Kraigg Brathwaite scored his first century in Test cricket for West Indies © AFP (File Photo)
By Shrikant Shankar
Jun 18, 2014
Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo scored centuries as West Indies took an 89-run lead over New Zealand at stumps of the second Test. Opener Brathwaite scored his first ton in Test cricket and Bravo scored his sixth. At the close of play, West Indies were at 310 for five in their first innings at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Both Brathwaite and Bravo were involved in a colossal 182-run stand for the fourth wicket. It was Bravo who scored quicker of the two, but both batsmen contributed heavily for their team as they took the lead on Day Two. Trent Boult has taken two wickets. West Indies trail New Zealand 1-0 in the three-match Test series.
West Indies started the third and last session on Day Two at 209 for three with a narrow 12-run lead. Bravo hammered a six off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi over wide long-on to begin the post-tea session on a positive note for the home side. He then cut one through cover for a four. Tim Southee bowled one wide and Brathwaite guided the ball through third-man for a four.
Bravo then lofted one off Sodhi over long-on for his second six in the innings. Sodhi bowled a full-toss and Bravo pulled the ball for a six over deep square-leg. Brathwaite got to his century with a dab off Kane Williamson towards third-man for a single. Jimmy Neesham bowled a full delivery and Bravo played a delightful cover drive for a four. That got him into the 90s.
Williamson drifted one on the leg side and Bravo flicked the ball for a four towards fine-leg. Bravo then pushed one towards short mid-off and completed a single to get to his sixth century in Test cricket. Bravo was ecstatic as he ran around the field celebrating.
Bravo then tried to intimidate the New Zealand bowlers as he played a lofted drive off Williamson for a six down the ground. He again went for the same shot but got a top-edge and Mark Craig took the catch at straight long-off. He was out for 109 off 155 deliveries. Bravo struck 11 fours and four sixes.
The second new ball was taken by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum after the completion of the 80th over. Boult and Southee bowled with the new ball for quite a while as New Zealand were in search of wickets. Their hopes were soon reality as Brathwaite played a tired shot back to Boult in the 89th over. The bowler took the catch with a hint of surprise. Brathwaite was dismissed for a sedate but important 129 off 258 deliveries. He scored 13 fours in his innings.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4) and night-watchman Kemar Roach (0) managed to play out the remaining overs as West Indies took an 89-run lead into Day Three. New Zealand still have a lot of work left to get back into the second Test.
New Zealand 221 (Tom Latham 82, Kane Williamson 42, Ross Taylor 45*; Jerome Taylor 4 for 34, Sulieman Benn 3 for 73) trail West Indies 310 for 5 (Kraigg Brathwaite 129, Darren Bravo 109; Trent Boult 2 for 30) by 89 runs.
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)