An entertaining last wicket partnership of 76 between Shane Shillingford- 53 not out, and Suleman Benn – 25 was not enough to save the West Indies from a 186 run defeat by New Zealand
New Zealand started the day on 14-2 and ended up at 156-8 declared giving the West Indies 402 to win the match with a day and 4 hours to spare.
At the outset New Zealand put up very little resistance against the West Indies bowling as Latham was the only batsman to make a significant score. He ended up with 73. Among the West Indies bowlers, Jerome Taylor finished with 3 for 28.
They quickly fell to 140 for 9, when Benn joined Shillingford at the crease. Together they would entertain the crowd with a 76 run partnership with included several sixes. Shillingford scored the fastest 50 in any test match and as a West Indian player and ended up undefeated on 53. Suleman Benn held his own with a solid 25 before he was caught behind with two balls to spare in the very last over of the day.
In spite of the loss, it was an entertaining knock from the two tail-enders.
The west Indies really lost the game in the first inning when they allow New Zealand to pile up a mammoth score of 508-7 and in return put up very resistance… and was bowled out for a measly 262.
Though they came back in the second inning to limit New Zealand to a low score of 156-8, the damage was already done.
In the second inning, It was up to them to stay at the crease, exercise patience, picking their shots, and not give away their wickets, but it was not to be.
The West Indies selectors will now assess the team to see if they need to make any changes for the second test. Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo place could be in jeopardy as they contributed nothing to this test. We will see what the selectors do.
Enjoy the highlights in the video until next time…