It was the first day of the Second test match between New Zealand Vs West Indies at the Queens Park Oval,Port of Spain,Trinidad. New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first and an exciting start to the test was expected.
It was Tom Latham and Hamish Rutherford, who opened the innings for New Zealand. Tom Latham was the key player of the New Zealand team on the 1st day. He played a responsible innings in the 1st match and this left handed batsman scored 82 off 163 ball with 10 boundariesand S/R of 50.3. But Hamish did not click on the first day. He scored only 3 off 22 balls. He decided to play aggressively at the first ball of eight over of Taylor and he paid for it. Taylor pitched it up,Hamish came forward and pushed emphatically, but it was a thick edge which carried safely to Gayle at first slip. He had to go back to the dressing room. At that time score was 16/1 on the scoreboard. Kane Williamson came out from the dug-out. He performed quite well on the first day. He scored 42 off 102 balls with 5 boundaries and S/R of 40.4.
Second session of the innings was horrible for Kiwi’s. Shannon Gabriel was bowling the 43th over. It was the fifth ball and he banged it in short, it rose high just offside off, Williamson pulled and catch was taken safely at fine leg by Holder. The score was 120/2 then. Latham was playing out of his shell. At 52th over Kemar Roach struck down the next wicket. He got Tom driving a length ball again and thick edge went dying onto Benn at gully.
Score was 143/6 at that time. The Kiwi Captain did not click on the 1st day. He scored only 4 off 6 balls. The fall of 4th wicket was too early for the team. In 55th over Benn was bowling to him. His ball hit Mccullam’s pad. Benn appealed for LBW by Umpire tucker said no. He immediately wanted to use review and Caribbean team took the review. Ball tracker showed that it hit the middle stump near the top and there was no inside edge of bat, and Umpire Tucker raised his finger at last. James Neesham did not play well in the first innings too. He scored only 15 off 25 balls. Taylor took two wickets in 62nd and 64th over. In the 62nd over Neesham flashed at a short and side one, Gayle took the screamer at first slip. Score was 192/5 on scoreboard. BJ Watling pushed without moving his feet at a pitched up ball outside off and feathered it through to the keeper. Score was 198/6 then. Taylor took his last wicket by strike down Ish Sodhi. Fall of this wicket was 199/7. Tim Southee was out LBW by Benn. It was Benn’s 2nd wicket in the first innings. Score was 210/8 then on the scoreboard. In 72nd over Gabriel took the wicket of Mark Craig. He scored only 4 off 7 ball. He got out when the score was 215/9. Trent Boult was the last man of the show. Benn took his 3rd wicket in 75th over and the Kiwi team ended up with 221 run on the scoreboard.
West Indies started their journey on the same day. They played only 7 overs on day-1. In 3rd over Boult struck out a strong pillar of the team Chris Gayle. Night Watchman came out from dugout. They ended up with 6 runs at the end of the first day. Caribbeans need a head start in the 2nd day to give Kiwi team a tight fight.