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West Indies levels series after Gayle blitz

BJ Watling and Mark Craig hit half-centuries to swell target but hosts canter to victory following lengthy rain delay

West Indies levels series after Gayle blitz - Cricket News
Chris Gayle of West Indies in action.
West Indies, powered by Chris Gayle, blazed to an emphatic ten-wicket win over New Zealand at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain on Friday (June 20) to level their three-Test series.
Chris Gayle's savage hitting, which ended with an unbeaten 80 in just 46 balls, helped West Indies chase down the modest 93-run target in just 13.2 overs after rain forced the players indoors for large parts of the afternoon on the final day. Kraigg Brathwaite lent able support to Gayle with an unbeaten 14.
New Zealand, which started the day at 257 for 8 in its second innings, a lead of 18, was dismissed for 331 at the stroke of lunch.
The ninth-wicket pair of BJ Watling and Mark Craig added 99 runs to frustrate West Indies, before Kemar Roach finally gave West Indies the breakthrough, but not before Craig had held fort for close to 80 minutes. Craig, who lived a charmed life early on in his innings, made 67 before nicking one to Ramdin to give Roach his fourth wicket.
As West Indies made things tough for itself, Watling looked unflappable, but only till Craig's dismissal. Rain then drove the players off the field and held up play for 20 minutes to leave West Indies impatient even as the Test win loomed large.
Upon resumption of play, Trent Boult hung around for more than 30 minutes with Watling as another 20 runs were scored, before Boult poked at Shannon Gabriel for Ramdin to accept his fifth catch of the innings. Watling was left stranded on 66.
The third and final Test of the series will be played in Barbados from June 26.

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