New Zealand are in a dominant position at the end of the third day of the first Test against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Kiwis bowled their hosts out for 262 thanks to four wickets each from Tim Southee and Mark Craig then finished the day on 14-2.
Behind by 489 runs at the start of the day, the hosts started cautiously as Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell looked to adapt to the slow pitch.
The home side passed 50 with very few alarms, but then with the score on 60, Craig grabbed his first Test wicket.
With a ball that straightened, the spinner struck Powell on the front pad and was out LBW for 28.
That brought Kirk Edwards to the crease, but he would last just two balls as Craig had him well caught by Ross Taylor to leave West Indies on 60-2.
|West Indies 1st Innings||(New Zealand 1st Innings 508-7 dec.)|
|C. Gayle||c Watling||b Southee||64||169||125|
|K. Powell||lbw||b Craig||28||113||76|
|K. Edwards||c Taylor||b Craig||0||3||2|
|D. Bravo||c and b||Sodhi||0||6||6|
|S. Chanderpaul||Not Out||84||227||138|
|M. Samuels||lbw||b Southee||0||3||2|
|D. Ramdin||c Watling||b Southee||39||97||77|
|K. Roach||c Fulton||b Craig||4||11||10|
|J. Taylor||c McCullum||b Boult||7||13||12|
|S. Benn||b Craig||17||24||21|
|S. Shillingford||c Watling||b Southee||14||32||21|
|Extras||2nb 1w 2lb||5|
|Total||All Out||262||81.2 overs|
|New Zealand 2nd Innings|
|P. Fulton||c Ramdin||b Taylor||0||1||2|
|T. Latham||Not Out||8||26|
|K. Williamson||b Roach||1||35||30|
|I. Sodhi||Not Out||4||20|
It then became something of a collapse, as Darren Bravo was out in the very next over off the bowling of Ish Sodhi after lobbing a simple return catch to the bowler.
From the other end, Gayle looked relatively unperturbed as he hit several boundaries to bring up his fifty.
Gayle would go to lunch unbeaten on 59, with the experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul 10 not out, as the West Indians finished the morning on 97-3.
With two senior batsmen together, the home side would have been hopeful of piling on the runs.
However, having added just five runs to his total, Gayle was removed for 64, as Southee tempted him into an edge and wicketkeeper BJ Watling took an easy catch.
Just two balls later, Southee was at it again as he caught new batsman Marlon Samuels on the crease and earned the LBW decision.
That left West Indies in dire straits as captain Denesh Ramdin joined Chanderpaul.
Both batsmen dug in well and accumulated runs regularly, and having been 104-5, they passed 150.
However, in the last over before tea, the home side’s captain looked to guide a ball from Southee into the leg side but managed only to balloon a catch to Watling.
Ramdin was dismissed for 39, leaving West Indies on 176-6 with Chanderpaul still at the crease on 43 not out.
You know, for all the grief that the BlackCap selectors get (including from myself), they've been great recently. Mark Craig?? Mark Craig!!— Niall Anderson (@NiallGunner) June 10, 2014
Kemar Roach was the next to join Chanderpaul after tea, but he did not last long, as Craig induced a simple catch to leg slip, which Peter Fulton took easily.
Two overs later, Chanderpaul brought up his half-century—his 63rd in Test matches.
The next man in was Jerome Taylor, but he would make just seven before being removed by Trent Boult.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum took a superb catch at short cover, as he dived forward and grasped the ball just inches from the turf.
With the hosts now 194-8, Sulieman Benn was the next man in, and he smote three boundaries before being bowled by Craig for 17.
The last man, Shane Shillingford, came in and also looked to be aggressive, but was Southee’s fourth victim for 14, as he edged behind to Watling.
At the other end, Chanderpaul finished unbeaten on 84, but there will perhaps be questions about his protection of the tail.
West Indies finished with 262 all out, trailing by 246 runs, with McCullum electing to bat again.
At the start of the Kiwis’ second innings, Fulton’s nightmare continued as he chased a wide one from Taylor but edged it to Ramdin.
Kane Williamson would also be dismissed as he left a straight one from Roach, but New Zealand survived further breakthroughs to end on 14-2.
With a lead of 260 and eight wickets in hand, the visitors are in a dominant position and will look to press home their advantage tomorrow.