It was Day 3 of the first test between West Indies Vs. New Zealand at the Sabina Park, Kingston. New Zealand declared their innings on the closing session of Day-2 and posed a mammoth total of 519 runs for the loss of 7 wickets on the board. West Indies started the innings steadily on Day-3 and their overnight score was 19 for none with the Jamaican giant, who is playing his 100th test match, Chris Gayle on the crease.

It was Christopher Henry Gayle’s centurion test and played the anchor innings for West Indies. The first session went in favour of the hosts and it was all possible due to the sheer excellence of this giant. He and Kieran Powell stood up at the crease and looked to build up a promising opening partnership.

Gayle played sensibly right from the start of the day’s play and played some pure cricketing strokes. Powell assisted him quite well and the opening partnership was going on well for them until the 28th over of the Caribbean innings when Powell was dismissed LBW by kiwi debutant, Mark Craig. West Indies lost their first wicket at a score of 60 runs on the board. Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo were dismissed for ducks and West Indies were thus in quite a spot of bother, having lost 3 of their top order batsmen in a quick succession. West Indies were thus 3 down for 61. Shivnarine Chanderpaul came in next and looked to poise up the innings with the big man, who was going quite well at the other end. At Lunch, the score was 97 for the loss of 3 wickets with Gayle and Chanderpaul remaining unbeaten on 59 and 10 respectively.

The second session of the day’s play started quite slowly and the two batsmen who were at the crease were the most experienced in the West Indies line up and needed to stay at a crease and play the session well. But unfortunately for the hosts, Chris Gayle edged a ball off Tim Southee and was caught on the hands of Watling. He scored 64 runs off 125 balls with 11 fours. Gayle’s dismissal was indeed a huge dismissal for the hosts and they were getting on the verge to be followed on. To add to their misery, Marlon Samuels was dismissed for a duck in the very same over by Southee. And thus the Caribbean men were in a huge spot of bother, having lost half of their line up at a score of 104 and still trailing by over 400 runs. Dinesh Ramdin came in next and needed to play a captain’s knock at the center. He managed to somehow build up a partnership with Chanderpaul but even that partnership did not last throughout the session. On the closing phase of the session, Ramdin was dismissed at a score of 39 runs off 77 deliveries by Southee. Southee bowled superbly today and broke the backbone of the Caribbean batting line up. The 2nd session was thus ended with West Indies struggling at 176 for the loss of 6 wickets in 62.4 overs.      

The third and closing session of the day started with Chanderpaul and Roach. Chanderpaul was playing sensibly but he did not get any assistance from the other end. Roach was dismissed at a score off 4 and West Indies were thus on the verge of being Followed On. Chanderpaul reached his 50 and was playing sensibly.  Then with Taylor, Benn and Shillingford, Chanderpaul managed to get on with the innings and finally West Indies managed to put a total of 262 on the board. Chanderpaul remained unbeaten at the score of 84 runs. The tail-enders assisted him quite well. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers for the Kiwis. His conceded 19 runs and took 4 wickets. Debutant Mark Craig also assisted Southee well and he too bagged 4 wickets under his belt by conceding 91 runs. West Indies was not been enforced the Follow-On and New Zealand came out to bat.

It was not a good start to the 2nd innings of the Kiwis and at stumps of Day-3, they are placed on 14 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the form of Fulton and Williamson. New Zealand, at the present moment hold a lead of 260 runs and West Indies have to bowl exceptionally well on Day-4 to keep their hopes alive.

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