New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Test, Dunedin, 5th day December 7, 2013

Rain aids West Indies' great escape

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New Zealand 609 for 9 dec and 79 for 4 (Anderson 20*, Taylor 16*, Shillingford 4-16) drew with West Indies 213 and 507 (f/o) (Bravo 218, Sammy 80, Wagner 3-112)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

'New Zealand's wobble was a problem'

For New Zealand, it must have felt like spending numerous hours debugging a simplistic computer code, and just when it all looked ready, seeing the message 'core dumped'. Dunedin had been dry for almost 14 sessions, but the rain arrived just before tea on the fifth day to leave New Zealand stranded 33 runs away from their first Test win under Brendon McCullum. The rain intensity seesawed frustratingly before the match was finally called off, the third time New Zealand failed to close out a home Test this year.

Thirty-three runs. At the rate they were going, New Zealand would have needed approximately 12 overs, or 50 minutes, to score those runs. West Indies' last three wickets had batted for 81 minutes in the morning, after the double-centurion Darren Bravo had been dismissed in the day's third over. The 38-run partnership between Darren Sammy and Shane Shillingford for the eighth wicket had eaten up 56 minutes. And this is without even considering the dropped catches on the fourth day.

Shillingford was instrumental in delaying New Zealand with the ball as well. Venomous on a fifth-day pitch, he bowled unchanged for 15 of the 30 overs in the chase, picking up four top-order wickets to dash any hopes New Zealand might have had of a quick dash to the target.

For West Indies, it was an epic escape. They had trailed by 396 runs after a forgettable first innings, were forced to follow-on, and then put up a gutsy fight to take a lead. A draw was a massive boost for a side that did not last three days in both Tests on their recent tour to India. In fact, West Indies had an outside chance at victory after Shillingford's spell.

Shillingford had not had an impact in New Zealand's first innings, on a pitch that was hard with an even cover of grass, bowling 46 over for one wicket. After four days of sunshine, however, the grass had withered and Shillingford was West Indies' only chance of defending 112. Sammy gave him the new ball and it took Shillingford only seven balls to strike.

In the last over before lunch, Peter Fulton missed a flick and Denesh Ramdin appealed for a catch down the leg side. Umpire Paul Reiffel said not out but Hot-Spot highlighted a faint nick after West Indies asked for a review. Two overs later, Aaron Redmond fell into a trap, clipping a sharply turning delivery straight into the hands of Narsingh Deonarine at leg gully.

Another two overs later, Shillingford lured Hamish Rutherford into playing a lofted shot and the batsman obliged, hitting a boundary wide of the long-on fielder. The next ball was tossed up again and Rutherford couldn't resist. He tried to repeat the previous shot, but this time he lobbed it straight to the long-on fielder, falling in exactly the same way as in the first innings. 'What a shot,' said a close-in fielder as Rutherford whacked his bat on his pads in disappointment.

At 31 for 3, New Zealand were in trouble, but had the experienced pair of Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor to see them through the tricky period. Both batsmen continued from where they left in the first innings: Taylor staying solid, while McCullum blasted the first ball he faced through covers. But McCullum's aggression consumed him and he top-edged an attempted sweep off a delivery that went the other way and Ramdin took an easy catch.

While Shillingford bowled unchanged from one end, the other bowlers were not able to create chances. Corey Anderson drilled three boundaries off the seamers and rose in confidence, taking on Shillingford with a powerful sweep to move to 20, while Taylor was on 16 with the help of two boundaries. That's when it began to rain, and there was delight and despair in the dressing rooms as it did not stop.

New Zealand had looked good for an early finish when Bravo was bowled by Trent Boult in the third over of the morning. But Sammy, derided during the Tests in India for his irresponsible batting, didn't let New Zealand take control. He ran his runs hard despite an injury to his hamstring to reach only his sixth half-century in 36 Tests.

Shillingford added 15 runs before he edged Neil Wagner to first slip. Tino Best hung around for 21 minutes, his stay ending in a similar fashion. With only the No. 11 for company, Sammy threw his bat at the first delivery with the third new ball and sliced it to deep cover, but he ensured 54 useful runs had been added after Bravo's exit. Every minute and run counted in the end.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 8, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Terrific fightback by West Indies, especially Bravo, when the backs were towards the wall. This superb innings reminds me of Laxmanan's innings against Australia in 2001 India-Australia series.

  • on December 8, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Rain keeps both the teams happy .

  • Puffin on December 8, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Someone got lucky here, difficult to say who. It's encouraging to see WI dig themselves (partially, at least) out of the huge mess they got themselves into. It's just that it can't be done repeatedly. Look at England to see what happens if this is necessary.

  • on December 8, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    remembering that wi are not at full strength at the moment. Gayle, roach, rampaul, narine are all absent. I'm sure that you all recall the thrashing they suffered back in the Caribbean. I know they desperately want to win and people are now sympathizing with them and want them to do well. but things don't happen overnight.

  • on December 8, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    with narine and shillingford at both ends, Nz would have easily folded.

  • on December 8, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    A spirited fight back from a a young team.bravo's knock was a joy to watch it's good to see sammy answering the call well done windies!

  • on December 7, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    @Djj Ras and wakemeupbeforeyougogo...MoM Awards are utterly meaningless, pointless and complete garbage...fact, full stop...

  • on December 7, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    WI earned a good draw and as a West Indian I am pleased...however it doesnt change the fact that the team selected to NZ is not the best and that there are glaring errors in the selection of the team. Apart from this, the results thus far doesnt show any real improvement and a rethink has to take place as it pertains to the team management and leadership.

  • on December 7, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    112 runs in 30 overs....adapt the situationa and play acordingly...they knew the weather forecast....could have easily won in 25 overs...?

  • rayinto on December 7, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    West Indies played so well that the rain gods joined them. As fir man of the match - the decider obviously did not follow the game to figure out who masterminded the outcome with help from rain.

  • on December 8, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Terrific fightback by West Indies, especially Bravo, when the backs were towards the wall. This superb innings reminds me of Laxmanan's innings against Australia in 2001 India-Australia series.

  • on December 8, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Rain keeps both the teams happy .

  • Puffin on December 8, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Someone got lucky here, difficult to say who. It's encouraging to see WI dig themselves (partially, at least) out of the huge mess they got themselves into. It's just that it can't be done repeatedly. Look at England to see what happens if this is necessary.

  • on December 8, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    remembering that wi are not at full strength at the moment. Gayle, roach, rampaul, narine are all absent. I'm sure that you all recall the thrashing they suffered back in the Caribbean. I know they desperately want to win and people are now sympathizing with them and want them to do well. but things don't happen overnight.

  • on December 8, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    with narine and shillingford at both ends, Nz would have easily folded.

  • on December 8, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    A spirited fight back from a a young team.bravo's knock was a joy to watch it's good to see sammy answering the call well done windies!

  • on December 7, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    @Djj Ras and wakemeupbeforeyougogo...MoM Awards are utterly meaningless, pointless and complete garbage...fact, full stop...

  • on December 7, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    WI earned a good draw and as a West Indian I am pleased...however it doesnt change the fact that the team selected to NZ is not the best and that there are glaring errors in the selection of the team. Apart from this, the results thus far doesnt show any real improvement and a rethink has to take place as it pertains to the team management and leadership.

  • on December 7, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    112 runs in 30 overs....adapt the situationa and play acordingly...they knew the weather forecast....could have easily won in 25 overs...?

  • rayinto on December 7, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    West Indies played so well that the rain gods joined them. As fir man of the match - the decider obviously did not follow the game to figure out who masterminded the outcome with help from rain.

  • on December 7, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I think the older brother one not batting well he should be left out the side. an bring back d smith he well do better then the one. they give. oneday cap

  • CricketingStargazer on December 7, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    In the end, probably the draw was a fair result although, having failed to survive until lunch, which should have been their minimum aim, the West Indies were incredibly lucky to get away with it. The way that New Zealand set about such a small chase makes you think that 180 lead would have won it for the West Indies.

    Anyway, it was a thrilling contest between two, deeply flawed sides. The West Indies have been slowly creeping up in the ICC Test rankings in the last 18 months and this will give them the chance to keep progressing, however slowly.

  • on December 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Sammy is a good Leader......

  • SyedAreYouDumb on December 7, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Wow Shillingford was running through that batting lineup ... but rain saved Windies.

  • Douggy on December 7, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Shilly really lacked some back up from all the other bowlers otherwise the kiwis could of been under a lot more pressure.Still the Windies showed some real fight to earn a draw from a position where they were facing and innings defeat, NZ let it slip. Some bowling changes must be made for the 2nd test

  • cricketlover111 on December 7, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    NZ is definitely short of a fast bowler. Southee and Boult bowling well but need someone 10-15kph faster, Get a young guy like Milne in there to support these two. Milne has been smashed in 20/20 cricket but what bowler hasn't. The selectors have been brave bringing a young spinner in, now do the same with a fast bowler if we want to start winning test matches in the future.

  • on December 7, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    .New Zealand team will carry on this game of sprite next test match. Good luck next test match.

  • KiwiPom on December 7, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Three points to make about this game: 1. LUCK: It would have rained even if WI had NOT scored 507 in the follow-on innings. 2. NZ ATTACK: The recent Bangladesh v NZ series showed beyond all doubt that the NZ pace bowling attack is at least 10 kph too slow for test cricket. This WI game has merely underlined that. 3. WI BATTING: The best thing about this from the WI point of view is that 507 were scored without the name Chanderpaul featuring.

  • m_ilind on December 7, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Bravo can be called the "poor man's Lara" now.

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    With respect to both players Taylor & Bravo, Bravo is M/M if you follow the context of the match the latter was more meaningful. both score their first double century but Bravo time at the crease give WI the opportunity to save the match with the forecast of rain on the fifth day. personally i would've given it to Sammy LOL no 1 expected him to bat 24 plus overs.

  • t20cric on December 7, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    What a great fight back from West Indies. I was watching this series as a neutral but with that kind of spirit I am a fan of WI now. When it looked like they were definitely going to lose by an innings & 100+ runs they fought back & managed to get a 100+ run lead. NZ should be feeling disappointed cuz any time after scoring a mammoth 600 in the first innings & dismissing the opposition for little over 200 runs is expected to win & anything less is a disappointment. Too bad it started raining or else with 6 wickets & 33 runs remaining & WI going all out it would have been an intense finish. Good luck to WI for the rest of the series from a Pakistani fan.

  • SirBazza on December 7, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Who decided on the man of the match? In the context of the game, Bravo should have got it. Without his knock, the Windies would have lost by an innings.

  • asiba on December 7, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    The rain saved New Zealand. Thanks to the Darrens --Bravo + Sammy West Indies gave them a score to go for .

  • on December 7, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    No one would have thought this encounter to be gripped by the great intensity on the fifth and final day.... in addition to Darren Bravo's innings, West Indies was well-organised.....and other players just showed wonderful support.... New Zealand must be thankful to Ross' double.....the series going to be intriguing now....

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on December 7, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Good result .because Newzeeland team does deserve to win ,good show by W.Indies .....I think D.BRAVO is another B.LARA .good luck

  • SL-USA-Lions on December 7, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    @ Everyone...

    WI finally FOUGHT rather than FOLDING EASY... See the results?

    True they were lucky with the rain and NZ batting slow rather than going after the win...

    But at the end WI did not give up and kept on fighting. That's what we need back in WI... A FIGHTING SPIRIT...

    There is no shame in loosing if you really give your Heart and soul to the game and you fight till the end. If a draw is not in the cards someone has to win and the other team will carry the loss.

    I'm happy to see the team showing up in NZ fighting and trying to do their best.

    They have a long road ahead of them...

    After a Legacy that STILL HAS NOT BEING MATCHED BY ANY OTHER TEAM FROM ANYWHERE from the late '70s till mid '90s, they do have a steep climb back to the top ahead of them...

    But new challenges always brings out the best of everyone, new horizons will take shape and they will have the opportunity to write their OWN LEGACY.

    Being a WI fan since I've started watching Cricket.

    ALL THE BEST WI!

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    MoM award decisions are so faulty these days . It often seems like someone who never watched the match makes that decision. Besides the unfortunate fact that the batsmen are almost always more favoured (highest run getter automatically wins unless a bowlers takes 5-6 wickets), but even when they chose amongst the batmen they get wrong on more occasions than not. A match-saving century against a follow-on is a big deal, let alone a double century, and that too by a touring a side

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    i am not a Sammy fan in test cricket , but most of the W.I. BATSMEN can take example from the true grit ,application and determination of this man in both innings.Let the veterans and youngsters take a good look at his fighting spirit.Maybe if we had nine men like Sammy without great potential and gift as a cricketer we might do better

  • Anwar-Lara on December 7, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    i cant believe that man of the match is not shared between Ross Taylor and Bravo.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 7, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    We saw last year how flat Dunedin goes. Not that WI had an easy path to safety. Still it was a game NZ should have won in 4 days so WI did well. Hoping the rain moves to Adelaide now...

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Well played by WI. Very fortunate to come away with a draw. Need to do better in the field.

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Can you send some rain over to Adelaide?

  • MeijiMura on December 7, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Incredibly poor for NZ to have been in such a position of dominance and not be able to come away with a victory. They just don't seem to know how to win Test Matches. Mistake #1 was to enforce the follow-on as the bowlers needed to be rested so they could freshen up before having another crack at the Windies batsmen. Mistake #2 was in their second innings when they knew the forecast was for rain and yet they had no plan and batted without urgency and just meandered until the rain came and washed out the remainder of the match. New Zealand needed to treat their second innings like a T20 knowing that rain was on the way and that time was of the essence. McCullum needed to open the innings with Rutherford, Taylor at #3 and Anderson at #4 given licence to tee off from the word go with the capable Sodhi and big-hitting tailenders Wagner, Bolt and Southee to follow. Simply put they needed to be prepared to lose in order to win. I think this will cost them dearly come the end of the series.

  • SivaSurapaneni on December 7, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    May be a fair result, as it is hard to see any of the excellent double centuries from Ross and Bravo ended up on loosing side

  • Twinkie on December 7, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    And here I was thinking that Brendon McCullum was the great saviour of New Zealand cricket! After all the trouble it took to get him as captain, it's really quite amusing.

  • heathrf1974 on December 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Very lucky for WI. Great knocks by Taylor and Bravo under pressure.

  • IPSY on December 7, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Since this match has petered out into a draw, I think that Darren Bravo had to be rewarded with the MoM award for his rearguard double 100! That was the most significant performance in the match! Along with the rain, it is that which prevented New Zealand from winning. Not only that, Bravo's innings is also not only THE INDIVIDUAL TOP SCORE in the match, but HE SCORED THE MOST RUNS IN THE MATCH; yet Man of the Match was awarded to a BATSMAN, who was not he! I know that Taylor has not yet been dismissed in the match! However, the result of the match is that it was drawn, and Darren Bravo's innings is the performance that is responsible for that result!

  • on December 7, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    At 79 for four,the game had swung New NZ's way,but winning would not have been over until the last ball was bowled.With four top wickets down, anything could have happened.I congratulate both sides on what has been a great show down.Taylor and Darren Bravo in particular gave us a good display of batsman ship.The man of the match award was rightly given to Taylor.

  • on December 7, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Thank God ,there is no D/L method law for test match. If there was , then West Indies would not be able to escape from a certain loss , tough luck NZ.

  • on December 7, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Good help those who hell themselves, That's what happen with the Windies, now watch how they'll thrash NZ in the next test! (They have to get Ross Taylor's wkt first)

  • Windies2Dheart on December 7, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    NZ only have themselves to blame. From day two they appeared to be playing for a draw. With 500 runs on the board they were still overcautious in their batting, bringing the declaration too late. then with so few runs needed to win they threw it away. Both teams knew the forecast. In this situation the should have licensed two players to try to shatter WI hopes with aggressive batting. Instead they wasted precious balls and time. Dont blame the rain NZ. Your captain and batsmen threw it away.

  • altre on December 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    what a shame for nz ..i think they got too exicted too early which cost them this match ...this result is not acceptable ...........

  • on December 7, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Sammy...Clive Lloyd seriously?

  • Tano1 on December 7, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    I think nz's first innings declaration was spot on. Nz needed all of those 609 runs. They wouldn't have wanted to chase anymore than 150 on the 5th day. No fault can be placed on McCullum as nz were always in the stronger position. Unfortunately the weather prevented us from winning but I'm backing the black caps to win 2-0. Hopefully the Basin has a sporting wicket.

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Oh god.I didnt give it in .I didnt say that windies will draw this game but they have got there.That is why the rain is an enemy of sport.

  • bobbo2 on December 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    NZ should not have enforced the follow on. Thought that at the time. They needed to rest the bowlers even for a couple of hours. But well played WI.

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    New Zealand robbed of a victory, bowled extremely well on a road of a pitch, fully hdeserved a win after a bowl like that

  • Captainman on December 7, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Dull draw. Shame there wasn't much of a crowd for this game. West Indies are clearly the happier of the 2 as I feel NZ just let the win slip away from their hands.

  • Hanumall on December 7, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Fortune favours the fighting West Indies! Ross Taylor Man of the Match for his 217 and 16, and not Darren Bravo for his fighting 40 in the first innings and defiant 218 in the second?Strange!

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Finally i can exhaled. WI players pride are back with the help of the heaven open up this will give them the confidence to even do much better next match. still there a lot of work to be done. Know your arena! men play test cricket you have to be fundamentally sound, patience and have the desire to want bat for a very long time. So there is a time and place for T20 . I'm a Sammy critic but today he impressed me. much respect!! made WI fan proud. Edwards show he belong in the team should be 1 down. Since Samuels got hit in the face he's not the same (poor defense) looks tentative and i strongly blame Gibson for the pacers no reason why their prob can't be sorted out in the net practice. I expect WI to performed much better seen the Gayle factor is not present.( don't give a damn attitude )

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Good result for West Indies considering their best bowler i.e Roach wasnt playing.

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    shows why these two teams are ranked so low. NZ, didn't declare on time. they sjould have had more faith in their bowlers and declared earlier. Didnt score fast enough in the second innings either. poor captaincy cost them the fame. against a weak team like the windies 500 runs is more than enough. you definitely dont lose declaring for 500 against the windies

  • SirBazza on December 7, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    And for gods sake, please play Sodhi, Bracewell and Williamson in the 2nd test!

  • wirus on December 7, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Good fight back by WI and with some luck they escaped another defeat. Herein lies the frustration of WI cricket. Every now and again they will do something like this and play good, sensible cricket but before long they will be back to the school boy mistakes. Sammy typifies current WI cricket. Generally he is so poor as to not be worthy of a place on even the A team but every now and again he will play a good innings or bowl a good spell. His performance is good enough only about 25 percent of the time (look at his averages which do not lie). Just like the team which performs well about 25 percent of the time. This happened to be one of them and we are glad but 25 percent is not good enough in international cricket. A decision has to be made after this tour to balance the team and play our best players if fit. So in the squad must be Rampaul, Roach and Millar as well as Sarwan and Barath. Out must go Sammy (with our gratitude), Permaul, Best, Gabriel and Cotterel. Capt Bravo or Edwards

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Man of the match should be given to D Bravo instead of Taylor.. because he was scored double ton in 2nd innings of-course in following on condition...

  • PFEL on December 7, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    33 runs short, and Taylor made 16* of 61 balls? It's like they didn't want to win the test, they must have known rain was a possibility

  • kiwicricketnut on December 7, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    i said it on day two, we declared too late, as much as rosco deserved a double ton, mccullum got greedy and batted too long, it forced his hand to enforce the follow on with tired bowlers on a flat track, his tactics would of been fine with a good forecast but with test cricket one eye must be on the weather and with a dodgey last day forcast we simply soaked up too much time and the rain robbed us of a victory, thats twice now he has cost us the game batting too long, he will say it was unlucky but it wasn't smart captaincy either. credit to the west indies though, alot of fight that i thought only chanderpaul pocessed shown by the whole team, so well done on the great escape.

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    this test shows why nz and wi near the bottom of ranking table.nz were unable to win vs england and are not ruthless enough.wi needed tine for settling but on a road of a pitch result was not possible.

  • SirBazza on December 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I agree with others, NZ should have put this team away inside 5 days. Some terrible fielding placements from McCullum, combined with his complete lack of disregard for the state of the game (yes it's a Test match not a 20/20), all lead to disaster. We need a solid, steady captain. This kind of reckless captaincy shouldn't happen in modern day Test cricket. Good on the WI's for fighting back, they showed exactly how Test cricket should be played....that's with solid, sensible stroke play with an even more solid defence. Time for a new Captain and a new coach.

  • regofpicton on December 7, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I wasn't really surprised that the Windies salvaged a draw, as they are a pretty good side. I even posted to this effect on the second day, but my remarks didn't escape the filter. But there was a feature of today's events that really shocked me. This was a couple of comments on one of the radio stations to the effect that we didn't win the game because Ross Taylor deliberately sabotaged the run chase by batting slowly. Well, most people would think it a funny kind of sabotage that scores 200 at a strike rate of almost 70, and takes sharp slips catches, and steadies the ship when people who should know better have actually put us in danger of defeat. When people can make such claims, in the face of the facts, it is obvious that logic and common sense have left the building.

    It's a bit late now, of course, but if McCullum was so desperately worried about the weather, perhaps he should have promoted himself to open.

  • mrmonty on December 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    A fitting result. WI didn't deserve to win after their first innings, but deserved to draw.

  • SwingandSeam on December 7, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Great play by the West Indies. They showed real determination and fight in this match, and got the little bit of luck they needed to save the game. They need to build on this and both their seamers and openers need to step it up to give us a chance of victory in the next Test.

  • cricketcritic on December 7, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    McCullum must go, seems a funny thing to say after he scored his first test century in three years, but....

    The decision to enforce the follow on was flawed. It gave WI the chance to learn from its mistakes, and when the pitch was at its best and the NZ bowlers were tiring. Australia just found itself in an eerily similar position in Adelaide and batted again. Batting again would have allowed NZ to reach a psychologically damaging lead, exhaust the WI, and give Boult, Southee and Wagner valuable time with their feet up.

    McCullum's field placings were also very poor this morning. With Boult reverse swinging the ball away from the right handers we saw only two slips and the ball flew through a thrid slip position once or twice. We also failed to see a silly mid off when Sodhi was bowling around the wicket to right handers. Another chance was lost there. Then his embarrasing batting this afternoon. Time to go Brendon.

  • hokeypokey on December 7, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Geez, nz should of won on friday morning!...again hesson/mccullum still cant get over the line, after all the promises of judging the pair on thier results!! Well we should be asking more questions. ...we were asked to go away a year ago when white and co knew better...ha! Why do we still care....? I feel for the players, cant be easy, I will be still supporting the players.

  • cricketlover111 on December 7, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I don't understand why anyone has an issue with Taylor getting MOM. He batted twice for 233 runs without getting out and he didn't ride his luck like Bravo. Can understand that Bravo was performing under pressure but MOM is surely about achievement and Taylor achieved more in better style.

  • ___KIWI___ on December 7, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Great knock by bravo, made this test match go down to the wire! Safe to say NZ would have won comfortably had they not been robed of victory by the rain! Roscos double century set NZ up for the "would be" win, and fully earned him man of the match! Cant wait for the next test.

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    I feel for shane shillingford. He should have gotten 1 more wicket in the 2nd innings to equal the all time record for 6 (?) consecutive 5 wicket hauls in tests by debut test player turner. What a good bowler he has been so far !!

  • NP_NY on December 7, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Good for the West Indies. They did not give up. They fought back bravely. And fortune always favors the brave!

  • Fan1969 on December 7, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Some poor captaincy and strategy by NZ. They got 30 overs before rain and at 3.75 an over would have got the runs. This was less than what they achieved in the first innings.

    NZ repeatedly fail to close out games including the win they should have had against England earlier.

    Glad NZ cricket has some die hard fans despite repeated disappointments

  • SDCLFC on December 7, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    McCullum's use of his bowlers and field settings fails again. Boult bowled only 4 overs in the first 35 of the second innings despite being the sides wicket taker. The fourth morning was McCullum's best opportunity toattack and he only bowled Boult in two 3 over spells. What's wrong with giving seamers extended periods at the crease to develop rhythm and pressure, and giving them conventional feilds balanced between attacking and protecting boundaries, enabling the bowlers to stick to their plans. Wagner didn't need 3 catchers in the covers, he needed some protection on the boundary to give him more time to find his rhythm, and be allowed to bowl his own style which is back of a length, rather than the good length stuff he was bowling to McCullum's cover-point,cover, extra cover catches. He is not a master tactician and too much of a tinkerer.

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    good competitive match...unfortunate for NZ but showing fight is more important...both teams did....

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Great knock from Bravo, He was under severe pressure and came thru good game from Ross too

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    good wi saved the test, bravo shud have been m/m, wi shud play narine and shillingford, drop deonarine, bring holder n sr bravo, then wi can go forward, hard luch for nz.

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

    Honestly Bravo was the MOM nt Taylor

  • Cric_fan1000 on December 7, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    It was NZ game and they blew it away by a slow chase. They have only themselves to blame. 30 overs is sufficient to chase down 112.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    God helps those, who helps themselves... Rain ensured that the great work done by bravo is not going to be wasted.

  • PACERONE on December 7, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    New Zealand would of been very worried after losing 4 quick wickets.They were a few wickets away from losing the match.Listening to the NZ commentators you would think that this team is unbeatable.It took a freak ball to get rid of Bravo,and Sammy was batting well,they could of batted W.I to safety.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Hmmmmm.. 'Ross Taylor declared man of the match'. Nothing takin away from NZ ex captain.. But most of the cricketin fraternity and fans would have rooted for DARREN BRAVO.. It reminded me of VVS innings at Kolkata.. Under pressure, yet stylish.. He deserved the MOM..

  • drnaveed on December 7, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Nature (rain) came into playing and saved the WI from a sure defeat, after Bravo heroics. he should have been the Man of the Match, instead of Taylor. NZ are themselves to be blamed for not winning the test match , after they were in such a strong position. found more than glimpses of Brian Lara in Bravo's inning.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    I for one would think that this is the fair result. The way NZ batted in their first innings, bowled out WI for paltry score and the way WI bounced from then on, batted in their second innings and attacked NZ are very nice to watch and appreciate. In all fairness, the match is drawn. Since it may not be by human efforts, poetic justice was done through rain God.

  • pull_shot on December 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Man of d natch should have been bravo as he played under extreme pressure

  • 11_Warrior on December 7, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Bravo Should have been MOM.

  • whippingBails on December 7, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Very aggressive and impressive captaincy by Sammy. Trying to defend 112 runs and still attacking NZ takes guts. Well done with the bat too. Does he remind you of the great Clive Lloyd?

  • DheerajBali on December 7, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Brendon McCullum doesn't deserve to be the skipper of NZ side as he doesn't have the understanding of the game at all. If you can't win a match with over 600 runs on board in the first innings, you just don't know what you are doing. And now with rain on , I won't be surprised if the match is drawn. Had West Indies got 200 runs for NZ to chase in the 4th innings, they were more likely to win the test match. NZ team looks like a ship without a captain.

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Um.....am I missing something? It's still on, and a Kiwi scored a double century, but all that gets talked about is Mr Bravo. Great knock from him, but it's not the best one in the test.

    It's not over yet.

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Thank you almighty for the rain! I know that West Indies deserves this shower after a hard fight back.

  • alesana85 on December 7, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    This is turning out to be a good match. Remarkable fighting spirit from the visitors, Bravo with the double ton & Sammy, 80 with the bad hamstring. Shillingford leading the way with the ball & in his way a determined Ross Taylor desperate for a rare NZ test victory..Only NZ could score 600+ in the first innings & be in danger of losing. If the rain stops this match Brendan McCullum still will be without a win as NZ test captain I guess that's karma!

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Narine would have made a huge difference in this match. Still waiting to see the selectors choose a team that could actually help WI win. You have one of the best spin bowlers in the world on the bench and losing the test match?

  • on December 7, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Win, lose or draw, it is satisfying to see WI show fight in a test. I hope the rest of the series continues in this vein and produces some compelling cricket. In that case, between this series and the Ashes it will be a fantastic winter for hardcore cricket fans!

  • on December 7, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Way to go bravo!well tried W-I,that is the sprit!!!!

  • PrathameshYamgar on December 7, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    As an indian, and an ardent middle class cricket fan, west indies have always remained closed to my heart, after team India. perhaps it may sound racial, but indian do have a sense of emotional attachment with the west indians team.

    I still hope that Windies players gets their act around, and took over their board, which is their main culprit over the years for their dismal performance. Sports, after all, should be run by sportsmen.

    unfortunately, as an indian, even the great Kapil Dev had to bow before the non-cricket administrators, and thats where the great players like Lara, ponting, and Sachin, fall short in mobilizing the public sentiment of brining in more sports related personalities in to the administration of the game rather than bureaucrats and politicians. Its the middle class and poor people like us who love and worship the game. Rich people love those F1 and golf and other glamorous sports

  • on December 6, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Let's hope NZ gets this done before the rain comes. -Chris

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  • on December 6, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Let's hope NZ gets this done before the rain comes. -Chris

  • PrathameshYamgar on December 7, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    As an indian, and an ardent middle class cricket fan, west indies have always remained closed to my heart, after team India. perhaps it may sound racial, but indian do have a sense of emotional attachment with the west indians team.

    I still hope that Windies players gets their act around, and took over their board, which is their main culprit over the years for their dismal performance. Sports, after all, should be run by sportsmen.

    unfortunately, as an indian, even the great Kapil Dev had to bow before the non-cricket administrators, and thats where the great players like Lara, ponting, and Sachin, fall short in mobilizing the public sentiment of brining in more sports related personalities in to the administration of the game rather than bureaucrats and politicians. Its the middle class and poor people like us who love and worship the game. Rich people love those F1 and golf and other glamorous sports

  • on December 7, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Way to go bravo!well tried W-I,that is the sprit!!!!

  • on December 7, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Win, lose or draw, it is satisfying to see WI show fight in a test. I hope the rest of the series continues in this vein and produces some compelling cricket. In that case, between this series and the Ashes it will be a fantastic winter for hardcore cricket fans!

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Narine would have made a huge difference in this match. Still waiting to see the selectors choose a team that could actually help WI win. You have one of the best spin bowlers in the world on the bench and losing the test match?

  • alesana85 on December 7, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    This is turning out to be a good match. Remarkable fighting spirit from the visitors, Bravo with the double ton & Sammy, 80 with the bad hamstring. Shillingford leading the way with the ball & in his way a determined Ross Taylor desperate for a rare NZ test victory..Only NZ could score 600+ in the first innings & be in danger of losing. If the rain stops this match Brendan McCullum still will be without a win as NZ test captain I guess that's karma!

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Thank you almighty for the rain! I know that West Indies deserves this shower after a hard fight back.

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Um.....am I missing something? It's still on, and a Kiwi scored a double century, but all that gets talked about is Mr Bravo. Great knock from him, but it's not the best one in the test.

    It's not over yet.

  • DheerajBali on December 7, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Brendon McCullum doesn't deserve to be the skipper of NZ side as he doesn't have the understanding of the game at all. If you can't win a match with over 600 runs on board in the first innings, you just don't know what you are doing. And now with rain on , I won't be surprised if the match is drawn. Had West Indies got 200 runs for NZ to chase in the 4th innings, they were more likely to win the test match. NZ team looks like a ship without a captain.

  • whippingBails on December 7, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Very aggressive and impressive captaincy by Sammy. Trying to defend 112 runs and still attacking NZ takes guts. Well done with the bat too. Does he remind you of the great Clive Lloyd?