Ross Taylor was on top on Day Three    Getty Images
Ross Taylor was on top on Day Three Getty Images

New Zealand set a target of 444 against West Indies at close of Day Three. Although there is lot of game left to be played in a span of two days, West Indies’ chances of winning the game look bleak as they were restricted to 30 for 2 at the end of Day Three. Kieran Powell and Shimron Hetmyer were gone cheaply. In other news, Boult is just a wicket away to reach his milestone of 200 Test wickets.

New Zealand batting was in safe hands when Ross Taylor smashed his 17th Test century and his fifth at Seddon Park. He equalled the record with Martin Crowe and current captain Kane Williamson for most Test centuries as New Zealand batsman. Taylor had joined Williamson when New Zealand lost their openers. The experienced duo turned the tables around.

However, West Indies counterattacked and Miguel Cummins removed the set batsmen. He first removed Williamson for 54 with a scorching yorker. He followed it with a bouncer to get rid of Henry Nicholls. Roston Chase then joined the party to get rid of Mitchell Santner. At the other end, Taylor was composed and showed calmness to bring up his half-century. Since, there was a flurry of boundaries.

Colin de Grandhomme tried to threaten the West Indies bowlers with his 31-ball 22, but Shannon Gabriel accounted for his wicket. Tom Blundell and Neil Wagner, too, were sent back to the pavilion quickly. Nevertheless, Taylor continued to take the call of the shots, pushing the lead over 400. Soon, Taylor reached three figure mark, before Williamson declared the innings.

Williamson s decision fell in advantage of New Zealand. Boult s outswinger edged to Southee to dismiss Powell for nought. He missed his hat-trick but bagged a wicket off the third delivery of his first spell. Southee was also handed a wicket when Hetmyer chipped one to mid-on only to be caught by Wagner. Kraigg Brwathwaite and Shai Hope remained unbeaten on 13 and 1 respectively.

Brief scores:

West Indies 221 & 30 for 2 (Kraigg Brathwaite 13*; Trent Boult 1 for 11) trail New Zealand 373 & 291 for 8 (Ross Taylor 107*, Kane Williamson 54; Miguel Cummins 3 for 69) by 414 runs