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New Zealand stretch first innings lead to 313 after de Grandhomme masterclass

Ross Taylor slammed 93 run knock
Ross Taylor slammed 93 run knock

West Indies 134 (Wagner 7-39) v
New Zealand 447-9 (de Grandhomme 105)
First Test, Wellington, day two

Colin de Grandhomme smashed the third fastest century for New Zealand as they stretched their first innings lead to 313 runs with one wicket in hand at stumps on day two of the first Test against West Indies in Wellington.

New Zealand resumed day two with a score of 85 for two. Jeet Raval (42) along with Ross Taylor (93) were expected to carry on from where they left on the previous day, but Kemar Roach (3-73) produced absolute beauty to have the former caught behind.

The West Indies bowlers were sloppy for the most part of the first session as they frequently overstepped, aiding the confidence of Taylor, who started to deal in boundaries as Henry Nicholls (67) was settling at the other end.

With a boundary in the 57th over, Taylor completed his 28th Test half-century and also the 50-run partnership with Nicholls. As the runs were coming at a decent pace, the former New Zealand captain even went past the 10,000 run-mark in first-class cricket and they ended the session with a score of 181 for three.

West Indies captain Jason Holder (1-85) had Nicholls caught behind in the third ball after the restart but adding to the frustration, he had overstepped. The 100-run stand between Nicholls and Taylor came in the 75th over and soon the second new ball was taken by West Indies.

As New Zealand went well past the 200-run mark, Nicholls completed his half-century but Taylor fell seven runs short of a century with West Indies using a review to overturn an LBW decision. New Zealand reached 267 for four at tea.

A double strike from Miguel Cummins (2-74) at the start of the final session saw the back of Mitchell Santner (17) and Nicholls but de Grandhomme (105) and Tom Blundell (57 not out) blunted the Windies attack with an attacking 148 run stand that came in quick time.

De Grandhomme in particular punished the wayward deliveries and brought his ton off just 71 deliveries - third fastest for a New Zealand batsman. His overall knock had 11 fours and three sixes as New Zealand went close to the 300-run lead.

Blundell played contrasting innings and reached a patient half-century on his debut innings. At the run of play, New Zealand lost de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner (3) and Matt Henry (4) but they ended the day with a lead of 313 runs with the final wicket in hand.

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