It was 2nd day of the decider test between West Indies and New Zealand, in 1st day New Zealand ended up being all-out in 293 runs and West Indies were playing with 32 runs without loss with Gayle (18) on strike. West Indies started today by trailing to New Zealand by 261 runs. Brathwaite and Gayle resumed the innings and Tim Southee started proceedings for the kiwis. Both the batsman looked to settle down from the start.
Though the ball was moving in the initial overs to the day’s play, West Indies managed to play them out and both openers were heading to a solid opening partnership. Boult and Southee paired up to bowl the opening overs and both the West Indies openers were playing them quite easy. Gayle was dispatching the balls for boundaries and scoreboard kept on moving for West Indies as there was a boundary of every over. Boult was replaced by Mark Carig but even he could not manage to break the opening partnership.
Finally in the 22nd over of the West Indies innings Gayle was caught in the long on region by Rutherford while he tried to clear the grounds of Mark Carig.Thus the opening partnership was broken and the Jamaican was dismissed at a score of 42 runs off 53 balls with 6 fours and a six.krik Edward came in next and lucked 2 build a partnership with Brathwaite. Edward even started to play strokes freely. New Zealand were making changes in bowling but without effect.
To Stop the growing storm of Caribbean’s Wanger and Williamson came into bowling action and tried to break the partnership between Brathwaite and Edward but there was no effect, Brathwaite looked like a unstoppable force on the ground yesterday. But after a hard try New Zealand finally was able to send him off the ground, just before lunch time he tried to hit a wide ball bowled by Wanger and caught by Southee, and his innings was over, he hit 10 fours. After that Bravo came on and after playing a few balls there were lunchtime.
After lunchtime New Zealand needed to streamline their plans, especially with Edwards chugging along on 41 off 45 and the new batsman, Darren Bravo, who recently hit a century in previous test. Brendon McCullum, the skipper of New Zealand employed attacking field, started to using same principle of attack on Edward like he used on Brathwaite. The decision looked good for the team, finally after the lunch, New Zealand bowlers were responding well.Craig went around the wicket to generate some good bounce, Neil Wagner was persistent. The game became more and more interesting but after playing a few overs after the lunch it began to rain and the play was stopped due to the rain.
The 3rd day seemed very important for West Indies and they have to play well in the next day but they are in good position as they are trailing by 124 runs of course but with 8 wickets remaining. The rain is also a factor here as in the 2nd day they couldn’t play almost half of the day due to rain. Looking forward to the third day, let’s see what happens