Tim Southee claimed 2 wickets    Getty Images
Tim Southee claimed 2 wickets Getty Images

Tim Southee and Trent Boult shone with both bat and ball, keeping New Zealand in command on Day Two of the second Test at Hamilton. First, West Indies got rid of New Zealand s tail. An assault from Southee was expected by West Indies. However, a similar performance was not anticipated from Boult: he collected 4 fours and a six off 10 deliveries.

The duo frustrated the West Indies, adding a 61-run stand and taking New Zealand s score to 373. In response, Southee carried his stupendous form with the ball and got rid of Kieron Powell in the first over. Kraigg Brathwaite was safe in the third over when he edged Boult behind the slip cordon. Latham missed the opportunity, and the ball went for boundary. However, Boult covered it up with a stunning one-hand catch to the left on his own bowling to send Shimron Hetmyer back the pavilion.

However, Brathwaite and new batsman Shai Hope stitched a strong partnership with flurry of boundaries, keeping New Zealand at bay before rains interrupted play. Soon after the play resumed, New Zealand found their rhythm and removed Hope for 15. On the other hand, Brathwaite brought up his fifty. He, however, found no support at the other end.

Colin de Grandhomme got Roston Chase with a straight delivery, while Sunil Ambris was dismissed for the second time as he got hit-wicket in three innings. Southee then leapt to pluck Brathwaite, handing de Grandhomme his second wicket. Shane Dowrich took the matter in his hand to take West Indies beyond the follow-on score. He received able support from new batsman Raymond Reifer.

However, Wagner came into the attack and got rid of Dowrich as well as Kemar Roach. Reifer and Miguel Cummins helped West Indies cross the 200-run mark. New Zealand will hope to get rid of the remaining wickets and pile on runs.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 323 (Jeet Raval 84, Colin de Grandhomme 58; Shannon Gabriel 4 for 119) lead West Indies 215 for 8 (Kraigg Brathwaite 66, Shane Dowrich 35; Tim Southee 2 for 34) by 158 runs