It wasn’t that New Zealand were totally outplayed during their two Test-match series against West Indies, as the 2-0 result may suggest. It was just that every time West Indies found themselves on the back foot or the Kiwis began to look threatening, someone or the other from the Caribbean camp stepped up to hand West Indies the upper hand.
The New Zealand batsmen negated the good work their bowlers did on the second day and are now in danger of losing the test series 0-2 on tomorrows fourth day at Sabina Park. As the game now stands, the West Indies are 135/4, 71 runs away from the 206 required for victory.
New Zealand will enter tomorrows fifth and final day of the first test at North Sound with a chance of avoiding defeat. Their fortunes, of course, will depend on their captain Ross Taylor and the batsmen to come, but the conscientious batting of their top order has placed them in a position to save the game.
Led by centuries from Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell the West Indies proceeded to tighten the screws on a hapless New Zealand. At stumps the score was 442, and with Narsingh Deaonarine on 54, accompanied by the aggressive Darren Sammy on 8, the West Indies will be hoping to grow the 91 run lead to well past 200 on the fourth day.