Windies late charge derails New Zealand


Both wicket-taking deliveries would have challenged even the best batsmen, as they seamed sharply to beat the bat and crash into the stumps - Miguel Cummins made to seem especially clueless with the bat, as the ball beat his outside edge before thundering into off stump. They added 65 runs with their opening partnership.

Windies lost the first Test by an innings and will be without their captain Jason Holder for the second Test that starts on Saturday in Hamilton.

Colin de Grandhomme then muscled a 71-ball hundred and Tom Blundell hit a debut ton as New Zealand replied with 520-9 declared, before dismissing Holder's team for 319 second time around.

New Zealand still holds the advantage in the match and two-test series after winning the first test at Wellington by an innings and 67 runs.

Only stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite has fashioned any innings of length - he was out for 66 on day two.

Former English batsman, Denis Compton, owns the most number of hit-wicket dismissals (5) in Tests while Ambris has taken the joint-third position on the unwanted list in a very short span of time. Television replays, which were not requested by the batting side, hinted that despite Southee's athletic effort the ball might in fact just have touched the ground.

An assault from Southee was expected by West Indies.

The New Zealand bowlers chipped away and the wickets came. While the pitch at Seddon Park looked lush, with good grass cover, it provided nothing for the tourists' fast bowlers and Raval was quickly into stride.

Southee finished the day with 2-34 from 18 overs, while de Grandhomme had 40. By then Latham was gone with individual 22 runs.

New Zealand reached 373 in the morning session, having begun at 286-7, on the strength of a breezy 10th wicket stand of 61 between new ball pair Tim Southee and Trent Boult. "We put on some valuable runs there at the end".