Black Caps still optimistic amid the rain

12:20, Jun 28 2014
Denesh Ramdin
West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin celebrates the dismissal of BJ Watling with Sulieman Benn on the first day of the third test in Barbados.
Kane Williamson
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson drives the ball on the opening day of the third test against the West Indies in Barbados.
Tom Latham
Black Caps opener Tom Latham is dismissed LBW by Kemar Roach on the first day of the third test.
Jimmy Neesham
Jimmy Neesham hits out during his innings of 78 off 91 balls that helped the Black Caps through to 293.
Jimmy Neesham
Shane Shillingford stops a return shot as he almost collides with non-striker Jimmy Neesham.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor gets runs off Jerome Taylor during his innings of 45.
Hamish Rutherford
Hamish Rutherford stretches and studies the pitch before the first ball on day one.
Trent Boult
Trent Boult is stumped by West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin during NZ's collapse.
Mark Craig
Mark Craig celebrates dismissing West Indies opener Chris Gayle on day two.
Kensington Oval
A panoramic view of Kensington Oval after rain cut short play on day two.
Kraigg Brathwaite and BJ Watling
Kraigg Brathwaite turns to see NZ wicketkeeper BJ Watling has prevented him from scoring.
Kraigg Brathwaite and BJ Watling
Kraigg Brathwaite plays an off-drive in front of BJ Watling's waiting gloves.
Kemar Roach
West Indies bowler Kemar Roach celebrates his 100th test wicket after dismissing BJ Watling on day four of the third test in Barbados.
Kane Williamson
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson celebrates on day four after scoring his seventh test century.
Jimmy Neesham
New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham drives the ball on day four of the third test against the West Indies at Kensington Oval.
Brendon McCullum
Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum sweeps the ball on day four of the third test against the West Indies.
Kane Williamson
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson pulls the ball on his way to 58 not out on the third day of the third test against the West Indies in Barbados.
Hamish Rutherford
New Zealand opener Hamish Rutherford is caught by West Indies keeper Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Kemar Roach on day three of the third test.
Neil Wagner
Black Caps bowler Neil Wagner celebrates the dismissal of West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the third day of the third test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Denesh Ramdin
The New Zealand cricketers celebrate the wicket of Denesh Ramdin with Tim Southee on the final day of the third test against the West Indies in Barbados.
Tim Southee
New Zealand quick Tim Southee reacts after taking the wicket of Denesh Ramdin on the final day of the third test against the West Indies in Barbados.
BJ Watling
New Zealand keeper BJ Watling stumps star West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on the final day of the third test at Kensington Oval.
Trent Boult
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult celebrates after claiming the wicket of West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards.

The Black Caps are optimistic the West Indies could yet crumble in the third test in Barbados.

Rain cut short play soon after lunch cut with the hosts 169-2 at Kensington Oval in reply to New Zealand's first day total of 293.

Kiwi seamer Neil Wagner, who was brought in to the deciding test as replacement for leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, says the weather delay has come as a frustration to the Black Caps who had just started to find their range with the ball in hand.

"Obviously with the rain coming in it's a bit disappointing. We felt that just before lunch and after lunch we started putting a little bit more pressure on," Wagner said.

"If we could have gotten another one or two quick wickets it would have gotten us in with a bit of a chance and end on a pretty good day.

"So it's a bit disappointing, but you can't control the weather."

However, Wagner says despite a pitch and outfield which favours high scoring, he still believe the West Indies could yet crumble after blasting away in the morning session of day two.

"They got a way a little bit this morning and batted quite well. It wasn't really an ideal start for us, but that's cricket and it happens," he said.

"For us it's just about focussing on tomorrow and what we can change and do better.

"There's not a lot of assistance in the wicket. I think it's one of those grounds where a lot of boundaries get scored. It's quite a quick outfield and a small boundary.

"At times it can get away from you, there's a lot of value for shots so for us it's just to try and eliminate that tomorrow and bowl a bit of pressure.

"As soon as we can do that there's no reason we can't get a couple of quick wickets.

"The West Indies are hard to stop when they've got momentum, they feed off building that confidence. But we also know that they are a team that do sort of crumble when they lose a couple of quick wickets, so we're always hopeful of that.

"We know that if we can put a squeeze on a get a couple of quick wickets, they could crumble.

"For us it's to sort of stay patient. We know our plan and need to keep executing it for longer periods of time."

Scoreboard at lunch on the second day of the third test between West Indies and New Zealand in Bridgetown, Barbados:

NEW ZEALAND

First innings

T LATHAM lbw Roach 14
H RUTHERFORD c Chanderpaul b Roach 4
K WILLIAMSON c Bravo b Benn 43
R TAYLOR c Benn b Roach 45
B McCULLUM c Bravo b Benn 31
J NEESHAM run out (Brathwaite) 78
B WATLING c Gayle b Benn 1
T SOUTHEE b Benn 6
M CRAIG not out 46
N WAGNER c Ramdin b Roach 2
T BOULT st Ramdin b Benn 12

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Extras (5b 2lb 3nb 1w) 11

Total 293

Fall: 17 (Rutherford), 28 (Latham), 102 (Williamson), 114 (Taylor), 168 (McCullum), 172 (Watling), 194 (Southee), 258 (Neesham), 277 (Wagner), 293 (Boult).

Bowling: J Taylor 11-2-55-0 (1nb), K Roach 18-2-61-4 (1w), J Holder 10-4-24-0 (2nb), S Benn 26.2-1-93-5, S Shillingford 13-0-53-0.

WEST INDIES

First innings

C GAYLE c Rutherford b Craig 42
K BRATHWAITE c Southee b Wagner 68
K EDWARDS not out 42
Darren BRAVO not out 8

Extras (1b 2lb 1nb 5w) 9

Total (for two wickets) 169

Fall: 79 (Gayle), 153 (Brathwaite).

Bowling: T Boult 10-3-38-0 (1w 1nb), T Southee 10-2-43-0, M Craig 13-2-63-1, N Wagner 7.2-3-11-1 (1w), K Williamson 2-0-11-0 (1w).

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