Windies trail NZ by 152 in second Test

Kraigg Brathwaite

Kraigg Brathwaite

West Indies stand-in captain Kraigg Braithwaite might have had cause at lunch to question his decision to bowl on winning the toss.

New Zealand need only to draw in Hamilton to claim the series after inflicting an innings defeat on the West Indies in the first Test.

Windies lost the first Test by an innings and will be without their captain Jason Holder for the second Test that starts on Saturday in Hamilton.

The loss of Shai Hope (28), Roston Chase (12), Sunil Ambris (2) and Brathwaite after the rain break Sunday followed that pattern.

The increased swing became evident in the dismissal of Hope who received a ball from Tim Southee which angled into him, straightened and which the batsman edged to Ross Taylor at first slip.

Colin de Grandhomme then muscled a 71-ball hundred and Tom Blundell hit a debut ton as New Zealand replied with 520-9 declared, before dismissing Holder's team for 319 second time around.

Remember that West Indian batsman that stepped on his stumps with his first ball in Test cricket?

The West Indies ended day two on 215/8 and will continue batting on Monday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the day before). At 87-2 and with Brathwaite and Hope together in a 44-run partnership for the third wicket, the West Indies looked to be finding their footing in the match but the rain dampened their fightback. At the Seddon Park, Ambris did get off the mark but a short ball from paceman Trent Boult saw Ambris rock back on his back foot in an attempt to manoeuvre the ball on the leg side.

Despite losing Wagner and Blundell, Boult and Southee refused to go down without a fight and amassed a 61-run partnership before New Zealand were bowled out for 373 when Southee was caught and bowled by Roach for 31.

The New Zealand bowlers chipped away and the wickets came. "We put on some valuable runs there at the end".

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