New Zealand Frustrate West Indies

Hamish Rutherford bats during day four in Trinidad
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New Zealand 221 & 257-8 v
West Indies 460 (Brathwaite 129, Bravo 109)
Second Test, Trinidad, day four

New Zealand took the second Test against the West Indies in Trinidad into a fifth and final day but have just two wickets remaining in their second innings and a lead of 18.

The Black Caps closed on 257 for eight as they stonewalled their way through much of the day, preventing a West Indian charge for victory.

Kane Williamson top scored with 52 in 178 balls and only Jimmy Neesham (7) failed to reach double figures while he and Tim Southee (15 in 12) were the only two to spend less than 30 balls at the crease on the day.

For the West Indies, Kemar Roach took three for 53 including a brace of wickets with the new ball that seemed likely to bowl his side to an innings win.

Mark Craig survived a dropped catch at short leg to reach stumps on 29 not out in 102 balls, alongside BJ Watling, who had made 38 in 150 deliveries.

The pair stretched their ninth-wicket partnership to 45 to put New Zealand into a slim lead.

Ross Taylor (36 in 88 balls), Tom Latham (36 in 138) and Hamish Rutherford (13 in 34) also played their part while Ish Sodhi (14) and Southee were the men to fall to Roach late on.

Jerome Taylor returned two for 46, Sulieman Benn two for 62 including a stunning caught and bowled to remove Neesham and Shannon Gabriel one for 56.

Centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo set up the West Indies' strong position as they replied to 221 with a score of 460.

New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the opening match in Jamaica by 186 runs.

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