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Brathwaite, Bravo tons put Windies in charge

Published:Wednesday | June 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
West Indies batsman Darren Bravo plays a sweep shot past New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watlin during the second Test in Port of Spain yesterday. - photo by Dellmar

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Opener Kraigg Brath-waite hit his maiden Test hundred and Darren Bravo his sixth, as West Indies dominated the second day of the second Test against New Zealand yesterday.

At the close, the Caribbean side were 310 for five, in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 221, a lead of 89 runs heading into Wednesday's critical third day at Queen's Park Oval.

Brathwaite fell late in the day for 129 while Bravo scored a characteristically shot-filled 109, his first century on Caribbean soil and appropriately coming before his home crowd.

The pair put on 182 for the second wicket, a partnership that deflated the Black Caps and forced them to toil without success throughout most of the evening sessions on another flat surface.

Brathwaite, who replaced the out-of-form Kieran Powell for this Test, faced 258 deliveries in an innings lasting six hours and 11 minutes, and which included 13 fours. Bravo, meanwhile, struck 11 fours and four sixes in a knock spanning 190 minutes and 155 balls.

Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was there at the close on four, partnered by night watchman Kemar Roach, who was yet to score.

Left-arm seamer Trent Boult has been the best bowler with two for 30, with fast bowler Tim Southee and off-spinner Mark Craig failing to repeat their success of the opening Test in Kingston last week.

Resuming the day tenuously placed at six for one, West Indies were in early trouble when night watchman Sulieman Benn missed a swish at Southee and was bowled for four in the fifth over of the morning.

Languishing at 16 for two, West Indies found solace in a 93-run, third-wicket stand between Brathwaite and fellow Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who got 55.

Defensive-minded

The right-handed Edwards faced 64 balls and struck seven fours and three sixes, taking the attack to the New Zealand bowlers as defensive-minded Brathwaite provided the perfect foil.

Unbeaten on 58 at tea, Bravo upped the ante on resumption. He cleared long on with Sodhi in the third over after the break for his first six, before slapping the same bowler to the cover boundary a few balls later.

He maintained his assault on the leg-spinner in the bowler's next over with two sixes - the first flying over long on and the second clearing mid-wicket, as he romped into the 80s.

Brathwaite, on 85 at tea, struck Southee for two boundaries in the fourth over on resumption to speed into the 90s Mand eventually reached three figures with a single to third man.

Bravo, meanwhile, entered the 90s with an extra cover drive for four off Neesham, Mworked slow bowler Kane Williamson fine for four in the next over to cruise to 99 before stealing a single to cover to reach his landmark.

He celebrated by thumping Williamson straight for his fourth six, but holed out in the deep to Craig in the bowler's next over, trying to go over the ropes again.

With the session extended, Brathwaite plodded on in fading light before finally succumbing in third over before the close, tamely tapping a catch back to Boult.

Scoreboard

NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings 221

WEST INDIES 1st Innings

(overnight six for one)

C Gayle b Boult 1K Brathwaite c & b Boult 129S Benn b Southee 4K Edwards c wkp Watling b Sodhi 55DM Bravo c Craig b Williamson 109S Chanderpaul not out 4K Roach not out 0Extras (lb5, w3) 8

TOTAL (5 wkts, 91 overs) 310

To bat: J Blackwood,+D Ramdin, J Taylor, S Gabriel.

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Gayle), 2-16 (Benn), 3-109 (Edwards), 4-291 (Bravo), 5-310 (Brathwaite)

Bowling: Boult 21-5-30-2 (w2), Southee 22-6-60-1, Craig 19-2-81-0, Neesham 10-0-59-0 (w1), Sodhi 12-2-57-1, Williamson 7-2-18-1.

Position: West Indies lead by 89 runs with five wickets in tact.

Toss: New Zealand.

Umpires: Ian Gould, Rod Tucker; TV - Richard Illingworth.