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James Neesham is batting on an unbeaten half-century for New Zealand © Getty Images

 

Jun 27, 2014

Despite Jimmy Neesham’s fighting half-century, Sulieman Benn put hosts West Indies in command at Tea through his dismissals and a stunning one-handed diving catch to send New Zealand’s key batsman Ross Taylor back to the pavilion. It was a a rather entertaining session with five wickets falling and 122 runs coming of it.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, New Zealand started off on a cautious note but failed to get a strong opening stand. Roach first had Hamish Rutherford caught by West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on in the fourth over, and then struck again in the 10th over when he trapped Tom Latham in front of the wickets for 14.

Latham’s wicket put New Zealand in trouble as they were reduced to 28 for two after 10 overs, but Williamson and Taylor did well to steady the ship and take them into the second session of the opening day without any further damage.

The two batsmen batted well in the session, not giving the Caribbean bowlers any chance to make further inroads. Williamson, who slammed a fine century in the opening Test of the series picked up boundaries at regular intervals and the regular rotation of strike helped the tourists to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Despite such a high scoring rate, the Kiwis kept losing wickets at regular intervals with all batsmen guilty of not building on their starts.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 217 for 7 (Kane Williamson 43, Ross Taylor 45, Jimmy Neesham 56*; Sulieman Benn 4 for 68, Kemar Roach 3 for 53) vs West Indies.

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