Deonarine ton puts New Zealand under pressure
West Indies Board President's XI 299 for 7 (Deonarine 106, Vettori 4-48) lead New Zealanders 149 (Williamson 55, Roach 4-28) by 150 runs
Narsingh Deonarine's aggressive century put West Indies Cricket Board President's XI in a strong position after the second day of the three-day tour game at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Deonarine's effort was well supported by another gritty half-century by Shivnarine Chanderpaul to pull the West Indies side from a tricky 104 for four to 299 for seven by the end of the day.
New Zealand, who had struggled in overcast conditions on the first day, lasted only 7.2 overs in the morning session as their two remaining batsmen were removed cheaply by offspinner Veerasammy Permaul, who finished with figures of 3 for 34. The West Indies batsmen negotiated the opening spells from Chris Martin and the much-awaited Neil Wagner but Daniel Vettori seized the advantage with three wickets in two overs to reduce West Indies to 45 for three. Asad Fudadin and Chanderpaul stabilised the innings with a 59-run partnership, which was broken by Tarun Nethula when he had Fudadin bowled.
However, it was Deonarine's innings that put the bowling under pressure while Chanderpaul held firm at the other end, and both combined in a 129-run partnership to take West Indies ahead. In the last session, Vettori had Chanderpaul caught at mid-off soon after he reached his half-century while Wagner accounted for Deonarine and Devon Thomas.
But New Zealand, 150 runs behind, have their task cut out for the final day. Vettori accepted that New Zealand had tough two days in the field, but was satisfied with the bowling performances. "There have been some good things today, particularly the bowling of Neil Wagner. He is a different style of bowler than what New Zealanders are used to. He runs in hard all day and is a welcome addition to the side," he said.
"For me, it was about getting some overs under the belt after a considerable long lay-off and to be able to bowl 20 overs on a wicket similar to the Test wicket, will probably hold me in good stead."