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Woeful Windies staring at another huge defeat after Taylor ton

Ross Taylor's knock has put New Zealand in dominant position
Ross Taylor's knock has put New Zealand in dominant position

New Zealand 373 & 291-8 dec (Taylor 107no) v
West Indies 221 & 30-2 (Boult 1-11)
Second Test, Hamilton, day three

After Ross Taylor slammed his 17th century to help New Zealand set a target of 444 runs, West Indies lost two wickets before stumps on day three and were restricted to 30 for two in the second Test in Hamilton.

New Zealand's declaration meant, West Indies had a brief eight over period to negate before stumps but Trent Boult (1-11) struck in the second over to have Kieran Powell (0) caught in the slips.

Even though Kraigg Brathwaite (13 not out) and Shimron Hetmyer (15) counterattacked with three boundaries combined in the next three overs, Tim Southee (1-18) accounted for the latter, who chipped one to the mid-off fielder and West Indies ended the day with a score of 30.

The visitors will head into the fourth day needing 414 more runs to win with eight wickets in hand.

Earlier, West Indies resumed their first innings with a score of 215 for eight but it took New Zealand just two overs to clean them up with Boult (4-73) castling Miguel Cummins (15) and Shannon Gabriel (0) in successive deliveries.

Starting their second innings with a handy lead of 152, the Black Caps lost Jeet Raval (4) to Cummins (3-69) but Tom Latham (22) and skipper Kane Williamson (54) consolidated the innings before Latham was trapped LBW by Raymon Reifer (1-52).

Williamson dealt in boundaries and struck six of it to complete a 54-ball half-century and New Zealand went into lunch with a score of 96 for two, stretching their lead to 248 runs.

Cummins provided some respite for the visitors removing Williamson and Henry Nicholls (5) at the start of the second session but Taylor (107 not out) with brief support from Mitchell Santner (26) and Colin de Grandhomme (22) took the lead past the 350 run mark.

Taylor brought his 29th Test fifty just before tea during which New Zealand managed to reach 190 for five.

The final session saw the former New Zealand captain upping the ante as he scored at run a ball to complete his 17th Test century and despite double strikes from Roston Chase (2-51) and Gabriel (2-51), New Zealand went on to reach 291 for eight when the declaration came.

Taylor remained unbeaten and West Indies were set a target of 444 in their final innings.

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