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By R Vishal
Jun 30, 2014
West Indies are living dangerously in the final day’s play after Trent Boult rocked their boat with twin strikes earlier in then day and Tim Southee took the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle. After those three early wickets, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo steadied the ship before rain stopped play yet again in Barbados. The delay forced the officials to call for an a early lunch with the Caribbeans needing a further 236 runs to win the Test match and the series.
Brendon McCullum forced an attacking move at the start of the day, calling for a declaration with a lead of 307 in the bag. Kane Williamson’s brilliant unbeaten hundred on Day four had presented a few options for the Black Caps’ skipper. He decided to go for the kill and was handsomely rewarded right away. Trent Boult was getting the ball to move around and gave New Zealand a shot in the arm after Kraigg Brathwaite was bowled. Soon after Kirk Edwards couldn’t keep the ball down and Ross Taylor took a smart catch at gully.
The visitors could sense damage and Tim Southee joined the party with Gayle chopping the ball onto his stumps and New Zealand were cock-a-hoop. The wise head of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, however calmed things down in the middle. The 40-year old was positive with his footwork and intent and was in no mood to hang back. Bravo got his eye in initially and then chose the bad deliveries to strike a few fours. The rain gods couldn’t have come at a better time for the Kiwis as there was a good partnership that threatened to blunt the bowling attack.
New Zealand 293 (Ross Taylor 45, Jimmy Neesham 78, Mark Craig 46*; Sulieman Benn 5 for 93, Kemar Roach 4 for 61) & 331 for 7 decl. (Kane Williamson 161*, Jimmy Neesham 51; Kemar Roach 4 for 55) lead West Indies 317 (Chris Gayle 42, Kraigg Brathwaite 68, Kirk Edwards 58; Neil Wagner 4 for 64) & 72 for 3 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 23*, Darren Bravo 22*, Chris Gayle 11; Trent Boult 2 for 29, Tim Southee 1 for 8) by 236 runs
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