PORT OF SPAIN: West Indies finally broke the back of New Zealand’s resistance and romped to a 10-wicket victory after lunch on the final day of the second Test at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.
Set 93 runs to win after the Black Caps were dismissed for 331 in their second innings, attacking opening batsman Chris Gayle stole the show with an unbeaten 80 off just 46 balls as the home side romped to 95 without loss.
The result leaves the series tied at 1-1 heading into the third and final Test starting on Thursday at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
Gayle, who belted seven fours and six sixes, left Kraigg Brathwaite trailing in his wake. But it was the junior opening partner who took the Man-of-the-Match award for his first innings of 129.
Starting the day at 257 for eight, just 18 runs ahead with only two wickets in hand, the Black Caps’ ninth-wicket pair of BJ Watling and Mark Craig extended their partnership to 99, a new record in Tests for New Zealand against the West Indies.
“It was always going to be tough for us to get back in the game after we lost seven for 60 on the first day,” said New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. AFP