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That is the end of Day Two as West Indies trail by 489. Gayle will come back with Powell on Day Three, playing his 100th Test match and the supporters will be hoping for a Gaylestorm. At the other side, New Zealand cricketers congratulate and shake hands. Neesham is the star player in the middle, for scoring his second century in his second Test match.
New Zealand misses a chance offirst break as Keiron Powell was dropped by Peter Fulton at slip. It wassimplecatchbut the Black Caps could not take advantage of the moment.
BJ Watling falls for 89 as New Zealand declare their innings at 508. Powell takes a sitter at deep mid-wicket. Trent Boult is seen walking towards the ground and warm-up for West Indies innings.
BJ Watling c Powell b Shillingford 89 (204)
James Neesham departs after becoming only the ninth batsmen to reach the feat. Neesham gets a thick edge of Benn and captain Denesh Ramdin takes a safe catch. Neesham stands his ground and umpire Illingworth gives it not out. The Hosts opt for a review and is asked to walk. Got to walk for those Jimmy!
J Neesham c Ramdin b Benn 107(171)
James Neesham reaches his century and becomes the eighth batsmen to makes centuries in each of his first two Tests.
Both the batsmen are batting patiently. Chris Gayle almost got half a chance. Jerome Taylor is not giving any chance either, as it is all about line and length for the bowler. He is bowling around 130 kmph. There is no reverse swing in the pitch too. Neesham is eight runs away from his hundred.
And that is Tea break. New Zealand has put themselves in a position, from where if everything goes well, they can win the Test match. Batting first, the Black Caps have got their tactics right. On the other hand, West Indies have a lot to do. New Zealand have been got lucky few times. James Neesham is going strong.
The batsmen are looking increasingly conformable at the crease and are edging towards their 150 run partnership. Neesham is crawling towards his second hundred in as many Tests. The bowlers are toiling away.
James Neesham has brought up his half-century and is looking good for more. After a quite start the all-rounder has grown in confidence brought up his fifty. BJ Watling has also brought up half-century. It has been a resilient knock so far. New Zealand have brought up their 400 too.
After waiting patiently, James Neesham leads the charge for New Zealand smashes a couple of hits down the ground. The run-rate takes a sudden upward swing. Neesham also swept Benn for a boundary behind square.
Shane Shillingford is getting some serious turn and the batsmen have little optionbut to dig out. Watling’s technique has been excellent against the slower bowlers. Benn continues to be average on his return and the New Zealand wicketkeeper cut for a couple of boundaries
James Neesham and BJ Watling have started the post-lunch session quite confidently. Neesham, in particular, hasn’t been afraid of playing his strokes and has been the aggressor in the partnership so far. While Kemar Roach is operating from one end, Sulieman Benn has started proceedings post lunch from the other end.
New Zealand can still be eyeing 400 from here.
That’s the end of the first session of Day Two then. A session which has for the first time belonged to the home team in this Test match. Their spinners have bowled beautifully so far, accounting for three prized wickets and creating all sorts of troubles for the batsmen. Their pacemen too have kept things quiet, but have not really bothered the batsmen too much.
The Windies will be hoping Benn and Shillingford can continue the good work in the post-lunch session, and quickly wrap up the lower order of New Zealand.
The West Indies spinners have been right on the mark on Day Two of this Test match so far. They have troubled all the Kiwi batsmen so far.Both Benn and Shillingford have got the ball to turn, and have got it to bounce as well.
New Zealand will be very disappointed to their start of the day, as they have lost their three batting mainstays — Williamson, Taylor and McCullum. It will be interesting to see how Neesham and Watling tackle this situation.
After Kane Williamson misjudged a Benn skidder to lose his off-stump, Ross Taylor too hasn’t lasted for long after getting to his laborious fifty. He stepped down the track to Shane Shillingford, but his harmless flick only found Kirk Edwards at short mid-wicket. Taylor was seemingly disgusted after playing the shot. He was batting well, and there was no need for that shot at that point of time. In the very next over, Suliamen Benn also got rid of McCullum. The ball turned sharply across the face of the bat, taking a sharp edge. Ramdin scooped it into the air, before Gayle held on to the easy relay catch.
The two wickets have brought young James Neesham and BJ Watling into the centre. Both the Windies spinners have looked very good so far. They are getting the ball to turn, and have created ample amount of problems for the batsmen so far.
OUT! R Taylor 55(127), B McCullum 7(17)
Bringing spin into the attack has worked for Denesh Ramdin, as Kane Williamson fell to Sulieman Benn in the 104th over. It was a skidder from Benn, which went through Williamson’s defense and crashed into his off-stump. With the introduction of spin into the attack, Williamson had tried to break free.
Williamson’s dismissal has brought the New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum into the centre. Ross Taylor too has now brought up his half century. The spinners have looked dangerous so far, and Ramdin will be hoping for a couple of more wickets by the end of this session.
OUT! K Williamson 113(298)
After enduring a very quiet start to Day Two’s proceedings, Ross Taylor finally hit out against Kemar Roach, hitting the paceman for consecutive boundaries in 99th over. Both the batsmen had managed just three runs off the first five overs of the day. But then, Taylor has looked to rotate the strike more and seems to be getting into scoring-mode now. In the next over though, Jerome Taylor tried a change of tactics by coming round the wicket to Ross Taylor, and it did cause a bit of unsettledness in the batsman’s stance.
After 11 overs by the duo of Taylor and Roach, West Indies have now introduced spin for the first time in the day in the form of Sulieman Benn.
The West Indies have started the second day with the services of pacemen; Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor. Both the pacers have started off well, pitching the ball full and making the batsmen play. They were far too short on Day One. Looks like the coach had a word or two on that matter. Roach almost got the prized wicket of Williamson in the 95th over. The West Indians thought Roach trapped him on the legs in front of the stumps, but replays showed that the ball had clearly hit his bat.
From New Zealand’s point of view, it has been a very quiet start. Both Williamson and Taylor have looked content in seeing off the new ball.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the second day’s play of the first Test between West Indies and New Zealand at Kingston, Jamaica. I am R Vishal and I will be bringing all the updates from the second day’s play.
Batting first, New Zealand enjoyed the upper hand for the most parts of the first day of the first Test. Their in-form batsman, Kane Williamson piled up a wonderful century and also became the youngest New Zealander to cross the 2000-run mark in Tests.
He was ably supported by Tom Latham, who struck a patient 83. New Zealand ended the first day at 240 for the loss of just two wickets, and will be looking to continue in their position of strength, and pile up a huge first innings total. The West Indies looked timid and sparkless on the first day. Their bowlers hardly troubled the Kiwi batsmen, who looked solid and composed in the centre.
With a ton-up Williamson and a good-looking Ross Taylor in the middle, the Windies will have to produce an inspired show on Day Two morning to bring parity back into the contest.
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.