West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Port of Spain, 3rd day June 18, 2014

NZ resist after West Indies' 239-run lead

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New Zealand 221 and 73 for 1 (Williamson 38*, Latham 30*) trail West Indies 460 (Brathwaite 129, Bravo 109, Blackwood 63, Sodhi 4-96) by 166 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A half-century on debut from 22-year-old Jermaine Blackwood was the key performance on the third morning, during which West Indies stretched their first-innings lead to 239 in the Trinidad Test. Blackwood added 47 for the seventh wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, then followed it up with a 76-run association with captain Denesh Ramdin to thwart New Zealand's plans of limiting the damage. In response, New Zealand were set back by the early loss of Brendon McCullum but held fort till the end of the day with old-fashioned attritional cricket. With two days remaining and a 166-run lead, West Indies are in pole position to square the series.

West Indies owed much to Blackwood, who was circumspect to start with and went hard at swinging deliveries. One inswinger from Boult cut him in half, but his response was to launch the next delivery over long-on for six. He was lucky early in his innings when Tom Latham could not hold on to a low chance at short leg. Blackwood was on 11 then. With the spinners serving up a regular dose of easy deliveries, he grew in confidence.

Ish Sodhi, the legspinner, went on to pick up four wickets, including those of Blackwood and Chanderpaul, but his inconsistency meant New Zealand neither controlled the flow of runs nor looked like taking a wicket in between. Blackwood found it easy to score runs off him - the full deliveries were smashed down the ground for a six and a four - and apart from the delivery that took the outside edge of his bat to slip, he didn't appear in any trouble and reached his maiden fifty off 93 balls. His dismissal spelt a quick end for the West Indies innings, but a healthy lead was already on the board.

And Sodhi was not the only bowler who struggled - Mark Craig, the hero of the Jamaica Test, went for 111 runs in 29 wicketless overs, Jimmy Neesham's seam-ups served no purpose, while Williamson was just steady at best.

While the ball was still new in the morning, New Zealand would have hoped to pick up early wickets. They were already behind by 89 runs, and Chanderpaul's stubborn presence meant West Indies continued fortifying their position.

Seventeen runs came in the first eight overs of the morning, a period during which Trent Boult and Tim Southee generated enough movement from the pitch to keep New Zealand interested. They beat the bat a number of times but the early breakthrough, that of nightwatchman Kemar Roach, took 9.1 overs to come.

Blackwood's partnership with Chanderpaul then helped West Indies take the game further away from New Zealand. Until he was dismissed, Chanderpaul maintained his usual stoical stance to frustrate the bowlers. His 33rd run took him past Kumar Sangakkara in the list of leading run-getters in Tests. Out of nowhere, though, he fell padding up in the same way to the same bowler, Sodhi, as in the previous Test.

Ramdin joined Blackwood and the increased urgency caught New Zealand somewhat offguard. Ramdin's three consecutive boundaries on the first three balls after lunch, off New Zealand's most threatening bowler, Boult, unravelled their intent. The partnership between the two batsmen inflated to 50 in 67 balls. By that time, the Netherlands had reasserted their supremacy over Australia in the football World Cup match and West Indies' lead was past 200 too.

Faced with a survival situation similar to what defending champions Spain were facing against Chile, New Zealand also had to adjust their batting order because Hamish Rutherford was not available due to an illness. McCullum promoted himself to open with Latham, but the move didn't work as the New Zealand captain was trapped lbw by Jerome Taylor in the seventh over. New Zealand were 9 for 1.

Both Taylor and Roach stuck to impeccable lines around off stump and with the ball darting around just enough, another wicket didn't seem too far. Taylor was particularly impressive, starting up with an opening burst of 7-3-8-1 while Roach complemented him with a spell of 6-3-9-0.

Only two boundaries came in the first 14 overs as New Zealand trudged to 19. Sulieman Benn and Shannon Gabriel kept up the pressure once the two frontline bowlers were off. Benn kept pegging around the off-stump line, while Gabriel's disconcerting bounce troubled Williamson more than once. Still, both Williamson and Latham made most of the infrequent loose deliveries. Two fours in the 27th over, bowled by Chris Gayle, took New Zealand past 50. While Spain withered away from Brazil, Williamson and Latham took the fight to another day.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 19, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Been waiting to hear someone comment ...WI improved pacers showing = Ambrose bowling coach. !!!!. Batsmen need a similar coach

  • Narkovian on June 19, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    I do worry about Test cricket in West Indies. Mind you this match is not a great advert... boy, its turgid stuff. You could count the crowd on one hand. I tried to watch a bit on TV and fell asleep within 5 mins.!! Don't believe WI will ever have a good team again. Even tho' it looks like they will win this match ( eventually!) Its not just the normal cycle of success, its deeper than that. You can't even really blame T20. WI were in bad trouble way before T20 took a hold. Looks like fans have no interest either. Its a big shame. What can the greats of yesteryear think of what now passes for a cricket team. Marshall, Walsh, Ambrose would have bowled this lot out in 30 mins !

  • on June 19, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    went to see the game in pos yesterday...watching new Zealand bat is like watching paint dry!!!!unattractive ,boring ..just occupying the crease and blocking balls that could be put away...they should be banned from test cricket..the Oval was empty...iwas in the presidenys box..thank fully there were good bottles of wine..this is a sure way to kill test cricket...

  • on June 19, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Williamson is becoming pure consistant player for nz. Latham is new find for nz

  • on June 19, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    i like bm opening the batting.he is a good opening batsman.y u bringing him no. 5???????....he is not a middle order player

  • on June 19, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Mitch did exactly that against SA and we know who came out on top there on the roads they tried to prepare for Mitch. What you talking about Shane Bond as Taylor ripped your batsmen apart so hardly a tough pitch hey? Must be hard looking up at all the other teams being ranked so low down hey!

  • on June 19, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan Lol. Have a look at the match highlights. Southee bowled well without reward. I would love to see Mitch Johnson firing thundrbolts on these pitches. Just 2 good series and there you go.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 19, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Hopefully West Indies win the game and set up a winner takes all clash at Barbados

  • on June 19, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    weasel-zapper - you are right that my comment represents somewhat of a contradiction in that I wasn't a huge fan of McCullum when he consistently failed to convert starts and that is why the 300 seemed a significant milestone. But as the most senior batsman in the team you would hope that McCullum could put one middling score together in 3 innings wouldn't you? A 40 with several others batting around him would have raised both mediocre totals by another 80 or so runs and that is often the difference between still being in a game or having been batted out of it. Not to mention the lift his cheap wicket gives to the West Indies camp. No doubt McCullum is one of the most destructive batsmen on his day, but no one would suggest that he is quality test batsmen and the stats are there to prove it. Matt Prior has a test average close to 42 yet would he play in the England team if he wasn't keeping? But certainly you are right to focus on Latham, a wonderful start and lets hope for the 100.

  • on June 19, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    But why were NZ trying to save a Test match on the third day? As all you had to do was start positively and the WI bowlers would of wilted , as all NZ need to do is set a lead of 200 more as WI won't get that on a last day wicket when the pressure is on. Plus if Southee is the "World" class bowler you think he is , then he will have no trouble bowling WI to victory. Just looks like NZ were trying to draw the game from day 1!

  • on June 19, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Been waiting to hear someone comment ...WI improved pacers showing = Ambrose bowling coach. !!!!. Batsmen need a similar coach

  • Narkovian on June 19, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    I do worry about Test cricket in West Indies. Mind you this match is not a great advert... boy, its turgid stuff. You could count the crowd on one hand. I tried to watch a bit on TV and fell asleep within 5 mins.!! Don't believe WI will ever have a good team again. Even tho' it looks like they will win this match ( eventually!) Its not just the normal cycle of success, its deeper than that. You can't even really blame T20. WI were in bad trouble way before T20 took a hold. Looks like fans have no interest either. Its a big shame. What can the greats of yesteryear think of what now passes for a cricket team. Marshall, Walsh, Ambrose would have bowled this lot out in 30 mins !

  • on June 19, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    went to see the game in pos yesterday...watching new Zealand bat is like watching paint dry!!!!unattractive ,boring ..just occupying the crease and blocking balls that could be put away...they should be banned from test cricket..the Oval was empty...iwas in the presidenys box..thank fully there were good bottles of wine..this is a sure way to kill test cricket...

  • on June 19, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Williamson is becoming pure consistant player for nz. Latham is new find for nz

  • on June 19, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    i like bm opening the batting.he is a good opening batsman.y u bringing him no. 5???????....he is not a middle order player

  • on June 19, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Mitch did exactly that against SA and we know who came out on top there on the roads they tried to prepare for Mitch. What you talking about Shane Bond as Taylor ripped your batsmen apart so hardly a tough pitch hey? Must be hard looking up at all the other teams being ranked so low down hey!

  • on June 19, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    @Jamie Moneghan Lol. Have a look at the match highlights. Southee bowled well without reward. I would love to see Mitch Johnson firing thundrbolts on these pitches. Just 2 good series and there you go.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 19, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Hopefully West Indies win the game and set up a winner takes all clash at Barbados

  • on June 19, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    weasel-zapper - you are right that my comment represents somewhat of a contradiction in that I wasn't a huge fan of McCullum when he consistently failed to convert starts and that is why the 300 seemed a significant milestone. But as the most senior batsman in the team you would hope that McCullum could put one middling score together in 3 innings wouldn't you? A 40 with several others batting around him would have raised both mediocre totals by another 80 or so runs and that is often the difference between still being in a game or having been batted out of it. Not to mention the lift his cheap wicket gives to the West Indies camp. No doubt McCullum is one of the most destructive batsmen on his day, but no one would suggest that he is quality test batsmen and the stats are there to prove it. Matt Prior has a test average close to 42 yet would he play in the England team if he wasn't keeping? But certainly you are right to focus on Latham, a wonderful start and lets hope for the 100.

  • on June 19, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    But why were NZ trying to save a Test match on the third day? As all you had to do was start positively and the WI bowlers would of wilted , as all NZ need to do is set a lead of 200 more as WI won't get that on a last day wicket when the pressure is on. Plus if Southee is the "World" class bowler you think he is , then he will have no trouble bowling WI to victory. Just looks like NZ were trying to draw the game from day 1!

  • SuperSharky on June 19, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    West Indies are in a good position and it is rewarding seeing their fighting spirit is back after New Zealand clearly was the better team in the first Test. Great cricket!

  • JBMTH on June 19, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    It would be real TEST for NZ to save test match

  • kiwicricketnut on June 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    i'd actually back this team to bat into the fifth day and save this test with how well they have been playing, what a find latham has turned out to be, good thing too, at least we have one opener the other is becoming a real problem, goid on mccullum stepping up with rutherford ill but someone needs to be found for a long term, rutherford has lost confidence and form and mccullum is better suited to the middle order, i've been plugging for neesham so they could fit anderson into the xi as well because as i suspected neesham as a third seamer isnt cutting it but anderson has proved more than usefull with the ball but that has been nz's folly for a while, converting middle order players into openers but with who we have on tour i still think its worth a shot but its still probably not a long term solution, only guy up to test standard in the country is jesse ryder and he's not an opener either but he is class, on the field at least for me he's the man for the job

  • on June 19, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    only option is to bat and bat....so forget aggresdive risky play......NZ want a draw to hold the series lead.....we dont have to push the rate to try and get a win.....we are frustrating the olayers from West Indies and onviously their fans...haha...I love all the aspects test cricket offers.....go slow as u like but dont loose wickets boys.

  • kiwi542 on June 19, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    All you people whinging about slow run rates and dull play have no idea. This is test cricket, New Zealand have just won their 2nd test in the West Indies in their history, they are 1 nil up in the series and to go for a win would be stupid for this side on the rise. If New Zealand save the test from this unlikely situation it's going to take an almighty effort, this is what test cricket is all about.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 19, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Scratch that, he belted an epic 17 runs in one innings of the first Test.

  • BlakeHoulihan on June 19, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Rutherford was ill that's why McCullum opened. The idea that the switch was done intentionally is ludicrous. That's like dropping a player mid Test match!

    McCullum is set to rival Graeme Smiths record low haul of single digit scores in his last series against Australia, the one that ended his career... Come on Baz don't let that happen, the next Test is all yours.

  • FOUR-REAL-QUICKS on June 19, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    If Taylor and Roach bowl with the same discipline on the 4th day, the tourists will have to bat very well to save this one.

  • on June 19, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Blackwood continues his run of good form .... some big hundreds in first class matches and during the west indies A team matches against Bangladesh A. Hope he continues.

  • weasel_zapper on June 19, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    People bemoaning the slow run rate probably did the same after our 1st innings in the 1st test, and that finished with a day to go. Also some credit should surely go to the Windies bowlers? We need to bat into day 5 to make a game of this, the runs will take care of themselves if we do that.

    @ Robert Lamb "Test cricket is all about partnerships and building pressure over time. I would much rather have him score 40 consistently than the occasional big hundred surrounded by many low scores." Sorry, what? Kind of contradicting yourself there yeah?. You must've been McCullums biggest fan until recently, as he was always quite rightly highly criticised for alot of middling scores but never converting. We've been more successfull recently because of alot of guys are chipping in and getting big scores. I would probably rather talk about how awesome Latham has been so far this series, but hey maybe that's just me.

    Windies have been alot better this test, we haven't so far.

  • on June 19, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    blackwood is a pretty average player.....just got lucky with some edges.....i bet he would been out if southee and boult were fresh.

  • Bishop on June 19, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I'm getting a bit sick of the people calling for BM (or KW or Watling) to open the innings. Brendon has been tried as an opener, and it doesn't suit his temperament. He opened in this innings only because Rutherford was unwell. I can understand the desire for NZ to fix their opening partnership, but I don't think we should weaken the rest of our batting to do it. Ideally we would find a genuine opener who can do the job. Moving Brendon to open creates a problem because (as good as they are) neither Neesham or Anderson are (yet) test no.5s

    As for those complaining about the run-rate, have a good look at the match situation. NZ are battling hard to save the game, and it is gripping stuff. The longer they bat, the more pressure will be put on the WI bowlers. They don't need to be trying to hit every ball out of the park. Welcome to test cricket. If you don't like it, there is always T20.

  • shane-oh on June 19, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    @CricketChat - are you aware of the concept of saving a test match? In fact, are you aware of any of the concepts of test cricket? From this position, salvaging a draw to maintain a series lead would be a brilliant result.

    While I am disappointed we didn't get more out of Baz, we can't just rely on him to save us - and more to the point, we shouldn't want to. This should be seen as a golden opportunity for these young guys. Latham, though early in his career, seems to have the right mentality for test cricket. We all know what KW can do. Also looking for a big contribution from Taylor here today.

  • on June 19, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    NZ show no attacking intent at all, they were a 160 odd behind not 360 behind! Just shows that they would be destroyed against SA and Aus as you cannot be that defensive against the top teams as you won't get any relief from the top bowling attacks. Typical WI team though as wouldn't surprise me if NZ block out another day and WI blow the chance to win.

  • on June 19, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Why are people talking about the run rate? They were put in 5 overs before tea, meaning they then had to survive TWO periods of hostile bowling. Of course they played defensively, their first priority was to survive the new ball. There are still two days left in this test, batting aggressively on the last session of day 3 would've been suicide. Their only chance of winning this test is if the pitch turns badly by day five, but first they have to last till day 5. Watch the run rate tomorrow: if the batsmen get themselves set, it'll jump up to, and possibly over, 3 rpo.

    Lets say the pitch holds up day 5: NZ would have to bat at least through the first session on day 5 in order to secure a draw. Lets say the pitch does turn day 5: NZ would STILL have to bat through the first session of day 5 in order to set anything like a defensible total [unless the run rate skyrockets over 4 rpo tomorrow]. They've got 9 wickets in hand, that's all that matters.

  • on June 19, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    i like that bm opening the batting.he is a great opening batsman.good decision that.i also think that he will open in 3rd test match also.

  • MeijiMura on June 19, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    It appears now that the only thing that can save NZ is rain. By batting so slowly and without any intent whatsoever to put any pressure back on the West Indies they have ensured they have to bat until after Lunch on Day 5 to amass a big enough lead to ensure a draw. Anything short of that will lead to a West Indian victory.

  • on June 19, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    baz is just wasted his wicket.why he has opened. nz go and save this match great responsibility now on taylor as he should play as an ancor.guptill please come on. where is he my classy mordern lad

  • pt_pt on June 19, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Not good enough from McCullum, needed stand up in both inngs and failed miserably. Now NZ are under enormous amount of pressure to bat the whole day out and see what happens on day 5. WI have a golden opportunity to win and square the series.

  • on June 19, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    the windies are everyone not windian's favourite team after their own national allegiance, and so it's good to see them playing so well after that first test tonking. didn't take them long to work out craig's non-spinning menace, and nice to note that the windies innings didn't depend on shiv chanerpaul for a very rare change. new zealand are a good side, and to beat them will be an achievement. so do it

  • regofpicton on June 19, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    "Cricket chat" seems to think this game reflects poorly test cricket. I think its gripping. Don't agree with Rajesh Sood either. Padding up to a ball that's turning square was poor judgement from one of the true greats. If it isn't going to hit the stumps don't risk someone else making a mistake and let it go. But Robert Lamb is spot on. McCullum's batting against India proves he can play test cricket when he wants to. Plainly he doesn't want to very often. He's really a specialist T20 player, where his wretched temperament and technique isn't so glaringly obvious. Guptill does want to play and should be given a chance. Potentially a good solid opener! Just what we need!!

  • on June 19, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    There is no way WI can miss this golden oppurtunity to square the series . NZ cannot hold fort defending all the time . It is now upto the WI bowlers to ensure that the match is closed out today .

  • CricketChat on June 19, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    A run rate under 2 by NZ in the 2nd innings thus far with 9 wkts still in hand. Wonder how long test cricket will survive in its present form.

  • on June 19, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    When batsmen score decent runs, we tend to forget the bowlers' good performances.

    For WI: Taylor bowled well as if the pitch was tailor-made for him. But it (the pitch) was not; it was a fair pitch, helping batsmen and bowlers of all types, if they apply themselves.

    For NZ: Southee's performance had been going north for a while, but it was Boult's performance which came as bolt from the blue. Sodhi is no Southee,and his deliveries don't come to the batsmen like bolts from the blue, but his performance is gradually inching north. As had been the trend in recent times, since Sodhi has started getting wickets, at the highest level, someone will start looking at his elbow-at-delivery under a microscope. I am willing to bet on it!

  • on June 18, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    good decision that bm opening the batting.but unlucky there. i think bm will opening the batting in 3rd test also

  • Bishop on June 18, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    NZ doing the only thing you can do in this situation...dig in and pray for rain!

  • on June 18, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    For many years I had questioned whether Brendan McCullum had the technique and temperament to deserve a premier batting spot in the NZ test team, but was forced to eat humble pie after his brilliant 300 against India. I thought this might mark a turning point in his career but once again I begin to have questions. Not so much the temperament, but the technique, and the significant impact consistent failures have on the less experienced batsmen. Test cricket is all about partnerships and building pressure over time. I would much rather have him score 40 consistently than the occasional big hundred surrounded by many low scores.

  • RichDeGroen on June 18, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Totally agree with Rally. Roach played a vital role with the bat in the morning session, absorbing Southee's first spell with some great application and a dead straight bat. If Blackwood had been exposed early it could have been a different day.

  • VivGilchrist on June 18, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    It looks like NZ have come into the series with the tactic of batting as defensive as possible......

  • StevieS on June 18, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Rally_Windies I will swap you Rutherford for Brathwaite, heck I will also throw in Fulton for free.

  • on June 18, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    westindies need to pressure right through,no easin up

  • on June 18, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Am I the only one who thought Chanderpaul's dismissal was a little ridiculous ?.

    He did not offer a shot but the ball was pitching far outside off stump and turning a lot. In the pre DRS days no bowler would have expected to get such a wicket. I wonder if in future spinners will review all these decisions in the hope that hawk eye will find one to be going on.

    Or is this just technology evening out the odds which seem to always be in the batsmans favour. Are we still playing the same game anymore ?

  • on June 18, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Can anyone tell me how many incorrect reviews are teams allowed in this series, according to the ball by ball report NZ had unsuccessful reviews in the 7th and 79th overs of the WI Innings and yet another was allowed in the 114th

  • Rally_Windies on June 18, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Twice in 2 days, the nightwatchmen have saved a specialist batsman from facing a hostile opening burst from Southee and Boult ....

    Maybe the WI should consider opening with a Nightwatchman to protect someone like Gayle from the fresh seam ....

    There seems to be no genuine openers in the WI team..

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  • Rally_Windies on June 18, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Twice in 2 days, the nightwatchmen have saved a specialist batsman from facing a hostile opening burst from Southee and Boult ....

    Maybe the WI should consider opening with a Nightwatchman to protect someone like Gayle from the fresh seam ....

    There seems to be no genuine openers in the WI team..

  • on June 18, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Can anyone tell me how many incorrect reviews are teams allowed in this series, according to the ball by ball report NZ had unsuccessful reviews in the 7th and 79th overs of the WI Innings and yet another was allowed in the 114th

  • on June 18, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Am I the only one who thought Chanderpaul's dismissal was a little ridiculous ?.

    He did not offer a shot but the ball was pitching far outside off stump and turning a lot. In the pre DRS days no bowler would have expected to get such a wicket. I wonder if in future spinners will review all these decisions in the hope that hawk eye will find one to be going on.

    Or is this just technology evening out the odds which seem to always be in the batsmans favour. Are we still playing the same game anymore ?

  • on June 18, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    westindies need to pressure right through,no easin up

  • StevieS on June 18, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Rally_Windies I will swap you Rutherford for Brathwaite, heck I will also throw in Fulton for free.

  • VivGilchrist on June 18, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    It looks like NZ have come into the series with the tactic of batting as defensive as possible......

  • RichDeGroen on June 18, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Totally agree with Rally. Roach played a vital role with the bat in the morning session, absorbing Southee's first spell with some great application and a dead straight bat. If Blackwood had been exposed early it could have been a different day.

  • on June 18, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    For many years I had questioned whether Brendan McCullum had the technique and temperament to deserve a premier batting spot in the NZ test team, but was forced to eat humble pie after his brilliant 300 against India. I thought this might mark a turning point in his career but once again I begin to have questions. Not so much the temperament, but the technique, and the significant impact consistent failures have on the less experienced batsmen. Test cricket is all about partnerships and building pressure over time. I would much rather have him score 40 consistently than the occasional big hundred surrounded by many low scores.

  • Bishop on June 18, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    NZ doing the only thing you can do in this situation...dig in and pray for rain!

  • on June 18, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    good decision that bm opening the batting.but unlucky there. i think bm will opening the batting in 3rd test also