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Gayle leads Windies to victory

Chris Gayle ensured West Indies were not to be denied a series-levelling 10-wicket victory against New Zealand on the final day of the second Test in Port of Spain.

BJ Watling and Mark Craig's ninth-wicket stand, plus the inclement weather today, had given the Black Caps a chance of emerging with a draw.

But the tourists were bowled out to leave a victory target of 93 and Gayle blazed his way to 80 not out off just 46 balls, as the Windies took the series to a decider.

New Zealand had appeared on course for an innings defeat when they fell to 213 for eight, still needing 26 to make their opponents bat again.

However, Watling and Craig dug in to frustrate the Windies' charge with battling fifties.

Craig was dropped in the slip cordon off successive balls from Jerome Taylor in the day's third over.

Both drops went for four, with Craig then going to his half-century off 126 balls, while Watling brought up his fifty off 161 deliveries.

The two made it past the first hour but Kemar Roach ended the partnership one run shy of a century stand.

Craig edged behind to end his innings on 67 and, although last man Trent Boult resisted after a rain delay, he too edged to wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin off Shannon Gabriel as New Zealand were all out for 331, with Watling stranded on 66 not out.

Gayle thumped a four through midwicket off the first delivery from Tim Southee to set the tone before crunching three sixes in four balls off Boult.

His fourth six took him to 51 off 28 balls - the second fastest half-century by a West Indian in Tests.

With Kraigg Brathwaite playing a supporting role, Gayle scored the winning runs by cutting Kane Williamson for four.

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