West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Jamaica, 4th day

Dominant West Indies seal series

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

August 5, 2012

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West Indies 209 (Samuels 123, Bracewell 3-46) and 206 for 5 (Samuels 52, Chanderpaul 43*) beat New Zealand 260 (Guptill 71, Taylor 60, Roach 4-70) and 154 (Brownlie 35, Deonarine 4-37, Narine 3-19) by five wickets
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Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul walk back after the third day's play, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Kingston, 3rd day, August 4, 2012
Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were involved in a half-century stand (file photo) © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography

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  • West Indies won two Tests in a series against a major Test team (excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) for the first time since the 2-1 win against India at home in 2002.
  • West Indies completed their first series win against New Zealand since the 1-0 win in 1995-96. West Indies had gone on to lose three of their past four series against New Zealand.
  • There has not been a single draw in the last 12 matches in Jamaica. Only two other venues (Headingley and Melbourne) have a hundred-percent result record since 2000 (min 10 matches).
  • For only the fifth time since 2000, West Indies completed a successful chase of a 200-plus target. Their highest chased in the same period is 418 against Australia in Antigua in 2003.
  • Kemar Roach, who picked up four wickets in New Zealand's first innings, made his highest Test score of 41. He went past his previous highest of 29 against Pakistan in 2011.
  • The 70-run stand between Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul is West Indies' best for the fifth wicket in the fourth innings against New Zealand and level fifth overall for the fifth wicket (fourth innings stands).

The end came sooner than the clouds. West Indies began the day needing 71 with six wickets in hand, but there were no twists as the hosts knocked off the required runs in just over an hour and secured a 2-0 series win, their first against a team other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the last three years. There were fears that the tropical storm, Ernesto, would wash away the last two days of the Test, but much to the relief of the home side the players woke up to clear skies. Kemar Roach and Shivnarine Chanderpaul played contrasting knocks but extinguished any fears that West Indies could capitulate in the anxiety of pushing for that elusive series win.

Roach, who came in as the nightwatchman, was the revelation, outscoring Chanderpaul with enterprising shots. West Indies had the edge by the end of the third day but given their propensity to collapse, a couple of early wickets would have redressed the balance. The aim would have been to dislodge Chanderpaul early, but New Zealand found Roach a handful. His plan was to be positive and he wasn't afraid to drive on the up. New Zealand, expectedly, set attacking fields but he managed to find the gaps.

Roach got the chase rolling with a fierce straight drive off Tim Southee, and later in the over smacked a short one over point. Roach's aggression took the pressure off Chanderpaul, who dropped anchor at the other end and didn't give the bowlers an inch. Roach rubbed it in further by slapping a short delivery from Neil Wagner past cover to bring up the fifty stand. The writing was on the wall for New Zealand.

Roach missed out on a half-century, though, when he drove hard at Kane Williamson and got a thick outside edge to point. When he departed, West Indies were just 23 away from victory. Narsingh Deonarine, who gave New Zealand headaches with his off spin, unleashed a couple of boundaries to take West Indies closer just as the clouds started to appear. The final honours went to Chanderpaul, who dabbed Williamson to third man to bring up West Indies' first series win against New Zealand since 1996, and their first clean sweep since the 2002 series in Bangladesh.

New Zealand, though, failed to give their outgoing coach John Wright a winning farewell. Defeat rounded off a difficult tour, in which they lost the T20s 2-0 and the one-dayers 4-1. They won't have much time to rectify those errors, with the tour of India coming up in a few weeks.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Well done, WI, you brought home the bacon; 8 out oF 10 matches won against the BC. Some of our fans never cease to amaze, calling for the sacking of the very men who have put together a fighting, competitive squad which never gives up. In addition, our team is currently playing with some pride which was sadly lacking in the teams of the last decade. Coach confronted those who weren't pulling their weight and gets criticized. So be it. Leave Sammy alone. Whether you like it or not, he's going to be the captain for another 5 years or so, so get used to it. Cease the harping you Pharisaical ones and support the team. Have we turned the corner? I don't think so, but we're moving in the right direction. We will get there eventually by the grace of GOD. Am happy to see the maturity in Samuels' batting. He's now the best batsman in the team in terms of strokeplay and run production in the last 2 series. Needs to be more alert in the field, though. Eagerly awaiting the return of DM Bravo.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

For those who are asking for Chanderpaul to quit now is very much unfair in the asking. he a lot of cricket left inhim. He is still the most dependable batsman. There are others like Lloyd who palyed until he was 40yrs old. Ponting is still around. Every man knows when is the right time so give the man a break.

Posted by spanishwestindian on (August 6, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Congrats to all the boys on a magnificent win. But let's not get carried away. Don't forget NZ dropped crucial catches at important moments in both matches, Gayle in the first test, and Samuels in the second. The matches could have been much closer.

Posted by cric_fan_ on (August 6, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

congratulations to WI team, it was a good competitive match up to the 4th morning. NZ has disappointed on this tour, hope they will bounce back from this form.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 6, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

West Indies are a good side these days. They're better than India. and gave England a sterner test than either India or Australia gave England last year. Well played.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (August 6, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Well done Kemar Roach !! U Played like a agressive batsman. WI have 3-4 tail enders they are contributing nothing when it comes to batting. I want to see Kemar Roach should always batthing at 4th down. He has better defence and attack. This will give some flexibilty to WI batthing order. Also Ramdin batting letting us down. we may think about young Thomas, who is better player than Ramdin what i think. One thing more, WI playing 1 bowler shot. Sammy you consider himself as batsman not a bowler. Overall well done WI. M Samuels u beauty !! Your some shots are absouletly Gorgeous. Specially that shot when you hit sixx over extra cover and completed his hundred. Really it is one of the best inning i have seen in recent times. Ball is doing too much in 1st inning but you played like a true W Indians.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

the best indian test team 4 overseas game......1.gambhir 2.sehwag 3.kohli 4.sachin 5.laxman 6.dhoni 7.irfan 8.ashwin 9.zaheer 10.aaron 11.yadav..........and the reserves are.....12.yuvraj 13.rohit 14.rahul sharma 15.ishant or sreesanth..........if the squad is of 17.........then no. 17.raina

Posted by theshysheep on (August 6, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Well done Windies. Completely disagree with cricketfannik. Those players that you talk about are well and truly gone and we should not roll out that rubbish excuse. As for Oram, well he needs to be on his way to retirement. Simple as that. The likes of Vettori, McCullum and Martin also need to consider their various positions. Vettori seems to have lost his bowling ability, McCullum does not have the patience to play a test innings and Martin should go to stud!! Franklin should hopefully be making a comeback and I would love to know where Gillespie has got to. To the likes of Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Guptil and others - find your form quickly before it runs off as I can't see you winning anything over in India and that will look very tragic. Won't it?

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

West Indies definitely deserved this win, NZ were outplayed almost everyday. However, I feel a bit sorry for Guptill. Earlier in the year he turned down t20 leagues to work on his test game, and he showed a real consistency over both matches. Perhaps if he had been given some better support he would have fought through the pressure and got at least one century that he certainly deserved. Otherwise very poor from NZ batsmen.

Posted by timohyj on (August 6, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

WI have taken a big step forward by getting Gayle back, bu the biggest improvement will be chucking out sammy. sammy was only made captain because he was not involved in the players strike in 2009. Imagine a pace attack of Roach, Best, and Rampaul. That would bring back memories of the glory days of West Indies cricket, but it's not possible with sammy there. Samuels or Gayle can captain the squad as sammy is also a terrible captain

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