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New Zealand ended the day’s play on 123 for the loss of three wickets. Kane Williamson and McCullum the skipper made sure that they won’t lose anymore wickets after Windies took three early scalps. New Zealand now lead the Winides by 100 runs with seven wickets in hand.
Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson steadied New Zealand’s ship after they lost early wickets in the piece. Windies in an attempt to break the partnership introduced both spinners; Benn and Shillingford into the attack. But Williamson used his feet and then reverse swept him to score two boundaries.
After losing the wickets of Latham, Taylor and Rutherford, McCullum and Williamson tried to steady the ship. However Williamson did play a streaky shot or two to keep the Windies interested. For the Windies, Holder continued to extract some bounce from the surface.
New Zealand lost the wickets of both Rutherford and Ross Taylor in quick succession. If Rutherford edged one to Ramdin of a full length delivery from Roach then Taylor was dismissed by Holder. It was Holder’s first Test wicket and that too at his home ground. As far as Roach is concerned he changed his end and it proved helpful for him.
H Rutherford c D Ramdin b K Roach 19(39), R Taylor c D Bravo b J Holder 6(8)
After losing an early wicket New Zealand recovered during their second innings against the West Indies. Williamson known for batting with steady perfection played some neat shots against Taylor. On the other hand Rutherford who has been poor in recent times looked to play himself in. Windies will look for more wickets after taking a lead of 24 runs in the first innings.
After bowling out the Windies for 317 runs on the board, tNew Zealand lost an early wicket. It was of Tom Latham who tried to play a pull shot off Roach but got into no position to play the shot and was dismissed. Kane Williamson coming into bat at No 3 also survived an anxious moment when he edged a delivery fro Roach only for it to safely go between wicketkeeper and first slip.
T Latham c S Shillingford b K Roach 0(9)
New Zealand made crucial breakthroughs which helped them to make a fine comeback after conceding the lead. Windies were bowled out for 317 runs in the end. Holder and Benn lost their wickets respectively. Holder was caught behind off a short ball. Benn was cleaned up by Wagner. J Taylor then was cleaned by Neseham through a well-directed yorker.
J Holder c Watling b Neesham 38(76), S Benn b Wagner 1(4), J Taylor b Neesham 1(4)
West Indies have reached 307 for 7 after the completion of 93 overs. Jason Holder and Shillingford continued to frustrated the Kiwis by stitching a fine partnership. Wagner from around the wicket was trying to entice both of them to edge it behind. West Indies are now in the lead and that is danger time for the Kiwis. They need to break this partnership as soon as they possibly can.
Boult pitches one on middle and off-stump and the ball straightens. Kemar Roach plays across the line and edges the ball behind. Watling dives to his right and takes a splendid catch with one hand just above the ground. Shane Shillingford is the next batsman in. It has been a slow period of play as both Holder and Shillingford have not many efforts to score runs at a good pace.
OUT! K Roach 0(4)
Welcome back to the afternoon session on Day Three. Craig tosses one up and Ramdin hammers the ball past cover for a four. Ramdin then hit one off Wagner through gully for another four. Ramdin kept up the boundary count with another couple of fours off Craig. Jason Holder hit his first four off Wagner. The ball was a half-volley at the stumps and Holder flicked the ball through mid-on. Boult then got the breakthrough after the lunch break. He hit Ramdin on the pads and appealed. The umpire said out, but Ramdin wanted the review. Hawk-Eye showed that the ball was in line and would have hit the stumps. So, Ramdin had to depart for an entertaining 45. He struck eight fours in his innings.
OUT! D Ramdin 45(70)
Ramdin hits a four off Boult towards point. The ball was hit in the air, but there were no fielders in the region. Boult then drifted one on the pads and Ramdin flicked the ball through fine-leg for a four. Chanderpaul too hit a four as he pulled a short delivery from Mark Craig behind square on the leg side. Ramdin then struck two fours off Wagner in the 69th over. As the play was nearing lunch, New Zealand dismissed Chanderpaul. Wagner bowled a short delivery down the leg side and Chanderpaul gloved the ball to Watling behind the wickets. Lunch was called for as soon as the wicket fell. West Indies trail New Zealand by only 53 runs.
OUT! S Chanderpaul 15(49)
Boult hits Edwards on the pads and the New Zealand players appeal for LBW. The umpire says not out, but Brendon McCullum wants a review. replays show that the ball had pitched outside the line of leg-stump, so, the appeal is turned down. There is no suggestion of an edge as well as BJ Watling took the catch. Edwards then top-edged one from Southee while trying to play towards mid-wicket. Hamish Rutherford runs backwards from mid-on and takes a very good catch behind his head. West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin is the next batsman in.
OUT! K Edwards 58(111)
Edwards reaches his half-century with a four. He pushed one from Trent Boult past cover. This is Edwards’s eighth fifty in Tests. Wagner then gets the breakthrough as Bravo departs for 24. Bravo hits a slower delivery to Kane Williamson at gully. Shivnarine Chanderpaul is the next batsman in. He gets off the mark with two runs in-between two gully fielders. That also brings up New Zealand’s 200.
OUT! D Bravo 24(58)
Neil Wagner completes his and the 43rd over in West Indies’ first innings. It has been Wagner and Tim Southee who have begun proceedings for the day. Darren Bravo hits the first four of the day off Southee towards third-man with an edge. Bravo then hits four off Wagner through cover. Both Bravo and Kirk Edwards hit a four each in the 49th over.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third day’s play between the West Indies and New Zealand at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Saturday. The West Indies will be resuming their first innings at 169 for two in reply to New Zealand’s 293.
The hosts could add only 137 runs during the course of the second day as rain interrupted proceedings. Kraigg Brathwaite’s half-century was the bright spot for the Caribbean side as he helped them get of to a good start after the early dismissal of Gayle. The explosive left-handed batsman scored 42 runs.
According to AFP, When the weather closed in after 15 minutes’ play in the post-lunch session, Kirk Edwards (42 not out) and Darren Bravo (8 not out) were seeking to build on the promising position. More showers are forecast on the scheduled third day on Saturday, presenting a challenge to both sides to play the sort of positive, adventurous cricket in the time available over the remaining three days to force a result with the series now locked at 1-1.