Centuries by duo helps West Indies reach 310 for 5 on day two, a lead of 89 over New Zealand
Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo shared a 182-run stand to put West Indies in control at 310 for 5 at stumps on the second day of the second Test at Queen's Park Oval on Tuesday (June 17). Earlier, New Zealand was all out for 221 on the first day after opting to bat.
Brathwaite, scoring his first Test century, scored a patient 258-ball 129 and Bravo's stroke-filled 109, his first in the Caribbean, highlighted an excellent day for West Indies.
The fourth-wicket partnership between the duo was the new record for the West Indies in Tests against New Zealand and although both fell in the final hour of an extended day, West Indies will be confident of building further on a first-innings advantage of 89 runs going into the third day.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, unbeaten on 4, will continue the effort for the home side in partnership with Kemar Roach after what was a frustrating day for New Zealand. Sulieman Benn, the nightwatchman, was bowled off his pads by Tim Southee for 4 in the fourth over of the day, proved deceptively encouraging as new batsman Kirk Edwards set the tone for West Indies' resistance.
Edwards blazed his way to 55 and dominated the first session that produced 114 runs before being dismissed just before lunch, bowled by Ish Sodhi, the legspinner. He added 93 crucial runs with Brathwaite.
Bravo was more inclined to take the attack to the bowlers, hoisting four sixes off the spinners to complement 11 fours over an innings that spanned 155 deliveries. However, neither could carry on to the end though, Bravo miscuing a lofted drive off Kane Williamson to be caught at long-off and Brathwaite pushing a catch back to Trent Boult, operating with the second new ball.
Brendon McCullum, the captain, would have been disappointed with the lack of support for his opening bowlers and will be expecting the likes of Sodhi, Mark Craig and Jimmy Neesham to improve considerably on their second day profligacy.