West Indies vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 4: New Zealand take 1-0 lead after Craig rips through West Indies again

Craig recorded the best bowling figures for a New Zealand debutant

Craig recorded the best bowling figures for a New Zealand debutant

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New Zealand spinner Mark Craig definitely had a debut to remember as he not only ripped through the West Indies’ batting line-up in the first innings, but in the second innings as well.

Thanks to Craig’s heroics with the ball, New Zealand crushed the West Indies by 186 runs in the first Test in Jamaica to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Starting out the day on 14/2, New Zealand batsman Tom Latham and spinner Ish Sodhi failed to add a single run to their seven-run partnership as Sodhi was given out lbw off the bowling of Jerome Taylor for four runs.

Taylor struck again the very next ball as he trapped Ross Taylor lbw for a golden duck.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum failed to have an impact with the bat as he was clean bowled by Shane Shillingford for only 17 runs.

Latham and James Neesham stabilised the innings with a 63-run partnership, during which Latham brought up his half-century, before Neesham was caught by Kraigg Brathwaite, who was the substitute fielder, at long-on off the bowling of Shillingford for 20.

Latham ended up making 73 off 181 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught by Chris Gayle, who was playing in his 100th Test, at slip off the bowling of Kemar Roach.

Latham scored half-centuries in the first and second innings

Latham scored half-centuries in the first and second innings

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Tim Southee only made three runs before he was caught by Darren Bravo at long-on off the bowling of Sulieman Benn.

Just a short while after Southee’s dismissal, McCullum decided to declare on 156/8, leaving the West Indies a target of 403 to win.

Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Roach and Shillingford snapped up two wickets apiece and Benn chipped in with one.

Chasing 403 to win, the West Indies got off to a poor start as opening batsman Kieran Powell was caught by Latham at short midwicket off the bowling of Southee for a duck.

After scoring a fantastic half-century in the first innings, Gayle failed to impress in the second as he was caught behind off the bowling of Southee for only 10 runs.

However, Gayle made history during those 10 runs as he became only the eighth West Indian to surpass the 7,000 Test run mark.

Kirk Edwards scored 14 runs before he was caught by Neesham at leg gully off the bowling of Craig.

Bravo fared no better as he was caught behind off the bowling of Craig for 12 runs.

Craig struck again just two balls later when Marlon Samuels was brilliantly caught by Latham at short leg.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul managed to make 24 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Sodhi.

Chanderpaul reviewed the decision right away, but replays showed that the ball was just clipping leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Roach mustered 19 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Craig.

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin top-scored with 34 before he was clean bowled by Sodhi.

Taylor accumulated 18 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sodhi.

With the West Indies on the brink of defeat, Benn and Shillingford kept New Zealand at bay for a while as they amassed an 82-run partnership, during which Shillingford scored the second-fastest half-century in Test history, before Benn was caught behind off the bowling of Kane Williamson for 25.

Shillingford was left stranded on 53 off 29 balls, which included three boundaries and five sixes, as the West Indies were bowled out for 216.

Shillingford smashed the second-fastest half-century in Test history

Shillingford smashed the second-fastest half-century in Test history

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Craig starred with the ball once again as he took four wickets, while Sodhi picked up three, Southee claimed two and Williamson chipped in with one.

Ramdin was extremely disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “Three of our top six not getting a score in the first innings [was bad].¬†Well done to Shillingford, but the New Zealand bowlers were patient, and we weren’t patient (as a batting team).”

McCullum was ecstatic to have taken a 1-0 lead, and said: “Overall it was a brilliant Test match. We were under pressure early on the second morning, and Watling and Neesham set us up with that partnership. Watling’s keeping during this Test match is as good as I’ve seen around the world. Tim Southee led that attack for us in tough seam bowling conditions. The two young spinners and Trent Boult, they were outstanding, because getting 20 wickets was difficult on that wicket. We’ll enjoy tonight and we’ll refocus once we hit Trinidad. We know the West Indies team will come back very strongly.”

Craig was named Man of the Match on his Test debut, and said: “It’s a bit of a dream. I’m on top of the world. Brendon gave us a bit of a license (on hitting his first ball for six). Lot of fun to bowl (in those conditions), and I’m pretty happy with how everything went and to get the win was pretty special.”

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