West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 3rd day

Southee and Craig secure huge lead

The Report by George Binoy

June 10, 2014

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New Zealand 508 for 7 dec and 14 for 2 lead West Indies 262 (Gayle 64, Chanderpaul 84*, Southee 4-19, Craig 4-91) by 260 runs
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Mark Craig has a bowl on his Test debut, West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 3rd day, June 10, 2014
Mark Craig struck twice in an over and finished with 4 for 91 on Test debut © Associated Press
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The pitch at Sabina Park did not behave too differently on the third day. The pace, turn and bounce on offer was not significantly more than when New Zealand had batted in their first innings. The West Indian batsmen were woeful, and Tim Southee and debutant offspinner Mark Craig exploited their loose techniques and lazy footwork to secure a 246-run lead. Brendon McCullum, however, chose to bat again and set the home side a large target on a surface that could deteriorate on the fourth and fifth days.

New Zealand inflicted the worst of the damage in two overs, on either side of lunch. Craig struck twice in three balls to raze the foundation built by a watchful opening partnership, and Southee also took two in three deliveries - ending Chris Gayle's half-century - to reduce West Indies to 104 for 5 in the second session. It was left to Shivnarine Chanderpaul to whittle at the inevitable deficit and he played his shots, and gave the tailenders opportunities to play theirs too. That approach brought West Indies some boundaries, but it also brought New Zealand wickets, and Chanderpaul was stranded on 84 when Southee ended the innings with the second new-ball to finish with figures of 16.2-9-19-4.

The visitors' second innings got off to a poor start when Peter Fulton nicked an outswinger from Jerome Taylor to depart for a duck, his second failure of the Test. Run scoring was slow once again, as Taylor and Kemar Roach bowled accurate spells, moving the new ball at pace. Kane Williamson thought he had off stump covered when he shouldered arms to a Roach delivery, but he did not. He had been bowled not offering a shot in the first innings too, to Sulieman Benn. New Zealand were 7 for 2, and though the day's last half hour might not have indicated it -nightwatchman Ish Sodhi and Tom Latham were battling for survival - they were well ahead in the Test.

At the crux of New Zealand's dominance was Southee, who bowled a faultless opening spell in which he sent down 29 dots out of 30 balls to Gayle. Most of those deliveries pitched around off, on a length that had Gayle prodding from his crease without moving his feet, and several angled across the left-hander to beat the bat. Gayle was fortunate to edge only one, and that did not carry to the cordon. To his credit, he did not play too far away from his body, and after 4.5 overs of dots from Southee, Gayle got a full and straight ball that he clipped off his pads for a single.

McCullum soon brought on his spinners in tandem. Craig got the ball to spin and bounce away from the left-handers and bowled 15 dots at Gayle, beating him on the cross-bat swipe a couple of times before getting pulled for four. Sodhi's lengths were erratic; Gayle cut hard when it was short and drove straight when the bowler overcompensated.

The slump began after West Indies had reached 60. Powell prodded forward against Craig but played the wrong line, anticipating turn away from him. The ball slid on and hit him plumb in front. Two deliveries later, Kirk Edwards poked tentatively off the back foot and edged an offbreak to first slip. In the next over, Darren Bravo chipped a half-volley straight back to Sodhi. West Indies had slipped to 61 for 3 in 11 balls.

Gayle immediately launched his offensive. He swept and cut Craig, got a firm leading edge off Sodhi that went along the ground to the straight boundary, and punched Boult uppishly through cover to reach his half-century.

Southee had better luck after lunch. All morning he had gone past Gayle's outside edge, and early in the second session he produced a delivery identical to many he had previously beaten the batsman with. This time Gayle nicked it, and his first dig in his 100th Test ended on 64. Southee then produced a big inswinger that Marlon Samuels was hopelessly late on to be lbw for a two-ball duck.

Chanderpaul's unorthodox technique worked for him on this surface and he initially attacked the spinners with slog-sweeps and lofts over the leg side. Denesh Ramdin cut and swept, and wasn't shy to drive despite the ball not coming on to the bat. They had put on a partnership of 72, repairing some of the damage, when Southee gave New Zealand more joy in the final over before tea by strangling Ramdin down the legside with a slower ball. West Indies were 133 away from making New Zealand bat again, and Chanderpaul only had the tail for company.

Chanderpaul was watchful against Southee, but scored freely against the other bowlers. He picked off Craig and Sodhi square of the wicket when their lengths were short, and very few of his runs came between mid-on and mid-off. He did not farm strike, though, and the tailenders attacked and perished. When McCullum took the second new ball as soon as it was available, Chanderpaul hit Boult for three fours in an over, and gave Southee a crack at Shane Shillingford. That contest lasted only two balls.

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Posted by   on (June 12, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

West Indies have task in their hands to put up good show in the upcoming matches.What a debut for Mark Craig!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 11, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

@ Duncan McLeod. As you were asking for like-to-like comparisons amoungst Southee's contemporaries, and stated that you'd "Like to see (Johnson) take 7 for in an innings in the subcontinent," that should you want to see Steyn take a 7 for in the subcontinent, he already has. His 7 for 51 in Nagpur actually ranks above Southee's 7 for 64 in Bangalore.

I hope this information helps in your efforts to rank Southee's performances amoungst his peers.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 11, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

@ Duncan McLeod notes that Southee, in his last 15 tests, "has taken 74 wickets at 21.3" and issued a "Stats challenge - find me a fast bowler who has done better the past 2 years!

Challenge accepted based on number of tests played: Steyn, in his last 15 tests, took 75 wickets @ 21.17. That is, ummmm, better. Really close, but still better.

Perhaps that is not quite fair, as Southerr is classified (at least by cricinfo) as a medium-fast bowler, but your challenge was to find a "fast" bowler!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 11, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Yes it's not great score 96-5 but nzl having a healthy lead.. Another 70-100 runs nzl are safe.. Wi in pathetic situation rite now

Posted by DrJez on (June 11, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Why did NZ declare at 500? There are 5 days, so on a goodish pitch, a team needs nearer 700 to be safe. Or put another way, we bat for 2.5 days, they bat for 2.5 days. So why declare at 1.75 days? "Want to bowl at them when they're tired" is a mantra that is so often (mis)used. Front-line professional batsmen (who don't bowl) aren't tired after 2 days of fielding. In any case it is useless if the runs aren't there first. NZ may well still win, but it is no longer certain.

Posted by android_user on (June 11, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

56-5.whats going on at Sabina Park? Will this be India vs NZ Auckland 2014????????????!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 11, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

How many times can McCullum take NZ from positions of great strength to … nowhere? Declaring too late (after he has reached a milestone) & mot enforcing the follow on the conservative, even negative tactics that simply don'y win test matches. Right now, with NZ at 23/4, NZ have hurtles from dominance to desperate defense in less than 20 overs. The Windies have their tails up, & scent not just a possible draw, but a possible victory.

NZ have done really well under McCullum's captaincy, but failing to grasp opportunity and go in for the kill will consign NZ to little but drawn matches, & residency at the bottom of the rankings, a position which does not reflect the admirable resurgence in their cricket & the hard work & dedication of their players.

When an opponent is down, failing to finish them off can hardly be called a strength. It simply gives them a breather, & a chance to recover their strength. Fortune favours the brave, not the timid.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Maybe its too early to take note. For all the clamoring about the hindrance that Darren Sammy was causing the West Indies team, I thought that with him out of the team that we will be doing better. Playing at home against NZ is the best chance to display how better the team is without Darren Sammy. But what i have observe so far gives me little or nothing to rejoice about. The new skipper, who was dubbed "the best tactician of the game in the region" could hardly come up with creative ways to bowled out NZ in an inning. (blame the pitch) We batted and couldn't muster a score of 300+. What this tells me is that the problem was,is and continue to be bigger than just Sammy's present. We lack dept, dedication and commitment to the game. We cannot occupy the crease for long periods(at least 2 days) Stop trying to get just your fellow countryman on the team but the BEST MAN for the team. Maybe just then we WEST INDIAN will get something to cheer about.WEST INDIAN 4LIFE.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

@ Isaac Davies and Neil Morey

Yep Mitchell has better figures, but not Philander nor Steyn...

Mitchell will no doubt blow a gasket or fingernail soon, but he has been the best of late. Like to see him take 7 for in an innings in the subcontinent though...

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