Saturday, January 20, 2018

Windies labour as Taylor fifty gives NZ command*

IN CONTROL: New Zealand’s Ross Taylor bats during day two of the first Test against the West Indies at the Basin Reserve in Wellington today (last night, TT time).

THE WEST INDIES, shot out on day one for just 134, laboured but managed just one wicket as New Zealand took control of the opening Test at lunch on day two at the Basin Reserve today (last night, TT time). Resuming on 85 for two, the Black Caps lost opener Jeet Raval as they reached lunch on 181 for three. Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 66 and Henry Nicholls on 24, the pair having already added 72 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand. West Indies’ only success came after 45 minutes play when seamer Kemar Roach produced a beauty to dismiss Raval for 42, the left-hander nicking a straightforward catch to ‘keeper Shane Dowrich.

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