West Indies vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3: Craig and Southee leave West Indies reeling

Craig took four wickets in the first innings of his Test debut

Craig took four wickets in the first innings of his Test debut

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New Zealand debutant Mark Craig and pace bowler Tim Southee both ripped through the West Indies’ batting line-up with four wickets each to leave the hosts reeling at the end of the third day of the first Test in Jamaica.

Even though Craig and Southee stole most of the spotlight, West Indies opener Chris Gayle, who is playing in his 100th Test, and batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul deserve some credit as they both scored valiant half-centuries.

Starting out the day on 19/0, the West Indies’ opening pair of Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell managed to convert their 19-run partnership into a 60-run partnership before Powell was given out lbw off the bowling of Craig for 28.

Craig struck again just two balls later when Kirk Edwards was brilliantly caught by Ross Taylor at slip for a duck.

Darren Bravo failed to trouble the scorers as well as he was caught and bowled by Ish Sodhi for a duck.

Gayle ended up scoring 64 runs, which came off 125 balls and included 11 boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee.

Gayle scored 64 runs in the first innings of his 100th Test

Gayle scored 64 runs in the first innings of his 100th Test

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Just like Craig did earlier in the day, Southee took another wicket just two balls later when he trapped Marlon Samuels lbw for a duck.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin, who was playing in his first Test match as captain, stabilised the innings with a 72-run partnership before Ramdin was caught behind off the bowling of Southee for 39.

Kemar Roach only made four runs before he was caught by Peter Fulton at leg slip off the bowling of Craig.

Jerome Taylor scored seven runs before he was the victim of an extraordinary catch by New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum at short cover off the bowling of Trent Boult.

Suliemann Benn managed to amass 17 runs before he was clean bowled by Craig.

Shane Shillingford mustered 14 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee.

Chanderpaul was left stranded on 84 off 138 balls, which included 13 boundaries, as the West Indies were bowled out for 262, giving New Zealand a lead of 246 runs.

Chanderpaul was unbeaten after making a gutsy 84

Chanderpaul was unbeaten after making a gutsy 84

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Craig and Southee picked up four wickets apiece, while Boult and Sodhi chipped in with one wicket each.

Southee dismissed Gayle, Samuels, Ramdin and Shillingford

Southee dismissed Gayle, Samuels, Ramdin and Shillingford

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With a lead of 246 runs in hand, New Zealand’s second innings got off to a horrible start as Fulton was caught behind off the bowling of Taylor for a duck.

Kane Williamson, who scored a brilliant century in the first innings, failed to have any success in the second as he was clean bowled by Roach for just two runs.

Following Williamson’s dismissal, the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Taylor and Roach claimed one wicket each.

New Zealand ended day three on 14/2 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 15:00 GMT.

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