West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port of Spain, 2nd day

Brathwaite, Bravo tons put WI in command

The Report by Devashish Fuloria

June 17, 2014

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West Indies 310 for 5 (Brathwaite 129, Bravo 109, Edwards 55) lead New Zealand 221 by 89 runs
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Darren Bravo takes off after reaching his first hundred on his home ground, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Trinidad, 2nd day, June 17, 2014
Darren Bravo's sixth Test century was his first in the West Indies © WICB

West Indies' top order produced a commanding performance on an extended second day to take an 89-run lead in the Trinidad Test. Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo didn't let the hour-long rain break affect their concentration and partnered to put up 182 for the fourth wicket to take the team well past New Zealand's score. The bedrock of West Indies' response was a composed Brathwaite, who went on to complete his maiden Test century, while Bravo, with his first Test hundred in the West Indies, was the driving force.

New Zealand's bowlers strove but the Queen's Park Oval pitch was at its best from a batting perspective. There was occasional lateral movement for the seamers and some inconsistent bounce for the spinners, but not to an extent to cause many alarms. It still required application from the batsmen, though.

Brathwaite had been guilty of not being able to carry on the last four times he had gone past fifty. Today, however, he concentrated hard, using the classical Test approach of grinding the opposition and went past his previous best of 68. Boundaries were not his preferred mode of scoring - five, four and four came in the three sessions - so it was fitting that a single in the 68th over took him to his century - the first by any batsman in Port-of-Spain in five years.

New Zealand tried to play on Brathwaite's patience by sticking to a line outside off, inviting the drives. Brathwaite, though, stayed a step ahead and only pushed at the deliveries when either the length was too full or short enough. Only five of his 13 boundaries came through the off side, three of which were through gully.

Throughout the innings, he kept one end watertight, scoring consistently at a strike rate of around 50 - his half-century came off 100 balls and the hundred in 199 balls - but fell to a tired push back to Trent Boult towards the end of the day. He made 129 off 258 balls.

Bravo's penchant for flashy strokes kept the bowlers interested. He was lured into tentative pokes by away-going deliveries from Boult and was drawn into false strokes against spin. But when the ball hit the middle, didn't it look pretty? Bravo's innings had started with a brace of on-drives against Ish Sodhi. Twice, Tim Southee was punched on the up through covers. Then a length delivery from Mark Craig was nonchalantly flayed over mid-off, landing just short of the boundary. These were manufactured shots, in line with Bravo's flair.

As the bowlers tired out and New Zealand waited for the new ball, Bravo grew in comfort and unfurled the big shots. Sodhi, the legspinner, was lofted for sixes thrice in nine balls. In between, when Sodhi dropped it short, Bravo was quick to rock back and punch it through cover. He moved into the 90s with a crisp cover drive off Jimmy Neesham in the 71st over, then completed his sixth Test century in the next with a push through off.

Eighty-two runs came in 18 overs after tea. In the 19th - the last over before the new ball became available - Bravo attempted a big hit against the spin of Kane Williamson, but spliced it to long-off. Bravo was palpably disappointed on his dismissal at a crucial stage. West Indies lost Brathwaite nine overs later but Shivnarine Chanderpaul saw them through the tricky period.

The tone of West Indies' innings was set by a 93-run stand between Kirk Edwards and Brathwaite in the first session.

New Zealand would have hoped to see more of the swing their seamers extracted during the mini-session at the end of the first day. The conditions, though, had become slightly better for batting. Edwards wasn't shy of coming forward to deliveries that were pitched up. His first boundary - a straight drive through mid-off off a full Boult delivery - signalled West Indies' approach in the session.

That positivity was reinforced the moment Craig, New Zealand's best bowler in the first Test, was introduced. Edwards planted his front foot out at the first sign of flight and launched the offspinner over long-on.

The early counter forced Craig to switch ends and move to a round-the-stumps line, negating some of the advantage he may have held after the first game. The introduction of Neesham after the first drinks break only hastened the flow of runs.

The first eight overs in the second hour brought 55 for West Indies as boundaries were found with ease: Neesham's wide deliveries were smashed convincingly by Edwards while Brathwaite took a liking to Craig's spin, using the slog twice in the 25th over to catch up with Edwards. Edwards remained severe on the flighted deliveries, hoicking Craig for two more sixes, the last one bringing up his seventh Test half-century, from 55 balls. Edwards, though, fell soon after for 55 in Sodhi's first over. New Zealand had to wait for almost 49 overs for the next breakthrough.

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Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

Excellent day for us as our batsmen applied themselves like we all know they're capable and got the results. If we're able to get a working lead of say, 175-200, our bowlers should be able to put pressure on the Black Caps in their second turn at the crease. We need a repeat performance from Taylor, Roach & co. I like the controlled aggression our batsmen used today. Kudos to Bravo, 'Braff' & Edwards. 'Braff' has great powers of concentration and should be a starter for us for the next 15 years barring injury, poor form or the selectors' doing something foolish as they're wont to do from time to time. He's the Boycott type meaning that he simply relishes batting for long periods. Only a tired shot got him out today. Braff provides a measure of stability at the top which allows our strokemakers to play their shots. I say in about 3-5 years, he will be our next captain. We all know Chanders will stay there. The hope is that debutant Blackwood, Ramdin and the others will support him.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Kudos to the WI effort so far but I still feel bowling department is thin without a clear 5th bowling option .

Posted by Technical-1 on (June 18, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

Chanderpaul, Deserved to be given out! He should learn from what he did in Jamaica. The Bat is for playing the Ball.. Hit the ball.. or play a shot.

Posted by soumyas on (June 18, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Chanderpaul is able take them 300 lead, but its the question of how long remaining batsmen can stay ?

Posted by Bernsmal on (June 18, 2014, 13:55 GMT)

In order for the WI to win this game they have to consider the option of only batting once. As someone suggested earlier, these Caribbean pitched deteriorate quickly. This was evidenced by the groundsman being almost like a no 12 player. Ramdin at his home ground needs to produce a good score to make this happen.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

People dont get excited yet. Great to see the 100s but consistency need to be there. Will Edwards and Bagwatti make runs again in the next Test?

Posted by JermanSoldier on (June 18, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

Gayle has not shown significant improvement in form and consistancy in the past few tests. Barath must be brought in as an opener replacing Gayle for the next test. Powell must be reconsidered once he hits form in regional matches. This is the best chance for west indies to built a confident young team under captian Ramdin. And its time to let go Gibson and bring in a new coach.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

thw west indies batsmen did well but it's time to replace GAYLE with a younger man.GAYLE best days are behind him and as such west indies need to go with a younger faster player.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

I fail to see why all the other venues should suffer or maybe be closed just to send cricket to the traditional grounds like QPO, kO and the like. Sammy was not the problem of the WI team and having cricket in the smaller countries I am sure contributed to the development of the sport there too. making the WI team even stronger in the future. Anyway, Great job to Guys. Make us proud. WI for life.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

well done to the windies and about time the batsman turned it on ,like old times now to become more consistent ,we need at least another 100 runs to put pressure on new zealand

Posted by alesana85 on (June 18, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

This match isn't over yet, if nz can bowl out the windies quickly on day 3, put in a solid total batting second I can see the windies crumbling in the chase for the win, it's happened before. All depends on how nz bat in the second innings.

Posted by lyl67 on (June 18, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

I have to eat humble pie, I did not expect W.I. to score 250+ and commented thus, I have suggested the inclusion of Brathwaite and Blackwood for sometime now. I was not happy the inclusion of Bravo and Edwards but they both did good. Plenty work to do with Brathwaite, he must learn to play on the offside with an open and straight face bat,he uses to much bottom hand. Speak to Chanderpaul. Bravo must return when he is fit. Pollard no..... he is better of playing 20/20 and 50 over matches. Leon should be left in the squad. Powell must score lots of run in the first class matches before he is considered. Nariine is a must for the future.

Posted by Metman on (June 18, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

Congratulations are in order for Brathwaite especially.Although you scored your maiden test century,some misguided misfits are still saying that they weren't impressed and wishing you all the worst for the future. Some even had the gall to mentioned Gayle and Blackwood demolishing the Kiwis in the second innings...but I know where they are from. People like antonio star whoever can remember his string of consecutive ducks,but I like to aim HIGH,and will ALWAYS remember this century. Congrats again Kraigg,and Darren as well.

Posted by delastbastion on (June 18, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

selectors made a big mistake in not selecting Pollard to bat 6 in this test, just think how he could have demoralised these NZ spinners in this innings.

Posted by PaddyRasta1 on (June 18, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

I am hoping that this is Braithwaite's coming of age and that he goes from strength to strength. His career did nor start that strongly but it seems that we now have the stubborn batsman WI needs. Well done Son!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

Well done WI hopefully you can bat for all of day3. I would think the wicket should favor the bowlers more on day 4 and 5..

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Well done West Indies that was definitely your day. I was hoping to wake up to more than 3 wickets. NZ will have to bowl very well in the morning to restrict the lead to under 150 and will need to bat very well in their second innings to have a chance. As others have said in hindsight we have missed Wagner the lion hearted toiler. Maybe we should have picked him as the opening batsman?

Posted by anver777 on (June 18, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Brave knocks by both, Bravo & Brathwaite partnership put WI in a strong position, wish WI's best test batsman Shiv scores big & take a comfortable 1st innings lead & put pressure on Kiwis !!!!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

its there any rain today in match

Posted by Bishop on (June 18, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

@shane-oh...I assume he meant we should have picked Wagner instead of Craig or SODHI, in which case I completely agree with him. 4 wickets in a day on a helpful pitch, and one of them the nightwatchman is not a good day.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

Braithwaite is not the prettiest style of batsman to watch, but his stability and temperament at the top of the order is what's needed for the Windies in test matches. We all know that Darren Bravo has alot of ability, there are shades of Lara in his batting technique and the only thing missing from him, is to keep his focus, concentrate and go on after making a start. It was good to see Edwards make a half-century, should do his confidence some good, although i'm still not convinced, as he's not been the same, since his disastrous tour of England in 2012. Let's hope that Chanderpaul and Ramdin can build with the platform given to them and hopefully young Blackwood can make a good impression on his debut.

Posted by shane-oh on (June 18, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

@Josiah M. Philip - what coach, of any team in the world right now, wouldn't choose Southee? Do you watch cricket?

Posted by BlakeHoulihan on (June 18, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

It's hard not to be happy for the Windies, their fans really deserved something to cheer about. Bravo was always going to be difficult to dislodge. But I'm not ruling NZ out just yet, there are some NZ batsman who will be hungry for runs next innings...

Posted by Bishop on (June 18, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

NZ probably regretting not playing a 3rd seamer (with all respect to Neesham). Still, they are down, but by no means out of this contest. Difficult to see the game being drawn from here (unless the weather intervenes) so they will need quick wickets tomorrow, and then a patient 2nd innings display to put something on the board. We know they are capable of both these things - this game could still have some surprises in it.

Posted by Kruns on (June 18, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

Great to see Bravo playing well he is very talented batsmen but needs to work on consistency .... WHY not Lara gets into a coaching role for all the batsmen of WI....

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

WI plans should be to bat all of day 3 scoreing a further 350-400 runs insert NZ with two days to bowl them out and level the series. NZ should not be allowes to set Gayle and BLACKWOOD no more than 110-135 to got off 25 overs..this could be a thriller!

Posted by Min2000 on (June 18, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Well played WI - good to see young batsmen delivering on their promise.

Neesham, Sodhi, Craig all showed their inexperience today and it's hard to see NZL getting out of this. Even if things go well tomorrow morning we'll still be 120-150 runs behind.

When we bat it's going to take another herculean effort like versus India at the Basin.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (June 18, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

Sensational batting by Bravo yesterday. For a short while it looked like Lara had come back. Go West Indies Go!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

Windies have quite some hope with bravo edwards brathwaite and hopefully Blackwood part of their future lineup .Roach has just come back from injury and will come back to his best .The sudden comeback of Jerome taylor has only bettered the bowling attack and if you add holder and one of shillingford /narine this will be a good bowling attack . If a couple of their IPL stars can dedicate themselves to WI cricket then they have a fairly good team . Simmons could come at the top of the order.NZ have an inexperienced attack this match and its showing as the spinners and neesham have leaked runs. Unfortunately two bowlers cannot make an attack .

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Excellent day for us as our batsmen applied themselves like we all know they're capable and got the results. If we're able to get a working lead of say, 175-200, our bowlers should be able to put pressure on the Black Caps in their second turn at the crease. We need a repeat performance from Taylor, Roach & co. I like the controlled aggression our batsmen used today. Kudos to Bravo, 'Braff' & Edwards. 'Braff' has great powers of concentration and should be a starter for us for the next 15 years barring injury, poor form or the selectors' doing something foolish as they're wont to do from time to time. He's the Boycott type meaning that he simply relishes batting for long periods. Only a tired shot got him out today. Braff provides a measure of stability at the top which allows our strokemakers to play their shots. I say in about 3-5 years, he will be our next captain. We all know Chanders will stay there. The hope is that debutant Blackwood, Ramdin and the others will support him.

Posted by D-Ascendant on (June 18, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

Question for Ask Steven: When was the last time a team deployed two nightwatchmen in the same innings?

Posted by paddles952 on (June 18, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

dissapointing boys but dont let it get ya down, we all down the windiies can fold keep at 'em get chanders and move thru the tail

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

Please lets not forget ppl this is the SAME Braithwaite that score a string of consecutive ducks........this isn't his first or even second coming..lets see IF he is actually up to international cricket....there have been many young west indian players that scored maiden test centuries and not gone on...such as Barath and Smith etc etc......Braithwaite is a good player but needs more time imo.....I doubt he is ready to deliver CONSISTENTLY on an international level....he has one technique only and once teams see it they figure him out easily.....i.e England and india etc etc.....lets see how he does for the rest of the series.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

Really good batting by Bravo and Brathwaite congrats to both men

Posted by WestIndianforlife on (June 18, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

I would like to Congratulate Kraigg Brathwaite on his 1st Test century and Darren Bravo on his 1st Century at his home ground QPO. They both played very well, but I must make mention on the way Kragge batted, to me he was the one responsible for us batting through the day and making New Zealand bowl 90-odd over's. to me Kra1gg was setup for his demise I can see it coming a series of short ball by Boult and a fuller length delivery and the front foot did not come out and he lob a return catch. I must also commend Shiv for the way he handle the swing of the New Ball and also the shirt pitch balls. If it was any other batsman we would have lost the advantage today. Well done Shiv, I hope the other batsmen were looking on. Best Luck tomorrow we should aim to bay once. Come on WI win this Test.

Posted by pt_pt on (June 18, 2014, 0:45 GMT)

Hard to see NZ getting out of this test, they can only pray for rain. WI have come back well and again NZ could not follow up from the 1st test win. Selectors got it wrong in not picking Wagner.

Posted by Riddymon on (June 18, 2014, 0:30 GMT)

As i've said before...if the west indies top order clicks that will always put windies in a good position. It hardly ever happens though. Tomorrow, they just need to play some safe but assertive cricket until maybe tea and they'll be guaranteed at least a 200-250 run lead. The kiwis will fold under the pressure...

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

Really happy for both young batsmen . Well appreciated by the crowd at hand . A great day in test cricket for the West Indies .

Posted by Puffin on (June 17, 2014, 23:39 GMT)

Now that's more like it: I like Brathwaite's patient style, wearing down the bowlers so that someone else can score some runs when they tire. You can't score runs if you're back in the pavilion and this NZ side is quite capable of getting batsmen out who make silly mistakes or who think they can attack all the time.

Perhaps they can consolidate, get a decent lead and put some pressure on the NZ batsmen 2nd innings. Bowling usually gets easier when you've got runs in the bank.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

West Indies looks very focused in this second test. Good move to make the changes. Good opportunity for youngsters. Kraigg Brathwaite looks very solid. At twenty one, he has a bright future. It is the right time of entry for him. Bravo stemmed the critics and played well for a brilliant century. Hope Chanders, Blackwood and Ramdhin can bat all of the third day and put up a commanding total to level the series. Edwards did well but need to work on how to defend against spin bowling. This move makes selection more competitive and senior players must prove their form before re-entry. Work on the bowling combination and WI can climb back to some respectability.

Give the bowlers something to work with guys.

Posted by tutorial on (June 17, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

Good day for WI batting!! I thought Bravo was a little irresponsible at the end, by not staying there for the new ball could've cost an additional wicket on top of his, but as we all know Shiv will hang in there. Brathwaite the new Shiv?? love it!! Edwards i thought was good but must do better,Gayle is still hurt and it shows. This is what TEST batting should look like,not slugging irresponsibly.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

well done lil bravo congratulation brath,your first test hundred was well executed.i have been waiting for this moment for some time and enjoy every minute of it.looking forword to see young blackwood in his first test.well done again guys.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (June 17, 2014, 22:10 GMT)

This 1st innings from WI show the lineup is getting there.

With Brathwaite opening and holding anchor, the other top batsmen should play the aggressors with their aggression increasing as the new ball looses its swing and gets older.

With Chanderpaul coming in at #5, he'll be the anchor for the second new ball as to allow the middle and lower batsmen after him to play the aggressors. The only change I would want is for Gayle to bat at 4.

Good to see Edwards and Bravo getting runs because of all the young batsmen they have showed the most promise. Brathwaite and Blackwood are comparatively younger but they also show great promise. Benn and more so Taylor bowled very well.

From now on this is the lineup (and squad) I would want to see in Test cricket going into 2015.

1)Brathwaite 2)Edwards 3)Bravo 4)Gayle 5)Chanderpaul 6)Blackwood 7)Ramdin 8)Roach 9)Taylor 10)Holder 11)Benn

Reserves: Narine, Shillingford, Johnson, Bravo and Gabriel. I'll give Benn an extended run for now.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (June 17, 2014, 21:43 GMT)

Nice work Windies. Funny, Weren't people calling for Edwards and Bravo to be dropped? In all honesty this is pretty close to the best top 6 available to the selectors, and they've picked it.

Posted by PaddyRasta1 on (June 17, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

The comment, the first century at Port-of-Spain in five years, fails to mention WICB's keeping Tests away from this great ground, preferring to lend support to their man Sammy in St Lucia. There has not been a lot of Test cricket here for some time anyway. How times have changed and for the better.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

should have chosen wagner instead of Craig or Southee

Posted by   on (June 17, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

wi need to lead go past 200.......they can surely won this match

Posted by coolie on (June 17, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Brathwait looks like the next Chanderpaul. Hope WI groom him wisely...

Posted by mus_tard on (June 17, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

A very interesting first session. Can't wait to see what the rest of the day holds. NZ might be in a bit of trouble because only Boult and Southee are capable of keeping the runs down and take wickets. Neesh, Craig, and Ish all can take wickets, though not as often as Boult and Southee and as we have seen, they come at a huge price.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

Excellent first session by the Windies!!! Nice platform for Lil Bravo to make a big hundred in his home ground!

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