Friday, April 25, 2014   

(Cricket) Windies crumble to pace
(12-05 09:00)

New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee ripped into the West Indies batting today to have the tourists in deep trouble at 159 for 5 at lunch on the third day of the first cricket test in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Facing New Zealand's daunting 609 for 9 declared, the West Indies crumbled early before veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul set about saving the innings.
The 39-year-old, in his 151st test, was unbeaten on 62 with Denesh Ramdin on 11, having put on 53 for the sixth wicket after coming together with the West Indies at 106 for 5, AFP reports.
But the honors of the morning were clearly with Southee who, having snapped up the wicket of opener Kieran Powell Wednesday, added the scalps of Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine for figures of four for 43.
After the West Indies resumed the day on 67-2, Bravo added only three runs before playing an indecisive stroke and edging the ball to Brendon McCullum in the gully to be gone for 40.
Samuels, who survived a lbw dismissal when it was overturned on appeal, found there was no chance of a second lifeline minutes later when he shuffled into a Southee delivery and was caught by first slip Ross Taylor for his overnight score of 14.
Deonarine produced a quick 15 before he slashed at a ball and sent a thick edge to Taylor, who juggled the ball for a heart-stopping moment before securing the catch.
Despite the precarious position facing the West Indies, Chanderpaul remained unruffled and reached his 62nd Test half century when he took 14 off spinner Ish Sodhi in one over.
Chanderpaul further tested the confidence of Sodhi, in only his third test, when he belted another nine runs in the next over, the last before lunch.
   
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