New Zealand vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights – Dec 10, 2017

New Zealand vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights – Dec 10, 2017, NZ v WI highlights today – Second test day two from Seddon Park, Hamilton (New Zealand) Sunday 10th December 2017. New Zealand scored 373 runs in their first innings by facing 102.2 overs. ST Gabriel took four wickets in 25 overs with 119 runs, KAJ Roach took three wickets in 23.2 overs with 58 runs, ML Cummins took two and remaining one wicket was taken by RA Reifer. The opener of the New Zealand team JA Raval scored most runs, his wicket dismissed when he was at 84, 52.3 oh, what a beauty! That’s a brute of a delivery from Gabriel. Yet again Raval falls short of a hundred, but jeez, really gotta wonder if there’s anything he could have done about this. On a length, rips away as Raval is forced to play at it. Presented a straight bat but the movement is so subtle and so late that it takes the outside edge to leave him completely off-guard 159/3. C de Grandhomme seventh number batsmen scored 58 runs, Captain KS Williamson scored 43, TA Blundell † 28, TA Boult 37, TG Southee 31, MJ Santner 24, TWM Latham 22.

West Indies won the toss and elected to field.

New Zealand team/playing XI
TWM Latham, JA Raval, KS Williamson (c), LRPL Taylor, HM Nicholls, MJ Santner, C de Grandhomme, TA Blundell †, N Wagner, TG Southee, TA Boult.

West Indies team/playing XI
KC Brathwaite (c), KOA Powell, SO Hetmyer, SD Hope, RL Chase, SW Ambris, SO Dowrich †, RA Reifer, KAJ Roach, ML Cummins, ST Gabriel.

From West Indies innings they scored 215 runs till stumps day 2 with loss of eight wickets in 64 overs. Almost same story revised by West Indies because, their opener and also captain KC Brathwaite scored the most runs, he scored 66 runs, when his wicket dismissed then it was 40.1 stunning catch on the second attempt at the short cover. Brilliant second grab because the ball bobbled out of his hands as he leapt high, this was destined to be dropped but he had the excellent awareness to recover and then dive to complete the catch just as it was about to hit the ground with one hand. The leading edge from Brathwaite flew to the man there because he went at it with hard hands. 135/6. KOA Powell has gone with duck, SO Hetmyer 28, SD Hope 15, RL Chase 12, SO Dowrich † 35, KAJ Roach 17. All of the New Zealand bowlers took two wickets each of them.

Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

West Indies tour of New Zealand 2nd Test Highlights

Umpires – Bruce Oxenford, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Ian Gould
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Chris Brown
Match number – Test no. 2287

Trent Boult and Tim Southee pillaged 61 runs together at the start of the day, then claimed two wickets apiece, and held one spectacular catch each, as they set off and then perpetuated West Indies’ dramatic decline on a rain-interrupted day. By stumps, New Zealand had a stranglehold on the Test. Their opposition, eight down, and still 158 runs short of the hosts’ 373, were facing a long climb back into contention. Only Kraigg Brathwaite made a substantial score, hitting 66 off 116 deliveries while several batsmen made promising starts and perished around him. Having ended the first day with so much momentum, and even begun day two with a wicket in the first over, West Indies were guilty of failing to apply themselves on a pitch that – while lively – was not the challenge their scoreline made it seem.

It was in the eighth over of the day, with New Zealand’s score on 312 for 9, that Tim and Trent’s day-two adventure began. Getting off the mark with an enterprising uppercut for four over the slips off Shannon Gabriel, Boult tried the shot again next over, and this time fetched six for it. Before long he and Southee were in the middle of a full-scale blitz, Boult hitting five fours and two sixes in his 27-ball 37 not out, while Southee cracked 31 off 39, hitting two leg-side sixes and a four of his own. They were aided by Seddon Park’s modest dimensions, as even mis-hits proved a challenge to West Indies’ fielders. But there was spunk to go with the luck – Boult backing off awkwardly against Miguel Cummins at one stage, only to reach out and blast past point a ball that might have shaved the top of off stump.

New Zealand had begun the day in danger of not making it to 300, but thanks largely to their No. 10 and No. 11, 87 runs were added to the overnight score. Kemar Roach, who dismissed Neil Wagner third ball of the day (thanks to a flying catch at gully by Shai Hope) claimed the final wicket to finish with figures of 3 for 58, while Gabriel, who also took a day-two wicket, ended with 4 for 119. It was in the field, and with the ball, however, that Boult and Southee really left their mark on this Test. Gaining more bounce and carry from the surface than West Indies had managed (though it is possible the pitch had quickened up), they began beating edges almost immediately. Southee took the wicket of Kieran Powell in the first over, having the batsman caught behind for zero. Boult took longer to make his breakthrough, dismissing the spirited Shimron Hetmyer with a sublime return catch, leaping to his left.

Having tottered to 46 for 2, West Indies then seemed to be regaining their composure while Brathwaite and Hope were at the crease, but when play resumed after a rain delay of almost two hours, more wickets were in store. Hope nicked one to the slips off Southee soon after play re-started, then Roston Chase and Sunil Ambris both departed in quick succession – the latter treading on his stumps to the bowling of Boult, as he played a back-foot shot on the leg side. This was the second time in three innings that Ambris was out hit wicket.

When Southee caught Brathwaite spectacularly on the juggle soon after – the ball hitting the tips of his outstretched hands at short cover, only to bounce out and then be re-taken just before it hit the turf behind him – West Indies had lost four wickets for 45 runs. Brathwaite had been the player holding the innings together, keeping out the good balls and finding boundaries behind the wicket – though he did have some luck when he was dropped off Boult in the slips, on 14. He left West Indies at 135 for 6 – in danger of not making 200. Thankfully, for the visitors, Shane Dowrich struck a belligerent 35 before top-edging a pull off Neil Wagner, and debutant Raymon Reifer moved to an unbeaten 22 by stumps. Southee returned New Zealand’s best figures of the day, his two wickets only costing him 34 runs. Colin de Grandhomme and Wagner also had two wickets to their name. Mitchell Santner’s left-arm spin was not required.

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