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Bravo keeps West Indies afloat

West Indies trial by 228 runs with eight wickets in hand

Bravo keeps West Indies afloat - Cricket News
Darren Bravo remained unbeaten on 72.

West Indies battled to avoid a third consecutive innings defeat, ending day three of the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday (December 5) at 168 for 2, still 228 runs short of making New Zealand bat again.

West Indies was forced to follow on after it was dismissed for 213 in its first innings, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult doing most of the damage after New Zealand racked up an imposing 609 for 9 declared.

Boult dismissed Kieran Powell early in the second innings, caught at second slip by Southee to leave West Indies 18 for 1. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo steadied the innings, putting on 117 for the second wicket before the leg spin of Ish Sodhi trapped Edwards in front for 59.

At stumps, Bravo was unbeaten on 72, with Marlon Samuels on 17.

West Indies failed to take advantage of a green-tinged wicket on the opening day before allowing itself to be dominated by the New Zealand quicks. On a wicket that now held few dangers, it was largely undone in its first innings by a lack of footwork against seaming, full-length, deliveries.

Six of the top seven in the batting order were caught behind the stumps, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul the sole exception. Chanderpaul held West Indies’s first innings together as he worked his way to 76 before being trapped leg before by Boult without offering a shot. It was Chanderpaul’s 62nd Test half-century, and he became the seventh batsman in Test history to pass the 11,000-run milestone.

Bravo’s first innings cameo produced 40 while Darren Sammy was unbeaten on 27, leaving a sorry-looking scoreboard behind him and the honours with the New Zealand bowlers. Southee picked up four wickets, while Boult picked up 3 for 40.

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