West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Antigua, 2nd dayWindies Openers Frusted Kiwis Bowlers27-Jul-2012 02:30:00 GMT
Antigua: Openers Chris Gayle (85) and Kieran Powell (58) put on a brilliant 145 run stand after the Kiwis were bowled out for 351 in their first innings. At the end of Day 2, the hosts were 206 runs behind.
Gayle made his intentions clear in the first over of the West Indies innings, smashing 16 runs. Between himself and Powell, the pair took the game away from the Blackcaps.
Earlier, Night-watchman, Neil Wagner, was unable to add to his overnight score of four, becoming Sunil Narine’s fourth victim in just the third over of the morning.
Kane Williamson and Dean Brownlie forged a lengthy partnership lasting 17 overs, but only managed to put on 40 with runs proving hard to come by. The new ball brought about the downfall of both set batsmen with the extra movement playing a part in both dismissals.
Williamson looked to defend off the back-foot with a Kemar Roach delivery catching the inside edge and deflecting onto the stumps to send him on his way for 19.
It was away swing that undid Brownlie, as he was caught behind off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul for 23.
After starting the day on 232 for four New Zealand managed to eke out a further 55 runs for the loss off three wickets in the first session of the day.
The scoring rate briefly picked up at the start of the middle period with 21 runs added quickly but it was short lived as Vettori skied a Darren Sammy short ball to mid-wicket for 17.
Narine removed Kruger van Wyk for 11 in the very next over to leave the tourists struggling on 309 for nine.
Doug Bracewell then freed his arms with the solid all-rounder blasting a quick-fire 39 to take the New Zealand total through to 351.
After whacking Narine and Sammy all around the park he was caught on the boundary off Rampaul’s first delivery but did a fine job in wrestling back some momentum ahead of the fielding effort.
Narine finished with five wicket but it took the off-spinner 43 overs at a cost of 132 runs. New ball bowers, Roach and Rampaul, ended up with two apiece.
New Zealand 351 (Guptill 97, Narine 5-132)
West Indies 145 for 0 (Gayle 85*, Powell 58*)
Status West Indies trail by 206 runs