OVER THE TOP: West Indies opener Chris Gayle hits a six during his unbeaten 80 against New Zealand on the final day of the second Test at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, yesterday. West Indies won by ten wickets to level the three-match series 1-1. --Photo: ANISTO ALVES

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McCullum: WI deserved to win

By \\\\\ Roger Seepersad

The New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum believes the West Indies deserved their hard-fought ten-wicket win yesterday but promises his side will bounce back stronger for the deciding Test in Barbados next week.

Speaking to the media following the game at Queen’s Park Oval, yesterday, McCullum said it was good to see the West Indies fight their way back into the series especially on the first day of the second Test when New Zealand were in a decent position after two sessions of play.

“West Indies deserved to win. We were 160 for three and we were in a very good position then but credit to West Indies for coming back after the first two sessions of the Test,” said McCullum.

Meanwhile, West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin was all smiles after his first Test victory in charge of the regional side and it was even more special for the wicket-keeper to get success in front of his home crowd. “It was a fantastic victory in the end. It was a hard-fought win,” he said.

Ramdin had called for more patience heading into the contest and was happy with the way his players responded and he believes that it made a difference in the end.

“I think we bowled the right areas and we were a lot more patient in this game. They were 80 odd for one wicket on the first day and we pulled in back by Tea time and then having lost the toss and to bowl them out, any captain will take that in a day’s play,” he said.

“The conditions were tough for the bowlers but our bowlers put in a lot of effort and our batters did the job in the first innings was good to set up the match. Coming out of Jamaica we needed to attack the bowlers more and be confident and play our natural game,” Ramdin explained.

However, Ramdin insisted that the home team still have some work to do ahead of the final match of the three-Test series and they struggled to dismiss the Kiwis in the second innings, allowing a 99-run eighth-wicket partnership to stretch the game into the final day. “It was frustrating having that lower order come and put on a partnership. They gave us some chances but we did not take them. And at the end of the day I think we were lackadaisical in the field and we were not hungry for that last couple of wickets there,” said Ramdin.

“We came back this morning (yesterday) with a lazy attitude and that could have haunted us but we came out on the better end in this match. It is very important that we stay patient, stay humble and hungry for success when we head to Barbados,” he added.

QUEEN’S PARK OVAL SCOREBOARD

 

West Indies vs New Zealand 2ND TEST

 

NEW ZEALAND 1ST Innings 221

WEST INDIES 1st Innings 460

NEW ZEALAND 2nd Innings

(o/n 257 for eight)

T Latham c Brathwaite b Benn 36

*B McCullum lbw b Taylor 3

K Williamson c wkp Ramdin b Roach 52

R Taylor c wkp Ramdin b Gabriel 36

J Neesham c & b Benn 7

*+BJ Watling not out 66

H Rutherford lbw b Taylor 13

I Sodhi  c wkp Ramdin b Roach 14

T Southee c Edwards b Roach 15

M Craig c wkp Ramdin b Roach 67

T Boult c wkp Ramdin b Gabriel 8

Extras (b9, lb2, w1, nb2) 14

TOTAL (all out, 152.2 overs) 331

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (McCullum), 2-84 (Latham), 3-108 (Williamson), 4-121 (Neesham), 5-153 (Taylor), 6-176 (Rutherford), 7-193 (Sodhi), 8-212 (Southee), 9-311 (Craig), 10-331 (Boult)

Bowling: Taylor 30-8-73-2 (nb1), Roach 28-6-74-4 (w1), Gabriel 22.2-3-66-1 (nb1), Benn 58-20-78-2, Gayle 13-3-29-0.

 

WEST INDIES 2ND Innings (target: 93)

C Gayle not out 80

K Brathwaite not out 14

Extras (lb1) 1

TOTAL (without loss, 13.2 overs) 95

Bowling: Southee 4-1-21-0, Boult 3-0-27-0, Sodhi 2-0-21-0, Craig 3-0-17-0, Williamson 1.2-0-8-0.

Result: West Indies won by 10 wickets.

Series: Three-match series level 1-1.

Man-of-the-Match: Kraigg Brathwaite.

Umpires: Ian Gould, Rod Tucker; TV – 

Richard Illingworth.

 
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