West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kingston, 4th day June 11, 2014

Debutant Craig stars in huge NZ win


New Zealand 508 for 7 dec (Williamson 113, Neesham 107, Watling 89, Latham 83) and 156 for 8 dec (Latham 73) beat West Indies 262 (Chanderpaul 84*, Gayle 64, Southee 4-19, Craig 4-91) and 216 (Shillingford 53*, Craig 4-97) by 186 runs
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Tim Southee and offspinner Mark Craig demolished West Indies for the second time in successive days at Sabina Park to record New Zealand's second Test win in the Caribbean. Craig took four wickets in the final innings to finish with 8 for 188 in the Test, the best match haul by a New Zealand debutant.

West Indies were left to reflect on another abject batting performance. Their second-innings total of 216 was inflated by an 82-run stand for the last wicket between Sulieman Benn and Shane Shillingford, who swung merrily to score the second fastest Test fifty in terms of balls recorded. It only delayed the inevitable defeat.

After West Indies had been set 403 to win, Chris Gayle began the chase with two boundaries in the first over,from Trent Boult, becoming the eighth West Indian to pass 7000 Test runs. He then watched Tom Latham move lithely at short midwicket, diving forward to catch a low flick from Kieran Powell, giving Southee a wicket in his first over. In his second, Southee pitched a delivery on a good length around off and angled the ball away from Gayle. It was a delivery he had beaten Gayle with umpteen times in the first innings before finally hitting the edge. He did not have to wait at all this time. Gayle prodded from his crease with poor footwork and edged a low catch to the wicketkeeper BJ Watling, leaving West Indies on 11 for 2.

West Indies' slump took a break for tea and then resumed unabated. Brendon McCullum brought on Craig in the 12th over and the offspinner struck with his second ball, dismissing Kirk Edwards for the second time in the Test, caught at leg gully after the batsman pushed forward too early. New Zealand's fielding and catching had made West Indies' efforts in the field look lethargic all through the Test, and two outstanding catches gave Craig two more wickets in the space of three balls. The wicketkeeper BJ Watling adjusted to the high bounce of an offbreak and caught the outside edge from Darren Bravo near his shoulder, and Latham dived quickly to his left at short leg to hold an inside edge from Marlon Samuels, who bagged his second two-ball duck of the Test. West Indies were 54 for 5.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin began to form a partnership but there was a sense of futility to their efforts, given the magnitude of the task ahead. Unlike in the first innings, when Chanderpaul was solid all through his unbeaten 84, he played shots and edged a couple of his early deliveries. And when he padded up to the legspinner Ish Sodhi, and the New Zealanders went up in prolonged appeal, umpire Rod Tucker gave him lbw. It was a marginal decision, because Chanderpaul had taken a long stride forward and the ball was turning big, but replays predicted it would have clipped the top of leg stump. A broken innings now lay shattered.

It was left to the new West Indian captain, Ramdin, to avert a four-day defeat, but when he missed a slog sweep and was bowled by Sodhi not long before stumps, New Zealand took the 30-minute extension to knock over the tail. What seemed a certain four-day finish, however, began to seem unlikely as Shillingford and Benn frustrated the bowlers with free-spirited, no-pressure hitting. One over remained in the day, and McCullum gave it to Kane Williamson. He needed four balls to have Benn caught behind; Watling capping a phenomenal match behind the stumps.

Before their batsmen failed for the second time in the Test, West Indies' bowlers had produced a much-improved performance to slow New Zealand's attempt to build on an overnight lead of 260. In the second over of the day, Jerome Taylor hit the back pads of nightwatchman Sodhi and Ross Taylor with consecutive deliveries. Both were dead lbw.

Ramdin brought on his spinners from the 10th over of the day, and while Benn was economical, Shillingford took a while to find a good length. Once he began to toss it up fuller, he became more effective, and eventually spun one through McCullum's defences. New Zealand were 55 for 5 at that point.

Jimmy Neesham came out and played with the fluency that had brought him his first-innings century, and even charged Shillingford to hit him over the straight boundary. West Indies could have had Latham's wicket had they reviewed an lbw appeal from Benn that was turned down. He was on 25 at the time, and gave West Indies no more chances.

New Zealand were slow in the first half hour after lunch, scoring only five runs. The partnership for the sixth wicket had grown slowly to 63 when Neesham miscued a loft against Shillingford and holed out to long-on.

The tempo picked up after Watling joined Latham. The batsmen rotated strike almost every other ball and Watling went on the offensive straightaway, sweeping and cutting Samuels for boundaries. In the first over after drinks, Latham played an uncharacteristically flamboyant drive and was caught at slip for 73, the first sign that the declaration was near.

Craig clobbered his first ball in Test cricket over the long-on boundary, and moments later McCullum called his troops in. He had given his team a little over four sessions to bowl West Indies out, a little over three if they wanted to watch the first match of the football World Cup, and a little over two if they wanted to catch the opening ceremony as well. Southee, Craig and Sodhi needed less time than that.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Selim on June 14, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    I thought New Zealand were excellent in this match they batted professionally bowled well and fielded well as for the West Indies they were abysmal.

  • Steve on June 14, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @fguy India is now ranked 5th, NZ 6th, WI 7th, for NZ to prove its worth it has to beat South Africa and Australia consistently, the no.1 and no.2 by quite some distance. This wasn't a dig at India, more a commentary on who the top teams are in the world at the moment. I don't care whether we beat the top two teams at home or away!

  • Android on June 13, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    @fguy Oram averaged 36 with bat and 33 with bowl. Lol. Styris averaged around 37-38. And always got some wickets. Lol Just have some rest mate. They're way above waasan and Bangar. Since the retirement of Fleming they both had the job to stabilise but the body gave away!

  • Blake on June 13, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Hope we select horses for courses and don't try to reinvent middle order players as openers on the world stage. That has been NZ's problem in the past. But the value of Anderson is greater than Rutherford/Fulton, so it is a very tricky situation for the selectors. But suggesting Anderson should open is about as silly as you suggesting playing Wagner ahead of the Craig in the first Test, NikkoChun.

  • t on June 13, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @Shane Bond - "@Fguy Oh, and that 2009 series had a very experienced and settled unit, eh? No Shane Bond, no Oram, No styris. Only Dan Vettori. You closely won the 2010 series in India with 1-0 after 3 against same inept team. So need to brag on how timid and weak we're. Sour grapes should I say?" no oram, no styris?? rotfl. that's like saying we didnt have atul wassan & sanjay bangar! lol. & no one says that. & you need to get your eyes checked. i never said you'll were "timid"

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut: Yes, you are right: technically Neesham is arguably a more-rounded batsman than Anderson (no argument here!) and I am stoked you have come to see that they should both be in the first XI. On who of the two should open this second test (as I disagree with the calls for Rutherford and the acceptance it is inevitable, as in this series we are playing two spinners and there is less 'room' and we have to be inventive)... I think it should be Corey. He is the one coming in and the opener is the one going out. Making Neesham open when he is going for stand-alone history is perhaps unfair. The idea for me is that Corey is worth more runs than Fulton/Rutherford and then can bowl. Neesham is running too hot for me to move from the middle-order in the here and now. So I would open with one of Corey, McCullum or Watling. I actually think Watling's case mimics Neesham's and his keeping has been too vital. So it is Baz or Corey. I think McCullum should do it as he has before.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    I wonder why we feel that changing the captain would bring different results? We have some players that are just living on past glory. For instance, Marlon Samuels needs to go now and bring i Dwayne Bravo, and Powell needs to go as well. He really started well but has fell away badly. I would give Edwards a try for a at least another match, but after that we can afford to make changes. The coach can do no more, it's really up the players now. The KIWIS were down and dug in to get it right. Apart from Chiv we no other player who is capable and is just facts. I do believe though that WI can level this series but i hope the coach makes some changes.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    Knowing how WI selectors think, they're going to play the same set of players next match. how long can players play and not be responsible for their poor performance on the field of play. First! drop Samuels bring in Bravo the allrounder which give the team a third seamer and a much better balance bowling attack. For the next match if fit: GAYLE, BRATHWAITE, EDWARDS, BLALKWOOD, CHANDERPAUL, DJ.BRAVO, RAMDIN, BENN, TAYLOR, SHILLINGFORD AND ROACH... There are no talent the likes of a GREENIDGE, Bc LARA, Sir V.RICHARD or Sir G.SOBERS so why the selectors keep giving Powell, Bravo,and Samuels these chances to fail over and over again.

  • harvey on June 12, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    We need either a batting all rounder who bowls medium, in the mould of Neesham or Kallis and we need a third seemed, possibly someone who swings the ball and not just bangs it into the pitch. i would go for Rampaul given his ability to swing both old an new ball and either Pollard or Smith as a batsman who can blow some medium pace, Bravo is not fit to do both. He can probably make the team as a batsman. Why can't we pick people on form as well, given Darren's shocking home season and probable attitude problems (why did he leave NZ in the last series under a cloud?) means he should take a rest along with the openers and Marlon.

  • paul on June 12, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    be an interesting contest between the WI and Bangladesh at present...and I wouldn't mind betting Bangladesh would give them a good run for their money. I would ask BMac to open...he is woefully out of touch against spinners at present...20/20 world cup ...ipl and now again in the first test. For me he moves up while in WI and bring Anderson in at 5