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Taylor Double-Century Boosts New Zealand

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor hit his maiden Test double-century on day two in Dunedin, ending unbeaten on 217
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New Zealand 609-9 dec. (Taylor 217no) v
West Indies 67-2
First Test, Dunedin, day two
Scorecard | Day One

Ross Taylor scored his maiden Test double-century as New Zealand dominated the second day of the opening Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.

The former captain reached 217 not out and New Zealand declared on 609 for nine before reducing the West Indies to 67 for two at stumps.

Taylor faced 319 balls in all, notching a new career-best after he and Brendon McCullum (113) had set a new fourth-wicket record for New Zealand against the West Indies.

McCullum fell soon after, however, when he was bowled by Darren Sammy. Tino Best (3-148) struck twice to remove Corey Anderson for a duck, superbly caught by Denesh Ramdin, and BJ Watling, caught at slip by Kirk Edwards, for 41 before Narsingh Deonarine dismissed Tim Southee (2) and Ish Sodhi (35).

Southee edged the left-arm spinner to Darren Bravo at slip and Sodhi was caught and bowled from a leading edge as he tried to work the ball to leg.

Nevertheless, Taylor and Sodhi added 76 together for the eighth wicket and Neil Wagner's 37 saw 61 runs put on for the ninth.

When Wagner was run out by Bravo and Best, New Zealand declared to give themselves the best part of a session to bowl at the tourists.

They started strongly when Kirk Edwards edged Trent Boult to Peter Fulton at slip for a seven-ball duck and Kieron Powell nicked Tim Southee to wicket-keeper BJ Watling for seven.

However, Bravo then made an unbeaten 37 in 64 balls and Marlon Samuels 14 not out in 44 to give the West Indies hope by batting through the final period of play.

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