New Zealand, West Indies draw 2nd test, series
Chris Gayle made 197 as West Indies set New Zealand 312 to win in the second cricket Test today but the home side faltered in a promising run chase and the match and series ended in a draw.cricket Updated: Dec 23, 2008 13:02 IST
Chris Gayle made 197 as West Indies set New Zealand 312 to win in the second cricket Test on Tuesday but the home side faltered in a promising run chase and the match and series ended in a draw.
Gayle's innings of more than eight hours yielded his 8th century and second-highest score in Tests which guided West Indies to 375 in their second innings after they had trailed New Zealand by 64 runs.
New Zealand were left with 312 to win the match in a minimum of 60 overs over two sessions and threatened that target at times as Jamie How (54) and Jesse Ryder (59 not out) reached half centuries but eventually the loss of wickets forced it to bat out time. Stumps were drawn with nine overs remaining when Gayle and Daniel Vettori agreed no result was possible, with New Zealand 220 for 5 and still 92 runs from victory.
The dissolution of a 74-run fourth wicket partnership between Ryder and Ross Taylor (46) and the dismissal of Brendon McCullum for 19, one of the first glaringly bad decisions under cricket's new Umpire Referral System stifled the New Zealand run chase and consigned the match to a draw.
West Indies were in a position to set New Zealand a target which was beyond the reach of New Zeland.
Gayle batted 514 minutes and hit 20 fours and seven sixes from 396 balls in completing his first century since 2005, in passing 5,000 runs and posting the highest test total on McLean Park.