About the Match
West Indies are playing a home series against New Zealand of which the 1st was played at Kingston, Jamaica from June 8-12 and the visitors dominated the home team taking a lead of 1-0 in the 3-test match series. Both the teams have players who participated in the recently concluded IPL7 and the home team players are probably in the same frame of mind whereas the Kiwis seem to have adapted to the longer format of the game faster and dominated the proceedings. Will the home team allow them to continue the dominance or will the battery of fast bowlers force them to surrender to home conditions?
West Indies team was made to toil in the field for almost 2 days trying all their tricks to dislodge the well set Kiwis batsmen, after the initial success by Taylor dismissing Fulton cheaply. Benn and Shillingford were the successful bowlers claiming 3 wickets each but allowed the Kiwis to amass a huge total of 508 for 7 off 174 overs, in 1st Innings. In reply, Gayle and Powell opened well, giving a good start with 60 when Powell fell for 28. Only Chanderpaul and Ramdin showed application to the test environment, but with other batsmen in no mood to adjust, the innings folded with a deficit of 246 runs. New Zealand did some fast scoring in the 2nd innings without asking the home team to follow-on, and did some fast scoring at the expense of loss of wickets and added 156 for the loss of 8 wickets thus setting a target of 402 for win in the 2nd essay. The misery of batting failures continued to a thoughtful and intelligent bowling by New Zealand and the team succumbed to 216 all out, thus conceding a 1-0 lead, failing to make the target by 186 runs. This loss will certainly give a wake-up call to the otherwise capable team who have a hostile bowling attack, but conceded 32 extras in the 1st innings of the New Zealand. They must maintain the line, length and maintain a disciplined attack and select the balls when batting with due respect.
At Kingston, New Zealand elected to bat first after winning the toss, and after the loss of Fulton with just 9 runs on board, Latham and Williamson built a 2nd wicket stand of 165 runs withstanding the pressure by the erratic bowling of the West Indian seamers who bowled wides and no balls, thus allowing the team to dominate and facilitating Williamson and Neesham to hit centuries. After dismissing the home team with a commanding lead of 246 runs, they did some quick scoring and challenged to score 402 for a win in the 2nd essay. Craig and Southee continued to wreck the home team with Sodhi joining the attack to dismiss 3 wickets, thus folding the opponents for 216 and winning the 1st test. Will they be able to repeat this feat by maintaining their dominance is something that needs to be seen.
West Indians will certainly do some introspection and stock taking to give a befitting reply to the Kiwis and with sheer determination is expected to win the 2nd test to level the series.
West Indies, 2.50 @ Bet365