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New Zealand Vs West Indies Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 01 December 2017 Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat West Indies by an innings and 67 runs

134/10
Overs
45.4
R/R
2.95
Fours
19
Sixes
1
Extras
7
520/9
Overs
148.4
R/R
3.5
Fours
57
Sixes
5
Extras
26
319/10
Overs
106.0
R/R
3.01
Fours
38
Sixes
6
Extras
14
  • It has been the Neil Wagner show today and he is the one seen leading his team off the field. It took them exactly 18 overs to take 7 wickets after the lunch interval. Wagner was the star as he finished with a 7-fer. He was well supported by Boult who also has two scalps to his name. Apart from the opening and the last-wicket stand for the Windies, there is hardly anything to talk about their batting. They have been bowled out for a total which is way below par and now they will have to bowl out of their skins if they are to stand a chance. The Kiwis will now look to bat for as long as possible and take a massive lead heading into the third innings. Will they be able to do so? Join us back shortly for the second innings...
  • 45.4 OUT! Career-best figures for Neil Wagner! He has been outstanding today and fittingly he wraps it up. Bangs this one short outside off, Gabriel looks to force it through the off side but gets an outside edge to Latham who pouches it safely at second slip. The frustrating 29-run stand finally comes to an end. WINDIES HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 134!
  • 45.3 FOUR LEG BYES! Errs in line and sprays it on the pads, Gabriel tries to flick but misses and the ball goes off his pads down to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 45.2 Flicks it off his pads, on the leg side for a run.
  • 45.1 Back of a length on off, Roach guides it to point.
  • 44.6 Good length on off, Gabriel defends it off the front foot. 129/9
  • 44.5 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicketkeeper.
  • 44.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 44.3 FOUR! Lovely shot! Full and on off, Gabriel lofts it over mid off and it goes for a boundary. This is frustrating for New Zealand..
  • 44.2 STREAKY FOUR! Length around off, Gabriel tries to defend but gets an outside edge through slips for a boundary.
  • 44.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 43.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 121/9
  • 43.5 Another nasty ball! Lucky for Gabriel, that could easily lobbed into the the hands of the slip fielders but it goes over them. Short, a well-directed one. Gabriel tries to fend it taking his eyes off the ball. It hits the top of his bat and lobs over the slip cordon for a run.
  • 43.4 NOT OUT! Nothing conclusive for the umpire to overturn it. Wanger angles it on middle, gets it to shape away. Gabriel tires to flick but does not connect and the ball goes to the keeper. The New Zealand players appeal but the umpire remains put. They decide to review and they go upstairs. Replays show no spike on Ultra Edge and the on field call stays. New Zealand lose a review.
  • Is there a noise? New Zealand feel so and Kane Williamson from the slip cordon immediately takes the review! Let's wait and see if Gabriel has edged one?
  • Ian Bishop on-air shows a heat map in which it shows before the introduction of Wagner, New Zealand were bowling 48 percent of the balls on the shorter length but after he was brought into the attack, it raised to 75 percent which has completed changed the course of the game.
  • 43.3 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Gabriel arches back to get away from the line.
  • 43.2 Fuller in length on off, pushed towards mid off for a brisk single.
  • 43.1 Back of a length on middle, defended off the back foot gently.
  • 42.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 119/9
  • 42.5 Beauty from Matt! Short of a length delivery, it holds it line, Shannon looks to hang his bat out and defend. Is beaten all ends up.
  • 42.4 Fuller in length on middle, Kemar drives it down the ground. It hits Gabriel's bat at the other end and ricochets wide of mid off. They take a single.
  • 42.3 Fuller in length on off, driven straight to the man at cover.
  • 42.2 Sprays it a bit wide outside off, Kemar has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 42.1 Henry from over the wicket bowls a length delivery on off, it moves away a bit, Roach comes forward to defend but gets beaten by the little bit of away movement.
  • DRINKS are on the field. What an hour for New Zealand. The have continued from where they left off during the lunch break and have the Windies on the mat now. Neil Wagner, the tormentor-in-chief ran through the batting line-up and has picked up his 5th fifer in Tests. Boult from the other end gave him good support and now they are just one wicket away from wrapping things up. How long will they take? Let's wait and find out... Here comes MATT HENRY. Can he pick one to his name?
  • 41.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 118/9
  • 41.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 41.4 Back of a length around off, zips off the surface. Gabriel tries to force it through the off side but gets beaten.
  • 41.3 Shortish on middle, Gabriel tucks it to short leg.
  • 41.2 Length on off, driven on the up to point.
  • 41.1 LEG BYE! Errs in line bowls it on leg stump, Roach misses the flick to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg for a leg bye.
  • 40.6 Shortish in length, Gabriel keeps it out. 117/9
  • 40.5 Shorter in length on middle, Gabriel defends it onto the ground.
  • 40.4 Fuller on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 40.3 Good length on off, Gabriel defends it solidly.
  • Not something a fast bowler likes! Boult comes steaming and at the very last moment he is asked to abort as Gabriel has some issue with the sightscreen. Poor Boult has to go back again.
  • 40.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 40.1 Length around off, straightens after pitching. Gabriel tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 39.6 NO! He persists with the shorter length on leg stump. Gabriel flicks it through square leg for a run. 117/9
  • 39.5 Comes around the wicket and angles it into the batsman. Gabriel flicks it to mid-wicket. Time for the yorker now?
  • 39.4 Too hot to handle here! He bangs it in on leg stump. The batsman at the last moment ducks under it.
  • 39.3 Shorter in length, angling away. Gabriel tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 39.2 Back of a length on middle, Gabriel is solid in defense.
  • 39.1 The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side.
  • 38.6 Angles it on off, shaping away. Roach tries to defend but gets beaten. 116/9
  • 38.5 Lovely! He kept bowling that line and wanted Roach to drive. The batsman obliges but fails to connect.
  • 38.4 Just ahead of a length on off, Roach punches it through covers for a couple.
  • 38.3 FOUR! Hold that pose, Kemar! Beautiful shot by the tailender. Full and outside off, Roach leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 38.2 Some chin music for the batsman. He deals well with it as he ducks under it.
  • 38.1 Shorter in length on middle, Roach defends it solidly.
  • 37.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 110/9
  • 37.5 Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 37.4 A sharp bouncer on leg stump, Roach takes his eyes off the ball as he tries to defend it. The ball goes through square leg for a run.
  • 37.3 EDGY FOUR! Windies would take all they can get! Wagner bowls it on a length around off, Roach tries to defend but gets an outside edge past the diving slip fielder for a boundary.
  • 37.2 Back of a length, angling across. Roach feels for it but gets beaten.
  • 37.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 36.6 Comes around the wicket and fires it on the pads. Gabriel tries to keep it out but misses and is hit on the thigh pad. 105/9
  • 36.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.4 Full and wide outside off, Gabriel goes for the expansive drive but gets beaten.
  • Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.
  • 36.3 OUT! This time it hits the stumps. Too good for a no. 10 batsman. Cummins has been beaten for pace. Boult bowls it on middle, the ball skids through. Miguel tries to defend but is late to get his bat down, also plays down the wrong line. He gets beaten and the ball hits the timber behind.
  • 36.2 PEACH! Boult angles it into the batsman and then gets it to shape away from off. Cummins tries to defend but is beaten. The ball goes agonizingly past the off pole.
  • 36.1 Bangs it in on middle, Cummins lets it be.
  • 35.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 105/8
  • 35.5 Good length outside off, Roach tries to play at it but gets beaten.
  • 35.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.3 Another one falls short! Wanger bangs it in short and angles it into the batsman. Cummins tries to leave but the ball keeps coming in and hits him on the bat. It lobs towards the slip cordon but falls short of the fielder at second slip. He fails to stop it and the batsmen run one.
  • 35.2 The batsman does well to leave that bouncer.
  • 35.1 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • Miguel Cummins walks out at no. 10.
  • 34.6 OUT! Direct hit and Dowrich is out of here! Santner might not be bowling but he can still get you wickets. Needless from Dowrich, what was he doing there? Boult bowls it full outside off, Roach drives it to point. Dowrich is halfway down the track, wanting a run but is sent back by his partner as Santner is quick to the ball. He positions himself and scores a bull's eye at the non-striker's end and Dowrich is not even in the frame. West Indies continue to sink. 104/8
  • 34.5 Uppish, but wide of the fielder at covers! Full outside off, from Boult. Dowrich drives it uppishly past the diving cover fielder for three.
  • 34.4 Back of a length on off, defended to point.
  • 34.3 FOUR! EASY PEASY! Bangs it short outside off, Dowrich cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 34.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 34.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 33.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 97/7
  • 33.5 Smart piece of bowling! Goes for another yorker but this time, Roach is upto it and he digs it out well.
  • Kemar Roach is the next man in. Can Wagner take a hat-trick this time.
  • 33.4 OUT! KABOOM! Brilliant, brilliant, Wagner! He has six out of the seven wickets to fall today and what a delivery to dismiss the West Indian skipper. He has been bowling short all the while and he welcomes Holder with a pin-point yorker on off. Holder is late to get his bat down in time and the ball sneaks underneath and crashes into the off pole. He is once again on a hat-trick. Can he take it this time?
  • Jason Holder, the skipper, walks out.
  • 33.3 OUT! Take a bow, Wagner! A fifer for the left-armer, his fifth in Tests. He can do nothing wrong today, can he? He is having a ball out there. The Windies are falling like a pack of cards. From 75-1, they are 97-6 now! Wagner bangs it short, this one does not bounce as much as he would have wanted too, around the chest of the batsman. Chase flicks it fine down the leg side but straight to Raval at leg slip who takes another neat catch. The Windies slip further.
  • 33.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 33.1 Shortish ball on middle, Chase defends it off the back foot.
  • 32.6 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Short ball outisde off, width on offer. Dowrich cuts it through point for a boundary. 97/5
  • 32.5 TWO BYES! Fires it down the leg side, the batsman misses the flick, the keeper too fails to collect it as he dives to his left in an attempt to stop it. The batsmen run two byes.
  • 32.4 Good length on middle, Dowrich flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 32.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 32.2 Length on off, defended towards mid off.
  • 32.1 Good length on off, Dowrich defends it off the front foot.
  • 31.6 NASTY! A short ball with a lot of fizz on middle. Chase at the very last moment moves out of the way. 91/5
  • 31.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 31.4 Back of a length around off, Chase tries to defend but it takes the outside edge and rolls towards gully.
  • 31.3 FOUR! Need not run for those! Bouncer by Wagner, Chase pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 31.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 31.1 Shorter in length on the pads, Chase tries to clip it but the ball goes off the thigh pad towards mid-wicket.
  • 30.6 Good length on off, Dowrich tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 87/5
  • 30.5 The batsman drives this through the covers for no runs.
  • 30.4 FOUR! Pulled with a lot of style! Short and on the body. Dowrich has his front leg up in the air as he pulls the ball through square leg for a boundary.
  • 30.3 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 30.2 Shorter in length outside off, Dowrich punches it through point for a couple.
  • 30.1 Back of a length on off, defended onto the ground.
  • 29.6 Flicks it through square leg for a run. 81/5
  • 29.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 29.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 29.3 Sprays it down the leg side, Dowrich misses the flick.
  • 29.2 Bowls the hat-trick ball on a fuller length on middle, Dowrich plays it to mid-wicket.
  • Shane Dowrich strides out to the middle. Wagner is on a hat-trick.
  • 29.1 OUT! Yes he has! What a way to fall on your maiden international game! Hit wicket on debut, how often have you seen that happening? Ambris bags a golden duck! He is the first player to do so, not a record he would want. There are 10 other instances of a batsman getting out hit wicket but this is the first one for a golden duck on debut. The short balls are causing havoc here. Wagner is running through the Windies' batting line-up. He once again bangs it short, aimed at the rib cage of the batsman. Ambris rocks back and flicks it towards fine leg. The New Zealand players hear a noise and start celebrating and guess what, Ambris has kicked the stumps with his back leg. He is distraught as he walks back, he will surely be kicking himself inside his head. The Windies are staring down the barrel now as they have half the side back in the hut. Can Wagner pick up a hat-trick here?
  • What has happened there? Has Ambris stepped onto his stumps? New Zealand do feel so.
  • 28.6 Shorter in length defended towards point. 80/4
  • 28.5 Full and wide outside off, Chase lets it be.
  • 28.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 28.3 Bangs it in short on middle, Chase ducks under it.
  • 28.2 Back of a length on middle, Chase defends it off the back foot.
  • 28.1 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • Sunil Ambris, the debutant, walks out to bat. He had a good warm-up game and his side would hope that he brings out the best in him now. Also, Trent Boult will continue from the other end.
  • 27.6 OUT! Shai Hope bags a duck. A dreadful, dreadful start for West Indies after lunch. Not an ideal wicket-taking delivery but Wagner won't mind, he certainly has his tail up as he gets his third. Short and down the leg side, Hope goes for the pull but only ends up gloving it to Tom Blundell who takes it and celebrates his maiden dismissal. The New Zealand players go up in an appeal and the umpire agrees. Wagner is ecstatic, he screams in joy and why not he has got the big wicket of Hope, the man in-form for the visitors. 80/4
  • 27.5 They are underway straightaway! Wagner bowls it on the pads of Roston Chase, who flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • We are back for the second session. Roston Chase is the new man in. Shai Hope is at the non-striker's end. Neil Wagner will continue his over, he has two balls left. Here we go...
  • ...Day 1, Session 2...
  • The hosts would look to come out in same vein to keep the Windies on the back foot. The visitors on the other hand, have their best batsman Shai Hope out there. They would hope that he along with Roston Chase can steady the ship for their side as the pitch doesn't have demons on it, all it would require will be mental application from the batsmen. Will they be able to deal with the short stuff? Let's see what do we have in store next.
  • New Zealand head into the break in complete control as initially they looked out of sorts after opting to field. The away side got off to the best start possible with Powell and Brathwaite both looking solid. They saw off the first hour without much fuss and kept the hosts at bay for nearly 90 minutes. But, the introduction of Neil Wagner and his barrage of short balls changed the momentum for New Zealand. Three quick wickets towards the end of the session has put West Indies in big trouble.
  • 27.4 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Wagner is breathing fire here! Another batsman falls prey to a short ball. Hetmyer is the man this time. A nasty ball by Wagner, he bangs it in short on middle. Hetmyer, instead of getting on top of it tries to half-duck and that leads to his undoing. The ball kisses the shoulder of the bat and balloons towards Latham at second slip who accepts a dolly. The Windies have completely lost their way and the umpires have called for LUNCH ON DAY 1!
  • 27.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 27.2 FOUR! Short and wide outside off, asking to be hit. Hetmyer cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 27.1 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 26.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 75/2
  • 26.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • Shai Hope walks out to the middle. Arguably the best batsman in the line up for the visitors. Will he continue to impress us?
  • 26.4 OUT! Boult strikes! Both the openers are back in the hut. An excellent passage of play here for the Kiwis. Trent bangs it short around off. Powell is not sure whether to play at it or leave it alone. He eventually opts to play at it but very lazily. The ball bounces a touch more than expected, takes the glove, then hits the left arm and lobs towards the slip cordon. It seems to dip in front of second slip but Raval at third slip, dives forward to his right and takes an exceptional catch inches above the ground. Powell can't believe it as he walks back dejected after doing all the hard work.
  • 26.3 Full ball on middle, swinging back in. Powell tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The slip cordon starts to appeal but then pulls out of it as it was sliding down leg.
  • 26.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 26.1 BEAUTY! He lands it on a length around off, gets it to move away after pitching. Powell plants his front foot forward but is beaten by the movement.
  • Boult and Williamson are having a chat, not sure about what.
  • 25.6 FOUR! Goes for the full ball on middle, the sucker ball but it has gone wrong. Hetmyer was ready for it and he flicks it over square leg for a boundary. 75/1
  • 25.5 Shorter in length on middle, Powell taps it towards cover for a run.
  • 25.4 Bowls it outside off, Powell lets it be.
  • 25.3 Tucks it to short leg with the angle. The surprise full ball coming up now?
  • 25.2 Bangs it in on middle, defended it off the back foot.
  • 25.1 Short again! Powell lets it be.
  • 24.6 FOUR! ELEGANT! Not an easy shot to play but he has done well! Full on middle. Hetmyer drives it through mid on for a boundary. 70/1
  • 24.5 Short outside off, Hetmyer ducks under it.
  • 24.4 Length on off, Hetmyer defends it off the front foot.
  • 24.3 Fuller in length on off, Hetmyer drives it to mid off.
  • 24.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
  • 24.1 Good length on off, Powell defends it off the front foot.
  • 23.6 In the air... just short! Wagner is creating all sorts of problems here. He bowls it on a length around off. The batsman tries to drive it on the up but is in no control of the shot. The ball lobs towards covers but luckily for him it falls just short of the fielder stationed there. 65/1
  • 23.5 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 23.4 Shorter in length on middle, defended onto the ground.
  • 23.3 Short outside off, the batsman evades it.
  • 23.2 Back of a length on off, Powell guides it towards point for a run.
  • 23.1 Flicks it with the angle down to fine leg for a run.
  • 22.6 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it. 63/1
  • 22.5 Fullish ball, driven to mid on.
  • 22.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 22.3 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 22.2 Full again, Powell drives it to mid on.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Welcome Boult, says Powell. Full on middle, Powell times his drive back past the bowler and into the fence.
  • Trent Boult is back into the attack. Williamson gets his premier bowler back to get another wicket.
  • 21.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. A successful over comes to an end. 59/1
  • Shimron Hetmyer is the next man in.
  • 21.5 OUT! The short ball ploy does the trick. Williamson should have had a man at bat-pad from the start. Wagner, a genuine wicket-taker draws first blood and it is Brathwaite who is walking back. He struggled through out his innings with the short balls and that has eventually brought his downfall. Wagner comes steaming in and bangs it short on the body of the batsman. Brathwaite tries to fend it away by coming across but the ball gets big on him and it hits the top of the bat and lobs towards Nicholls who jumps and takes it at short leg. A solid opening stand comes to an end for the Windies. The New Zealand players are all excited as they get the desired result after waiting for over 90 minutes this morning.
  • 21.4 A poor delivery! Errs in line and bowls it down the leg. Powell flicks it but straight to fine leg for a run.
  • 21.3 Bangs it in on middle, Powell defends it off the back foot. Three short balls, time for a yorker?
  • 21.2 FOUR! Not convincing but Powell won't mind! Short, aimed at the rib cage of the batsman. Powell goes for the pull but the ball brushes his glove and goes past the diving keeper for a boundary.
  • 21.1 Short ball on middle, Powell hops and defends it onto the ground.
  • 20.6 Fuller in length on off, defended from within the crease. 54/0
  • OUCH! Brathwaite has been hit on the box and he is in pain. The physio is out to check.
  • 20.5 That must have hurt! Not somewhere you want to be hit. Henry lands it on a length around off, the ball shapes in after pitching. Brathwaite tries to play across the line but misses to get hit near the box.
  • 20.4 Back of a length on off, Brathwaite defends it off the back foot.
  • 20.3 SIX! Fortune favors the brave! Henry again bangs it in short. Brathwaite as mentioned earlier, takes the aggressive approach, he goes for the pull but gets a top edge which flies over the keeper and all the way. 50-run stand between the two. Excellent start for the Windies.
  • 20.2 Good length outside off, Brathwaite lets it be.
  • 20.1 Good length outside off, Kraigg does not play at it.
  • 19.6 Sprays it down the leg side, Powell lets it be. 48/0
  • 19.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 19.4 Back of a length on off, Powell defends it off the back foot.
  • 19.3 Wide down the leg side, no trouble at all for the batsman.
  • 19.2 FOUR! You can bowl full all day and he will keep hitting you for boundaries. Fuller in length on middle. Powell presses forward and strokes it straight down the ground to fetch himself another boundary.
  • 19.1 Direct hit and Powell was a goner! A needless risk taken there. It would have been the last thing the Windies would have wanted. Brathwaite pushes the full ball on off, towards Boult at mid off and sets off for a run. Powell responds. Boult is quick to the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. No harm done. Replays shows that Powell was well short of his crease.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Powell looks in good touch here! Full and outside off, Powell leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary. The New Zealand bowlers aren't learning. You should not be pitching the ball upto Powell. 43/0
  • 18.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 18.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 18.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 18.2 Short outside off, Brathwaite tries to drag his pull on the leg side but gets beaten. A risky shot.
  • A short leg in place finally, more behind square. A fielder who should have been brought in some time ago, according to Ian Bishop. Brathwaite prior to the fielder being brought there was trying to fend the short balls but now he is looking to be a little more aggressive. Hence, the fielder there is playing on his mind...
  • 18.1 Shortish on leg stump, Powell nudges it fine down the leg side for a run.
  • 17.6 Shorter in length on middle, Brathwaite hops and tucks it towards mid-wicket. Short leg would have been in business there but unfortunately that position is vacant for now. 37/0
  • 17.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 17.4 Oh yes, but the line is a little wayward! He bangs it in down the leg side. Brathwaite lets it be.
  • A leg slip is now in place! Time for some chin music for the batsman?
  • 17.3 Shorter in length outside off, Kraigg cuts it to point.
  • 17.2 Bowls it on a length on middle, Brathwaite flicks it through square leg for a couple.
  • 17.1 Starts off with a delivery on leg stump which Brathwaite fails to flick and he gets hit on the thigh pad. He will be disappointed as there was an opportunity to score.
  • And there's a change being made. Neil Wagner is asked to roll his arm over. Three slips and a gully to him as well.
  • 16.6 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Kieran is quick to duck under that one. 35/0
  • 16.5 Where is short leg? Ian Bishop on-air is surprised by Williamson's decision to not keep a man there. He says Brathwaite has fended one awkwardly prior and now does again. Shortish and angling in on middle and leg, Kraigg moves inside the line but is taken aback by the bounce. He fends it awkwardly as the ball kisses the gloves and lobs past the vacant short leg region. The ball rolls further and Powell asks his partner to cross over.
  • Neil Wagner is seen warming up...
  • 16.4 Fuller on middle and off, Kraigg strokes it straight to the man at mid off.
  • 16.3 Brings it into the batsman, Brathwaite stays behind the line and offers a straight bat.
  • 16.2 Once again hurls it on a similar length, nothing off the pitch. Left alone without much fuss.
  • 16.1 Henry drops it on a length outside off, holds it line too. Brathwaite offers no shot to that one.
  • DRINKS! An hour which the Windies will be very satisfied with. Powell and Brathwaite, both have looked very organized facing the new ball. There is not much assistance for the New Zealand pacers and they are made to look ineffective. They though have maintained an excellent overrate, bowling 16 overs in the first hour but can they draw first blood before lunch?
  • 15.6 Fuller on middle, pushed to mid on. 34/0
  • 15.5 Bouncer! Powell ducks under it.
  • 15.4 Even wider outside off, Powell need not play at it. Ross Taylor at first slip signals Colin to bowl it closer to the stumps.
  • 15.3 Length outside off, the batsman leaves it.
  • 15.2 Just ahead of a length on off, shaping back in. Powell defends it by pressing forward.
  • 15.1 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 14.6 Length ball, defended solidly. 34/0
  • 14.5 Back of a length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground.
  • 14.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.3 Edged but just short! Kraigg must have had his heart in his mouth for a moment. Henry lands it on a length around off, moves away after pitching. Brathwaite tries to defend with soft hands but gets an outside edge which falls short of Raval at third slip.
  • 14.2 Back of a length on off, defended onto the ground.
  • 14.1 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 13.6 Fullish ball outside off, the batsman drives it through covers for a couple. 34/0
  • 13.5 Short and wide outside off, Brathwaite cuts it through point but it does not have enough to reach the boundary. The batsmen run three.
  • 13.4 Again, Brathwaite is beaten on the inside. This one too was very close to the off. Kraigg maybe is guilty of playing away from his body. De Grandhomme bowls it on a length outside off, he gets it to nip back in after pitching. Brathwaite leaves a gap between bat and pad as he tries to drive and the ball sneaks through but misses the off pole by a little.
  • 13.3 Full ball outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 13.2 Angles it on the pads, Kraigg flicks it through backward square leg. The fielder from fine leg runs to his left, slides and keeps it down to two.
  • 13.1 Good length on middle, Brathwaite defends it off the front foot.
  • 12.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 27/0
  • 12.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 12.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 12.3 Back of a length on off, Powell defends it off the back foot.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Action-replay of the last delivery! Henry once again bowls it full around off. Powell presses forward and drives it off the middle, through mid off for a boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for Powell. Henry needs to get his length right, he has been guilty of bowling too full in his quest to make the batsman play.
  • 12.1 FOUR! Delightful! Fuller in length on off, Powell who is quite strong down the ground, drives it past mid off for a boundary.
  • Matt Henry is back into the attack.
  • 11.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 19/0
  • 11.5 Good length outside off, Brathwaite lets it be.
  • 11.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • The commentators on-air discuss that the last game played here in Basin Reserve was the one between Bangladesh and New Zealand. The wicket looked greenish but it baked down as the game progressed. The visitors were able to score over 500 runs. The point here is that, has Kane Williamson misread the wicket today? Whatever little bit of movement that the seamers are getting will be threatening in the first hour. Post that, they assume that the batting might get easy...
  • 11.3 Full on the pads, flicked through square leg for two.
  • 11.2 Errs in line and bowls it down the leg side. Brathwaite lets it be.
  • 11.1 That has just missed the off pole! De Grandhomme bowls it fuller outside off, the ball jags back in after pitching. Brathwaite tries to drive and leaves a gap between bat and pad in the process. The ball sneaks through and goes to the keeper. Brathwaite wasn't comfortable as he was playing that shot. His balance wasn't right.
  • 10.6 Back of a length on middle, Powell solidly, defends it onto the ground. 17/0
  • 10.5 Good length on off, Powell who is looking confident out there, plants his front foot ahead and defends it.
  • 10.4 Length outside off, Powell lets it be.
  • 10.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 10.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 10.1 Excellent effort from the fielder at covers! Boult dishes it full outside off. A scrambled seam delivery by him. Brathwaite drives it uppishly but in the gap through covers. The fielder there gives it a chase and manages to flick the ball back in play just before it touches the rope. He saves a run for his side.
  • 9.6 Back of a length on off, Powell defends it off the back foot. 14/0
  • 9.5 Comes around the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Powell eases it to covers.
  • 9.4 FOUR! Too easy for any batsman! De Grandhomme bowls a half-volley on leg stump. Powell flicks it through square leg for a boundary. Bread and butter stuff for him.
  • 9.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 9.2 Good length on off, Powell defends it off the front foot.
  • 9.1 He lands it on a length around off, Powell misses the drive to get hit on the pads. There is an ambitious appeal from the bowler but the umpire shakes his head.
  • Early change! Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack.
  • 8.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 10/0
  • 8.5 Bangs it in outside off, Brathwaite lets it be.
  • 8.4 In the air... but safe! Brathwaite had no idea where the ball went. Had there been a short leg, Brathwaite was a goner. Boult bangs it on a length around middle, Brathwaite tries to nudge it on the leg side but the ball gets big on him. He gets a top edge and the ball lands safely just besides the pitch.
  • 8.3 Flicks it with the angle to square leg.
  • 8.2 Changes his angle and comes around the wicket. He angles it on the pads. Brathwaite flicks it to square leg.
  • 8.1 Full ball on off, Brathwaite mistimes his drive back to the bowler.
  • 7.6 Another surprise bouncer and a quick one. Powell at the very last moment ducks under it. 10/0
  • 7.5 Fullish ball outside off, swinging away. Brathwaite tries to push it but gets it off the inner half through square leg for a run. He was not totally committed to the shot and maybe, that is what saved him there.
  • 7.4 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Brathwaite defends it off the front foot.
  • 7.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 7.2 Shorter in length outside off, Brathwaite evades it.
  • 7.1 Fuller in length on off, Brathwaite drives it to mid on.
  • 6.6 APPEAL! Boult bowls it in the zone outside off, nips back into the batsman. Powell tries to defend but is beaten to get hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The impact was the issue there. 9/0
  • 6.5 Good length on off, Powell tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 6.4 Length on off, shapes back in. Powell at the very last moment gets his bat down and defends it onto the ground.
  • 6.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 6.2 Fuller on middle, Powell drives it back to the bowler.
  • 6.1 Finally Boult concedes a run! He errs in line and drifts on the pads, the batsman flicks it to fine leg for a run.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Top shot! Fuller on middle, Powell times it brilliantly back towards the bowler. Henry crouches down low and does get a hand to it but the ball has enough to reach to the long on fence. First boundary of the Test match. 8/0
  • 5.5 Fuller in length on middle, Powell pushes it to mid on.
  • 5.4 Henry is making beautiful use of the angle from over the wicket! He angles it on off and then gets it to shape away. Powell tries to defend it off the back foot but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 5.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 5.2 Fuller in length on off, Powell pushes it to mid off.
  • 5.1 A cross-seameer on middle, Powell tries to flick but it goes off the leading edge through backward point for a couple.
  • 4.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. He is yet to concede a run. 2/0
  • 4.5 In the zone outside off, wanting Brathwaite to go after it. He resists and opts not to play at it.
  • 4.4 Bowls it on the pads, Brathwaite flicks it to square leg.
  • 4.3 Length ball on off, defended solidly.
  • 4.2 Length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 4.1 Good length on off, Brathwaite defends it off the front foot.
  • Simon Doull on-air informs us that has been four games in a row since the Windies have made a change to their side. The form of Kyle Hope was a big issue which has forced them to drop him from the side and thereby seeing a change to their playing eleven today...
  • 3.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 2/0
  • 3.5 Back of a length outside off, Brathwaite guides it towards point for a run. He gets off the mark.
  • 3.4 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 3.3 BEATEN! Second time in this over! Henry lands it on a length around off, gets outward movement after pitching. Brathwaite does feel for it and gets beaten.
  • 3.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.1 JAFFA! Just a little bit of movement for Henry and he almost gets the edge. He lands it on a length around off. He first gets it to angle into the batsman and then the ball shapes away after pitching. Brathwaite tries to defend but is beaten by the swing.
  • 2.6 Pulls his length back for the final delivery on off, Powell defends it towards gully. Two maidens in a row for Boult. 1/0
  • 2.5 Fuller in length on off, looking for the edge as there are three slips waiting. Powell carefully strokes it to mid off.
  • 2.4 Just ahead of a length on middle, Powell stands tall and pushes it to mid on.
  • 2.3 Length outside off, Powell lets it be.
  • 2.2 Back of a length on off, Powell defends it off the back foot.
  • 2.1 Almost! The bounce saved him there. Boult comes running in and lands it on a length around middle, the ball shapes in after pitching. Powell losses his balance as he tries to flick and misses to get hit high on the pads. There is a muted appeal but the umpire stays put.
  • 1.6 A decent ball, bowled on a length outside off. Brathwaite opts not to fiddle with it. No swing for Henry as well! 1/0
  • 1.5 Flicks it with the angle to square leg.
  • 1.4 The Windies are away! Henry lands it on a length around middle, gets it to nip back after pitching. Powell tries to defend but gets an inside edge towards backward square leg for a run. He too gets off the mark.
  • 1.3 A surprise bouncer, a well-directed one. Powell ducks under it. A nice delivery by the bowler. Surprised the batsman there.
  • 1.2 Back of a length on off, Powell defends it onto the ground.
  • 1.1 Lands it on a length around off, angling away from the batsman. Powell, confidently, plants his front foot ahead and defends it.
  • Matt Henry will bowl from the other end. He will be hoping for some swing and he too has three slips and a gully.
  • 0.6 Wide outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it. A maiden to start off but not a threatening one by Boult. 0/0
  • 0.5 Excellent seam position by the seamer but no swing at all! He lands it just ahead of a length outside off. Brathwaite lets it be.
  • 0.4 No swing for Boult uptil now! He once again lands it on a length outside off. Brathwaite keeps his eyes on the ball and leaves it.
  • 0.3 Similar length but in the zone outside off. Brathwaite need not play at those.
  • 0.2 Pulls his length back on middle, Brathwaite defends it solidly onto the ground.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a full ball outside off, looking for some swing but there isn't any. Brathwaite watchfully lets it through to the keeper.
  • We are done and dusted with the national anthems. A green wicket is what welcomes us here in Wellington. Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell will open the batting for the Windies. A good start is what the away side will be hoping for. Trent Boult who will be rearing to go on this surface will bowl the first over. He has three slips and a gully in place. Can he strike early? New Zealand will surely want him to. We are ready to get underway for the first ball. Here we go...
  • The players are out for their respective national anthems. The Windies anthem will be sung first, followed by New Zealand's.
  • West Indies team - Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel.
  • New Zealand team - Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
  • TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and opt to field first. As mentioned in the text earlier both teams have a debutant each. TOM BLUNDELL will be making his debut for New Zealand. For the Windies, SUNIL AMBRIS has been handed his Test cap.
  • Hello and welcome to day 1 of the first Test between New Zealand and Windies at Basin Reserve in Wellington. The hosts will be resuming to the longest format after 8 months and they would look to start on a strong note. The away side on the other hand, are coming off a series win over the Zimbabwean side and they would hope for their momentum to continue. Both the teams have named a few uncapped players and we might see a few debutants. The Kiwis head into the fixture as favourites but you can't write the tourists off. Stay tuned as the action is about to begin.
  • West Indies now have their task cut out and it's safe to say that the writing seems to be on the wall for them. After being on the field for nearly 150 overs, you would expect them to be really tired. A deficit of a massive 386 runs seems like a daunting task but do they have it in them to put up a fight? Will their batsmen show grit and determination or will we see a replica of their first innings? All that for later, first they have to come out and see off around 13 minutes before the lunch break. Don't go anywhere. Stay with us...
  • There comes the signal from the dressing room - NZ HAVE DECLARED FOR 520/9! If yesterday belonged to Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme, today morning had Tom Blundell written all over it. The debutant made us wait for really long to get to his ton but it was all worth it in the end. Not to forget the effort of Trent Boult at the other end. He offered a stunning hand and dealt with everything that was thrown at him. The duo registered an unbeaten 78-run stand which also happens to be the highest for the 10th wicket for New Zealand against the Windies.
  • 148.4 Bowls it wide outside off, Boult lets it be..
  • 148.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 148.2 NOT OUT! Boult survives yet again! Seeing Trent advancing down the track, Brathwaite fires it outside off and also drags his length back. Boult then tries to camp back to cut but does not connect. The keeper is quick to collect the ball and takes the bails off. The players appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that Boult has planted his back foot inside the crease in time.
  • Have they finally got Boult out? A stumping appeal has been taken upstairs.
  • 148.1 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • Kraigg Brathwaite is into the attack.
  • 147.6 SIX! BANG! Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and tonks it over the mid-wicket fence. The lead is now 4 runs shy of 390, 400 is what New Zealand is aiming for? 520/9
  • 147.5 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 147.4 The local boy becomes the hero of the match, roars Simon Doull on air. Tom Blundell finally gets to his maiden ton in Test cricket, after staying for almost 10 overs in 90s. He does not get there in convincing fashion but who cares. He comes down the track and tries to go big but the ball squirts off the inner half through backward square leg and they take a couple. He screams in joy, takes his helmet off and acknowledges the applause from the crowd. Such a special feeling this would be for the young lad. Well played, Tom! He becomes the fourth wicketkeeper batsman to hit a century on Test debut.
  • 147.3 Flatter on off, Tom defends it off the back foot. Three balls to go.
  • 147.2 Tosses it up on off, Blundell defends it off the front foot.
  • 147.1 Full ball, driven to mid on.
  • 146.6 Back of a length on off, Boult defends it. He has done his job, he says over to you Blundell for the next over. 512/9
  • 146.5 NOT OUT! Missing leg stump! The Windies lose a review. Holder bowls a full toss, which swings in from around off. Boult tries to put bat on ball but misses to get hit on the pads. The Windies appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Holder decides to review and they go upstairs. Replays show that the impact was outside leg. Boult has one ball to survive!
  • Another review by West Indies for LBW against Boult. It looks like it will be missing leg. A review in hope.
  • 146.4 The batsman does well to leave that bouncer.
  • 146.3 DROPPED! A tough one but a chance, a definite chance. Holder bowls it on the pads of Boult, he flicks it off the middle but uppishly towards short leg. The fielder there is a little deep, he gets his hands to it, diving to his left but can't hang on. That would have been very unfortunate for both, Boult as well as Blundell had he taken the catch.
  • 146.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 4 balls to go.
  • 146.1 FOUR! Top shot! Holder dishes out a full ball on off, Trent drives it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 145.6 A dot to finish! Works it with the spin towards mid-wicket. Boult is on his bike at the non-striker's end, ready to accelerate but is sent back by Bundell. He remains on 99. Boult will have to survive another over here. 508/9
  • 145.5 Comes down the track and drives it to mid on. He does not get a single again. Only one ball to go now.
  • 145.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 145.3 Drags his length back on off, Tom pushes it to mid off.
  • 145.2 Flatter on off, Blundell defends it off the back foot.
  • 145.1 Tosses the ball on off, Tom defends it off the front foot.
  • 144.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. Trent sees it off again. 508/9
  • 144.5 Shorter in length on middle, Boult watchfully ducks under it.
  • 144.4 Comes around the wicket and lands it on off, Boult guides it to gully.
  • 144.3 Blundell wants two but does not get it! Tom flicks it with the angle down towards fine leg. He sets off for the first and calls for the second. But seeing the fielder get to the ball quickly he refuses. He stays on 99, a run away!
  • 144.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 144.1 Length on off, Tom defends it off the front foot.
  • 143.6 Flatter on off, Boult defends it off the back foot. The crowd gives him a loud cheer as he manages to survive the over. Well done. 507/9
  • 143.5 Flighted ball on off, Boult defends it onto the ground.
  • 143.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 143.3 Gives it air on off, Boult lunges forward in defense.
  • 143.2 Floats it on off, Boult presses forward and blocks it.
  • 143.1 Tosses it up on off, Trent defends it.
  • 142.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Tom is in no hurry it seems. He is taking his own time. 507/9
  • 142.5 Length on off, jags back in. Blundell tries to flick but misses and gets hit high on the pads.
  • 142.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 142.4 WIDE! Bouncer which bounces way above the batsman's head and the umpire signals a wide.
  • 142.3 Good length on off, Tom defends it.
  • 142.2 Short ball on middle, Blundell pulls it down to fine leg.
  • 142.1 Length ball outside off, Blundell defends it down safely.
  • 141.6 NOT OUT! The impact is umpire's call. Bundell can breath a sigh of relief! Chase tosses it up on off, gets it to drift away. Boult crouches forward and tries to defend it but plays down the wrong line and is struck on the back pad. There is a stifled appeal from the Windies but the umpire stays put. After a while they decide to review. Replays show that there is no bat involved and the impact is umpire's call. Tom would have had his heart in his mouth for a while but there are all smiles around now. West Indies still have their review in tact. 506/9
  • A late review for LBW by West Indies against Boult has been taken. It looks like the drift is taking it away from the off stump.
  • 141.5 Floats it outside off, Boult lets it be.
  • 141.4 Onto 98! Chase drags his length back on middle, Tom punches it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 141.3 Very full outside off, Blundell tries to guide it towards third man but misses.
  • 141.2 Shorter in length on middle, pushes down to long on and Tom refuses to take a single.
  • 141.1 Tosses it up on off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 140.6 A predetermined defensive shot. Boult already had positioned himself for defending the ball. A full toss on off, Trent blocks it. 505/9
  • 140.5 Thick inside edge by the batsman, ball goes down to fine leg. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 140.4 A yorker on off, Tom digs it out.
  • Okay then, Williamson and co are in whites which indicates they are waiting for Tom Blundell to get to his ton before taking the field...
  • 140.3 Lands it on a length around off, Blundell defends it towards point.
  • 140.2 Just ahead of a length on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 140.1 Length ball outside off, Tom lets it be.
  • Drinks are on the field. Nothing new to report. The toiling work for the Windies continues as the pair of Blundell and Boult motor along to frustrate them to an extent. They have recorded the highest 10th wicket stand for NZ against WI but all the eyes are on the wicketkeeper. He is just 4 runs away to reach the three-figure mark. Will NZ declare once he gets there? Here comes Jason Holder steaming in.
  • 139.6 Eases it down to long on to keep strike in the next over. Tom is just one hit away. 504/9
  • 139.5 Comes down the track and drives it back towards the bowler.
  • 139.4 Floats it outside off, Blundell drives it through extra cover. The fielder at long off runs to his left, dives and saves two for his side.
  • 139.3 Flatter on middle, Blundell tries to work it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge back towards the bowler.
  • 139.2 Slower through the air on off, Tom goes for the reverse sweep but mistimes it.
  • 139.1 Tosses it up outside off, Tom drives it to covers.
  • Roston Chase is brought to roll his arm over...
  • 138.6 Bumper but down the leg side, Boult lets it be. 501/9
  • 138.5 Full on the pads, flicked through square leg for a run. 7 runs away now.
  • 138.4 500 up for New Zealand! Gabriel bangs it short on Boult's body. Trent somehow manages to fend it away uppishly but as there is no short leg, it lands safely and rolls towards square leg for a run. This is also the highest 10th wicket partnership for New Zealand against the Windies.
  • 138.3 Good length outside off, Blundell guides it towards deep point for a run.
  • 138.2 Flicks it down to mid on with the angle.
  • 138.1 Full toss on the pads, Tom flicks it towards mid on.
  • 137.6 Flicks it with the angle on the leg side for a run. 498/9
  • 137.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 137.4 FOUR! Into the 90s! Also, this is now the highest score for a Kiwi keeper on debut, beating Ronchi! A short delivery on middle, Blundell does not shy away from a pull, he gets lucky as the top edge flies over the keeper for a boundary.
  • 137.3 Full toss on middle, Trent flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 137.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 137.1 Sprays it down the leg side, Boult misses the flick.
  • 136.6 FOUR! Dismissed! Full and on middle, Bundell drives it straight down the ground to bring up the 50-run stand. New Zealand now lead by 358 runs! 492/9
  • 136.5 Flicks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 136.5 NO BALL! Second of the over. A little bit closer than the last one this time. He lands it on a length around off, defended towards point.
  • 136.4 Good length outside off, stays a touch low. Blundell tries to work it down towards third man but gets beaten.
  • 136.3 Just ahead of a length outside off, Boult times it through covers for a run.
  • 136.2 Fuller in length, driven to mid off.
  • 136.2 NO BALL! Gabriel's first of the day! Another one which is way over the line. He bangs it short on off, Boult tries to play the upper cut but misses
  • Scott Styris tells us something about Trent Boult. He says at the start of this morning he was seen fiddling with the balls outside the line of off stump. Was seen half ducking, half poking which nearly cost him his wicket. But since the moment he played a ramp shot for a biggie his confidence just doubled. He is trying to use the pace, getting his body behind the line as he knows the importance and the hard work of the man at the other end. Yes, Tom Bludell deserves the ton with the way he played and for him to get to that milestone, Boult is equally responsible...
  • 136.1 Good length on off, Boult guides it to point.
  • 135.6 Fires it down the leg side, Tom tries to flick but misses. 485/9
  • 135.5 A good yorker on middle, Blundell plays it out equally well.
  • 135.4 Good length on off, nipping back in. Blundell tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 135.3 Length, defended off the back foot.
  • 135.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 135.1 Fuller in length on middle, Blundell flicks it towards deep square leg.
  • 134.6 Very full on middle, Boult keeps it out. 485/9
  • 134.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 134.4 Just ahead of a length outside off, Trent tries to cut but gets beaten as the length was not right to play that shot.
  • 134.3 Back of a length on off, Boult guides it towards point.
  • 134.2 Length outside off, Boult goes for the cut but gets beaten.
  • 134.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 133.6 NOT OUT! Blundell survives! The bounce has saved him there. Holder bowls it on a length on off, gets it to shape in. Blundell walks right across his stump in an attempt to flick. He misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The ball rolls towards the fine leg fence. Holder reviews it immediately after seeing the umpire signaling it as leg byes. The replays roll in. There is no bat involved and Hawk Eye shows it is just clipping the stumps and hence the on-field call stays. West Indies don't lose a review though! The lead is now above 350. 485/9
  • Shannon Gabriel is into the attack.
  • Review time! An lbw appeal against Blundell has been given not out. Holder feels he has got his man and he decides to review. He has walked right across, so maybe height could be an issue.
  • 133.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman.
  • 133.4 Close! Length around off, nips back in sharply. Tom, trusting the bounce makes a leave and the ball just bounces over the off pole.
  • 133.3 Bumper on middle, pulled to fine leg.
  • 133.2 FOUR! Brilliant effort by Chase but in vain! Holder bowls it shorter in length and outside off this time. Blundell cuts it through backward point. The ball is racing towards the fence, Chase in the deep runs to his left, dives full stretch and tries to push it back in but the ball rolls ahead and touches the ropes.
  • 133.1 Short and outside off, a nothing delivery to be honest. Blundell has all the time in the world, to rock back and pull it to the man at deep mid-wicket. He opts against the run though.
  • Jason Holder brings himself into the attack.
  • 132.6 Tom gets the single to retain strike. Roach bowls a slower one on leg stump. Blundell works it to fine leg for a run. 477/9
  • Sweepers coming inside the ring for the last ball of the over...
  • 132.5 Fuller in length on middle, Blundell drives it back towards Roach who jumps and stops it with one hand.
  • 132.4 Slower ball on off, Tom works it towards square leg with soft hands and takes two. Good running.
  • 132.3 Fuller in length outside off, Trent drives it through cover-point for a run.
  • 132.2 Full on the stumps, Boult defends it off the front foot.
  • 132.1 Length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 131.6 Dances down the track and tries to pull the short ball but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 473/9
  • 131.5 FOUR! Making full use of the field coming in! Blundell comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball. The bat turns in his hands as he tries to play the shot but it still goes to the boundary through backward point off the back of the bat.
  • 131.4 Fullish ball on off, eased down to mid off.
  • 131.3 Just ahead of a length on off, Tom mistimes his drive to mid off.
  • 131.2 Good length on off, Blundell guides it to gully.
  • 131.1 Full on off, driven crisply but straight to the man at covers.
  • 130.6 Fuller on the pads, Boult flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace. 469/9
  • 130.5 Good length outside off, left alone.
  • 130.4 Bowls a bumper on middle, Boult ducks under it.
  • 130.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 130.2 Good length outside off, Boult first thinks of guiding it down towards third man but then pulls his bat out of the way. Not a smart shot with slips in place.
  • 130.1 SIX! All the way! Clever Boult. Roach bangs it in short on off. Boult waits for it and upper cuts it over the slip cordon for a maximum. He loved the shot as he himself was admiring it after playing the shot.
  • 129.6 A dot to finish! Length around off, Tom defends it besides the pitch and looks for a run but there ain't any. 461/9
  • 129.5 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket
  • 129.4 FOUR! Into the 70s! Top shot there! This time he cashes in on the width. A full ball outside off, Tom leans into it and drills it through the covers to fetch himself a boundary.
  • 129.3 Short and wide outside off, width on offer. Blundell cannot cash in as he goes for the cut but gets beaten. He will be disappointed to not put that away.
  • 129.2 Shorter in length outside off, bounces a touch extra. Tom tries to cut but is beaten by the bounce extracted off the surface.
  • 129.1 Full ball outside off, Blundell drives it towards deepish mid off but does not run. Holder has pushed his fielder back as he wants Blundell to take a single.
  • 128.6 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot. A maiden but not a threatening one. 457/9
  • 128.5 Tries bowling a yorker but ends up serving a low full toss on middle. Boult shuffles across and gets his bat down in time and hits it towards fine. He sets off for a run but is sent back by Blundell as he wants strike in the next over.
  • 128.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 128.3 Poor bowling! Fuller in length outside off, Boult need not play at it. Roach has to attack the stumps.
  • 128.2 Bangs it in but outside off, Boult opts not to play at it.
  • 128.1 Shorter in length outside off, Trent shuffles across and leaves it.
  • Kemar Roach will bowl from the other end. He has Trent Boult facing. Can Roach finish it off?
  • 127.6 BEATEN! Good finish to the over. Cummins lands it on a length around off, gets it to straighten after pitching. Blundell pokes at it and gets beaten. 10 runs from the over. 457/9
  • 127.5 FOUR! Not a good first over here by Cummins! He errs in line and bowls it on the pads. Blundell is too good to miss out. He works it down towards the fine leg fence.
  • 127.4 A poor start for Cummins, he has not found his lines here. He drifts it on the pads, Tom flicks it very fine towards the fine leg fence. Roach there runs to his right, crouches low and keeps it down to two.
  • 127.3 FOUR! Tom started off his innings with a boundary and starts in a similar fashion today. Full length ball on middle, Blundell flicks it past the diving mid on fielder for a boundary.
  • 127.2 Good length outside off, Blundell lets it be.
  • 127.1 Cummins starts off with a loosener outside off, no pace or zip on that delivery. Blundell who was very watchful yesterday makes a leave.
  • A bright sunny morning welcomes us here in Wellington. New Zealand ain't declaring. They want the opposition to bowl them out. The umpires and the players make their way out. Tom Blundell will be the man on strike, he will look to score some quick runs. Can he get a ton on debut? Trent Boult will be at the other end. Miguel Cummins will bowl the first over of the day. Here we go...
  • The Windies on the other hand, still have a wicket to pick before facing the big task. They will look to do that quickly and come out to bat with a positive mindset. Something outrageous is needed if they are to salvage something out of this game. We saw wickets on day 1 and a lot of runs yesterday. What do we have in store today? Will it turn out to be the last day of the Test? We shall find out soon. Stay tuned...
  • Hello and welcome to day 3 of the first Test between New Zealand and Windies in Wellington. With a lead of 313, the only question here is when will New Zealand declare? Though there is no such pressure on them as there is still a lot of time left in the game. They will look to tire out the West Indian players and hope for the pitch to show some wear and tear before having a crack with the new cherry.
  • ...Day 3, Session 1...
  • Right, then! The hosts remain on top and it would be interesting to see if they declare overnight or not. The task is cut out for the Windies and it all comes down to their batsmen and how they respond. With three full days to go, a result is certain. Let's see if they can put up a good batting show this time around. Join us for the third day's play tomorrow at 1100 local (2200 GMT) to see if the domination continues. Before we leave, you can catch more Test cricket action from the ongoing Ashes 2nd Test (if it happens) or the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka by switching tabs. Until then, it's goodbye from us! Have a great weekend!
  • Well, West Indies would be down and out at the moment. They will be exhausted mentally and physically after being made to toil hard the whole day. If you look at the scorecard, you would see 9 wickets have fallen but the fact is, the batsmen threw it away in an attempt to up the ante. Everyone bowled good in patches but no one looked penetrative enough. They are 313 runs adrift and only a miracle from here can save them.
  • The Kiwi all-rounder looked fluent as ever the moment he stepped in. It was not all about throwing the bat around but the power and finesse that literally took the game away from the Windies in the blink of an eye. Looking at him, the debutant Tom Blundell joined in the fun and made the most of the tired bodies. The duo blazed a record 148-run stand for the 7th wicket and in the process, broke a few records too. The former registered the second-fastest Test ton for his side while the later became the third Kiwi keeper to have scored a fifty on debut. In the quest to keep scoring, Colin de Grandhomme gifted his wicket away but not before playing a valiant knock.
  • A day completely dominated by the Kiwis. They amassed 362 runs in the day and have batted the visitors out of the game. Jeet Raval couldn't add much to his overnight total but the veteran, Ross Taylor, continued his love affair with the Windies. He played elegantly alongside Henry Nicholls but departed when he was just 7 short of a ton. It seemed like the Windies might run through the inexperienced middle order but there was one man standing to prove everyone wrong - COLIN DE GRANDHOMME!
  • 126.6 Good length outside off, Boult plays inside the line and lets it through to the keeper. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2! 447/9
  • 126.5 Very full on the stumps, Boult defends it off the front foot.
  • 126.4 Bouncer! The batsman tries to upper cut it but misses.
  • 126.3 Hits timber but at the other end. Gabriel goes for a yorker but ends up bowling a full toss on the stumps. Boult defends it and the ball rolls and hits the stumps at the non-striker's end.
  • 126.3 NO BALL! Gabriel oversteps again and it is a big one. He is way ahead of the line. He bowls a bumper on middle, Blundell pulls it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 126.2 Back of a length on off, Blundell defends it off the back foot.
  • 126.1 Full and on the stumps. Defended off the front foot.
  • 125.6 Gets across, goes low and defends it into the ground. 445/9
  • 125.5 Edged and away! Floats it up outside off, Boult takes a long stride forward to defend but gets an outside edge which runs past first slip. Two taken.
  • 125.4 Boult comes down the track, Chase sees it and fires it full down leg. Trent just manages to get his pad in the way.
  • 125.3 Walks across as if he wants to play but then leaves it alone in the end.
  • 125.2 Gets down and brooms it down to long leg for a single.
  • 125.1 Floated delivery around middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • Trent Boult is the last man in. 3 overs to go in the day. Can West Indies bowl the Kiwis out?
  • 124.6 OUT! Edged and taken! And Gabriel hasn't overstepped this time! He goes wide of the crease and drops it on a length outside off at 133.7 kph. Henry moves leg side and then tries to hang his bat out. The ball takes the feather of the bat and Dowrich behind the stumps accepts it gleefully. Shannon gets his first of the match! 442/9
  • 124.5 Shortish and outside off, Tom punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a single. Henry comes down the track in search of another which was certainly not on.
  • 124.4 Pinged on the pads! That's raw pace! 144.1 kph! This one skids off the surface, Blundell shapes up for the pull but misses and wears it on the pads.
  • 124.3 Another yorker outside off, Tom crouches low and with an angled bat he digs it out towards the first slip fielder.
  • 124.2 Just missed the off stump! Gabriel fires in a yorker, Blundell tries to keep it out but is late to bring his bat down. Luckily for him the line was outside the off which saves him.
  • 124.1 On a length and angling in, Tom with a high bat lift defends it down.
  • 123.6 Flatter one on the stumps, blocked off the back foot. 441/8
  • 123.5 FOUR! Uses the feet and holds the pose too! Delightful! Henry comes down the track to this loopy ball and latches it through mid off to get off the mark.
  • 123.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 123.3 Comes down the track and almost gets beaten. Somehow manages to push it towards the point fielder.
  • 123.2 Floated ball on off, left alone.
  • Matt Henry is the next man in!
  • 123.1 OUT! Bowled 'em! Chase gets his second. What drift he has got here. He lands it around off, Wagner comes forward to defend but the ball skids through, beats the inside edge, kisses the pads and disturbs the timber behind. No real celebration from the Windies. New Zealand lead by 303 runs!
  • 122.6 Back of a length on middle and off, Tom Blundell is right back to defend it down. 437/7
  • 122.6 And Gabriel's perennial problem! He oversteps yet again! Angles it in on a length outside off, defended towards point.
  • 122.5 Gabriel spears in a perfect yorker on the stumps, Tom just about manages to keep it at bay.
  • 122.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 122.3 Goes back to this in-coming delivery and defends.
  • 122.2 Fuller and angling in from wide of the crease, Tom Blundell blocks it off the front foot.
  • 122.1 FOUR! Inside edge and through! Gabriel angles it into the right-hander, it's not that short but the debutant tries to pull it across the line. Gets an inside edge which just evades the stumps and rolls down to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 121.6 More flight outside off, Wagner presses forward in defense. 432/7
  • 121.5 Leans forward and defends it into the ground.
  • 121.4 Loopy outside off, bunted back to Chase.
  • 121.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 121.2 Goes back and defends this flatter ball back to the bowler.
  • 121.1 Tossed up around middle and leg, defended into the leg side.
  • 120.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 432/7
  • 120.5 That's a brute of a delivery! Nothing Wagner could do about it. Gabriel bangs in a short ball and it takes off. Wagner doesn't know what to do as he tries to fend this away. Gets hit flush on the gloves as the ball dies down safely. He's getting a taste of his own medicine.
  • 120.4 Short and on middle, the batsman ducks.
  • 120.3 Good length delivery on leg, glanced fine down the leg side for a couple.
  • 120.2 Fuller and angling in, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 120.1 Length ball on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • Neil Wagner is the new man in. He was just sensational with the ball, can he have fun with the bat?
  • 119.6 OUT! An entertaining knock comes to an end! This is the first time Colin de Grandhomme mistimed a shot in otherwise his fluent innings. Chase gives it loop, Colin dances down the track to loft it down the ground but seems to be deceived in the flight. Gets it off the inner half and it goes high up in the air towards long on where Kieran Powell takes an easy catch. The blazing 148-run stand has been broken. Will NZ declare? 429/7
  • 119.5 Outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 119.4 Fifty on debut for Blundell! Becomes the third Kiwi keeper after Baz and Ronchi to achieve this feat. Comes down the track and clips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 119.3 The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 119.2 Loopy delivery around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 119.1 Tossed up outside off, the batsman looks to drive but gets an outside edge which flies past the vacant first slip region. Three runs taken.
  • 118.6 Outside off, a play and a miss. 425/6
  • 118.5 Yorker on middle, jammed out well by Tom.
  • 118.4 The batsman has played it to the point region. Spirited effort by the fielder to save runs for his team.
  • 118.3 He gets to it! Second fastest Test century for a Kiwi batsman! Well played, Colin de Grandhomme. His maiden in this format. He has literally taken the game away from the Windies here. Takes his helmet off and acknowledges the cheer on offer. Dabs this length delivery through backward point and takes three.
  • 118.2 FOUR! Flashes and gets another boundary! Short and wide outside off, Colin de Grandhomme throws his hands at it. Gets an edge that flies over the slip cordon for a boundary. Is on 99 now!
  • 118.1 Short and outside off, Tom looks to cut but ends up chopping it in front of point for a single.
  • 117.6 Flattish outside off, a steer through point for a single. 417/6
  • 117.5 Takes a stride ahead and defends it down safely.
  • 117.4 Fuller on off, bashed down to long off for one.
  • 117.3 Goes back and with the turn clips it behind square on the leg side to collect a couple.
  • 117.2 SIX! Into the 90s he goes! This is pure entertainment! Sees the loop, skips down the track does Colin de Grandhomme and lifts it powerfully over long on for a biggie. Will NZ declare once he gets to his ton?
  • 117.1 Short and outside off, punched off the back foot towards deep cover for a single.
  • 116.6 Fuller and outside off, TB lunges forward and blocks it in front of point to keep strike. 406/6
  • 116.5 Back of a length outside off, Tom hops back and dabs this on the bounce to Holder at gully.
  • 116.4 Fuller and coming back in with the angle, Bludell gets his front foot across, lifts his bat and shoulders his arms.
  • 116.3 Once again it's on the shorter length outside off, another slash and a miss by debutant.
  • 116.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 116.1 Short and outside off, Blundell looks to flay it through the line but misses.
  • 115.6 Fuller and darted around the pads, flicked towards short fine leg where Gabriel dives but couldn't prevent the single. 405/6
  • 115.5 Goes back to this short ball and flicks it with the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 115.4 Comes forward and blocks it into the ground.
  • 115.3 Fuller outside off, drilled once again down to long on for another single.
  • 115.2 Dances down the track and milks a single down to long on for one.
  • 115.1 Flat and short outside off, punched back to the bowler.
  • 114.6 Back of a length outside off, slapped to deep backward point for a single. 402/6
  • 114.5 FOUR! Bludgeoned! Not even kidding, that's what the debutant has done. Shortish ball, doesn't rise much. Tom Blundell gets it at a good height and thrashes it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 400 up for NZ as well.
  • 114.4 Leans ahead and drives it through covers for a single.
  • 114.4 Another good shot and it's a no ball too! Cummins has overstepped, West Indies have bowled just too many. Shortish and outside off, slapped uppishly towards third man. Seemed like it would run away but Roach in the deep comes running in to his left and stops it with his left boot. Three running runs is the result.
  • 114.3 Similar ball and a similar shot but there are two men in the deep now. So a single results.
  • 114.2 FOUR! Booming shot! Cummins drops it short and outside off, Colin de Grandhomme gets on top of it and throws the kitchen sink at it. The ball goes through point and the man in the deep tried his best to stop the ball but comes second best.
  • 114.1 Back of a length outside off, a slash and a miss.
  • Miguel Cummins is brought back into the attack. He was impressive at the start of this session, can he break this stand?
  • 113.6 Loopy delivery outside off, defended by coming forward. 387/6
  • 113.5 Short and outside off, punched down to long on for one.
  • 113.4 Wristed down to long on for a single.
  • 113.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 113.2 Drifting in from outside off, swiped across the line through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 113.1 Fuller and outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 112.6 FOUR! Drilled! Fuller in the zone outside off, De Grandhomme absolutely bashes it through extra cover to find the fence. Brings up the 100-run stand as well. 383/6
  • 112.5 Bangs in a short ball on middle, pulled to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 112.4 Fuller on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 112.3 Back of a length outside off, TB dabs it fine down to third man for a couple.
  • 112.2 Short and ample of width as well, cut to deep backward point for a single.
  • 112.1 Length delivery outside off, easily left alone.
  • 111.6 Short ball outside off, de Grandhomme cuts it through point for a run. 375/6
  • 111.5 Works i with the spin through the leg side for a run.
  • 111.4 Slower through the air outside off, turning back in. Blundell tries to sweep but is beaten by the extra bounce. The ball hits him on his body.
  • 111.3 The batsman has driven that ball straight back.
  • 111.2 Full ball, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 111.1 Drags his length back outside off, de Grandhomme cuts it through point for a brace.
  • 110.6 Full ball on off, driven to mid off. 370/6
  • 110.5 Bowls it outside off, the batsman is not interested in playing at it.
  • 110.4 Good length around off, Blundell watchfully makes a leave.
  • 110.3 Back of a length outside off, de Grandhomme cuts it through point for a run.
  • 110.2 Wide outside off, the batsman need not play at it.
  • 110.1 FOUR! Overpitched delivery outside off, de Grandhomme drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 109.6 Flighted ball on off, de Grandhomme defends it. 365/6
  • 109.5 Tosses it up on off, driven through covers for a run.
  • 109.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 109.3 Quicker on off, defended towards point.
  • 109.2 Flatter and fuller on off, the batsman drives it back to the bowler.
  • 109.1 Tosses it up on off, Blundell defends it off the front foot.
  • Roston Chase is brought back into the attack now.
  • 108.6 Short of a length on off, Blundell tries to defend but it goes off the inner half towards the leg side for a run. DRINKS! 363/6
  • 108.5 Similar line and length to the previous ball. The batsman lets it be.
  • 108.4 Bowls it on a length outside off, the batsman shoulders his arms to it.
  • 108.3 Wide outside off, Blundell opts not to play at it.
  • 108.2 Length ball outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 108.1 Good length outside off, pushes through cover-point for a run.
  • 107.6 Stays back to this short ball and punches it through covers to keep strike. 361/6
  • 107.5 SIX! That's gone the distance! This is also his highest Test score now! Kraigg gives it loop, De Grandhomme dances down the track and belts it high and over long on for a maximum.
  • 107.4 Darted on middle and leg, punched on the ground as the ball goes over Brathwaite down to long on. A single taken.
  • 107.3 Short and outside off, slapped off the back foot towards cover for a single.
  • 107.2 FOUR! Up and over! Declaration batting? Floats it up on the stumps, Colin de Grandhomme doesn't tries to hit it hard he just times it well over the bowler's head for a one-bounce boundary.
  • 107.1 Goes back and flicks it towards fine leg.
  • 106.6 Wide outside off, ignored by the debutant. 348/6
  • 106.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 106.4 FOUR! Smacked that! Is up to face the short ball and nails the pull in front of square on the leg side for a boundary. The debutant is having fun out there.
  • 106.3 Fifty for Colin de Grandhomme, his 2nd in Tests! He has raced to the milestone in just 44 balls, too good. Shortish delivery outside off, Colin drags it from outside the line and takes a single as the ball rolls towards mid-wicket. The crowd is up on its feet to laud the effort. Will we see him attack more now?
  • 106.2 It's not a half-volley but De Grandhomme leans ahead and drills it hard. Finds the man at covers.
  • 106.1 Back of a length and angling in, defended gently off the back foot.
  • 105.6 The batsman dances down the track. The batsmen have run through for a single. 343/6
  • 105.5 Slower through the air on middle, the batsman flicks it through the leg side for a brace.
  • 105.4 BEATEN! Brathwaite tosses it up outside off, it goes on with the arm. De Grandhomme plays for the spin but there ain't any and he gets beaten.
  • 105.3 Blundell is oozing in confidence here. He uses his feet and drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 105.2 Flatter outside off, Blundell guides it past the first slip fielder for a couple.
  • 105.1 Works it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 104.6 Back of a length on off, the batstamn defends it off the back foot. 336/6
  • 104.5 FOUR! He has had no problems with the short stuff! Holder bangs it in short on middle, Blundell pulls it towards deep backward square leg. The fielder from fine leg runs to his left, dives but all in vain.
  • 104.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 104.3 Short and outside off, Blundell tries to pull but gets beaten.
  • 104.2 FOUR! 50-run partnership is brought up with this boundary. Full and on the pads by Holder, too easy for Blundell, he flicks it through short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 104.1 Shorter in length outside off, the batsman punches it through point. The fielder from point gives it a chase and the batsmen run three.
  • 103.6 Slower through the air, de Grandhomme works it around the corner for a brace. 325/6
  • 103.5 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 103.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 103.3 Full on middle, de Grandhomme whips it over mid-wicket for a run.
  • 103.2 SIX! He will continue playing his shots! De Grandhomme is nimble on his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over wide mid on for a maximum. Brathwaite won't be tossing it up again.
  • 103.1 Gives it a lot of air, de Grandhomme comes down the track and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 102.6 Works it around the corner with the angle for a run. 316/6
  • 102.5 He comes around the wicket and bangs it in shot. The batsman is up for the challenge it as he pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 102.4 Angles it on the pads, Grandhomme flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 102.3 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 102.2 FOUR! This guy is on the charge. Full on middle, Grandhomme times his straight drive back past the bowler for a boundary.
  • 102.1 Good length on off, defended.
  • Jsaon Holder brings himself back into the attack.
  • 101.6 Comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler. 309/6
  • 101.5 Tosses it up on middle. de Grandhomme is tempted and tries to go big over mid-wicket. He does not connect and the ball rolls towards square leg for a run.
  • 101.4 Drags his length back on middle, Gradhomme shuffles inside and flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 101.3 Short outside off, Blundell stylishly cuts it towards point. The fielder there misfields and concedes three.
  • 101.2 Floats it on middle, the batsman defends it watchfully.
  • 101.1 Tosses it up on off, de Grandhomme drives it towards long off for a run.
  • 100.6 The batsman has driven it through mid off. 302/6
  • 100.5 Fuller on off, driven to mid off.
  • 100.4 Fuller in length on middle, de Grandhomme mistimes his drive back towards the leg side for a run.
  • 100.3 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 100.2 FOUR! Glorious! Roach serves a full ball on middle, de Grandhomme flicks it past the only fielder on the leg side at mid on for a boundary. Also the 300 is up for New Zealand.
  • 100.1 Good length on middle, de Grandhomme defends it off the front foot.
  • 99.6 Uses his feet does Tom and bunts it back to Kraigg who picks it up and mimes a throw back at the striker's end. 297/6
  • 99.5 Floats it up outside off, Blundell presses forward in defense.
  • 99.4 Takes a stride forward and kills it down.
  • 99.3 Loopy delivery outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 99.2 Gets forward and buries it into the ground.
  • 99.1 Flat and short outside off, punched down to long on for one.
  • Kraigg Brathwaite to roll his arm over.
  • 98.6 Flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 296/6
  • 98.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 98.4 FOUR! Pulled away! Roach bowls it short, not a problem. But he bowls it down leg, big problem! Colin de Grandhomme swivels and pulls it with aplomb down to fine leg for a boundary. There was a man there, but he could do nothing about it.
  • 98.3 A pacy full length ball, aimed at the base of middle and leg. De Grandhomme is quick to bring his bat down in time to nudge it towards mid on.
  • 98.2 Short of a length outside off, cracked hard but finds the man at backward point. Colin knows he missed out on that one.
  • 98.1 Angles it in from outside off, it keeps coming back in but Colin has is off stump covered as he makes an easy leave.
  • Kemar Roach is recalled into the attack.
  • 97.6 Back of a length outside off, defended back down the wicket. 291/6
  • 97.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 97.4 Back of a length and angling in from outside off, tapped down off the back foot.
  • 97.3 Miles outside off, no need to even look at it.
  • 97.2 Sprayed around the hips, tucked to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 97.1 A bit short and outside of, De Grandhomme looks to slash it through the line but fails to do so.
  • 96.6 Good length delivery, angling in, Blundell is right behind the line to keep it out. 290/6
  • 96.5 Sprayed wider outside off, no shot offered.
  • 96.4 Knocks it down to mid on and scampers through for a quick single.
  • 96.3 FOUR! Beautifully done! Fuller and angling in on the pads, Colin de Grandhomme presses across and neatly flicks it through mid-wicket. Once it met the meat of the bat, no need to run for those.
  • 96.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 96.1 Length ball outside off, defended comfortably.
  • 95.6 FOUR! Edgyyy! Not the way he would have liked but he will take that. You just want to get off the mark on your debut. Ask Sunil Ambris how he must be feeling. Coming to the ball - it's hurled on a length around off, holds its line too. Tom has a nervy poke at it, gets an edge which flies safely through the cordon for a boundary. 285/6
  • 95.5 Is nicely behind the line to defend it down.
  • 95.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 95.3 Defended from within the crease.
  • Tom Blundell, the debutant walks out to bat next! Nerves? Definitely!
  • 95.2 OUT! Knocked him over! Miguel Cummins has his tail up. Strikes twice in two overs! Lovely delivery! Cummins drops it on a length around middle and off, Santner sans any foot movement tries to defend by coming half forward. The ball skids off the deck, beats the outside edge and takes the top of off stump. Superb sight for any fast bowler, that. New Zealand lead by 147 runs!
  • 95.1 On a length and a hint shape back in, Santner blocks it out from the crease.
  • 94.6 Gabriel bowls a length delivery at 141.1 clicks, the line is wide and hence all the hard work goes down in vain as the batsman leaves it alone. 281/5
  • 94.5 Eases this fuller delivery straight to mid off.
  • 94.4 Beaten on the inside this time! Gabriel brings this one back into the batsman from outside off, De Grandhomme has a poke at it inside the line as the ball sneaks under his bat en route the keeper.
  • 94.3 Beaten! Short and comes back in from outside off, too close to cut but Colin opts to. Gets beaten comfortably.
  • 94.2 Shuffles across and clips it fine down the leg side for a single.
  • 94.1 Length delivery on middle and off, easily dealt with.
  • 93.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. Runs and a wicket off it. An eventful over from Miguel. 280/5
  • 93.5 FOUR! And again! Colin de Grandhomme seems to be up for the short balls! He once again anticipates it, gets into the position early and hits it behind square on the leg side to pick up back-to-back boundaries.
  • 93.4 FOUR! Tonk! Cummins bowls a short ball to the new batsman, Colin is up for it. He lifts his front leg and murders the pull down to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 93.3 Fuller in length on off, driven towards cover.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.
  • 93.2 OUT! In the air... Gabriel juggles but takes it in the second attempt! Another one departs off a short ball. Cummins hits the deck hard, Nicholls tries to pull it away but gets a top edge instead. The ball flies towards deep backward square leg where Gabriel juggles but manages to cling onto that one. They check for the front foot no ball but Cummins is fine with his landing. So, once again we see action straight after the break.
  • 93.1 Length delivery, curling back in, Nicholls misses his flick to get pinged on the pads.
  • Miguel Cummins to bowl from the other end.
  • 92.6 Short but angling away outside off, easy leave. 272/4
  • 92.5 Back of a length on middle, defended by hopping a bit in the crease.
  • 92.4 Stands tall and offers a straight bat.
  • Another slip comes in place...
  • 92.3 FOUR! Edged and through the cordon! This is really frustrating. Shannon slants it away on a length outside off, Santner hangs his bat out to that one. Gets an outside edge but much to his delight it flies through the gap between second slip and gully fielder for a streaky boundary.
  • 92.2 Bangs in a short ball on middle, the batsman ducks under it.
  • 92.1 Run straight away! Gabriel drops it on a length and around leg, worked through square leg for a single.
  • Welcome back for the final session. We still have 36 overs remaining in the day. Not quite sure if we can get them all today. Out walk the umpires and the players. It shall be Shannon Gabreil who will bowl at Henry Nicholls first. Two slips and a gully in place...
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • The rest of the batting line-up would want to make merry on a good batting wicket. Mitchell Santner is the next who has come out with such a mindset. The second new ball is not that old and it will be interesting to see if the Windies can make it count. Will the plot remain the same for the final session? Let's wait and find out in a short while...
  • This session - 28 overs, 86 runs and 1 wicket. It could have been two had Holder not overstepped which gave Nicholls a reprieve. New Zealand have now stretched the lead upto 133 and have made sure that another session belonged to them. Nicholls and Taylor continued from where they left off before the lunch interval. The latter was unfortunate to miss out on a ton, falling prey to Roach who has been the best amongst the West Indian bowlers today.
  • 91.6 Wide outside off for the batsman to not play at it. TEA ON DAY 2! 267/4
  • 91.5 Length on off, defended solidly.
  • 91.4 Lands it on a length outside off, Santner opts not to play at it.
  • 91.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 91.2 Good length outside off, Santner lets it be.
  • 91.1 Good length outside off, Santner does not fiddle with it.
  • 90.6 Good length on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot. 267/4
  • 90.5 APPEAL! Gabriel lands it around leg stump, gets it to shape into the batsman. Nicholls tries to flick but misses it to get rapped on the pads. The Windies pacer makes a huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Shannon looks at his captain and wants it to be reviewed but Jason does not. Missing leg!
  • 90.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 90.3 Fuller outside off, Nicholls shoulders his arms to it.
  • 90.2 Good length on off, the batsman is solid in defense.
  • 90.1 Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it to point.
  • 89.6 Sprays on the pads, Nicholls misses the flick to be hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side and the batsmen take a leg bye. 267/4
  • 89.5 The batsman has driven it through mid off.
  • 89.5 NO BALL! Another no ball, another overstepping. Cummins bowls it outside off, Nicholls lets it be.
  • 89.4 Good length on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 89.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 89.2 FOUR! Errs in line, sprays on the pads. Nicholls flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 89.1 Short ball on middle, Nicholls goes for the pull but gets a top edge which goes over the keeper's head for a brace.
  • 88.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 259/4
  • 88.5 FOUR! NICELY DONE! Full outside off, Santner opens the bat face and guides it through the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 88.4 Full and wide outside off, Santner thinks about going at it but then pulls his bat back in time.
  • Good observation by Ian Bishop. He says Gabriel now isn't bowling at his original pace, he generally bowls at the 140-145 mark but he is now bowling at the 135-140 mark. His front foot is also landing way behind the popping crease. He is now cautious about overstepping, something Ian Bishop is very happy about.
  • 88.3 Wide outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 88.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 88.1 Lands it on a length outside off, Santner need not play at it.
  • Shannon Gabriel is back into the attack.
  • 87.6 Full and angling into the batsman. Driven to mid on. 255/4
  • 87.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 87.4 Just ahead of a length on middle, Santner pushes it to mid off for a run.
  • 87.3 Very full outside off, Nicholls guides it towards point for a run.
  • 87.2 Good length outside off, Nicholls lets it be.
  • 87.1 FOUR! Exquisite! Full ball on middle, Nicholls times it straight back past the bowler and the ball races away to the long off fence. 250 up for New Zealand.
  • 86.6 FOUR! What a shot! Santner has cracked that one through and admires himself! Short and served a bit wide outside off, Mitchell cuts it through point for a boundary. 249/4
  • 86.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 86.4 Santner stands tall to keep it out.
  • 86.3 Short on leg stump, helped down to fine leg for a single.
  • 86.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 86.1 Back of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 85.6 Full and on the pads, HN misses the clip as the ball goes off the pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken. 244/4
  • 85.5 Shortish and rising considerably off the deck, Santner does well to hit it over square leg. Won't get a boundary but will get three for that.
  • 85.4 Comes forward and drives it to mid on.
  • 85.3 Short ball on middle and leg, tucked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 85.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 85.1 Spears in a yorker on the stumps, Nicholls jams it out.
  • 84.6 Stands tall to this back of a length and shows a straight bat. 239/4
  • 84.5 Pitches it ahead of a length, stabbed towards point.
  • 84.4 Similar length delivery by the West Indian skipper, but the line is outside off. Watchfully left alone.
  • 84.3 Another shortish delivery on middle, Santner calmly sits under it.
  • 84.2 This time Henry gets on top of the bounce! He pulls it with authority but some good work in the deep by Hetmyer keeps the batsmen down to three.
  • 84.1 Short and angling away, with good amount of bounce. Nicholls drops his wrists to let that one go through.
  • 83.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 236/4
  • 83.5 Fuller in length, defended to mid off.
  • 83.4 Length outside off, Santner lets it be.
  • 83.3 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 83.2 SNORTER! Santner did not know anything about this ball. Roach welcomes him with a short ball on middle, Santner tries to fend it without keeping his eyes on it. The ball hits the arm-guard and lobs towards gully where the fielder can't get to it.
  • Mitchell Santner walks out to the middle.
  • 83.1 OUT! No, there is no bat involved! The on-field call has to be overturned. Excellent use of the review sees Taylor missing out on a ton. Rejoice for West Indies, finally! Roach comes running in and lands it on a length around off, it shapes in a touch. Taylor tries to defend it off the front foot but is beaten by the little bit of inward movement to get pinged on the pads. The Windies players appeal but the umpire remains put. Roach convinces his captain to use their last review and Holder after speaking to his mates in the slip cordon takes the DRS! They go upstairs. Snicko shows there is no bat involved and then the Hawk Eye shows Three Reds! That is it then. Taylor has been given the marching orders. He will be disappointed he did not score a century but he has done his job. The 127-run stand comes to an end. New Zealand lead by 102.
  • A review for LBW has been taken by Holder against Ross Taylor. Remember this is their last review. It seems to have hit bat first though.
  • 82.6 FOUR! Half century for Nicholls. His 5th in Tests! It has been a very entertaining knock by the lad. He got a life when Holder overstepped early in this session but then you need to make it count. He is on the verge of doing so. Short ball on middle, Nicholls stands tall, rides the bounce and pummels it through mid-wicket to get to the milestone. Well played! 236/3
  • 82.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 82.4 Back of a length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground.
  • 82.3 just ahead of a length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 82.2 Lands it on a length around off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 82.1 Short outside off, wasn't there for the cut. Nicholls still goes for it and gets beaten.
  • Jason Holder will bowl from the other end.
  • 81.6 EDGY FOUR! Roach bowls it on a length around off, gets it to shape away after pitching. Ross tries to defend but gets an outside edge through the slip cordon for a boundary. 232/3
  • 81.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 81.4 Shorter in length on middle, Taylor ducks under it.
  • 81.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 81.2 BEAUTY! Roach bowls it full around off, first gets it to angle in then the ball leaves the batsman. Taylor tries to drive but gets beaten.
  • 81.1 Good length outside off, Taylor lets it be.
  • The second new ball has been taken and Kemar Roach will have a go with it first.
  • 80.6 Drives it down to long on for a run. 228/3
  • 80.5 Full ball on off, Nicholls drives it through covers for a run.
  • 80.4 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 80.3 Tosses it up on off, Nicholls lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 80.2 Very full outside off, Nicholls drives it to covers.
  • 80.1 Floats it on off, NIcholls defends it off the front foot.
  • The second new ball is available now. But Holder doesn't want to take it.
  • 79.6 Shorter in length outside off, Nicholls cuts it through covers for a run. 226/3
  • 79.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 79.4 Drives it with the spin to mid on for a run.
  • 79.3 Bowls it down the leg side, Taylor pads it away.
  • 79.2 Drags his length back outside off, pushed through covers for a run.
  • 79.1 Very slow through the air, Taylor flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • Drinks called! The runs continue to come for the hosts. West Indies did manage to strike early after the break but it wasn't meant to be. Holder overstepped to give a life to Nicholls, who since then got a wake-up call. He is inching closer to his half ton while Taylor is 14 short of the three-figure mark. The stand is 113 but importantly, the lead has stretched to 88. The second new ball is an over away, if the Windies fail to make it count, safe to say that it's going to be a hard day on the field for the visitors...
  • 78.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 222/3
  • 78.5 The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 78.4 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 78.3 FOUR! He plays this shot so well. Chase bowls it outside off, Taylor waits for it and cashes in on the width offered. He guides it past backward point for a boundary.
  • 78.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 78.1 Tosses it up on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
  • 77.6 The batsman has played the square drive. 217/3
  • 77.5 Works it with the spin towards square leg for a run.
  • 77.4 The batsman plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total.
  • 77.3 Tosses it up on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 77.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 77.1 Drives the flighted ball down to long on for a run.
  • 76.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 214/3
  • 76.5 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side.
  • 76.4 Slower through the air on middle, Nicholls paddle sweeps it through short fine leg for a couple.
  • 76.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 76.2 Swept hard but straight to the man in the deep! He plays it to deep squae leg for a run..
  • 76.1 Flatter outside off, Taylor defends it.
  • 75.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 211/3
  • 75.5 Fuller on off, driven through covers for a run.
  • 75.4 He is not finding his line here! He again bowls it way wide outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 75.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 75.2 Loopy ball outside off, left alone.
  • 75.1 A slow delivery outside off, the batsman need not play at it.
  • Spin from both ends! Kraigg Brathwaite is into the attack. This move is because, Holder wants to have a crack with the second new ball soon...
  • 74.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 209/3
  • 74.5 Flatter on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 74.4 Flicks it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 74.3 Tosses it up, Taylor drives it to mid off.
  • 74.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 74.1 100-run stand between the two. A valiant partnership here and the scoring has also been done at a very decent rate. Coming to the ball - it was short and wide outside off. Nicholls cuts it through point for a run.
  • 73.6 Full ball outside off, Taylor drives it to covers. 208/3
  • 73.5 Flicks it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 73.4 Well bowled! An excellent yorker on middle, Nicholls does very well to get his bat down on that. It was not at the usual pace he bowls or else he might have got Nicholls. This one was bowled at only 131.6 kph.
  • 73.3 Bowls it on middle, Nichols flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 73.2 A yorker outside off. Nicholls jams it out to mid on.
  • 73.1 Just behind a length on off, the batsman pushes it to mid off.
  • 72.6 Shorter in length outside off, Nicholls punches it through the off side for a run. 207/3
  • 72.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 72.4 Pushes it down to long on for a run.
  • 72.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 72.2 Flatter on off, Ross camps back and defends it.
  • 72.1 Very full on off, Taylor drives it back to the bowler.
  • 71.6 Fuller on off, driven to covers. 205/3
  • 71.5 Good length on off, angling away from the batsman. Nicholls lets it be.
  • Ian Bishop is livid and calls it a cardinal sin to bowl a no ball. He says Shannon Gabriel and his landing is a real concern for the Windies. He gets you wickets which is of no use when he oversteps. To add to it, he says against Zimbabwe he got a wicket off a no ball and on the previous occasion, he removed Ben Stokes in Lord's but in vain. Shannon Gabriel has bowled over 100 no balls in his career, not a record any fast bowler would like...
  • 71.4 Length on middle, Nicholls flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 71.3 Full and outside off, Taylor drives it through point for a run.
  • 71.2 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 71.1 He lands it on a length around off, Taylor tries to flick it through the leg side but gets a soft leading edge to covers.
  • 71.1 NO BALL! A nasty ball there! A high full toss by Gabriel, not intended though. Taylor was surprised and he managed to play it well in the end. Gabriel immediately apologizes and the umpire signals a no ball.
  • 70.6 Drags his length back on middle, Taylor flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run. 203/3
  • 70.5 Flatter on off, Nicholls pushes it towards cover for a run.
  • 70.4 Tosses it up on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 70.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 70.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 70.1 The ball has been square driven by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • Change of ends for Roston Chase.
  • 69.6 14000 International runs for Ross Taylor! He is now third in the list of most International runs for New Zealand. Surely one of New Zealand's great. A run-machine for them. Gabriel dishes out a full ball on off, Taylor drives it to the man at mid off and sets off. The fielder there is quick to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses and gives Ross the run to reach that milestone. 200/3
  • 69.5 Flicks it against the angle down to fine leg for a run.
  • 69.4 Lands it on a length around off, Nicholls defends it solidly.
  • 69.3 Back of a length outside off, Nicholls punches it through covers, off the back foot to bag two.
  • 69.2 Fuller in length on middle, Taylor flicks it to mid on for a run.
  • 69.1 Good length on off, Taylor shuffles across and defends it.
  • Spin for only two overs. Shannon Gabriel is back into the attack.
  • 68.6 Another good short one to finish. He is bending his back here Holder. Nicholls sways away. 195/3
  • 68.5 Flicks the ball on the pads to fine leg for a run.
  • 68.4 Bangs it in on middle, Taylor evades it.
  • 68.3 Back of a length on middle, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
  • 68.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 68.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 67.6 FOUR! Poor ball and it has been dispatched! Drags his length back outside off, Nicholls cuts it through point for a boundary. Back-to-back boundaries to Nicholls. 9 runs from the over. 194/3
  • 67.5 FOUR! Nice stroke! Henry Nicholls has just bumped it into the ground. He comes down the track and jams the full ball onto the ground and the ball bounces over the bowler's head and down towards the long off fence. Indication of the surface quickening up?
  • 67.4 Quicker on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 67.3 Drags his length back outside off, cut to covers.
  • 67.2 Loopy ball on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 67.1 Flatter on off, Taylor pushes it towards mid on for a run.
  • 66.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 185/3
  • 66.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 66.4 Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it off the back foot.
  • 66.3 Back of a length on off, Taylor taps it towards the off side for a run.
  • 66.2 The batsman gets up on his toes to play that one.
  • 66.1 BOUNCER! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 65.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 184/3
  • 65.5 Tosses it up on middle, defended solidly.
  • 65.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 65.3 Drives it to long on for a run.
  • 65.2 Flicks it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 65.1 Full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • Roston Chase will continue from the other end. The camera pans in the crowd where a boy is seen having an ice cream. It's melting down quickly, it's leaking down on his hands, he has some on his nose too. Simon Doull says, that's the sign of sun baking down hard in Wellington.
  • 64.6 Bowls it on a length on off, Nicholls defends it solidly. 183/3
  • 64.5 Good length outside off, Nicholls lets it be.
  • 64.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 64.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.3 CAUGHT OFF A NO BALL! Oh dear, Holder has overstepped. It is the 8th no ball by the Windies in this innings. Poor, very poor just not acceptable by the modern day standards. Coming to the delivery - Holder bangs it short down the leg side, Nicholls goes for the pull but only manages to glove it to the keeper who takes it and appeals. The umpire after giving it a thought raises his finger and Henry starts walking. The umpire then asks him to wait as they have to check for the no ball. And guess what, Holder has overstepped. He can't believe it as he walks back to his bowling mark dejected. Nevertheless, a reprieve for Nicholls, but a poor shot by him. A lapse in concentration maybe, this should surely wake him up though.
  • Nicholls has been given out caught behind. But has Holder overstepped? They are going upstairs to check.
  • No short leg for Nicholls he has two slips in place.
  • 64.2 Good length on off, angling away from the batsman. Taylor guides it towards point for a quick single.
  • 64.1 Holder comes around the wicket and bowls it on a length on middle. Taylor defends it off the back foot.
  • We're back. 47 is what New Zealand lead by. The Windies players are near the boundary getting themselves stretched. Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls will look to swell the lead. The second new ball is 16 overs away. Jason Holder will start off the proceedings. He has a slip and a short leg in place. Here we go...
  • ...Day 2, Session 2...
  • The visitors on the other hand, have looked flat this morning. Agreed, they got a wicket but at the same time they have leaked runs too. Wickets is what they need and they need it in heaps. The sun is out in all its glory and it would require a standout bowling performance on their part to make a comeback. Will they be able to limit the damage or will the toiling work go on? Join us back shortly to see what happens next...
  • The Kiwis continue to tighten their grip on this Test. They have scored 96 runs in the 26 overs with the loss of a Jeet Raval. Ross Taylor has continued his rich vein of form against the Windies and has already crossed the 50-run mark. He needed good support from the other end and Henry Nicholls didn't let him down. The duo has batted with determination and have shown intent to score whenever there was an opportunity. The current stand is already worth 72 and with the way these two are batting, they are threatening to take the game away from the Windies.
  • 63.6 Not an ideal delivery to end the session. Cummins bangs it short but down the leg side. Nicholls moves inside the line to leave it alone. LUNCH ON DAY 2, NZ LEAD BY 47 RUNS! 181/3
  • 63.5 Comes around the wicket and bowls it on the pads. Nicholls flicks it with the angle through backward square leg to bag a brace.
  • 63.4 Short again but down the leg side. The batsman ducks under it.
  • 63.3 Back of a length on middle. Nicholls rocks back and defends it.
  • 63.2 Shortish ball on middle, Nicholls sways away.
  • 63.1 A bumper on middle, Taylor pulls it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 62.6 Gives it air outside off, Nicholls drives it to covers. 178/3
  • 62.5 Very full on middle, the batsman drives it back to the bowler.
  • 62.4 Tosses it up on middle, Nicholls drives it to mid on.
  • 62.3 Floats it full on off, Nicholls defends it off the front foot.
  • 62.2 Flatter outside off, Nicholls pads it away.
  • 62.1 Drives the full ball through mid on for a run.
  • 61.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 177/3
  • 61.5 Shorter in length down the leg side this time. Nicholls goes for the pull but misses.
  • 61.4 Shorter in length outside off, Nicholls tries to pull but does not connect.
  • 61.4 NO BALL! Another one by a West Indian bowler! Taylor flicks it through square leg for a run. He now becomes the 26th New Zealand batsman to score 10000 first-class runs.
  • 61.3 Good length on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
  • 61.2 Back of a length on off, Taylor guides it to point.
  • 61.1 Bouncer outside off, Taylor tries to drag it on the leg side but gets beaten.
  • 60.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 175/3
  • 60.5 That was delicately played! Flatter outside off by Chase. Taylor opens the face of the bat and guides it down towards third man for three.
  • 60.4 Short and easy for Taylor. He rocks back and cuts it through point for a run.
  • 60.3 Plays it with the spin to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 60.2 FOUR! Streaky! Tosses it up outside off, Taylor tries to drive it through the off side, against the spin. The ball takes the outside edge and goes through short third man for a boundary.
  • 60.1 Fires it on leg stump, spinning down the leg side. Taylor tries to flick but misses.
  • 59.6 Back of a length on middle, Nicholls defends it off the back foot. 166/3
  • 59.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 59.5 NO BALL! Cummins oversteps this time! He bowls it short on middle, Taylor pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 59.4 Back of a length on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
  • 59.3 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicketkeeper.
  • 59.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 59.1 How do you play that? He bowls it fuller on off, gets it to shape away after pitching. Taylor tries to drive but is beaten.
  • 58.6 Floats it on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot. 164/3
  • 58.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 58.4 Lunges forward and blocks it down into the ground.
  • 58.3 Gives it air on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 58.2 Pushes through quicker on off, Raval pushes it to covers.
  • 58.1 Tosses it up on middle, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • Change of ends for Roston Chase.
  • 57.6 FOUR! Not convincing but Taylor won't mind! Cummins bangs it in short on middle. Ross goes the pull but gets a top edge over the keeper for a boundary. 164/3
  • 57.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 57.4 Good length on off, Taylor defends it watchfully.
  • 57.3 Short, pulled towards square leg for a run.
  • 57.2 Back of a length on off, Latham defends it towrads point.
  • 57.1 Good length on off, the batsman need not play a it.
  • Miguel Cummins is back into the attack.
  • 56.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 159/3
  • 56.5 FOUR! Fifty for Taylor! No. 28 for him. He loves playing against Windies, doesn't he? Shannon bangs it in short on middle. Taylor pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. He acknowledges the applause from the crowd. This also brings up the 50-run stand in only 60 balls. A very entertaining partnership.
  • 56.4 Flicks it to mid-wicket with the angle.
  • 56.3 Bowls it down the leg, the batsman flicks it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 56.2 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 56.1 Full outside off, Taylor square drives it for a run. The lead is now 20.
  • 55.6 Flatter on off, defended solidly. 153/3
  • 55.5 The batsman drives this through the covers.
  • 55.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 55.3 FOUR! Full toss and duly punished! Bowled outside off, Nicholls reaches for it and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 55.2 Tosses it up on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 55.1 Fires it down the leg side, Nicholls misses the flick.
  • Time for spin! Roston Chase is into the attack.
  • 54.6 On the pads, too easy for Nicholls. He flicks it through square leg for three. 149/3
  • 54.5 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 54.4 Fullish on off, Taylor drives it towards cover where the fielder misfields and concedes two.
  • 54.3 WOW! That took off from a length! Taylor can do nothing but only smile but that was very well played by the veteran. Gabriel bowls it on off, the ball bounces off the surface. Takes Taylor by surprise who hops but does well to drop his wrists down in time.
  • 54.3 NO BALL! Second of the over, maybe the wind behind his back is forcing him to overstep. He again lands it on a length around off, The batsman tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 54.2 Fuller on off, Taylor drives it to mid off.
  • 54.2 NO BALL! Gabriel and overstepping seems to go hand in hand. A big one too. He lands it on a length around off, jags back in. Taylor tries to play it but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 54.1 A short ball on middle, Taylor ducks under it.
  • 53.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 141/3
  • 53.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 53.4 Errs in line and bowls it on the pads, Nicholls flicks it down to fine leg for a brace.
  • Simon Doull on-air mentions that he has observed Henry Nicholls getting out chopping onto the stumps very often. He should be avoiding the balls outside off as he is new to the crease. Given that the pacers are getting the extra bounce on this surface, can prove fatal if he tries to fiddle with the wide one...
  • 53.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the backfoot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 53.2 Comes around the wicket and sprays it on the pads. Nicholls flicks it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 53.1 Flicks it with thr angle towards square leg for a run.
  • 52.6 BEATEN! Gabriel lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape away after pitching. Nicholls hangs his bat out needlessly only to get beaten. 136/3
  • 52.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 52.4 Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it to point.
  • 52.3 Lengh ball around leg, shapes in. Nicholls tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire remains put. Missing leg probably.
  • 52.2 Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it easily.
  • 52.1 Fullish ball on off, Taylor drives it to mid off for a run.
  • Drinks! It's been a good hour of play for the hosts. They lost Raval but they have gotten into the lead too. Ross Taylor is looking set and scoring runs at will. He certainly will be eyeing a big one. West Indies would feel if they get Taylor out quickly, there might be chances of limiting the damage as the hosts' middle order is inexperienced. Let's see how they fare till the lunch break...
  • 51.6 Lands it on a length outside off, the batsman again does not play at it. 135/3
  • 51.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 51.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 51.3 Fullish on off, the batsman is not interested to play at it.
  • 51.2 Full and wide outside off, Nicholls lets it be.
  • 51.1 The Kiwis are now into the lead by just a run though. Works it around the corner, with the angle for an easy run.
  • 50.6 Fullish ball on off, Nicholls defends it onto th ground. 134/3
  • 50.5 FOUR! SCORES LEVEL! What timing! Shannon bowls it on the pads, the batsman flicks it through square leg for a boundary. 9 runs from the over so far.
  • 50.4 Full ball on off, Nicholls defends off the front foot.
  • 50.3 Flicks it with the angle towards square leg for a run.
  • 50.2 FOUR! DEFT! Finds that gap nicely. Shortish ball outside off. Taylor guides it between gully and second slip for a boundary.
  • 50.1 Short of a length outside off, comes in with the angle. Too close for the batsman to cut. Taylor still goes through with the shot but gets beaten.
  • Shannon Gabriel is into the attack.
  • 49.6 Just ahead of a length outside off, the batsman shoulders his arms to it. 125/3
  • 49.5 Bowls it on a length around off, Raval leaves it.
  • 49.4 Length outside off, Nicholls does not play at it.
  • 49.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease. They pick up a single.
  • 49.2 FOUR! Again, he is guilty of overpitching here. Almost a carbon copy of the last shot. A similar line and length outside off. Taylor drives it through covers this time for a boundary.
  • 49.1 FOUR! Too easy, not learning here the Windies bowler. They again dish out a full ball outside off, Taylor leans into it and drives it through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 48.6 Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it back to the bowler. 116/3
  • 48.5 Shortish on middle, Nicholls gets over the bounce and pulls it down to the fielder at square leg.
  • 48.4 Length outside off, the batsman is not interested at playing at it.
  • 48.3 Back of a length on off, Nicholls defends it to point.
  • 48.2 He changes the angle again and comes over the wicket! Short and wide outside off, Nicholls tries to cut but gets beaten.
  • 48.1 From around the wicket he lands it around off. The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 47.6 Good length on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot. 116/3
  • 47.5 The batsman guides it to third man.
  • 47.4 Fullish ball outside off, easy for Taylor. He drives it through covers for a couple.
  • 47.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. One run added to the total.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Off the mark in style but not convincingly! Short and on the body, Nicholls tries to pull but gets a top edge over backward square leg for a boundary.
  • Henry Nicholls is the next man in!
  • 47.1 OUT! Ian Bishop on air did mention there was a need for a bowling change and it has reaped huge dividends instantly. Roach gets the breakthrough. He comes steaming in from over the wicket and lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape away. The line is such that Raval has to play at it. He gets a thin outside edge as he tries to defend. It goes to the keeper who pouches it. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. The Windies are ecstatic. A gritty knock from Raval comes to an end. New Zealand now trail by 25 runs.
  • There's the first change of the morning. Kemar Roach is into the attack.
  • 46.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 109/2
  • Good point from Ian Bishop. He says if you are bowling according to the plan then you need to set the field accordingly. Holder is persisting with the short ball and is bowling it right on the money. But what he has done is he has placed a short leg a bit deep and a gully too is not at its usual position. They need to come in closer to stand a chance...
  • 46.5 The ploy almost paid off! Holder bangs it in short on middle, the ball skids off the surface and also gets big on the batsman. Taylor blindly tries to defend it off the back foot but the ball lobs off his glove but lands short of gully. Holder is frustrated as nothing is going his way.
  • 46.4 Back of a length on middle, Taylor defends it.
  • 46.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 46.2 Back of a length on middle, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
  • 46.1 A change in angle he comes around the wicket to the right-hander. He bowls it on a length around middle. Taylor might have been expecting a bouncer and is hence, late on the flick and is hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 45.6 Bowls it on middle, Taylor with soft hands, plays it towards mid-wicket for a brisk single. 109/2
  • 45.5 Back of a length on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
  • 45.4 Flicks it with the angle down to fine leg for a run.
  • 45.3 Back of a length on middle, Raval defends it off the back foot.
  • 45.2 Angles it on the pads, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 45.1 Comes around the wicket and bangs it short on middle, Raval defends it besides the pitch and takes a run.
  • 44.6 Tucks it with the angle to mid-wicket. 105/2
  • 44.6 NO BALL! Holder oversteps. He lands it on a length around off, Taylor defends it watchfully.
  • 44.5 Length outside off, Ross opts not to play at it.
  • 44.4 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 44.3 Length on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
  • The Windies have gone defensive today morning. They have only one slip. The commentators feel the end from which Holder is bowling is the end to take wickets from. As from the other end you are bowling into the wind, which is relatively tough.
  • 44.2 Good length on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
  • 44.1 Shortish ball outside off, Taylor cuts it towards gully. The fielder there dives to his right and makes a good stop.
  • 43.6 Bouncer on middle, Raval ducks under it. 104/2
  • The man from square leg has gone out to the boundary.
  • 43.5 FOUR! He had no problem on this short one. He has nailed the pull shot. Cummins again bangs it in on middle, Raval stands tall and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 43.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 43.3 Raval throughout his innings has not looked comfortable against the short ball. Cummins bowls a bouncer, a well-directed one. The ball zips off the surface. Raval is late in the pull and the ball hits him on the glove and rolls towards square leg.
  • 43.2 Very full ball on middle, Taylor flicks it to fine leg for a run. That also brings up the 100. They now only trail by another 34.
  • 43.1 Good length on off, Taylor defends it off the back foot.
  • 42.6 Fullish on off, Taylor drives it through covers. The fielder from mid off gives it a chase and stops the ball inside the ropes. The batsmen run three. 99/2
  • 42.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 42.4 Brilliant by Gabriel! Full and on middle, Taylor flicks it towards mid on. The big, fast bowler there dives to his right and makes a very good stop. He also scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batsman did not leave his crease. He saved four runs for his side there.
  • 42.3 Lovely length here by Holder around off, Taylor defends it solidly.
  • 42.2 Length ball around off, Taylor defends it to point.
  • 42.1 Good length around off, shapes back in after pitching. Taylor tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 41.6 Better! He bowls it on off, Raval this time has to play at it. He defends it off the back foot. 96/2
  • 41.5 Length but the line is outside off, the batsman need not bother playing at it.
  • 41.4 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 41.3 Cummins has to make the batsman play! He again bowls it way outside off, Raval need not play at it.
  • 41.2 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 41.1 Length outside off, Raval lets it be.
  • Simon Doull on-air feels that Mitchell Santner is being wasted down at no. 6 as according to him he is a very talented cricketer. He should be playing a lot more first-class cricket, work on his batting and get among the runs to be promoted up the order.
  • 40.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 96/2
  • 40.5 Bangs it in on middle, Taylor ducks under it.
  • 40.4 Shorter in length on off, Ross taps it towards point.
  • 40.3 Length outside off, Taylor lets it be.
  • 40.2 Flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 40.1 Short and wide outside off, seeing the width on offer Taylor's eyes lit up. He goes for the cut but is beaten by the extra bounce.
  • 39.6 Shorter in length on middle, Raval pulls it along the ground through backward square leg for a couple. 96/2
  • 39.5 Back of a length on off, Raval defends it off the back foot.
  • 39.4 Length outside off, Raval opts not to fiddle with it.
  • 39.3 Just ahead of a length outside off, Raval lets it be and the ball goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 39.2 Good length outside off, angling away. Left alone by the batsman.
  • 39.1 Angles it into the pads, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • Simon Doull on-air has got something to say. He says Miguel Cummins bowled a nasty bouncer on the last ball of day 1 to surprise Ross Taylor. He further says that, the last time Morne Morkel bowled one to him, he broke his arm and Taylor was out injured. The point here is that, you need to keep hitting those areas to trouble the batsman. Today, the very first ball that Ross faced was a genuine half-volley which he easily caressed through the cover region. This will only help his cause and ooze his confidence...
  • Miguel Cummins will bowl from the other end.
  • 38.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 93/2
  • 38.5 FOUR! ELEGANT! Full and on off, Raval presses forward and drives it through mid off to fetch the first boundary of the day.
  • 38.4 Fuller in length on off, Raval drives it to mid off.
  • 38.3 Taylor is underway with three! Full and outside off, Taylor drives it through covers. The fielder gives it a chase and saves a run for his side.
  • 38.2 Bowls it on the pads, Raval tucks it towards mid-wicket for a run. First run for the Kiwis today.
  • 38.1 Edged but just short! Would have been an ideal start for West Indies. Holder starts right on the money, on a length around middle, nips away after pitching. Raval tries to defend but is undone by the extra bounce. The ball takes the outside edge and falls just short of gully.
  • We are ready to get underway on day 2. The men who matter make their way out to the middle. Jeet Raval and Ross Taylor will resume their innings. Jason Holder will start the proceedings for West Indies. He was excellent yesterday. Can he strike early? He has two slips and a gully in place.
  • The away side on the other hand, need to make early inroads if they are to get back into the game. A lot will depend on their pacers who were wayward at the start yesterday, but later did really well to get back into the rhythm. We saw 12 wickets to fall on day 1 and with the pitch expected to spice up today, what do we have in store? Will we see something similar or will it be a run-fest today? Be it anything, we welcome you to the coverage of the second day's play between New Zealand and Windies in Wellington. Stay with us as the action is about to resume...
  • We head into day 2 with the hosts sitting comfortably in the driver's seat after a brilliant bowling performance by Wagner. They now just trail by 49 runs and have 8 wickets in hand. Jeet Raval who is now set, after facing over a hundred balls, has an experienced Ross Taylor for company. The pair will look to stay for as long as possible to bat the Windies out of the game. They need to as their middle order is a bit fragile and an early wicket this morning could hamper their chances to take a big lead.
  • ...Day 2, Session 1...
  • Right then! The Kiwis are right on top at the moment and a sensible batting performance will see them stamping the authority further on this Test. Do the Windies have it in them to make a comeback or will they be made to toil on day 2? We shall find out tomorrow when we meet at 1100 LOCAL (2200 GMT). Until then, goodbye and take care.
  • Meanwhile, NEIL WAGNER is up for an interview with Simon Doull. He says he is really elated with his efforts with the ball today. Agrees that there were a few funny dismissals which went his way. Apart from that he stuck to his plan and feels happy about it. Further says, the breeze was quite stiff and there wasn't any swing on offer which made him and Boult to hit the deck hard to force a result. Laughs and says it's very tough to keep the short ball stuff going. Says hitting the gym is the key to his success as fitness plays an important role. On he being padded up as the nightwatchman, he says he wants to chip in with the bat too. On the pitch, he reckons, on day 1, it's a bit on the slower side but quickens up as the game progresses.
  • Jason Holder, then along with Miguel Cummins provided some relief in the dressing room. In the final passage of play in the third session, both bowled with a lot of heart, were disciplined enough and made the batsmen fall into the prey. Eventually, the skipper got the breakthrough while it was his smart captaincy that got the better of his opposite number. Raval has looked a bit fidgety but he has been there for a long time. Taylor has just stepped in and it would be interesting to see if he can do what he did against the Windies when he had them here last time.
  • Wagner and Boult, both stuck to the short ball ploy and reaped huge dividends. The former registered his career-best figures by picking up a 7-fer while the latter got two to his name as the hosts bundled out the Windies for a scanty 134. Now, all the eyes were on the visitors as to how will they come out to bowl. They had to make the new ball count and to their dismay, they didn't live upto it at all. They sprayed all around the pads which let the Kiwi openers get into the flow.
  • What a day of Test match we got to witness! On a green pitch, Kane Williamson opted to have a go with the cherry first and his decision almost looked like a wrong one as Powell and Brathwaite looked solid as a rock until the first drinks break. God knows what happened or what words were exchanged by the skipper, all of a sudden there was an inspiring display of bowling performance. Neil Wagner, the destroyer-in-chief, brought in his barrage of short stuff to dismantle the brittle-looking batting line-up.
  • 37.6 What a way to end the day! It stung Taylor right on the left fore-arm who took his eyes off the ball in trying to fend it away. STUMPS ON DAY 1, NZ TRAIL BY 49 RUNS! 85/2
  • 37.5 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Taylor ducks to let that one sail over him to the keeper.
  • 37.4 A shout for an LBW, nothing from the umpire. Bowls a skiddy length delivery outside off, this comes back in after pitching. Taylor doesn't account for the inward movement and gets struck on the pads. They appeal but the impact seemed to be outside the line and the height was also an issue.
  • 37.3 Takes a stride forward to this length delivery and defends it down.
  • 37.2 Drops it on a length outside off, it holds its line too. Ross Taylor makes a watchful leave.
  • 37.1 Angles it in from outside off, Taylor blocks it back down the wicket.
  • After the end of the over, Rod Tucker has a look at his watch, there is still a minute to go. Which means this should be the last over of the day. Can West Indies pick another one?
  • 36.6 In the channel outside off, left alone by the southpaw. 85/2
  • 36.6 And now a no ball! He oversteps and will have to reload. Fuller in length on middle and leg, flicked towards square leg for a single.
  • 36.5 Fuller in length and at the base of off stump, Taylor looks to drive but mistimes it towards mid off.
  • 36.4 Angles it in from outside off, blocked by coming forward.
  • A delay here. Already we will get a few overs less today and then there is a sightscreen issue now. The end from which Gabriel is bowling pre-dominantly has this problem, says Ian Smith on air. The issue is that the sightscreen at this end is at a slightly lower height than the one at the other end. So when the bowler comes in with a high-arm action, it offers a hindrance to the batsmen.
  • 36.3 Angles it down leg, Taylor tries to help it on its way but misses out. Gabriel has been a bit too erratic in this spell.
  • 36.2 Sprays it full and on the pads, wristed behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 36.1 Slants it across the left-hander, Jeet Raval shoulders his arms to that one.
  • 35.6 Good length delivery on middle, tucked towards the fielder at mid on. 82/2
  • 35.5 Fuller in length on off, a front foot push that finds the fielder at cover.
  • 35.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.3 A stifled appeal! This one nips back in from a length outside off, Taylor is beaten by the in-ward movement and is hit on the pads. They appeal but the umpire stays put. The impact was outside the line.
  • 35.2 On a back of a length, angling in, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 35.1 On a length and outside off, Ross Taylor offers his defensive skills.
  • Miguel Cummins to have a burst before the close of play...
  • 34.6 Fuller and a bit too straight on the stumps, clipped through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 82/2
  • 34.5 Gabriel hits the deck hard, gets a good amount of bounce but it's too high to worry the batsman.
  • 34.4 Fuller in length on off, stroked towards the mid off fielder.
  • 34.3 Back of a length on middle Raval rises to tap it towards the cover region.
  • 34.2 Fuller in length and slanted just outside off, Raval is in two minds whether to go after it or to leave it alone. In the end has a tentative poke at it only to get beaten.
  • 34.1 Stays put to this length ball and defends it down.
  • 33.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 80/2
  • 33.5 Works it fine off the pads down the leg side for a brace.
  • 33.4 Taylor wants to go at everything here. This time he shapes up for a pull shot but the length is not an ideal one. The ball sneaks under his bat and settles into the gloves off the keeper.
  • 33.3 FOUR! That's thrashed! Ross Taylor has flayed this one through the line. This time he gets the width, gets on top of the bounce and unfurls a cracking square cut off the middle of the bat through point for a boundary.
  • 33.2 Short of a length delivery on off but doesn't offer enough width. Taylor opts to cut it away but gets cramped for room. Ends up chopping it towards gully.
  • 33.1 Length delivery on middle, Taylor looks to pack a punch down the ground but ends up mistiming it back to the bowler.
  • 32.6 Touch fuller on middle and off, driven back to the bowler who crouches low in his followthrough to stop it. 74/2
  • 32.5 This time Taylor waits for the short ball and with soft hands, works it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 32.4 Short stuff from Shannon, it's near the rib cage, Raval hops a touch and tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 32.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 32.2 Goes over the wicket, drops it on a back of a length on middle. Dealt with a straight bat.
  • 32.1 Sprays it down the leg side, Raval looks to help it on its way but fails to get any wood on that one. Lucky Gabriel to have gotten away with that one.
  • 31.6 The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 72/2
  • 31.5 Short ball but it doesn't rise much. Ross pulls it off the meat of the bat but the man at short mid-wicket dives full length to his right to save a certain boundary.
  • 31.4 Back of a length on middle, Taylor stands tall to keep it out.
  • 31.3 FOUR! Cracked it away! Short and a bit wide outside off, Ross senses an opportunity to score as he flays it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 31.2 Spills one down leg, Taylor looks to flick it away but gets beaten.
  • Beware of Ross Taylor! The last time West Indies toured New Zealand, this man was in firing form. He scored a double ton, followed by a couple of hundreds. Shows how important this wicket would be for the Windies...
  • 31.1 Fuller in length on off, pushed towards the cover region.
  • 30.6 Works it off the back foot towards mid-wicket. 68/2
  • 30.5 Stands tall and defends it from within the crease.
  • 30.4 Errs in line does Gabriel. It's on a length but down leg, the southpaw moves inside the line and lets it be.
  • 30.3 Ahead of a length outside off, JR lunges forward and offers a straight blade.
  • 30.2 Looks to attack the stumps but in doing so, he spills one down leg. Jeet tries to clip it away but fails to get any wood on it.
  • 30.1 On a length and it comes back in a bit, Raval prods forward and defends it right under his nose.
  • Shannon Gabriel is brought back into the attack.
  • 29.6 Brings the sucker ball into play, keeps it full on off. Ross drives it back to the bowler. A wicket maiden for Roach! 68/2
  • 29.5 Short but the line is outside the off stump, Taylor once again sits down.
  • 29.4 Bangs in a short ball on middle, Taylor ducks under the bumper. A good welcome by Roach.
  • Ross Taylor is the new man in. He has a lot of experience. Can he make it count?
  • 29.3 OUT! Straight to the man at gully. Kemar Roach is all pumped up as he knows the importance of this wicket of the skipper, Williamson who stands there in disbelief! Got to give credit to Holder here for keeping two gullies for his opposite number. Roach bowls it short, it's wide too and Kane decides to cash in on it. Cuts it hard but doesn't bother to keep it down. Flies straight to Shai Hope at widish gully who takes a good catch. Williamson walks back for a cheap score and his side trails by 66 runs.
  • 29.2 This one keeps coming in from a length outside off. Williamson takes his front foot across the line, knows where is off stump is and then leaves it alone.
  • 29.1 Angles it in from around off, Williamson prods forward and offers a solid defense.
  • 28.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. 68/1
  • 28.5 Very well bowled! He bowls it on a length around off, angling into the batsman first and then leaves him. Raval first thinks of playing it but then plays inside the line and takes his bat out of the way.
  • 28.4 Good length outside off, coming in with the angle. Raval does not fiddle with it.
  • 28.3 Comes around the wicket and lands it outside off, Raval lets it be.
  • 28.2 Back of a length on off, pushes towards cover for a quick single.
  • 28.1 Flicks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 27.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 67/1
  • 27.5 Bowls it wide outside off, Raval does not play at it.
  • 27.4 Top edge which goes high in the air...but falls safe! Shorter in length on middle, Raval tries to pull but he gets a top edge which falls in no man's land towards deep square leg for a couple.
  • 27.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 27.2 Good length outside off, Raval need not play at it.
  • 27.1 Length outside off, Raval lets it be.
  • Kemar Roach is back into the attack.
  • 26.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 65/1
  • 26.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 26.4 Back of a length on off, Williamson guides it to point.
  • 26.3 A quick bouncer! That really had a lot of fizz behind it. It was on middle, Williamson at the very last moment sways away.
  • 26.2 Good length on off, Williamson defends it off the front foot.
  • Kane Williamson strides out to the middle.
  • 26.1 OUT! The skipper provides the much-needed breakthrough. He deserved this wicket. He has bowled brilliantly to both the batsmen. Latham's luck has finally ran out and he too like many other batsmen today has fallen prey to the short ball. Holder bangs it in from around the wicket on middle. Latham tries to pull it but is undone by the bounce and he balloons an easy catch to Roach at mid on. The 65-run stand has been broken. A similar time when the Windies lost their first but can the visitors build on this? New Zealand trail by 69 now.
  • 25.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 65/0
  • 25.5 FOUR! This time he plays it well! Once again he goes for the paddle and this time he connects it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 25.4 Tosses it up outside off, Raval lets it be.
  • 25.3 Wide outside off, the batsman need not play at it.
  • Raval wants the helmet to be changed. Maybe, there was a dent.
  • 25.2 Premeditation there by Raval! Not smart by the left-hander. Chase bowls it outside off, Raval goes down early to play the paddle sweep but the ball hits the top edge and goes onto his helmet.
  • 25.1 Tosses it up on off, Raval drives it to covers.
  • 24.6 Bowls it on a length around off, Latham defends it off the front foot. 61/0
  • 24.5 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 24.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 24.3 Almost chops it on! Nothing is going the Windies' way. Holder bowls it short outside off, Latham tries to cut but gets a bottom edge which bounces very close to the off pole and then rolls on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 24.2 Length around off, shapes into the batsman. Latham tries to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 24.1 Good length outside off, comes back in a touch. Latham trusts the bounce and lets it be.
  • 23.6 Quicker outside off, goes on with the arm. Raval watchfully makes a good leave. 61/0
  • 23.5 Fuller on off, driven to covers.
  • 23.4 Slower through the air on off, turning away. Raval, at the very last minute opens the face of the bat and guides it through short third man for a couple.
  • 23.3 Flatter on middle, Raval defends it off the front foot.
  • 23.2 Short and outside off, Raval looks to go after it but fails to get going with the shot. The ball bounces a touch more and hence Raval is beaten.
  • 23.1 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • Drinks! The Kiwis continue their domination so far. Both the openers have gotten their eye in and have slowly increased the scoring rate as well. In the last half an hour, Holder and Cummins have posed a few questions and troubled both the batsmen. Latham was even given a life by Dowrich when he was on 31. So, 19 overs are remaining in the day, will West Indies strike before the close of play? Okay then, time for spin for the first time today. ROSTON CHASE to roll his arm over. Is it because with the two southpaws out there?
  • 22.6 Beaten! Back of a length around middle, some extra bounce as well. Raval looks to have a tentative poke at it inside the line which nearly beats the outside edge of his bat. 58/0
  • 22.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, third leave in a row.
  • 22.4 Back of a length in the zone outside off, JR doesn't offer any shot.
  • 22.3 On a length and hurled outside off, Jeet makes an easy leave.
  • 22.2 Short of a length delivery outside off, Raval ducks to evade it.
  • 22.1 Shortish around middle, defended by shuffling across towards mid-wicket.
  • 21.6 Gets across to this length ball outside off and at the last moment pulls his bat out to make a leave. 58/0
  • 21.5 Shortish around leg, tucked towards square leg.
  • 21.4 This is a good one! Bowls it on a length, very close to the off stump line and more importantly making the batsman play at it. Latham has a poke at it and it nearly takes the outside edge of his bat to the keeper.
  • 21.3 Fuller and wider outside off, TL has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 21.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 21.1 Back of a length on middle, tapped off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
  • 20.6 Holder needs to make the batsman play, he once again hurls it wider in the channel outside off. Easily left alone again. After such a fruitful previous over, Holder bowls an ordinary one. 58/0
  • 20.5 Bowled wider outside off, no shot offered.
  • 20.4 Length delivery on the hips, tucked gently behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 20.3 Short of a length delivery on middle, takes Tom by surprise who goes back and awkwardly fends it away towards the vacant short leg region.
  • 20.2 Once again Tom shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 20.1 Fuller and angling away wide outside off, Latham finally realizes that he shouldn't be playing at those.
  • 19.6 Stands tall and taps this back of a length delivery towards mid-wicket for a single. 57/0
  • 19.5 Length delivery, but a bit too straight from the bowler. TL gets across and tucks it behind square on the leg side for a brace.
  • 19.4 FOUR BYES! But boy, that shoots off the deck. Miguel bangs in a short ball around leg, Latham looks to pull but it flies off the deck and over a leaping Dowrich behind to the boundary.
  • 19.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 19.2 Latham is falling into the trap here! Maybe, a lapse in concentration? Cummins once again offers width and asks the batsman to go after it. Tom obliges and is beaten all ends up again.
  • 19.1 A bit wider outside off, Latham tires to go at it with hard hands but the ball goes under his bat and settles into the gloves off the keeper.
  • 18.6 Short of a length delivery outside off, Jeet Raval isn't interested in playing that. 50/0
  • 18.5 Brilliant from the skipper again! He once again drops it on a length and gets it to nip away. Jeet has a poke at and is lucky to not edge one.
  • 18.4 FOUR! That's gone through again! Both Raval and Latham are lucky to get away. Holder goes full and sprays it outside off. Raval sans any foot movement tries to drive it away. Gets a thick outside edge which flies right past the gully fielder for a streaky boundary. 50 comes up for the Kiwis!
  • 18.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 18.2 Back of a length outside off, Jeet plays inside the line to get beaten.
  • 18.1 Inside edge... dropped! Dowrich tries his best to take it but the ball doesn't stick. Ahhh, tough! Holder bowls it on a length around off, it comes back in a touch. Latham has a poke at it but gets an inside edge over the stumps and it flies behind. Dowrich dives full length to his right to take it with his right hand but fails to cling onto that one. A chance goes down. And they even steal a run.
  • 17.6 Shortens his length but slants it wider outside off, easily left alone. 45/0
  • 17.5 Slightly fuller this time around middle and off, blocked solidly off the front foot.
  • 17.4 Drops it on a back of a length on middle, JR rises on his toes and with a straight bat defends it back to Cummins.
  • 17.3 Keeps it away on a length outside off, the batsman stands put to let the keeper do the job.
  • 17.2 Brings it back into Jeet who goes back to tuck it away but gets an inside edge on the thigh pad as the ball rolls towards cover.
  • 17.1 Cummins hits the deck hard but this one bounces too high. Raval calmly ducks under it. The umpire calls it one for the over.
  • 16.6 Full ball outside off, Latham lets it be. 45/0
  • 16.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 16.4 FOUR! Too easy, this one! Short and wide outside off, Latham's eyes light up as he sees the width. He gets up on the toes cuts it over the man at backward point for another boundary.
  • 16.3 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 16.2 FOUR! That was not totally controlled, it was in the air for a while but the placement was good. Shorter in length outside off, Latham guides it uppishly through backward point for a boundary.
  • 16.1 Wide enough outside the batsman need not play at it.
  • 15.6 Back of a length on off, Tom defends it towards covers. 37/0
  • 15.5 Cut him into two halves! Cummins lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape back in. Raval tries to force it through the leg side but is beaten on the inside. Good bowling from Miguel is causing some trouble for both the batsmen.
  • 15.4 Good length outside off, Raval shoulders his arms to it.
  • 15.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 15.2 Back of a length on off, Raval pushes it to covers.
  • 15.1 Another appeal but the umpire shakes his head again! Shorter in length around middle, stays down a touch. Raval tries to pull but the ball goes off something to the keeper who appeals after taking it. The umpire shakes his head. After a long thought, Holder decides against the review. A smart move by Holder as replays show it had flicked the flap of the pad and not the bat. A good decision by the umpire too.
  • 14.6 Shorter in length outside off, Latham pushes it to point. 37/0
  • 14.5 Good length on middle, Tom pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 14.4 Bowls it on a length outside off, Latham lets it be.
  • 14.3 Lands it around off, angling away. Latham does not fiddle with it.
  • 14.2 Back of a length on middle, Tom defends it off the back foot.
  • 14.1 Shortish outside off, Latham chops it to the keeper.
  • 13.6 Bangs it in short on middle, Raval comfortably pulls it through backward square leg for a brace. 37/0
  • 13.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 13.4 Outside off, on a length. Raval shoulders his arms to it.
  • 13.3 Shorter in length on leg stump, Raval goes for the pull but is late on it and gets hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 13.2 Shorter in length outside off, Raval cuts it to the man at gully.
  • 13.1 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 12.6 Good length outside off, Latham lets it be. 35/0
  • 12.5 FOUR! A lovely reply to the last delivery by Latham. He gets a full ball outside off, a half-volley. Latham leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary. The deficit is now less than 100.
  • 12.4 WOW! A ripper! That has gone a long way off the pitch. Holder lands it around middle and leg. The ball nips away after pitching. Latham tries to drive but is beaten by the movement.
  • 12.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 12.2 Good length on off, Latham defends it off the front foot.
  • 12.1 He immediately troubles Latham with the extra bounce, something that Ian Bishop was talking about a while back. Jason lands it just behind a length outside off, the ball bounces a bit extra off the surface. Latham tries to cut it through the off side but gets beaten. There is a muted appeal from the players but the umpire shakes his head.
  • Jason Holder brings himself into the attack. Can the skipper lead from the front? Two slips and a gully for him...
  • 11.6 Full outside off, Raval drives it through covers for a brace. 31/0
  • 11.5 Flicks it off his pads through the leg side for a run.
  • 11.4 Back of a length on off, Raval plays it towards point to change strike.
  • 11.3 FOUR! They are playing the short balls with ease, something the Windies could not do. Shortish in length on middle, Raval gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. The secret of playing the short ball is to get on top of it, something that the visitors lacked considerably. But one can argue that Wagner had bowled with a lot of venom behind it and to replicate that, the Windies' bowlers need to really steam in.
  • 11.2 Length on off, the batsman drives it towards mid on and sets off for a run. The fielder there gets to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. A run added to the total.
  • 11.1 Good length on off, Latham defends it towards covers.
  • 10.6 Shortish on off, Latham taps it towards covers for a run. 22/0
  • 10.5 Shorter in length on off, Latham guides it to point.
  • 10.4 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 10.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 10.2 FOUR! Crunched! Short and on middle, Latham swivels inside the crease and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 10.1 Back of a length on off, Latham defends it off the back foot.
  • 9.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 17/0
  • 9.5 Shortish on middle, Raval is solid in defense.
  • 9.4 Full ball on off, Raval drives it to mid off.
  • 9.3 Back of a length on off, Raval defends it off the back foot.
  • The commentators on-air feel Jason Holder should bring himself into the attack early. He's tall and can get that extra bounce off the surface which can cause trouble to the batsmen. There is no seam and swing on offer and the bowlers need to bend their backs to get rewards.
  • 9.2 Length outside off, Raval lets it be.
  • 9.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 8.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 17/0
  • 8.5 Misunderstanding between the two but no harm done! Back of a length on off by Gabriel. Latham taps it towards cover and wants a run but is sent back by his partner. The fielder gets to the ball but Latham is quick to make his way back.
  • 8.4 Back of a length on off, Latham guides it to point.
  • 8.3 Bouncer! Latham leaves it alone.
  • 8.3 No ball! His first and it was well and truly over the line. A nasty ball on middle, gets big on the batsman. Latham fends it towards mid-wicket.
  • 8.2 Back of a length on middle, Tom defends it towards mid-wicket.
  • 8.1 Length outside off, Latham does not fiddle with it.
  • 7.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. 16/0
  • 7.5 Fullish on off, Raval drives it to mid off.
  • 7.4 Was there an edge? Roach certainly feels so but the umpire does not. He bangs it short down the leg side. Raval goes for the pull but he seems to have missed it. The keeper collects the ball and he along with Roach appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show it was a good cal from the umpire.
  • 7.3 Lands it full outside off, Raval drives it to mid off.
  • Ian Bishop on-air informs us that the reason why Kemar Roach has gone around the wicket for Raval is that - In the warm-up game against New Zealand A he bowled it from that angle and kept the length not fully overpitched nor short either. It made Raval driving him through the line which induced an edge to the slip cordon. Maybe, he is trying something similar again today...
  • 7.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 7.1 Length outside off, Raval lets it be.
  • 6.6 FOUR! Short and wide and it has been sent away to the fence. Gabriel provides width to Latham, just where he likes it. He cuts it through point for a boundary. 7 from the first over after the break. 16/0
  • 6.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 6.4 Bangs it in on middle, Latham flicks it through square leg for a brace.
  • 6.3 Fullish length outside off, Latham makes a leave.
  • 6.2 Shorter and wider outside off, the batsman opts not to play at it.
  • 6.1 A run off the first ball after the break! Good length on off, Raval taps it towards mid off for a brisk single.
  • We are back for the final session. 36 overs are still left in the day. It has been a day full of wickets tumbling. Will the plot remain the same? Well, West Indies will surely be hoping for that to happen. Shannon Gabriel will bowl the first over after the break. For New Zealand, Tom Latham and Jeet Raval will continue their innings. Here we go...
  • So, after steamrolling the West Indian batting line-up, the two Kiwi openers have negotiated the tricky period before tea really well. They would look to pile up more runs after the break as the wicket is also getting easier to bat on. The Windies on the other hand, have bowled a bit too far outside off. They will need to make the new ball count by landing it in the right areas to make the batsmen play. Early wickets is the need of the hour for them. Can they come out all guns blazing and do what Wagner did to them earlier or will it be the other way round? Join us for the third and final session of the day in a while...
  • 5.6 Finishes the session off with a bouncer but outside off. Latham evades it. TEA ON DAY 1! 9/0
  • 5.5 Loose, very loose. Not a shot you want to be playing in the last over before lunch. Cummins throws it wide outside off, Latham tries to force it through the off side but away from his body and he gets beaten.
  • 5.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 5.3 Shorter outside off, Latham leaves it.
  • 5.2 Poor from the Windies. They don't have a lot of runs in the bag and such silly errors is just not acceptable. Cummins bangs it a touch short around off. Raval first thinks of playing at it but then tries to leave it. The ball came quickly and hits his bat. It goes towards gully where the fielder misfields and concedes a run.
  • 5.1 Length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • Miguel Cummins is into the attack now. He will probably bowl the last over before tea.
  • 4.6 Drops it on a length just outside off, Latham looks to shoulder his arms but this one comes back in just a shade and goes over the off stump. A maiden for Shannon! 8/0
  • 4.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 4.4 Slants it away outside off, no shot offered.
  • Everyone in the cricketing world knows that Gabriel has no ball issues. After bowling the previous delivery, Shannon was seen looking at the landing area so Simon Doull quips by saying that he is making sure that he doesn't overstep today or in this innings...
  • 4.3 Lands it on a length outside off, Latham carefully watches it go through to the keeper.
  • 4.2 Another short ball, angling away outside off at a good pace. TL arches back to evade it. A good take from Dowrich too.
  • 4.1 Gabriel runs in hard, bends his back and gets the extra bounce. Latham easily ducks under it as it was too high.
  • 3.6 Shorter in length around off, Raval lets it be. 8/0
  • 3.5 Off the back foot this time! Shorter in length around off, Latham punches it through covers. Chase gives it a chase and picks it up before it crosses rope. The batsmen in the meantime run three.
  • 3.4 Full outside off, Latham drives it through covers. The fielder from point hares after it and keeps it down to two.
  • 3.3 Better! Back of a length on off, Latham defends it towards point for a run.
  • 3.2 Fuller in length outside off, Raval does not play at it. Roach has to make the batsman play a lot more. He had the same problem in England where he kept bowling wide outside off.
  • 3.1 Back of a length but outside off, left alone.
  • 2.6 Good length on middle, defended solidly. 2/0
  • 2.5 Shortish length on leg stump, Latham flicks it towards backward square leg for a run.
  • 2.4 Back of a length angling away from the batsman. Raval shoulders his arms to it.
  • 2.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 2.2 Just ahead of a length on middle, defended solidly.
  • 2.1 Fullish ball outside off, Raval keeps his eyes on the ball and makes a leave.
  • 1.6 Length ball outside off, Latham opts not to fiddle with it. A maiden by Roach, not a threatening one though. 1/0
  • 1.5 In the zone outside off, Latham watchfully does not play at it.
  • 1.4 That zipped off the surface! Roach lands it on a length around middle, it angles into the batsman. Latham tries to clip it but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.
  • 1.3 Back of a length on off, Tom defends it towards point off the back foot.
  • 1.2 Wider outside off, Latham leaves it.
  • 1.1 Comes around the wicket and bowls it outside off, Latham lets it be.
  • Kemar Roach will bowl from the other end. He has three slips and a gully in place. Early wickets is what the Windies need, can he produce it?
  • 0.6 Just ahead of a length on middle, Raval defends it by pressing forward. A tight start by Gabriel, 1 of the first over. 1/0
  • 0.5 Back of a length on off, Raval defends it onto the ground.
  • 0.4 New Zealand score their first run! Latham is off the mark. He taps a length ball around middle towards mid on for a quick single. Gabriel is not happy with that single begin conceded.
  • 0.3 On the pads, Tom flicks it to square leg. That was nicely timed but he could not find the gap.
  • 0.2 Full ball outside off, Latham defends it towards covers.
  • 0.1 JAFFA! What a ball to begin with. Perfect line and length for a left-hand batsman. Gabriel lands it around middle, gets it to angle away from the batsman. Latham tries to keep it out but gets beaten.
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  • That is it from us for this game. The Kiwis have ran over the Windies. The tourists have a lot to think about. They will have to regroup and come out well prepared in the next game. The home side on the other hand, will look to inflict a whitewash. Will see a repeated story in the next game or will the Windies pull a rabbit out of the hat? All will be answered in the next game which will be played in Hamilton on the 9th of December 1100 local and (2200 GMT).
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says it is a good effort. He feels It was a great test wicket. Credits the bowler for their lines and lengths. Praises Wagner for his bowling in his first innings. Appreciates his batsmen for their effort as that was needed for them to score big. Mentions Blundell was brilliant in his first Test. Admits the Windies did come out fighting and if they could have taken it deep into day 5 it would have been tricky. Finishes by saying adapting is important for the next game as the wicket will be different.
  • West Indian skipper, Jason Holder says they knew what is coming their way when Wagner was bowling. He feels they have to find a way to be a lot more positive now. He mentions they got better as the game went on. Credits the bowlers as they tried their hearts out. Ruens the no balls bowled and the chances dropped by them. Finishes by saying they need to come back hard in Hamilton.
  • Man of the Match, Neil Wagner says, the wicket got better and better. Feels it got more difficult. Further adds the bowlers bowled really well. Mentions there was no real swing on offer they had to change their plans and it all came off that day. Credits West Indies for their fight shown in the second innings. Admits they had to readjust their plans after yesterday. Opines the Basin is not an easy place to take 20 wickets and the players did really well to bowl the opposition out.
  • In the second innings it did seem like the West Indies had some fight left in them courtesy a 94-run stand between Brathwaite and Hetmyer, with both scoring half tons before the latter departed. They ended day 3 with only 2 wickets down but lost the plot on day 4 once Kraigg Brathwaite departed on 91. They were bundled out within a session and a half to give the home side a 1-0 lead in the series.
  • With nothing much on the board they needed early wickets. But that was not the case, as all the New Zealand batsman flourished on a wicket which got better for batting after each passing day. Also wickets on no balls and dropped catches did not help their cause. First it was the Taylor-Nicholls partnership with the former missing out on a ton by 7 runs and then the Gradhomme-Blundell stand with both registering tons. Both scoring their first with the latter doing it on debut took the game away from the visitors as they had taken a 386-run lead.
  • Earlier in the match, Kane Williamson won the toss on a green wicket and put the away side into bat. Brathwaite and Powell gave an ideal start to the Windies by stitching a 50-run stand but day 1 was all about Neil Wagner, after his introduction West indies went from 59/1 to 134 all out with the left arm pacer picking a 7-fer, his career best figures.
  • A dominating performance from the Kiwis have seen them start off their summer on the right note. They made quick work of the West Indian batting line-up today. With every bowler chipping in at the wickets. Matt Henry was the star for them in this innings as he bagged three wickets, on a surface which was very good for batting. The West Indian batsman could not keep up the good work of yesterday and surrendered meekly.
  • 105.6 OUT! BOWLED 'EM! It was just a matter of time. Cummins was swinging at everything and he finally misses one. Boult keeps it simple - full, straight and on the stumps. Miguel makes room and tries to slog it blindly. He misses and the ball hits timber. That is it then! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 67 RUNS!
  • 105.5 FOUR! Through the leg side this time! Cummins his having a lot of fun out there. Full and on the pads, Cummins heaves it through backward square leg for another boundary.
  • 105.4 Good length outside off, Cummins lets it be.
  • 105.3 FOUR! They need a lot more here! Fuller in length outside off, Cummins times it through covers for a boundary.
  • 105.2 Short on off, Cummins ducks under it.
  • 105.1 The batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely.
  • 104.6 Bangs it in on off, comes in with the angle. Gabriel is late to react and the ball hits him on the elbow guard. Lucky he was wearing a protective gear as that would have hurt. 311/9
  • 104.5 The batsman goes after this one but misses the line completely.
  • 104.4 Bowls a bumper, Gabriel defends it towards point.
  • 104.3 Shorter in length but down the leg side. Gabriel sways out of the way.
  • 104.2 Shorter in length outside off, the batsman misses the pull.
  • 104.1 Length ball, Gabriel does well to defend it.
  • 103.6 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicketkeeper. 311/9
  • 103.5 A yorker on leg stump. Cummins does well to keep it out.
  • 103.4 FOUR! No need to run for those! Cummins moves his front leg out of the way and hits the full ball on off down the ground for a boundary.
  • 103.3 Fuller outside off, Cummins slaps it through covers for a couple.
  • 103.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • OUCH! Cummins is in a lot of pain here. The ball has hit him flush on his thigh and now the physio is out to see whether he is fine.
  • 103.1 Cummins is down on the ground! Boult bowls an inswinger on middle. Cummins looks to flick but in doing so, the bat hits his pad and the ball then comes back in to ping him flush on the thigh. He immediately moves away, drops his bat and is down on the ground in agony.
  • Trent Boult is into the attack.
  • 102.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 305/9
  • Trent Boult is seen warming up.
  • 102.5 FOUR! Streaky! Length around off, Gabriel tries to defend but gets an outside edge through the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 102.4 Welcomes him with a short ball on middle. Gabriel ducks under it.
  • Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.
  • 102.3 OUT! You can't keep this lad away from short balls, can you? It does the trick for him this time. He comes running in and bangs in a short ball outside off. Holder tries to drag his pull on the leg side but is undone by the bounce and gets a top edge instead. The ball lobs towards mid-wicket where Boult takes a couple of steps to his right, settles himself under it and takes it safely. Wagner is one short of 10 wickets in the match. New Zealand just a wicket away from going 1-0 up in the series.
  • 102.2 Short ball on middle, Holder pulls it to deep square leg and refuses to run.
  • 102.1 Fuller in length on off, Holder drives it to mid off.
  • 101.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 301/8
  • 101.5 Full and wide outside off, Cummins opts not to fiddle with it.
  • 101.4 Outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 101.3 Wide outside off, the batsman need not play at it.
  • Miguel Cummins walks out at no. 10
  • 101.2 OUT! That is plumb! Roach is the man walking back and he takes the review along with him. De Grandhomme lands it on a length around off, gets it to jag back in sharply. Roach tries to defend leaving a gap between bat and pad. He misses as the ball sneaks through, hits him on the back pad and goes to Taylor at first slip. The Kiwis appeal and the umpire raises his finger immediately. There were two noises. What was it? Roach takes the DRS immediately. Is there an inside edge? Even if there is, the ball has carried to Taylor at first slip. Replays roll in. Snicko shows there is no bat involved and also Hawk Eye shows it to be hitting the middle stump. Kemar is a dead duck!
  • Roach is a goner! He has been given LBW but he has reviewed it immediately. Only an inside edge can save him there.
  • 101.1 Short of a length on middle, Holder punches it down to long on for a run.
  • 100.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 300/7
  • 100.5 Bumper on middle Roach does well to evade it.
  • 100.4 Just ahead of a length on off, Roach drives it uppishly but just short of the man at covers.
  • 100.3 Driven through the covers by the batsman. A committed effort by the fielder to save runs for his team.
  • 100.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 100.1 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Roach did show he is no mug with the bat in the first innings. Wagner bowls a short one outside off, Roach cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 99.6 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket. 296/7
  • 99.5 Full ball, driven to mid off.
  • 99.4 Good length on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 99.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 99.2 FOUR! The intent is clear from Holder! He makes room and lofts the full length delivery over the mid off fielder for a boundary.
  • 99.1 Sprays on the pads, Roach fails to flick to get rapped on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side for a leg bye.
  • 98.6 DROPPED! Raval drops a sitter. He took an exceptional one in the first innings and now he drops a very easy catch at covers. Cricket is such a great leveler. Jason Holder gets a reprieve. Wagner bowls a full ball outside off, Holder goes for the drive but fails to keep it down. It goes straight to Raval stationed there who fails to cling onto that one after juggling twice. How contrasting this is? Wagner creating chances on fuller deliveries? 291/7
  • 98.5 Length around off, angling away. Holder tries to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge and along the ground to gully.
  • 98.4 Bouncer! Holder ducks under it.
  • 98.3 Fuller in length Roach drives it uppishly through covers for a boundary,
  • 98.2 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • Kemar Roach strides out to the middle.
  • 98.1 OUT! Got him! What have New Zealand had for lunch? Please can someone tell me? Neil Wagner is up and running! He gets his first after being made to wait for 109 balls. Who would have thought that after picking up a 7-fer, this could be the case with the pacer? Nevertheless, it is all happening very quickly after the break. He almost got Dowrich with a shorter one before the break, but it is the full ball this time which brings Shane's downfall. Description - Wagner bowls it full outside off, Dowrich drives it uppishly to point where Santner takes a dolly. New Zealand sensing an early victory?
  • Neil Wagner will bowl from the other end.
  • 97.6 Driven towards the mid on region. Successful first over after lunch! 288/6
  • 97.5 Fuller in length outside off, Holder drives it through point for a couple. The captain opens his account.
  • 97.4 Length outside off, Holder lets it be.
  • 97.3 Fuller in length on off, Holder drives it to mid off.
  • 97.2 Down the leg side, Holder misses the flick.
  • Jason Holder is the next man in. He bagged a golden duck in the first innings. Can the skipper dig in there?
  • 97.1 OUT! Straight to Ross Taylor! Another one bites the dust! You could not have asked for a better start after the break if you are a New Zealand fan. A wicket right off the first ball. De Grandhomme lands it on a length outside off, gets it to shape away a touch. Ambris feels for it away from his body. He gets an outside edge to Taylor at widish first slip who pouches it easily. Excellent captaincy by Williamson as he had just one slip in place and it went exactly to him. Colin gets his first of the game. New Zealand just 4 wickets away from victory.
  • We're back for what could be the last session of the match. Ambris and Dowrich will continue their innings. Colin de Grandhomme will continue his spell. He has a widish slip and a gully in place.
  • ...Day 4, Session 2...
  • The Windies will be kicking themselves to have thrown it away. Not that this wasn't on the cards but the way they batted yesterday seemed like they will make the hosts toil on the field. With not much batting to come, the question here arises is will they be able to wipe off the deficit at least? If they do so, it will definitely lift their morale going into the next game. Don't go anywhere and do come back soon to find out if this turns out to be the last session of the match...
  • This session - 31 overs, 71 runs and 3 wickets. Patience has paid off for New Zealand. They remained calm and bowled well throughout the first session. It was Santner's brilliance through which they got rid of a solid-looking Brathwaite. From there, the pace bowlers came to the party. Boult and Henry made the most of the second new ball and picked one each in the first session, thereby denting all the momentum the visitors had. With Wagner looking to get back into rhythm, one would feel this could be wrapped up today itself.
  • 96.6 Plays out the last ball! Bowls a bumper on middle, Dowrich defends it off the back foot. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 4! 286/5
  • 96.5 SNORTER! And it nearly removes Dowrich. Bangs it in on middle, bends his back on that one as he gets some extra bounce. Shane has no clue as to what to do on that one. He tries to fend it by taking his eyes off the ball. The ball hits the handle of the bat and lobs towards the slip cordon. Latham at second slip moves quickly to his right, dives forward but the ball lands just short of him. It then rolls off his fingers behind and the batsmen take two. The DEFICIT IS EXACTLY 100 NOW!
  • 96.4 Shorter in length, outside off. Dowrich first thinks of playing it and at the very last moment pulls his bat out of the way.
  • 96.3 Length ball outside off, Shane defends it towards point.
  • 96.2 Just ahead of a length angling across, defended solidly.
  • 96.1 Wagner concentrating more on line and length. He lands it around off, on a length. Dowrich defends it off the back foot.
  • 95.6 Fuller in length again around middle and off, SA defends it by lunging forward. 284/5
  • 95.5 Corrects his line, lands it outside off, safely defended off the front foot.
  • 95.4 Fuller again and on the pads, worked towards the leg side.
  • 95.3 Nudges it with the angle through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 95.2 Fuller in length and angling in, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 95.1 Keeps it on a fuller length outside off, Ambris lifts his bat to make an easy leave.
  • 94.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 282/5
  • 94.5 Hits the length on off. Dowrich defends it solidly.
  • 94.4 Interestingly no short stuff from Wagner today! He again bowls it on a length on middle. The batsman blocks it by pressing forward.
  • 94.3 Good length on off, Dowrich defends it off the back foot.
  • 94.2 Back of a length on off, defended to point.
  • 94.1 Fuller in length around off, driven to mid off.
  • 93.6 Better! Lands it on a length around middle, worked to mid-wicket. 282/5
  • 93.5 Three ball in a row now! He once again sprays it down the leg side. Ambris goes for the flick but misses.
  • 93.4 He once again bowls it down the leg side. He is maybe trying to bowl the dream delivery which swings in from the leg stump and hits the top of off. There is no swing on offer though and it goes through to the keeper.
  • 93.3 Fires it down the leg side, Ambris lets it go to the keeper.
  • 93.2 Fullish ball outside off, swings away further. Ambris first thinks of playing at it but then pulls his bat out of the way.
  • 93.1 Fuller in length on middle, Ambris flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is back into the attack.
  • 92.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 282/5
  • 92.5 Lands it on a length around off, Dowrich guides it to point.
  • 92.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 92.3 Just ahead of a length on off, Dowrich mistimes his drive to covers.
  • 92.2 Length on off, Dowrich keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 92.1 Fullish ball outside off, Dowrich defends it.
  • Neil Wagner is brought into the attack for the first time this morning. He was very expensive yesterday. Would be interesting to see how he hits the deck today.
  • 91.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 282/5
  • 91.5 Fuller in length, driven to mid off.
  • 91.4 FOUR! That is hit away with disdain! Short and on middle, Ambris pulls it through square leg for a boundary. He has belted that one.
  • 91.3 Edged but does not carry! Henry bowls it on a length on off, gets it to shape away. Ambris tries to defend but it goes off the edge and on the bounce to the man at second slip.
  • 91.2 Just ahead of a length on middle, gets it to shape back in. Dowrich tries to push at it with minimal foot movement but gets an inside edge through backward square leg for a run.
  • 91.1 Length on off, Dowrich defends it off the front foot.
  • 90.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 277/5
  • 90.5 Back of a length on off, the batsman pushes it to point.
  • 90.4 BEATEN! Boult lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape away. Ambris tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 90.3 Good length on middle, angling away. Ambris tries to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes on the bounce to gully.
  • 90.2 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 90.1 FOUR! Fuller in length on off, Ambris times it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 89.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 273/5
  • 89.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 89.4 Length on off, Dowrich tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • Shane Dowrich walks out to the middle.
  • 89.3 OUT! Drags it on! All the hard work done yesterday will count for nothing! New Zealand have made the most of the second new ball. To be honest, this was needless from Chase. Henry bowls it just short of a length outside off. Roston goes chasing after it as he tries to cut it through the off side. He could have left it alone as it was not short enough or not wide enough to get going with the shot. The ball takes the inside edge and ricochets onto the stumps. The batsman is down on his haunches in disbelief before making his way back. Matt gets his third and he is all pumped up. The Windies are throwing it away.
  • 89.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 89.1 Good length outside off, Chase lets it be.
  • 88.6 Fullish outside off, Chase leans into it and drives it through covers, past the diving fielder. The ball does not have enough to reach the boundary and hence the batsmen take three. 273/4
  • 88.5 FOUR! Top shot! Nice presentation of the bat face there by Chase. Boult bowls it very full on off, Chase plants his front foot forward and drives it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 88.4 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 88.3 Shorter in length on middle, helped on its way to fine leg for a run.
  • 88.2 Length on middle, worked away to mid on.
  • 88.1 Very full, almost a yorker on off. Ambris pushes it towards a mid off. He thinks about a run but then opts against it.
  • 87.6 Wide outside off, Chase opts not to play at it. 265/4
  • 87.5 Fuller in length on off, driven to mid off.
  • 87.4 Be careful about your back foot, Ambris! Henry bangs it in a touch short on leg stump. Sunil once again like he did in his first innings, goes deep inside the crease and nudges it towards square leg for a run.
  • 87.3 Fuller in length, driven back to the bowler.
  • 87.2 Flicks it with the angle through the leg side for a run.
  • 87.1 Length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 86.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 263/4
  • 86.5 SIX! Hit Wicket on the first ball of his career and opens his account in the form of a maximum, that's some way to get going. Not convincing though, but he won't mind. Boult bangs it in on middle, Ambris goes for the pull but gets a top edge which flies over the fine leg fence.
  • 86.4 Length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 86.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Sunil Ambris walks out to the middle. He was dismissed in an unfortunate manner in the first innings of his career. Can he make amends now?
  • 86.2 OUT! Edged and taken! Both the overnight batsmen are back in the hut! This should give Boult a lot of confidence. He comes steaming in from over the wicket, bends his back on this one, hits the deck hard and gets it to shape away from middle. Hope is put into a tangle as he tentatively pokes at it. But much to his dismay, there is a bit of extra bounce which takes the shoulder of the bat and flies to Williamson at gully who gobbles it comfortably. West Indies crumbling now as they still trail by another 129 runs.
  • 86.1 Lands it on a length, angling across the batsman. Hope does not fiddle with it.
  • 85.6 Full and on the pads, Chase flicks it stylishly through mid-wicket. The ball seems like it is going to reach the boundary but stops as the outfield is slow. Santner from square leg gives it a chase and does well to keep it down to two. 257/3
  • 85.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Chase watchfully makes a leave.
  • 85.4 A quick bouncer on middle, Chase watches it early and sways away.
  • 85.3 Tight lines by Henry! He bowls it around off on a length. Chase covers the line and defends it.
  • 85.2 Back of a length on off, Chase defends it off the back foot.
  • 85.1 Fuller in length, driven towards mid off for a run.
  • 84.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 254/3
  • 84.5 Changes his angle and comes over the wicket. Bowls it on a length on off, Chase defends it solidly.
  • 84.4 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries. This one off the back foot. Shorter in length outside off, Chase cashes in on the width offered. He cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 84.3 FOUR! Caressed! Full and wide outside off by Boult. Trying to swing the ball but fails to do so. Ends up serving a half-volley to which Chase leans into and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 84.2 Fuller in length outside off, Chase lets it be.
  • 84.1 Bowls a scrambled seam delivery outside off. Chase lets it be.
  • 83.6 FOUR! Excellently played! There were two fielders back there and he pierced the gap brilliantly. Henry bowls a bumper which bounces at a comfortable height for the batsman. Hope swivels in the crease and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. 246/3
  • 83.5 Lands it outside off, Hope lets it be.
  • 83.4 Bowls it outside off, Hope guides it to gully.
  • 83.3 Attacks the stumps this time on middle, Hope wacthfully defends it. Excellent seam position by the bowler there.
  • 83.2 Fuller in length, looking for some swing but there is none on offer. Hope times his drive to mid off.
  • 83.1 Length ball in the zone outside off, Hope, off the back foot defends it solidly.
  • Drinks are on the field!
  • 82.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 242/3
  • 82.5 Beaten! Boult bowls an excellent delivery, he angles it across the right-hander, it's on a fuller length. Chase doesn't hold back. He goes fishing at it only to be beaten all ends up. That nearly took the outside edge.
  • 82.4 Comes over the wicket, hurls it full on the fourth stump line, Chase with a stride forward drives it to mid off.
  • 82.3 Bangs in a short delivery, angling down leg, Roston quickly ducks under it.
  • 82.2 Ahead of a length outside off, Chase makes room and drives it towards the fielder at extra cover.
  • 82.1 Angles it in from around the wicket, Chase stands in the crease and turns it straight towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 81.6 FOUR! CRUNCHED! Tries to tuck the batsman up with a short one. Hope reads it early and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. They trail by 144 now. 242/3
  • 81.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 81.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 81.3 Clips it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 81.2 Length outside off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 81.1 Angles it on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 80.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 238/3
  • 80.5 Comes around the wicket and angles it into the batsman. Roston defends it off the back foot.
  • 80.4 Fires it outside off, wanting the ball to shape back in. It keeps angling away and the batsman does not fiddle with it.
  • 80.3 Fuller in length swinging into the batsman. Chase flicks it towards mid on. The fielder there dives full stretch to his right and makes a good stop.
  • 80.2 Angles it across the batsman. Chase need not play at it.
  • 80.1 Good length outside off, Chase does not play at it.
  • The new ball is now available and it has been taken immediately. Also, Trent Boult is introduced into the attack.
  • 79.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 238/3
  • 79.5 FOUR BYES! Slower through the air outside off, stays low. The batsman leaves it. The keeper too is foxed by the low bounce as he fails to collect it. It goes past him and down towards the fence for a boundary.
  • 79.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 79.3 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 79.2 Flatter down the leg side, Hope tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 79.1 The batsman guides it to point.
  • 78.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 234/3
  • 78.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 78.4 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 78.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 78.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 78.1 It's been driven superbly through the covers. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 77.6 Full around off, pushed into the cover region. 231/3
  • Roston Chase is the new man in!
  • 77.5 OUT! It's pad first and Brathwaite has to walk back. What an excellent use of technology by New Zealand. A lot of credit has to go to Santner here as he was the one who looked really confident. They are all smiles! Mitchell bowls it flat and quick on the stumps, Brathwaite stays deep in the crease to counter this but it skids off the deck as the batsman looks to defend with his bat and pad together. Santner keeps appealing but umpire Ian Gould shakes his head. The spinner convinces his skipper that it's pad first and asks him to take the review. Snicko shows it has hit the pad first before touching the bat and then Hawk Eye shows Three Reds! Game over for Kraigg! He misses out on a deserving ton. New Zealand strike this morning. West Indies still trail by 155 runs.
  • Has Brathwaite been dismissed in the 90s? New Zealand have reviewed for an LBW as they feel it is pad first. They seem to be very confident about it. If it's pad first, Brathwaite is a goner, I reckon.
  • 77.4 FOUR! First boundary of the day! Santner darts it around the pads, Brathwaite gets some bat on it as the ball races away to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 77.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.2 Flatter on off, Brathwaite defends it off the front foot.
  • 77.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 76.6 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. 227/2
  • 76.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 76.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 76.3 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 76.2 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 76.1 Fuller in length driven to mid off.
  • 75.6 How has that missed the off pole? A lapse in concentration for Hope maybe. Mitchell floats it up on off, gets it to drift in and then turns away ever so slightly. Hope first thinks of playing it and then all of a sudden lets it go. The ball goes agonizingly past the off pole. The turn there saved him. Santner can't believe it. 226/2
  • 75.5 Fires it on off, Hope pushes it to covers.
  • 75.4 Tosses it up on off, Hope defends it with authority.
  • 75.3 The batsman rocks onto the backfoot and punches the ball.
  • 75.2 Quicker a little fuller this time than the previous one. Hope continues defending it on the back foot. He should have played ahead to this delivery.
  • 75.1 Flatter on off, Hope camps back and defends it.
  • 74.6 Don't bowl short at that pace! He bangs it in on middle, Hope has a lot of time as he rocks back and pulls it off the middle but straight to the fielder in the deep on the leg side for a run. 226/2
  • 74.5 Another length ball on off, gets some inward movement. Hope defends it stoutly.
  • 74.4 Lands it on a length on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 74.3 Flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 74.2 Persists with a fuller length on middle, at a gentle pace. Brathwaite with ease strokes it to mid on.
  • 74.1 Just ahead of a length on middle, KB flicks it to mid on.
  • 73.6 Floats it on middle, it goes straight on with the arm. Hope presses forward and defends it. 224/2
  • 73.5 Stays low! Santner drags his length back on off, the ball stays low, a touch low. Hope mistimes his flick to square leg. There have been signs of variable bounce but not very threatening.
  • 73.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 73.3 Another loopy ball on middle, looking for some turn but it is to full for that. Hope easily drives it to the man at mid off.
  • 73.2 Floats it up on middle, Hope takes a long stride forward, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it to covers.
  • 73.1 Shorter in length outside off, SH cuts it to the man at point.
  • 72.6 Goes back to bowling length on off, KB defends it solidly. 224/2
  • 72.5 Fullish length on the stumps this time, Hope plants his front foot across and flicks it towards wide mid on for a run. The fielder fumbles but no extra run conceded.
  • 72.4 Fuller in length outside off, Hope drives it to covers.
  • 72.3 Driven beautifully but straight to the fielder! De Gradhomme dishes out a full ball outside off, a half-volley. Hope leans into it and times it but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 72.2 Very full outside off, Hope mistimes his drive to mid off.
  • 72.1 Starts off with a length ball on off, Hope defends it onto the ground.
  • It will be Colin de Grandhomme, the first change of the morning to have a go now.
  • 71.6 Fires this one on middle. Kraigg shows the full face of the bat and keeps it out. 223/2
  • 71.5 TURN! Very little though. Santner slows it up and gives it air on off, the ball turns away. KB has a lot of time to adjust and keep it out.
  • Wagner is seen warming up at mid on.
  • 71.4 Tosses it up on off, no spin on offer from the wicket. It goes straight on with the arm. Too easy for the batsman as he lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 71.3 Works it against the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 71.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 71.1 Flatter on off, Kraigg defends it solidly.
  • 70.6 Length ball outside off, gets some inward movement. Hope presses forward and defends it. 223/2
  • 70.5 That was risky there! Henry is persisting with the line on middle. Hope this time walks across and flicks it to mid-wicket. Had he missed there he was a dead duck. Never a good idea to play across the line.
  • 70.4 Fuller on the pads, too easy for Brathwaite as he uses his wrists and flicks it through square leg for an easy run.
  • 70.3 Goes wide of the crease and angles it on off, Kraigg covers the line and defends it.
  • 70.2 Angles it on the pads, Kraigg flicks it through square leg and bags a brace.
  • 70.1 Bangs it in, aiming it on the body of the batsman. He sprays it down the leg side in the pursuit of doing so and the batsman lets it be.
  • 69.6 Shorter in length on middle, Hope flicks it to mid-wicket. 220/2
  • 69.5 Floats it up on off, Hope drives it to covers.
  • 69.4 Very full on middle, KB drives it to the right of the bowler. Santner tries to stop it but couldn't get there. A single taken to long on by the batsmen.
  • 69.3 Fires it on middle, goes on with the arm. Kraigg defends it onto the ground.
  • 69.2 Bowls it slower through the air and a bit fuller on off wanting the batsman to drive. He does so but carefully to covers.
  • 69.1 Flatter around off, gets it to drift into the batsman who pushes it to covers.
  • 68.6 Back of a length on off, Hope defends it. 219/2
  • 68.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 68.4 A loopy, slower ball ends up being a full toss on off. Brathwaite is a little surprised by it, he adjusts well and pushes it through cover-point for a run.
  • 68.3 Length ball around off, Brathwaite who is rock solid in defense keeps it out.
  • 68.3 WIDE! Bowls a bumper on middle, which bounces way above the batsman's head who ducks under it. The umpire signals a wide.
  • 68.2 Bowls it fuller to Brathwaite around off. Kraigg camps back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 68.1 Shorter in length but down the leg side. Hope helps it on its way towards fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 67.6 Similar line and length. Brathwaite defends it solidly. 216/2
  • 67.5 Floats it on middle, Kraigg keeps it out.
  • 67.4 Drags his length back on middle, the ball skids off the surface. Hope rocks back and mistimes his flick through square leg for a run. Brings up the 50-run stand as well.
  • 67.3 Fires it on off, no turn on offer for the spinner. Hope covers the line and keeps it out.
  • 67.2 Flatter on off, goes on with the arm. Hope prods forward and blocks it.
  • With the two batsmen starting all over again, Kane Williamson has a spread field. He has kept a long off and long on which will only help the visitors' cause. Early in the morning, you got to attack. Keep that field up, dry up the runs to enforce a false stroke, reckons Scott Styris.
  • 67.1 Tosses it up on middle, Brathwaite strokes it down to long on for an easy single. Poor by new Zealand, they should not be giving such easy runs at the start of the day.
  • Spin being introduced early today. Mitchell Santner to bowl from the other end.
  • 66.6 Fuller in length again, looking for some shape but there ain't any. Hope drives it back to the bowler. 214/2
  • 66.5 A slower ball on off, Hope reads it early and defends it towards cover.
  • 66.4 Bowls it wider outside off, wanting the batsman to go for a loose shot early. He resists and lets it through to the keeper who fumbles but does not concede a run.
  • 66.3 Probing line, on a length around off. Hope strides forward and blocks it.
  • 66.2 Pulls his length back around off. Hope lunges forward and defends it.
  • 66.1 He starts off with a full length ball on off, no swing on offer. Hope drives it back towards the bowler who crouches down and makes a half stop. No runs conceded though.
  • We are all set to get underway. A sunny morning is what welcomes us here in Wellington. The New Zealand side are seen in a huddle near the boundary rope. They now walk out to the middle with the umpires. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope will want to continue from where they left off yesterday. Matt Henry who has taken both the wickets to fall until now will start the proceedings for the hosts. Can he take another? Here we go...
  • New Zealand, on the other hand, will try and make early inroads as they know a wicket early can expose the fragile middle order. The pitch has shown signs of slowing down a little but there are still runs on it, if you apply yourself. Santner did manage to get a little bit of turn towards the end yesterday and this will keep him interested. Will we see a resilient Windies today or will they be blown away by the home side? We will find out in what is expected to be another exciting day of cricket. Stay tuned...
  • Hello and welcome to the fourth day of the first Test between New Zealand and West Indies in Wellington. Heading into day 4 is a surprise to many considering the way the tourists collapsed on the very first day of the match. However, they have put that behind and have shown grit and character to battle out although they are still a long way behind in the game. Their first target will be to wipe off the 172 runs deficit. They still have 8 wickets in hand but a lot will depend on the current pair (Brathwaite and Hope) this morning as to how they approach.
  • ...Day 4, Session 1...
  • So, this Test match has come back to life. West Indies have shown that they ain't going down without a fight. They still trail by 172 runs with 8 wickets in hand. And with a lot of time left in the game, they would know that the job isn't done yet. The hosts still remain well on top and it would be interesting to see if they manage to wrap things up early tomorrow. What's next? We shall find out when we meet at 1100 local (2200 GMT) for the penultimate day. Before we leave you can switch tabs to the ongoing - Ashes 2nd Test and India vs Sri Lanka (3rd Test). Till then, goodbye and take care! Cheers!
  • Can't blame New Zealand here. The pitch has flattened out completely and batting on it has become relatively easy. Matt Henry took both the wickets to fall while Boult was good with his lines and lengths. Wagner and his short ball ploy didn't work this time around and to add to it, he has been taken for aplenty already. Agreed, he troubled the batsmen but didn't seem to be as penetrative as he was in the first innings.
  • It seemed like they have given the Kiwis an opening but mind you, Shimron Hetmyer just didn't let that happen. He looked determined and took things forward with Brathwaite. Both scored their respective fifties but yet again a wicket fell when the partnership started to bloom. It was then the turn of the man inform, Shai Hope who kept the hosts further at bay. The current pair looked a bit in discomfort but would be happy of the fact that they managed to see off the day without anymore hiccup.
  • A day full of action comes to an end! West Indies have arrived, yes they have! After a dismal batting performance in the first innings, they have just shocked everyone. With a deficit of 386 runs, they had their backs on the wall. But the way their batsmen approached is something that will ooze their confidence. It all started with the opening pair of Powell and Brathwaite. The duo provided yet another blazing start before Powell threw it away.
  • 65.6 Negotiates the last ball well. He has been rock solid today. Santner gives it air on middle, looking for some turn. It does spin away a little but Brathwaite blocks it easily. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 3, WI TRAIL BY 172! 214/2
  • 65.5 Slower through the air on off, KB is solid in defense.
  • 65.4 Gives it air on off, Brathwaite is very watchful as he carefully drives it back to the bowler.
  • 65.3 Fires it on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 65.2 Tosses it up on off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 65.1 Flatter on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 64.6 Plays it with the spin to mid-wicket. 214/2
  • 64.5 Pushes it through on off, turning back in. Hope plays it off the back foot. Risky there, he should have played it off the front foot.
  • 64.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.3 Flatter on the stumps, Hope defends it off the back foot.
  • 64.2 Very full on off, Hope drives it to covers.
  • 64.1 Tosses it up on off, driven to covers.
  • It's pretty dark and hence, Kane Williamson brings himself into the attack. The umpires must have told him that his pacers can't bowl as the light is fading...
  • 63.6 Flatter on off, defended off the back foot. 214/2
  • 63.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 63.4 Flicks it against the turn, on the leg side for a run.
  • 63.3 Pushes it through on off, pushed to covers.
  • 63.2 Flatter, but on the shorter side, turning away. Hope rocks back and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 63.1 Slower through the air on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 62.6 Bangs it in on middle, Kraigg ducks under it. 213/2
  • 62.5 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 62.4 Bumper down the leg side. Brathwaite lets it be.
  • 62.3 In the air... but safe! A brilliant short ball, a very well-directed one. Gets big on Brathwaite. He hops and tries to defend but it hits the top of the bat and dies down just besides the pitch.
  • 62.2 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 62.1 Shorter in length outside off, Hope tries to drag his pull but he gets a top edge which goes straight over the bowler's head for a run.
  • The umpires come together to have a word. It maybe about the light as it has gotten very gloomy out there. But they still feel it is good enough for the play to continue.
  • 61.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 212/2
  • 61.5 Pushes it through on off, goes on with the arm. Brathwaite camps back and defends it. Solid batting here from the opener. He is playing the ball on merit.
  • 61.4 Drags his length back outside off, spinning away. Kraigg cuts it to point.
  • 61.3 Flicks it against the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 61.2 Tosses it up on middle, defended off the front foot.
  • 61.1 Flatter on off, bounces a touch more. Brathwaite guides it towards point.
  • 60.6 Errs in line and bowls it down the leg side. Hope lets it be. 212/2
  • 60.5 The batsman gets up on his toes to play that one.
  • 60.4 A bumper on middle, Hope jumps and defends it onto the ground.
  • 60.3 Cuts the short ball towards third man for a run.
  • 60.2 Back of a length on off, Kraigg punches it to covers.
  • 60.1 Good length on off, defended by Brathwaite.
  • 59.6 Flighted ball on middle, looking for some turn but there isn't any. Hope lunges forward and blocks it. 211/2
  • 59.5 Full ball, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 59.4 Floats it on off, Hope defends it off the front foot.
  • 59.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 59.2 BEATEN! Santner tosses it up on off, gets it to drift into the batsman and then turns away sharply. Hope tries to defend but is beaten by the away turn. The keeper quickly takes the bails off and starts appealing but then pulls out of it.
  • 59.1 Driven down to long on for a run.
  • 58.6 FOUR! Just wide! Shorter in length on leg stump, Hope flicks it fine, uppishly past the diving leg gully fielder for a boundary. 210/2
  • 58.5 SNORTER! But very well played by the batsman. A sharp bouncer, right on the body of Hope. He dose really well to jump and play it by taking his bottom hand off. That is what helped him keep the ball down.
  • 58.4 Good length outside off, the batsman leaves it.
  • 58.3 Lands it on a length on off, Kraigg guides it towards cover-point for a run. Very good batting. They have brought down the deficit down to 180.
  • 58.2 Good length on off, guided to point.
  • 58.1 FOUR! How many times has Wagner conceded a boundary on his first ball today? Once again he bowls it fuller outside off, Brathwaite lunges forward and drives it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 57.6 Floats it on off, Santner defends it off the front foot. 201/2
  • 57.5 Quicker outside off, guided to point.
  • 57.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 57.3 Uppish but in the gap! Santner bowls it slower through the air on middle, the ball straightens a touch. Brathwaite works it through mid-wicket uppishly but in the gap for a run.
  • 57.2 Flatter on off, Brathwaite defends it off the back foot.
  • 57.1 Works it against the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 56.6 Similar length delivery on off, Hope camps back and blocks it. 200/2
  • 56.5 Back of a length on off, Hope defends it stoutly.
  • 56.4 FOUR! It's hit hard and through to the fence! Pounds another short ball on middle, Hope gets right on top of it, swivels and off the meat of the bat he pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Onto it in a flash! 200 up for WI!
  • 56.3 Back of a length and angling across Hope, he doesn't play at it as he shoulders his arms.
  • 56.2 Fuller in length and on the stumps, nudged towards mid on.
  • 56.1 Back of a length outside off, kept out comfortably off the back foot.
  • Neil Wagner is back on. He has gone for 74 runs already. Can he redeem himself today?
  • 55.6 Once again comes down the track to go big but gets it off the toe-end of the bat to deepish mid on. 196/2
  • 55.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.4 Flatter one on the stumps, defended down.
  • 55.3 And as expected, after being hit for a biggie, Santner quickens his pace on this one. Kraigg works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 55.2 SIX! Down the track and bang! Santner slows it through the air and lands it around middle and off, Brathwaite advances down the track and heaves it powerfully over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • 55.1 Fuller and around middle and leg, worked back to the bowler.
  • 54.6 Dug in short on middle and leg, Shai sits under it. 190/2
  • 54.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 54.4 Shortish in length and outside off, slapped through backward point for a single.
  • 54.3 A bumper but angling down leg, the batsman ducks to let that sail over him to the keeper.
  • 54.2 Fuller on off, defended off the front foot with a lunge forward.
  • 54.1 Fuller in length and at a good pace, but what's the use when you bowl it wide outside off? Brathwaite does what he should have done. Leaves it alone.
  • 53.6 Loopy ball outside off, driven into the cover region. 189/2
  • 53.5 Defended off the front foot gently.
  • 53.4 Flatter again on middle, skidding a bit, punched towards the point fielder.
  • 53.3 Flicked towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 53.2 Flatter outside off, punched towards cover-point.
  • 53.1 Slower through the air outside off, Hope comes forward to defend but gets an outside edge which rolls safely towards backward point.
  • 52.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 189/2
  • 52.5 FOUR! That's a quality shot! Short and width on offer, Kraigg cracks it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary.
  • 52.4 In the air... lands down safely! Shai Hope survives a scare here! New Zealand almost get another one. Boult bangs in a short ball on middle, it's a well-directed one. Hope looks to go after it but is in no control of the shot. Gets a big top edge which flies up in the air. The man from short mid-wicket and the man at mid on are interested. Colin de Grandhomme from mid on runs to his right, dives but the ball lands well short of him. A single taken.
  • 52.3 Fuller in length on off, driven nicely but finds the man at cover.
  • 52.2 Angles it in on middle, the batsman covers the line and defends it with a straight bat to mid on.
  • 52.1 Back of a length from around the wicket, stabbed off the front foot with an open face bat to gully.
  • 51.6 Slower through the air on middle, straightens a touch. Brathwaite camps back and tries to work it on the leg side. He misses and gets hit on the thigh pad. 184/2
  • 51.5 Floats it full on leg stump, Hope flicks it towards wide mid on for a run.
  • 51.4 Fires it on middle, Hope camps back and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 51.3 Works it against the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 51.2 Tosses it up on off, Brathwaite drives it to covers.
  • 51.1 Flatter on off, Kraigg defends it.
  • Time for some spin! Mitchell Santner is into the atack.
  • 50.6 Shortish in length, angling away from the batsman from off. The ball also stays low. Hope tries to pull but gets beaten. 182/2
  • 50.5 Works it off his pads through square leg for a run.
  • 50.4 Shorter in length on middle, Kraigg pulls it but straight to mid-wicket.
  • 50.3 Back of a length on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 50.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 50.1 Length outside off, pushed to covers.
  • Trent Boult is back into the attack.
  • 49.6 FOUR! Caressed! Full and outside off, Brathwaite plants his front foot ahead and drives it through covers for a boundary. That was very delightful. Wagner is frustrated here, he kicks the ground in disgust as he walks back towards the umpire. 181/2
  • 49.5 Fuller in length on off, eased to mid off.
  • 49.4 Length ball on middle, Hope works it to mid-wicket.
  • 49.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 49.2 Fuller in length on middle, Hope drives it to mid on.
  • 49.1 Length outside off, Hope offers no shot to it.
  • 48.6 Fuller in length on middle, driven to mid on. 177/2
  • 48.5 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 48.4 Back of a length on off, Brathwaite defends it towards point.
  • 48.3 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 48.2 Bouncer! The batsman evades it.
  • 48.1 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Henry bowls it short and wide outside off, Brathwaite cashes in on the width offered. He cuts it through backward point, beating the Santner who was giving it a chase.
  • 47.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 173/2
  • 47.5 Back of a length on off, Hope covers the line and blocks it.
  • 47.4 Length ball on off,defended solidly.
  • 47.3 Length ball on off, angling away. The batsman need not play at those.
  • 47.2 Lands it on a length on off, Wagner defends it off the front foot.
  • 47.1 FOUR! Starts off with a short ball around off, Hope is ready for it, he remains on the back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. The short ball ploy is just not working for Wagner in this innings.
  • Drinks are on the field. Meanwhile, Neil Wagner is called back into the attack. Good move from Williamson as there is a new man at the crease now...
  • 46.6 Fuller and angling in, Brathwaite leans forward and drives it towards mid off for nothing. 169/2
  • 46.5 Back of a length outside off, pushed off the back foot towards cover.
  • 46.4 Angles in a short ball on middle, Shai Hope tucks it towards short mid-wicket and scampers through for a single.
  • 46.3 Fuller in length on off, driven back to Matt.
  • 46.2 Short of a length delivery outside off, Hope gets on top of it to punch it. He does so but Santner at cover-point makes a diving stop to deny them any run.
  • 46.1 Fuller in length and just around the off stump line, Shai makes a good leave.
  • 45.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 168/2
  • 45.5 Is deep in the crease to this back of a length delivery and defends it down safely.
  • 45.4 Sprays it wider on off, not playing at it, says Kraigg.
  • 45.3 Outside off, it's left alone.
  • 45.2 Another similar ball but this time Kraigg punches it through cover-point to pick up a couple.
  • 45.1 Slightly short and outside off, Kraig cuts it towards gully where Raval leaps to save a certain boundary.
  • 44.6 Goes short on middle, Hope pulls it but straight to the man at square leg. A wicket maiden for Henry! 166/2
  • 44.5 Fuller and angling in on off, jammed out with an open face to point.
  • 44.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 44.3 Good length delivery on off, Hope makes a leave.
  • Shai Hope is the next man in. A lot depends on this man now. He has been in tremendous form and his side needs him at the moment.
  • 44.2 OUT! Matt Henry strikes again! New Zealand have gotten the breakthrough they were waiting for. Henry from over the wicket, angles it away on a length outside off. Hetmyer stays back and tries to tuck it away on the leg side but there is a bit of extra bounce which does him in. Takes the leading edge as the ball balloons high up in the air towards cover. Jeet Raval calls for it, he takes a couple of steps to his left and pouches it safely. Once again when the partnership was blooming, NZ find a way to put an end to it. Shimron slowly trudges back to the dressing room after playing a valiant knock. West Indies trail by 220 runs! Is this the opening the Kiwis wanted?
  • 44.1 Short of a length delivery on middle, Hetmyer stands tall to keep it out.
  • 43.6 Back of a length on middle, worked off the back foot towards mid-wicket. 166/1
  • 43.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 43.4 Shorter in length and skidding a bit off the deck, Brathwaite gets back to defend but he does so by taking his bottom hand off.
  • 43.3 Goes around the wicket and drops it on a length outside off, KB watches it carefully before making a leave.
  • 43.2 Presses forward to a full ball and blocks it out gently.
  • 43.1 Back of a length on middle, tucked down the leg side for a single.
  • 42.6 Drives it sweetly through the gap at cover to retain strike. 165/1
  • 42.5 Fuller on off, SH leans to drive but finds the man at mid off.
  • 42.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 42.3 Bumper on middle, no real venom behind it. Kraigg tires to pull but fails to get going.
  • 42.2 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 42.1 Length ball on middle, offered a straight bat.
  • 41.6 Clipped with the angle towards mid-wicket. 14 from the over! 163/1
  • 41.5 SIX! What a shot that is! As straight as it can get! Delightful to watch! It's on a length on middle, in the slot for Hetmyer who stays in the crease and just lifts it down the ground. All timing behind it as the ball sails over the fence with ease. He poses for the photographers as well.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Flicked away with finesse! Boult spears it full on middle and leg, Hetmyer moves leg side and flicks it past the diving short mid-wicket fielder to get another boundary to his name.
  • 41.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.2 Is right behind the line to defend this one.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Bunted past the bowler! There was a chance too but a very, very difficult indeed! I will explain you why! So, Boult comes from over the wicket, angles it in on middle and off. Hetmyer leans ahead and drives it back towards the bowler. It's aerial and Trent in his followthrough crouches low to take it but it went in a flash through him for a boundary down the ground.
  • Trent Boult is back into the attack.
  • 40.6 Maiden Test fifty for Hetmyer! He has put his hand and has shown a glimpse of battling it out. His mates clap for him and he gets a pat on the back from his partner at the other end. Good length delivery, angling in, clipped with the angle through backward square leg for a single. 149/1
  • 40.5 Sprays on the pads, misses the clip as the ball brushes his pads and rolls towards the on side. A leg bye results.
  • 40.4 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 40.3 Lands it on a length outside off, Brathwaite thinks of playing at it but this one holds its line, leaving the batsman alone.
  • 40.2 Back of a length on middle, tucked through the same region for one.
  • 40.1 Gets across by hopping a bit and with his soft hands nudges it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 39.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 145/1
  • 39.5 FOUR! Beauty! That's a classic pick up shot! Looks even better when a southpaw plays it. Reminds me of Yuvraj Singh who is so strong with those shots. Hetmyer reads the length early, shuffles a bit and nails his flick over mid-wicket. No one in the deep and he gets a boundary. He's inching closer to his half ton as well.
  • 39.4 15th Test fifty for Kraigg! Well played! Can he get a big one? Well, his side would be hoping for that. Length ball on the pads, helped down to fine leg for a single.
  • 39.3 Driven towards the man at mid on.
  • 39.2 Fuller on the stumps, the batsman brings his bat down in time to jam it out.
  • 39.1 On a length and moving away a bit outside off, Kraigg makes an easy leave.
  • 38.6 A bit shorter in length on middle and off, the southpaw shapes for a pull but the ball isn't at that height. Sneaks under his bat and almost dies in front of the keeper. 140/1
  • 38.5 Good length delivery on the stumps, gets forward and blocks.
  • 38.4 Fires it on the stumps, Shimron goes hard at it. Ekes out an inside edge which rolls towards mid-wicket.
  • 38.3 Leans into this and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 38.2 Back of a length outside off, Hetmyer here is in two minds as to what to do? Leave or play? Before he can think, the ball takes the outer part of the bat and goes on the bounce to the gully fielder.
  • 38.1 Spears in a fuller length delivery outside off, driven towards the fielder at mid off.
  • Matt Henry is brought back into the attack.
  • 37.6 Full