Windies favourites after NZ collapse
West Indies need another 71 runs with six wickets in hand to win the second Test and whitewash New Zealand following an enthralling third day’s play at Kingston, Jamaica.
Starting this morning on 59 for two in their second innings and leading by 110 runs, the Black Caps were skittled for 154 with part-time bowler Narsingh Deonarine doubling his two overnight wickets and fellow spinner Sunil Narine snaring three similarly economical victims.
That left the Windies with a victory target of 206 that they would have been optimistic of reaching, but the tourists battled back to reduce their opponents to 20 for two and then 113 for four, which included the key wicket of in-form Marlon Samuels for 52.
The hosts closed on 135 for four, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 20 alongside nightwatchman Kemar Roach, to leave them as slight favourites, although Ross Taylor’s side will still fancy their chances.
New Zealand started the day in a strong position, but they dramatically lost eight wickets for just 74 runs either side of lunch.
Deonarine dismissed four of New Zealand’s top six for figures of 4-37, before Narine went through the tail en route to 3-19. Paceman Tino Best took 2-44, including the prized wicket of Taylor for a second-ball duck.
Neil Wagner and Brendon McCullum survived 10 overs today until Best had the former and Taylor caught behind in the space of three deliveries.
Deonarine had McCullum held at short-leg for 19 and Kane Williamson caught at slip before Kruger van Wyk holed out to deep square-leg off Narine.
Doug Bracewell and Dean Brownlie, who hit five fours, briefly resisted until falling to Narine, at short-leg for 14 and mid-off for 35 respectively. Roach ended the innings by having Tim Southee caught at fine-leg.
New Zealand rallied as home opening batsmen Chris Gayle, who had lifted Trent Boult for six over extra-cover, and Kieran Powell fell with the score on 20 - lbw to Boult and Southee respectively.
Assad Fudadin and Samuels added 74, but Wagner bowled Fudadin for 27 and Bracewell had first-innings centurion Samuels caught at first slip for 52, including seven fours.