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Gabriel, Cummins help West Indies comeback after Raval, de Grandhomme fifties

Raymon Reifer (left) appealing on day one of the second Test at Seddon Park
Raymon Reifer (left) appealing on day one of the second Test at Seddon Park
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New Zealand 286-7 (Raval 84) v West Indies
Second Test, Hamilton, day one

West Indies made a late comeback in the day as they snared four wickets in it to reduce New Zealand to 286 for seven at stumps on day one of the second Test in Hamilton.

West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first with Raymon Reifer making his debut while Tim Southee replaced Matt Henry for New Zealand.

Jeet Raval (84) did the bulk of scoring for the Black Caps in the opening session as West Indies bowlers failed to capitalise on the new ball. Raval along with Tom Latham (22) looked comfortable and brought their 50 run opening stand off 98 deliveries.

The introduction of spin did not help the cause either as Roston Chase (0-78) was smashed for three boundaries in his first three overs - all from Raval's blade.

Just as it looked like another day on the park for the West Indies bowlers, Miguel Cummins (2-37) finally managed to provide a breakthrough when he employed a short ball that Latham nicked behind, ending the 65 run opening stand.

Kane Williamson (43) started the innings positively and New Zealand went into lunch with a score of 87 for one.

Raval completed his fourth Test fifty with a boundary after the restart but West Indies came with a much better plan as they controlled the run flow and kept directing short deliveries. Reifer (1-36) was particularly impressive in putting a lid on the leakage of runs.

Though the floodgates opened in the second hour of the session as Shannon Gabriel (3-79), Kemar Roach (1-45) and Chase leaked boundaries and eventually, it was Cummins once again who provided some respite for the visitors when he had Williamson caught behind.

Gabriel though unsuccessfully reviewed against Raval, he had him caught behind in his next over and New Zealand went into tea with a score of 173 for three.

The final session turned out to be very productive for West Indies with Roach and debutant Reifer snaring Ross Taylor (16 and Henry Nicholls (13) respectively but Colin de Grandhomme (58) turned the heat on the bowlers with another blistering 63 ball knock that had five boundaries and four sixes in it.

Just as he was taking the game away from West Indies, Gabriel, who struggled with the no balls through the day provided the much needed flourish before the stumps claiming both de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner (24) but the hosts are still comfortably placed at 286 for seven on a pitch that is expected to quicken in the next two days.

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