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Kraigg Brathwaite is the Man of the Match for his 129 off 258 deliveries in West Indies’ first innings. That is it from us for the second Test. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Join us again for the third and final Test. Till then have a great time!
Kane Williamson comes into bowl the 14th over. The second delivery is short and wide and Gayle cuts the ball in front of the short third-man fielder for a four. That is the end of the match. Chris Gayle has powered West Indies to 10-wicket win in the second Test over New Zealand. The series is tied at 1-1 with one more Test still left to play.
Mark Craig comes into the attack and Gayle greets him with a six over deep extra-cover. Brathwaite finally decides to get some boundaries before there are no runs left to score. He plays a classical cover drive to a tossed up delivery from Sodhi and gets a four. Gayle then hits one from Craig towards wide long-on for a four.
Ish Sodhi has been brought into the attack. The first ball is a low full-toss and Gayle smashes the ball over long-on for a six. That is his half-century off only 28 deliveries. This is the joint-sixth fastest fifty in Test cricket. This is also the second fastest fifty by a West Indies batsman in Test cricket.
Tim Southee will open the bowling for New Zealand. The first ball of the run-chase is flicked by Gayle for a four through mid-wicket. Trent Boult will share the new ball with Southee. He bowls a full delivery and Gayle hits the ball over mid-wicket for another four. Gayle then chips one from Southee over mid-on for is third four. A few deliveries later, he flicks one off the pads over mid-wicket for his fourth four. The lucks is in Gayle’s favour as he comes down the track and tries to smother one from Southee. He only gets a thick outside edge, but the ball goes over the slips for a four. Boult bowls a length delivery and Gayle smashes the ball down the ground for a six. Boult then bowls one short and wide outside off-stump. Gayle moves to the leg side and flat-bats the ball over long-off for his second six. Gayle again moves to the leg side for the next ball and then flat-bats a length delivery over long-off for another six. He is in a hurry!
Welcome back to our coverage of the second Test between West Indies and New Zealand. After more than one and a half hour delay due to rain, play is about to resume. Chris Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite will begin West Indies’ run-chase of 93 runs.
Rain delay at Trinidad
Trent Boult fishes outside the off-stump and that the end of the mammoth resistance of New Zeland. BJ Watling remains stranded and West Indies need just 93 to win the Test match.
And finally the resistance comes to an end. Mark Criag’s warrior of a knock finally meets the demise in the hands of Kemar Roach. Flashed at a delivery outside off without any feet movement. And hands an easy catch to Ramdin. So now, the Kiwis are effectively 74 for 9. Still it is the home team in the driver’s seat.
And it has started to rain here at Port of Spain now. And it is raining quite heavily. West Indies will be hoping this doesn’t last long. It is very rare these days when West Indies are this close to winning a Test match.
OUT! M Craig 67(167)
West Indies are obviously frustrated by this performance and BJ Watling has also reached his half-century. He was sensational against India, lending support to Brendon McCullum while the New Zealand skipper got to his triple-century. Over here, he is doing the same and is doing everything in his powers to save the Test match. Mark Craig on the other hand has looked the more fluent one of the two and is moving along nicely.
Play has resumed on Day five and Mark Craig and BJ Watling are taking the fight to the West Indians. With drizzle across the ground, the hosts have not helped their cause by putting down easy chances. Chris Gayle in particular was guilty of spooning a sitter at first slip. What a debut series the 27-year old Craig is having as the lead reaches fifty too.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of Day five of the second Test between West Indies and New Zealand at the Port of Spain. After four days of play in this Test, New Zealand are placed at 257 for the loss of eight wickets and lead by 18 runs in their second innings. Kemar Roach was the leading wicket-taker with three for 53, but the bowling honours of the day really went to Sulieman Benn.
The gangling left-arm spinner operated unchanged through the first two sessions of the day but for one over when he was off the field, taking the vital wickets of Tom Latham and Jimmy Neesham in the morning session. Latham could do little to avoid a delivery that kicked off a length and offered a simple catch to silly-point, but the dismissal of Neesham stunned everyone, even the bowler, as he flung himself low to his right to come up with a sensational catch.
Kane Williamson, who added 75 for the second wicket in a partnership that had started the previous evening, has been New Zealand’s top-scorer so far, getting to 52 before being caught at the wicket off Roach. Regular opener Hamish Rutherford, who came in at the fall of the fifth wicket after being off the field for most of the fourth day with a stomach upset, lasted for an hour before Jerome Taylor trapped him LBW offering no shot.
New Zealand’s trademark doggedness seemed to have disappeared and the West Indies were already sensing victory with Roach’s two wickets in the last session, only for the belated rearguard action by Watling and Craig leaving them more than a little frustrated.