West Indies travels towards prosperity after beating New Zealand- 2nd Test

West Indies 1st innings 209 (Marlon Samuels 123, Darren Sammy 32, Doug Bracewell 3-46) and 2nd innings 206-5 (Samuels 52, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 43*, Kane Williamson 1-18) beat New Zealand 1st innings 260 (Martin Guptill 71, Ross Taylor 60, Kemar Roach 4-70) 2nd innings 154 (Guptill 42, Dean Brownlie 35, Narsingh Deonarine 4-37) by 5 wickets.

West Indies rebuilt their confidence by winning a two match series 2-0 against New Zealand while beating them all ends up in the second Test at Jamaica.

New Zealand scored 260 runs in their first innings followed by a poor total of 154 in the second. West Indies managed 209 in the first innings but gave a better performance in the second by scoring 206 for the loss of five wickets.

Marlon Samuels - 'Player of the match' for his excellent batting
Marlon Samuels – ‘Player of the match’ for his excellent batting

Marlon Samuels (West Indies) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his excellent batting in the game.

Kemar Roach (West Indies) was declared ‘Player of the series’ for his superb bowling in the series. He grabbed 12 wickets at an awesome average of 18.25 per wicket with the best of 5-60 in an innings and 7-115 in a match.

The second and final Test of the series came to an end on the fourth day of the match on Sunday, August 5, 2012, at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.

Earlier, the Windies started their second innings on day four at 135 after losing four wickets in 43 overs and still required 71 runs to win the Test. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the night watchman, Kemar Roach, were unbeaten on 20 and 10 runs respectively. The day was initiated under a threat of a thunderstorm which could have taken away the match without any result.

The home team took off cautiously by getting six runs in the first two overs and Roach picked up a couple of fours in the following over and 150 of the innings was attained. The duo kept the score board moving and Roach by passed Chanderpaul by reaching 35 after 50 overs as the latter added just two runs to his overnight score.

The fourth wicket partnership associated a 70 runs valuable partnership at a crucial stage when Kemar Roach was caught at backward point by Tim Southee off Kane Williamson for his highest Test score of 41 off 60 balls with 4 fours. His previous best, 29, was scored against Pakistan on May 20, 2011, at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts.

Narsingh Deonarine came in next and got six runs in the 57th over as Chanderpaul kept on consolidating from the other end. The target was achieved on the second ball of the 64th over when the latter took a single. West Indies scored 206 runs in 63.2 overs with half of their wickets intact. Shivnarine Chanderpaul stood firm at his end for 43 and Narsingh Deonarine assisted him well with unbeaten 15 runs.

Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kane Williamson shared one wicket each.

West Indies won the match by a margin of five wickets and grasped the series comprehensively 2-0. They have been under the shadow of losing games consistently for quite some time and were taken lightly by the major Test playing nations except Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The victory in the series will boost their confidence and they will be able to fight back positively even against the super teams of the world.


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