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Hosts New Zealand are pushing for a victory in the First Test at the University Oval in Dunedin after enforcing the follow on. West Indies though are looking steady in their second innings at 168 for 2 at Stumps on Day 3 with Darren Bravo batting on 72 with 10 fours. Opener Kirk Edwards scored 59 while steadying the ship for the tourists with a 117-run stand for the 2nd wicket with Bravo.
West Indies have lost the wickets of Kieran Powell and Edwards to Trent Boult and leggie Ish Sodhi. The visitors still trail behind by 228 runs in their second innings with two full days to go. It was a fabulous day for New Zealand as they bowled out West Indies for a modest score of 213 taking just the 62.1 overs. Left-arm pacer Trent Boult took 3 for 40 while his new ball partner Tim Southee claimed 4 for 52. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi collected a couple of cheap wickets as West Indies conceded a heavy first innings lead of 396 runs!
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the top scorer of the West Indian first innings with a fighting 76 not out in 87 balls with 10 fours. Darren Bravo at no.3 was the next highest scorer with 40 to his name.
The Test match was well set in New Zealand’s favour following two great batting days for the hosts. West Indies’ decision to bowl first after winning the toss backfired as the Kiwis piled up 609 for 9 declared in 153.1 overs. Openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford set the tone scoring half centuries. That was followed up by centuries from Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum to finish Day 1 on a high at 367 for 3.
The second day’s play saw Ross Taylor bring up his maiden double century. The 29-year-old who is playing in his 51st Test, scored 217 from 319 balls with 23 fours. Skipper Brendon McCullum finished with 113 from just 134 balls with 14 fours and 3 sixes.