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Southee, Craig put New Zealand in control

Despite half-centuries from Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, visitors ease to 246-run first-innings lead

Southee, Craig put New Zealand in control  - Cricket News
Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies in action.
Half-centuries from Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul did little to rescue the West Indies, as New Zealand accumulated a potentially match-winning 246-run first-innings lead late on the third day of the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Tuesday (June 10).

West Indies was repeatedly hurt by Tim Southee and Mark Craig, the debutant off-spinner, managing just 262 in its first innings despite an unbeaten 84 from Chanderpaul and a 125-ball 64 from Gayle on his 100th Test.

Southee was economical, taking four for 19 off 16.2 overs, while Craig got the most out of the surface to finish with 4 for 91.

With a lead of 246, New Zealand stumbled in its second innings, ending the day at 14 for two – a lead of 260 heading into Day 4.

Jerome Taylor claimed Peter Fulton for a duck, caught behind by captain Denesh Ramdin; Kemar Roach, his new ball partner, dismissed Kane Williamson (2), the first-innings star bowled without offering a shot for the second time in the match.

Earlier, resuming the day on 19 without loss in response to New Zealand’s massive 508 for 7 declared, Gayle and Kieran Powell put on 60 for the first wicket to successfully negotiate a testing first hour against the pace attack of Southee and Trent Boult.

However, things changed when captain Brendon McCullum introduced spin into the attack. Craig removed Powell (28) and Kirk Edwards (0) in his fifth over of the day, before leg-spinner Ish Sodhi accounted for Darren Bravo, who went without scoring, in the next over.

Chanderpaul then consolidated the West Indies innings as Gayle went about his business to reach his 35th half-century with an uppish cover drive off Boult in the 33rd over.

Unbeaten on 59 at lunch with the hosts on 97 for 3, Gayle was one of two quick wickets to fall after the interval, as Southee started to rip through the innings.

Two balls later, Marlon Samuels found himself trapped leg before without scoring.

In chaos at 104 for 5, the hosts relied on Chanderpaul and Ramdin who added 72 in a positive sixth-wicket stand.

Chanderpaul batted for nearly four hours, facing 138 deliveries and striking 13 fours while Ramdin’s 39 came from 77 balls and included six fours.

Just when the duo appeared set to take West Indies to safety, Ramdin was deceived by a slower ball from Southee – operating in the third over of a new spell – and glanced a catch behind on the stroke of the break.

On 176 for 6 at tea, the Windies lost a cluster of wickets to slide to 223 for 9, before Chanderpaul and Shane Shillingford (14) put on 39 for the last wicket.

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