Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Corey Anderson took two wickets while conceding only 20 runs in seven overs on Thursday. Ross Setford / SNPA / AP
Corey Anderson took two wickets while conceding only 20 runs in seven overs on Thursday. Ross Setford / SNPA / AP

Corey Anderson, New Zealand bowlers put dent in West Indies after posting 441

Corey Anderson's two wickets led the way as West Indies stumbled to 158 for four on Day 2. 'I think we're in a good position at the moment ... (but) we still have a lot of work to do,' Anderson said.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand // New Zealand will have to bowl exceptionally well to dismiss West Indies early on the third day of the second Test on Friday to give them a chance of victory, all-rounder Corey Anderson said.

The visitors were 158 for four at the close of a rain-affected second day, chasing New Zealand’s first innings of 441 after the home side’s tail had wagged and added 134 runs to their overnight score for their final four wickets.

Anderson then chipped in with two quick wickets and pulled off a diving catch at point to dismiss the dangerous Shivnarine Chanderpaul for four as the hosts seized the advantage after the second day which lost 27 overs of play due to rain.

“I think it’s a pretty good track so we’re going to have to bowl well in the morning to take these next six wickets and try to get into a position where we can win the game,” Anderson told reporters at the Basin Reserve.

“I think we’re in a good position at the moment ... (but) we still have a lot of work to do.”

While New Zealand’s bowlers had captured wickets at critical times in the lengthened evening session after rain had washed out the entire afternoon, West Indies were scoring a little too freely for their liking, Anderson said.

The visitors had belted 22 boundaries in their 158 runs after Tim Southee and Trent Boult had initially put them under intense pressure at the start of their innings.

The biggest concern for the hosts is Marlon Samuels, who was 50 not out having hit nine boundaries from 57 balls and had been particularly punishing on leg-spinner Ish Sodhi with three boundaries.

Sodhi’s three overs, one of which was a maiden, cost 18 runs with Samuels scoring 17 of them.

“Obviously they’ve scored a few more runs than we would have liked,” Anderson said. “I think we gave away too many four balls today.

“If we take a couple of poles (wickets) in the morning, then we’ll be sitting in a good position.”

Anderson, who scored 38 on the first day, was pleased with the contribution with the bat of the team’s bowlers, which had pushed them past 400 and he had special praise for wicketkeeper BJ Watling who marshalled the tail.

Watling, who was last man out for 65, shared in three partnerships with his bowlers with the highlight a 58-run final wicket partnership with Trent Boult, who blasted 38 not out.

“It’s nice to think that our tail is wagging a lot more now,” Anderson said. “Its nice to have guys chip in with 20s or 30s and Boulty obviously had 38 not out at the end there so it always helps.

“I guess it doesn’t demoralise an opposition team but it just saps, or takes a little bit more energy out of them, knowing that they’re so close to finishing but they can’t finish the job.

“So it was nice to get that kind of score to give us a bit of a buffer.”

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Lewis Hamilton got off to an ideal start in the Mercedes at the Chinese Grand Prix. Cliva Mason / Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton completes dominant victory at Chinese Grand Prix

It is a Mercedes 1-2 as Nico Rosberg finishes in second place with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso getting a podium place.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National