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Hosts New Zealand is in a driving seat at the stumps on day 2 of the first Test against West Indies at Basin Reserve (Wellington).

New Zealand began the day on their overnight score 85/2 and stretched that to 447/9 before the end of the day’s play. At stumps, of the day 2, New Zealand leads by 313 runs

Brief Scores: Windies – 134 (Kieran Powell 42, Kraigg Brathwaite 24, Neil Wagner 7/39)

New Zealand – 447/9 (Colin de Grandhomme 105, Ross Taylor 93, Kemar Roach 3/73)

Here are some statistical highlights of Day 2 of the first Test:

  1. New Zealand batsmen Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls put an important 127 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. It is New Zealand’s fourth highest 4th wicket Test partnership against West Indies. Here is the detail list:

New Zealand’s top fourth wicket Test partnerships against West Indies

Partners’ names Runs scored Venue Year
Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor 195 Dunedin 2013
Nathan Astle and Mathew Sinclair 189 Wellington 1999
Bevan Congdon and Brian Hastings 175 Bridgetown 1972
Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls 127 Wellington 2017

 

 

  1. New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor was dismissed on 93 runs. It was Taylor’s third nervous nineties in Test career and all of these happened on the home soil. With this innings, it is the most no.of nervous nineties scored by any New Zealand batsman at home in Test cricket.
Ross Taylor

 

  1. At the stumps, New Zealand’s Test debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell remained unbeaten on 57 runs. He became the third New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman to play a 50+ knock on Test debut. Here is a detailed list:

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman who have played a 50+ innings on Test debut

Player Runs scored Opposition Venue Year
Brendon McCullum 57 South Africa Hamilton 2004
Luke Ronchi 88 England Leeds 2015
Tom Blundell 57* Windies Wellington 2017

 

 

  1. New Zealand batsman Colin de Grandhomme (105) played a quick-fire century knock as he completed his century in just 71 deliveries. Here are some important stats of this innings:
Colin de Grandhomme

i) It is the second fastest Test century scored by any New Zealand batsman. Here is the top 5 fastest Test century scored by any New Zealand batsman.

Player Balls taken to complete century Opposition Venue Year
Brendon McCullum 54 Australia Christchurch 2016
Colin de Grandhomme 71 Windies Wellington 2017
Brendon McCullum 74 Sri Lanka Christchurch 2014
Brendon McCullum 78 Pakistan Sharjah 2014
Ross Taylor 81 Australia Hamilton 2010

 

ii) It is the fastest Test hundred scored by any batsman against West Indies. Here is the list of top 5 fastest Test century by any batsman against West Indies.

Player (Team) Balls taken to complete century Venue Year
Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand) 71 Wellington 2017
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 78 Bridgetown 2005
Virender Sehwag (India) 78 Gros Islet 2006
David Warner (Australia) 82 Sydney 2016
Bruce Taylor (New Zealand) 83 Auckland 1969

 

iii) It is the joint ninth fastest Test century in overall Test cricket history. Here is the list of top 10 fastest Test century.

Player (Team) Balls taken to complete century Opposition Venue Year
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) 54 Australia Christchurch 2016
Viv Richards (West Indies) 56 England St. John’s 1986
Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 56 Australia Abu Dhabi 2014
Adam Gilchrist (Australia) 57 England Perth 2006
Jack Gregory (Australia) 67 South Africa Johannesburg 1921
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) 69 Australia Georgetown 2003
David Warner (Australia) 69 India Perth 2012
Chris Gayle (West Indies) 70 Australia Perth 2009
Roy Fredericks (West Indies) 71 Australia Perth 1975
Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand) 71 Windies Wellington 2017

 

 

  1. New Zealand batsmen Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Blundell put on a brilliant 148 runs partnership for the 7th wicket. It is the highest seventh-wicket Test partnership for New Zealand against West Indies. The previous record for the seventh wicket partnership was 143 runs partnership between Martin Crowe and Ian Smith at Georgetown in 1985.

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