By CricketCountry Staff
Kingston: Aug 4, 2012
At the end of day two, New Zealand were in the driver's seat, but only just. They did well to get a slender 51 run lead and the openers came out looking to attack.
Martin Guptill played well for his 42, but a couple of blows by Narsingh Deonarine at the end of the day gave West Indies something to cheer about.
It is still anybody's game, but New Zealand should take the Gayle factor into consideration when they come out to set a target tomorrow.
Marlon Samuels stroked 15 fours and four sixes - three in one over - including a gem over extra-cover to reach triple figures. It was his highest Test score, surpassing the 117 he made against England at Trent Bridge in May. The century was his first on home soil at Sabina Park and first in the Caribbean.
"This was for Jamaica. This was for the people of my country as we celebrate Jamaica 50. It is a special time for Jamaica so I came out and put in my piece to celebrate. It was good to be in front of my people doing well again," Samuels said as he dedicated the century to the people of Jamaica who were celebrating their 50th year of independence.
West Indies currently lead the series 1-0. If they manage to secure a victory in this match, it will be their first clean sweep victory in a Test series in ten years.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 260 & 59 for 2 (Martin Guptill 42; Narsingh Deonarine 2 for 3) lead West Indies 209 (Marlon Samuels 123, Darren Sammy 32; Doug Bracewell 3 for 46, Trent Boult 3 for 58) by 110 runs