McIntosh's maiden ton puts New Zealand in charge

Updated: 21 December 2008 06:45 IST

Tim McIntosh completed a maiden century on Sunday to steer New Zealand to a first-innings lead over the West Indies by tea on day three of the second Test.

Napier, New Zealand:

A maiden Test century by Tim McIntosh and the arrival of spin gave New Zealand the edge on the third day of the second Test against the West Indies on Sunday.

At stumps, the West Indies were 62 for two in their second innings still two runs from catching New Zealand's 64-run first innings' lead.

In a day of fluctuating fortunes, New Zealand appeared set for a lead of at least 150 when they cruised past the West Indies first innings 307 with the loss of only four wickets.

But they squandered much of the advantage when McIntosh went nine runs later for 136, setting off a collapse that saw their last six wickets fall for only 55 runs.

Chris Gayle and Sewnarine Chattergoon opened the West Indies second turn at bat with a whirlwind performance in which they raced to 55 after eight overs.

Iain O'Brien, New Zealand's bowling hero on the first two days, went for 33 off four overs and Kyle Mills went for 14 off two, but Gayle may live to regret belting the New Zealand quicks out of the attack so early.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori had no choice but to resort to spin and with the wicket starting to turn the initiative swung back to New Zealand.

The tourists lost two wickets for seven runs in the next 10 overs before bad light ended play about 35 minutes early.

Jeetan Patel struck first with a turning delivery that had Chattergoon caught by Ross Taylor at first slip for 25.

Vettori then used the trial referral system to third umpire Mark Benson to win a leg before wicket decision against Ramnaresh Sarwan after ground umpire Rudi Koetzen turned down the initial appeal.

Gayle remained at the crease unbeaten on 36 with Xavier Marshall yet to score.

New Zealand began the third day at 145 for two and lost Taylor on the second ball for his overnight score of four, caught behind by Demesh Ramdin off Fidel Edwards who finished the innings with a career best seven for 87.

Jesse Ryder came to the crease and with McIntosh beginning to open up after a cautious start the two left-handers scored freely to all corners of the ground while nothing went right for the West Indies.

Ryder reached 57 off only 68 balls before he attempted to drive Edwards and nicked the ball straight to Ramdin, ending a 100-run partnership with McIntosh in just 24 overs.

Meanwhile McIntosh, who made his international debut in the drawn first Test in Dunedin last week, continued to bat with the demeanour of a well-established veteran here.

After surviving a chance on 14 -- when Edwards and Ramdin let a simple catch opportunity drop between them -- the left-hander's seven hours and 35 minutes in the middle were relatively chanceless.

It came to an end when he mistimed a slower delivery from Jerome Taylor and the ball went straight on to his off-stump.

From then, a 31 by Brendon McCullum and a 29 from Vettori were the only resistance of note left for New Zealand.

McCullum was in belligerent form, much to the annoyance of West Indies speedster Daren Powell.

After a couple of boundaries McCullum advanced down the wicket again to Powell and the frustrated bowler pulled out of his run up and threw the ball at the batsman's feet.

Gayle took Powell out of the attack until Taylor claimed McCullum's wicket two overs later.

Powell came back and had immediate success as James Franklin prodded at a shorter length ball which caught the edge of the bat and flew to Gayle at first slip.

Edwards then wrapped up the New Zealand tail to finish with seven for 87 off 26 overs while Taylor took two for 76 off 23 overs.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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