NZ taking control against Windies

Faith Castro
December 11, 2017

Despite a rain delay that lasted nearly two hours, New Zealand seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee thumped 37 not out and 31 respectively before taking two wickets piece to leave the West Indies reeling on the second day in Hamilton.

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Team West Indies is now travelling New Zealand where they are scheduled to play a Test, a ODI and a T20 series against the Black Caps.

A feisty innings of 35 from 45 balls from wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and a partnership of 35 for the eighth wicket between Raymon Reifer and Kemar Roach helped slow the decline and allowed the West Indies avoid the follow on.

In sharp contrast to the final stages of New Zealand's first innings yesterday, when last pair Tim Southee and Trent Boult added 61, the Windies folded meekly.

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The New Zealand bowlers chipped away and the wickets came. "If we told ourselves this morning we would have them seven down by the end of the day's play we'd have taken that". They scored 373 runs and lost their all wickets. Soon after, it was the turn of Shannon Gabriel to strike despite his no-ball miseries, as he got rid of Jeet Raval for 84. Later, skipper Williamson came and joined with Raval. Southee has two for 34 and Boult two for 67.

Boult was left stranded on 37 off 27 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes.

The West Indies ended day two on 215/8 and will continue batting on Monday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the day before). "I'll tell you for free they're not too happy losing eight wickets", Boult said.

However, Brathwaite and new batsman Shai Hope stitched a strong partnership with flurry boundaries keeping New Zealand at bay before rains interrupted play. Top orders of Windies did not able to make their job well but hardly make two figure runs.

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