West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua, 4th day

New Zealand top order bridges gap

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

July 28, 2012

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New Zealand 351 and 199 for 3 (McCullum 84, Guptill 67) lead West Indies 522 (Deonarine 79, Sammy 50) by 28 runs
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Narsingh Deonarine steers one through the off side, West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua, 4th day, July 28, 2012
Narsingh Deonarine scored 79 to help West Indies to 522 © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography

After playing catch-up for two days, New Zealand finally showed more control over a sustained period to entertain thoughts of saving the game, after West Indies held the initiative with a 171-run first-innings lead. Half-centuries by Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum helped redress the balance as New Zealand comfortably erased the deficit and ended the day 28 ahead with seven wickets in hand, including that of Ross Taylor.

West Indies began the day trying to muster as much as they could with their four remaining wickets to try and bat New Zealand out of the game. Narsingh Deonarine and Darren Sammy helped themselves to half-centuries on a fourth-day pitch which didn't hold too many demons. West Indies batted out the entire first session, went past 500 and secured a 150-plus first-innings lead for the first time since the Multan Test of 2006.

With five sessions left in the Test, West Indies had enough time to extend their domination and push for a win. However, their seamers weren't able to sneak in the early breakthroughs and New Zealand's opening pair batted positively. They seemed to adopt a wait-and-watch approach to prevent the West Indies bowlers from gaining an early advantage, considering the scoreboard pressure.

New Zealand had the entire lunch break to regroup before they came out to bat, having bowled out the hosts at the stroke of lunch. Martin Guptill began with a sweetly-timed punch off the back foot which beat the bowler to get the innings going. The seamers at times bowled too full and on the pads to Guptill, who easily flicked them away to the leg side. There was a silly mid-on in place for the checked drive and Guptill nearly chipped it to that fielder.

Kemar Roach ran in hard to work up pace and beat the bat on occasion, but couldn't sustain the pressure long enough. Daniel Flynn was strong on the front foot, punching a half volley down the ground and opening the face of the bat to steer it past the slips. Sammy brought on Sunil Narine after eight overs, when New Zealand had added a brisk 34.

Narine had a shout in his opening over when the ball struck Guptill's pads as he tried to flick it. It turned out to be a wasted review by West Indies as replays showed the ball possibly missing the leg stump. Narine had better luck against Daniel Flynn in his following over, trapping him on the back foot plumb in front of the stumps. Flynn's departure slackened the run-rate, as Sammy, in particular, kept things tight with a stump-to-stump line. The pair of Guptill and Brendon McCullum was also watchful against Narine, who got a few to shoot off the rough outside the off stump.

West Indies had an opportunity to get rid of the well-set Guptill after tea, but they had only Roach to blame. Roach's no-ball problem has persisted through his career, and his foot fault no doubt must have been annoying for the team and fans. Guptill tamely chipped the ball to midwicket on 42, but the umpires wisely decided to take another look at the legality of the delivery. Roach had indeed overstepped and Guptill had a life. He rubbed it in by chipping the same bowler over midwicket and went on to raise his fifty. He had another close shave when a Narine delivery sprung up off the rough, lobbed off his glove and landed in front of gully.

McCullum showed more responsibility than he did in the first innings, where he threw his wicket away after making a start. His off-side play was more decisive. He tore into the part-time off spin of Marlon Samuels, slamming him for three fours in an over wide of backward point. The pair negated Narine by playing the ball late. McCullum was happy to get on the backfoot and shuffle across to play the off breaks.

The two had put on a crucial 123 before Guptill's luck ran out. Narine's round-the-wicket angle worked as he got one to turn and bounce, catching Guptill's glove on the way to Assad Fudadin, who took a sharp catch in front of his face at forward short leg. Roach's no-ball had cost West Indies 25 runs, as Guptill walked back for 67, his second fifty for the match.

McCullum continued to look positive, putting away deliveries square of the wicket on the off side. Ironically, it was the square cut that led to his dismissal. Roach bowled it short and McCullum went for the cut but ended up dragging it onto his stumps. He was 16 away from a century, and the frustration was palpable, considering the timing of his dismissal. Ross Taylor, who had warmed up with a couple of boundaries off Narine through the off side, had the nightwatchman Neil Wagner for company.

New Zealand may have emerged the better side on the context of the fourth day alone, but the pressure will be on them to consolidate this position going into the final day. Much will depend on Taylor to play a role similar to Guptill's as the innings anchor. West Indies have the opportunity to prove that they have the maturity to close out a Test match.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

West Indies look like they have finally find someone to open with Gayle, Powell is looking good lots of confidence after his first hundred.

Posted by Cricketman1999 on (July 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

The West Indies after this test should have their rank go up...To me they are fighting better than England fought the South Africans...And even when the Africans were here the Windies showed fight..

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

An article written by Tony Cozier in Sunday Stabroek July 29, 2012. In that article Cozier inter alia wrote the foll. ".....inconceivable action at the end of the 3rd day play.........." " Sammy came to the wicket with 4 ovs remaining........" "Even before Daniel Vettori began the final over, Sammy had removed his helmet, placed his glove inside and held it under his arm......" " ....... He refused Deonarine's palpable single to cover off the 2nd ball." Cozier went on the describe this action as" thoughtless dereliction of responsibility." Well let us c. Deo was the set batter. It was the last over of the day. Deo is a better player of spin. Deo was not on 99. WI didn't need 1 to win. A night watchman wasn't send in. In the end it was Sammy c&b Vettori 50. I disagree with Tony. What do u think?

Posted by mjosman on (July 29, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

WI need more strike bowlers but dont have good fast bowlers they should bring in shillingford narine and roach as they are very good wicket takers. having a spin attack is not bad just look at pakistan as they beat england 4-0

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Well said Mr SIRSOBERS too much work load is being place and Roach and Narine and that will definitely lead to injuries especial and fast bowlers and New zealand would not be as comfortable against Best or Johnson as they are with Sammy and Rampaul ,Mr Chris Balgobin am not saying that Rampaul cant play in Team but not when you have only one other fast bowler if we have Roach,Edwards he can be first or second change if we are playing three are four fast bowler.

Posted by Flighted_kiwi on (July 29, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Nobody seems to give NZ any chance of winning this but it is not beyond the realms of possibility. Stranger things have happened in cricket. Consider this scenario- by no means unrealistic:

NZ is bowled out 30 mins before tea with a lead of around 200. WI have to bat for 4-5 overs before the break and lose a couple of quick wickets. In the final session they have to decide to chase 200 odd at 6-7 RPO with 8 wickets in hand. Chasing gives NZ more chance of getting wickets. What do they do?

Certainly the WI have the upper hand, especially if they get early wickets, but a win to either side or a draw are all still possibilities. Could be a very interesting last day. I hope NZ play with positive intent.

Posted by Ammdex-tro on (July 29, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

WI should be looking to win this one, and if they can bowl out NZ half way through the fifth day they've got a great chance. But WI are really depending too much on Narine and Roach to get the wickets. Sammy and Rampaul are just not good enough with the ball. Sammy is justifying his place in the team with his batting and not his bowling. I hope WI replace Rampaul with Tino Best or Fidel Edwards for the second test.

Posted by SwingandSeam on (July 29, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Hope Windies can press home advantage, but once again the lack of depth in the attack has let us down. In order to consitently win at Test level they need 4 bowlers who with averages of 30 or less, meaning they will bowl sides out regularly for less than 600 runs per match. Roach at 29 is already there and Narine is definitely the business, but Sammy and Rampaul just do not take enough wickets. Johnson and Shillingfiord should come in, although this leaves a problem with Sammy who is very handy with the bat. He could bat No 6 but Fudadin and Deonarine deserve another chance. Ramdin should go. He is inconsistent and put himself under too much pressure after his note to Viv. PS Otis you have to sort out Roach's no ball problem.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

go ross taylor play a captains innings...........kane can support u.......i predict 130 for rossco.

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

So Mr. Peter Paul, you think that Ravi Rampaul don't deserve a place in the team, and he bowled only 6 of 64 overs, I don't know if he is hurt, do u know if he is hurt. if he is hurt then he cant bowl right, therefore I would blame the captain for not handing him the ball.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 29, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

No one is saying Sammy shouldn't be in the team I'm questioning him bowling first change with Rampaul also opening they're similar bowlers medium pace not strike bowlers that can pick up wickets. Roach is the lone gunman and has been for the past few yrs we might as well play 2 spinners rather than him alone, you need a pack of pace bowlers to work together like ENG & SA ! also let me suggest this overbearing load and reliance on his shoulders as the lone strike bowler Sammy counts on to get wickets is contributing to his injuries when he continuously throws everything he's got into each delivery knowing he is the guy the team is counting on to get a breakthrough.

Posted by jezzastyles on (July 29, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

NZ have done really well to get past the edicit with only 3 wickets down by end of day 4. Either Guptill or Mc Callum should have pushed on and scored a big hundred, that's what they needed. If WI can make a few early breakthroughs, then we could have an exciting day's play, but NZ need to knuckle down and bat through morning session without losing a wicket to ensure the test cannot be lost. Have to agree with SIRSOBERS, WI look to be missing a Johnson or Best.

Posted by zenboomerang on (July 29, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Just wondering if Wagner is NZ's new no.5 :P ... His first Test & bats a no.5 in both innings, probably not a record for a bowler, just unusual... Looks like the morning session will be crucial in deciding this - that & the ball is 64 overs old - an interesting day ahead... Good luck both teams...

Posted by MattyP1979 on (July 29, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

I have read a lot of comments regarding Sammy's pos in the WI side and I think it is crazy. He is a pretty decent 3rd/4th seamer and has improved alot with the bat and scores quickly. Not to mention I believe he is a pretty good captain too (considering the politics). Watched a fair bit of this test and it has been a good contest, even as a neutral, though a litttle more for the seamers would of been nice.

Posted by hyrclov on (July 29, 2012, 2:42 GMT)

great stuff by sammy and deonarine to build that lead, new zeland are not out of trouble yet , narine will finish of newzeland quickly good test cricket go windies

Posted by bajah on (July 29, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

I also agree that Rampaul is a complete waste on this test team.

Posted by HadleeCrowe on (July 29, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

what a great night's (watchin from 'nam) play, saw flynn fall about 12.35 time here then decided to sleep when next wicket fell!!! What a wait....! Sublime to see the boys soak up the pressure and dish some back when the 2nd rate spinners came on. That boy narine is great to watch bowling though, every ball was testing. Guppy always looked uncomfortable against him and baz playing way out if front of the pad was as disturbing. true turn and bounce... absolute complete contrast to vettori bowling when you always have the feeling he is only gonna goet one when the batsmen to get themselves out by blasting. The pace comparisons to the great 80s windies team should be forgotten, the future of windies cricket is the ALf valentine, sonny rammadin (apologies over spelling), lance gibbs legacy. Unfortunately, Narine will go through our boys tomorrow

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 29, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

Gerard Perez, SIR SOBERS...

Gentlemen, if only WE could pick the team eh? Wouldn't THAT be something?

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

@SIRSOBERS, how is 24 runs from 12 overs gifting runs? will like to know.

Posted by tompuffin on (July 29, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

Surely if NZ score 1 more run tomorrow without losing a wicket, it must be the first time in a long while they've scored over 200 runs in both innings for JUST 3 wickets. Yeah yeah call the test boring and the NZ batting pedestrian but it sure is a lot better than seeing them collapse for under 200. There is nothing wrong with grafting if you back it up with runs and that's what Guptill did. Shows that he's improving as a long format player. 20 20 hasn't just warped player's mindsets, its changed the fan's attitudes too!

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

A tame draw- the most likely outcome.For the next test,Sammy must be promoted to bat at#6 and an extra specialist bowler brought in. Drop Fuddadin and Rampaul and insert Johnson and Shillingford. We must win that one to go anywhere in the rankings-therefore we must go on an all out attack.Shillingford will complement Narine as well as pose problems of his own.Johnson 's left arm seamers will add variety to the attack added to which the height he bowls from will be disconcerting to the batsmen.Gayle,Powell,Samuels,Chanderpaul,Deonarine,Sammy,Ramdin, Narine,Roach,Shillingford and Johnson ought to do the job.Will the selectors be proactive enough to pick such a team?

Posted by   on (July 29, 2012, 0:08 GMT)

Years ago WI in this position, victory would have been a foregone conclusion. How times have changed. Effectively 28/3, by lunch tomorrow we should have a clearer picture. Admirable fight by the Kiwis, I must admit. However, it must be advantage WI. A gripping day's cricket lies ahead. Go for it WI.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

Before the start of this match I made a comment about the Team selection lots of people did not agree with me, but today we all see that Rampaul selection did no justice to the team in a day when we need someone to hold their hands up as we press for a victory Rampaul only bowled 6 overs out of 64 in two sessions for an open bowler and four of those were in one session how can that justified your selection in the team an open bowler suppose to be a match winner but yet we have Fidel Edwards sitting down Tino Best And Jerome Taylor not even in contention to be selected.Fidel has played 54 test taking 157 wickets BBI 7/78 he have taken 5 wicket are more in an innings 11 times Jerome Taylor has played 29 test matches taking 82 wickets BBI 5/11 with three 5 wickets haul Tino Best haven't Played much but we all see that recently he is a much improve bowler who I believe on a pitch where the match is gonig into the last day with uneven bounce could have being a hand full with his pace.

Posted by LoveT20 on (July 28, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

Boring! Boring! The cricketing authorities in Antigua should bury or cremate that pitch cause it's sooooo DEAD :) No wonder the stadium is completly empty even on a Saturday. And the game was so boring, even the NZ supporters who have travelled from way on the opposite side of the world, were actually playing their own cricket game on the sidelines with some Antiguan kids, instead of following the cricket being played in the middle...imagine that:)

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 23:11 GMT)

WI is one bowler short and Tampaul is not fit...the folly of excluding Richardson- the most successful fast bowler in our domestic competition and Shillingford will come back to haunt us...

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 28, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

Would the kiwis be so comfortable if they had to deal with BEST JOHNSON and ROACH I don't think so yet again Sammy and Rampaul just gift batsman runs with no danger or pressure what so ever you cannot have a 1 man pace attack in test cricket. NARINE brilliant ROACH dangerous and explosive as always just not backed up I don't think we have enough to get the wickets needed with this attack most likely draw on the cards

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 22:34 GMT)

Weekend and still hardly any crowd haha...Test Cricket though important is going downhill amongst fans but yeah the West Indies are in upper hand to win this best of luck!

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 28, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

Interestingly poised heading into the final day tomorrow. Early wickets could well set up a possible West Indian push for victory, but if the tourists make it to tea time with a lead of 200, then they may fancy their chances of making the Windies squirm a little. All in all, honors even for the fourth day, but West Indies still slight favourites. This surface has again shown how valuable genuine quicks are, as Sammy and Rampaul rarely trouble the batsmen. Johnson must be brought in for the Sabina test, regardless of the result in Antigua. Seven wickets for Narine so far on his home debut, well done young man...here's to a bright future!

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 28, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

So much for the supposed minefield of a track...or will that be tomorrow...?

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Great job done by Sammy and Deonarine to give us a sizeable lead. I hope we can get through the top order and some of the middle order before NZ wipe off this lead. Narine I believe will be key on a slowing pitch.Sammy should also have some impact. Go Windies!!!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

West Indies are showing that it is harder to stay on top as in the past years of Windies when we used to beat all cricket nations it even brought contempt that West Indies was so good. I pray we get back in order to stop the weeping boys in the media you can read with distraught the manner in which they comment on our team. can some one tell me where can i listen to the cricket cause that Indian website is all about carrying their own. Thanks.

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