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New Zealand maintains its supremacy – 2nd Test vs. West Indies

Zia Rana December 12, 2013

West Indies 4-158 (Kirk Edwards 55, Marlon Samuels 50*, Corey Anderson 2-20) trail New Zealand 441 (Ross Taylor 129, BJ Watling 65, Kane Williamson 45, Tino Best 4-110) by 283 runs with six wickets in hand.

The Black Caps tightened their grip against the Windies after posting a mammoth 1st innings score followed by grasping four top order wickets in the 2nd Test.

The Kiwis amassed 441 runs in their first innings and the Caribbeans reached 158 for the loss of four wickets in 37 overs.

The second day’s play finished on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

Earlier, the hosts started the day at 6-307 after 90 overs whereas BJ Watling and Tim Southee were batting at 8 and 9 runs. The batsmen enhanced the score to 334 when the latter was gone for 21 and was replaced by Ish Sodhi. The run rate was picked up by the two batsmen and the partnership was broken at 383 as Sodhi became the next victim for 27. The home side lost their 9th wicket at the same score when Trent Boult provided another valuable partnership to his team. Watling attained his 6th Test fifty and was dismissed for 65 whereas Boult remained unbeaten for 38 as the Kiwis piled up 441 in 115.1 overs.

Marlon Samuels - Unbeaten fifty

Marlon Samuels – Unbeaten fifty

Tino Best was the main wicket taker with four, Shannon Gabriel and Darren Sammy held two whereas Shane Shillingford and Narsingh Deonarine shared one wicket each.

West Indies lost their first wicket at 46 and Darren Bravo became the next casualty at 67 for four runs. Marlon Samuels joined in with the opener, Kirk Edwards, who went past his sixth Test half century in the 23rd over. The association was dislodged at 103 when Edwards surrendered for 55 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul managed just six runs. Narsingh Deonarine got together with Samuels who achieved his 20th Test fifty in the final over of the day. The pair secured their ends for 11 and 50 while the tourists scored 4-158 in 37 overs.

Corey Anderson was the chief wicket taker with two whereas Trent Boult and Tim Southee got one wicket each.

New Zealand still leads by 283 runs and they will anticipate taking a vital first innings lead against West Indies.

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