and Ramdin who has been somewhat inconsistent, along with Captain Sammy would also have to put up their hands and bat for long periods.
The West Indies would also hope that their tail end batsmen would also do something similar to the New Zealanders’ tail and get the score at least close to the 441 made by the Kiwis.
Summarized scores: New Zealand 441 all out: Ross Taylor 129; Watling 65; Williamson 45; Boult 38*; Corey Anderson 38; Brendon Mc Cullum 37
Tino Best 4 for 110; Gabriel 2 for 86; Sammy 2 for 92; Deonarine 1 for 39; Shillingford 1 for 92
West Indies 158 for 4: Kirk Edwards 55; Marlon Samuels 50*; Kieran Powell 21
Anderson 2 for 20; Boult 1 for 25; Southee 1 for 40
West Indies trail by 283 runs with 6 wickets remaining