West Indies Cricket Board President's XI v New Zealanders, 2nd day July 21, 2012

Deonarine ton puts New Zealand under pressure

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."

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  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Hey Guys; here is the West Indies Test Squad:Darren Sammy (captain)

    Denesh Ramdin (vice captain)

    Adrian Barath

    Tino Best

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul

    Narsingh Deonarine

    Assad Fudadin

    Chris Gayle

    Sunil Narine

    Kieran Powell

    Ravi Rampaul

    Kemar Roach

    Marlon Samuels

    My starting 11 would be: 1. C. Gayle 2. A. Barath 3. M.Samuels 4. N. Deonarine 5. S. Chanderpaul 6. A. Fudadin 7. D. Ramdin 8. D. Sammy 9. K. Roach 10. R. Rampaul/ T. Best 11. S. Narine

    Apart from my two pace attack and both Narine and Fudadin in, the team is largely as I would have suggested! All the best West Indies; a rare chance of a two nil Test series win! What do you think?

  • Kevin on July 22, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Meanwhile back in the real world... ...does anyone know what the final score was in this game? (A minor detail I know...!!!)

  • James on July 22, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Deonarine's century should guarantee him a Test slot, maybe at No 6. The real problem is the bowling attack, which has been the West Indies achilles heel over the last 10 years or so, and they really need to select the best bowlers available. Darren Sammy has been a very capable captain, and been economical in the shorter versions of the game, but just does not take enough wickets in Test matches. Both Permaul and Johnson look like they have potential, and could support Roach and Narine in a two spinner/ two seamer attack. If Sammy cannot be dropped, then perhaps bat him at 6 (especially after his batting performances in Engand and play Deonarine instead of Barath.

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    WI nemesis has resurfaced in the form of Vettori. My my, the 1st three batters in 2 ovs. No offense, but it is well known that Guyanese batters play spin a little better than the rest. This simply means that Deonarine will be in the final eleven. I have no problems with Barath & Thomas in the team, give Ramdin some more honeymoon time. As I said before I wouldn't play Sunil in the test matches, as a form of strategy. But that is just my humble view.

  • Chauhan on July 22, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Its all about gayle-show...there is no craze in wi-nz series..just want to see some gud cricket by gayle,sunil narine,ross tayler...windies wil have won series by 1-0...n dont think abt kiwiz much...bangladeshi r crossing them very well

  • Mark on July 22, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Warrens comments seem to have gone but it was hard to work out what his actual beef was. Nethula, while born in India, moved to NZ when he was 12 & has played all his cricket there. Brownlie wasborn in Australia but had a NZ father & an Australian mother. There are plenty of examples from other nations. The SA team has Tahir playing for them and he was born in Pakistan and played most of his cricket there & in England. Someone mentioned Khwaja for Australia. One of the Australian batting mainstays in the mid-80's was Kepler Wessels from SA & one of their finest spinners, Clarrie Grimmet, was born in NZ & played his early cricket there. If you took the NZ and Pacific born players out of the Aust rugby union & league sides you would leave big holes. It's the reality of modern sport. At least cricket has some criteria round this. The Olympics are a joke in this regard with some athletes barely having set foot in the countries they represent.

  • Dave on July 22, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    The test team should be as follows. 1. Gayle, 2. Barrath, 3. Samuels, 4. DJ. Bravo, 5. Chanderpaul, 6. Deonarine, 7. Thomas, 8. Sammy, 9.Roach, 10. Narine, 11. Johnson. (12th man, Rampaul, 13, Permaul, 14, Powell, 15th Fudadin, 16th. Pollard) the first 11 is my chosen but i think the team should only be picked from this 16 man squad with only DM. Bravo & Ramdin's inclusion when fit.

  • Richard on July 22, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Hi Warren, if you have a problem with import/export players why bring your rant to a WI vs NZ page and list England as first focal point... Get with the times I seriously doubt you drive a car that was made where you live and only eat locally produced food. If a player chooses to serve the waiting periods and show loyalty if a team chooses to select them then good on them. Look at any other sports and ask the questions of player origins- they are professional sports people let them look after their futures and go for a paycheck. I am happy to have a team play with pride- if they hit a ton or knock down five for they can kiss the Silver Fern or triple Lions because they find a welcome place in a team.

  • Ben on July 22, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Warren not sure of your oblivious to Aussie cricket or not but they only foreign player we have had in our team is Kwajaja & he isn't even a permanent player plus the fact he's been here since he was a child & hasn't relocated like Morgan, Pieterson etc...

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    That innings should see Deonarine ensconsced at number 6 in the test team with Samuels at 4. That just leaves on opening slot up for grabs and number 3 as well with Darren Bravo still out injured.

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