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New Zealand Solid, West Indies 166 Ahead

New Zealand celebrate the wicket of Kemar Roach
New Zealand celebrate the wicket of Kemar Roach
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New Zealand 221 & 73-1 (Williamson 38no) v
West Indies 460 (Brathwaite 129, Bravo 109)
Second Test, Trinidad, day three

New Zealand were solid as they made their way to 73 for one in their second innings to close day three of the second Test against the West Indies in Trinidad 166 runs behind.

Jermaine Blackwood made 63 on debut as the West Indies were bowled out for 460 in their second innings, adding 150 runs to their overnight score of 310 for five.

New Zealand, who lead the three-match series 1-0, then lost the wicket of Brendon McCullum for three before Tom Latham and Kane Williamson batted them through to the close.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi had earlier finished with four for 96 and left-arm quick Trent Boult three for 75 for the tourists.

West Indies added 23 runs in the morning session before nightwatchman Kemar Roach was caught by Jimmy Neesham for a workmanlike six in 41 balls.

Blackwood was called up to replace Marlon Samuels in the squad for this match and quickly settled, adding 47 runs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul for the seventh wicket.

Chandrpaul fell for 47 when he was Sodhi was trapped in front but with support from captain Denesh Ramdin (32), Blackwood reached a well-deserved half-century in 93 balls.

He hit six fours and a brace of sixes before Sodhi had him caught by Ross Taylor and the leg-spinner struck again to end the innings when Jerome Taylor was caught by Mark Craig for four.

Ramdin was caught by Taylor off Neesham and Shannon Gabriel was unbeaten on nought.

With Hamish Rutherford unable to bat in his usual position at the top of the order, McCullum stepped up but lasted just 17 balls.

Rapped on the pads as he tried to flick Taylor through the leg-side, even a review couldn't reprieve him and the onfield decision was upheld.

Latham then hit 30 in 112 balls and Williamson 38 in 118 to steady New Zealand's ship and compile an unbroken 64-run stand for the second wicket.

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