WI push fightback after conceding big lead

WI push fightback after conceding big lead

West Indies have made New Zealand bowlers toil in their second innings on day three after the visitors conceded 386-run lead in the first Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington.

New Zealand were 447/9 overnight after Colin de Grandhomme smashed 71-ball maiden ton. Tom Blundell, who was on 57*, brought up his maiden Test ton in 178 balls. He became the first New Zealand wicket-keeper to score a century on debut.

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The Blackcaps declared at 520/9 in 148.4 overs. Blundell stayed unbeaten on 107 runs off 180 balls including 13 fours and a six. Trent Boult contributed 18* with the bat.

Conceding nearly 400 runs of lead, Caribbean openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell put on 72. Powell scored a quick 55-ball 40 with 5 fours and 2 sixes. Shimron Hetymer came and scored runs confidently. He scored his maiden half-century but got out on 66 runs off 89 deliveries hitting 8 fours ans 2 sixes.

Brathwaite and Hetmyer added 94 runs for the second wicket. Brathwaite remained not out on 79 runs off 186 balls with 7 fours and a six. Shai Hope is on 21*. West Indies finished the third day with 214/2 in 66 overs.

New Zealand are still ahead by 172 runs. Matt Henry was the only Kiwi wicket-taker in the innings with both of the scalps. Neil Wagner, who bagged seven in the first innings, conceded 89 in 15 overs in the second innings till now.


Brief scores:

West Indies 134 & 214/2 in 66 overs (Brathwaite 79*, Hetmyer 66*; Henry 2/33)

New Zealand 520/9d (Blundell 107*, de Grandhomme 105; Roach 3/85, Cummins 2/92)


-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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