Off spinner Mark Craig captured the best figures by New Zealand bowler on a debut as visitors beat West Indies by a margin of 186 runs on the fourth day of the test match at Sabina park.
Earlier kiwis captain Brendon Mccullum has won the toss and elected to bat first. They put a total of 508-7 declared in the first innings of the match. In the reply to the kiwis total the hosts were bowled for 262. For the West Indies, veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul score unbeaten of 84 runs while his fellow left-hander Chris Gayle, celebrating his 100th test, hit a confident 64 runs.
Gayle and Chanderpaul lifted the team score along with 1st time captain Dinesh Ramdin who scores 39 off 77 deliveries. But the West Indies team could not reach to the total of even 300. They were bowled out for 262. All Windies players were struggling except Chanderpaul and Gayle in their 1st innings. On the other hand debutant off spinner Craig who did the brilliant job along with leg spinner Ish Sodhi. New Zealand lead by 260 after bowling West Indies for 262 in the 1st innings of the match.
In the 2nd innings visitors were struggling from the start, at one time they were at 55-5. Tom Latham’s playing his second test match scores 73 and rescue his team from the earlier position. Bj Watling contributed a valuable 22 not out runs off 31 balls. New Zealand declared his second innings for 156 runs.
Jerome Taylor took 3-29 and other Seamer Kemar Roach took 2-12 to lead the West Indies attack. Off spinner Shane Shillingford took 2-39. Now Windies need 403 to win. In their 2nd innings they were struggling again. This time Chanderpaul also not able to score and fellow left hander Chris Gayle lasted long enough to become the eigth West Indies to pass 7,000 test runs but could not continue much further. Captain Dinesh Ramdin contributed 34. There was late hitting by the talenders Shane Shilligford and Sulieman Benn. Shillingford, who slammed the second fastest fifty in test history, 53 not out off 25 balls. He and Suileman Benn, who score 25 added 82 for the last wicket. West Indies were bowled for 216 in their 2nd innings.
On the other hand debutant off spinner Mark Craig took 4-97 and leg spinner Ish Sodhi added 3-42 as New Zealand completed victory against the West Indies by 186 runs on day four of the opening match. Craig completed his match figures of 8-188, the best by a New Zealander on debut.
”I’m on top of the world and pretty speechless right now,” Craig said. ”There was a lot of turn out there. It was a lot of fun. To get the win was very special.”
Also Tim Southee took 2-32, starting the rout by claiming both openers, and completed excellent figures of 6-51.
The second test match in the three –match series begins in Trinidad on Monday.
NZ: 508/7 & 156/8 WI: 262 & 216
NZ WON BY 186 RUNS
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: MARK CRAIG
8-12 JUNE 2014 AT SABINA PARK, KINGSTON