West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 3rd day

Samuels, spinners give West Indies the edge

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

August 4, 2012

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West Indies 209 and 135 for 4 (Samuels 52, Chanderpaul 20*) need a further 71 runs to beat New Zealand 260 and 154 (Brownlie 35, Deonarine 4-37, Narine 3-19)
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Narsingh Deonarine picked up 4 for 37, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 3rd day, August 4, 2012
Narsingh Deonarine added two more wickets to his overnight tally © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography

The balance shifted in favour of West Indies as they were just 71 adrift of closing out the Test and the series with six wickets in hand going into what could be the final day of the game. Their spinners, led by Narsingh Deonarine set it up by bowling New Zealand out for 154, setting a target of 206. For the second time in the match, Marlon Samuels held the key for West Indies as his half-century gave the hosts the edge after a shaky start. Samuels' wicket late in the day gave New Zealand an opening, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul's presence gave West Indies a sense of security.

Deonarine turned out to be the surprise package on the third morning as he added two more wickets to his overnight tally to finish with 4 for 37. It was the same old story for New Zealand as their batsmen were guilty of throwing it away and none of them seemed to have the patience to grind it out for long periods and wear the bowlers down. The pitch offered something for the spinners and seamers but it wasn't spiteful.

Like Kemar Roach did in the final day of the first Test in Antigua, picking up quick wickets in a decisive passage of play, Tino Best signalled the start of West Indies' dominance this morning with a double-strike in one over. The pressure created by those two wickets stalled New Zealand's resistance and from then on there was no recovery from the visitors.

Deonarine, a part-time offspinner, comfortably outbowled the lead spinner Sunil Narine. That Deonarine bowled a 17-over spell, giving little away, showed the confidence Darren Sammy had in him. He wasn't afraid to flight the ball, and the batsmen were circumspect with their foot movement, not getting fully forward to smother the spin. Though Deonarine deserved his wickets, New Zealand will not be too happy with the fact that they allowed a part-timer put them under pressure for such a sustained period.

Best removed the nightwatchman Neil Wagner with a snorter and two balls later, Ross Taylor slashed to the keeper, mirroring his dismissal from the first innings. Brendon McCullum was Deonarine's third victim, offering a bat-pad catch to forward short leg. Deonarine had time to sneak in one more before lunch, when he had Kane Williamson driving which induced an outside edge to Sammy at slip for the second time in the match. It was like re-running the tapes. West Indies set the trap for the aggressive Kruger van Wyk by keeping a fielder in the deep for the slog and he succumbed.

Doug Bracewell and Dean Brownlie resisted for a brief period after lunch with a stand of 37. Their stand helped push the lead past 200 but they couldn't stretch it by much to intimidate West Indies.

Chris Gayle got the chase off to a rollicking start by walking down the track to Trent Boult in the first over and smashing him over deep extra cover. But Boult pitched one up and held its line to trap Gayle in front of the off stump. Gayle immediately reviewed it, but it was a desperate call from a batsman hoping for a second chance to make amends for his first-innings failure. Kieran Powell played across the line to Tim Southee and was also struck in line with the stumps, leaving West Indies at a worrying 20 for 2 in the fourth over.

Samuels restored order with some crunching drives off the front foot, but he too flirted with danger outside the off stump. But the bowlers could have done with better support from the fielders though. One lapse that could prove very costly for New Zealand was the dropped catch by BJ Watling at gully, giving Samuels a reprieve at 20 just before tea. It also didn't help when Bracewell overran the ball at third man and conceded a boundary, giving West Indies bonus runs.

Post tea, Samuels and Assad Fudadin settled on building a partnership. The seamers were guilty at times by giving Fudadin scoring opportunities by bowling at the pads. Samuels was solid with his drives down the ground and steered the ball with ease past the slips.

There was a moment of celebration for the Jamaicans at the ground as they watched - on the giant screen - one of their own, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finish in pole position in the Women's 100m sprint at the London Olympics. On resumption, the bowlers managed to keep Fudadin quiet by bowling consistently on the channel outside off. Sure enough, impatience got the better of him as he chopped Wagner onto his stumps, driving away from the body.

Samuels slowed down as he approached his fifty, and he had all but achieved his aim of remaining unbeaten till stumps. In a rare lapse of concentration, he slashed at a Bracewell delivery outside off which he should have left alone, and Taylor showed good reflexes at slip to send him back. There were no further alarms for the hosts as Roach and Chanderpaul saw off the last few overs.

West Indies ended as favourites to wrap up the game, but it could be a different story if New Zealand's seamers can reproduce their form and consistency from the first innings to pull off an unlikely win. However, what could thwart either team's victory bid is the tropical storm Ernesto, which is expected to hit Jamaica on Sunday.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 5, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Another great win for WI. Chanderpaul emotionless as ever, but still... well played.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (August 5, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

I suppose Roach will be classed as an all-rounder now in the player rankings after this wonderful knock...

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 5, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

yocasi, yes, I did. But he still isn't good enough to bat at six. Before you reply, know this...I am a Sammy fan, and I believe that he has done great things for West Indies cricket. And will continue to do so. My point, or rather my observation, was that he isn't taking wickets now. Support is needed once Roach and Best have bowled.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

I am a west indian, Sammy is the man to lead the team. Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul all led the side and were not good at it at all. sammy did what they could not have done which is to play with pride and intelligence. Not for money nor fame. again, Sammy was there when we need someone the most, he is responsible for the good in the side now. He can bat a little, bowl and feild. and his greatest stregnht is his captaincy. I hope samuel learn from this because he his my next captain, not Gayle even though he his my batsman.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

if u have a pack of big strong dogs and no leader to harness them, what good are they, then if u get someone to control and lead them, even if he strikes no fear into you but the fact that he has full command of the bigger stronger dogs makes him and them more dangerous to all comers...loyalty and passion...that is what gave sammy his place and over the last 18 months all his numbers have improved especially in the batting...until a more suitable captain is born or made...lets help the guy help us get back to where we were or pretty damn close

Posted by jezzastyles on (August 5, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Great fightback by the WI. Gayle failed in both innings, but Samuels has done well. Chanderpaul should be able to steer them home with 6 wickets in hand, but it'll be a nervous 70-odd runs to negotiate.

Posted by hhillbumper on (August 5, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

good to see Tino back.He is a whole hearted cricketer and you can never fault his heart

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 5, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Playing spinners has always been a mystery for most of the batsmen who play decent on Green pitches. And other teams take advantage of it.

Posted by SwingandSeam on (August 5, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Best has played well recently, but still too erratic for me. Sammy does not really justify his place in the team as a bowler, but contributes more with the bat than some of the top order barsmen. Delorn Johnson should come into the side and maybe Sammy bats at No 6. Deonarine is a also a very handy all rounder with an excellent bowling average. This game is still in the balance. A lot depends on Chanderpaul..and the weather.

Posted by Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on (August 5, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

No one is interested in watchin two "C-Grade" teams fight it out for the 8/9th position in the ICC rankings!!! ..... Everyone's watchin the Eng vs SA match ONLY !!!

Posted by Keepa-batsman on (August 5, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

no disrepect to Sammy Great player but Stronger WI Outfit is Avilable for WI selectors (the bravos, sarwan, taylor). Imagine a top order of Gayle, Sarwan, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Bravo Ramdin. the 4 pronged pace attack of Taylor, Best, Roach and Edwards, with capable spinners in Samuels and Gayle. Would win more games

Posted by scottyg on (August 5, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Why do good batsman keep throwing their wickets away to Deonarine??????? First Australia, then New Zealand- he's more of a threat than Sammy with the ball on pretty much any surface.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

We are winning a series yet you want the team changed. Give them time like your lady would give you when things are bad.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 3:20 GMT)

Some West Indians sure love to hate Sammy, its almost like Windies was a world beating team and then Sammy took over and his leadership has led to them playing like minnows. We all know what the Windies were upto even before Sammy was appointed as the captain. I've seen some real improvement in this Windies side, the lads are playing with passion, they tied with Australia in odi series, the test matches were closer than the end scoreline might suggest, even in England, Windies were no pushovers and certainly fought well, compare that with India last summer! It pains me to see the guy who has brought about this change in mentality to be constantly crucified, its almost as West Indian cricket was a utopia and Sammy the destroyer has destroyed this utopia. For me, Sammy is the right man for Windies, you wll come across the gibberish that oh he is neither a bowler, nor a batsmen, but I've seen the lad play and he has done more than enough to justify his selection in the team.

Posted by   on (August 5, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Sammy averages 38 with the bat in 2012 including a test 100.

Posted by yocasi on (August 5, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

SNIFFLEATHER, did you notice that Sammy's first innings score was more than the combined three completed innings of Gayle & Chanderpaul in the match so far?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (August 5, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

Deonarine is coming on so well as a spin bowler that he should actually be considered as a frontline spinner. On wickets suiting seamers it may be a good option to have Deonarine playing as a specialist spinner at 6 and someone like Johnson or Rampaul coming in for Narine. I like Sammy but I think to justify his spot he must bat higher up the order but this may prove difficult as no WI keeper is a reliable batsman.

Posted by lyl67 on (August 5, 2012, 1:16 GMT)

Sammy,you seem to have got the message at last, you know now that you have a few other bowlers in the team than the ones you prefer, yourself included. Deonarine had shown to be a wicket - taker in the Australian series but you were reluctant to use him,instead you over bowled poor Narine. I must congratulate you on the first innings score but in the end you gave your wicket away. How much longer you will be Captain of the West Indies? I have no idea. Maybe you will be gone sooner or later if Ottis have anything to do with it.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (August 5, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

all is possible with chanders at the wicket

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

Well Done West Indies for first series win other than Zim or Ban and are clearly a threat for WORLD T20 Championship and clearly one of the favourites. As for New Zealand well they are clearly in decline and I can't see how they will cope against India especially in the Subcontinent.

Posted by yocasi on (August 4, 2012, 23:29 GMT)

Good going, Windies! No pussyfooting after the remaining 71 runs. Let's knock 'em off in time for an early lunch.

Posted by mngc on (August 4, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

Unless there is rain tomorrow, the drinks break to coincide with the 100 M run at the Olympics will not be necessary. The WI catching in these 2 tests was a great improvement over that in other series this year and this helped in a big way to dominate NZ.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 4, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

Note, Tino Best took more wickets in one over today, than Sammy took in the whole series. Just a thought...

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

There is enough time and wickets in hand for WI to win this series. This is cricket and anything can happen but WI is aware of that fact, therefore I cannot see they lose this game. No need to be adventurous it is an easy game to win. I knew Deonarine had what it takes to capture a few wickets. I said it before. He is a cricketer with a good head on his shoulder. Happy that Sammy offered him the opportunity. I would now like to see Tino Best bat before Sunil Narine if needs be in this match.

WI will now have to consider new approach in the Fast Bowling area looking for genuine pace from young and new blood, a wicket keeper/batsman and a test captain moving forward.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 4, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

A good fightback today by the Windies, but still plenty of concentration and hard work will be needed tomorrow if they are to ensure the victory. Losing Samuels near the end of play was indeed a big blow, but hopefully Chanderpaul and the middle and lower orders can get us home. These two sides may not be amongst the strongest test teams in the world, but they are certainly serving up a great advert for REAL cricket here! Good luck guys, you can do it!

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

A night watchman is sent out not to protect a batsman at the wicket, but to keep an established batsman in the pavilion. A night watchman is usually a batsman of lesser ability in the lower order. it is quite unreasonable to expect that he would be sent out to protect a batsman of greater ability who in most cases would have already been settled at the wicket.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 4, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

Best was incredible today !!! He should of had Ross Taylor first ball in the first innings to after he got rid of McCullum great to see he is still lookin like the fastest bowler in world cricket age is irrelevant he still has yrs left in him disappointing he hasn't been playing the past yr's it makes such a difference to the side and Roach opening with 2 all out pacers ideally we would have 3 or 4 i think that's what W.I got to look for in future Tests . Well played Sammy yesterday to that 32 was vital at the end. There is no reason not to win this tomorrow don't let the fans down finish in style.

Posted by   on (August 4, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

do you think the West Indies can chase down that total ?????????????????????

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