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Neil Wagner (second left) celebrates one of his four wickets
Neil Wagner (second left) celebrates one of his four wickets
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New Zealand 293 & 123-3 (Williamson 58no) v
West Indies 317 (Brathwaite 68)
Third Test, Barbados, day three

New Zealand closed day three of fhe decisive third Test against the West Indies in Barbados with a lead of 99 runs after they enjoyed their best day of the match so far.

They managed to restrict the West Indies, bowled out for 317 replying to 293, to a lead of 24 as Neil Wagner finished with four wickets.

Then, an unbeaten half-century from Kane Williamson helped them close on 123 for three as they began to build a lead.

After most of day two was lost to rain, play began early with the West Indies on 169 for two.

They made steady progress but New Zealand struck with regular wickets, left-armer Wagner removing Darren Bravo (24), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (15) and Sulieman Benn (1) to add to the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite (68) on day two.

Kirk Edwards made 58 before he was removed by Tim Southee, Denesh Ramdin made 45 and debutant Jason Holder hit an accomplished 38 in 76 balls on debut to help the West Indies into the lead.

Wagner finished with four for 64, Trent Boult two for 71, Jimmy Neesham two for 12, Southee one for 63 and Mark Craig one for 90.

In reply, Kemar Roach struck quickly to dismiss openers Tom Latham (0) and Hamish Rutherford (6) and Holder took a wicket - his first in Tests - with his first ball when Ross Taylor was caught by Darren Bravo at slip.

That left New Zealand on 68 for three after 18.1 overs and after Brendon McCullum survived a huge leg-before appeal three balls into his innings, the West Indies losing a review in the process, he and Williamson began to put their side back on top.

Williamson struck 11 fours in his 101-ball innings while McCullum found the boundary three times in 47 balls.

New Zealand will be hoping the pair can bat on for long enough on day four to build a decisive advantage, something which looked an unlikely scenario when Benn and Roach shared nine of the wickets to bowl them out on the opening day.

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