West Indies hold edge in victory chase

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 20 at the close of play on day three

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 20 at the close of play on day three

The West Indies need another 71 runs with six wickets in hand to win the second Test against New Zealand after an enthralling third day's play in Kingston, Jamaica.

Starting this morning on 59 for two in their second innings and leading by 110 runs, New Zealand were skittled out for just 154 with West Indies spinners Narsingh Deonarine and Sunil Narine sharing seven wickets between them.

That left the West Indies with a victory target of 206 and they would have been optimistic of reaching that total and winning the two-match series 2-0.

However, New Zealand battled back with the ball to reduce their opponents to 20 for two and then 113 for four, which included the key wicket of the in-form Marlon Samuels for 52.

The West Indies then closed on 135 for four, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul unbeaten on 20 and nightwatchman Kemar Roach on 10 not out, to leave the home side as slight favourites, although New Zealand will also fancy their chances of claiming the win.

New Zealand started the third day in a strong position but they suffered a dramatic collapse as they lost their eight wickets for just 74 runs either side of lunch.

Deonarine claimed the scalps of four of New Zealand's top six to finish with figures of four for 37, while his spin partner Narine went through the tail in taking three for 19.

Paceman Tino Best took two for 44, including the prized wicket of New Zealand captain Ross Taylor for a second-ball duck.

That collapse would have been a huge disappointment for the tourists as they sought to draw the series, but the Black Caps rallied and were soon causing problems with the ball themselves.

Windies openers Chris Gayle (eight) and Kieran Powell (six) both fell with the score on 20, trapped lbw by Trent Boult and Tim Southee respectively, before Neil Wagner bowled Assad Fudadin for 27 as the hosts slipped to 94 for three.

New Zealand also made a fourth breakthrough before the close, and it was an important one as Samuels, who continued his superb year with a brilliant 123 in the first innings, edged a Doug Bracewell delivery to Taylor at first slip.

Chanderpaul and Roach ensured there were no further setbacks before stumps, but the outcome of the match still remains in the balance with both teams hopeful of sealing victory on day four.


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