WELLINGTON: New Zealand claimed the upper hand in the second Test yesterday, restricting the West Indies to 158-4 with key batsmen Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul back in the pavilion.
At the end of the rain-abbreviated second day, in which only 63.1 of the scheduled 90 overs were bowled, the West Indies trailed New Zealand’s first innings total of 441 by 283 runs.
Only Kirk Edwards and Marlon Samuels provided any stern resistance with well compiled half centuries. Samuels was not out on 50 and Narsingh Deonarine was on 11. New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, in only his fourth Test, made the crucial breakthroughs for his team, removing first Test double-centurion Bravo for four and Edwards for 55.
“We’re in a good position,” Anderson said. “Getting four wickets is obviously nice. (Conceding) a few less runs would have been nice as well, but if we can pick a couple up early tomorrow (Friday) then we’re on top.”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy felt his side had lost two more wickets than was good for them, but he was more critical of the way his bowlers failed to contain the New Zealand batsmen.
“We didn’t bowl well at all. It wasn’t consistent enough, especially with the new ball, and it cost us and we’re in the position we find ourselves now.”
The West Indies made a positive start to their innings as Edwards and Kieran Powell progressed to 46 with New Zealand new-ball partners Trent Boult and Tim Southee moving the ball around and finding plenty to appeal about, but failing to persuade the umpires.
Southee was eventually rewarded with an lbw decision against Powell on 21 while Boult came back in his second spell to remove Chanderpaul. Bravo, unable to reproduce his marathon innings of the first Test, faced 12 balls before he edged Anderson to second slip Peter Fulton. AFP