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2nd Test: WI in dire straits against Kiwis

The Windies decision to bat first against New Zealand backfired as they slumped to 182 for eight at stumps when bad light stopped play on the first day.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 14:55 IST

Swing bowler James Franklin reveled in familiar conditions, taking five wickets for 44 runs on Friday as New Zealand left the West Indies at 182 for eight when bad light stopped play on the first day of the second Test.

Shouldering extra responsibility in the absence of Shane Bond, who is ill, the Wellington-born and based Franklin claimed his third five-wicket Test haul to wreck the West Indies innings.

Franklin's victims, on a day on which low cloud encouraged swing, included Brian Lara, who was out fourth ball for one run after scores of 5 and 0 in the first Test at Auckland, which New Zealand won by 27 runs.

The West Indies grasped the chance to bat first when captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul won the toss in bright, sunny conditions and galloped to 43 without loss in the first half hour, in batting conditions which seemed tailored to their strokemakers.

But as the day turned overcast and the new ball began to swing, the tourists similarly fell under a cloud, losing Lara among three wickets for six runs in four overs as Franklin and New Zealand assumed the upper hand.

Franklin first dismissed Chris Gayle for 30 with a ball which left the batsman slightly off the seam, took an outside edge and carried generously to wicketkeeper Brendan McCullum for the first of his two catches.

Gayle seemed in dominating form, taking his 30 runs from 30 balls with five fours before his dismissal started the collapse of the West Indies' top-order.

His opening partner, Daren Ganga, was out two runs later for 15, caught by McCullum off Kyle Mills, who joined the New Zealand team on match morning when Bond withdrew with a virus.

Bond had been Lara's nemesis in Auckland, dismissing the prolific Trinidad batsman with the first ball he bowled to him in each innings. Lara might have hoped for better luck in Bond's absence, on the ground on which he scored his only Test century against New Zealand 11 years ago, but he had no time to settle before he fell to Franklin.

Franklin's full-pitched, swinging delivery lured Lara into a defensive prod and the ball skidded across the face of the bat and carried to Stephen Fleming at first slip. Fleming was leading New Zealand in a test for the 74th time, joining Clive Lloyd as the second most-capped captain in Test history. Record-holder Allan Border led Australia in 93 Tests.

Controversial wickets on either side of lunch tipped the match further in New Zealand's favour. Chanderpaul was out to the last ball of the morning session, caught by Fleming off Chris Martin, but replays suggested the ball had missed the bat and taken the thigh pad.

Dwayne Bravo fell lbw to Franklin as the West Indies' collapse continued after lunch but, again, replays suggested the ball would have bounced over the stumps.

Denesh Ramdin fell next to Franklin after an undisciplined innings, driving expansively at a ball which swung through his shot and bowled him for two.

Rain forced players from the field 30 minutes before tea but they returned.


West Indies 1st Innings: C Gayle c McCullum b Franklin 30, D Ganga c McCullum b Mills 15, R Morton lbwFranklin 63, B Lara c Fleming b Franklin 1, S Chanderpaul c Fleming b Martin 8, D Bravo lbwFranklin 9, D Ramdin b Franklin 2, R Lewis c Fleming b Martin 22, I Bradshaw not out 10, D Powell not out 16, Extras (b-2, lb-1, nb-3) 6,Total: (for eight wickets, 56 overs) 182.

Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-45, 3-49, 4-80, 5-102, 6-108, 7-142, 8-165.

Bowling: Martin 14-1-66-2, Franklin 17-6-44-5, Mills 17-5-52-1, Vettori 5-2-13-0, Astle 3-2-4-0.

Umpires: Mark Benson (England) and Daryl Harper (Australia). TV Umpire: Tony Hill (New Zealand). Match Referee: Mike Procter (South Africa).

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 10:39 IST