Narine Checks New Zealand Progress

Narine Checks New Zealand Progress
Narine Checks New Zealand Progress
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New Zealand 232-4 (Guptill 97, Narine 3-73) v West Indies
First Test, Antigua, day one

West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine took his first Test wickets to check New Zealand's progress on the opening day of the first Test in Antigua.

Martin Guptill fell three runs short of a century, becoming the third of Narine's victims late in the day after New Zealand had won the toss and chosen to bat first.

They started strongly as Daniel Flynn (45) and Guptill, whose 97 came from 249 deliveries, put on 97 for the first wicket before Narine had Flynn caught by Kieran Powell.

Brendon McCullum made a breezy 25 in 43 balls but fell when he was caught by Narsingh Deonarine off Kemar Roach.

90 runs were added for the third wicket between Guptill and captain Ross Taylor, who hit 45 in 96 balls but their stand was ended by Narine, who bowled Taylor.

Guptill looked set to register a third Test century but was thwarted when he too offered a catch to Deonarine off Narine.

Debutant Neil Wagner was unbeaten on four and Kane Williamson had two when stumps were drawn.

© Cricket World 2012

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