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Bravo double hundred lifts West Indies

New Zealand still favourites despite Bravo's heroics

Bravo double hundred lifts West Indies - Cricket News
Darren Bravo of the West Indies acknowledges the crowd after reaching his double century.
Darren Bravo scored his maiden double century on Friday (December 6) to lead West Indies’ resistance against New Zealand on the fourth day of the first Test in Dunedin. When stumps were drawn, West Indies was at 443 for 6, with a lead of 47.
 
Bravo, unbeaten on 210 at close of play, was involved in three major partnerships, which helped West Indies resurface after an implosion early in the day. Bravo first put on 122 for the fifth wicket with Narsingh Deonarine and then added 56 with Denesh Ramdin for the sixth wicket before combining with Darren Sammy, the captain, to add 80 runs for the seventh wicket. 
 
Their efforts ensured New Zealand will have to bat again – a significant feat given that West Indies was forced to follow on after being bowled out in the first innings for 213 in reply to New Zealand's 609 for 9 declared.
 
Resuming the day at 168 for 2, Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were dismissed early on. Samuels (23) was caught and bowled by Tim Southee and shortly thereafter, Neil Wagner had Chanderpaul trapped in front.
 
However, New Zealand couldn’t build on the early momentum. Shoddy fielding didn’t help either as both Bravo and Deonarine were let off. 
 
The two combined well to steady the innings, but the stand was broken when Deonarine, shortly after scoring his fifth Test half-century, was caught behind off Corey Anderson.
 
Bravo, dropped on 82 by Wagner, then found support in Ramdin, who reached 24 aided by four fours. However, the stand was broken when Ramdin was deceived by Ish Sodhi’s googly.
 
Bravo soldiered on at the other end, easily going past his previous high score of 195, to reach his double hundred. At the other end, Sammy, despite a leg muscle injury, wasted no time, hitting five fours and two sixes as he raced to 44. 
 
West Indies will begin day five hoping to increase its lead as much as possible.

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