WI v NZ, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 3rd day August 5, 2012

'We've worked New Zealand batsmen out' - Deonarine

Subash Jayaraman in Jamaica

All the pre-series talk was about the off spinner from Trinidad who was going to run circles around the New Zealand batsmen; no one could have predicted that it would be Narsingh Deonarine who would be dealing the decisive blows. In a spell that stretched from the end of day two to the post lunch session on day three in Jamaica, Deonarine put on a show of accurate off spin, controlling the loop, keeping the New Zealand batsmen pinned to the crease and, importantly, claiming four top-order batsmen with it.

It was not really a surprise that Darren Sammy leaned on Deonarine to bowl unchanged in a 17-over spell. After all, he was the third-highest wicket-taker for West Indies in the home series against Australia earlier this year. For someone considered a part-time spinner, generally brought on to give to the frontline bowlers a break, that isn't too shabby.

When Sammy threw the ball to Deonarine, towards the close of play on day two, with only three overs to go, no one could have expected the kind of indelible mark he would leave on the match. Guptill and BJ Watling had seen through the tough early period and had pushed New Zealand's lead to 106. Seven deliveries later, with no runs conceded and both openers gone lbw, West Indies were back on top.

The batsmen could be faulted for playing on the back foot, and deep within the crease, but credit must be given to Deonarine for pushing them back and beating the attempted onside strokes with the turn he generated on a second day Sabina Park pitch. "Looking at the New Zealand batsmen, variation was the key. I think we have outfoxed them with flight, slower [through] the air and the quicker ball as well," Deonarine said. "They keep hanging out on the back foot. We just worked them out, and the slower we bowl, harder it is for them to play."

Looking at the numbers from this Test, it is safe to say Deonarine has out-bowled his fellow Trinidad spinner, Sunil Narine. With fast bowlers expected to do most of the damage on this pitch, it was a pleasant surprise for West Indies that Deonarine took six of 20 wickets. He technically may not be the "lead spinner" in the side, but he thinks like one: "Whenever the skipper gives me the ball, I want to do my best. [I look to] just take wickets, whenever I get my chance."

Deonarine was called upon by his captain even in the first innings, just as a threatening stand between Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill was taking shape. Then, he enticed a false stroke from Williamson just before tea on day one, but could not hold on to the hard return chance offered. He made amends when he lured Williamson into swishing at a wide delivery that was pouched by Sammy at first slip. He topped off the effort with the wicket of Kruger van Wyk, pushing him into indecision with his delicate control of flight and length. In the second innings, again, he had Williamson wafting outside off, and Brendon McCullum, off a simple bat-pad catch, to round off his match-haul of six.

Many may have thought he was just filling the role of a backup spinner but he pointed out that he is "accustomed to bowling 30 or 40 overs [for Guyana in first-class cricket]", and it's nothing new to him, bowling long spells like he did on Saturday.

Now, he is quite confident about the West Indies knocking off the remaining 71 runs to win the Test series 2-0. The bedrock of West Indies batting, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was out in the middle at stumps, but if required (and weather permitting), Deonarine would be ready to do the job too. Would he have had a nervous night then? The expectedly confident reply: "No, not at all."

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  • Andrew on August 6, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Deonarine really is developing into a useful allrounder. He appears to be one of the best credentialed batsmen in their domestic FC structure too, which may mean that there is plenty of improvement left in his batting. ATM - I think he is a far better test allrounder than DJ Bravo.

  • Godfrey on August 6, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    The sentence in question was poorly constructed. And might have read.......... his fellow spinner from Trinidad, Sunil Narine. It doesn't matter, they both play for the winning team, WI. Congrats to Sammy & his merry bunch.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    love this team>dont fix something that is not broken...fudadin show alot of patience and does not give his wicket away easy..keep this team intact plssssssssssss

  • Harrinarine on August 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Deo's region of birth in Guyana has produce people with the propensity to be very tenacious which affords them to be successful. I know a guy who was taken out of school to help his family with taking care of their farm which included "mining" cows and goats and just the "other day" I saw him down in Fort Lauderdale during the second T20 match -- WI vs NZ -- and come to find out; the man is a CEO and he was trying to hook me up with a job... So I say, Deo is another Narine, it's just two names put together just like Shiv and all the others. LOL

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @Roh Jai, that sentence you are referring to was written badly. I understand the confusion. N. Deonarine however has bowled well and I only hope that the West Indian team keeps improving. Darren Sammy's captaincy sometimes confuses me, though. There are some decisions that he makes that just baffles me and it baffles the commentators also. In the long run, I hope that the decisions that would be made would continue to improve the win-loss ratio for our WI team

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    It didn't say "fellow Trinidadian spinner." They r both spinners. It almost fooled me bro. Check it out!

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I have said this before and needless repeat it. Deonarine proved what he is capable of and I prove my point. Atleast someone is listening to some of these comments or taking a turn on their decision making when it comes to selection. To those critizing Fudadin, he was the second highest run scorer inthe last regional game. So give him a break. The same break all the others had. west Indies is indeed showing improvements, and Gayle has brought some confidence in the team. Barath will take a long time to get back in the team. He had had quite an opportunity to stay there but he keeps blowing it. Again, going forward for WI Must look at the return of Sarwan, and Taylor if the young quick bowlers are not ready. Good WI

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Deo is a decent spinner, most in the WI know that, especially the Bajans. Sammy is aware of that 2. Some credit must be given to Sammy's captcy. WI r certainly going places. And a series win will certainly help. From #8 to #7, the longest journey begins with the 1st step. Keep yr fingers crossed.

  • Garry on August 5, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    You have worked out that new Zealand batsman throw there wickets away? give this guy a Einstein award.

  • Dummy4 on August 5, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Narsingh Deonarine has shown that he is capable of getting top batsmen out, he can also maintain a tight scoring rate for the WI when called upon. He is a genuine all rounder,he has fought valiantly to maintain his place on the team while helping WI to win--kudos to him. Still not convince Fudadin is the man to bat @ #3, hurry up Bravo, you,re the real deal, come and prove the critics wrong.Congrats to WI, prior to series I call for a series win on behalf of " US" the loyal fans--nothing else would suffice. We need a series victory outright; The batting still needs to improve. Have you noticed how Gayle,s opening partner follows his lead? Powell is still learning, must concentrate more on his game--need to play with a straight bat more often instead of playing for turns, confidence comes the longer you occupy the crease, your runs will flow, be @ the wicket. Good luck to KEDWARDS, you will be back,keep working hard, be diligent. Go WI.

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