New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Test, Dunedin, 4th day December 6, 2013

Magnificent Bravo puts West Indies in lead

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West Indies 213 and 443 for 6 (Bravo 210*, Sammy 44*) lead New Zealand 609 for 9 dec by 47 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Since his Test debut in 2010, Darren Bravo was earmarked as the next big batting phenomenon from the Caribbean because of the striking resemblance of his strokeplay to Brian Lara's. But despite sporadic brilliance, Bravo had not shown enough signs of maturing from his image of being a body double. His 40 in the first innings of the Dunedin Test was a typical Bravo innings - gorgeous, brief and inconsequential.

However, he went some way correcting all that in West Indies' second innings with a response befitting his talent as he posted his first double-century in Test cricket with the team under immense pressure. Bravo's unbeaten 210, the highest score by a West Indian batsman following on, not only helped them avoid an innings defeat, but has also given them a good shot at saving the Test.

West Indies trailed by 378 when Bravo walked into the middle and the way he started, it looked like one of his typical innings. Ridden with attractive shots, mostly through the off side, Bravo's first fifty came off 64 deliveries during which he was saved by a debatable DRS decision. He was also dropped when on 82 by Neil Wagner off his own bowling and made the most of the chance to stroll to his fifth century - his first outside the subcontinent - 15 minutes before lunch with a boundary to fine leg off Ish Sodhi. There were no chances offered thereafter as Bravo got well ensconced in the crease, judicious in his judgment on what to play and what to leave, with the New Zealand bowling attack tiring out.

Once the new ball stopped swerving, he unfurled some trademark shots through cover. In one instance, he found the gap through a crowded off-side field twice in a row off Wagner with flowing cover drives, prompting the bowler to push a man to the deep. During his marathon effort, 159 of his runs had been scored in the region from third man to cover.

Never before in his career had Bravo faced more than 300 balls in an innings, but playing to the situation he batted out 404 balls, and received vital support from Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy, with whom he add 122, 56 and an unbeaten 80 respectively, as West Indies played out more than 100 overs for the first time in six innings and took a lead of 47 going into the last day.

The New Zealand bowlers, by the end of day four, had bowled 201.1 overs continuously, which may not affect their chances in this match, but is likely to leave them drained for the next Test. They tried all they could and, in conditions made for batting, created chances too, but weren't able to convert them.

Deonarine was the beneficiary twice. First, he offered a difficult chance to Southee after driving uppishly back towards him. The bowler, falling over to the left in his follow-through, couldn't get down to his right in time. A straightforward chance came in Southee's next over, when Deonarine drove straight to short cover where Brendon McCullum dropped the catch. The batsman, on 40 at that stage, immediately responded with a fierce back-foot punch through cover for a boundary. He completed his fifth Test half-century in the 100th over of the innings off the 126th delivery he faced. Two overs later, though, an Anderson delivery kicked off from a length and caught the shoulder of the bat en route to the keeper, ending the batsman's 187-minute vigil.

Ramdin continued from where Deonarine left, scoring an assured 24, before being bamboozled by a googly from Sodhi. Then Sammy, nursing a hamstring, came out and scored a brisk unbeaten 44, that included powerful drives and pulls off the seamers and two sixes off Sodhi.

West Indies had a contrasting start to the day. Tim Southee didn't take long to make the first breakthrough. In his second over of the morning, Southee took a sharp chest-high catch off his own bowling to dismiss Marlon Samuels for 23.

Samuels hasn't looked comfortable while batting in this Test with his feet rooted to the crease, and that tendency led to his downfall in the second innings too as he pushed the delivery back to Southee rather than leaning on it.

The second wicket arrived five overs later, in Neil Wagner's second over, as the bowler got one to tail into Shivnarine Chanderpaul and struck him right in front. Chanderpaul reviewed the decision in hope but the replays only confirmed that the ball was crashing on to the leg stump. It was Chanderpaul's second dismissal in the match to an incoming delivery from a left-arm seamer after he had left a similar delivery from Boult alone in the first innings. There was no joy for the bowlers thereafter.

West Indies are still not too far ahead and with only four wickets remaining, New Zealand would hope to wrap up the match early on the fifty day. However, the home side will need to avoid a repeat of what happened at the same ground earlier this year when they failed to bowl out England in 170 overs, and again, in the same series, in Auckland, when the visitors survived 143 overs.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 6, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Congratulations Bravo on your maiden double hundred! You have to carry on and make no less than a 250. Only after a batsman makes a 250 IN TEST or FIRST CLASS CRICKET is he really proving that he's among the candidates for the title of 'All Time Greats'! However, that is still not enough! You must also have to be consistent in scoring big runs and helping your team to win; and also have an illustrious long career that ends with an average of 50+ runs. It now left to you son to try for a 300 to give yourself a chance to be registered among THE SUPER GREATS.

  • on December 6, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Bravo has batted very bravely .

  • delboy on December 6, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Another 30 runs and/or another not out and Darren Sammy could be a contender for MOTM.

  • on December 6, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Thankful that some of the commenters here are not WI selectors . clearly with an axe to grind . Give praise to a total team effort from 1-8 so far . They all made the effort to grind it out !

  • on December 6, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    time they give cottrell and the othe wicket keeper a run.

  • delboy on December 6, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @Trevor Fraser, obviously you recently started watching cricket. Bravo's cousin; Brian Lara currently holds the test record of 401 n.o. That is way going beyond 401 has been mentioned.

  • on December 6, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Well done Bravo. That's what we expect as West Indians - a bit of fight, determination, professionalism. Keep going you and the rest of the team.

  • on December 6, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Great knock from Darren, he deserves a lot of credit for his double hundred. NZ will be extremely disappointed if they fail to win this one. They missed a few chances just like the Dunedin Test against England earlier this year. Those chances almost certainly cost them the match. The bowlers need to dismiss the West Indians before the end of the 1st session tomorrow, otherwise things might become too difficult for the hosts.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    The world needs a STRONG WI. I am an Indian fan but I used to be as hurt and disappointed with the constant failures of the WI team as any other common West Indian fan. It's good to see young Bravo give his very best for the team. It's also a pleasant surprise to see Sammy bat sensibly. This begs the question as to why Sammy threw it away in India when the team was in a similar situation. Anyway, if WI can bat till lunch and have another 100 runs added, anything can happen. COME ON WI ! Let's rally around for the WI !!

  • GrindAR on December 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Guys... completely irrelavnt one.

    Rohan Kanhai ODI: Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St ODIs 7 5 2 164 55 54.66 273 60.07 0 2 19 1 4 0

    His average is fractionally close to his highest. How consistent a player he was. Can anybody get such statistics?

  • on December 6, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Congratulations Bravo on your maiden double hundred! You have to carry on and make no less than a 250. Only after a batsman makes a 250 IN TEST or FIRST CLASS CRICKET is he really proving that he's among the candidates for the title of 'All Time Greats'! However, that is still not enough! You must also have to be consistent in scoring big runs and helping your team to win; and also have an illustrious long career that ends with an average of 50+ runs. It now left to you son to try for a 300 to give yourself a chance to be registered among THE SUPER GREATS.

  • on December 6, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Bravo has batted very bravely .

  • delboy on December 6, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Another 30 runs and/or another not out and Darren Sammy could be a contender for MOTM.

  • on December 6, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Thankful that some of the commenters here are not WI selectors . clearly with an axe to grind . Give praise to a total team effort from 1-8 so far . They all made the effort to grind it out !

  • on December 6, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    time they give cottrell and the othe wicket keeper a run.

  • delboy on December 6, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @Trevor Fraser, obviously you recently started watching cricket. Bravo's cousin; Brian Lara currently holds the test record of 401 n.o. That is way going beyond 401 has been mentioned.

  • on December 6, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Well done Bravo. That's what we expect as West Indians - a bit of fight, determination, professionalism. Keep going you and the rest of the team.

  • on December 6, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Great knock from Darren, he deserves a lot of credit for his double hundred. NZ will be extremely disappointed if they fail to win this one. They missed a few chances just like the Dunedin Test against England earlier this year. Those chances almost certainly cost them the match. The bowlers need to dismiss the West Indians before the end of the 1st session tomorrow, otherwise things might become too difficult for the hosts.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 6, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    The world needs a STRONG WI. I am an Indian fan but I used to be as hurt and disappointed with the constant failures of the WI team as any other common West Indian fan. It's good to see young Bravo give his very best for the team. It's also a pleasant surprise to see Sammy bat sensibly. This begs the question as to why Sammy threw it away in India when the team was in a similar situation. Anyway, if WI can bat till lunch and have another 100 runs added, anything can happen. COME ON WI ! Let's rally around for the WI !!

  • GrindAR on December 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Guys... completely irrelavnt one.

    Rohan Kanhai ODI: Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St ODIs 7 5 2 164 55 54.66 273 60.07 0 2 19 1 4 0

    His average is fractionally close to his highest. How consistent a player he was. Can anybody get such statistics?

  • alesana85 on December 6, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Well done Bravo. Hope he goes on to make a triple ton, demoralize the NZ bowlers & give his team the momentum going into the second test.

  • GrindAR on December 6, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Can WI pull off the third instance of a win after follow-on. They have 4 more wickets and if Bravo/Sammy resist and play with the tail. They very well can achieve this. It is as simple as Bravo scoring another 100+ runs. I know he would be tired, but also have a good restful break. Please WI make this history, many in the world will be happy :-)

  • on December 6, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    It is good to see the West Indies do well when Shivnarine did not. Bravo has come of age and it is going to be fun watching him from henceforth. He has finally matured and is now on the verge of becoming the leader. Not a match too soon as Chanderpaul is drained and needs someone else to help carry the load. Sammy's injury has made him a better bat and perhaps Deonarine is ready to shoulder some responsibility. For the time being it is good to see the WI fighting again.

  • on December 6, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    I keep hearing that Sammy has brought "belief", "purpose", etc. into the team, as if he somehow has an hegemony on these features. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the cricketers are all paid professionals. Anyone who has watched the Windies play and understand the game of cricket would easily see that Sammy should not be playing test cricket. He comes in at No. 8, which means he is not an all-rounder, although he pretends to be one. Likewise he bowls only a few overs compared to the other bowlers, and mostly when the tailenders are batting. So he does not bat higher than 8 and doesn't contribute meaningfully to the bowling work load, so what purpose does he really serve. He is a nice guy, but definitely not a test player.

  • NP_NY on December 6, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Well done Bravo! Another 100 runs and then anything can happen on day 5. Come on West Indies!

  • on December 6, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Great rescue act by Bravo. Keep up the tempo and save the test. You and a few others in the team need to play significantly to put up good scores and win matches. All the very best.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 6, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Well done to Bravo on his 200-it will be the making of him, and to West Indies for showing they are still a proper side sometimes. But while the batting has some good players the bowling is far from adequate.

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on December 6, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Will we see the 3rd instance when team win after following on ???

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Absolutely a master class inning, we all are happy for bravo, lets hope that WI somehow will manage to bat till tea & go for a draw

  • on December 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    excellent temperament and mental toughness showed by bravo when the team was in tremendous pressure, no one was thinking that the will avoid an inning defeat but bravo proved everyone wrong, but the job isnt completed as lead is only 47 he with the support of Sammy should atleast play one and half more session then the game would b safe, best wishes for west indies from pakistan

  • A-Gunnie on December 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Well done Bravo boi, you've might have played the innings of life as this might turn it around for the rest of series.It may also be shown of "how to" in this format as Chanders been trying to show over the years.Keeping going and try to save it for the team.

  • rayinto on December 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Bravo you beauty! I take back all those things I said about you. You pulled off a Chanderpaul while looking like Lara. Kidos to Edwards, Deonarine, Ramdin and Sammy for their support. Even if we lose, I will forgive you West Indies. You showed fight and character. Thats all a fan could ask for. Rally round the West Indies.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Darren & Darren had an excellent partnership in India. Now the pair is doing a repeat show (bigger & better) in NZ. Very good, indeed.

  • chitti_cricket on December 6, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Comparison to Lara was one injustice to him I felt Bravo but you proved me absolutely wrong mate. You did excellent job by batting with such flair. Remember all that is the way WI bat irrespective of they losing or winning. They don't show any inhibition in giving the ball a tap irrespective of situations of the matches and entertain the crowds to fullest in either causes. Two things WI get right they will have again one best side, 1. Consistent batting 2. Good bowling combination that is it they are again deadly team to beat. In all again I give credit to that man Sammy who brought some kind of purpose into the team, even great B. Lara and R.Richerdson failed to bring into.

  • on December 6, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    well done bravo finally your awaited double ton is completed, darren sammy i cant belive looks like he improved his batting, first of all sammy was the west indies best bowler he outbowled them he swung the ball almost with every delivery he was thier best bowler and he batted beautifully in the first inning played some nice shots until he ran out of parthners in the second innings he played some BEAUTIFUL COVER DRIVES and his deffence was ok well done sammy ur improving

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    As expected, finally his time came now...Waiting for few more 200's

  • CricketChat on December 6, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    I hope D Bravo and Taylor (rather belated) truly turned around their careers. I was always critical of these two most naturally gifted batsmen for not putting their head down and realizing their full potential. A double each in the same match feels even more special. With the match still NZ favor at this stage, I hope Bravo goes on to make a 300+ score tomorrow.

  • Twinkie on December 6, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    I am not satisfied with the schedule that international teams follow these days. It seems to tip the balance too far in favour of the home team. There is no time to get acclimatised to unfamiliar conditions. By the time the visitors adjust the series is almost over. I'm not making excuses for Windies because it seems to affect most teams but the outcome of a series is becoming altogether too predictable. That's boring!

  • on December 6, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    He is a class act no doubt about that and today he further enhanced his reputation by scoring a superb double hundred in a crisis. No one can come close to Brian LARA but Bravo certainly has compelled the cricket lovers all round the world to admit that he is not only a look alike of Lara but also has the talent to achieve greater things in cricket. Today at stumps when he was walking back to the dressing room I recalled moments when Brian used to play such innings of great character. No one would have thought that the match would go to last day, but it was bravo's innings which made this situation possible. The inning has everything sublime stroke play, patience, forgetting the dropped chances or rash shot. I think this innings has proved that he is come of age.

  • on December 6, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Bravo, Bravo. Hope this innings helps the other batsmen in the team focus better.

  • on December 6, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    just one more day to go....WI let him get as much as he can.

  • on December 6, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Before we mention 400, let the man get past 300 first. WI should post a less of about 200+ or either let Lil B Bat for however long he wants.

  • on December 6, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic knock by Bravo and loving the fight from West Indies in general. Keep going on the final day guys. Give the cricket different reasons to talk about you.

  • on December 6, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Excellent fightback by the Windies. NZ should still be favourites to win, but at least the Boyz showed some collective resistance to make the Kiwis work for their victory. Someone had to stand up and bat the innings, usually the burden falls on Chanderpaul, but it's good to see Darren Bravo step up and play the innings of his life, under the pressure of following-on. Also credit goes to Kirk Edwards for his half century after his 1st inns quack and good support to Bravo from Deonarine, Ramdin and Sammy. Hopefully they can bat out at least one more session and give the New Zealanders a target of 150-200.

  • on December 6, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    bring in mcclenaghan and milen and why is fulton playing for nz? bring in guptill.

  • on December 6, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    well done Bravo on your superb inning , go out tomorrow and complete the triple.

  • CricketingStargazer on December 6, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    When Chanderpaul went I thought that this would be all over well before Tea. I am delighted to be wrong. A fantastic innings and some real resistance from the side to support it.

    Realistically though, the West Indies have to bat at least another three hours tomorrow with just four wickets left. If this partnership were to be broken early, the match will still be over well before lunch. So, the job is not much more than half done.

    However, there is just the chance of another scenario: the West Indies get 220 ahead, declare and a couple of exhausted New Zealand batsmen fall quickly, we could just see a battle to survive over the last session.

    I wonder which of these two ways the match will end.

  • wakemeupbeforeyougogo on December 6, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    NZ will win this test however what it has shown us is that NZ can't go into the 2nd test with x3 left armers. Bench Wagner and please bring in Bracewell for some variety and fire power.

  • on December 6, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I smell a draw here,WI can tighten grip as we are all aware that advantage is with NZ for now

  • on December 6, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Well play bravo and company who have shown us glimpse of the genus Brian Charles Lara . Bravo is the only batsman in this contemporary W I team that have shown us he has the ability to take over as the next Brian Lara go bravo go get your triple century even 400

  • SwingandSeam on December 6, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Another 150 on the board and WI have a chance of saving the match. Come on Windies.

  • delboy on December 6, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @sammos before you like many of your ilk criticise try to walk in the shoes of a PROFESSIONAL cricketer. The guys with the ball in their hands are competing. Unfortunately a batsman does not have the same time and freedom (reaction) which a critic behind a keyboard has. Decisions are made in fractions of seconds. All the plans which you and your coach made before you got to the crease are countered by your opposition. I hope Darren has the patience and support of Sammy to bat out day five; his target being 401 not out. Sammy himself needs to make this big and finish with four successive not out international innings. A great performance to complement the passing of one of our great brothers, Mr Nelson Mandela.

  • hokeypokey on December 6, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Well played Bravo and the west indies. ..but nz will win this in the first/2nd session. .I must admit I wouldnt put any money on it, but nz would be completely hopeless to draw this..goodluck boys!

  • SAMMOS on December 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    At last a responsible innings from a WI batsman!Ramdin and Deonarine would be out of my team as they consistently don`t apply themselves and seem as if they would be dismissed at anytime.Deonarine scored 50 but was dropped several times when going for attacking strokes when the situation warranted that he occupy the crease.Hopefully the team would get a feel for life without Sammy as he should not play for the remainder of the series-I hope they don`t make the mistake of playing him not fully fit-and give us the chance to see what a well balanced bowling attack looks like.Bring in Cotterel,so we have 3 genuinely fast bowlers,and I would replace Ramdin with Walton.I would bring in Narine for Deonarine,or not play Shillingford since he cannot bowl the doosra until 14 days and that makes him more predictable and easy to read.Visa problems for Brathwaithe,so why not get anothe r batsman who has a visa.Maybe Simmonds or Johnason Charles,since they could both open and keep.

  • ac_Indian on December 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Terrific effort! Bravo, Bravo!

  • everfaithful77 on December 6, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I do believe Windies can SAVE this match. If they do Darren BRAVO will likely score his 1st test TRIPLE century after 1st DOUBLE century. How fantastic that will be for this young batsman and for West Indies cricket generally. This is already a CAREER DEFINING inning for Bravo displaying a high level of patience, determination and endurance that is more akeen to great batsmen like Dravid and Chanderpaul. I say BRAVO to BRAVO and I'm looking foward to 300 plus. The batting of Edwards, Deonarine and capt Sammy must also be commended. In Sammy's case this match could've ended on the 4th day had he not stayed with Bravo to the close of play with only the bowlers to come. However to save the match he needs to continue the good work along with Bravo and look to bat at least 2 full sessions tomorrow. It will be difficult but not impossible. The New Zealand bowlers will be a bit tired after bowling over 200 overs continuosly. So the WI batsmen need to be very patient in the first session.

  • Down_d_Wkt on December 6, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Great chance to save the match....hopefully this partnership will go on and on for the windies!

  • paapam on December 6, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Not to forget Sammy. Not enough credit is given to this good humored, sober captain and under-rated all rounder.

  • on December 6, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Brutal, perfect 11 there. I've morphed from ramdin's supporter to his biggest critic. He needs to go from all formats.

  • on December 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    still along way to save test match because 90 overs tomorrow...bravo take most of the strike possible with rest of layers...but still new zealand bowlers will come fresh in the morning deal with just 4 west indian wickets..black caps still driver seat

  • OttawaRocks on December 6, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Nice fightback by WI. A good day 5 shaping up.

  • pt_pt on December 6, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    NZ will have one last chance in morning to win this match on the last day, one of the bowlers would need to stand up, do something special and take most of the 4 wickets remaining. Otherwise the game will be a big fat draw, WI will claim a moral victory with that and NZ would be very disappointed. NZ don't repeat again what happen with ENG, learn from that.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 6, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Great fight by Bravo, Deoanrine and Sammy at the end ( who is on one leg) I mean as much as people criticize him no one in recent time shows as much fight for W.I cricket as Sammy has and continues to do so. Ramdin and Samuels showing why this will hopefully be their last series it's just unacceptable that the 2 experienced players look like walking wickets and are so unreliable. W.I need to just bring in some youngsters who cares if they continue losing they're losing by innings defeats at least they can start building for future. For me next game as Sammy's injured it's time to really switch it up ! Brathwaite should be here to open Edwrads can be captain and play at his usual 3 this is my 11 unquestionable 1.Brathwaite 2.Powell 3.Edwards (c) 4.Bravo 5.Chanderpaul 6. Deonarine 7.Walton (K) 8.Best 9.Narine 10.Shillingford 11.Cotrell

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    This is the beauty of test cricket. What a inning by young bravo

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    West Indies please make tomorrow the most boring day in cricket....poke and leave ball alone until tea....set up for next match by tiring their bowlers out and not not exposing ours to too many overs.

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    come on westindies.fight it out.

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Nice to see the team fighting the game hard. Ramdin needs to be read the riot act. For a player of 54 test matches, he should be averaging in the thirties at least and needs to contribute more with the bat. Deonarine needs to stop throwing away good starts. Well done Darren Bravo and captain Sammy. You guys need to bat until tea time tomorrow.

  • Mayaro_Man on December 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Excellent batting from the team today. Sammy, Ramdin and Deonarine all played their part too, which is all we ever wanted. But well played Darren. We have always had at least one world class player every decade since George Headley in the 30's. At least Darren will continue this trend. I am proud of the fight, now if we could just pick some good bowlers so we are not always having to be be up against it from the start. I am happy to eat humble pie right now, thanks guys.

  • Rally_Windies on December 6, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Bravo looks most like Lara when the St. Lucians and Bajans call for selectors to drop him permanently from the team because he is not good enough to play for WI ...

    Dwyane Smith is "quality" , Kirk Edwards and Powell and Braithwaite are the "good players" .... Bravo is a waste of space on the team ....

    yup

    This is just like Lara ALL OVER AGAIN .....

    India luv Tendulkar ,

    But Lara and Bravo and hated in the Caribbean ! ! !

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Very proud of Bravo. Well played sir. Push on from here.

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    I like the Fight Windies!!! Keep it going ...

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    its encouraging to see the team stand up and fight in this game. Bravo!! Bravo! !

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Does the NZ cricket team and management not think it is appropriate for our cricketers to be wearing black arm bands in respect of Nelson Mandela's passing. Show some respect and leadership for goodness sake...the Aussies and England team are wearing arm bands

  • IndianEagle on December 6, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    good fight back by WI, Hope they will give some target.

  • chechong0114 on December 6, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Very encouraging to see the West Indies team fighting back dont think they will be able to save the game or win but nice to see them just stand up and not fold as has become the norm with West Indies cricket for sometime now

  • chechong0114 on December 6, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Very encouraging to see the West Indies team fighting back dont think they will be able to save the game or win but nice to see them just stand up and not fold as has become the norm with West Indies cricket for sometime now

  • IndianEagle on December 6, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    good fight back by WI, Hope they will give some target.

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Does the NZ cricket team and management not think it is appropriate for our cricketers to be wearing black arm bands in respect of Nelson Mandela's passing. Show some respect and leadership for goodness sake...the Aussies and England team are wearing arm bands

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    its encouraging to see the team stand up and fight in this game. Bravo!! Bravo! !

  • on December 6, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    I like the Fight Windies!!! Keep it going ...

  • on December 6, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Very proud of Bravo. Well played sir. Push on from here.

  • Rally_Windies on December 6, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Bravo looks most like Lara when the St. Lucians and Bajans call for selectors to drop him permanently from the team because he is not good enough to play for WI ...

    Dwyane Smith is "quality" , Kirk Edwards and Powell and Braithwaite are the "good players" .... Bravo is a waste of space on the team ....

    yup

    This is just like Lara ALL OVER AGAIN .....

    India luv Tendulkar ,

    But Lara and Bravo and hated in the Caribbean ! ! !

  • Mayaro_Man on December 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Excellent batting from the team today. Sammy, Ramdin and Deonarine all played their part too, which is all we ever wanted. But well played Darren. We have always had at least one world class player every decade since George Headley in the 30's. At least Darren will continue this trend. I am proud of the fight, now if we could just pick some good bowlers so we are not always having to be be up against it from the start. I am happy to eat humble pie right now, thanks guys.

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Nice to see the team fighting the game hard. Ramdin needs to be read the riot act. For a player of 54 test matches, he should be averaging in the thirties at least and needs to contribute more with the bat. Deonarine needs to stop throwing away good starts. Well done Darren Bravo and captain Sammy. You guys need to bat until tea time tomorrow.

  • on December 6, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    come on westindies.fight it out.