Monday, January 22, 2018

Staring at defeat*

de Grandhomme ton breaks Windies spirits

Hetmyer dives to stop the ball during day two of the first Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, yesterday (Friday night TT Time).--Photo: AFP

Colin de Grandhomme smashed the fastest-ever maiden Test century and the second-fastest by a New Zealander, to put West Indies to the sword and leave them with little chance of saving the opening Test at the Basin Reserve. The 31-year-old’s aggressive 105, in only his seventh Test following his debut a year ago, propelled the Black Caps to a massive 447 for nine in their first innings on day two (Friday night TT time) – a massive lead of 313 runs with three days left in the contest. Arriving at number seven in the second over of the final session, de Grandhomme reached three figures off a mere 71 balls to also record the joint ninth-fastest Test hundred of all time and the fastest ever against West Indies.

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