Black Caps under pressure as Narine, Roach strike
New Zealand were up against it at stumps on the fourth day of their second Test against West Indies at North Sound after two breakthroughs for the hosts left them at 199 for 3, just 28 runs ahead.cricket Updated: Jul 29, 2012 10:13 IST
New Zealand were up against it at stumps on the fourth day of their second Test against West Indies at North Sound after two breakthroughs for the hosts left them at 199 for 3, just 28 runs ahead.
Looking to erase a 171-run first-innings deficit, opener Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum strove manfully to move the Black Caps towards positive territory but both fell after taking the tourists to 170 for 1 at one stage in the final session on Saturday.
West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, who pulled out a maiden five-wicket Test haul in the first innings, made the first breakthrough in the second innings after trapping Daniel Flynn lbw for 20 in an early blow for the Kiwis.
But thereafter Guptill, who just missed a century in the first innings, and McCullum piled on the runs before falling for 67 and 84 as Narine and Kemar Roach claimed their respective scalps.
Guptill and McCullum had put on 123 for the second wicket before spinner Narine had opener Guptill caught by Assad Fudadin at short leg.
Kemar Roach then bowled McCullum to leave nightwatchman Neil Wagner on four not out with skipper Ross Taylor on 11.
West Indies had earlier made the Kiwis' opening tally of 351 look modest as they made 522 all out with skipper Darren Sammy instrumental in helping his compatriots to pass the 500 mark for the first time since Mumbai last year.