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After a 33-ball spell at 93, Williamson cuts loose and strikes two brilliant shots to the boundary to bring up his sixth test hundred. Ross Taylor is looking good for a big score too. New Zealand win the first day honours by a mile.
We knew it was only a matter of time. After a cautious start, Ross Taylor is back to the home Test series mode which saw him pile up century after century. Here, he strikes a flurry of boundaries and hogs the strike aplenty to leave Williamson stuck in the nineties for a lengthy period.
Kane Willliamson is in the nineties and has already broken a few records today. More on that on CC later. The virtue of patience has been passed on to Ross Taylor as well. West Indies need quick breakthroughs to get back in the game.
A rather tame end to Tom Latham’s stay at the crease. Yes, TV referrals played a major part for such a mammoth stay at the crease but the Kiwi youngster has to be lauded for his patience. Trying to work the ball away, the ball takes a leading edge and Shillingford takes a simple catch. Ross Taylor has made a cautious start at the crease.
OUT!T Latham c & b Shillingford 83(206)
Absolutely no changes in the proceedings with The New Zealand duo in total command. They have figured out what works and what doesn’t on the Sabina Park wicket and are looking at ease. Latham and Williamson are in the eighties now.
Oh boy, the West Indies bowlers are toiling away and the Tea break can’t come soon enough for them. The duo are showing no signs of losing concentration or patience and are determined to pile centuries by the end of the day’s play.
The spinners are being blunted down at will by the New Zealand batsmen. Latham in particular is biding his time for a big score and the batsmen have crossed the hundred run partnership for their side. It signifies a renewed approach to Test cricket and Kane Williamson has also reached his half-century.
Latham has reached his half-century.It’s been a patience and stoic resistance at the crease. Williamson on the other other hand has taken the mantle at of the experienced player at the crease and is also looking good after crossing the 2000 run mark in Tests. The partnership has been rock solid and are closing in on the hundred mark. Latham should be credited for the way he has handled the spinners.
Kane Williamson is looking really comfortable at and is looking comfortable now. The batsman romped back off a loosener from Suleimann Benn and carves a boundary. After the languid pace at the start of the innings, the batsmen are now rotating the strike — a further states their ease at the crease.
Both teams continue to play safe. It doesn’t seem like either team want to win at the moment. Bunch bowls the last over before lunch and yet again rarely makes the batsmen play. At lunch New Zealand are just about scoring at two runs per over. Maybe after the lunch session we will see more excitement.
Latham looking to up the ante. He pulls Benn but as it is a heavy outfield only gets two runs. Finally some action! Actually Shillingford too is getting bounce from the other end. After 28 overs New Zealand have finally crossed the fifty mark. Are we watching Boycott an Tavare bat here? Well Latham is given out caught bat and pad off Benn’s bowling. However, the batsman reviews and the decision is overturned as there didn’t seem to be any edge on its way to short leg fielder. Benn though did get sharp turn.
New Zealand aren’t even scoring at 1.50 runs per over. Samuels continues to get a bit of bounce for the Windies. After 26 overs New Zealand are 37 for one. Will they even get to 50 by lunch? Shillingford is getting ready to bowl a few overs with his off-spin.
Samuels is getting a bit of bounce here for the West Indies. However, Latham is looking to show aggressive intent. Williamson on the other hand looking to play back. He tries to cut and almost loses his wicket. He needs to be careful there as there is every chance of him getting cleaned up.
Roach continues to bowl wide of off-stump. On the other hand Williamson is content playing Benn on the back-foot. Marlosn Samuels has come onto bowl now. Why hasn’t Shillingford been introduced into the attack?? There is no point in not trying your strike weapon.
The track is slow and as a result Williamson playing Benn the spinner on the back-foot with utmost ease. Windies haven’t made Kiwis played at enough deliveries. New Zealand on other hand just seem to be content to defend. Batting is never about just defence though and both batsmen have to look for runs. Latham though has tried to play a few shots till now.
It is Benn the slow left arm orthodox who is making a comeback after a longtime into the setup now has come into bowl. Roach is bowling from the other end. Williamson for New Zealand showing measured judgment outside his off-stump. But it is perhaps better if New Zealand batsmen look to rotate the strike.
It is Kane Williamson the batsman who plays with steady perfection has come into bat at No 3 for the Kiwis. Surprisingly Darren Bravo with his mediums bowls an over. The first time he has bowled in Tests. He bowls a terrible over. After 11 overs of the innings, New Zealand have crawled to 17 for one.
The fifth over to be bowled by Jerome Taylor. It is hard to believe why Fulton a tall man rarely comes well forward. Here he isn’t even coming forward to well-pitched up deliveries from Taylor the seamer. New Zealand’s batsmen have had issues with their footwork for a longtime now. Latham finally gets one way by leaning into his drive and essaying a boundary. On the other hand, Fulton still preferring to not come well forward. Windies bowlers generating little or no swing. Fulton pays for not coming forward as Taylor gets a bit of movement away from the batsman to take his wicket. Bad start for New Zealand.
P Fulton c D Ramdin b J Taylor 1(19)
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat with Jamaica bathed in radiant sunshine. This is the 100 Test match played by West Indies’ stalwart Chris Gayle. It is Jerome Taylor the pacer who wreaked havoc all those years ago against England who will open the bowling for the Windies. Peter Fulton the giant from New Zealand to take first strike. He and Tom Latham are able to negotiate the first over without any alarms. Latham playing also means that Hamish Rutherford has been dropped. Kemar Roach to start the second over. There is no carry for him even when he digs it short. Ramdin is even taking it ankle height.Gone are the bygone days of Patrick Patterson with his piercing glare bowling on a quick Kingston track. A very cautious start here by the New Zealand setup.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the first Test match played between West Indies and New Zealand at Kingston, Jamaica. I am Bharath Ramarajand I will be bringing you the live updates of the the highly anticipated first day’s play. West Indies in recent times have struggled for form in the longer format of the game. It has meant that New Zealand will go into the encounter as slight favourities. It has to be remembered that they beat the West Indies at home a by a convincing margin in the Test series.
The track at Kingston can suit the pacers early on. But it has to be said that decks in West Indies aren’t as helpful to pacers like it used to be. The game also marks the 100th Test played by the Windies stalwart and opening batsman, Chris Gayle. A great achievement for the West Indian opener. It should turn out to be an interesting contest between two teams who will look for a victory. For New Zealand, they will to their pacers to do well. Keep an eye on Trent Boult, as he can swing the ball both ways at will.
New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum(c), Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi(w), Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Tom Latham, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.
West Indies: Denesh Ramdin(w/c), Sulieman Benn, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kirk Edwards, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor.