2nd test: Chris Gayle helps West Indies to victory over New Zealand


Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad: Left hander Chris Gayle hit six sixes in his 80 runs off just 46 balls on Friday to power the West Indies to a 10-wicket victory over New Zealand on fifth and final day of the second test match at Queen’s Park Oval, Gayle added seven fours. The visitors set the target for hosts of 93 runs .West Indies got this target with ease and comfort finishing 95-0 in just 13.2 overs with the help of Chris Gayle and Kraig Brathwaite 14 not out.

Gayle brought up equal second fastest 50 by a West Indian when he smashed his fourth six in his 28th delivery. Victory was completed when Gayle cracked his 7th four through the covers of Kane Williamson’ bowling.

Earlier, New Zealand carried its overnight score from 257-8 to 331 before being bowled out on lunch. Wicketkeeper B.J. Walting ended 66 not out after staying at the crease for 6 ½ hours and consumed 216 balls. Left hander tail-ender Mark Craig scores his maiden test half century. In his 67 runs he struck nine fours. Walting stretched his overnight partnership with Craig to 99, a ninth wicket record for New Zealand against Carribean. Craig was dropped by Suilemen Benn and Gayle off successive balls from Taylor .Watling followed soon afterwards, facing 164 balls with three boundaries. Last man Trent Boult was caught by wicketkeeper Ramdin .He scored 8 runs and was there at the crease for 40 minutes.

Carribean seamer Shannon Gabriel took the final wicket and finished with 2-66.fellow seamer Jerome Taylor took 2-73 and left –arm spinner Suilemen Benn took 2-78, but another seamer Kemar roach who lead the West Indies attack by taking 4-74 in his spell. The West Indies level the series 1-1 at Queen’s Park Oval on Friday.

The 3rd and final test match of the series is to be played in Bridgetown, Barbados on Thursday.


New Zealand: 221& 331                                            West Indies: 460 & 95/0

West Indies won by 10 wickets

PLAYER OF THE MATCH   Kraigg Brathwaite           series level 1-1

16-20 June 2014                                             At Queen’s Park Oval, Port-Of-Spain

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