New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3: West Indies forced to follow on after Southee leaves them in tatters

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Southee ripped through the West Indies’ batting line-up with four wickets

The West Indies were forced to follow on after New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee’s four wickets left them in absolute tatters during the third day of the first Test in Dunedin.

Southee was well supported by fellow seamer Trent Boult, who took three wickets in the first innings and one in the second, and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who claimed two wickets in the first innings and one in the second as well.

Starting out the day on 67/2, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels were only able to add three runs onto their 43-run partnership from day two before Bravo edged a delivery from Southee straight to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum at gully to be dismissed for 40.

Samuels failed to last much longer as he was caught by Ross Taylor in the slips to become Southee’s second victim of the day.

Southee claimed his third wicket of the day a short while later as Narsingh Deonarine was also caught by Taylor in the slips.

Following Southee’s trio of quick strikes, veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin came to the rescue with a 68-run partnership, during which Chanderpaul brought up his 62nd Test half-century, before Ramdin was caught behind off the bowling of Boult for just 12 runs.

Just a few overs later, Chandepaul was given out lbw to Boult, but he reviewed it straight away as he believed it was too high.

However, Hawk Eye showed that the ball was clipping the bails and the decision stood.

Chanderpaul’s outstanding knock of 77 came off 87 balls and included 10 boundaries.

Chanderpaul also recorded a milestone during his innings as he surpassed 11,000 Test runs, making him only the seventh cricketer in Test cricket history to achieve that feat.

Shane Shillingford was the next to go as he was clean bowled by Sodhi for nine runs.

Disaster struck once again just a few overs later as Tino Best was run out for a duck.

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy managed to smash 27 runs off 22 deliveries, which included six boundaries, before Shannon Gabriel was given out lbw off the bowling of Sodhi.

Gabriel reviewed the decision since the West Indies had nothing to lose, but after looking through the replays, the third umpire upheld the original decision.

Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with four wickets, while Boult snapped up three and Sodhi chipped in with two.

With the West Indies still trailing by 396 runs, McCullum decided to enforce the follow-on.

McCullum’s decision to enforce the follow-on paid off almost immediately as opening batsman Kieran Powell edged a delivery from Boult to Southee at third slip.

However, Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards made up for the early loss of Powell with a brilliant 117-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Edwards was given out lbw off the bowling of Sodhi for 59.

Edwards’ outstanding innings of 59 came off 110 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Bravo and Samuels managed to put together an unbeaten 33-run partnership before stumps was called.

Bravo finished unbeaten on 72 off 130 deliveries, which included 10 boundaries, while Samuels remained undefeated on 17 runs off 36 balls, which included two boundaries.

Boult and Sodhi picked up one wicket apiece.

The West Indies ended day three on 168/2 and will resume batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (previous day).

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