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Brathwaite, Bravo Put West Indies Ahead

Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo (facing camera) embrace after the former hit his maiden Test century
Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo (facing camera) embrace after the former hit his maiden Test century
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New Zealand 221 (Latham 82) v
West Indies 310-5 (Brathwaite 129, Bravo 109)
Second Test, Trinidad, day two

Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo reached three figures to help the West Indies close day two of the second Test against New Zealand in Trinidad 89 runs ahead.

Replying to 221 all out, Brathwaite made 129 and Bravo 109 as the West Indies reached stumps on 310 for five.

Opener Brathwaite's century was his first in Test cricket and came in 199 balls while Bravo was more aggressive, reaching his milestone in 128 deliveries.

They shared a 182-run stand for the fourth wicket but both departed before the end of play to give New Zealand some hope of getting back into the game.

After their bowlers did a fine job on the opening day, the home side resumed on six for one with Brathwaite and nightwatchman Sulieman Benn (4) together.

After hitting a solitary boundary and having a leg-before decision against him overturned on review, Benn was bowled by Tim Southee via his pads to leave the West Indies on 16 for two.

Brathwaite batted patiently at one end while Kirk Edwards counter-attacked at the other, stroking 55 in 64 balls with seven fours and three sixes.

Both Edwards and Bravo were particularly keen to take on New Zealand's spinners and Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi would prove expensive for the Black Caps.

However Edwards fell to leg-spinner Sodhi when he edged into the gloves of BJ Watling attempting to defend.

The breakthrough for New Zealand brought Brathwaite and Bravo together and more of the same followed; Brathwaite playing the sort of innings that Shivnarine Chanderpaul has played over the years, with Bravo taking on the dashing role.

The left-hander hit 11 fours and four sixes, imperiously dancing down the track and despatching the bowling on occasion.

Brathwaite reached his century first before Bravo followed soon after, passing three figures for the sixth time.

He fell when he was caught by Craig off Kane Williamson, New Zealand's third spin-bowling option, failing to clear the fielder at long-on attempting another maximum.

Brathwaite was dismissed in the closing stages of the day, tamely pushing a return catch back to Trent Boult, ending his 258-ball stay at the crease.

Kemar Roach (0 not out) joined Chanderpaul (4 not out) at the crease to see out the remaining deliveries, meaning Jermaine Blackwood's maiden Test innings will have to wait a little longer.

New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0 after a comprehensive 186-run win in the opening Test in Jamaica.

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