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Rain Stalls West Indian Progress

Kirk Edwards cuts as BJ Watling looks on
Kirk Edwards (right) struck a quickfire unbeaten 42 before the rain arrived
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New Zealand 293 (Neesham 78, Benn 5-93) v
West Indies 169-2 (Brathwaite 68)
Third Test, Barbados, day two

The West Indies were rapidly eating into New Zealand's lead on day two of the decisive third Test in Barbados before rain stopped play after lunch and no resumption was possible.

Having bowled New Zealand out for 293, the West Indies scored at more than four runs per over before lunch and were nicely placed at 169 for two when the rain arrived.

Kraigg Brathwaite top scored with 68 as he followed up his century in Trinidad with another good innings.

Just 33.2 overs of play were possible on the day, however, leaving New Zealand 124 runs ahead.

Resuming on 32 without loss, the West Indies faced a battle early up as New Zealand targeted Chris Gayle with a barrage of short balls.

He didn't look completely comfortable but he survived to take advantage when the ball was presented fuller to hammer three well-struck boundaries during a knock of 42 in 53 balls.

He fell when he charged off-spinner Mark Craig and was caught in the deep by Hamish Rutherford, ending a 79-run opening stand with Brathwaite.

Brathwaite faced 116 balls and hit 10 fours before he miscued a drive and was caught by a tumbling Tim Southee off Neil Wagner.

He and Kirk Edwards, who fairly raced to 42 not out in 64 balls, had added 74 together for the second wicket.

Edwards played a number of powerful strokes with four fours and one six that flew quickly and low over long-on.

Darren Bravo was unbeaten on eight in 22 balls - both of his scoring strokes coming from boundaries - when play was finally called off for the day.

Sulieman Benn (5-93) and Kemar Roach (4-61) bowled the West Indies into a strong position on day one despite Jimmy Neesham's counter-attacking 78.

New Zealand won the opening Test in Jamaica by 186 runs before the West Indies responded by winning in Trinidad by 10 wickets.

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