Kingston (Jamaica) - Kemar Roach underlined his role of strike bowler for the West Indies with another telling bowling performance, helping demolish New Zealand’s fragile batting in the second Test here.
Roach snared 4-70 from 17.2 overs, as the New Zealanders, whose batting was propped up by 71 from Martin Guptill and 60 from Ross Taylor, were dismissed for 260 in their first innings about 20 minutes past the scheduled close on the opening day Thursday, reports CMC.
Tino Best gave Roach fiery support, taking 2-40 from 16 overs, and Narsingh Deonarine winkled out 2-43 from 12 overs with his part-time off-spin.
Chris Gayle, not out on one, and Kieran Powell, not out on 10, survived five lively overs from the Black Caps’ fast bowlers, carrying the Windies to 11 without loss at the close.
Roach, now a top-10 bowler in the World rankings following his match-winning spell in the previous Test in Antigua, enhanced his reputation with critical wickets that empowered the Caribbean side.
Injuries forced both sides to make changes to their line-ups from the previous Test, which the West Indies won by nine wickets last Monday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, taking a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.
West Indies brought Best in to replace injured fellow fast bowler Ravi Rampaul (groin), while New Zealand included Watling, Southee and Trent Boult for the injured pair of left-handed opener Daniel Flynn (groin) and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori (side), along with out-of-favour Chris Martin.