New Zealand stormed right back into contention in the Digicel Test series as they knocked over the West Indies for just 209 in their first innings on Day 2 at Sabina Park, this despite an excellent innings of 123 from local lad Marlon Samuels. Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult were the wreckers-in-chief, sharing 6 wickets evenly between them with Tim Southee and Neil Wagner also chipping in with 2 each. New Zealand as a result took a 51 run lead into their second innings, and stretched that out to 110 by the close of play. A couple of late strikes though from part-timer Narsingh Deonarine kept the hosts in the contest as New Zealand ended the day at 59-2.
Marlon Samuels put on a batting master class for his countrymen at Sabina Park as he made a superb fourth Test century. The elegant Jamaican played a number of breathtaking shots as he made a commanding 123 off 169 balls to keep the West Indies alive on the second day of the second Test on Friday.