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Wagner picks seven as New Zealand dominate West Indies on day one

Neil Wagner registered third best figures for a New Zealand bowler
Neil Wagner registered third best figures for a New Zealand bowler

West Indies 134 (Wagner 7-39) v
New Zealand 85-2 (Latham 37)
First Test, Wellington, day one

Neil Wagner registered his career best figures of 39 for seven as New Zealand bowled out West Indies for just 134 runs in the first innings and knocked down 85 runs off the deficit losing two wickets at stumps on day one of the first Test in Wellington.

The Black Caps won the toss and decided to field first. New Zealand new ball bowlers Trent Boult (2-36) and Matt Henry (0-39) though was tight, failed to get any breakthrough with Kraigg Brathwaite (24) and Kieran Powell (42) nicely settling in.

The second boundary of the innings came in the 10th over by the end of which West Indies were positioned 14 for naught. The first sign of aggression came in the 13th over when Powell slammed Henry for back to back boundaries.

Brathwaite, who survived a run-out chance, brought the 50-run opening stand with a six in the 21st over, forcing Kane Williamson to employ Wagner (7-39) and the plan was pretty evident as a barrage of short deliveries were thrown at the Windies openers.

The ploy did work straightaway for the home side as Brathwaite top-edged a Wagner delivery to fine leg, ending the 59 run opening stand.

All the hard work from the West Indies openers were undone just before lunch as Boult had Powell caught in the slips while Wagner claimed his second when Shimron Hetmyer edged one behind the stumps as well. West Indies ended the session with a score of 75 for three.

With Wagner continuing to push the West Indies batsmen on to the backfoot, he picked four more wickets in his first three overs post lunch with Shai Hope (0), Roston Chase (5) and Sunil Ambris (0) heading back. Ambris also became the first batsman in Test cricket history to be out for a duck with a hitwicket on debut.

Barring a brief resistance from Shane Dowrich (18) and Kemar Roach (14 not out), West Indies collapsed drastically and were bowled out for 139 runs in 45.4 overs. They lost all 10 wickets in a span of 75 runs with Wagner being the wrecker in chief with a seven wicket haul.

New Zealand had a brief six overs to negate before tea which the openers Tom Latham (37) and Jeet Raval (29 not out) managed, scoring nine runs in it.

The openers looked in no trouble and the boundaries came at a decent rate in the final session as the 50-run stand between the duo came in the 18th over with Latham being the major contributor.

West Indies finally had something to celebrate as Jason Holder (1-19) had Latham caught at mid on and soon Roach (1-27) accounted for Kane Williamson (1), who nudged one to the gully but Raval and Ross Taylor (12 not out) ensured they reached 85 for two at stumps.

New Zealand still trail West Indies by 49 runs with eight wickets in hand.

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