West Indies come out swinging against NZ

23:14, Jun 17 2014
Tom Latham
Tom Latham plays the ball onto the on-side during his innings of 82 on day one.
Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Richard Hadlee
Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Richard Hadlee pose with the ICC World Cup trophy before play starts in the second test.
Trent Boult
Trent Boult gets congratulated by BJ Watling after taking the wicket of Chris Gayle.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor survives an appeal for an LBW during his innings of 45 not out.
Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson cuts the ball away during New Zealand's first innings.
Tim Southee
New Zealand bowler Tim Southee celebrates the dismissal of West Indies batsman Sulieman Benn on day two of the second test.
BJ Watling
New Zealand keeper BJ Watling stops the ball returned by a fielder during day two of the second test against the West Indies.
Mark Craig
New Zealand spinner Mark Craig reacts with disappointment after Kraigg Brathwaite hits him for four on day two of the second test.
Ish Sodhi
Kirk Edwards is dismissed by New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi on day two of the second test in Trinidad.
Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum just misses a tough chance to dismiss Darren Bravo on day two.
Kane Williamson
New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson and Tom Latham look to settle things down on day three of the second cricket test against the Windies.
Kane Williamson
Tom Latham drives the ball late on day three in the second cricket test against the West Indies.
Brendon McCullum
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is trapped in front by Jerome Taylor after opening the batting in his side's second innings.
Ish Sodhi
Black Caps spinner Ish Sodhi appeals for an LBW against Shivnarine Chanderpaul during the third day of action in the second test.
Trent Boult
Trent Boult sips water on a warm day in the field in Port-of-Spain.
Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson cuts the ball away during his innings of 38 not out.
Mark Craig
NZ's Mark Craig glides one fine late on day four.
BJ Watling
BJ Watling flicks the ball onto the leg side on day four.
Sulieman Benn
The West Indies celebrate after Sulieman Benn took a superb reflex catch to dismiss Jimmy Neesham on day four.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor is dismissed by West Indies seamer Shanon Gabriel on day four.
Kemar Roach
West Indies pace bowler Kemar Roach clebrates the prize wicket of NZ batsman Kane Williamson.

Having dominated from the front at Kingston, New Zealand now require a great escape at Port-of-Spain after being outplayed by West Indies for a second successive day.

Led by centuries from 21-year-old opener Kraigg Brathwaite and a rejuvenated Darren Bravo, West Indies ended day two with a stranglehold on the second cricket test, leading by 89 at 310-5.

New Zealand's soft first day collapse - all out for 221 - was put in context by a home side who weathered an early and late examination from pace duo Tim Southee and Trent Boult then counter-attacked and savaged the supporting cast.

Jimmy Neesham
NOT HIS DAY: Black Caps all-rounder Jimmy Neesham was clouted for 59 runs on day two of the second Windies test.

West Indies batting kingpin Shivnarine Chanderpaul would resume on day three, having survived a confident late caught behind shout from Southee who had a luckless day.

There were few terrors in a slightly variable Queen's Park Oval pitch, and the Black Caps must now hope it holds together and they can produce a vastly improved and disciplined second innings to save this test and maintain their 1-0 series lead heading to Barbados.

The West Indies batting was a laughing stock after their dual collapses on a turning pitch at Kingston, Jamaica.


Their selectors acted swiftly, axing Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels and recalling Brathwaite for his 11th test, with an average of 21.84 and highest score of 68.

He became the batting anchor while Kirk Edwards (55) and Bravo (109) did the scoreboard damage.

The rookie backup bowlers Mark Craig (0-81 off 19), Ish Sodhi (1-57 off 12)and Jimmy Neesham (0-59 off 10) all suffered from a targeted attack and left the tourists probably regretting they'd omitted the reliable Neil Wagner.

West Indies had dropped spinner Shane Shillingford and played three frontline pacemen of their own.

Southee was the pick again with a probing opening spell where he thought he'd removed Brathwaite in the day's first over. New Zealand challenged a confident lbw appeal that was turned down, and replays showed the ball just clipping the stumps so the decision stood.

The ball swung for Southee and Boult, but the hosts were far more disciplined, waiting for the frontliners to take a rest.

It was some fall for Craig, coming off a man-of-the-match eight-wicket haul on debut, who was in the sights of the home batsmen and never got time to settle.

It wasn't turning as much and they hit Craig off his lengths; Edwards clouting three sixes in his brisk 64-ball knock that got the innings rolling.

Leg-spinner Sodhi struck with his third ball, nicking out Edwards, but he also fell apart later on as Bravo hit his straps.

The left-hander had five test centuries to his name, but none in the Caribbean. New Zealand's bowlers knew what he could do, having watched him plunder 218 in Dunedin in December with a style skin to his mentor, Brian Lara. Since that knock he'd managed 16 runs from four test innings against New Zealand.

It was a rollicking innings, a 128-ball century which he celebrated by running halfway to the Lara Pavilion and punching the air like he'd scored a World Cup goal. He was severe on Sodhi, hitting two huge sixes in one over and clearing the rope four times in all.

Part-timer Kane Williamson finally removed him, breaking a 182-run fourth wicket stand.

Brathwaite's ungainly technique, scoring mainly through the on-side, was effective and he raised three figures off 199 balls. How New Zealand would have liked topscorer Tom Latham to kick on in such a fashion, and receive similar support.

Boult finally removed Brathwaite for 129, caught and bowled in the late gloom, ending a 378-minute epic that may have set the hosts up for a series-levelling victory.