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West Indies lose advantage on day two after another batting failure

Trent Boult played vital role with both bat and ball
Trent Boult played vital role with both bat and ball

New Zealand 373 (Raval 84) v
West Indies 215-8 (Brathwaite 66)
Second Test, Hamilton, day two

A combined bowling effort from the New Zealand pacers saw them restrict West Indies to 215 for eight at stumps on day two after the Black Caps went on to post 373 runs in their first innings riding on a 61 run stand for the final wicket in the second Test in Hamilton.

New Zealand started the second day with a score of 286 for seven. In the third delivery of the day, Neil Wagner (1) was caught at gully off Kemar Roach (3-58) and Tom Blundell (28) was slowly getting into the groove with his confidence high after a maiden century in the previous game.

Blundell and Tim Southee (31) added 26 runs between them to take the Black Caps past the 300-run mark before the former was castled by Shannon Gabriel (4-119).

Just when it looked like New Zealand's innings was about to come to an end, Southee and Trent Boult (37 not out) had other plans as they struck six boundaries and four sixes to take the momentum away from West Indies with a 61 run partnership.

This is the second time in two games, West Indies let things slip up away unable to take the final wicket with Blundell and Boult doing the damage in the Wellington game. New Zealand eventually managed 373 runs before they were bowled out.

Gabriel and Roach were the pick of the West Indies bowlers as they shared seven wickets between them.

West Indies started the innings in the worse possible manner, losing Kieran Powell (0) in the first over from Tim Southee (2-34). With a six and a four from Shimron Hetmyer (28), West Indies went into lunch with a score of 24 for one.

Hetmyer continued to remain positive at resumption and struck three more boundaries but his 41 run stand with Kraigg Brathwaite (66) was ended by Boult (2-67), who held a return catch off his own bowling.

That was the breakthrough the New Zealand seamers needed and soon a combination of Southee, Boult and Colin de Grandhomme (2-40) dismissed Shai Hope (15), Roston Chase (12) and Sunil Ambris (2) in quick succession to reduce the visitors to 117 for five.

The West Indies slide happened after rain delayed the proceedings for close to 90 minutes and in the process also spiced up the pitch which had a good movement for the seamers.

Shane Dowrich (35) and Raymon Reifer (22 not out) showed brief resistance but a double strike from Wagner (2-73) at the stroke of stumps saw the former and Roach (17) dismissed, leaving West Indies still 158 runs behind with just two wickets in hand.

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