New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd Test, Wellington, 2nd day December 12, 2013

New Zealand dominate rain-hit day

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West Indies 158 for 4 (Edwards 55, Samuels 50*) trail New Zealand 441 (Taylor 129, Watling 65, Best 4-110) by 283 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

New Zealand were not as consistent with the ball as they would have wanted to be but they still prised out four West Indies wickets after nearly a session was lost to rain in Wellington. The efforts of BJ Watling and Trent Boult with the bat earlier meant they still had a buffer of 283 runs at stumps with the last specialist batting pair in the middle. West Indies started reasonably well against the new ball, after copping plenty of damage on the field, but New Zealand kept finding the wicket-taking delivery to end the day clearly in front.

The West Indies openers Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell survived over an hour to add 46 despite several close shaves. Edwards was hit by Boult on the pad without offering a stroke as early as the first over but the ball would have gone over the stumps. Both batsmen were beaten several times. Powell edged a couple but he also played softly so that the ball didn't carry to the slips. The pair made sure they didn't go after good deliveries and waited for width. New Zealand didn't make the batsmen play nearly enough, and it was only in the 15th over that the breakthrough came.

Southee, who hadn't quite found his rhythm in his opening spell, struck Powell in front as the batsman missed a flick in the first over of his second spell. Corey Anderson showed his value again as a bowler, generating movement and nip to have Darren Bravo edge early to second slip.

Edwards, meanwhile, had grown in confidence and was beginning to time his drives through the off side. Marlon Samuels often got himself into awkward positions with his habit of walking across outside off but also counterattacked with several fours. The pair had taken West Indies past 100 when Anderson produced another wicket, Edwards getting a leading edge to cover on 55.

Another New Zealand bowler came back to pick up a wicket in the first over of his second spell. Boult had Shivnarine Chanderpaul reaching out to scoop a drive to cover-point. Immediately after Chanderpaul left, the legspinner Ish Sodhi was brought on. He dropped it short frequently, and Samuels helped himself to easy boundaries to motor to a half-century in 55 balls. New Zealand tried more spin in the form of Kane Williamson, but even his two overs proved expensive, Narsingh Deonarine cashing in this time. The stand grew to 39 by stumps, but Watling and Boult's hitting had given New Zealand quite a headstart.

The same story had played out in the morning after rain delayed the start by an hour and 15 minutes. Another day, another dropped catch from West Indies, and another New Zealand batsman making them pay. Had Tino Best not made a total misjudgment at deep midwicket, Boult would have been gone for 3 to Shane Shillingford, and New Zealand would have been dismissed for 386. Instead, Best palmed the slog over the boundary, and the final pair of Boult and Watling proceeded to thrash 58 runs at over a run a ball. By the time Watling missed a slog off Shannon Gabriel to be bowled for 65, New Zealand had surged to 441, an addition of 134 runs in 25.1 overs to their overnight 307 for 6. On day one, West Indies had put down Ross Taylor on zero and watched him make 129.

New Zealand's progress was largely down to Watling, who showed his versatility by constantly doing what the situation demanded. On the first evening, he had stonewalled to 8 off 47 as stumps approached. This morning, he and Southee came out positive, attacking anything either too short and wide or too full.

After Southee fell, New Zealand were to string together another useful stand, of 49 between Sodhi and Watling. Sodhi was extremely competent for a No. 9. Watling, seeing that Sodhi was in no trouble, turned the strike over as regularly as one would alongside a specialist batsman.

Shaking off their initial waywardness, West Indies targeted the fuller lengths they had largely missed on the first day. Gabriel, especially, was unlucky not to break through, going past the edge on a few occasions. However, having batted with so much calm, Sodhi suddenly had a loose waft at a wide one from Best to depart for 27.

Soon began the entertainment from Boult. He charged Shillingford thrice, cleanly striking a boundary down the ground each time, the last one sailing for six. Soon, the partnership had tallied 50 off just 47 balls. Boult would remain unbeaten on 38 off 27, but it would be two-and-a-half hours before he would get a crack at West Indies, as the rain came down again after the end of New Zealand's innings.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 12, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    i said before the game start WI will lose because they will be short a bowler,as long as Sammy plays, well it's coming to pass. WI cricketers should finish at least college before they represent the region. clearly they lack intelligence, that goes for the selectors as well .

  • on December 12, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    It was fun to watch Sammy get upset when others drop catches off his bowling but he is a culprit himself.

  • cricketcrumnz on December 12, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Black caps have too many half ass batters and too many all rounders that can sorta bat and sorta bowl . BRING BACK RYDER NZCB are fools if they don't

  • CricketCoachDB on December 12, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Sodhi has real potential as an all-rounder, the lad can seriously bat. Anderson has a great "golden arm". I've heard great things about both these lads potential in the last few years from Kiwi's who've watched them from a young age. Very promising for the future.

  • lee_man on December 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    People should not be so quick to rush to judgement about the WI's apparent lack of consistency in the batting department. Taylor would have failed in both matches had the catches been held. Darren Bravo failed in the first innings of this test because NZ held their catches.

    My beef with the WI team is that they always seem to be concentrating more on the cold weather than on playing cricket. They just need to man up!! I hate the way they slink around the field, dropping catches and misfielding whenever the weather is cold. They behave the exact way whenever they are playing during the early summer weeks in England.

  • TrickyKid on December 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Great to see Watling and Anderson doing well. They are the quiet achievers in the NZ team.

  • 22many on December 12, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    @kiwicricetnut. BMac did try opening again...the day after scoring his ton. Sure not really opening but close enough to it...near new ball...first couple of over on the second day...got one that moved slightly and he got knocked over. Na he is not an opener. .never was. I am just happy to see him as captain as he and others wanted.....Read an interesting article by Ian Snook in Stuff.co.nz an opinion piece. Don't know what he ate for lunch but it certainly didn't agree with him.

  • mngc1 on December 12, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    People remember selectively. For instance when this test is finished they will remember Best took 4 wickets but ignore the fact that he dropped 2 catches that were costly. They will also remember how badly Gabriel bowled in the first test but forget that 3 catches were dropped off of him in this first inning. And Edwards made a half century but dropped Taylor at 0. These make a difference to the result and the team selection for the next match.

  • on December 12, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I predict that the West Indies would score 338 and be led by 103 runs and New Zealand will dominate in their second innings. However, the final day will tell who is the winner

  • 12thUmpire on December 12, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Very disappointing of Chanders! He failed to review as was expected by his fans. He hasn't quite clarified whether he ALSO reviews LBWs or ONLY LBWs.

    Because he didn't have to bat long, it is expected he will field full-time rather than rely on sub. Hope there won't be another let-down on this fielding expectations!

  • on December 12, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    i said before the game start WI will lose because they will be short a bowler,as long as Sammy plays, well it's coming to pass. WI cricketers should finish at least college before they represent the region. clearly they lack intelligence, that goes for the selectors as well .

  • on December 12, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    It was fun to watch Sammy get upset when others drop catches off his bowling but he is a culprit himself.

  • cricketcrumnz on December 12, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Black caps have too many half ass batters and too many all rounders that can sorta bat and sorta bowl . BRING BACK RYDER NZCB are fools if they don't

  • CricketCoachDB on December 12, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Sodhi has real potential as an all-rounder, the lad can seriously bat. Anderson has a great "golden arm". I've heard great things about both these lads potential in the last few years from Kiwi's who've watched them from a young age. Very promising for the future.

  • lee_man on December 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    People should not be so quick to rush to judgement about the WI's apparent lack of consistency in the batting department. Taylor would have failed in both matches had the catches been held. Darren Bravo failed in the first innings of this test because NZ held their catches.

    My beef with the WI team is that they always seem to be concentrating more on the cold weather than on playing cricket. They just need to man up!! I hate the way they slink around the field, dropping catches and misfielding whenever the weather is cold. They behave the exact way whenever they are playing during the early summer weeks in England.

  • TrickyKid on December 12, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Great to see Watling and Anderson doing well. They are the quiet achievers in the NZ team.

  • 22many on December 12, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    @kiwicricetnut. BMac did try opening again...the day after scoring his ton. Sure not really opening but close enough to it...near new ball...first couple of over on the second day...got one that moved slightly and he got knocked over. Na he is not an opener. .never was. I am just happy to see him as captain as he and others wanted.....Read an interesting article by Ian Snook in Stuff.co.nz an opinion piece. Don't know what he ate for lunch but it certainly didn't agree with him.

  • mngc1 on December 12, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    People remember selectively. For instance when this test is finished they will remember Best took 4 wickets but ignore the fact that he dropped 2 catches that were costly. They will also remember how badly Gabriel bowled in the first test but forget that 3 catches were dropped off of him in this first inning. And Edwards made a half century but dropped Taylor at 0. These make a difference to the result and the team selection for the next match.

  • on December 12, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I predict that the West Indies would score 338 and be led by 103 runs and New Zealand will dominate in their second innings. However, the final day will tell who is the winner

  • 12thUmpire on December 12, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Very disappointing of Chanders! He failed to review as was expected by his fans. He hasn't quite clarified whether he ALSO reviews LBWs or ONLY LBWs.

    Because he didn't have to bat long, it is expected he will field full-time rather than rely on sub. Hope there won't be another let-down on this fielding expectations!

  • rayinto on December 12, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    New Zealand has the edge , but to say they dominated? I am normally a Chanderpaul fan, but am dissappointed in his shot selection the past 2 innings. Samuels and Deonarine look promising though - Samuels looks in good nick especially against the spin and could possibly make a century. Looking for Deonarine to convert his starts pass 50 to a cenntury. And Sammy, please go 2 for 2!

  • CricketChat on December 12, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Familiar patter from WI top order who are getting starts before throwing it away. As I have said before, Chanderpaul's time is over for WI. He held the middle order in the years after Lara retired, but it is time to find his replacement. Don't know why Rampaul is not selected. With his guile and fighting spirit, he is always a better option than Best/Gabriel who rely primarily on pace alone that doesn't bother international batsmen these days. NZ looking ahead even with a curtailed 2nd day.

  • on December 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    same old story from the West Indies - no consistency. Darren Bravo had a big score last match and nothing in this game - the other master of inconsistency is Chris Gayle.who thankfully is not available. We just don't have the players any more. Let,s hope that this new young batch learn from the experience and with the right encouragement from Coach and Selectors become the nucleus for the future.

  • Unomaas on December 12, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    To the person asking about Black Caps chances against India...?

    I think NZ can take them! I believe it actually! It all depends on NZ third seaming option. Boult + Southee are world class but Wagner and Bracewell often cannot sustain the pressure which lets the opponents of the hook. I sometimes wish I could give the both of them a kick up the @rse through the television set sometimes :(. Ish is looking good but he needs to sometimes curb his attacking instincts and take up a defensive role to build pressure. Corey must just keep on doing what he is doing with his bowling! Make no mistake, the Indians are highly susceptible to quality seam bowling.

    This NZ team just needs a big dollop of believe in themselves and a leader + 1-2 senior players to show the way. NZ will need to win this match then maul WI in the third test to state their intent. Also keep in mind that the Saffa's would have tenderised them somewhat to make them ready for a shock NZ win!

  • vjwithcricinfo on December 12, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    WI can bring in a team for Tests alone which should have minus freelance and potential freelance or t20 specialists

    My Teams is Keiron Powell, Kirk Edwards,Darren Bravo,Ramnaresh Sarwan,Shiv Chanderpaul,Dinesh Ramdin,Dwanyne Bravo,Shane Shillingford,Jason Holder,Tino Best,Ravi Rampaul/feidal edwards

  • on December 12, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    again same type of performance by windies since ages is there any different this team can do?i remember in 2006 team consists of lara,gayle,chanders,dwayne bravo lost new zealand by 10 wickets at same venue...there also first test is draw because of rain although situation different there...but darren bravo getting out correy anderson a part timer medium pacer is frustrating because he got confidence boosting ton in dunedin and chanders i hardly remember his knocks won match for windiies...past decade chanders and lara never scored together in the same match either one lay big innings and other out for less score..nothing changed till know..hope rest of batsman score to salvage a draw this test

  • Captainman on December 12, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Very poor crowds in NZ yet again. West Indies just don't seem interested in Test Cricket anymore.

  • woodgreen on December 12, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Is Trent Boult the best no 11 in the world?

  • shane-oh on December 12, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Harbhajan Sohal - NZ currently have one of the most exciting swing bowling opening pairs in world cricket, both of whom are fast climbing up the rankings every month and will continue to do so - especially when the Indian cannon fodder arrives after the WI series. I feel your inherent need to try and belittle the opposition, even well before playing them (fear, I guess), but in this case it only suggests you know very little about the game.

  • on December 12, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I think WI could win this match because of thei high run rate...now it's only a matter of not loosing wikets for at least other 25-30 overs....good done boys

  • AussiePhoenix on December 12, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Great to see LT get some runs and true Kiwi grit by Watling and the bowlers to add another 100 odd runs. @ Harbhajan Sohal, I love it when Indian fans arrogantly boast, it makes their fails so much more enjoyable. NZ do it tough on the international circuit, well under resourced compared to the main Test teams. Sure there are games they seem to throw away but consider their record over the long term and you'll see they punch above their weight. Never underestimate a Kiwi, home or away.

  • CodandChips on December 12, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Corey Anderson looks like a fantastic young allrounder. Good luck to him.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 12, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    other than kallis is corey anderson the best 4th seamer in the world, no others spring to mind, maybe watson, anderson is doing a fantastic job as the stock bowler, he can't be dropped when ryder returns, it wont be mccullum either so its fulton or rutherford with yet another reshuffle of the batting order, sorry brendon and nz cricket fans but you may have to open again.

  • hokeypokey on December 12, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Can someone tell me a logic reason why mccullum bowled spinners when we had the west Indies on the ropes with swing/seam??? I hope theres a good reason..light or time?

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    The power brokers, have set India up to be the #1 team in the world and carried the sub continent with it, NZ cricket wants the team to compete in all conditions because of that, so, we don't produce green seamers, but it is highly likely we will beat India in NZ, I like to watch some of their batsmen play, but honestly over decades they look scared in foreign conditions. Probably their best trophy was the recent ICC trophy in England.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    NZ wickets aren't usually fast. NZ is much cooler than SA. Our players aren't the greatest, but at home we can do well, especially after a team is thrashed and a long way from home.

  • on December 12, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    nz doesn't have quality bowlers like sa, over there with smaller grounds, Indian batters could set many records in odi's, they are getting used to fast pitches already, they will demolish nz

  • on December 12, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    in regards to the comment about new Zealand putting up a fight. India has come to face south Africa after much issues with the games even starting because India would rather play west Indies and new Zealand out of fear for the south African team. they have less games against us than against New Zealand. have been demolished in all 3 odis will be even further battered in the tests and you have the audacity to question whether new Zealand will put up a fight when your national team fears playing the best team in the world.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 12, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @ truecric_fan, its true that your batting is about twice as good as ours but hopefully when india arrive ryder will be part of the team again, he has a very good record against india so will be a huge boost. it sounds a bit negative but i think we have juice up our pitches just a little bit to even up the batting contest and negate your classy spinners, i would say our seam attack is better than yours and our feilding is a bit stronger too and if the wickets don't turn it might be a closer contest than most think, then again if we play you on flat wickets i think we're doomed.

  • on December 12, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    I am sure Andre Russell could do better than these bowler we have in New Zealand its really a joke

  • truecric_fan on December 12, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Hello to my fellow cricket fans. I believe Ind is touring NZ in Jan and Feb next year for 5 ODIs and 2 Tests. Just wish to find out what you folks are expecting to see. Will India demolish NZ or will NZ be able to give a tough fight to the "so called" #1 ranked team? On paper Indian batting seems 2-3 X Stronger than NZ but NZ bowlers may be able to trouble Ind batsman if the wickets are like the ones we are seeing in South Africa. Cant wait to read all of your comments and thoughts.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 12, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Don't know why McCullum doesn't declare ? If I was him I would have declared after Boult brought up the 400 with those 2 4's and a 6, psychologically it would be a blow to W.I showing you still haven't bowled us all out and it would of allowed a good lil session for Boult and co before tea in these ideal bowling conditions especially after last test and with rain again around the corner.

  • on December 12, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Boult was on 38, what were they thinking turning down a single, dumb really

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  • on December 12, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    Boult was on 38, what were they thinking turning down a single, dumb really

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 12, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Don't know why McCullum doesn't declare ? If I was him I would have declared after Boult brought up the 400 with those 2 4's and a 6, psychologically it would be a blow to W.I showing you still haven't bowled us all out and it would of allowed a good lil session for Boult and co before tea in these ideal bowling conditions especially after last test and with rain again around the corner.

  • truecric_fan on December 12, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Hello to my fellow cricket fans. I believe Ind is touring NZ in Jan and Feb next year for 5 ODIs and 2 Tests. Just wish to find out what you folks are expecting to see. Will India demolish NZ or will NZ be able to give a tough fight to the "so called" #1 ranked team? On paper Indian batting seems 2-3 X Stronger than NZ but NZ bowlers may be able to trouble Ind batsman if the wickets are like the ones we are seeing in South Africa. Cant wait to read all of your comments and thoughts.

  • on December 12, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    I am sure Andre Russell could do better than these bowler we have in New Zealand its really a joke

  • kiwicricketnut on December 12, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @ truecric_fan, its true that your batting is about twice as good as ours but hopefully when india arrive ryder will be part of the team again, he has a very good record against india so will be a huge boost. it sounds a bit negative but i think we have juice up our pitches just a little bit to even up the batting contest and negate your classy spinners, i would say our seam attack is better than yours and our feilding is a bit stronger too and if the wickets don't turn it might be a closer contest than most think, then again if we play you on flat wickets i think we're doomed.

  • on December 12, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    in regards to the comment about new Zealand putting up a fight. India has come to face south Africa after much issues with the games even starting because India would rather play west Indies and new Zealand out of fear for the south African team. they have less games against us than against New Zealand. have been demolished in all 3 odis will be even further battered in the tests and you have the audacity to question whether new Zealand will put up a fight when your national team fears playing the best team in the world.

  • on December 12, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    nz doesn't have quality bowlers like sa, over there with smaller grounds, Indian batters could set many records in odi's, they are getting used to fast pitches already, they will demolish nz

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    NZ wickets aren't usually fast. NZ is much cooler than SA. Our players aren't the greatest, but at home we can do well, especially after a team is thrashed and a long way from home.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    The power brokers, have set India up to be the #1 team in the world and carried the sub continent with it, NZ cricket wants the team to compete in all conditions because of that, so, we don't produce green seamers, but it is highly likely we will beat India in NZ, I like to watch some of their batsmen play, but honestly over decades they look scared in foreign conditions. Probably their best trophy was the recent ICC trophy in England.

  • hokeypokey on December 12, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Can someone tell me a logic reason why mccullum bowled spinners when we had the west Indies on the ropes with swing/seam??? I hope theres a good reason..light or time?