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Jun 19, 2014
West Indies have ended the first session of Day Four of the second Test on top, scalping three important New Zealand wickets and firming their grip on this Test match. New Zealand at precariously placed at 129 for four, with Ross Taylor and a fresh BJ Watling manning the ship as the tide gets rougher by the day.
Resuming at their overnight score of 73 for one, New Zealand started off very quietly and cautiously in the form of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. The West Indies bowlers kept things tight and disciplined from ball one of Day Four. Jerome Taylor and Sulieman Benn were very good, in particular. Bowling in tandem, they hardly gave away anything.
Denesh Ramdin’s captaincy was also commendable as his field placings didn’t allow the batsmen to even rotate the strike. In fact, Latham and Williamson took the first single of the day only after five overs.
But the struggling partnership didn’t last long Suliamen Benn struck the first blow of the morning to send Latham back to the pavillion. Benn got sharp turn and bounce on that delivery which pitched on the rough and rose towards Latham’s chest. It took a slice of his glove and he walked. Ross Taylor replaced Latham in the middle. But the partnership between him and Williamson didn’t last long.
Williamson reached his fifty, but soon departed as he could not negate the persistent pressure from Kemar Roach. Williamson fell to some lovely balling from Roach. It bounced, it was slightly away from Williamson who hesitantly nudged at it, and Ramdin safely pouched the edge. And then things went from bad to worse for the visitors.
James Neesham replaced Williamson, but he didn’t last long. He fell to a brilliant return catch by Benn, who flung to his right to hold on to it. With four wickets already down, New Zealand need to have a good next session to stay in the game.
New Zealand 221 (Tom Latham 82, Kane Williamson 42, Ross Taylor 45*; Jerome Taylor 4 for 34, Sulieman Benn 3 for 73) & 129 for 4 (Tom Latham 36, Kane Williamson 52) trail West Indies 460 (Kraigg Brathwaite 129, Darren Bravo 109; Ish Sodhi 4 for 96, Trent Boult 3 for 75) by 110 runs.
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