Jamaica Select XI v New Zealanders, Greenfields, 2nd day

New Zealanders struggle after Sodhi five-for

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 3, 2014

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New Zealanders 203 for 9 dec and 65 for 7 (Green 3-10) lead Jamaica Select XI 122 for 9 dec (Lewis 30, Sodhi 5-35) by 146 runs

Ish Sodhi is congratulated after picking up Nasir Hossain's wicket, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, October 11, 2013
File photo - Ish Sodhi's five-for helped New Zealanders establish a big lead © AFP

New Zealanders hobbled to 65 for 7 on the second day of their tour match at Greenfields after a five-for from legspinner Ish Sodhi had kept Jamaica Select XI to 122 for 9.

The Jamaica Select XI pace trio of Nicholson Gordon, Christopher Powell and Derval Green troubled the visitors in the second innings. Gordon and Powell reduced New Zealanders to 22 for 4, with three of the top four batsmen making single-digit scores. Green then rattled the middle-order, dismissing Luke Ronchi, Kane Williamson and BJ Watling, to finish with 3 for 10 in four overs.

Earlier, Sodhi's strikes thwarted Jamaica Select XI after the pair of John Campbell and Kennar Lewis had put on a 58-run second-wicket stand. Their partnership helped Jamaica Select XI recover from the first-over loss of opener Horace Miller but Lewis' stumping, off Sodhi's bowling, started the slide that saw the innings end at 122 for 9.

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Posted by StevieS on (June 5, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

By all reports the wicket wasn't even up to school boy level, they change wickets on day two but the 2nd strip was just as bad. Not sure what if anything we can take out of this warmup, craig can bowl on mine feilds, even Williamson was turning the ball square.

Posted by 22many on (June 5, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Nikko if you say that is clearly our best team...sorry don't agree...Ronchi should be bought into the team somewhere....I would have him keeping and Watling opening with Latham and everyone dropping down one and leave Neesham out...they wont take the gloves off Watling but that would then be our strongest team.

Posted by android_user on (June 5, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Have I read the scorecard right or is the celebratery glass of merlot playing with my senses, I see Miller and Campbell both batted three time?

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 3:23 GMT)

And @Neil Morey, batting deep on awkward tracks can be very lucrative... hence I do not like Craig, Sodhi, Wagner, Boult and Southee. You know the last three are getting picked... end of story... Wagner being the work-horse and having had success in the warm-ups too... and with Boult/Southee our strike bowlers... When they are done, you go to spin and medium pace/part-time spin and rest them. I know it would be nice to use two 'full-time spinners', but as a follower of Otago and Craig, I would not get too excited. Ish Sodhi is the better player and bowler... and whilst both had success on the pitch(es) for the Jam Sel XI warm-up matches... these were on crack-covered, spin-tastic (as requested) madman pitches. The test pitch will be low and slow but should hold up and play truer... so I would play our trump card(s) - our all-rounders - and drop the openers... Your line-up would have Watling and then nothing... Also I am fine with Kane spinning in Tests.. just not in ODis and T20s.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 3:11 GMT)

LOLZ - Did I say Guptill? Forget that! But, regardless, playing Craig AND Sodhi is a stretch in my opinion... I prefer to see Anderson, Neesham and Sodhi in the side and the Fulton/Rutherford opening combination ended... with Latham playing instead and Williamson and co. all coming up one slot to allow Neesham and Sodhi - who BOTH deserve their spot.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (June 4, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

Espn now match is over !!Mind it!!update ni real time ..Day three: BLACKCAPS 132-9 decl (Ross Taylor 55*) and 203-9 decl (Kane Williamson 47, BJ Watling 30, Jimmy Neesham 28*) beat a Jamaican XI 90 (Mark Craig 4-8) and 122-9 decl (Ish Sodhi 5-35, Trent Boult 2-8) by 123 runs

Posted by   on (June 4, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

In response to Nikko, You've only named one spinner in your team. This spinners are going to be the key in this series, and you just know the WI will be going in with at leat 2 spinners. I think both Sodhi and Craig need to be in the team with Williamson as a possible third spinning option. If the test pitches are anything like this pitch then the batting lineup won't really matter at all. It'll be a battle of the bowlers.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2014, 15:08 GMT)

LOLZ!! Who said cricket was just a batsmen's game nowadays!? But more pressingly... Largely ignoring the pitch but noting relative form, and with the openers being passengers again and Sodhi and Neesham deserving a spot since may need spinners and all-rounders.... is it time to drop the openers and play the following team?:

1/ Latham 2/ Williamson 3/ Taylor 4/ McCullum (c) 5/ Anderson 6/ Watling 7/ Neesham 8/ Sodhi or Craig 9/ Southee 10/ Wagner 11/ Boult

That's clearly our best team.... especially in trickier conditions... Our openers are just flat-track (and not even then) bullies / survivors.... Neither Fulton nor Rutherford - on form or balance - can be in the side ahead of Sodhi or Neesham. This series is hard enough as it is...the only positive note so far being the inexplicable exclusion of Narine by the WICB due to Narine actually being good and winning the IPL! First points NZ.. and we needed them! Now if Gayle is 50/50 and NZ name the above team, we can push for a win.

Posted by GasPipe on (June 4, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Also, to go along with @BlakeHoulihan's comments, NZC asked for a rank turner to practice against the spin bowling. It has simply deteriorated seriously.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

What a ridiculous situation to be playing cricket on though.. Is this the pitches they have attempted to prepare to make use of the New Zealand weakness vs spin.. pretty ridiculous if the test match pitches fall to bits too.

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