The second day of the 3rd test between West Indies and New Zealand was mostly washed out by rain. But the weather did clear out on the evening and we had no interruption in today’s play.

The day started with West Indies at 169 for the loss of 2 wickets and with Kirk Edwards and Bravo at the crease. Wagner started the proceedings for New Zealand and it was a brilliant first over to start with. Things went on slowly for West Indies and both the batsmen looked to spend time at the crease and settle there at the crease. On the 52nd over of the West Indian innings, Edwards made his half century. It was a brilliant innings from him and he looked to move towards a bigger milestone, the hundred. Bravo was struggling in the initial stages to the day’s play. And it was in the 53rd over to the innings, Wagner bowled a delivery wide outside the off-stumps and Bravo while trying to scoop the ball fell in the hands of Williamson at the short cover region. Thus, West Indies lost the first wicket for the day at the score of 197 runs. The veteran master, Chanderpaul came in at the crease next and both of them tried to reduce the deficit to New Zealand’s score by taking singles. There was a review decision went in favour of West Indies in the 56th over and Edwards survived. But Edwards did not manage to stay for long. He was dismissed by Southee while he tried to flick a ball over the mid wicket area. He departed for 58 runs and West Indies were 205 for the loss of 4 wickets.

Ramdin came in next and Ramdin and Chanderpaul started to steady the innings for West Indies but Chanderpaul gave his wicket just on the edge of lunch break and West Indies were in a collapse. At lunch, the score stood 240 for the loss of 5 wickets.

The second session started with West Indies trailing to the Kiwi’s score by 53 runs. Ramdin and Jason Holder tried to put West Indies to the lead but Ramdin did not manage to judge a ball of Boult and was adjourned LBW. Thus West Indies were 6 down and the tail enders were on. Jason Holder managed to score a vital knock of 38 with 5 boundaries to put West Indies in the lead. The tail-enders in the likes of Roach, Benn and Taylor did not manage to contribute much to the total and West Indies were bundled at 317 runs and thus they led by 24 runs. Wagner was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand and he took 4 wickets by conceding 64 runs.

New Zealand started their innings in the3rd session of play and Jerome Taylor opened proceedings for West Indies. West Indies struck in an early breakthrough and New Zealand were 1 for 1 in the 2nd over. Latham was gone for a duck.Roach provided West Indies with the initial breakthrough.Then Williamson and Rutherford did steady the Kiwi innings with a progressive partnership and they added 50 to the total. Finally, in the 15th over to the New Zealand innings, Rutherford was dismissed and he managed to score only 19 runs. Roach clinched his second wicket.

Being 2 down for 56 runs, New Zealand were in some sorts of trouble and Ross Taylor came in next. It was Ross Taylor and Williamson, who were to make scoreboard steady but Ross Taylor was dismissed while he tried to play a casual stroke off Holder and was caught in the hands of Bravo. Next came in the New Zealand skipper, McCullum. He did look to play a solid innings partnering with Williamson. Both of them played well and ensured that the Kiwis do not  lose any further wicket to the end of the day’s play. Williamson completed his 50 just before the conclusion of the day. And at stumps, New Zealand were 123 for the loss of 3 wickets with Williamson at 58 and McCullum at 23.New Zealand lead by 99 runs with 7 wickets in hand.

Two more days remain to the test and the test is heading towards an exciting finish.

New Zealand 1st Innings: 293 (Neesham 78, Benn 5/93); West Indies 1ST Innings: 317 (Brathwaite 68, Wagner 4/64); New Zealand 2nd Innings: 123/3 (Williamson 58*, Roach 2/30)

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