The first 3 days of the test went evenly for both the teams. The 2nd day of the test was washed out mostly. New Zealand were in cruise control of the game at stumps of Day 3. They leaded West Indies by 99 runs with 7 wickets in hand to amplify the lead. Williamson and skipper, Brendon McCullum were at the crease at the end of third day’s play. Both were going along quite nicely and in the process were increasing the lead. It was Shillingford for West Indies who started the proceedings for them with the ball.

Both the batsmen started the day nicely but in the 4th over of the day, Keimar Roach struck in for the home team. It was a dramatic dismissal of LBW. McCullum was initially given out but he went for review but in vain. Thus West Indies got the start which they required and it was Roach’s 99th test wicket. McCullum scored 25. Next came in Jimmy Neesham and he was also assisting Williamson well and soon, both were moving at a steady pace and were heading towards another brilliant partnership. Neesham also came in the flow of runs and he also smacked the ball well. No West Indies bowlers were able to create any trouble for these two batsmen and for yet another time, we witnessed a disappointing effort by Jerome Taylor. He did not manage to bowl well at all and went for plenty. Even Benn was hit for runs.

In the 57th over of the innings delivered by Benn, Williamson completed his century. It was his 7th test century and this young talent is becoming gold for New Zealand. Also, Williamson completed his 400 runs in this series. An over later, Neesham scored his half century but he was dismissed immediately after that. He was dismissed for a score of 51 runs by Jason Holder. BJ Watling came in next and started to settle down. Williamson, at the other end was carrying on with his good work. At lunch, New Zealand were 260 runs for the loss of 5 wickets with Williamson unbeaten at 121 runs.

The second session started thus and it was again the weather which came as a spoilsport. There were quite a few overs prior to the rain in the second session and Watling was dismissed by Roach after sometime and he was dismissed while playing a loose shot. But this wicket was the 100th test wicket for Roach and he became the 19th West Indian to have 100 or more wickets in tests. But rain came in after a few overs and New Zealand were 314 for the loss of 6 wickets then with Williamson completing his 150 runs.

It was in the final session when rain stopped and the play resumed. New Zealand carried on the momentum and it was for once again when West Indian bowling did not manage to dominate over the opposition. Finally, the 7th wicket of New Zealand fell in the form of Tim Southee and he was dismissed by Taylor. Mark Craig came in next and it was after few overs to the session when rain came in again and play was interrupted. It was a heavy downpour and thus chances for further play in the day were flickering away.

New Zealand, at the stage was 331 runs for the loss of 7 wickets with Williamson remaining unbeaten at 161 runs and Craig at 4. Roach was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies today and he picked up 4 wickets in the innings by conceding 55 runs. As it stands, New Zealand are leading by 303 runs and things are getting tougher for West Indies. The final day will surely be a decider one.   


New Zealand 1st Innings: 293 (Neesham 78, Benn 5/93); West Indies 1ST Innings: 317 (Brathwaite 68, Wagner 4/64); New Zealand 2nd Innings: 331/7 (Williamson 161*, Roach 4/55)

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