The West Indies, led by a magnificent double hundred from Darren Bravo, showed they had some fight in them when it comes to the Test matches after all, putting on a brilliant batting performance after following on in the second innings of the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin.
Bravo showed exactly why constant comparisons to Brian Lara are not too far-fetched, playing an innings of class, measure and importance to not only give West Indies a lead in the Test match but also give them a real shot at saving the first Test.
Starting day four on 168 for two, after being bowled out in the first innings for a mere 213 in reply to New Zealand's mammoth 609 for nine declared, the West Indies dug in to finish the day on 443 for six, with Darren Sammy (44 n.o., 75b, 5x4, 2x6) giving Bravo (210, 404b, 30x4) splendid company at the other end.
West Indies now lead the match by 47 runs with four wickets in hand and anything is possible on the final day, especially with the form shown by Bravo. "Before I left India, I didn't really perform well," Bravo said. "I was spending some time, like an hour, hour-and-a-half at the wicket, but I wasn't scoring big runs/
"I remember telling Kieran Powell that I'm going to score a double hundred in New Zealand. I just backed myself. I knew I was going to have a special innings in New Zealand."
Bravo was the first West Indian to score a double century after following on, while the left-hander was only the third player from the Caribbean islands to go past the double ton mark in New Zealand, joining Seymour Nurse (258) and the legendary Gordon Greenidge (213).
"I had a bit of nerves, while the bowler was running in and all the fans were clapping," Bravo said of getting to his double century. "I didn't want to do anything rash.
"I knew a single was right around the corner. I had batted all day, so why not wait a couple more balls. It's a great feeling. It's one of my most special moments and hopefully I can continue where I left off today."
Young New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi acknowledged it had been a hard day in the field for the hosts, watching Bravo and the rest of the West Indian batsmen carve the bowling apart on a flat day four wicket.
"It has been hard work, I guess that's what test cricket is," Sodhi, who has picked up two wickets in the innings so far, told Radio Sport. "Still a long way to go, those four wickets are not going to come easy.
"It's still pretty flat and if we put the pressure on then hopefully we can knock them over for not too much more."
Where to Watch Live
Day five of the first Test in Dunedin is scheduled for a 3am IST start with live coverage on Neo Prime. There is no live streaming option available in India. You can catch the action via live streaming in the U.S. by clicking HERE.