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New Zealand Vs West Indies Live Score (TEST)

Date: Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 09:09 IST Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat West Indies by 240 runs

373/10
Overs
102.2
R/R
3.65
Fours
44
Sixes
9
Extras
16
221/10
Overs
66.5
R/R
3.32
Fours
32
Sixes
4
Extras
8
291/8
Overs
77.4
R/R
3.76
Fours
34
Sixes
2
Extras
20
203/9
Overs
63.5
R/R
3.2
Fours
27
Sixes
2
Extras
6
  • The visitors have close to 35 minutes to bat before Lunch. A wicketless period will be the only thing on their minds. Meanwhile, given that the conditions are overcast, Boult and Southee will be licking their lips. Stay tuned...
  • West Indies will feel a little bit frustrated as they had a chance to roll the Kiwis over for 325 or below. But overall, they will be pleased with their comeback, after being wayward with the first new ball. Gabriel managed to pick 4 wickets while Roach was better this morning, with 3 scalps.
  • The Kiwis will be happy with their efforts. From one point of view, you could argue that they were 154/1 at one stage and should have reached 500. But having been asked to bat first, they will take this total. Starts for every batsman in the top 8 indicate that the pitch is not the easiest to bat on. Raval was unlucky to miss out on a century after holding the innings together for so long.
  • End of an entertaining stand. The Southee-Boult blitzkrieg has given the Kiwis more than an upper hand in this Test. The Windies started very well this morning, getting rid of Wagner and Blundell quickly but just could not do the finishing job.
  • 102.2 OUT! Caught and bowled! The innings ends at last. Banged in short outside off, Southee backs away and attempts to slap it over the bowler but toe-ends it towards him. Roach is alert this time and takes the catch inches above the turf. The 61-run stand is broken and NEW ZEALAND ARE FINALLY BOWLED OUT FOR 373.
  • 102.1 A slower ball, fuller in length, down the leg side, Southee is foxed as he is early into his flick. Is hit on the pads and Roach starts to appeal but then bails out.
  • 101.6 Outside off, left alone. 373/9
  • 101.5 Landed wide outside off, Trent shows the bat in a high angle, as if to leave it but then brings it down to dab the ball to the off side.
  • 101.4 Flighted outside off, Boult comes down the track but is comprehensively beaten in the flight. However, he composes himself and does not go through with the shot. Jumps back in the crease.
  • 101.3 A long hop, wide outside off, heaved over Boult to long on for a single.
  • 101.2 NOT OUT. Just wasting a bit of time. Fuller and flighted outside off, Southee has a wild swing but misses. The back foot just comes out of the crease for a bit but is back in by the time Dowrich can affect a stumping. Replays confirm.
  • Stumping appeal! Something out of nothing. Brathwaite is not sure but Dowrich reckons he has Southee stumped here... referred upstairs.
  • 101.1 Landed wide outside off, Southee watches it go past.
  • Kraigg Brathwaite to have a bowl now.
  • 100.6 Boult makes room to play another inventive shot and Roach bowls it outside off. The batsman has a flash at it but misses. 372/9
  • 100.5 Fullish delivery, clipped with the angle to the leg side for a single.
  • 100.4 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 100.3 Should have taken that! Slower delivery on a fullish length on off, Boult perhaps doesn't spot the change in pace. He chips it straight back to Roach. The bowler is late to react and the ball goes past over his hands. Rolls towards long off and a single is taken.
  • 100.2 Dug in short around off, Boult sways away from the line of the delivery.
  • 100.1 Bowls this one well outside off, Boult doesn't fish at it.
  • 99.6 Drills this one down the ground for a run. 370/9
  • 99.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 99.4 SIX! Clean as a whistle! No respite for the Windies from both ends. Slow through the air around off, Southee puts his skates on and lifts it over cow corner and the ball sails over the fence.
  • 99.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 99.2 Pushes this one against the spin to covers.
  • 99.1 FOUR! Starts off with a short delivery outside off, ample time for Southee to rock back and flay it through point for a boundary.
  • Time for Drinks. Meanwhile, after all the lusty blows that the pace bowlers received, Roston Chase is brought into the attack.
  • 98.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 14 from the over. 358/9
  • 98.5 FOUR! Tonked! Boult is dealing in boundaries. Full length ball on off, he backs away and hits it hard over the bowler for a one-bounce boundary. Moves to 35 from 18 balls.
  • 98.4 SIX! Boult is playing in the T20 mode! Amazing ball-striking from him. Gets a short delivery in his arc and absolutely clobbers it over long on for a maximum. Gabriel is leaking runs, the frustration for the visitors continues.
  • 98.3 Boult makes room again, then shuffles across to the off side. Gabriel bowls it down the leg side and Boult misses his tuck.
  • 98.2 FOUR! Whack! Boult makes room and Gabriel instead of following him bowls a back of a length ball around off. The No. 11 cuts it through the point region to pick up another boundary.
  • 98.1 Boult makes room as he has been doing on a regular basis. Gabriel bangs it short and the No. 11 rises on his toes to block it.
  • 97.6 Down the leg side, Tim misses his whip shot. 344/9
  • 97.5 Around the hips, tucked past short leg for a run.
  • 97.4 Makes room to play another inventive shot but misses.
  • Dowrich has a chat with Cummins. These runs will surely be hurting the visitors.
  • 97.3 FOUR! Runs are flowing now! Boult has moved to 20 from 11 balls. Back of a length delivery around off, Boult flashes at it and gets the ball to meet at the center of the bat. The ball goes through the point region for another rocketing boundary.
  • 97.2 FOUR! Dismissed from its presence! Good length delivery on off, Boult clears his front leg and whacks it aerially through covers. The ball reaches the fence like a tracer bullet.
  • 97.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 96.6 Makes room and plays it with an angled blade to point. 334/9
  • 96.5 Almost took his partner out! Full length ball on middle, Southee hammers it past his partner to long on for a run. Boult almost fell in an effort to evade the hit.
  • The ball has gone out of the park with that mammoth six. The fourth umpire brings in a replacement.
  • 96.4 SIX! Going, going, gone! That came right off the screws. Gabriel tries to tuck Southee up with another short delivery but the lower order batsman is up to the task. Makes room and pulls it over long leg for a huge biggie! The partnership moves to 21 from 15 balls, this will surely frustrate the Windies.
  • 96.3 Another bouncer, Southee goes for a pull but top edges it over the fielder at mid-wicket. It falls in no man's land and a brace is taken.
  • 96.2 Short delivery, Tim goes for a full fledged hook but misses.
  • A long in place. Two more men in the deep at the leg side as well. Bouncer coming up...
  • 96.1 That must have hurt! Full delivery on off, Southee bludgeons it down the track. Gabriel in his followthrough sticks his right foot out and takes a blow around the heel. He is in some pain as he bends down to gather himself up. Seems to be fine to continue.
  • 95.6 Boult again makes room to play an expansive shot. Cummins follows him but it goes past the batsman to the keeper. 325/9
  • 95.5 Backs away and drops it besides the pitch to scurry across to the other end.
  • 95.4 Short delivery, Tim sways away of the line of the delivery.
  • 95.3 Backs away to the good length delivery and plays it to covers for a quick single.
  • 95.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 95.1 SIX! How good is that shot! Back of a length delivery in line of the stump, Boult is expecting that and hence, sits on the back foot. Makes room and ramps it over the man at third man for a maximum. Makes good use of the short boundaries.
  • 94.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 317/9
  • 94.5 Backs away and hits it towards wide mid on to rotate strike.
  • 94.4 FOUR! Cheeky! Good length delivery on middle, Boult arches back and ramps it over the slip cordon the find the fence.
  • 94.3 Squared the tailender up completely. Back of a length ball on off, Boult gets into a bad position and tries to fend it off but gets it off the outer half to gully.
  • 94.2 That's the perfect definition of a toe crusher - right on the boots, Boult stays leg side of the ball and jams it out.
  • Trent Boult is the last man in.
  • 94.1 OUT! Timber! Fourth wicket for Shannon Gabriel. He has been breathing fire with the second new ball barring the overstepping issue. He pitches it on a good length around off and gets it to jag back in a touch after landing. Blundell is caught in his crease trying to keep it out but seems to have got an inside edge which goes onto disturb the timber behind. A resolute knock from the wicket-keeper batsman comes to an end. In fact, the replays show the ball brushed the bottom half of the bat and dislodged the middle stump.
  • 93.6 Dug in short, ducked under and evaded. 312/8
  • 93.5 A play and a miss! Back of a length delivery around off, nipping in. Southee goes for a half-hearted pull but gets beaten. That just went over the off stump.
  • 93.4 In the air... but safe! Well-directed bouncer on middle, Blundell is not in a good position to play the pull shot but still goes through with it. The ball hits the high part of the willow and flies towards deep square leg. It falls right in the gap between the two fielders running across from either side. A run taken.
  • 93.3 Good length ball outside off, Blundell lets it sail through to the keeper.
  • The weather has turned gloomy. Grey clouds are building up. There are some chances of rain today but let's hope it stays away.
  • 93.2 Short of a length delivery, Southee absolutely smashes it past short leg for a run. The short leg fielder is always in the line of fire, tough position to be stationed at.
  • 93.1 Fullish on middle and leg, tucked with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • Miguel Cummins to bowl for the first time this morning.
  • 92.6 Fuller in length at 145.6 clicks outside off, Blundell plants his front foot across and leaves it alone. 310/8
  • 92.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 92.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, holding its line. Tom points his bat skywards to let it go. He has been very patient and resilient in this innings.
  • 92.3 Continues to persist in the same channel outside off, it is on a good length. Tom camps back and defends it stoutly.
  • 92.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 92.1 A stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down. Full delivery down the leg side, Southee aims to clip it away but is hit on the pads. Gabriel puts in a belated appeal for an LBW but the umpire pays no heed. The batsmen sneak in a leg bye. Importantly, for New Zealand, Blundell is back on strike.
  • 91.6 Short delivery on middle, sits up nicely for Southee. He smashes it straight to the man present at deep mid-wicket. A run taken. 309/8
  • 91.5 Blundell has been so good in picking up those sharp single. Taps the good length delivery towards cover-point and calls his partner through for a swift single.
  • 91.4 In the zone of apprehension, Tom lets it go on its way.
  • 91.3 On a drivable length outside off, Blundell resists the temptation to go for an expansive shot and makes an assured leave.
  • 91.2 FOUR! Sublime! Fractionally overpitched in line of the stumps, Blundell leans ahead and drives it crisply past the bowler. It speeds through the outfield and races to the long on fence.
  • 91.1 Fuller length ball, angling in, kept out watchfully off the front foot.
  • 90.6 Good game awareness! On a length around off, Blundell plays it with soft hands besides the pitch on the leg side and scurries through to the other end. A long, long over comes to an end. 303/8
  • 90.5 Sits deep in the crease and blocks the good length delivery watchfully.
  • 90.4 Full length ball attacking the stumps, pushed confidently off the front foot to mid on.
  • 90.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 90.3 No ball! Gabriel oversteps by a country mile, not a surprise. On middle and leg, clipped to the leg side for a single.
  • 90.3 No ball! Gabriel's issues with overstepping continue. Short ball on middle and leg, Southee pulls it through mid-wicket for a run. It is literally waste of an effort, he needs to seriously work on this problem.
  • 90.2 Another short delivery but this one is outside off, Tim ducks under it with ease.
  • 90.1 Ooh... that's nasty! Bouncer on middle, Southee goes for a pull but the ball brushes his gloves and seems to have hit the grille of his helmet. He gets off-balanced but manages to keep himself from falling over on the wickets. That must have shaken him up.
  • 89.6 On a length on leg stump, Southee whips it smartly to deep square leg for a run and will retain strike. 297/8
  • 89.5 In the air... but safe! Good length delivery on off, Southee tries to turn it across but gets a leading edge. The ball balloons over the point region. The fielder from gully chases it and saves a couple for his side. The replays show that it came actually off the outside edge of the bat. Today's bats, I tell you...
  • 89.4 Testing the tailender with a short one, he is equal to the task and ducks under it.
  • 89.3 That's an ugly heave. Shortish on off, Southee plays an agricultural slog towards wide mid on.
  • 89.2 Fullish delivery, nudged to mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 89.1 Tight run! Southee hangs back and taps it besides the pitch on the off side. Takes off for a run and his partner responds. Roach is quick to attack to the ball but fumbles while trying to collect it. That allows Tim to make his ground safely.
  • 88.6 Well bowled and equally well played! Full length ball, swinging in substantially. Tom stays well-balanced and clips it towards wide mid on. Chase dives to his right and makes a partial stop. Gets up and keeps it down to a brace. 292/8
  • 88.5 FOUR! Compact and assured in strokeplay! Half volley on middle Blundell drives it gloriously down the ground and the ball whistles away to the fence. Look at his followthrough after playing the shot, supreme confidence.
  • 88.4 Full length delivery at 144.6 clicks outside off, Blundell plants his front foot across and allows it through.
  • 88.3 Hangs back to the good length delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 88.2 Gabriel misses his radar trying to bowl at quick pace. Slips this one down the leg side, Tom tries to glance it but misses.
  • 88.1 Length delivery on middle, nipping in. Blundell rises on his toes to tuck it away but misses to get rapped on the thigh pads.
  • Shannon Gabriel to bowl from the other end.
  • 87.6 Steep bounce again. On a shortish length around off, jagging in and climbing on Southee. He hops and fends it off down the track. A wicket maiden for Roach to kickoff proceedings. 286/8
  • 87.5 In the corridor of uncertainty, holding its line. Southee doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 87.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • Tim Southee strides out to bat.
  • 87.3 OUT! What a ripper of a catch! This is as good a take you will ever see. Take a bow, Shai Hope. Roach steams in and bowls a full length delivery on middle, swinging away. Wagner tries to drive down the ground with minimal foot movement but gets a fat outside edge. The ball is really traveling towards gully. Hope stationed there dives full length to his left like a goalkeeper and takes a stunning one-handed catch. All his teammates encircle him and are absolutely elated! Ideal start to the day for the Windies.
  • 87.2 Good length delivery on off, nipping away after pitching. Neil points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 87.1 Starts off with a sharp delivery right on the money. Roach goes wide of the crease and hits the deck hard. Generates some steep bounce as well. Wagner hops and keeps it out.
  • We are ready for live action. Tom Blundell and Neil Wagner will continue their innings. The second new ball is only 7 overs old and the visitors will be striving to clean the tail up as quickly as possible. Kemar Roach to bowl first up this morning. Two slips and a short leg in place. Here we go...
  • The Kiwis have been good but in patches. Majority of their batsmen have been guilty of throwing their wickets away. However, their lower order can be efficient and add some handy runs. With Tim Southee returning in the ranks, the pace attack looks even more ominous now. Let's see which team comes out on top today...
  • When the visiting batsmen come out to bat, they need to be resilient and determined. They do not need to look back far to draw inspiration. After a thrashing in Birmingham, they had come out with flying colors in Headingley. The potential is there but it needs to be translated into consistent performances if they are to succeed at the highest level.
  • Clear blue skies welcome us at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. It was a fired up Shannon Gabriel with the second new ball who provided a couple of important breakthroughs to give the Windies some good momentum yesterday. Still, the job is yet not done for them. Keeping the home side under 350 will be what they will aiming for. Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the second and final Test match between New Zealand and West Indies.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Day 2 is poised nicely. Tom Blundell is still out there and looking solid. Remember, he shepherded the lower middle order smartly in the last game. Will the Kiwis be able to go past 350? Or will the Windies clean the tail up in a jiffy? Join us tomorrow to catch all the action at 1100 local (2200 GMT, previous day). Till then, cheers!
  • The 76-run stand from 112 balls between Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner threatened to take the game away from the visitors but the second new ball did the trick for them. Gabriel bowled with fire at the fag end of the day and struck in quick succession to catch the home side in a tricky situation. The pitch did quicken up in the later half of the day and credit to the tourists for being on the money.
  • Tom Latham and Jeet Raval laid the ideal foundation for the hosts with a 65-run opening stand. Miguel Cummins was the one who bowled with aggression and made good use of the short ball to pick up the first two wickets. Williamson got off to a decent start but failed to make it count while Jeet Raval fell to a brute of a delivery from Shannon Gabriel, missing out on a ton.
  • An absorbing day of Test cricket comes to an end. The Windies will be the happier of the two sides heading into the dressing room with a flurry of wickets, four to be precise in the final session of the day. Agreed that they were carved away for 113 runs, with especially de Grandhomme being severe on them but they had the last laugh.
  • 86.6 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Blundell covers the line and keeps it out safely to mid on. THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 1! 286/7
  • 86.5 Shortish delivery around off, Blundell has no trouble in watching it through to the keeper's gloves.
  • 86.4 Angling into Blundell who tucks it off his hips to the leg side.
  • 86.3 Fuller in length outside off, Tom lets it go.
  • 86.2 FOUR! Not where he intended but he will take it. Back of a length delivery, angling into Blundell. He opens his bat face and looks to steer it square off the wicket on the off side. However, he gets it off the outer half in the gap through third slip and gully and the ball races to the third man fence.
  • 86.1 Back of a length delivery, Blundell hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 85.6 Peppering him with the short stuff, this time Wagner lets it go in an assured way. End of a testing over. 282/7
  • 85.5 Sharp short delivery on off, Wagner drops his wrists and leaves it in an awkward manner.
  • 85.4 Ooh... that's nasty! Short delivery on leg stump, Wagner is caught in a tangle. Looks to fend it off but the ball hits his shoulder and lobs behind to the keeper. Dowrich puts in a casual appeal but the umpire stays put. He thought that there might have been glove involved but the replays confirm there was none.
  • 85.3 Sits deep in the crease and negotiates the pacy delivery with a solid defense.
  • 85.2 Down the leg side, Neil tries to help it away but misses.
  • 85.1 Dug in short, Wagner ducks under it.
  • 84.6 FOUR! Glorious! Full length delivery, Blundell comes forward and drives it through mid on for a boundary. That was all about timing and grace. 282/7
  • 84.5 On a length outside off, Blundell opts to leave it.
  • 84.4 Overpitched outside off, driven crisply to sweeper cover for a brace.
  • 84.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total. Wagner is off the mark.
  • 84.2 Ooh... Gabriel is on song! Bowls a full length ball around off, Wagner goes for a drive but is beaten all ends up by the away movement.
  • Neil Wagner strides out to bat. Tricky period for New Zealand.
  • 84.1 OUT! Castled! Gabriel breaches the defense of another batsman. He is on a roll, always a pleasure to watch when he finds his rhythm. Gabriel goes wider of the crease and angles in a length delivery on off, keeps a bit low. De Grandhomme hangs back to keep it out but misses it completely to get his stumps shattered. Good passage of play for the Windies, they have fought back really well. In fact, the replays show there was an inside edge and that deflected the ball on to the leg stump. De Grandhomme falls after playing an enterprising knock. He would be disappointed to lose his wicket at the fag end of the day.
  • 83.6 Straying on the pads, tucked around the corner for a single. 275/6
  • 83.5 Overpitched outside off, a gorgeous looking drive but straight to the man at mid off.
  • 83.4 Shaping in substantially once again, inside edged besides the pitch on the leg side for a swift single.
  • 83.3 Tentative! Swinging in from a good length around off, Blundell takes a step forward gingerly and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 83.2 Back of a length delivery, answered with a straight bat.
  • 83.1 Angling in from outside off, Tom doesn't flirt with it.
  • 83.1 No ball! Another overstepping takes place, this time by Roach. Full length delivery outside off, Blundell remains circumspect in approach.
  • 82.6 Good length delivery in the zone of apprehension, shaping in a bit. Colin knows where his off stump is and leaves it alone. 272/6
  • 82.5 Blundell is off the mark! Taps the back of the length delivery towards cover-point and scurries across to the other end.
  • 82.4 In the zone outside off, zipping through. Tom plants his front foot across and leaves it alone.
  • 82.3 Full length delivery, shaping in prodigiously. Blundell has his bat and pad close together and blocks it in a defiant manner.
  • 82.2 Poor shot! Shortish delivery outside off, Blundell goes for a pull but the ball passes under his bat.
  • 82.1 Length delivery outside off, angling in. Blundell makes an assured leave.
  • 81.6 Back of a length delivery around off, pushed off the back foot to covers. 271/6
  • 81.5 In the corridor of uncertainty, Colin leaves it alone.
  • 81.4 FOUR! Not in control completely but gets the desired result! Short delivery outside off, de Grandhomme goes for an aerial pull shot as he knows there is no protection at deep mid-wicket. The ball flies towards the same region and rolls to the fence.
  • 81.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 81.2 Hangs back to the incoming good length delivery and blocks it nicely.
  • 81.1 Length delivery outside off, played with an angled blade past point for a couple.
  • Kemar Roach to bowl from the other end.
  • 80.6 Blundell continues to leave balls outside the off stumps and sees the over through. A wicket-maiden for Gabriel. 265/6
  • 80.5 Another one outside off, third leave in a row.
  • 80.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 80.3 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • Tom Blundell, fresh from a ton on his debut, replaces Mitchell Santner. Can he play another innings of substance lower down the order?
  • 80.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! The sound of the timber is one which brings sheer joy to a fast bowler. The second new ball reaps dividends for the visitors. Gabriel steams in and bowls a full and fast accurate delivery. The pace is at 142.6 kph and Santner is sitting in his crease. He looks to drive down the ground without any foot movement. Always risky to do so and he misses it completely to see his off stump pegged back. He departed in a similar manner to Cummins in the first Test and he has been undone by pace again. The entertaining 76-run stand from 112 balls has been cut short.
  • 80.1 Fullish delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • The second new ball is available and it has been taken straightaway. Shannon Gabriel to run in with it first up.
  • 79.6 Hangs back to the shorter length delivery and punches it to sweeper cover for a run. 265/5
  • 79.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 79.3 Continues to be quick, eased through covers for a run.
  • 79.2 Short and flat, Colin rocks back and cuts it past point for a brace.
  • 79.1 On a flat trajectory well outside off, de Grandhomme shuffles across and makes a leave.
  • 78.6 Sharp bouncer on off, Santner sits underneath the bumper in a flash. 263/5
  • 78.5 Back of a length ball, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 78.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 78.3 Testing Santner with another short one but the southpaw is cool as a cucumber and lets it go.
  • 78.2 Sits deep in the crease to the back of the length delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 78.1 Dug in short around off, Santner ducks under it in a jiffy.
  • 77.6 SIX! 2nd Test fifty for Colin de Grandhomme and he has brought it up in style! Goes on to lead the charts with the most number of maximums this year, leaving Jadeja behind. Quick and flat around off, on a shorter length. De Grandhomme picks up the length quickly and whips it over deep square leg for a maximum. This has been a run-a-ball innings from him. Truly well-deserved. 263/5
  • 77.5 Hangs back and punches it to the bowler.
  • 77.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 77.3 Stays back to this one and keeps it out.
  • 77.2 Short outside off, gives ample time to de Grandhomme to place it towards deep point for a brace.
  • 77.1 Stays back to the quick and flat delivery and blocks it.
  • Brathwaite is back on.
  • 76.6 Shortish delivery, climbing up on Mitchell. He rises with the bounce and blocks it solidly. 255/5
  • 76.5 Short delivery around the rib-cage area, trying to tuck Santer up with a leg gully in place. The southpaw moves inside the line and lets it go.
  • 76.4 Length delivery outside off, Mitchell stays patient and allows it through.
  • 76.3 Dug in short, Santner ducks under it.
  • 76.2 Similar delivery, Colin pulls it nicely this time through backward square leg. Chase in the deep moves swiftly to his right, gets the timing of his slide ride and stops a couple for his side.
  • 76.1 Nervy moment! The pitch has quickened up after Tea and this is the right ploy from Cummins. In the previous game, the Windies batsmen had fallen like nine pins to the short stuff. Though the hosts are better on the pull and hook, it is worth it to test them once in a while. Sharp bouncer on middle and leg, de Grandhomme goes for the hook shot but gets beaten.
  • Miguel Cummins is back on. He has been the standout bowler for the visitors so far. Needs to strike for his side.
  • 75.6 Short of a length delivery, punched off the back foot to covers. 254/5
  • 75.5 Full length ball attacking the stumps, eased off the front foot to mi on.
  • 75.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 75.3 Fullish in length, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 75.2 Stays back to the good length delivery and blocks it with command.
  • 75.1 FOUR! Supreme confidence! Fractionally overpitched around off, de Grandhomme leans ahead and strokes it past the non-striker for a majestic boundary. 250 comes up for the hosts.
  • 74.6 SIX! Now Santner goes boom boom! These two are entertaining the crowd thoroughly. Skates down the track and smokes it over long on for a maximum. The wheels are coming off for the Windies. A lottery over for New Zealand, 19 from it. 249/5
  • 74.5 Hangs back to the shorter length delivery and dead-bats it.
  • 74.4 FOUR! Runs are coming thick and fast for the hosts. Full delivery outside off, Santner drills it through covers for a rocketing boundary.
  • 74.3 Full delivery outside off, Santner drives it with an open bat face through point. The fielder chases it and keeps it down to a couple. With that, the 50-run stand comes up. It has been a breezy one so far. Good counter-attack from the duo.
  • 74.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 74.1 SIX! Clean as a whistle! He has been brilliant with his use of his feet. Slow through the air, de Grandhomme dances down the track and dumps it over wide long on for a maximum, his third of the day.
  • Still 16 overs are left to be bowled and only one hour remains in the day's play taking in account the extra time. The Windies have been pretty slow with their over rate. Jason Holder has already faced a consequence due to it. Brathwaite needs to be careful.
  • 73.6 Outside off, left alone. 230/5
  • 73.5 Fullish delivery outside off, moving away. Mitchell doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 73.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 73.3 Reifer continues to catch Santner in a tangle. Gets this one to swing away from a fuller length outside off. Satner is guilty of playing away from his body and gets foxed.
  • 73.2 On a length outside off, Santner lets it go on its course.
  • 73.1 Reifer is generating good inward movement and is troubling Santner. Serves it on a length and gets it to angle in with the arm, Santner tries to tuck it across but gets an inside edge onto his pads. A polite inquiry for an LBW follows but there was clearly bat involved.
  • 72.6 Gets to the pitch of the ball and eases it to deepish mid on for a quick single. 230/5
  • 72.5 Quicker through the air outside off, Santner is sure that it will spin away and makes a confident leave.
  • 72.4 Fraction short in line, Santner keeps his eyes on the ball till the last moment and cuts it with the spin to point.
  • 72.3 Strides forward to the loopy delivery and blocks it right under his eyes.
  • 72.2 Outside off, turning away. Left alone with composure.
  • 72.1 Outside off, skidding off the deck. Santner leaves it alone.
  • 71.6 FOUR! Streaky runs! Full length ball on off, seaming away after hitting the deck. De Grandhomme pushes at it with hard hands and gets a thick outside edge past the diving gully fielder. The ball races to the fence behind. 229/5
  • 71.5 Hangs back to the good length delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 71.4 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 71.3 Fractionally overpitched around off, driven crisply off the front foot to mid off.
  • 71.2 Fuller in length, tempting de Grandhomme to go for an expansive shot but he resists. He has been brilliant with his shot selection so far. Seems to be led by a compass when to go for his shots and when to adopt a circumspect approach.
  • 71.1 On a length, leaving the right-hander. He plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • Drinks break.
  • 70.6 Hangs back to the shorter delivery and keeps it out. 225/5
  • 70.5 On a flatter trajectory, punched to mid on for a swift single.
  • 70.4 SIX! 14 from the last 3 deliveries. He was scoring freely against Chase in the previous game and he has decided to play that way again. Fullish delivery outside off, de Grandhomme gets under it and extends his arms to whack it over covers. Such is the connection that it sails over the deep extra cover fence. He is growing in stature.
  • 70.3 SIX! De Grandhomme is showing his colours now. Aggressive intent suits him and he is coming out with flying colours. Skips down the track once again and heaves it over cow corner for a biggie.
  • 70.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Tossed up delivery, de Grandhomme chips down the track and lifts it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 70.1 Fullish delivery, driven with the angle to mid on.
  • 69.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. End of a testing over from Reifer. 208/5
  • 69.5 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 69.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 69.3 Outside off, angling in. Santner fishes at it and is beaten again.
  • 69.2 That's a peach! In the zone of apprehension, shaping in. Santner has no option but to play at it and gets foxed.
  • 69.1 A chirpy appeal for an LBW is denied! Good length delivery, angling in substantially. Santner tries to tuck it across but gets hit on the pads. An appeal ensues but the umpire stays unmoved. Might be going down leg. The Hawk Eye confirms so.
  • 68.6 Is that dropped? From the body language of the Windies players, seems like it is a chance gone down. Pushed a bit quicker through the air outside off, de Grandhomme comes forward gingerly to account for the turn but there is only a fraction of it on offer. Ends up getting off-balanced and his right foot goes up in the air for a while as the ball goes past the outside edge of his bat. Dowrich behind the stumps fails to collect it and the ball rolls towards the leg side. Might have been a missed stumping chance as well. The Snickometer doesn't show any spike. The all-rounder survives. 208/5
  • 68.5 Walks a couple of steps down the track and eases it through wide mid off for a run.
  • 68.4 Coming in with the arm, tucked with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 68.3 Straighter one this time, outside off. Santner has his stumps covered and lets it go through safely.
  • 68.2 Fullish delivery, de Grandhomme whips it past the left side of the diving short mid-wicket fielder for an easy single.
  • 68.1 Starts off with a low full toss from around the wicket and bowls it around off. Santner clears his front leg and milks it down to long off to rotate strike.
  • Time for spin again. Roston Chase is brought back for another spell.
  • 67.6 Back of a length ball around off, punched firmly off the back foot to covers. 205/5
  • 67.5 Reifer loses his radar this time. Slips it around the hips, Colin tucks it to fine leg for a brace.
  • 67.4 Reifer has a spring in his stride now. The pitch has quickened up and he is making good use of it. Steams in and hits the deck hard around the off stump channel. De Grandhomme lifts his bat skywards and watches the ball sail through to the keeper.
  • 67.3 Fullish in length, straighter line, blocked watchfully.
  • 67.2 Tight line and length induces a false stroke. On a length around off, moving away just a touch after pitching. De Grandhomme pokes at it and is beaten all ends up.
  • 67.1 On a drivable length outside off, urging de Grandhomme to go for a drive. The all-rounder resists the temptation and allows it through.
  • 66.6 Slower delivery on a fullish length, Santner strides forward confidently and blocks it. 203/5
  • 66.5 Fuller in length on middle and leg, Mitchell hangs back and pats it towards mid on.
  • 66.4 Erring towards the leg stumpish line, tucked with ease towards the man stationed in front of square on the leg side.
  • 66.3 FOUR! Hit with command! Shortish delivery in line of the stumps, Santner is sitting on the back foot expecting this length. It sits up nicely for him and he whacks it through straightish mid-wicket to find the ropes. 200 up for New Zealand.
  • 66.2 Similar delivery, same shot, same result.
  • 66.1 On a length, leaving the southpaw. He makes good use of the depth of the crease and blocks it solidly.
  • 65.6 FOUR! Up and over! De Grandhomme had been patient in approach to all the length deliveries earlier. Gets one full in the zone outside off and frees his arm. Lifts it nonchalantly over covers for a glorious boundary. 199/5
  • 65.5 Good length delivery, leaving the all-rounder. He points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 65.4 Similar length delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • 65.3 Third leave in a row. De Grandhomme continues to be circumspect in approach as he dosen't fiddle with a length delivery outside off.
  • Another friendly warning given by Rod Tucker to Reifer. He has been tantalizingly close to the danger area. The debutant needs to be careful.
  • 65.2 In the channel outside off, de Grandhomme lets it go again.
  • 65.1 Wide outside off, angling away. Colin leaves it alone.
  • 64.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 195/5
  • 64.5 Brilliant effort! Half volley outside off, Santner drives it exquisitely towards covers where Ambris dives full length to his right and stops a certain boundary. His effort is lauded by his teammates.
  • 64.5 No ball! And Gabriel's love affair with overstepping continues. He is ahead of the popping crease by a country mile. Dug in short, Santner ducks under it.
  • 64.5 No ball! This is the fourth time that Gabriel has overstepped. It continues to haunt him. Shortish delivery around the rib-cage area, Santner half-pulls it towards short leg who reacts quickly to his left but the ball goes past him through square leg. Two runs taken.
  • 64.4 Similar delivery, driven crisply towards Cummins at mid on who is standing ahead of his usual position. He dives to his left and makes a partial stop to parry it towards mid off. A run taken.
  • 64.3 Fullish delivery attacking the stumps, de Grandhomme leans a touch forward and taps it to mid on.
  • 64.2 On a good length around off, punched firmly off the back foot to covers.
  • 64.1 Good judgement! Back of a length ball around off, Santner plays it with soft hands past the bowler. Calls for a single immediately and gets the desired result.
  • Umpire Tucker just has a quiet word with Reifer in his followthrough. Not quite the official warning, but he is definitely treading on the danger area.
  • 63.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 189/5
  • 63.5 On middle and off, angling in, solidly defended.
  • 63.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 63.3 Full again, driven straight to mid off.
  • 63.2 Fuller in length, just around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 63.1 Outside off, allowed to go through.
  • 62.6 Full and wide outside off, driven straight to cover. 189/5
  • 62.5 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 62.4 Landed outside off, angling away, not played at.
  • 62.3 Full and down the leg side, Santner misses his tuck and the ball rolls off his pads down the leg side. Dowrich dives to his right to stop.
  • 62.2 Pitched outside leg and angling away, shouldered arms to.
  • 62.1 On a length around off, watchfully defended.
  • SHANNON GABRIEL is back on. Windies need to build on this momentum.
  • 61.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 189/5
  • 61.5 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • COLIN DE GRANDHOMME walks in now, at number 7, replacing Nicholls. The last time he batted for the Kiwis, he just tore the Windies apart with a breathtaking ton.
  • 61.4 OUT! The decision stays! Big moment in the game and a massive chance for the visiting side. MAIDEN INTERNATIONAL WICKET for Reifer. He lands this on a length around off and gets it to nip back in. Nicholls is beaten by pace as he looks to defend and is hit on the pads. Reifer appeals, umpire Tucker thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Nicholls has a long look at the pitch, walks across to his partner and then signals the 'T' for the review. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the top of the leg stump. New Zealand do not lose a review but Nicholls is a goner. His feet were not to the pitch of the ball. Windies sense something now...
  • Nicholls has been adjudged LBW! He has reviewed it though. Does not seem to be an inside edge as the review was not instantaneous.
  • 61.3 Back of a length outside off, Nicholls pushes it to the off side.
  • 61.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 61.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • RAYMON REIFER is into the attack again.
  • 60.6 Hops and works this towards the off side for a quick run. 189/4
  • 60.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 60.4 Outside off, punched to the off side.
  • 60.3 Now Santner is away. Works this length ball past short leg and runs across to the other end.
  • 60.2 Short and way down the leg side, Santner lets it through.
  • 60.1 Taps this through square leg and gets off strike. First single in 21 balls.
  • 59.6 On a good length in line of the stumps, blocked back to the bowler. 186/4
  • 59.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 59.4 No idea about that one. Roach pitches this around middle and then gets it to deviate away. Mitchell looks to work it to the leg side but gets a leading edge to cover.
  • 59.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 59.2 A length ball around leg, Santner gets right behind that one to defend.
  • 59.1 Landed around middle, angling away, left alone.
  • 58.6 Now he tries to tuck this around the corner and gets hit on the pads. 186/4
  • 58.5 Full and around off, Nicholls looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 58.4 A hat-trick of leaves outside off with that.
  • 58.3 Fuller and wider outside off, let through again.
  • 58.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 58.1 On a good length around off, watchfully defended.
  • 57.6 Stays back in his crease and blocks. 186/4
  • 57.5 Full and wide outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 57.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 57.3 A length ball around middle, watchfully defended.
  • MITCHELL SANTNER walks in at number 6, replacing Taylor. Two southpaws in the middle.
  • 57.2 OUT! Caught behind and Windies have a wicket immediately after Tea! Poor shot from Taylor. Very loose. He was flashing before Tea and has now flashed again after the break. On that occasion, he did not edge it. This time he did. The ball was short, yes, but not that wide to be cut. Taylor ended up being too close to the ball and got a thick outside edge. Dowrich fumbled behind but took it in the second attempt.
  • 57.1 On a length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 56.6 ALMOST A WICKET! Great athleticism by Reifer. He keeps this full and Nicholls drives this straight back. Henry wants a run and is a couple of steps down the track but Reifer stops it in his followthrough and then has a shy at the striker's end, only to miss. Replays show it would have been touch and go! 186/3
  • 56.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 56.4 FOUR! CLOUT! No half measures. New Zealand are going after the bowling. Short and wide outside off, Nicholls cracks it through cover-point and gets a boundary. Moves to 11 from 10 balls.
  • 56.3 Full and outside off, driven sweetly through the covers. The ball stops before it reaches the ropes and three runs are taken.
  • 56.2 Down the leg side, nudged fine for a single. The stand moves to 20 from just 24 balls.
  • 56.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • RAYMON REIFER to bowl from the other end.
  • 55.6 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover. 178/3
  • 55.5 FOUR! CLUNK! This time he does not miss out. Short and wide outside off, Taylor stays leg side of the ball and crashes it behind point for a boundary!
  • 55.4 A length ball outside off, pretty wide, Taylor slashes but misses.
  • 55.3 Goes back in his crease and blocks.
  • 55.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 55.1 A short ball on middle and leg, helped towards fine leg for a single. Nearly carried.
  • The players are back out in the middle. 35 overs left in the day. If the Windies can get a breakthrough in the first 30-45 minutes, they can enjoy a good session. It will be Kemar Roach vs Henry Nicholls first up...
  • ... DAY 1, FINAL SESSION ...
  • Miguel Cummins has been the pick of the bowlers for the visiting side. He has been sharp and accurate which has resulted him in being economical as well. But there has not been much from the others. New Zealand are on the back foot a little bit due to those two wickets and Taylor is either nervous or trying to impose himself, as he flashed at quite a few before the break. Could be a Rosco special on the other side or a quick exit. Join us back at 1600 LOCAL (0300 GMT) for the final session.
  • The Kiwis started the session with ease, with Williamson and Raval looking in no trouble at all. Then, the Windies started to concentrate on keeping the runs in check and that resulted in the wickets. The ploy was to bowl short and around the leg stump and it worked. They need to work on the extras though, with 7 no balls already being conceded so far.
  • Good comeback by Windies in the latter half of the session. 86/2 in 28 overs in that session but the last 7 overs saw only 22 runs for the wickets of Raval and Williamson.
  • 54.6 Good calling. Pushes this with soft hands down the ground and takes a quick run, eager to face the first ball of the next session. TEA ON DAY 1! 173/3
  • 54.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 54.4 Full and wide outside off, Ross eases it through the covers. The ball stops near the ropes and the batsmen take three.
  • 54.3 Short and wide outside off, Rosco slashes but misses.
  • 54.2 Fuller again, outside off, hint of outswing, driven towards mid off.
  • 54.1 Around off, angling in, played towards short mid-wicket.
  • 54.1 NO BALL. 7th one of the day and add 3 wides to that. Gabriel oversteps and then bowls a rubbish ball, short in length down the leg side. Taylor ducks. The stand moves to 10.
  • We will have one more over before the break then...
  • 53.6 Outside off, angling away, shouldered arms to. 168/3
  • 53.5 Flicks this towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 53.4 FOUR! Well, he gets a boundary but the question arises - should he have gone after that? Full and wide outside off, Taylor reaches out and blasts it through the covers for a boundary. Having lost two wickets fairly quickly, New Zealand would be better off not losing another one.
  • 53.3 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off, not perfectly timed.
  • 53.2 Outside off, quietly left alone this time.
  • 53.1 A length ball outside off, Taylor has a needless waft and nearly edges it behind.
  • KEMAR ROACH to bowl probably the final over before Tea.
  • 52.6 And again! Similar ball, similar shot, same result. 163/3
  • 52.5 Another length ball down the leg side, Nicholls tucks it through mid-wicket and gets off the mark with a couple.
  • 52.4 A length ball around leg, defended to the leg side.
  • HENRY NICHOLLS walks in at number 5, replacing Raval. One left-hander replaces another.
  • 52.3 OUT! Caught behind! That is a jaffa and Gabriel has his man. It is a carbon copy of his first innings dismissal in the first Test. Pitched around leg and middle, Raval looks to defend but the ball just moves away off the seam and takes the outside edge. Just about carries to Dowrich who is jubilant on taking the catch. Poor Raval - misses out on a ton. He was playing for the break and got a beauty.
  • 52.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 52.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 52.1 WIDE. Ridiculous tactic. It is okay to bowl short stuff but you cannot always be short, short and short. This is a long hop but Raval prefers to duck. Too high and signalled a wide.
  • 51.6 A short ball around middle, rising steeply, RT hops and defends it towards cover. 158/2
  • 51.6 WIDE. That is four in a row and that is too high as well. Another bouncer, another duck.
  • 51.5 Another bouncer, meaningless one as well, Taylor does the same as to what he did on the previous ball.
  • 51.4 A short ball down the leg side, Rosco looks to tuck it away but misses. The ball goes off his pads towards leg slip who does well to stop it to his right.
  • 51.3 A meaningless bouncer, down the leg side, ducked under.
  • 51.2 On a good length, around off, Ross defends.
  • 51.1 A short ball down the leg side, Taylor cannot get it away.
  • 50.6 Outside off, left alone. 157/2
  • 50.5 Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single. Gets off the mark.
  • 50.4 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 50.3 NOT OUT. The answer to both queries asked in the insert below are NO. The plan does seem to be getting batsmen caught down the leg side though. This is a half volley on the pads, a scoring opportunity but perhaps Raval is playing for the break. He is late on his flick and the ball goes off something to the keeper. Dowrich appeals confidently but Gabriel just joins as an afterthought. Umpire Oxenford does not give it and Dowrich convinces his skipper to go for the review. Hot Spot shows a mark when the ball hits the pads while Snickometer shows a spike at the same moment. Nothing when the ball is near the bat. One review lost.
  • Howzzat? Have the Windies got another one caught down the leg side? Has Jeet Raval missed out on a ton? Brathwaite wants to have a second look. The on-field decision is not out.
  • 50.2 Goes back in his crease and blocks it to the leg side.
  • 50.1 On a length around off, watchfully defended.
  • SHANNON GABRIEL is back on.
  • 49.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. 155/2
  • 49.5 Full and outside off, driven straight towards mid off.
  • 49.5 NO BALL. This is for the third bouncer of the over. Taylor ducks.
  • 49.4 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 49.3 On middle and leg, short in length, tucked straight to short leg.
  • ROSS TAYLOR walks in at number 4, replacing Williamson.
  • 49.2 OUT! Caught down the leg side! The plan to stifle Williamson has worked. He has this tendency to walk across his stumps and the Windies were trying to make him play that tuck shot towards fine leg and in the process, edge one behind. He does so, on this occasion. There is a noise as the ball goes past and the players appeal. Umpire Tucker asks his partner whether that carried and on getting the affirmative as an answer, raises his finger. Williamson does not bother to review and walks back with a sheepish smile instead. End of an 89-run stand and Cummins has got 2 wickets on a non-responsive pitch.
  • 49.2 NO BALL again. Short and down the leg side, Kane lets it be. Another overstepping from Cummins.
  • 49.2 NO BALL! Too short a delivery, could have been wided, but instead it is no-balled as Cummins overstepped.
  • 49.1 A bouncer, way over Williamson's head, he ducks comfortably.
  • Now MIGUEL CUMMINS is given the ball. Seems like he wanted to bowl from this end.
  • 48.6 Throws it up to the batsman, Raval comes forward and blocks. 152/1
  • 48.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 48.4 Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 48.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 48.2 Fuller and outside off, pushed straight to point.
  • 48.1 Short and outside off, cut towards point for a single.
  • MIGUEL CUMMINS is back on. Wait. Cummins is handed his cap back. KRAIGG BRATHWAITE to bowl instead.
  • 47.6 FOUR! What a shot. Floated outside off, Raval comes forward and drives it through cover-point for consecutive boundaries! Moves to 83 now, just 17 short of his century. Also, this is his 15TH boundary of this innings! 150 IS UP FOR NEW ZEALAND AS WELL. 151/1
  • 47.5 EDGED, FOUR! Was that a chance? A missed one, for sure! Cannot totally blame the fielder. This was bowled short and outside off and Raval went back to cut. Seeing that, Shai Hope, the first slip fielder, moved instinctly to his left. But then, the ball took the outside edge and went to his right. Shai was late in reacting and the ball went through to the third man fence. The stand is worth 82 now.
  • 47.4 Outside off, pushed to the off side.
  • 47.3 Full and outside off, Jeet pushes hard at it and gets a bit of an outside edge towards point.
  • 47.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 47.1 Full and outside off, Raval lunges to defend.
  • 46.6 Landed on a length, defended solidly. 143/1
  • 46.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 46.4 A short ball outside off, tapped to the off side.
  • 46.3 FOUR! BEAUTY! That is a Williamson classic. Half volley, around off and middle, Williamson comes forward and drives it straight down the ground, past the stumps at the other end and towards the long on fence! Moves to 42 now.
  • 46.2 Nips back in a long way from outside off, Williamson is beaten for pace and is hit on the thigh pads. Roach puts in a belated appeal for LBW but is not greeted with acceptance. Going down leg, one would think.
  • 46.1 On a length around off, angling in, tucked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 45.6 FOUR! Too much air, too full, does not land the ball at all, Raval comes forward and eases it through mid on for a boundary! 139/1
  • 45.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 45.4 Tossed up outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 45.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 45.2 Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • 45.1 Full and on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for three runs.
  • 44.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. 132/1
  • 44.5 FOUR! This has been an exhibition of mixing caution with aggression to perfection from the young man. Roach opts to bowl a slower delivery on a fullish length outside off, Raval reads it correctly, leans forward and drives it elegantly through mid off for a boundary.
  • 44.4 On a length, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 44.3 FOUR! Calm and assured in approach. Genuine half volley outside off, Raval crouches and places it towards backward point. The fielder from short third man runs to his left and puts in a dive but the ball goes past him and races to the fence.
  • 44.2 Roach goes wider of the crease and bowls a tight length on off. Jeet has it covered and defends it down the track.
  • 44.1 Back of a length ball on off, Raval camps back and defends it in a compact manner.
  • 43.6 Strides forward to the flighted delivery and blocks it with authority. 124/1
  • 43.5 FOUR! Elegance and class written all over that stroke! Williamson is so assured about his foot movement and controls the length to perfection. Spots that the delivery is looped up outside off. He strides forward confidently and creams it through covers. Away she whistles to the fence. That was delightful to watch.
  • 43.4 Eases this one confidently with the turn to deepish mid off. A run taken.
  • 43.3 Coming in with the arm, skidding after pitching. Raval rocks back but gets a little hurried. Manages to punch it out in the end.
  • 43.2 Tossed up around off, Raval lunges forward in defense.
  • 43.1 Loopy delivery outside off, played with soft hands past the cover region for an easy single.
  • Time for drinks. New Zealand continue to control the proceedings. Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson have been circumspect in approach after lunch and are putting up a good show of class and determination. The Windies bowlers have tried hard but to no success. They need a moment of inspiration to turn things around. Perhaps, they need to work on their body language and mindset which has been pretty bland so far.
  • 42.6 Hangs back to the back of the length delivery and blocks it right under his eyes. 118/1
  • 42.6 No ball! Shannon Gabriel's love affair with overstepping continues. He has again missed his mark by a long way. He is tiring now. Around the pads, tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 42.5 On a driving length outside off, Williamson is not the one to fall prey to a false shot. He plants his front foot across and makes a good leave.
  • 42.4 Similar delivery, caressed through covers for a brace.
  • 42.3 Fullish delivery around off, Kane strides forward and defends it confidently.
  • 42.3 No ball! Gabriel oversteps for the first time in the game. Always expected this to be coming. Puts in that extra yard on that delivery and hits the deck hard. It shoots off the track and Williamson ducks under it. Well, the replays show that Gabriel's front foot has gone ahead of the popping crease by a country mile.
  • 42.2 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Williamson drives it to deepish mid off. Watches his foot movement after he played that shot.
  • 42.1 Short of a length delivery outside off, Williamson plays it with an angled blade to gully.
  • 41.6 Chase drags his length back. Kane makes good use of the depth of the crease and buries it into the track. 113/1
  • 41.5 Loopy delivery, Williamson comes forward and stonewalls it.
  • 41.4 Prods forward with confidence and defends it with the spin to short leg.
  • 41.3 Fullish delivery, placed to mid on.
  • 41.2 Turning in sharply from a short length outside off, Williamson adjusts in his crease and blocks it besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 41.1 Slow through the air around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 40.6 Fullish delivery outside off, Raval leans forward and pushes it to covers. 112/1
  • 40.5 Stays well-balanced and clips it nicely to mid-wicket.
  • 40.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 40.3 A stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down. Full length delivery around leg stump, swinging in. Raval tries to flick it across but seems to have got a thick inside edge on his pads. A casual query from the Windies is turned down by the umpire. The replays confirm there was a fat edge.
  • 40.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, played with soft hands towards gully. The slip fielder moves to his left and slides to stop it.
  • 40.1 Straying down the leg side, helped to fine leg for a single.
  • 39.6 A fraction short in length, cut away with the spin to the man at point. 111/1
  • 39.5 Fullish delivery on middle, knocked to deepish mid on for an easy run.
  • 39.4 Sits deep in the crease and places it behind point for a single.
  • 39.3 Prods forward to defend this one but gets it off the outer half towards point.
  • 39.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.1 Outside off, spinning away. Raval lets it go.
  • A bit of delay. A short leg is coming in place. He gets his pads on. The Kiwi players have also been halting play at times to have drinks. It shouldn't be done on a regular basis. Just doesn't reflect well upon a side. Meanwhile, Roston Chase to roll his arm over now.
  • 38.6 Another bouncer, Williamson ducks under it. 109/1
  • 38.5 Short delivery in line of the stumps, Williamson shows good technique and sits under the bumper.
  • 38.4 Full length delivery, sliding down the leg side. Williamson gets a little off-balanced and misses his flick. Did that brush the pad in its way to the keeper? The replays confirm so.
  • 38.3 Fuller in length outside off, the Kiwi skipper lets it through.
  • 38.2 Short of a length delivery outside off, shaping in. Williamson makes good use of the depth of the crease and blocks it right under his eyes.
  • 38.1 Well played. Full delivery around off, Raval just times it past the bowler and towards mid off. The fielder is standing deep and hence, a run results.
  • 37.6 Good length ball on off, Kane again shuffles and taps it to covers. Shouts wait on to his partner. 108/1
  • 37.5 Fuller in length, Kane strokes it to covers.
  • 37.4 Defense at its best. On a length around off, Williamson shuffles a touch and defends it with a straight bat. Offered the sticker's name for all to see.
  • 37.4 No ball! That's the first one of the game, it is Cummins who has overstepped. Good length delivery around the leg stump, Raval hops and places it to fine leg to collect a run.
  • 37.3 Similar delivery, same shot, same result.
  • 37.2 On a length in line of the stumps, tucked from within the crease to mid-wicket.
  • 37.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 36.6 Full delivery on middle, eased off the front foot to mid on. 105/1
  • 36.5 FOUR! Didn't try to hit it too hard, just caressed it with timing. Full length ball outside off, Raval strides forward and strokes it through covers to find the ropes.
  • 36.4 Where was Raval going? Misjudgement from him. He drives this past the outstretched left arm of Gabriel and takes off for a run. The mid on fielder is alert to it and gets across to his right quickly. The opener is rightly sent back by his skipper.
  • 36.3 Good length delivery well outside off, left alone.
  • 36.2 Fullish delivery, angling in from around the wicket. Raval comes forward and taps it to mid off.
  • 36.1 100 up for New Zealand! Good going for the home side. Length delivery around the hips, Raval hops and tucks it in front of square leg for a brace.
  • Shannon Gabriel to bowl again.
  • 35.6 Another sharp short delivery around off, Williamson ducks under it in a jiffy. 99/1
  • 35.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.4 Well-directed bouncer on leg stump, Raval goes for a half-hearted pull. Miscues it but gets it over the short leg fielder and towards deep square leg. Reifer moves to his left and does the mopping up. A single taken.
  • 35.3 In the zone outside off, Raval makes a third leave in a row. He has been really disciplined today. Has seen off the deliveries in the probing channel and has made the bowlers work hard.
  • 35.2 Back of a length delivery, hits the deck and seams away a long way. Jeet has nothing to do with it.
  • 35.1 On a driving length, swinging away. Raval resists the temptation to go for the drive and lets it go through safely.
  • 34.6 Good shot but for no runs. Back of a length delivery around off, Williamson sits on the back foot and punches it sweetly to mid off. The temptation was there to go for the pull shot but opted to play it straight. 98/1
  • 34.5 Going away with the angle, Williamson points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 34.4 Back of a length delivery on off, defended compactly from within the crease.
  • 34.3 This one is wide outside off and Kane doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 34.2 Full length delivery, close to the off stump. Williamson puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 34.1 This is good stuff from the debutant. Back of a length delivery angling across Williamson. Doesn't rise as much as the batsman expects. Kane goes for a hard slash but misses.
  • 33.6 Around the hips, tucked around the corner for a run. 98/1
  • 33.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 33.4 Nicely done. Fuller in length on leg stump, Kane clips it with good balance past short leg. A brace added.
  • 33.3 Good length delivery, angling in substantially. Williamson is early into his tuck shot and hence, gets a soft leading edge which rolls down the track.
  • 33.2 Overpitched outside off, driven elegantly to the extra cover region to rotate strike.
  • 33.1 Swinging away from around off, Raval plants his front foot across and leaves it alone.
  • Miguel Cummins returns for a bowl. He has been the most impressive of bowlers so far. Can he provide another breakthrough?
  • 32.6 Pretty harmless delivery outside off, left alone for the keeper to collect. Two consecutive maidens. 94/1
  • 32.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 32.4 On a length on off, Kane has the line covered and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 32.3 Leans forward to the fullish delivery and taps it with an open bat face to point.
  • 32.2 In the channel outside off, the Kiwi skipper remains circumspect in approach.
  • 32.1 Full length delivery well outside off, Williamson allows it through.
  • 31.6 Wide outside off, not making the batsman play enough. Left alone with ease. 94/1
  • 31.5 Good length delivery, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 31.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 31.3 Stays back to the good length delivery and taps it to gully.
  • 31.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 31.1 Wide outside off, Jeet lets it go.
  • 30.6 Tight run! On a length outside off, dabbed towards covers. Raval calls for the run and his partner responds. There is a shy at the bowler's end which misses but Raval is safe anyway. 94/1
  • 30.5 FOUR! 6th Test fifty for Jeet Raval! Well played, young man. The sparse crowd acknowledges his effort, he has played a determined knock so far. Back of a length delivery and room on offer, Raval guides it deftly through the vacant short third man region. The fielder from backward point gives it a chase, loses balance near the ropes, tries to stop the ball but fails to do so. Ends up tumbling down near the advertisement board.
  • 30.4 Another one outside off, Jeet doesn't feel for it.
  • Scott Styris makes a good point on air. The edges aren't really flying to the slip cordon. Most of the times, the keeper determines where the slip fielders should stand. Sometimes the keepers like to stand a bit deep but you need to make those adjustments to create more chances.
  • 30.3 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 30.2 Full delivery on middle, played with soft hands to mid on.
  • 30.1 In the zone outside off, swinging away. Raval lets it go.
  • 29.6 Around leg stump, tucked towards short fine leg. 89/1
  • 29.5 Nervy! Length delivery in the zone of apprehension, straightens a bit after landing. Williamson pokes at it and gets an outside edge but the ball falls well short of Brathwaite at second slip. The edges haven't carried as the batsmen have played them with soft hands. Perhaps the slip fielders should come in close.
  • 29.4 A bit tentative is Kane Williamson! Roach goes wider of the crease and angles it in from a good length. Williamson tries to tuck it to the leg side but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 29.3 Hangs back to the good length delivery and blocks it solidly.
  • 29.2 Back of a length delivery, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 29.1 Good fielding! Well-directed bouncer on middle and leg, Raval pulls it in a controlled manner through square leg. Raymon Reifer sprints to his left, picks it up with his left hand and returns an accurate throw to the keeper. He stopped the couple due to his quickness across the turf. A run taken.
  • Kemar Roach to steam in from the other end.
  • 28.6 Well bowled and equally well played! Good length delivery in the off stump channel, Williamson knows where his off stump is and watches the ball zip through to the keeper. 88/1
  • 28.5 Fractionally overpitched around off, Williamson is looking in good touch as he drives it to Roach at deepish mid off.
  • 28.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, Williamson has it covered and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 28.3 Full length delivery outside off, placed with the angle to the man at covers.
  • 28.2 On a length around off, Williamson comes forward confidently and taps it to point.
  • 28.1 Starts off with a half volley on off, Raval drives it crisply towards mid on. Roach sprints to his left and dives to make a partial stop. A run taken.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. The need of the hour for the Windies is wickets. Not sure how they will get them but they need to devise a way to do so. Kane Williamson and Jeet Raval to continue their innings. Raymon Reifer to continue his spell. Two slips in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • Miguel Cummins has been the standout bowler. He has bowled in probing channels and induced false strokes. Latham was looking jittery against him and he caught him wanting with a short delivery. That was the only reward for the visitors. The Kiwi skipper has come in and looked fluent while Raval has been solid as a rock at the other end. With not much assistance from the conditions, a tough day awaits the tourists unless they get their act together. Join us in a while for the second session.
  • A morning which has completely belonged to the home side. The stand-in skipper, Kraigg Brathwaite opted to field first on a greenish wicket but his bowlers haven't been up to the mark. Agreed that there wasn't much movement on offer but you need to make the batsmen play with the brand new ball. Tom Latham and Jeet Raval got off to a positive start due to some poor bowling especially from Gabriel. He bowled too many boundary balls and was rightly dealt with. Roach also bowled wide lines and didn't create much opportunities.
  • 27.6 Fullish delivery on off, Raval strides forward to push it through covers but gets it off the inner half to square leg. A run taken. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 1! 87/1
  • 27.5 Full delivery in line of the stumps, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 27.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 27.3 Coming in with the angle, tucked around the corner for an easy single.
  • 27.2 Full delivery wide outside off, Kane doesn't flirt with it.
  • 27.1 Brilliant effort from Roston Chase! Such an effort can lift the morale of the entire side which is lacking confidence at the moment. Back of a length delivery, sits up nicely for Williamson. He stays well-balanced and punches it nicely to the cover region. Chase dives full length to his left to save a certain boundary. His effort is lauded by his teammates.
  • 26.6 Length delivery outside off, pushed with soft hands to point. 85/1
  • 26.5 Angling away from Raval who doesn't flay at it.
  • 26.4 Good length delivery around off, defended off the back foot besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 26.3 Great technique displayed by Raval! For all the youngsters following the game, this is the way you should defend. Full length delivery around off, Raval strides forward and defends it with a high elbow. His head position was on the spot, right towards the ball.
  • 26.2 Length delivery on off, Raval hangs back and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 26.1 Good stop! Overpitched delivery on middle, Raval drives it sweetly towards Reifer who is quick to react and stops it.
  • 25.6 Well outside off, the Kiwi skippers lets it be. 85/1
  • 25.5 Full length ball, shaping in. Kane puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 25.4 Edged but safe! Roach goes wider of the crease and angles it on a length around off. Williamson plants his front foot towards the line of the delivery and feels for it. Gets an outside edge that flies towards the slip cordon but falls well short of the fielders.
  • An extra man at covers now, three in total.
  • 25.3 Fuller in length well outside off, driven with an open bat face past point to rotate strike.
  • 25.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 25.1 Good length ball outside off, Raval makes an assured leave.
  • Kemar Roach returns for a burst.
  • 24.6 Outside off, ignored by the Kiwi skipper. 84/1
  • 24.5 A bit of confusion in the running! Back of a length delivery around off, Williamson punches it firmly towards covers. He takes off but hesitates a bit before eventually continuing. The fielder from the same region hares after it and keeps it down to a brace. The replays show that the fielder was lazy in getting across in the first instance. Poor fielding from the Windies.
  • 24.4 A tad fuller, on a drivable length. Kane doesn't fall for the bait and remains circumspect in approach.
  • 24.3 Similar delivery, left alone.
  • 24.2 Shaping away, Kane shoulders his arms to it.
  • 24.1 On a length around off, slanting further away. Williamson plants his front foot across and makes a good leave.
  • 23.6 Full delivery once again, eased down the ground for an easy run. Gabriel continues to be expensive, 9 from that over. 82/1
  • 23.5 FOUR! Gabriel is searching for some swing but there is none on offer. Low full toss around off, Williamson strokes it past the non-striker to pick up another boundary.
  • 23.4 Very full outside off, Kane digs it out.
  • 23.3 Full delivery around off, driven to mid off.
  • 23.2 FOUR! The change in field doesn't bring a change in fortune. If you keep bowling such bad deliveries, you will be hit around the park. Overpitched around off, Williamson puts a confident stride forward and creams it past Gabriel. It speeds past mid off and races to the fence.
  • Gabriel's front foot slipped while he delivered the previous ball. The sawdust is being adjusted on the popping crease. Meanwhile, another gully comes in place. Two gullies now.
  • 23.1 Fractionally overpitched outside off, driven sweetly to covers.
  • Shannon Gabriel is back on. He will be operating from the other end. Will it help him bowl better?
  • 22.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single. 73/1
  • 22.5 FOUR! Easy pickings! Low full toss outside off, Williamson leans into it and strokes it past the diving fielder at extra cover for a boundary.
  • 22.4 Full delivery attacking the stumps, Williamson comes forward and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 22.3 Angling away, dabbed with an open face to short third man.
  • 22.2 Full length ball on off, driven crisply to mid off.
  • 22.1 Nicely bowled! On a length on off stump, continuing with the angle. Williamson is unsure about it and feels for it but gets beaten. Just shows the importance of putting the ball in the right areas.
  • 21.6 Dug in short, Raval ducks under it and evades it easily. 68/1
  • 21.5 Short of a length delivery, punched off the back foot towards covers for an easy run.
  • 21.4 Hangs back and plays it with an angled blade to short third man.
  • 21.3 That's a peach! Good length ball in the zone of apprehension, shapes away just a bit after hitting the deck. Good enough to beat the tentative poke from Williamson.
  • 21.2 Good length delivery outside off, tapped with the angle to point.
  • 21.1 Williamson is off the mark! Fullish delivery, angling in. Williamson clips it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 20.6 Another one outside off and it is left alone. Maiden on debut for Reifer but he needs to bowl better lines and lengths. 65/1
  • 20.5 Length delivery outside off, swinging away. Raval lets it through.
  • 20.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 20.3 Bowls it way outside off, Raval is no mood to flirt with that one.
  • 20.2 In the corridor of uncertainty, Jeet doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 20.1 Not the ideal delivery to kickstart your international career! Nerves on display. Bowls it wide outside off on a length, Raval lets it go.
  • Kane Williamson comes out to bat. The skipper was a bit lazy in the first game. He will look to come back into his elements. Meanwhile, Raymon Reifer comes into the attack. Can the debutant impress in his first international outing?
  • 19.6 OUT! The short ball gets the wicket eventually! Cummins gives the breakthrough. Finally some respite for the Windies after a lackluster first hour. Cummins steams in and hits the deck hard around leg stump and generates good bounce off the track. Latham is a bit tucked up but still goes through with the hook shot. Seems like he ends up getting some glove on it. Dowrich moves to his right and takes a regulation catch. The visitors roar in appeal but the umpire does not raise his finger. However, he does so after a while but that is probably because the batsman starts to walk. The Hot Spot confirms that it came off the glove. The opener has had his issues with the short ball and falls prey to it. The steady 65-run stand comes to an end. 65/1
  • 19.5 Fullish in length, blocked watchfully.
  • 19.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Nicely controllled! Short ball around leg stump, Latham gets on top of the bounce and pulls it with authority behind square on the leg side. No protection in the deep and the ball races to the fence.
  • 19.2 Angling in, played to mid-wicket.
  • 19.1 Full length delivery in line of the stumps, driven crisply to mid on.
  • 18.6 Comes forward to the tossed up delivery and blocks it. 61/0
  • 18.5 FOUR! Almost a caught and bowled off a poor delivery! Low full toss on off, Raval drives it to the right side of Chase. The bowler is a little late to react, hangs his right hand out but the ball goes past him in a flash and rolls to the fence.
  • 18.4 Loopy delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 18.3 Prods forward and taps it with the spin to point.
  • 18.2 Camps back to the shorter delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Nice use of the feet. Raval is growing in confidence. Tossed up ball around off, Raval skips down the track and chips it over mid off to find the fence.
  • 17.6 Almost chops it back! Short of a length ball, around off. Latham pushes at it with hard hands but gets a thick inside edge towards the pitch on the leg side. A testing over from Cummins comes to an end. 53/0
  • 17.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 17.4 Latham has looked a bit jittery in this over. Cummins runs in and hits the deck hard. Extracts good bounce as well. Latham is caught in a tangle, looks to fend it away but gets an inside edge near his stomach area.
  • 17.3 Short of a length in that off stump zone, Tom hangs back and answers it with a straight bat this time.
  • 17.2 This is better from Cummins. Keeps it straight and makes the batsman play. Back of a length on off, moving in after pitching. Latham hangs back and fends it off tentatively.
  • 17.1 Cummins runs in from over the wicket and bowls it in the channel around off. Latham hangs deep in the crease and lets it sail through in the gloves of the keeper.
  • 16.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 53/0
  • 16.5 Coming in with the arm, kept out watchfully.
  • 16.4 Uppish but safe! A bit of drift on that one, around the leg stump. Raval kneels for the sweep but gets a top edge. The ball balloons over the keeper and falls safely near the vacant short fine leg region. Two runs taken.
  • 16.3 Loopy ball on middle, Raval strides forward and blocks it stoutly.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short outside off, Raval waits for it and dabs it through the short third man region. The fielder from backward point gives it a hard chase but only comes second best. With that, the 50-run stand is up between the duo. It has been a walk in the park for them so far.
  • 16.1 Slow through the air, Jeet prods forward in defense.
  • 15.6 Third leave in a row. Back of a length delivery, seaming away after hitting the deck. Latham doesn't fiddle with it. 47/0
  • 15.5 Good length delivery, slanting across Latham. He points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 15.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 15.3 Close shave! Just short of first slip. On a length around off, slanting away after pitching. Latham pokes at it but gets an outside edge. Shane Dowrich doesn't go for a dive as it is quite far away from him. Kieran Powell at first slip lines it up but it falls about half a meter short of him. He played that with soft hands and hence, it didn't carry. Hard to blame the keeper for not going for it.
  • 15.2 On a length around off, Tom eases it off the front foot to covers.
  • 15.1 Fuller in length around off, Latham strides forward and strokes it nicely to mid off.
  • 14.6 Slow turn on that occasion. Floated outside off, spinning away. Raval plants his front foot across and lets it through safely. 47/0
  • 14.5 Chase drags his length back and bowls it around off, Raval hangs back and defends it solidly to covers.
  • 14.4 Erring on the leg stump line, the batsman drives it crisply to the fielder at mid on.
  • 14.3 Similar delivery, Raval puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 14.2 Slow through the air on off, Jeet lunges forward in defense.
  • 14.1 Starts off with a fullish delivery on off, Raval pushes it off the front foot to mid on.
  • DRINKS BREAK. No rocket science. It has been the hour for the Kiwis. Not much seam movement, not much swing movement, not much good bowling, not much good fielding. A buffet on the cards. Feast yourself. Seems like Brathwaite has misread the pitch.
  • 13.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 47/0
  • 13.5 Full and outside off, Jeet drives it through the covers where skipper Brathwaite dives but is unable to stop the ball. Almost as a punishment, the cherry stops near the boundary. Poor Brathwaite, with no one near him, has to himself go running to fetch the ball, all the way to the boundary. Three runs taken.
  • 13.4 Gets tighter in line and defends.
  • 13.3 FOUR! Not quite in control. A length ball outside off, Raval plays away from his body and the ball flies off the outside edge behind point and races to the fence.
  • 13.2 DROPPED? Tough chance any which ways. The ploy nearly works. Banged in short, around leg, Latham looks to pull but is unable to control the shot. He is unable to control the bounce as well and miscues it towards the leg side. Shimron Hetmyer at leg gully reacts well but is too close for the catch. The ball hits his fingers and goes through to backward square leg. A single taken. Tough to call that a chance.
  • 13.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 12.6 Outside off, left alone. 39/0
  • 12.5 FOUR! Excuse me? Asks Raval. Forget what happened on the previous ball. Let us live in the present. He gets beaten on the last delivery but is pretty much focussed on this one. Sees the length short and picks it up in a trice. Off he swivels on the back foot and plays a Nataraja pull shot through mid-wicket. Raval moves to 21 with his 4th boundary.
  • 12.4 EDGED! But short. The first false shot which produces an edge. Roach keeps his length as full, then makes it to move away. Jeet is a bit late in playing that and gets an outside edge. However, he plays that with soft hands and hence, the ball does not carry to third slip.
  • 12.3 Full again, slightly tempting to be driven but Jeet is not falling for it. Just lets it go.
  • 12.2 Full again, holding its line outside off, watchfully let through again.
  • 12.1 Full and outside off, left alone watchfully.
  • Raval has exhibited good technique to play the fast bowlers. It is hard to criticize such a confident player but in terms of the modern age, he needs to develop the habit of rotating the strike. There are plenty of gaps available on the field and apart from that first single which he took ages ago, Jeet hasn't looked interested in running. He is either defending or dealing in boundaries.
  • 11.6 A short ball, around middle and off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single. 35/0
  • 11.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 11.4 A bouncer but well over his head, Raval ducks.
  • 11.3 On a good length around leg, Raval gets on top of the bounce and defends the ball back to the bowler.
  • 11.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 11.1 A length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 10.6 Oh dear. That is miles outside off, Tom has nothing to do with it. Surprisingly, it is not wided. 34/0
  • 10.5 Full and around off, Latham waits for the ball to come to him and then dabs it towards the slip cordon.
  • 10.4 Yawn. Same thing again and again. Nice to be consistent but he needs to make the batsman play.
  • 10.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 10.2 Goes wider outside off, let through again.
  • 10.1 Landed outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • Change of ends for KEMAR ROACH.
  • 9.6 One more leave outside off to end the over. 34/0
  • 9.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 9.5 WIDE. A bouncer, too high, outside leg, Raval ducks and it is wided.
  • A leg gully comes in now. Expect some short stuff.
  • 9.4 A length ball and pretty straight, watchfully defended.
  • 9.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 9.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 9.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • MIGUEL CUMMINS comes in as the first change of the morning.
  • 8.6 On the pads, clipped straight to short mid-wicket. 33/0
  • 8.5 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 8.4 FOUR! AWESOME! Sixth boundary of the morning. Full and around off, Latham comes forward and drives it exquisitely down the ground. There is no mid off but even if there was one, he was going to come second.
  • 8.3 A nice yorker, but it is outside off. Could have been left alone but Latham decides to play and digs it out towards cover.
  • 8.2 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 8.1 A length ball outside off, allowed to go through.
  • 7.6 One more leave outside off to end the over. 29/0
  • 7.5 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 7.4 FOUR! That is not a bad ball but what a good shot. A short ball, around middle, generates nice bounce but Raval comfortably sits on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket. Again, stressing that it was not that bad a ball but Raval made it look pretty easy.
  • 7.3 Good length ball, around off, Jeet pushes at it tentatively and gets it off the outer half to gully.
  • 7.2 Outside off, angling further away, let through.
  • 7.1 A length ball around off, Raval trusts the bounce and lets it through.
  • 6.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. First maiden for Gabriel. 25/0
  • 6.5 Fuller, flicked straight to mid-wicket again.
  • 6.4 On middle and off, watchfully defended towards short mid-wicket.
  • 6.3 Similar ball to the previous one, left alone again.
  • 6.2 Outside off, gets it to come back in but is too far to be played, Latham lets it go.
  • 6.1 On a good length around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 5.6 Nice finish to the over. A genuine play and a miss. Roach lands this on a length around middle, Jeet plays for it but then the ball moves away late to beat the outside edge. 25/0
  • 5.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 5.4 Outside off, nice carry, left alone.
  • 5.3 Pushes hard at this one and gets it off the inner half of the bat through square leg for a couple.
  • 5.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • Short leg comes in play now.
  • 5.1 A short ball outside leg, Raval arches away from the line and allows the cherry to hit his left shoulder. The ball balloons towards the slip cordon.
  • 4.6 Outside off, played straight to point. 23/0
  • 4.5 Good single. Waits for the ball to come to him and then taps it in front of cover. Calls for a single, the response is good and the fielder is a bit slow to respond.
  • 4.4 Very full, almost gets it through, but Raval manages to bring his bat down in time to flick the ball towards square leg.
  • 4.3 Gets it fuller and in line of the stumps, Raval pushes it towards short mid on.
  • 4.2 Wider outside off, angling in, Raval watches it go past.
  • 4.1 A length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 3.6 Comes back in off the deck, TL is caught unawares and is hit on the pads. A maiden again from Roach but apart from that one ball in this over, not the greatest of maidens. 22/0
  • 3.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 3.4 Finally a good ball from Roach. He lands this in the right area, closer to the batsman and the stumps, makes Tom play and then gets the ball to move away past the outside edge.
  • 3.3 Goes wider of the crease and angles this away from the batsman, Latham is more than happy to let it go.
  • 3.2 Fuller and in line of the stumps, watchfully defended.
  • 3.1 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 2.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 22/0
  • 2.5 Down the leg side again, clipped through mid-wicket. The ball does not have enough on it to reach the fence and three runs are taken.
  • 2.4 Now this is on the pads and Tom clips it past mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Uppish, but safe! The boundaries are flowing here. Full and outside off, Latham comes forward and drives it uppishly. However, it is just wide of the fielder and goes through to the long off fence!
  • 2.2 FOUR! Nice way to get off the mark! A length ball, outside off, Latham just punches it past mid off and gets a boundary.
  • 2.1 OOPSS! Finally West Indies get one right in the bowling channel. Gabriel keeps this between full and good but importantly it is in the line of the stumps. Raval is not sure whether to play or leave and has a nervous poke. As a result, the ball takes the inside edge and just goes past the leg stump towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 1.6 Another wide ball outside off, let through. A maiden for Roach but not that great an over. 8/0
  • 1.5 One more leave outside off, too wide to be played at. Both the new-ball bowlers are wasting the cherry.
  • 1.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 1.3 Full and wide outside off, let through.
  • 1.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 1.1 A length ball outside off, left alone.
  • KEMAR ROACH to share the new ball with Gabriel.
  • 0.6 FOUR! And this time on the leg side! Full on middle, Raval covers the line nicely for the inswing and pushes the ball past the bowler. Short mid on thinks he has a chance but cannot get there! Fantastic start for New Zealand. West Indies need to get the new ball in the right areas else, this will go away from them in the blink of an eye. 8/0
  • 0.5 Full again, this time closer to the off stump, Jeet trusts the movement and lets it go.
  • 0.4 FOUR! AMAZING! That will give Raval a lot of confidence. Half volley outside off, slightly wide, Raval comes forward and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 0.3 Full on middle, very straight, swinging in, pushed towards mid on.
  • And some delay straightaway. Gabriel is not happy with the way he landed after bowling the previous delivery. Sawdust is being sprinkled near the landing area. Scott Styris on air informs that there was some rain overnight and hence the pitch has become a bit soft. All in readiness now.
  • 0.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 0.1 Full and around off, Raval comes forward and pushes it towards cover.
  • The anthems are done and dusted and the players walk out to the middle. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham are the openers for the Kiwis. Shannon Gabriel to bowl with the new ball first up. Raval to face, with three slips in place. Here we go!
  • Time for the national anthems. As is the tradition, the visiting side's will be played first.
  • TEAM CHANGES - No changes in the paper after announcing the XI by New Zealand. It stays that Tim Southee comes in place of Matt Henry. Windies, too, have made just the one change - RAYMON REIFER makes his international debut in place of the suspended Holder.
  • TOSS - Well, not a bad start for the new captain. Kraigg Brathwaite has won the toss and WINDIES WILL BOWL FIRST. There is plenty of movement expected and utilizing the new cherry first up will be the key.
  • New Zealand had ticked most of their boxes in the first Test. If any, Williamson falling cheaply would be their concern. But the youngsters doing well and Neil Wagner coming of age would have pleased them to no end. They are so confident that they have announced their playing XI even before the toss, with TIM SOUTHEE replacing Matt Henry. Windies will like to keep us waiting for their playing eleven.
  • They were blown away in Wellington with just a simmer of a fight. To add to their woes, skipper Jason Holder has been suspended for this game. Will new captain Kraigg Brathwaite be able to instill any confidence in his group? The Kiwis, on the other hand are full of confidence. Newly become father, Tim Southee has added strength to their already strong arsenal. Another butchering on the cards? Perhaps. Hello and a warm welcome to the second of the 2-match Test series between New Zealand and Windies in Hamilton.
  • Boult and Southee got it right from the first ball this morning and have not wasted much time. If we carefully observe, when the Black Caps do come out to bat, it will be more or less the same time around which a day normally starts in New Zealand in a Test match. They will now look to bat for as long as possible and keep the Windies out of the game.
  • 6 runs in 2.5 overs. That is all the Windies have managed this morning for the loss of two wickets. Maybe, Reifer could have been more proactive in farming the strike but let us not forget, this is just his first Test match. But New Zealand will be pleased with their efforts.
  • 66.5 OUT! Bowled again! One ball. That is all that Gabriel lasts. This delivery is even better than the previous one. Fuller in length, pitched around off, Gabriel looks to defend but the ball swings in past his bat to peg the stumps back. Two in two for Boult and he will be on a hat-trick in the next innings. NEW ZEALAND GET A LEAD OF 152!
  • SHANNON GABRIEL is the last man in. Any heroics left for the Windies now? This could be over in a flash.
  • 66.4 OUT! Bowled! Boult produces a beauty to get his third. Cummins walks back shaking his head but not sure you can blame him. The ball is landed just outside off and Miguel thinks this will come in with the angle. He tries to cover the line with a back foot defense but the ball just swings away at the last moment to hit the off stump. Fine, fine delivery.
  • 66.3 Feels for this one outside off and gets beaten.
  • 66.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 66.1 FOUR! Edged away, but along the ground. Boult lands this on a length, outside off, Cummins looks to defend but gets squared up. He gets an outside edge but because he plays with soft hands, the ball goes down and then through the gap between the slips and gully to the third man fence.
  • 65.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 217/8
  • 65.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 65.4 The batsman works it down the leg side, towards short mid-wicket.
  • 65.3 Good length ball around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 65.2 A short ball around middle, Raymon feels for it but misses.
  • 65.1 A length ball down the leg side, tucked through square leg. The ball goes to the deep but Reifer refuses the single.
  • TIM SOUTHEE to bowl from the other end.
  • 64.6 One more leave to end the over. 217/8
  • 64.5 Landed outside off, left alone again.
  • 64.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 64.3 Down the leg side, fuller in length, flicked towards fine leg for a run.
  • 64.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 64.1 Good morning! No looseners from Boult. He comes running in, then bangs it in short, right at the face of the batsman. Cummins is in no position to play that and just tries to fend it. The ball drops down where short leg would have been but that spot is vacant.
  • The players are out in the middle!
  • How is the weather today? As of now, BRIGHT AND SUNNY. But there is some wet stuff predicted later in the day. Hopefully, we get a full day's play.
  • Rain had a say on Day 2 as considerable time was lost in the middle session. However, we made up for it as the final session lasted for 3 hours. Still, the remaining 7 overs would be planned to be covered up today, with 97 allotted.
  • A 61-run stand for the last wicket was the least expected by the Windies. Then, from 90/2, they slipped to 135/6 which handed the advantage to the hosts. A bit of a counter-attack has given the Windies some parity in this game. Can they add another 50 runs and take some time out of the match? Hello and a warm welcome to the third day of the second Test between New Zealand and Windies in Hamilton.
  • ... DAY 3, EXTENDED MORNING SESSION ...
  • The Kiwis will aim to knock off these remaining wickets quickly tomorrow and then bat long and hard. The forecast is not looking that great for Day 3 though. Hopefully, we get a full day's play. We take your leave. You can catch what is happening in another part of the world where Sri Lanka are trying to compete against India in the first ODI in the picturesque Dharamsala. Adios! Take Care!
  • Looking at the way the Windies were batting towards the fag end of the session, does not look like they are interested in batting for long. They might well come out swinging tomorrow as well and try and get some quick runs. They are 158 behind as of now and 40-50 quick runs might just give them some hope of coming back.
  • Both teams have followed a similar pattern - one man from the top occupying the crease while the others failing to convert their starts. However, the blitzkrieg from de Grandhomme and the flourish from Boult and Southee could be the difference between the two sides in the end. The wickets were equally shared, with all four bowlers taking 2 apiece.
  • In the context of the game, it has been New Zealand's day again. They started poorly losing two quick wickets but then the last wicket stand of 61 took them to 373. Then Windies came out swinging like there is no tomorrow, trying to negate the swing of the ball and found themselves in a mire before some luck took them to some sort of safety.
  • A good finish to the day for the visiting side. Yes, they are a long way behind, but at least, given that they were 135/6 at one stage, with skipper Brathwaite gone, they will take this. The Kiwis will be a bit frustrated as they toiled hard but without any luck.
  • 63.6 Landed outside off, Reifer keeps his bat well inside the line and starts walking at a brisk pace towards the dressing room. He is happy to go, so is Cummins. STUMPS ON DAY 2, WINDIES TRAIL BY 158! 215/8
  • 63.5 Back of a length outside off, defended from the crease again.
  • 63.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 63.3 A bouncer now, Reifer ducks.
  • 63.2 Outside off, Cummins feels for it but gets an outside edge behind point. A run taken. Not quite sure why. This should be the last over of the day and ideally Reifer should be off strike.
  • 63.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 62.6 A yorker on middle, dug out to the off side. 214/8
  • 62.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 62.4 Full on middle, driven towards deepish mid on but does not take the single.
  • What is going on? I am not asking this but the umpire is. All of a sudden, Reifer has taken his pads off and is stretching his legs. Not quite sure whether he is suffering from cramps or not. The umpire asks him to get a move on and eventually he gets up, with a big smile on his face.
  • 62.3 NOT OUT. A little bit of bizarre happenings. The ball is full, tailing in and Reifer misses his flick, falling over a bit. Boult appeals but the umpire stands his ground. Williamson has a chat with his bowler and makes a late decision to go for the review. Now, they first check for the Hot Spot and it shows a mark on the bat when the ball passes by. However, the third umpire overlooks it and asks for the Snickometer. Nothing on that when the ball passes the bat. So he is convinced and goes for the LBW. The ball is shown to be clipping leg stump, which means the umpire's call will stay. That actually seemed to be a bottom edge but at least for the batsman, he is not adjudged out.
  • A belated review for an LBW! Seemed to be going down the leg side to the naked eye though.
  • 62.2 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 62.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 61.6 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. 214/8
  • 61.5 Goes for another pull but misses this time.
  • 61.4 FOUR! London-looking, Tokyo-turning. A length ball, around off, cutting in, Cummins backs away, attempts to pull the ball through mid-wicket but toe-ends it past the bowler through mid on instead. A boundary results. The deficit is now 159 as the partnership moves to 10.
  • 61.3 Full and on the stumps, Miguel backs away and just about puts bat on ball as he pushes the ball to cover.
  • 61.2 FOUR! Good shot. Wagner shifts from a short length to a fuller one and Cummins' response is a lofted check-drive over mid on. Comfortably it goes over the fielder and meets the fence.
  • 61.1 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 60.6 Stays back in his crease and defends. 206/8
  • 60.6 WIDE. A delayed call. Boult bangs in a bouncer outside off and Raymon ducks. It seems as if that is the end of the over but then the square leg umpire makes a belated signal for a wide.
  • 60.5 On a good length, around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 60.4 Fuller on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 60.3 Outside off, quietly left alone.
  • 60.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
  • 60.1 A length ball outside off, Cummins feels for it as the cherry keeps coming in. Beats the outside edge.
  • 59.6 Another bouncer, this time, Raymon ducks. 204/8
  • 59.5 A short ball now, Reifer sways away.
  • 59.4 Full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • MIGUEL CUMMINS walks in at number 10, replacing Roach. This could be over in a jiffy.
  • 59.3 OUT! Caught! Wagner has his second. Roach's fun ends. Wagner keeps bowling it short and Roach keeps swinging hard. Eventually one has to go to hand. This one does. Roach ends up backing up a bit too much to the leg side which means he is far away from the ball. As a result, his bat swings more than he intends to and he sends a top edge down to third man where Trent Boult takes it. A decent 35-run stand comes to a close.
  • 59.2 Backs away again and swings hard but misses.
  • 59.1 FOUR! CRASH! Roach is in some mood here. Backs away to the leg side and slaps this shortish ball over extra cover and finds the boundary! The deficit is now 169.
  • 58.6 Wide outside off, left alone. 200/7
  • 58.5 That is a peach. Boult bowls this short of a length outside off, Reifer looks to defend but the ball jags back in off the seam and cuts him into two, going right between bat and pad! Goes just over the off stump as well.
  • 58.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 58.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 58.2 200 UP FOR WINDIES! That is some consolation for them. A half volley on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 58.1 On a good length around off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 57.6 TOP EDGE, SAFE! Raymon looks to pull yet another short delivery but it gets big on him. He miscues it, gets a top edge but luckily for him, does not carry to the man in the deep. A single taken. 198/7
  • 57.5 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 57.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 57.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 57.2 SIX! CRACK! Finally gets hold of a short delivery. It is pitched outside leg and Reifer pulls this with disdain, all the way over mid-wicket!
  • 57.1 On the pads, flicked away for a couple.
  • NEIL WAGNER is back on too... with a change of ends. We are into the last half an hour of this LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG DAY.
  • 56.6 A length ball, in line of the stumps, Roach backs away to the leg side but manages to put bat on ball as he defends it back to the bowler. 189/7
  • 56.5 Another short ball, Roach does well to keep it down.
  • 56.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. The stand is worth 20 now.
  • 56.3 Fuller this time, bashed to mid off.
  • 56.2 A short ball again, Reifer fends it down the track.
  • 56.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • TRENT BOULT to have a final burst for the day...
  • 55.6 Outside off, a play and a miss. 188/7
  • 55.5 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. One run added to the total.
  • 55.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 55.3 FOUR! Another player gets lucky because of the top edge. Reifer backs away, looking to pull but gets a top edge over the keeper's head to the fine leg fence.
  • 55.2 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 55.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 54.6 The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 183/7
  • 54.5 And again. Kemar backs away again and slashes hard, getting a top edge over the slip cordon. Two runs taken.
  • 54.4 The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side.
  • 54.3 FOUR! A length ball outside off, Roach backs away and slashes hard, getting a top edge over the slips to third man!
  • 54.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 54.1 Full and outside off, Roach comes down the track and blasts it straight to widish mid off.
  • 53.6 Periscope! Oh dear... Kemar O Kemar... A length ball outside off, Roach takes his eyes off the ball completely and ducks blindly. The ball just passes over his helmet as it is not all that short. He has completely misjudged the length. But there is more. Just like a periscope is used to see objects from a submarine, Roach's bat hangs in the air. The ball misses his helmet and hits the back of his willow instead. Lobs up in the air and goes towards square leg. Blundell runs after it but cannot get there! A single taken. 177/7
  • 53.5 Full and wide outside off, Kemar throws his bat at it but misses.
  • 53.4 EDGED, FOUR! Windies have officially avoided the follow-on. Not that the Kiwis would have enforced it but still, the visitors can be happy that they have taken it out of Williamson's hands. Full and wide outside off, Roach goes hard after it and gets a thick outside edge which flies past third slip to the third man fence.
  • 53.3 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 53.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 53.1 In the air... but wide. Full and wide outside off, Roach pushes at the ball away from his body and chips it aerially, wide of cover. Two runs taken.
  • 52.6 Bends his back, bowls a bouncer but again, it is pretty harmless as the line is outside off. Comfortably ducked under. 170/7
  • 52.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 52.4 Full and wide outside off, let through comfortably.
  • 52.3 A bouncer now, but a harmless one, Raymon allows it to sail over his head.
  • 52.2 This is closer to the stumps, making the batsman play and Reifer defends.
  • 52.1 Landed outside off, pretty wide, left alone.
  • 51.6 And again. This time the feet do move but still Kemar is beaten in his attempt to push the ball through the off side. 170/7
  • 51.5 Loose.... Full and wide outside off, Roach looks to drive without moving his feet and is beaten.
  • 51.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 51.3 Landed outside off, slightly held back a bit, Roach feels for it but is beaten.
  • 51.2 Outside off, this time he wants the single and gets off the strike with a simple push to cover.
  • 51.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 50.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 169/7
  • 50.5 A bouncer on middle, Roach ducks.
  • 50.4 Excellent fielding. Short and outside off, Roach crunches it through point but the fielder dives to his left and stops it one-handed.
  • 50.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 50.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 50.1 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Wagner had dismissed Dowrich in the first Test as well but this time he gets the breakthrough in a different fashion. He steams in and hits the deck hard extracting good bounce from the surface, getting the ball to angle away. Dowrich remains stranded in the crease but goes through with his pull shot. His head position is nowhere and as a result, he ends up top edging the pull. Wagner calls for the catch, runs to his right and takes it calmly. Good planning from the bowler. He kept on persisting with the short ball and eventually, got his man.
  • 49.6 Leaving the southpaw who doesn't fiddle with it. 169/6
  • 49.5 Waits on the back foot and stonewalls this one.
  • 49.4 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 49.3 Brilliant thinking from Southee. He gets this one to move away from a fuller length. Reifer plants his front foot across and allows it through.
  • 49.2 Another one that swings back into Reifer who stays composed and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 49.1 Full length ball on middle, swinging in. Reifer gets his bat down in time and manages to work it towards square leg.
  • Kane Williamson is back on the field.
  • 48.6 Good game awareness! Length delivery around off, Reifer lunges forward and pushes it off the inner half of bat towards mid on. Calls away for the single straightaway and gets good response from his partner. Completes it with ease. 169/6
  • 48.5 Reifer has been tested by a barrage of short deliveries but he shows good technique in ducking under it.
  • 48.4 Hangs back to the back of the length delivery and defends it solidly.
  • 48.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 48.2 Dug in short on off, Reifer sits underneath the short delivery.
  • 48.1 On a length and leaving the right-hander. He hangs back and plays it with an angled bat past point for a run.
  • Kane Williamson has left the field, informs Ian Bishop on air. Not sure what the reason is.
  • 47.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 167/6
  • 47.5 Beauty! Fullish in length on off, seams away after hitting the deck. Reifer prods forward to counter it but misses it completely.
  • 47.4 Outside off, Reifer remains circumspect in approach.
  • 47.3 Short delivery, Reifer ducks under it.
  • 47.2 Hangs back in the crease and blocks it to the leg side.
  • 47.1 A stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down! On a length around leg stump, Reifer tries to keep it out but seems to have got an inside edge onto his pads. The Kiwi players put in a polite inquiry but the umpire stays put. Replays actually show that there was no inside edge but it was high.
  • 46.6 Bye! Bouncer but this time it is down the leg side, Reifer ducks under it. Blundell moves to his right but fumbles. Concedes a run. 167/6
  • 46.5 Short and room on offer, Dowrich cuts it away towards deep point. The fielder near the ropes moves to his left and does well to keep it to a run.
  • 46.4 Hangs back to the back of the length delivery and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 46.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 46.2 Overpitched outside off, stroked through covers to rotate strike.
  • Deep point in place now.
  • 46.1 Fullish delivery well outside off, Reifer doesn't fiddle with it.
  • Neil Wagner is back on.
  • 45.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. 164/6
  • 45.5 Testing the wicket-keeper batsman with another snorter. Dug in short, shoots off the deck. Dowrich gets down in a jiffy and manages to evade it.
  • 45.4 FOUR! Dismissed from its presence! Back of a length delivery on off, sits up nicely for Dowrich. He stands tall and pulls it with command through mid-wicket for a rocketing boundary.
  • 45.3 In the corridor of uncertainty, shaping away after landing. Dowrich shuffles a bit and lets it sail through to the keeper.
  • 45.2 On a length outside off, Shane plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 45.1 Fishing at deliveries outside off. Dowrich pokes at one well outside off and gets foxed.
  • Tim Southee returns for another spell.
  • 44.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 160/6
  • 44.5 Slips this one down the leg side, left alone with ease.
  • 44.4 Sharp delivery! Well-directed bouncer on off, Reifer drops his wrists, aches back and makes a good leave.
  • 44.3 On a length outside off, Reifer looks to drive it initially but tries to bail out eventually. However, he gets it off the outer half besides the pitch on the off side.
  • 44.2 Good yorker on off, Raymon is up for it and jams it out safely.
  • 44.1 Straying on the pads, nudged through backward square leg for a run.
  • 43.6 Waits for this one and dabs it nicely to third man to collect a run. 159/6
  • 43.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 43.4 FOUR! Lucky runs! On a length on off, Dowrich is early into his clip shot and hence, gets a leading edge over the slip cordon. Picks up another boundary to his name.
  • 43.3 Pats this one back to the bowler.
  • 43.2 Leans forward to the fullish deivery and taps it to point.
  • 43.2 5 Wides! Bonus runs! Bouncer but it is way too short. Dowrich lets it go. Blundell leaps but the ball goes over him and rolls to the third man fence.
  • 43.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 42.6 Outside off, swinging away, Reifer lets it go. 149/6
  • 42.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 42.4 Swinging into Reifer who pats it down the track.
  • 42.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 42.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.1 Fuller in length, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 41.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 149/6
  • 41.5 FOUR! Another top class shot! Third boundary of the over. These shots are an example of the talent present but inconsistency is what troubles the batsmen. Fuller in length in line of the stumps, Dowrich eases it through mid on for a glorious boundary.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Pulled away with disdain! Short delivery, Dowrich pulls it with control through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 41.3 Bumper this time, Shane ducks under it.
  • 41.2 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and room on offer, Dowrich cut it through point for a boundary.
  • 41.1 Full length delivery, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 40.6 On a length outside off, left alone. 137/6
  • 40.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 40.4 In the zone outside off, swinging in. Reifer leaves it but it is too close for comfort. Just goes past the off stump.
  • 40.3 The batsman has played it to the point region. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 40.2 Fuller in length, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • The debutant, Raymon Reifer comes out to bat. He will be facing his first ball in international cricket.
  • 40.1 OUT! Take a bow, Tim Southee! What a gem of a catch. Brathwaite was flirting with danger in this innings and finally makes a way back to the pavilion. De Grandhomme bowls it on a fullish length around off, Brathwaite comes forward and pushes at it. He is not in control of his stroke and ends up chipping it towards Southee at short extra cover. He leaps and gets his hands to it but fails to hold on in the first attempt. The ball lobs behind but the pacer is aware of the situation. He turns around, dives and takes a stunning one-handed catch. His hand hits the ground but he does well to keep the ball in play. Big smiles on the faces of the hosts. They continue to dominate. The Windies still need 39 to avoid the follow-on.
  • 39.6 Dug in short, Dowrich goes for a pull but misses it completely. 135/5
  • 39.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • The commentators on air discuss a good point. All the New Zealand pace bowlers have different release points which poses a challenge for the batsmen. It is not easy for them to adjust and follow the same protocol. For example, Southee goes wider of the crease and angles it in. He also gets the ball to move away at times. As a batsman you are unsure how to go about things.
  • 39.4 Shortish delivery, Dowrich rises with the bounce and blocks it.
  • 39.3 Back of a length ball outside off, Brathwaite flashes at it but gets it off the outer half past gully. A run taken.
  • 39.2 Hangs back to the length delivery and blocks it.
  • 39.1 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 38.6 Good fielding! Half volley outside off, Dowrich drives it elegantly but Santner dives to his left and saves certain runs for his side. 134/5
  • 38.5 FOUR! On to that one in a flash! The length that was not short but Dowrich was assured of his foot movement and got into position quickly. Goes back and smashes it through mid-wicket to pick up another boundary.
  • 38.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 38.3 Length delivery outside off, holding its line. Shane points his bat skywards to make a good leave.
  • 38.2 Fullish in length and angling down the leg side, nudged to the leg side for a run.
  • 38.1 Full length ball on off, pushed crisply off the front foot to mid off.
  • 37.6 Well bowled! Boult comes around the wicket and bowls a good length ball around off, Dowrich is opened up in his stance as he squirts it off the outer half of the bat behind point. Santner hunts it down and saves a couple for his side. 129/5
  • 37.5 Hangs on the back foot and punches it firmly to point.
  • 37.4 On a nagging length outside off, Shane doesn't flirt with it.
  • 37.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Full delivery around off, Dowrich comes half forward and drives it through mid off to find the fence.
  • 37.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 37.1 Back of a length delivery around off, Dowrich makes good use of the depth of the crease and keeps it out.
  • Drinks break. New Zealand continue to control the proceedings. After the rain, the pitch has spiced up and the Kiwi bowlers have been right on the target. The mindset with which the visiting batsmen are playing is not a correct one. You need to put a heavy price on your wicket. Brathwaite has been the only silver lining for them so far. He needs to shepherd the lower order smartly if the tourists are to breathe life back into the contest.
  • 36.6 Pitched up outside off, driven crisply through covers for a run. 123/5
  • 36.5 Full ball on middle, clipped through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 36.4 Sits deep in the crease to the length delivery and works it to the leg side.
  • 36.3 Nipping in substantially, clipped nicely to mid-wicket.
  • 36.2 Full length ball on middle, played with soft hands to mid off.
  • Boult is clearing the mud from his shoes with a brush. Damp conditions are on offer.
  • 36.1 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 35.6 Shortish delivery, Shane rises with the bounce and does well to block it. 121/5
  • 35.5 This is terrific bowling from the left-armer. Well-directed bouncer around off, Dowrich sways away from the line of the delivery to evade it.
  • 35.4 Shuffles across to the good length delivery and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 35.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.2 Shaping away from the wicket-keeper as he allows it through.
  • 35.1 That's a brute of a delivery, absolutely brilliant! Back of a length delivery on middle and off, leaving Dowrich. He has no option but to play at it and gets beaten all ends up.
  • 34.6 Very full on middle, Brathwaite falls over a bit but manages to keep it out to mid-wicket. 121/5
  • 34.5 Length delivery outside off, Kraigg lets it go.
  • 34.4 FOUR! Well played! Fuller in length in line of the stumps, Brathwaite turns it through square leg to pick up another boundary.
  • 34.3 Third leave in a row.
  • 34.2 In the off stump channel, moving away. Brathwaite makes a good leave.
  • 34.1 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 33.6 In the channel outside off, left alone. 117/5
  • Shane Dowrich is the new man in.
  • 33.5 OUT! Oh no! Hit wicket is a horrible way to get dismissed. This has happened to him for the second time in his 2-match old Test career. Shortish delivery around the rib-cage area of Ambris. He hops and tucks it through square leg. As he takes off for a run, he realizes that he has stepped on the stumps. Boult also notices it and has a big smile on his face. Ambris is highly disappointed and trudges back. The downhill slope for the Windies continues.
  • 33.4 Oops.. almost fell over while helping it away! Shortish delivery on leg stump, Brathwaite moves inside the line and half pulls it towards fine leg. He loses balance in the process but manages to keep himself away from falling on the stumps. A single taken.
  • 33.3 Back of a length ball on off, Brathwaite camps back and punches it with authority to covers.
  • 33.2 Good length delivery in line of the stumps, Kraigg hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 33.1 Starts off with a length delivery around off, going away with the arm. Brathwaite sits deep in the crease and watches it through.
  • Trent Boult is back on. Three slips and a gully in place.
  • 32.6 Probing away in the corridor of uncertainty, Ambris remains circumspect in approach and lets it sail through to the keeper. 116/4
  • 32.5 Full and straight, patted to covers.
  • 32.4 Short delivery outside off, Sunil flays at it but finds the point fielder.
  • 32.3 Shuffles around in his crease and tucks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 32.2 Short and room on offer, placed behind point for an easy run.
  • 32.1 Pitched up on off, Brathwaite strides forward and eases it to covers.
  • 31.6 Very full outside off, some nibble in the air. Ambris jams it out down the track. 115/4
  • 31.5 Straying on the hips, nudged to fine leg for a single.
  • 31.4 Good length delivery in line of the stumps, dealt with from within the crease.
  • 31.3 Full length delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 31.2 Moves inside the line and tucks it through backward square leg to rotate strike.
  • 31.1 Hangs back to the back of the length delivery and defends it stoutly.
  • 30.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 113/4
  • 30.5 Length delivery outside off, Ambris lets it go.
  • Sunil Ambris comes out to the middle. He is playing his 2nd Test match. With the ball moving around, it will be a stern test for the youngster.
  • 30.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! He was getting over-ambitious and pays the price for it. De Grandhomme keeps it full and straight on off stump, doesn't get much movement in the air. Chase goes for a booming drive down the ground once again but this time his feet are nowhere. Ends up missing it completely to get his stumps shattered. Poor technique as his back foot got dragged outside while playing that shot. The hosts continue to chip away at the wickets. It looks all gloomy for the visitors as they are still adrift by 261 runs.
  • 30.3 In the zone outside off, Chase doesn't flirt with it.
  • The point fielder comes in closer.
  • 30.2 Slips this one down the leg side, Roston misses his flick.
  • 30.1 FOUR! Sheer elegance! Half volley around off, Chase strides forward and strokes it through mid off for an exquisite boundary. That will give him confidence.
  • 29.6 Southee opts to go full again, angles it into Brathwaite. He clips it to mid-wicket. 108/3
  • 29.5 The fourth bouncer of the over, Brathwaite sits underneath it.
  • 29.4 Full length delivery outside off, Kraigg drives it with the swing to covers.
  • 29.3 Double bluff from Southee. Deep square leg was brought in before this delivery. Goes for another bouncer around the leg stump, Brathwaite moves inside the line and tries to pull it but misses.
  • 29.2 Another short delivery, on the money this time. Kraigg arches his back, drops his wrists and allows it through.
  • 29.1 Dug in short on middle and leg, ducked under by Brathwaite.
  • 28.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 108/3
  • 28.5 FOUR! Streaky runs! Fullish delivery outside off, angling in. Chase prods forward and pushes at it but gets an outside edge through the gap between third slip and gully and the ball rolls to the fence.
  • 28.4 Chase almost throws his wicket away. A really reckless shot considering the situation they are in. Full delivery well outside off, swinging away. Chase goes for an expansive drive away from his body and the ball just goes past the outside edge of his hanging bat. There is a packed slip cordon waiting behind.
  • 28.3 Shaping in prodigiously from outside off, Chase knows where his off stump is and makes a good leave.
  • 28.2 Swinging in substantially, Brathwaite tucks it around the corner for an easy run.
  • 28.1 Fullish delivery outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 27.6 Fullish and straying on the pads, played with soft hands to wide mid on. 103/3
  • 27.5 Back to that off stump channel, seaming away. Chase plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 27.4 Full delivery on middle and leg, eased through mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • De Grandhomme is stationed at short cover-point. Brathwaite has been playing uppish strokes and hence, such a field placement.
  • 27.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 27.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 27.2 Wide! Another attempted short delivery but it wayward. Shoots off the deck as Brathwaite ducks under it. Blundell has to leap and makes a brilliant one-handed save.
  • 27.1 Well-directed bouncer in line of the stumps, Brathwaite sits under it.
  • 26.6 Make the batsman play de Grandhomme! Length delivery but it is wide outside off, Chase doesn't flirt with it. 101/3
  • 26.5 Outside off, swinging away, Roston lets it go.
  • 26.4 FOUR! Class written all over that! Fuller in length on middle and leg, Chase stays well-balanced and clips it beautifully through wide mid on to find the fence. He is off the mark as well.
  • 26.3 Loose shot! Brathwaite is playing an uncharacteristic innings. He is taking a lot of chances. He should take responsibility as a skipper and see through the tough phase. Fullish delivery outside off, driven uppishly through the cover region to rotate strike.
  • 26.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 26.1 On a length outside off, moving away. Kraigg shoulders his arms to it.
  • Colin De Grandhomme returns for a bowl.
  • 25.6 Southee opts to go short again, Chase is alert to it and makes a comfortable leave. 96/3
  • 25.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 25.4 Bring a short leg into play! The ball is moving around like a banana and you got to make the maximum use of the conditions. Well-directed short ball around the rib-cage area, Chase gets into a tangle as he fends it off. The ball lobs and falls in the vacant short leg region.
  • 25.3 Sharp short delivery on leg stump, Chase ducks under it in a jiffy.
  • 25.2 Another one outside off but Chase is again circumspect in approach.
  • 25.1 In the zone of apprehension, moving away after landing. Chase lets it go.
  • 24.6 Hangs back to the good length delivery and stonewalls it. 96/3
  • 24.5 Short outside off, punched off the back foot to point.
  • 24.4 Uppish but safe! Half volley outside off, Brathwaite drives it on the up. The fielder at short cover dives to his right but it goes past him a flash. A couple taken.
  • 24.3 Shortish delivery outside off, cut to the man at point.
  • 24.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 24.1 FOUR! 16th Test fifty for Kraigg Brathwaite! Half centuries in consecutive innings. He is leading by example. On a length in line of the stumps, Brathwaite shuffles a bit and times his clip to perfection. Gets it through square leg for a glorious boundary. Lifts his bat towards the dressing room and is lauded by his teammates.
  • 23.6 Fuller length ball, kept out watchfully. 90/3
  • 23.5 Full length ball on middle, tapped with soft hands to mid on.
  • Roston Chase strides out to bat.
  • 23.4 OUT! Southee is on song and picks up his second wicket! Good display of swing bowling and New Zealand get another important breakthrough. Tim goes wide of the crease and moves in a good length delivery from around off. The angle is such that it becomes uncomfortable for Hope and he pokes at it gingerly. Ends up getting a thick outside edge that flies towards Ross Taylor at first slip. He crouches and takes a good low catch. The batsman is told to wait as the umpires refer it upstairs to check whether Southee is cutting the side crease. He has been tantalizingly close to the side line but it is just about okay. The hosts are right on top.
  • 23.3 Back of a length and width on offer, Hope punches it to the cover region.
  • 23.2 Mistimed. Shortish ball well outside off, Hope tries to force it through covers but gets an inside edge towards the bowler.
  • 23.1 Full length ball in line of the stumps, nudged with soft hands to the man in front of square on the leg side.
  • 22.6 Edged but safe! Similar delivery but this time Brathwaite fishes at it. Gets an outside edge but that falls well short of the first slip fielder. 90/2
  • 22.5 Full length ball outside off, moving away with the angle. Kraigg shuffles across and makes an assured leave.
  • 22.4 Short and room on offer, cut away through covers. The fielder gives it a chase and keeps it down to a brace.
  • 22.3 Hangs back to the length delivery and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 22.2 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, tailing in. Hope comes forward gingerly and defends it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 22.1 That was close! Good length delivery around off, tailing in. Hope points his bat skywards and makes a brave leave. That was not far from the off pole.
  • Neil Wagner to bowl from the other end.
  • 21.6 Similar delivery, driven crisply off the front foot to the same region. 87/2
  • 21.5 Fractionally overpitched around off, driven crisply to mid off. The replays show that Southee was close to cutting the side crease. He did it earlier as well. Needs to be careful.
  • 21.4 Short and room on offer, Kraigg pounces on it but finds the man at point.
  • 21.3 That's beautifully bowled! There is swing on offer with the grey clouds looming overhead and who better than Southee to exploit the conditions. Bowls it on a driveable length outside off, gets it to move away substantially. Brathwaite thinks of driving it but leaves it eventually.
  • 21.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 21.1 Fuller length ball outside off, swinging away. Brathwaite lets it go.
  • We are ready to get rolling again. The conditions are still overcast but let's hope the rain stays away. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope to continue their innings. Tim Southee to continue his spell. Here we go...
  • 1605 local time - Good news folks! The rain has stopped and the ground staff has done a great job of drying the field up. Play will resume in 15 minutes and can continue till 1930 local time. 45 overs are still left to be bowled in the day. Let's hope we get in the allotted overs. Be with us...
  • 1540 LOCAL - It is nearly time for Tea but we are nowhere close to resumption. Rain continues its merry dance at Seddon Park. No option other than waiting...
  • Brathwaite will be the key for the visiting side. He is going along smoothly, just 5 short of a half century while Shai Hope looks comfortable at the crease too. The Kiwis have been guilty of either bowling it too full or banging it in very short. The bowling coach might have a word with them in the dressing room now. Meanwhile, MORE COVERS are coming on. Seems like we are in for a lengthy delay. Please stay tuned for updates...
  • Might not be a bad break for the Kiwis. They would be looking to introspect into what has happened in this period after Lunch. The Windies have scored 63 runs in just 12 overs for the loss of Hetmyer, that too, courtesy a ripper of a catch from Boult. The worrying thing for New Zealand would be that 52 of those 63 have been through boundaries - 10 fours and 2 sixes. The Windies have pounced on anything loose and they have got some luck going their way as well, with the edges not carrying to hand.
  • 1434 LOCAL - The drizzle seems to have gotten heavier and the players are going off the park. Do not seem to be in any hurry, so may be, it is not that heavy to be worried about. Might just be a passing shower. Only one cover as of now, with the pitch being protected.
  • 20.6 A bouncer now, SH ducks. 87/2
  • 20.5 Landed outside off, Shai flashes but misses.
  • One more man goes back now. Three men are in the deep on the leg side, roughly 40 metres apart from one another.
  • 20.4 SIX! CLOUT! Well, if Wagner was not angry thus far, he is angry now. He is being given a tour of Seddon Park. He continues to bowl short and Hope pounces on it. Is quickly onto the back foot and pulls it in front of square on the leg side for a maximum! The deficit is now 286, the stand moves to 41 from 43 balls while Hope moves into double figures.
  • 20.3 That is so inconvenient. A length ball around leg, KB thinks he can pull but the ball stays low. However, he adjusts well and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 20.2 Interesting fielding position. Kraigg uses the pace of the bowler and tucks it behind square on the leg side but a fielder has been placed exactly at that position.
  • 20.1 A short ball around off, Brathwaite rises with the bounce and keeps it down. Blundell yells from behind, 'GOOD HEIGHT, WAGS!'
  • 19.6 One more leave outside off to end the over. 80/2
  • 19.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 19.4 The batsman has played it fine down the leg side for a single.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is now pulled out of third slip and put into the cover position.
  • 19.3 Full and outside off, Brathwaite gets it wide of mid on but Jeet Raval quickly gets across to his right and dives to prevent any runs.
  • 19.2 Angles this into the right-hander, Brathwaite gets across and tucks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.1 A length ball to start, around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • TIM SOUTHEE is back on.
  • 18.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 79/2
  • 18.5 Another back foot defense.
  • 18.4 Goes back in his crease and blocks.
  • 18.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Oh dear... it has started to drizzle now. Not quite heavy as yet.
  • 18.2 FOUR! What a powerful yet beautiful shot. Normally you don't use synonyms and antonyms in the same sentence but this shot is such that I am forced to use it. Wagner bowls it short and Hope is straightaway on the swivel to pull. He transfers his weight so beautifully from the front foot to the back one that it is very aesthetic to watch. Then, when the bat comes down, the Caribbean muscle comes into play and the ball just whistles to the square leg boundary. The stand is worth 33 from just 29 balls.
  • 18.1 A good length ball around off, watchfully defended.
  • 17.6 Another back foot defense to end the over. 75/2
  • 17.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 17.4 EDGED, DOES NOT CARRY, FOUR! More frustration for Trent Boult. He gets the outside edge again as Brathwaite plays away from his body but the ball does not quite carry to Tim Southee at third slip. What is more, it slips beneath his right hand to the third man fence as he dives. Brathwaite moves to 43 from just 50 balls! The deficit comes under 300 now.
  • 17.3 Short and wide outside off, Kraigg slashes hard but misses. Blundell behind makes a mess of a relatively simple take.
  • 17.2 Full and outside off, Brathwaite attempts to play a cover drive but gets it off the inner half of the bat back down the ground. Boult dives to his left and parries it past the stumps towards mid off.
  • 17.1 A length ball around off, punched back to the bowler.
  • 16.6 Again, that extra bounce is causing concerns. Also, Wagner is bowling pretty quickly too. Hope looks to work this through mid on but the ball comes on quicker than his anticipation and he mistimes it to short mid-wicket. Nearly chips it to him. 71/2
  • 16.5 Generates extra bounce off a length, Shai hops and pushes it towards point.
  • 16.4 Hops across and tucks it behind square leg for a single.
  • 16.3 A length ball outside off, Kraigg shoulders arms and it goes at a nice height to Blundell behind.
  • Now Wagner is not happy with the ball. He complains about its shape to Oxenford who immediately gets the 8-shaped gauge out. Eventually, he is convinced that the cherry needs to be changed and out comes the fourth umpire with a box of balls.
  • 16.2 FOUR MORE! Fifth boundary in the last 13 balls - 4 fours and a six. Wagner over-corrects his length, bowls this too full outside off and Brathwaite seems to be expecting it. Leans and chips it past the bowler through mid off for a boundary.
  • 16.1 FOUR! One more to the boundary list. Too much width from Wagner outside off, short in length as well, Brathwaite gets on top of the bounce and crunches it through cover-point. The ball meets the ropes to take the partnership to 20 from just 16 balls.
  • 15.6 Outside off, left alone. 62/2
  • 15.5 A bouncer around off, Shai ducks.
  • 15.4 FOUR! Another boundary. Runs are coming thick and fast for the Windies. This is the 9th four of the innings, to go with 2 sixes, which means 48 of the 62 runs have come in boundaries. Banged in short, Hope gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg and gets a boundary. Fine way to get off the mark.
  • 15.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 15.2 A wider ball outside off, Shai initially wants to have a go at it but then pulls out of the shot.
  • 15.1 Full and outside off, swinging away, Hope takes his bat away from the line.
  • 14.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 58/2
  • Henry Nicholls under the lid now at short leg. Two men out for the hook shot as well.
  • 14.5 SIX! Beaten for pace. A short ball outside off, Brathwaite tries to play the pull shot, keeps his eyes on the ball and then attempts to roll his wrists over that but is hurried into the shot. As a result, gets a top edge which sails over fine leg! The stand moves to 12 now. The deficit is 315. Brathwaite moves to 30 now.
  • 14.4 Back of a length now, defended back to the bowler. Seemed like he was intending to go through the covers but mistimed it.
  • 14.3 Goes even shorter this time, testing Kraigg with a bouncer, the response is a duck.
  • 14.2 FOUR! Too loose a ball, short and wide outside off, Brathwaite punches it through the covers and gets a boundary. 50 UP FOR THE WINDIES.
  • 14.1 A length ball to start, pitched outside off and then angling away. Brathwaite gets across and then works it through square leg for a couple. Moves to 20.
  • NEIL WAGNER is eventually given the ball.
  • 13.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 46/2
  • 13.5 A length ball around off, extra bounce, defended back to the bowler.
  • 13.4 A length ball to greet the newcomer, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • SHAI HOPE walks in at number 4, replacing Hetmyer.
  • 13.3 OUT! Ripper of a catch! We saw Shai Hope fly to his left this morning and now Trent Boult performs the act in this session. That ends Hetmyer's quickfire innings. Full and straight, Hetmyer pushes it uppishly down the ground, almost clearing Boult but the left-arm fast bowler just throws himself to his left, as if he is performing an act in a circus and takes it comfortably! Or rather, makes it look comfortable. That is a terrific take. End of a promising stand. It seemed like Hetmyer's counter-attack was putting New Zealand off but it has been cut short. Back to square 1 now. The deficit is 327.
  • 13.2 A bouncer is slipped in, outside off, Hetmyer sways and then ducks.
  • 13.1 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 12.6 A length ball outside off, Brathwaite gets across and defends. 46/1
  • 12.5 Another short ball, pulled ferociously through square leg but there is a man in the deep. Just a single.
  • 12.4 FOUR! Back-to-back! This time the length is too short, outside off, Hetmyer punches it through that cover-point region again for boundaries in succession! The deficit is now 328 and the stand is worth 40 now.
  • 12.3 FOUR! CLUNK! Full and wide outside off, Hetmyer is not going to spare that. Reaches out and crashes it through cover-point for a boundary. Moves to 23 from 37 balls.
  • 12.2 A length ball now, outside off, let through again.
  • 12.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 11.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 37/1
  • 11.5 Outside off, angling away, a fish and a miss.
  • 11.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 11.3 EDGED, FOUR! Latham has not picked it at all. Boult creates a chance, getting the ball to angle away off the seam from outside off and forces Brathwaite to play at that. The batsman could have left it alone but chooses to go after that, aiming to punch it through the off side and gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies straight to Tom Latham at second slip but he initially moves to his right and is clearly surprised to see the ball coming in the other direction. He misses it completely and the ball goes through to the third man fence. The stand moves to 32 and the deficit is now 336.
  • 11.2 Santner at it again. Full and wide outside off, Hetmyer reaches out and drives it through the covers. Santner gives it a good chase from cover and gets to the ball, sliding near the boundary to pull it back in. It is checked upstairs for the cleanliness of the save and sure enough, Mitchell has done well. Three runs taken.
  • 11.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. Boult will not be too displeased with that. The ball was swinging. He will hope one takes the edge.
  • Boult seems to be unhappy with the ball. He shows it to umpire Oxenford who puts it through the 8-shaped gauge but since it passes through one ring and not through the other, the ball is not changed.
  • 10.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 30/1
  • 10.5 A length ball around off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 10.4 Landed outside off, a bit fuller, left alone.
  • 10.3 Short and wide outside off, Hetmyer is in the mood to attack and crashes this through cover-point. Mitchell Santner covers good ground to his right and stops the ball nicely with a slide. That was travelling. Just a single.
  • 10.2 Full again, this is driven on the bounce over the leaping bowler towards mid on.
  • 10.1 Full and outside off, inviting to drive, driven straight to mid off.
  • First bowling change in this innings. COLIN DE GRANDHOMME into the attack. Ahead of Neil Wagner. Understandably because the ball is swinging and Colin is more of a swing bowler as compared to Wagner who likes to hit the deck more.
  • 9.6 A length ball around off, Brathwaite gets across and defends. 29/1
  • 9.5 Flicks it away for a single.
  • Leg slip coming into play now. More of a leg gully rather...
  • 9.4 Another bouncer, SH ducks.
  • 9.3 A short ball around middle, Shimron sways away.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Some swag! Hetmyer is off and running in this session. A length ball, in line of the stumps, Hetmyer just swings it over mid-wicket and gets a boundary! The stand moves to 23.
  • 9.1 A ball down the leg side to start, left alone.
  • The Kiwis, meanwhile, seem to be more than eager to take the field. They enter even before the umpires can come out and eventually, one of the players apologize for the hurry. Now, all the players take the field. It will be Trent Boult vs Shimron Hetmyer first up...
  • Welcome back for the afternoon session. It has gone darker than what it was 40 minutes before and a huge swarm of dark clouds is enveloping the ground. There is a bit of rain forecast for today and tomorrow. Hopefully, the rain will hold off.
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...
  • Already it seems like the Kiwis are swinging the ball more as compared to their counterparts. West Indies will need to be patient, to try and see off this new-ball pair. The Black Caps will be searching for more wickets post Lunch. Join us back at 1340 LOCAL (0040 GMT) for the action to resume.
  • New Zealand's session, by and large. First, they added 87 runs in 15.2 overs for the loss of 3 wickets, with the last-wicket stand adding 61 in 49 balls. Then, Southee struck in his very first over to remove Powell for a duck, putting the Windies in more misery. Only 9 overs have been bowled but majority of those have been consistently questions which have been answered, but not in the most convincing fashion.
  • 8.6 A terrific ball to end the session. A fine inswinger, outside off, Brathwaite looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball nearly lobs to the slip cordon, landing just short. LUNCH ON DAY 2! 24/1
  • 8.5 Wide ball outside off, let through.
  • 8.4 Gets across his stumps and defends this solidly.
  • 8.3 Outside off, left alone this time.
  • 8.2 Fuller again, Brathwaite comes forward and blocks nicely.
  • 8.1 Full and down the leg side, clipped through square leg for a couple. The deficit is now 349.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Brute power. Half volley outside off, Hetmyer clobbers it past the tumbling bowler to the long off fence. Quickly moves into double figures in the space of 4 balls. 22/1
  • 7.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 7.4 He is going after everything. Pitched slightly full, Shimron throws his bat at it and mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 7.3 SIX! Off the mark, courtesy a top edge! A good short ball, right at the batsman, Hetmyer instinctively goes for the hook but is not in control at all. Gets a top edge which sails high in the air but is long enough too, clearing the fine leg fence. Off the mark on the 21st ball.
  • 7.2 Goes right back in his crease and blocks.
  • 7.1 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 6.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 11/1
  • 6.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 6.4 Another one on middle, Kraigg tucks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 6.3 Full again, pushed straight to cover.
  • 6.2 Around off and outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 6.1 FOUR! That breaks the shackles a little bit. Southee bowls this full and on middle stump, Brathwaite plays kind of all around it but manages to flick it to the fine leg fence. Trent Boult hares to his right but comes second, despite a despairing dive.
  • 5.6 Full and straight, driven back to the bowler. 6/1
  • 5.5 Another play and a miss.
  • 5.4 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • 5.3 Full and outside off, SH drives it powerfully down the ground but Boult throws himself to his right to stoop that. New Zealand have been terrific on the field, stifling the Windies.
  • 5.2 Down the leg side, a rare scoring opportunity, Hetmyer cannot connect with his flick.
  • 5.1 A short ball, around the hips, tucked off the hips through backward square leg for a single. First run off the bat since the third ball of this innings.
  • 4.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 5/1
  • 4.5 Full and outside off, right there in the slot and Hetmyer pummels it down the ground. But Trent Boult quickly gets to his left from mid off to stop the ball.
  • 4.4 A short ball outside off, SH thinks this is a scoring opportunity and tries to pull but misses.
  • 4.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 4.2 Banana swing! Southee is making the ball dance. Pitches this outside off, then makes it swing back in. Hetmyer is squared up and gets an outside edge as he tries to defend. Somehow, that does not go to hand and dies in front of gully.
  • 4.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 3.6 A sharp bouncer, Brathwaite has to get out of the way in a hurry. 5/1
  • 3.5 Beaten! This one goes away from the right-hander, KB feels for it only to get beaten.
  • 3.4 Down the leg side, Kraigg misses his tuck, getting hit on the pads.
  • 3.3 Full and outside off, angling away, Brathwaite gets across and shoulders arms.
  • 3.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.1 Outside off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 2.6 Outside off, left alone. 5/1
  • 2.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 2.4 A short ball now, SH looks to pull but misses.
  • 2.3 Around off, swinging in, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 2.2 Loose from Shimron, as he looks to play a wafty drive without moving his feet and is beaten.
  • 2.1 A short ball wide down the leg side, Hetmyer lets it go. The ball moves further down after pitching and Tom Blundell has to dive to his right to stop that.
  • 1.6 Full and outside off, Brathwaite is squared up and gets an outside edge which does not carry to gully. 5/1
  • 1.5 Full and around off, KB pushes it back to the bowler who collects it in his followthrough and has a shy at the striker's end. Brathwaite has to rush into his crease. New Zealand are up for this here. They can sense wickets before the break.
  • 1.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 1.3 Action replay of the previous delivery. This time the crowd is smart enough to understand not to shout.
  • 1.2 A length ball down the leg side, Kraigg tucks it off the hips straight to short leg. The crowd gets excited, thinking it is a catch but no bat involved.
  • 1.1 A bouncer, on middle and off, Brathwaite sways away.
  • SHIMRON HETMYER walks in at number 3, replacing Powell. Still 29 minutes more to Lunch. TRENT BOULT to share the new-ball attack meanwhile...
  • 0.6 OUT! Caught behind! Southee strikes in his very first over. When it is swinging, Southee is singing and you have no backing away in the bull ring. Beautiful bowling. Pitched up to the batsman, outside off, Powell thinks it is there for the drive and attempts a feeble shot. But the ball swings in late, takes the inside edge and Blundell has a catch to his name. A duck for Powell then. What was beginning to become a good morning for New Zealand has become a great one. 5/1
  • 0.5 The batsman has done well to keep that yorker at bay.
  • 0.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 0.3 Better from Kraigg. Gets to the pitch of the ball and pushes it wide of cover for a single.
  • 0.2 FOUR! All at sea. Southee immediately corrects his mistake on the previous delivery and gets this right in the line of the stumps. Brathwaite gets across to cover the swing but is still squared up by the late away movement. The ball goes off the outside edge, but all along the ground, past third slip and to the third man fence.
  • 0.1 Full but wide outside off, a little bit of outswing, left alone.
  • So, a little over two days to go and 188 overs to be bowled, the task for the visitors is clear. They need to be firm and resolute in their approach, something they have failed to prove in the tour so far. If they go for their shots in conducive conditions for pace bowling, they will be going downhill pretty soon. The on-air commentators inform that there are chances of rain around on Day 4 and Day 5. So, it is a game of patience now. New Zealand are favourites to take the series 2-0. Let's find out what happens.
  • Miguel Cummins was the pick of the bowlers and he bowled his heart out on a track that has juiced up. Got rewarded with three wickets as well. Shannon Gabriel was also brilliant with the ball and took two wickets but the issue of no balls haunted him once again.
  • After conceding a lead of 152, the Windies picked up two quick wickets but a timely counter-punch from the hosts kept them ahead of the 8-ball. Williamson scored a free-flowing fifty to give good company to Taylor and the latter was ably allied by the lower order as well.
  • Kane Williamson decides that 443 on the board is enough and SIGNALS FOR THE DECLARATION. A brilliant batting effort from Ross Taylor has powered the hosts to a dominant total. He was not shy to play his shots and went on to score his 17th Test century equaling Kane Williamson and Martin Crowe.
  • 77.4 Shorter in length, Taylor hangs back and stonewalls it.
  • 77.3 Tossed up delivery, Taylor lunges forward in defense.
  • Simon Doull on air informs that there might be a declaration around the corner.
  • 77.2 Uses his feet and blocks this one.
  • 77.1 Southee hangs deep in the crease and turns it towards backward square leg.
  • 76.6 Another short delivery, Rosco sits underneath it. 290/8
  • 76.5 Well-directed bouncer on off, ducked under comfortably.
  • 76.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
  • 76.3 Very full, tailing in towards the boots. Southee tries to jam it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 76.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Cummins goes short this time. Southee is up for it and pulls it with authority in front of square leg and the ball whistles away to the fence. Southee is one of the best strikers of the cricket ball lower down the order says Simon Doull on air.
  • 76.1 FOUR! Shouts of catch it but a boundary results! Full length ball, swinging into Southee. He clips it uppishly over mid-wicket and the ball races to the ropes.
  • Cummins stops in his delivery stride. Probably lost his rhythm on this occasion.
  • 75.6 Leans forward to the loopy delivery on middle and works it to short mid-wicket. 281/8
  • 75.5 Down the leg side, left alone.
  • 75.4 FOUR! Well played! On a fullish length outside off, no real turn on offer. Taylor puts his front foot towards the line of the ball and caresses it through the vacant point region for a boundary.
  • 75.3 Slow through the air, Taylor prods forward in defense.
  • 75.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 75.1 Down the leg side, Ross tries to help it with the spin but misses.
  • 74.6 Full on leg stump, clipped to the leg side for a single. 277/8
  • Gabriel is back on the field.
  • 74.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 74.4 Just short of the keeper! Back of a length ball around off, Taylor goes for a pull but gets a bottom edge that just drops in front of he crouching Dowrich.
  • 74.3 Back of a length delivery around off, Taylor shuffles across and opts to take it on the body. The ball rolls towards square leg. Rosco has a wide grin on his face.
  • 74.2 Sits up nicely for Southee who hammers it to deep mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 74.1 A stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down. Cummins goes wider of the crease and angles in a full length delivery. Southee looks to play it across but is pinged on the pads. A shout follows but the umpire stays put. Replays show that it was going down leg.
  • 73.6 Spinning down the leg side, Taylor pads it away. The ball goes past the keeper and rolls to the fence behind. Dead ball signaled by the umpire as no shot was offered to that. 275/8
  • 73.5 Around the pads, Taylor looks to clip it away but gets hit on the pads.
  • 73.4 Fullish on middle, turned with the spin to square leg.
  • 73.3 Leans forward and taps it to cover-point for a swift single.
  • 73.2 On middle and leg, spinning down. Tim aims to whip it through but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 73.1 On a flatter trajectory, Southee hangs back and defends it solidly.
  • Trent Boult is padded up. Seems like New Zealand are going to bat on.
  • 72.6 Full length ball attacking the stumps, kept out watchfully. 274/8
  • 72.5 On a length on middle, pushed past the bowler towards mid on.
  • 72.4 Slower delivery, actually really slow for a pace bowler at 102.1 clicks. Southee pats it past the diving Reifer and scurries across to the other end.
  • 72.3 FOUR! Heaved away! Fullish delivery on off, Southee clears his front leg and drags it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 72.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 72.1 Short and room on offer, cut away to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 71.6 FOUR! Shot! Outside off and spinning in, Southee hangs back and cuts it against the spin through point to find the fence. New Zealand lead by 420 now. 268/8
  • 71.5 Fullish delivery, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 71.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 71.3 Drifting away with the arm, Southee shapes for the cut but gets beaten.
  • 71.2 Waits for this one to turn into him and nudges it to mid-wicket.
  • 71.1 Slow through the air on middle and leg, Southee tries to play it across but gets a soft leading edge down the track.
  • 70.6 Back of a length ball on leg stump, pushed off the back foot to mid on. 264/8
  • 70.5 Full length delivery on middle, patted back to the bowler.
  • 70.4 The batsman has played the square drive. One run added to the total.
  • 70.3 Short delivery on middle and leg, bludgeoned to deep square leg to rotate strike.
  • 70.2 Hangs back to the good length delivery and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 70.2 No ball. Full delivery outside off, driven crisply to covers. Alas, a West Indian bowler has overstepped again.
  • 70.1 FOUR! 17th Test century for Ross Taylor! He equals Kane Williamson and Martin Crowe's record. Well played Rosco. Fractionally overpitched around off, Taylor drives it elegantly through mid off to find the fence. Lifts his bat towards the dressing room and sinks in all the applause. Is the declaration coming soon?
  • Birthday boy, Tim Southee, walks out to bat now. He will be aiming to make this day memorable when he gets the ball in his hand later on...
  • DRINKS BREAK. Nothing much left in this innings apart from Taylor's century. He has played fluently and will look to get it as soon as possible. One thing which will interest the Kiwis is the length Gabriel has been bowling. His wickets have come from a length and a certain Neil Wagner will be keenly observing that spot. 22 overs left in the day. How many does Williamson plan to give the Windies?
  • 69.6 OUT! Straight to the man! Short and outside off, Wagner gives this the kitchen sink but finds the man at point. Shai Hope takes it just above the ground. Wagner walks back a bit disappointed. New Zealand are effectively 409/8 but that does not matter. All eyes are on whether Taylor can get to a century. 257/8
  • 69.5 Full again, watchfully kept out.
  • 69.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 69.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 69.2 Outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 69.1 Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single to move to 96.
  • 68.6 On middle, pushed towards mid on. 256/7
  • 68.5 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 68.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 68.3 On the pads, flicked towards short mid-wicket. Taylor goes for the quick single and the fielder has a shy at the bowler's end. Hits the stumps and there is an appeal for a run out but Tucker shakes his head. Taylor was comfortably in.
  • 68.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 68.1 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • RAYMON REIFER is given the ball now. Cummins was a bit unhappy in that last over and was seen struggling.
  • 67.6 Outside off, pushed towards cover. 253/7
  • 67.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 67.4 Full and outside off, pushed towards short extra cover.
  • 67.3 Slower through the air, full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 67.2 Outside off, a bit of flight, pushed past cover for a single. Wagner comes back for the second but is sent back.
  • 67.1 Full and on the pads, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 66.6 Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a couple. 252/7
  • 66.5 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • 66.4 A bouncer now, Taylor ducks.
  • 66.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 66.2 A length ball, on middle, Rosco looks to work it to the leg side but misses. The ball pops off his pads and lands near where short leg would have been. Was there an inside edge? Not sure.
  • 66.1 FOUR! But a bit streaky. Banged in short, outside off, Taylor goes for the pull but miscues it. The ball goes off the top edge but it is well wide of Roston Chase running to his left at the mid-wicket fence. Into the 90s goes Taylor. THE LEAD CROSSES 400.
  • 65.6 Outside off, left alone. 245/7
  • 65.5 Full and outside off, well blocked out.
  • 65.4 Outside off, pushed through to mid off for a single.
  • 65.3 Full on middle, pushed straight to the bowler.
  • 65.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 65.1 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 64.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 244/7
  • 64.5 FOUR! Good shot. Not a bad ball, banged in short and angling away from the body, Wagner gets on top of the bounce and punches it past point for a boundary. Flashes his teeth as he walks towards Taylor. That sign always comes on every bowler's face when he gets a boundary.
  • 64.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 64.3 A bouncer now, on middle, Neil ducks.
  • 64.2 Fuller, driven straight to mid off.
  • 64.1 A good length ball on middle, defended watchfully.
  • Simon Doull on air informs us that he has just been informed that Kemar Roach has a back problem. So, in all likelihood, he may not bowl now. MIGUEL CUMMINS is back on.
  • 63.6 Gets off the mark with a nudge through the leg side for a single. 240/7
  • 63.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 63.4 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 63.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Shannon Gabriel is walking off the field. Looks like he is done for the day and for the match as well.
  • 63.2 Outside off, pushed through mid off for a single.
  • 63.1 Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 62.6 A length ball on middle, Wagner looks to play straight but is comprehensively beaten as he plays inside the line. 238/7
  • 62.5 Short and outside off, Rosco flashes hard and gets a thick outside edge. Lands in front of Shai Hope who is not able to stop it cleanly. A single taken. The lead is now worth 390.
  • 62.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.3 Full and outside off, pushed straight to mid off.
  • 62.2 Very full, almost sneaks beneath the bat, Taylor jams it out towards mid on.
  • 62.1 On a length around off, solidly defended.
  • 61.6 Full and straight, well kept out. 237/7
  • 61.5 On middle, gently tapped to the leg side.
  • 61.4 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 61.3 Outside off, Wagner gets a good stride forward and then lets it go.
  • 61.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 61.1 Full and outside off, Taylor pushes at this away from his body and gets a thick outside edge to third man. Takes a single. 16 more runs... the Windies will be hoping.
  • 60.6 Defends this solidly. 236/7
  • 60.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 60.5 NO BALL NUMBER 15 in the match for Gabriel. A bouncer, down the leg side. Wagner ducks.
  • 60.4 A length ball on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • NEIL WAGNER is in at number 9, replacing Blundell.
  • 60.3 OUT! Edged and taken! Gabriel gets his second. He has bowled his heart out in this spell. Bends his back, lands it exactly on that spot which is causing problems to the batsmen - the length. The ball moves off the seam and it is actually a tentative poke from Blundell. Perhaps he wanted to leave that but had already committed too far. As a result, ended up giving catching practice to Kieran Powell at first slip. NEW ZEALAND EFFECTIVELY 387/7.
  • 60.2 Short and outside off, cut away for a single.
  • 60.1 Down the leg side, Taylor misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 59.6 FOUR OVERTHROWS! Looks like a bunch of Santas is on the field. Windies at their generous best. Taylor flicks it towards fine leg and jogs across for an easy single. The fielder picks the ball and returns a wild throw to the keeper who misses it. One plus four equals 5. The stand is worth 22 from 21 balls now. Taylor moves to 82. Can't help but feel that the Windies want Taylor to get to his 100 quickly and then declare. 234/6
  • 59.5 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 59.4 FOUR! More bad bowling, short and down the leg side, Taylor rocks back and pulls it past short fine leg and gets another boundary. The lead moves to 381.
  • 59.3 Pushes this past the bowler and eventually gets off the mark with a single.
  • 59.2 Good bowling, full on middle, chipped uppishly back to the bowler. Nearly carried.
  • 59.1 Tossed up on middle, Blundell comes down the track and flicks it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 58.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 224/6
  • 58.5 Now he troubles Taylor. The ball pitching on a length seems to be causing the trouble. Neither full nor short. It is jagging off the seam and making life difficult for the ones who have the willow. Taylor looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 58.4 One more ball jagging back in but it is down the leg side. Blundell cannot get it away but manages to get off strike as the ball deflects off his pads to the leg side. A leg bye signalled.
  • 58.4 Fuller, but outside off, Tom shoulders arms. And... it is NO BALL NUMBER 7 for Gabriel.
  • 58.3 How did that miss the stumps? Gabriel bowls a peach, pitching this on a length and then making it dart back off the seam, cutting Blundell into half and just making the ball go over the stumps!
  • 58.2 Clips it through the leg side and takes a single.
  • 58.1 FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Taylor throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge, just past gully to the third man fence. Moves to 72 and the lead is now 373.
  • 57.6 Action replay of the previous delivery. 217/6
  • 57.5 Full and on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 57.4 Closer to the stumps, pushed through point for a single.
  • 57.3 FOUR! Another gift. Short and down the leg side. Taylor pulls it past short fine leg and gets a boundary. Rank bad delivery.
  • 57.2 Full again, on the pads once more, flicked straight to short fine leg.
  • 57.1 Full and down the leg side, Taylor misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 56.6 Driven through the covers by the batsman. A committed effort by the fielder to save runs for his team. 212/6
  • 56.5 On middle and off, watchfully defended.
  • TOM BLUNDELL is the new man in, at number 8, replacing de Grandhomme.
  • 56.4 OUT! Decision reversed but what happened there? Umpire Ian Gould gave his decision as not out initially, then changed it to out! Poor Rod Tucker looks confused. Bizarre. Probably the first good ball of the session. Gabriel lands this on a length and gets it to jag back in. De Grandhomme is caught in his crease as he looks to defend but he is hit high on the pads, that too, with his feet up in the air. Gabriel appeals but umpire Tucker says no. Brathwaite has a chat with his bowler and then signals for the review. Now here is where the goof-up happens. Umpire Ian Gould checks the Snickometer time and again and he feels there is an inside edge. Or does he? First, he is not sure. Then, he reckons that the batsman has hit it. So, he asks Tucker to stay with the decision. NOT OUT is the signal. Then suddenly, he checks for the Hawk Eye and that shows the ball to be hitting the stumps! Now, because Hawk Eye is showing that, Gould asks Tucker to reverse his decision! So de Grandhomme has to walk back. Now, if this is the right decision made, was the right protocol followed? First, the third umpire is not sure whether the batsman has hit it. Then he says, there is an inside edge. If you feel there is an inside edge why go for the Hawk Eye? Anyways, de Grandhomme has to walk back and Gabriel has his first wicket of the innings. New Zealand are effectively 364/6.
  • Howzzat? De Grandhomme is pinged on the pads and Gabriel appeals but umpire Tucker shakes his head. Gabriel wants it reviewed and Kraigg Brathwaite agrees. Height seems to be an issue.
  • 56.3 FOUR! Free flow of runs now. A half volley, totally misdirected, on the pads and de Grandhomme just gives it direction towards the fine leg fence. The 50-run stand is up in just 68 balls. De Grandhomme moves to 22 from 30 balls.
  • 56.2 Flicks this straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 56.1 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. The lead is now worth 360.
  • 55.6 FOUR! Freebie for de Grandhomme. Short and wide outside off, Colin just steers it behind point and beats the man rushing to his left. 207/5
  • 55.5 Comes down the track and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 55.4 Full and in line of the sticks, watchfully kept out.
  • 55.3 Works this straight to short mid-wicket again.
  • 55.2 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 55.1 Full and outside off, de Grandhomme pushes this back to the bowler who deflects it to extra cover instead. What should have been a dot becomes a single.
  • ROSTON CHASE to bowl from the other end.
  • 54.6 Full and outside off, pushed towards the bowler. 201/5
  • 54.5 Full on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 54.5 FIVE NO BALLS! Absolute gift. Santa Gabriel is back in town. First he oversteps which is must in every spell of his. 6th no ball in his 11th over. Then, he bowls a bouncer which is way, way high. Would have been wided had it not been for the no ball. De Grandhomme ducks but not sure he needed to. Poor Dowrich leaps full stretch but the ball is miles over his glove as well. Straight to the fence behind. Christmas has come early as the Kiwi 200 is raised. The lead crosses 350 as well.
  • 54.4 Around middle, shoots off the pitch, chipped towards mid on.
  • 54.3 Slightly short, tapped towards cover for a single.
  • 54.2 FOUR! BEAUTY! Gabriel bowls this a bit more fuller and Taylor is ready. Comes forward and drives it wide of cover for a boundary! Moves to 60 with his 5th boundary. The stand moves to 33 as well.
  • 54.1 A length ball on middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • The players walk out to the middle. In the background, Kane Williamson and Jason Holder are seen chatting with each other. Good to see that - skippers sharing notes. SHANNON GABRIEL to start off the final session to Ross Taylor. Here we go...
  • Welcome back for the last session of Day 3. All of a sudden, from nowhere, a bunch of dark clouds have accumulated near the ground. It has grown tremendously overcast but we should start on time.
  • ... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION ...
  • What now for New Zealand? Bat on for as long as possible? There is plenty of time in this Test match but doubt they will play for more than 20 overs. They will love to have a crack at the Windies tonight itself. 38 overs left in the day. So another 100 runs might be the plan. Join us back at 1530 LOCAL (0300 GMT) for the final session.
  • Miguel Cummins was bowling with fire after Lunch, getting Williamson and Nicholls with terrific deliveries. He had Taylor and Santner in trouble too but both were dropped. Then, the Windies became flat and the duo pounced. Santner was eventually dismissed but at 111/4, the Kiwis were looking in some trouble.
  • Mixed session. The Windies picked up 2/15 in the first 4 overs but since then have conceded 79 in 23 overs for just the scalp of Santner. There were signs of a possible Kiwi collapse but Taylor has cancelled that.
  • 53.6 Around off and middle, solidly defended. TEA ON DAY 3, NEW ZEALAND LEAD BY 342! 190/5
  • 53.5 Full on middle, hint of inswing, flicked straight to mid on.
  • 53.4 Goes back in his crease and blocks.
  • 53.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 53.2 Outside off, Taylor pushes this through the covers. Should have been just a single but Gabriel fumbles. Taylor wants the second but then changes his mind. So eventually, it is just a single.
  • 53.1 Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • 52.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single. 189/5
  • 52.5 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 52.4 FOUR! Short and wide outside off, cut behind point for a boundary. Cummins is frustrated. He expected sweeper cover to cut that off. The lead is now 340.
  • 52.3 Fuller in length, watchfully blocked out.
  • 52.2 Around off and middle, defended from the crease.
  • 52.1 On middle, defended solidly.
  • 51.6 Comes down the track and eases it through covers for a single. Brings up his 29TH TEST FIFTY, steering his team out of somewhat troubled waters. 184/5
  • 51.5 Full on middle, driven straight back.
  • 51.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 51.3 On middle and leg, clipped to square leg.
  • 51.2 On middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 51.1 Full on middle, pushed towards the bowler.
  • 50.6 Another flick, another run. 183/5
  • 50.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
  • 50.4 Goes right back in his crease and blocks.
  • 50.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 50.2 Appeal for LBW, turned down. Inside edge, as de Grandhomme looks to flick.
  • 50.1 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • MIGUEL CUMMINS into the attack now.
  • 49.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 181/5
  • 49.5 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 49.4 On middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 49.3 FOUR! Pitiable effort from Gabriel. Outside off, Taylor goes back and cuts this at the last possible moment, almost from the gloves of the keeper towards third man. Should have been only a couple but Gabriel at the ropes jogs across lazily to his left, sticks out his boot but just misses the ball. The stand moves to 20 and the lead is triple Nelson.
  • 49.2 On middle, flicked away for a run.
  • 49.1 Full and outside off, pushed to long off for a single.
  • 48.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. 175/5
  • 48.5 Similar ball, CdG looks to drive again and mistimes it to cover.
  • 48.4 Very full and wide outside off, Colin looks to drive but misses.
  • 48.3 SIX! Effortless! That is the power of this man. Fractionally short in length around off, de Grandhomme swivels across and just plays a short-arm jab. Goes all the way over square leg! Moves to 10 and takes the partnership to 14.
  • 48.2 Schoolboy stuff. The fielding has not been great from the Windies today, to be polite. Full and outside off, de Grandhomme drives it through the covers for what should have been only a single. But Sunil Ambris comes charging in and in his excitement to do a quick pickup and throw, misses the ball completely. Another run added to the total. The lead is now 321.
  • 48.1 A length ball outside off, angling in, watchfully defended to cover.
  • 47.6 Outside off, cut through point for a single. Unless my eyes are deceiving me, that fielder was Shannon Gabriel. He is back on the field then. 167/5
  • 47.5 On the pads this time, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 47.4 Bowls this faster, on off, de Grandhomme gets across and bunts it back to the bowler.
  • 47.3 Faster on middle, watchfully defended.
  • 47.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
  • 47.1 Works this straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 46.6 Short again, cut again, this time only for a run. 165/5
  • 46.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 46.4 OVERTHROW. Short and wide outside off, Taylor cuts it behind point and takes a single. The fielder is not happy with that and gets more generous. Returns a wild sloppy throw over the keeper's head and the batsmen take the second. Taylor moves to 41.
  • 46.3 Off the mark. Poor bowling again, wide outside off, eased through point for a single.
  • 46.2 More filth, wide outside off to a newcomer, not played at.
  • 46.1 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 45.6 Down the leg side, flicked straight to short fine leg. 161/5
  • 45.5 Outside off, pushed towards cover now.
  • 45.4 A bit flat, tucked towards short mid-wicket again.
  • 45.3 Full on middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • COLIN DE GRANDHOMME walks in at number 7, replacing Santner.
  • 45.2 OUT! Caught at long on! First wicket for a spinner in this game. Flighted a touch, around middle, Santner comes down the track looking to go big but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Also, the ball is delivered slightly slower which induces a stroke played a bit early by Santner. The change in pace brings about some turn as well and all these factors result in a miscue. Sunil Ambris comes running in from long on to his right and takes it calmly. The stand is broken as soon as it touches 50.
  • 45.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 44.6 Full and outside off, holds off the pitch, Taylor comes forward and pushes it uppishly towards the bowler. 161/4
  • 44.5 This one comes in as well, much closer to the off pole, RT defends it confidently.
  • 44.4 Outside off, coming in, shouldered arms to.
  • 44.3 Full on middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 44.2 Bangs it on a length outside off, angles it into Rosco from around the wicket, the batsman hops and defends.
  • 44.1 Full again, but closer to the off stump, left alone once more.
  • 44.1 MASSIVE WIDE. Fuller in length, bowled almost outside the pitch on the off side. Even if Taylor wanted to, he would not have been able to hit that. The 50-run stand is raised.
  • With Gabriel off the field, a bowling change is made. RAYMON REIFER to bowl now.
  • 43.6 Another quick ball, on the stumps, Mitchell gets his bat down in a hurry to play the ball to the off side. 160/4
  • 43.5 Quicker, on middle, pushed to short mid-wicket.
  • 43.4 Floated outside off, Santner lunges and then leaves it alone.
  • 43.3 A tad shorter, on leg stump, Rosco goes back and tucks it wide of backward square leg for a quick single.
  • 43.2 On the pads, Taylor comes forward and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 43.1 Tossed up on off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • Gabriel is going off the field due to an injury now.
  • 42.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 159/4
  • 42.5 Full and on middle and off, Santner looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 42.5 ANOTHER NO BALL. Number 5 for Gabriel. In his 10th over. This is pushed to mid on for a single. The lead moves to 311.
  • 42.5 NO BALL. The customary one in every Gabriel spell. Oversteps again, though not as giant as the previous ones. Just crosses the line. Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 42.4 Sensible. Leaves the ball alone outside off.
  • 42.3 Poorer shot. The length is not even there to cut this time but Rosco is adamant he will play that shot. Does not bother to move his feet either and has a lazy slash. Misses, then smiles.
  • 42.2 Almost a reminiscence of his first innings dismissal. Short and outside off, not that wide to cut but Taylor still goes to cut. Extra bounce defeats him. Just past the outside edge.
  • 42.1 On a good length on middle, pushed to the leg side.
  • 41.6 Faster ball, on off, a forward block to end the over. 156/4
  • 41.5 Full on middle, flatter though, watchfully defended.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Not all that full but plenty of width on the same. Santner reaches out to drive but gets a thick outside edge. Luckily for him, the ball lands in between backward point and point and races to the fence.
  • 41.3 More air. This time Mitchell is half forward but drives confidently to cover again.
  • 41.2 Comes forward this time on seeing a little bit of flight and pushes the ball to cover.
  • 41.1 Full and straight, Santner neither comes forward nor goes back. Just a dead block.
  • Time for Drinks. New Zealand continue to hold the upper hand and have swelled the lead past the 300-run mark. Two dropped catches even though they were tough has made life even more difficult for the visitors. Can they draw inspiration from somewhere and pull off something heroic? Let's find out... Meanwhile, Roston Chase to roll his arm over now.
  • 40.6 Nice end to the over. Gabriel bends his back and bowls an effort ball around off. Taylor moves around gingerly and keeps it off the outer half towards gully. 152/4
  • 40.5 Slips this one down the leg side, Ross tries to glance it but misses.
  • 40.4 Fractionally overpitched outside off, driven with a lot of assurance but straight to the man at covers.
  • 40.3 Good fielding, Chase! Bouncer on off, Taylor pulls it hard through mid-wicket. Chase hares to his left, dives full length and stops it. He rolls over the ball but luckily, doesn't parry it to the ropes. Saves a couple of runs for his side.
  • 40.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 40.1 Dropped! A tough chance goes down. Back of a length delivery outside off, angling in. Taylor doesn't pick up the length and line well and goes for a cut. Ends up getting a fat outside edge that travels a fast pace towards Shai Hope at gully. He crouches to his left, gets both his hands to it but the ball bursts through. The visitors need to take those if they are to comeback into the contest.
  • Shannon Gabriel returns for a spell.
  • 39.6 Back of a length delivery, Santner defends it stoutly. 150/4
  • 39.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 39.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 39.3 Good length delivery going down the leg side, Santner looks to tuck it away but is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 39.2 Back of a length delivery, answered with a straight bat.
  • 39.1 FOUR! Santner is growing in confidence. Gets one in the arc outside off and leans forward to cover drive it for a majestic boundary. New Zealand take the lead past the 300-run mark. The all-rounder has shown great courage today after being hit on the helmet. Shows that he is a gutsy character.
  • 39.1 No ball! Roach comes from around the wicket and bowls a length ball on off, Santer covers the line and defends it nicely. Roach has overstepped this time.
  • Finally, Brathwaite takes himself out of the attack. The right move as Kemar Roach to have a burst now.
  • 38.6 FOUR! Lucky runs! Well-directed bouncer in line of the stumps, Taylor goes for a forehand pull shot compulsively but ends up getting a top edge. Dowrich leaps full stretch but the ball goes past him in a flash and rockets to the fence. 145/4
  • 38.5 Half volley outside off, Taylor drills it straight to the fielder at deepish mid off. He has a grin on his face after playing that.
  • 38.4 Good length ball outside off, punched firmly off the back foot to covers.
  • 38.3 Nervy! Short of a length ball around off, Ross hangs back and pushes at it tentatively but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 38.2 Once bouncer signaled for the over. Too short, Taylor shapes for the pull but bails out eventually.
  • 38.1 Back of a length delivery, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • The ball has been lost due to the big hit and hence, a replacement is brought in.
  • 37.6 SIX! Poor delivery and duly punished! A long hop on off, Santner rocks back and pulls it with aplomb over deep mid-wicket. It is going, going and gone. Huge!! That should be the end of Brathwaite's spell. 141/4
  • 37.5 Tossed up delivery, Mitchell lunges forward in defense.
  • 37.4 Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 37.3 Poor fielding! Shortish on middle, Santner punches it back to Brathwaite who makes a meal of it. A run conceded.
  • 37.2 Half-tracker on middle and leg, helped past the short fine leg fielder for a run.
  • 37.1 Short and room on offer, ample time for Santner to rock back and place it to sweeper cover for an easy single.
  • 36.6 Fractionally overpitched around off, driven back to the bowler. 131/4
  • 36.5 Opts to go short again, comes at a comfortable height to Santner who pushes it past the short leg fielder to rotate strike.
  • 36.4 Similar delivery, Santner shows good courage and blocks it stoutly. Cummins probably needs to bowl a full and accurate delivery now to catch him off guard.
  • 36.3 Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Mitchell hops and keeps it out nicely.
  • 36.3 No ball! Cummins goes for a bouncer as expected. It is too high though and Santner ducks under it.
  • Oh gosh! Ross Taylor signals for the physio to attend to Santner. That was a hard blow. Hope he is alright. He is taking his time. Seems fine for now. Tough times lie ahead as Cummins will keep bending his back.
  • 36.2 Oh no... that's dangerous! Short delivery on middle and leg, Santner doesn't watch the ball and tries to duck under it too quickly. Ends up getting hit on the grille of the helmet. The short leg fielder goes up to him to check whether he is okay or not. The rest of the fielders encircle him.
  • 36.1 Shortish delivery on off, Santner hops and blocks it nicely.
  • 35.6 Stays leg side of the tossed up delivery and caresses it to sweeper cover for a single. 129/4
  • 35.5 Strides forward and strokes it to covers.
  • 35.4 Santner rocks back and cuts it with the spin to point.
  • 35.3 A short delivery which has been pulled away. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 35.2 Fullish delivery, patted back to the bowler.
  • The Windies are missing a trick here. The track has quickened up and there is a lot of bounce on offer but Brathwaite continues to bowl. His part-time spinners look pretty bland at the moment. Might be worrying about the slow over-rate and hence, the decision.
  • 35.1 On the pads, turned to short fine leg.
  • 34.6 Bouncer on middle and leg, pulled hard to deep mid-wicket for a single. 127/4
  • 34.5 Driven to mid off by the batsman.
  • 34.4 Short delivery, Taylor absolutely clubs it but finds the man at mid-wicket.
  • 34.3 Overpitched around off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • 34.2 Hangs back to the length delivery and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 34.1 FOUR! Hit with disdain! Cummins opts for another bouncer but this time it sits up nicely for Taylor. He stands tall and hammers it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 33.6 Short ball outside off, placed with the spin to point. 122/4
  • 33.5 Leans forward and taps it to covers.
  • 33.4 Short delivery, cut past point for a single.
  • 33.3 Prods forward to this one and blocks it.
  • 33.2 Turned with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 33.1 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 32.6 FOUR and technically, a dropped chance! This is one amazing spell from Cummins. He runs in hard and puts his all behind this delivery. Gets a lot of extra bounce and gets Santner hopping. The ball brushes his top hand and flies behind. Dowrich leaps like a goalkeeper, gets his right hand on the ball but it deflects behind and rolls to the fence. Brilliant effort though. 121/4
  • 32.5 Ooh... just short of Shai Hope at gully! Brilliant delivery. Shortish on off, shooting off the deck. Santner gets into an awkward position and ends up gloving it but the ball falls just short of Hope.
  • 32.4 Well played. Back of a length ball on off, Santner rises with the bounce and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • Short cover in place now.
  • 32.3 Cummins hit the deck hard, Santner ducks under it in a jiffy.
  • 32.2 Bouncer on middle, pulled through square leg for a single.
  • 32.1 Fullish delivery, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 31.6 FOUR! Easy pickings! Half-tracker outside off, Santner places it past the keeper and the ball rolls to the third man fence. 116/4
  • 31.5 Steered with the angle through short third man for a run.
  • 31.4 Fullish delivery, driven crisply towards mid on where the fielder dives to his left to make a good stop.
  • 31.3 Shortish delivery, punched off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 31.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 31.1 Down the leg side, Taylor tries to tuck it away but misses.
  • Mitchell Santner strides out to bat.
  • 30.6 OUT! Cummins is on fire! Fierce spell of fast bowling and he is reaping the dividends. Bangs in another bouncer in line of the stumps, generates appreciable extra bounce on that and also gets it to seam away sharply. Nicholls is caught in a tangle, follows it and ends up getting a faint nick behind. Shane Dowrich moves to his left and accepts it gleefully. The umpires check for the front foot no ball but Cummins is fine. Always a joy to watch when a fast bowler is on song. Good passage of play for the visitors. 111/4
  • 30.6 Wide! Cummins hit the deck hard but the bouncer is too short. Nicholls ducks under it.
  • 30.5 Dug in short on middle, pulled with command to deep mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 30.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 30.3 That one zipped through! Back of a length delivery on off, some extra bounce on that. Taylor is surprised by that and looks to fend it off but gets hit on the bottom hand.
  • 30.2 On a length on middle and leg, kept out watchfully.
  • 30.1 Juicy full toss on the pads, helped to deep mid-wicket for a brace. With that, Ross Taylor becomes the first Kiwi batsman to score 1000 runs against the Windies.
  • 29.6 Shortish delivery, Nicholls cuts it towards cover-point where the fielder dives to his left to make a half stop. Taylor wants a run but the fielder is quick to recover. Nicholls rightly sends his partner back. 107/3
  • 29.5 Leans forward to the in drifting delivery and blocks it solidly.
  • 29.4 Outside off, skidding after pitching. Nicholls has his stumps covered and makes a good leave.
  • 29.3 Going away with the arm, glided to third man for a single.
  • 29.2 Taylor is nimble on his feet and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 29.1 Prods forward and blocks the flighted delivery solidly.
  • 28.6 Low full toss outside off, Nicholls drives it crisply but finds the man at covers. 106/3
  • 28.5 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. One run added to the total.
  • 28.4 Sits deep in the crease and pulls it to the leg side to rotate strike.
  • 28.3 FOUR! Sublime timing! Back of a length ball on middle, Nicholls gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg to get off the mark with a boundary.
  • 28.2 Length delivery well outside off, left alone.
  • Henry Nicholls is the new man in.
  • 28.1 OUT! Timber! What a scorcher of a delivery to send the set Kiwi skipper packing. Cummins steams in and delivers a pinpoint yorker on off, Williamson falls over a bit to the off side in a bid to jam it out and misses it completely to get the furniture behind him shattered. Always tricky to face a yorker and Williamson was late to react this time. He blinks his eye after getting dismissed. A resourceful knock has come to an end. Second wicket for Cummins. The Windies need to keep chipping away at the wickets.
  • Miguel Cummins to bowl from the other end.
  • 27.6 Sits deep in the crease and works it through square leg for a run. Wants the second but the fielder is quick to attack the ball. 100/2
  • 27.5 Pushed across the Kiwi skipper who dabs it towards cover-point.
  • 27.4 Waits for it and turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 27.3 Brathwaite continues to be short, Williamson rocks back and clips it expertly in the gap between the two mid-wicket fielders. The man from wide long on does the mopping up job. A couple taken.
  • 27.2 Similar delivery, tucked past the left side of the leg gully fielder for a run.
  • 27.1 Starts off with a short delivery on the pads, tucked quietly towards square leg.
  • We are back to get going again. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to continue their innings. The approach from them will be to stay positive and deflate the visiting side further. The weather is holding up so far and we hope that it stays the same way. A nice breeze blowing across the ground at the moment. Kraigg Brathwaite to bowl first up after Lunch. A leg gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 3, AFTERNOON SESSION ...
  • Latham also failed to get going and was trapped in front of the stumps by Raymon Reifer. After that, Williamson and Taylor have looked largely at ease stitching a quickfire 50-run stand. Some shoddy fielding from the visitors allowed the duo off the hook. The rhythm of the bowlers also dipped and the hosts have capitalized on it. The Black Caps lead by 248 runs with 8 wickets in hand and a long hard day beckons for the tourists unless they trigger a collapse. Join us shortly for the afternoon session.
  • New Zealand continue to have a stranglehold on the proceedings. After taking the last two wickets in a jiffy, they have responded nicely with the bat as well. The Windies' bowlers were really disciplined to begin with and persisted with nagging lines and lengths that suited the field set. Pressure was created by the new-ball bowlers and as a result, Jeet Raval fell prey to Cummins who came in as first change.
  • 26.6 Short ball on middle and leg, Taylor pulls it to deep backward square leg for a single. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 3! 96/2
  • 26.5 Brilliant bowling from Gabriel! He has been really impressive with his bouncers. Hits the deck hard and gets it to seam in prodigiously. Taylor sways away and evades it. That was bowled at 143 clicks.
  • 26.4 Half volley outside off, Taylor absolutely nails the drive but finds the man at extra cover.
  • 26.3 Around the hips, tucked off the back foot to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.2 Bouncer this time, Kane ducks under it.
  • 26.1 Short delivery on middle and leg, half pulled to the mid-wicket region to rotate strike.
  • It is already time for Lunch but the umpire hasn't signaled for it. Don't know why.
  • 25.6 Poor fielding! Taylor eases it besides the pitch on the leg side. The fielder from short mid-wicket dives to his left but makes a mess of it. A run taken. 93/2
  • 25.5 Uses his feet to this one and buries it into the track.
  • 25.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 25.3 The batsman plays a sweep shot. Two runs added to the total. That brings up the 50-run stand. Good going from New Zealand.
  • 25.2 Hangs back to the loopy delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 25.1 Nicely done. Kneels and paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for a brace.
  • 24.6 Leg bye! Down the leg side, Taylor tries to clip it through but misses. The ball brushes the thigh pad and rolls to fine leg. A single taken. 88/2
  • 24.5 Hangs back to the shortish delivery and blocks it.
  • 24.5 No ball! Gabriel oversteps yet again in search of that extra mile. Back of a length around the hips, tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 24.4 Brute of a delivery! Credit to Gabriel for steaming in and giving it his all. Sharp bouncer on off, seaming in. Taylor has to sway away from the line of the delivery in a jiffy to evade it.
  • 24.3 Another short delivery but this one is outside off, comfortably ducked under.
  • 24.2 Finally a good delivery after quite some time. Gabriel steams in and hits the deck hard around off. Taylor arches back, drops his wrists and leaves it with good technique.
  • 24.1 Angling into Taylor, he covers the inswing and defends it solidly.
  • 23.6 Spinning into Kane who lunges forward in defense. 86/2
  • 23.5 Hangs back to the flatter delivery and punches it to covers.
  • 23.4 Prods forward to the tossed up delivery and blocks it.
  • 23.3 Short delivery, cut through point for a single.
  • 23.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 23.1 Hangs back to the shorter delivery and tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • Brathwaite is back on.
  • 22.6 FOUR! 26th Test fifty for Kane Williamson! An innings of top quality. He was slow to start with but is flowing now. Typical Williamson shot. He shuffles across to the length delivery and tucks it through backward square leg. No protection in the deep and the ball rolls to the fence. The lead moves to 237. 85/2
  • 22.5 FOUR! Beautiful! Full length ball around off, Williamson strokes it past the bowler and towards mid off. He takes off but Taylor doesn't move an inch. He knew that mid off was standing wide and the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 22.4 Streaky! Full length ball outside off, Taylor again goes for a booming drive but outside edges it past the diving fielder at gully who got a hand to it. A run taken.
  • 22.3 Brilliant looking shot but for no runs! Overpitched outside off, Taylor drills it towards wide deepish mid off where Cummins get low to his left to save it.
  • 22.2 Good bowling! He angles this one in appreciably from a length around off. Taylor shuffles and keeps it out besides the pitch on the leg side. If he missed that, he would have been a candidate for an LBW.
  • 22.1 In the corridor of uncertainty, Taylor points his bat skywards and makes a good leave.
  • Shannon Gabriel returns for a bowl.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Timing and grace written all over that stroke! Half volley outside off, Williamson leans into it and caresses it through extra cover for a majestic boundary. Held his pose after playing it, sheer quality. 76/2
  • 21.5 Fractionally overpitched, patted back to the bowler.
  • 21.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 21.3 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and a lot of width on offer, Williamson is not going to miss out and flays it behind point. Chase standing near the ropes chases it to his left, slides but only comes second best in the chase.
  • 21.2 Shaping in on a fuller length at gentle military pace, Williamson prods forward and plays it with soft hands.
  • 21.1 Shortish in length once again, pulled to deep mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 20.6 Back of a length delivery, sits up nicely for Taylor. He pulls it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a single. 67/2
  • 20.5 Overpitched around off, driven crisply to mid off.
  • 20.4 Almost chopped that back! Poor shot selection from Taylor. Shortish delivery, angling in and too close to cut. The batsman goes for the slash but gets a bottom edge that just goes past the off stump. He departed in the first innings attempting the same shot, needs to be careful.
  • 20.3 Back of a length delivery, Taylor camps back and defends it stoutly.
  • 20.3 Third no ball of the innings for the Windies! Coming in with the angle, tucked to the mid-wicket region.
  • 20.2 Similar length delivery, pushed back to the bowler.
  • The umpires check for the shape of the ball but it is fine to continue.
  • 20.1 Fuller in length, angling in, blocked watchfully.
  • Miguel Cummins is back on.
  • 19.6 Shuffles to the good length delivery and turns it smartly through mid-wicket. Ambris moves to his left and keeps it to a brace. 65/2
  • 19.5 In the channel outside off, Williamson lets it go.
  • 19.4 Outside off, pushed of the front foot to covers.
  • 19.3 A chirpy shout for a caught behind denied! Length delivery going down the leg side, Williamson tries to flick it but seems to have missed it by a country mile. However, Dowrich collects it and goes up in an appeal. Watching him, his teammates join in. The umpire is not interested. Brathwaite has a chat with the keeper but doesn't go for the review. The Snicko shows a spike, not sure why. There was clear daylight between bat and ball.
  • 19.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 19.1 Reifer comes from around the wicket and bowls a fuller length ball on off. Williamson keeps his bat and pad together and offers a watertight defense.
  • 18.6 Waits for this one and places it past point for a run. 63/2
  • 18.5 Roach continues with the same length. Williamson has no issue in dealing with it from within the crease.
  • 18.4 Hangs back to the short of a length delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 18.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 18.2 FOUR! Suddenly, the Windies have become lackluster! A few misfields and the bowling has turned out to be off color as well. Short and asking to be hit, Williamson arches back and crashes it behind point to find the ropes.
  • 18.1 Roach goes wider of the crease and angles in a length delivery to Williamson who prods forward to dead bat it.
  • 17.6 Outside off, left alone. 58/2
  • 17.5 Played to the deep point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 17.4 Short and room on offer, Williamson cuts it towards Chase at backward point who doesn't stop it cleanly. Ambris hares after it from gully and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 17.3 Hangs back to the good length delivery and blocks it nicely.
  • 17.2 Taylor drives it hard to mid off to rotate strike.
  • 17.1 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Straying on the pads, Williamson tucks it off his hips past the keeper to the fine leg fence. 12 from the over, runs are starting to flow for the hosts. 54/2
  • 16.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 50 up for New Zealand.
  • 16.4 Short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 16.3 The batsman plays the square cut. One run added to the total. The lead also touches 200.
  • 16.2 Another misfield! Williamson dabs it towards gully where Roston Chase gets across to his left but fumbles. Hope cuts it off and keeps the batsmen to a single.
  • 16.1 FOUR! Shoddy stuff! Around the hips, Williamson tucks it nicely through square leg. Cummins in the deep jogs across to his left, puts in a lazy effort and makes a mess of it to concede a boundary. How poor has the fielding been in the last two overs from the Windies!
  • Ross Taylor comes out to bat. Meanwhile, there is a bowling change. Kemar Roach comes back for a bowl.
  • 15.6 OUT! 2nd Test wicket for Raymon Reifer! New Zealand waste a review. Fullish delivery on off, swinging in substantially. Latham falls over a bit in an attempt to flick it across and misses to get pinged on the pads. The Windies roar in an appeal and the umpire decides to rule it out after a thought. Latham walks across to his skipper, has a chat with him and opts for the DRS. Time for the replays. There is nothing on the Snicko. The Hawk Eye rolls in. Is it going down leg? No, it is hitting the leg stump. Tom is on his way back. Reifer is absolutely pumped up. In the first innings, he had caught Henry Nicholls off guard with a similar delivery. New Zealand lead by 194. 42/2
  • Latham has been adjudged LBW but he has opted for the review after having a conversation with his partner. Looks adjacent to the naked eye.
  • 15.5 Driven hard to short cover where Chase makes a good stop.
  • 15.4 Full ball outside off, Kane strokes it towards wide mid off. Cummins dives to his left and makes a partial stop to parry it behind. A run taken.
  • 15.3 FOUR! School boy error from Ambris! You cannot expect such a dull effort at this level of cricket, simply unacceptable. Short and room on offer, Williamson pounces on it and flays it towards backward point. Ambris ambles across to his left and lets it go through for a boundary.
  • 15.2 Similar delivery, Williamson is in no mood to flirt with it.
  • 15.1 Fuller in length around off, moving away with the arm. Williamson plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • Change of ends for Raymon Reifer.
  • 14.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 37/1
  • 14.5 Drifting in towards Latham. He prods forward to defend but gets it off the inner half through backward square leg. Roach runs in from the deep to keep it down to a single.
  • 14.4 Slow through the air, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 14.3 Sits deep in the crease and tucks it around the corner to rotate strike.
  • 14.2 Similar length ball on off, Williamson punches it towards short mid-wicket where the fielder dives to his right to make a good stop.
  • 14.1 Starts off with a loosener outside off. Short and spinning away, Latham rocks back and cuts it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Quiet passage of play. Windies have not given much away and conceded just around 2 runs an over. This second wicket partnership is just starting to get a little bit busy with the rotation of strike. The Windies need to continue with their discipline and try and bowl the Kiwis out before 150 to stake a claim in this match. Meanwhile, Kraigg Brathwaite to roll his arm over now.
  • 13.6 A bouncer from around the wicket, Kane ducks. 33/1
  • 13.5 Around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 13.4 A length ball, Williamson just works it through mid-wicket and runs briskly to come back for the second.
  • 13.3 Outside off, punched through covers for a quick single. Moves to 20 now and so does the partnership.
  • 13.2 FOUR! 'Catch' is the call but it is a boundary. A short ball around middle, angling away, Latham gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg. There is a man in the deep but he is more at mid-wicket. The lead moves to 182.
  • 13.1 A bouncer, around leg, Latham ducks.
  • A leg slip in place for Latham.
  • 12.6 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails. 26/1
  • 12.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 12.4 Outside off, blocked with a dead bat towards gully.
  • 12.3 A length ball now, angling away, KW is not interested in playing at that.
  • 12.2 Fuller again, not as wide as the previous one and Kane watches it go.
  • 12.1 Full and wide outside off, Williamson gets to the pitch of the ball and unfurls a lovely cover drive, only to be blocked.
  • Gabriel is back on the field.
  • 11.6 On middle and leg, worked straight to square leg again. 26/1
  • 11.5 A length ball now, tucked straight to square leg.
  • 11.4 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 11.3 Very full and around off, pushed straight to mid off.
  • 11.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Looks okay to continue, Brathwaite. Roach has a word with him and a couple of concerned fielders surround them. All okay now.
  • 11.1 Has Kraigg Brathwaite hurt himself? Seems so. Full and outside off, Williamson comes forward and drives it down the ground. Brathwaite gives it a chase from mid off and gets to the ball near the long off fence but while picking it up, he slips awkwardly. He does not move for a second, then stretches his left shoulder. Just overarms a weak throw with the right hand and it does not go far. Seeing that, the batsmen take the third.
  • 10.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 23/1
  • 10.5 Full and outside off, no swing, no movement, gentle medium pace, 121.3 kph to be precise, Tom prefers not to play at that.
  • 10.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 10.3 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 10.2 This time he gets it through. Short again, punched through point where the fielder dives but the ball goes beneath his hands. It stops near the fence and the batsmen take two.
  • 10.1 Short and outside off, punched through point where the fielder dives to his left to stop the ball.
  • RAYMON REIFER to have a go as well.
  • 9.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 21/1
  • 9.5 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 9.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.3 This time he gets right behind the line of the ball and defends.
  • 9.2 NEARLY CHOPS IT BACK ON! Cummins is making the ball talk. Which makes us wonder why isn't he given the new ball. He lands this outside off on a length which puts Williamson in two minds - should I play or leave? He first decides to play, then wants to leave it. Is late and gets a bottom edge which just goes past the off stump!
  • Gabriel is going off the field now. Suspect for a change of shoes. Does not look that serious.
  • 9.1 Very full on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 8.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to short extra cover. 21/1
  • 8.5 Some issues for Gabriel. He is on his haunches, holding his toe. Full on middle and leg, Latham clips this through mid-wicket and takes a couple. Wants the third but is sent back. Might be some issue with Gabriel's boots. He is continuing for one more ball.
  • 8.4 A bouncer, around leg and outside, ducked under.
  • 8.3 Full and outside off, over-compensation and Tom is ready for it. Leans and drives the ball through the covers for a couple. Moves to 11 and takes the lead to 171.
  • 8.2 FOUR! A rare bad ball as far as the plan is concerned. The field is set such that the line has to be around off and middle. There is no fine leg and he is placed at deep square leg instead. So, once the ball is on the pads, it is easy pickings for Latham who just flicks it to the fine leg fence.
  • 8.1 A short ball, on middle and leg, Latham trusts the bounce and shoulders arms, allowing the ball to go over the sticks.
  • 7.6 The skipper is away. A short ball, around middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a brace. 13/1
  • 7.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 7.4 A bouncer now, Kane ducks.
  • 7.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 7.2 A length ball, right in line of the stumps, Williamson defends watchfully.
  • KANE WILLIAMSON walks in at number 3, replacing Raval.
  • 7.1 OUT! Caught and bowled! Cummins revels in the pressure created by the new-ball bowlers. New Zealand were not given much freebies by Roach and Gabriel, hence, at the first instance they spot a change, they think now is the time to score. The ball is not that short but Raval thinks it is there to be pulled. That error in judgement costs him as he miscues it back to the bowler. Never easy to take return catches, especially if you are a fast bowler and Cummins does really well to take that chance. NEW ZEALAND ARE EFFECTIVELY 163/1.
  • MIGUEL CUMMINS is given the ball now as Roach takes a break.
  • 6.6 A fuller ball on middle, punched back to the bowler. 11/0
  • 6.5 A short ball down the leg side, played straight to square leg.
  • 6.4 Full and outside off, TL looks to drive but finds mid off.
  • 6.4 NO BALL. Number 2 for Gabriel and also for the Windies. He has overstepped by an even bigger margin than the previous one. The ball is pretty decent, full and outside off, Tom looks to guide it to third man but misses.
  • 6.3 Similar length to the previous one, Latham taps it towards cover.
  • 6.2 Holds the length back a touch, in line of the stumps, Latham trusts the bounce and lets it go.
  • 6.1 On a length, around middle, defended solidly.
  • 5.6 Nice discipline, full and just around off, going away, Raval watches it go. 10/0
  • 5.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 5.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 5.3 A length ball around middle and leg, defended solidly.
  • 5.2 On the pads, clipped through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 5.1 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 4.6 A length ball outside off, good bounce, Latham looks to push at that but misses. 8/0
  • 4.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 4.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 4.4 NO BALL. First one of the innings. Strives for extra pace, bowling 149.6 kph, but oversteps by a fairly large margin. Latham looks to push at that away from his body and gets beaten. The lead is now 160.
  • 4.3 A short ball, aimed at the batsman's face, Raval plays it a bit uncomfortably to the leg side for a single.
  • 4.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 4.1 Landed on a length outside off, let through to the keeper.
  • 3.6 FOUR! That breaks the shackles a little bit and gives me something different to write. Roach swerves from his consistency and bangs it in short. But it barely comes at chest height to Latham who comfortably pulls it through mid-wicket for the first boundary of the innings. 6/0
  • 3.5 One more time. The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 3.4 Good lines, nice consistency, hitting the good length part, keeping it just outside off and then using the angle. Left alone again.
  • 3.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump again.
  • 3.2 Full and outside off, left alone again.
  • 3.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 2.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 2/0
  • 2.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 2.4 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 2.3 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 2.2 A length ball around middle and leg, Latham looks to defend but gets an inside edge through square leg. A single taken.
  • 2.1 A length ball outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 1.6 Make that a hat-trick of leaves. 1/0
  • 1.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 1.4 Outside off, let through to the keeper.
  • 1.3 Down the leg side, Jeet misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 1.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Meanwhile, it has started to drizzle. Clouds were forming a group and there is a rain threat anyway. Hopefully, this passes over.
  • 1.1 A length ball, around leg and middle, Raval defends this watchfully.
  • KEMAR ROACH to share the new ball.
  • 0.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 1/0
  • 0.5 A length ball, around middle and leg, watchfully defended.
  • 0.4 First run of the innings. Pushes this towards cover and takes the single.
  • 0.3 Gets right behind the line of this one and defends it towards point.
  • 0.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 0.1 Very full wide outside off, Raval looks to steer it to third man but misses.
  • That brings us to the close of a one-sided affair. The visitors lacked in preparation and faltered in conditions where the ball was moving sideways. Their youngsters need to learn how to be patient and construct an innings. A lot of soul searching to do for them. On the other hand, the Kiwis have started off their home season with supreme confidence. Good all-round show was on display and they will be eager to carry that forward in the limited overs contest as well. Let us hope that the Windies play to their potential and put up a better fight. Join us for the 1st ODI from Whangarei on 20th December at 1100 local (2200 GMT, previous day). Till then, cheers!
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says that they put together two strong performances on the board. Credits his players for the way they executed their plans. Feels that 440 odd on the board was good enough as the wicket was getting variable. Reckons that both the teams fought hard. Adds there was a little movement in the air and off the pitch. Feels that they are fortunate to be on the right side. Is happy that they are back in home conditions and doing well. Praises Taylor and says that it is a special moment for him as he equaled Martin Crowe's record of 17 tons. Opines that his ton was very important in the context of the game.
  • Windies skipper, Kraigg Brathwaite congratulates New Zealand. Mentions they need to improve a lot as a side. Feels that his bowlers did a brilliant job. Adds that Roach was struggling a bit but everyone stood up. States that he enjoyed his first stint as a captain. Ends by saying that it is a tough loss and going forward they will want to rectify their mistakes.
  • Man of the Match, Ross Taylor says that the focus was on winning the game and he is happy with the team's performance. Adds that he feels sorry for Kane as the skipper scored his tons (17) much quicker as compared to him. Mentions that he took confidence from his strokeplay in Wellington. Adds that he build upon that and it came out well. States that they wanted to win the series but the visitors put them under pressure at various times. Ends by saying that they stood together through tough times and are the deserved winners.
  • After gaining a handy lead of 152, the hosts did lose a couple of early wickets but it wasn't going to trouble them much. Williamson scored a breezy fifty while Ross Taylor hit a measured ton to take the home side to a formidable total. The visitors faltered in the run chase, gifting their wickets away with their reckless approach and were handed a big defeat. Be with us as the presentation is coming up...
  • The Windies in reply were not good enough. Apart from Brathwaite who scored a fifty, no one really applied themselves and were found wanting in testing conditions. Boult was in his elements picking up a 4-wicket haul while the other seamers grabbed two wickets each.
  • Earlier, New Zealand posted a good total on the board on the back of a resolute 84 from Jeet Raval, a breezy half century from Colin de Grandhomme and the 61-run last wicket stand between Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Shannon Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers, taking a 4-fer.
  • However, the 78-run stand between Chase and Reifer gave the tourists something to feel good about. The former scored a classy fifty while the latter showed good resilience but they eventually crumbled under the tall ask.
  • Another emphatic show from the Black Caps and they take the series 2-0. The Windies were caught in a hole even before this day started. Not much resistance from them and they kept on sloping downhill. The visitors had their hopes pinned on the pair of Brathwaite and Hope but both of them disappointed.
  • 63.5 OUT! Bowled 'em! That's the final nail in the coffin. A thoroughly comprehensive victory for the Kiwis. Santner pushes this one quicker through the air on middle and off, Roach plays for the turn which is not present and he ends up being beaten completely, to get his stumps shattered. Santner is pumped and his teammates are ecstatic. Customary handshakes all around. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 240 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 2-0!
  • Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.
  • 63.4 OUT! Cummins holes out! Tossed up delivery around off, Cummins looks to heave it over mid on but the ball skews off the outer half of his bat over mid off. Boult backtracks from the same region and takes a good catch.
  • 63.3 Sits deep in the crease and blocks it watchfully.
  • 63.2 Uppish but safe! Cummins goes for a big slog but gets a top edge. The ball skies towards long on. The fielder from mid on backtracks but the ball falls down safely.
  • 63.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total.
  • Change in bowling. Mitchell Santner to roll his arm over now.
  • 62.6 SIX! What a shot! Cummins get into the act as well. Full delivery on off, Cummins clears his front leg and tonks it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. 200 up for the Windies, something to smile about for them. 200/7
  • 62.5 Roach is lucky! Yorker around off, Roach tries to dig it out but seems to have missed it as the ball carries to the keeper. The hosts appeal but the umpire stays put. Hot Spot shows that the ball brushed the toe-end of the bat before the bat hit the ground.
  • 62.4 Goes for a slog but misses.
  • 62.3 The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 62.2 In the air... but safe! Backs away to the short ball and top edges his heave just over the man at mid-wicket. A run taken. Roach calls his partner through for the second and his partner is late to respond. However, he makes it to the non-striker's end just in time.
  • 62.1 SIX! Going, going, gone! Roach backs away to the short ball and murders it over cow corner for a maximum.
  • The session is getting extended. Usually it happens when a sole wicket is remaining but the umpires have stretched it. Don't know for how long. Not sure you can do it.
  • 61.6 Tucks this one around the corner for a run. 185/7
  • 61.5 FOUR! Roach is having fun. Gets a short ball in his arc and hammers it over mid on for another boundary.
  • 61.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 61.3 Ouch! Back of a length ball, Roach looks to heave it away but is hit on the stomach.
  • 61.2 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 61.1 FOUR! Smashed! Full ball outside off, Roach bludgeons it through covers and the ball rockets to the fence like a tracer bullet.
  • Last over before Tea if a wicket doesn't fall.
  • 60.6 Down the leg side, Cummins looks to play it across but misses. 174/7
  • 60.5 Bouncer outside off, comfortably evaded.
  • 60.4 How will you explain that shot? Very full ball on leg stump, Roach aims to clip it but gets it off the toe-end of the bat to third man. A flick off the bottom edge to third man it is, outrageous.
  • 60.3 That will sting! Shortish delivery on leg stump, Roach takes his eyes off the ball and is hit on the chest. Needs to be careful or he will end up injured.
  • 60.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 60.1 Short ball down the leg side, Roach pulls it towards fine leg. The fielder moves to his left but the ball lands in front of him. A run taken.
  • 59.6 Sits back and defends it with a straight bat. 171/7
  • 59.5 Blocks the incoming delivery past short leg.
  • 59.4 Prods forward to the moving delivery and keeps it out.
  • 59.3 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • 59.2 Brilliant delivery. Full and fast outside off, Cummins pokes at it and misses.
  • 59.1 Full delivery outside off, swinging away. Cummins has a play and a miss.
  • 58.6 Hangs back to the full delivery and keeps it out. 171/7
  • 58.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 58.4 Not Out! No, there isn't any outside edge. Very full delivery leaving the right-hander. He aims to jam it out but seems to have missed it. Blundell dives full length to his right and takes it one-handed. Southee appeals but the umpire stays put. The keeper is not sure but Williamson goes for a review after a chat with the bowler. The Hot Spot doesn't spot anything. Even the Snicko shows no involvement of the bat. The on-field call is upheld. New Zealand lose a review but it does not matter in the context of the game. The sound was that of the bat hitting the ground.
  • Review time! Blundell has taken a terrific catch. Southee convinces his skipper to go for the review. Is there an outside edge?
  • The man at leg slip has gone deeper.
  • 58.3 Another one outside leg, Roach goes for another big shot but only connects with thin air.
  • 58.2 Back of a length delivery outside leg stump, Roach goes for another pull but misses.
  • 58.1 FOUR! Nicely done! Southee runs in from around the wicket and bowls a short ball on leg stump. Roach expecting it swivels across and help pulls it through short fine leg to fine the ropes.
  • A leg slip and a short leg in place.
  • 57.6 Outside off, Cummins has a feeble push at it but fails to make any contact. 167/7
  • 57.5 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. One run added to the total. Leg bye signalled by the umpire.
  • 57.4 Sharp bouncer on middle and leg, Kemar ducks under it in a flash.
  • 57.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 57.2 Hangs back to the back of a length delivery and blocks it.
  • 57.1 Length delivery angling across Roach who stays leg side of the ball and attempts to whack it through but gets beaten.
  • 56.6 Outside off, Cummins pokes at it and gets beaten. 166/7
  • 56.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 56.4 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 56.3 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully.
  • 56.2 On a length on off, Cummins blocks it off the back foot.
  • Miguel Cummins strides out to bat.
  • 56.1 OUT! One of the best catches that you will see in a game of cricket! However, the reaction was such that we felt that the ball had been grassed. On a drivable length outside off, Reifer prods forward and is drawn into the temptation. Pushes at it with hard hands and the ball flies towards gully. Williamson anticipates it really well, crouches to his left and seems to have grabbed a stunning one-handed catch. He stays down on the ground for a while. His teammates run towards him and it is then that the celebration begins. The replays confirm that he has taken it inches above the ground. A resolute knock from Reifer is cut short. New Zealand are two wickets away from a victory unless the retired hurt Sunil Ambris bats again.
  • 55.6 Better from Roach! Good length ball on off, Kemar hangs back and defends it stoutly. 166/6
  • 55.5 Another flashy shot to no use. Shaping away from Kemar as he attempts an agricultural shot through the off side but misses.
  • 55.4 Almost drags it back! Length delivery angling across Roach. He tries to force it through covers but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 55.3 This one takes off from a good length around off, Reifer is surprised as he fends it towards covers while taking his bottom hand off. A run taken.
  • 55.2