WI trail despite Samuels ton
Marlon Samuels struck a fine century for West Indies but New Zealand fought back well on the second day of the second Test, bowling out the hosts for 209 in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday.
The tourists lead by 110 runs with eight second innings wickets remaining but a good day was spoilt by their opening batsmen departing late in the final session.
However, after being dismissed for 260 on the first day, skipper Ross Taylor will be delighted by the character shown by his team, in particular the performances of his opening bowlers. Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell picked up three wickets apiece in a good all-round display from the Kiwis in the field.
Samuels, whose century was his first in the Caribbean and came on home soil for him at Sabina Park, hit 15 fours and four sixes including one to bring up his ton. He was the last man out for 123 after holing out to Neil Wagner off Bracewell. The Jamaican had little support from his team-mates with no other batsman making a half-century. West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was the second top scorer with 32.
Boult made the two early breakthroughs with the wickets of Kieran Powell (10) and Assad Fudadin (5).
West Indies were in trouble at 53 for three after Chris Gayle, who had been dropped twice, was removed by Wagner, caught by BJ Watling, having made just eight from 55 balls.
Tim Southee then grabbed the crucial wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (9) who edged a low catch to Taylor.
NEW ZEALAND (I Innings): 260
WEST INDIES (I Innings, O/n: 11/0)
Gayle c Watling b Wagner 8
Powell c Brownlie b Boult 10
Fudadin lbw Boult 5
Samuels c Wagner b Bracewell 123
Chanderpaul c Taylor b Southee 9
Deonarine c van Wyk b Boult 0
Ramdin c Williamson b Wagner 15
Sammy lbw Southee 32
Narine c Guptill b Bracewell 1
Roach c Guptill b Bracewell 0
Best (not out) 0
Extras (LB-4, W-2) 6
Total (all out, 64.3 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-17, 3-53, 4-82, 5-83, 6-113, 7-162, 8-177, 9-183.
Bowling: Boult 17-2-58-3, Bracewell 15.3-3-46-3, Southee 19-5-70-2, Wagner 10-3-24-2, Williamson 3-0-7-0.
NEW ZEALAND (II Innings):
Guptill lbw Deonarine 42
Watling lbw Deonarine 11
Wagner (batting) 2
McCullum (batting) 1
Extras (LB-1, NB-2) 3
Total (for 2 wickets, 21 overs) 59
Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-56.
Bowling: Roach 5-1-17-0, Best 5-1-16-0, Sammy 6-2-19-0, Narine 3-0-3-0, Deonarine 2-1-3-2.