Nicholls headlines New Zealand’s day at the Basin Reserve with his unbeaten 117 as the hosts end the day on 294/6.The wicket had assistance throughout the day for the pacers on a windy day, but WI only have themselves to blame for the 124 runs scored in the final session in quite good time. Daryl Mitchell’s fluency helped Nicholls settle in, in otherwise what was tough work for the batsmen.
Shannon Gabriel’s 3-57 led West Indies, while Chemar Holder was lion-hearted and was rewarded with two wickets. It was a tough day for New Zealand, yet they found a way to near 300 at the end of day’s play. Nicholls worked hard, for his runs albeit living a charmed life, but made it count in the end. All in all, a good day’s worth of Test cricket. Thank you for your company today. Do join us tomorrow for Day 2.
WI TAKE THE NEW BALL
West Indies have struck just as on the brink of day’s close.Mitchell is the man trapped leg before off Chemar who deservedly has been rewarded for some great bowling today. NZ review, but three reds and he has to go. It was a fuller delivery and he’s beaten the batsman.
CENTURY No.6 for Henry Nicholls!He rode his luck to get to a gusty century to put New Zealand in a strong position.Superb! He struggled early on to find fluency gradually. More importantly, he’s found ways to survive.
250 up for NZ as Mitchell and Nicholls bring up their 50-run stand; has also come in quick time
WICKETWest Indies have struck after Tea. BJ Watling is caught behind. West Indies use their review well and Jason Holder gets his first wicket of the match. 203 for 5
Back after Tea for the final session
TEA! The session belonged to New Zealand to go into the break on 170/4 –losing just Will Young in the session. West Indies should’ve taken honours as well, just if they had held on to their chances. They put down as many as 5 – can’t expect bragging rghts thereafter really. They didn’t hit the right lengths all session, unable to emulate what they had done towards the latter half of the opening one. Nonetheless, Gabriel remained brilliant in his 50th Test and picked his 150th wicket when he got Young. How many can NZ get in the final session?
FIFTY FOR NICHOLLS!Lived a charmed life so far today. It has been a gutsy innings with West indies’ bowlers bowling good spells. He’s braved through and made the chances count.
DROPPED AGAIN! Outside edge to slip and it’s spilled again. You’re joking!!Chemar pitches it up and has Nicholls playing at it. Some movement ekes out the edge and it’s flown to the slips. Holder, who just plucked out a stunner, gets in front of Bravo and he ends up spilling it in the end. Chemar is quite disappointed. Rightly so.
AND OUT!! This time it’s a stunner from Jason Holder at second slip that has put an end to the 70-run stand.It’s low and the captain dives and plucks it out one-handed. Gabriel getts the breakthrough once again for his third today. He gets his 150th Test wicket.
DROPPED!Regulation catch for Darren Bravo in the slip, but it’s PUT DOWN! Gabriel isn’t happy. Bravo seemed to have wanted to celebrate before even completing the catch. Nicholls survives, but only just. How many more lives? He’s nearing a half-century
100 up for New Zealand –Young and Nicholls have done really well to keep WI at bay in the second session so far. They’ve steered their side to 134/3 amidst a fifty-run stand here.
DROPPED!Nicholls is handed a life here on 21…In and out. Was a tough chance at forward short leg, but should’ve been taken really.
Back after lunch…
That’ll be lunch and WI have done well to keep NZ to 82/3.They’ve also got the big fish out and will be pleased with their recovery after the start they got. Taylor looked uncomfortable from the onset and that probing fuller length didn’t make it easy. Once WI found that length to trouble the batsmen, and with a bit of swing, they were hard to contain. Latham and Blundell were victims of that length that was pulled back after WI bowled a bit too full in the first hour.
Can Young and Nicholls stage a stand and keep WI at bay? Join us in the middle session.
OUT!!Beautiful from Gabriel, this. After that punishing early on, he’s come back so well. It’s the big wicket of Ross Taylor who gets an outside edge – the lengths West Indies have hit in the last half an hour have been brilliant! The ball is suddenly doing plenty with the bowlers getting a bit of swing even.
Round the wicket once again and it’s the perfect length to Latham that ekes out the edge.Astraightforward catch to da Silva, but it’s Chemar Holder’s maiden Test wicket!! What a moment for the debuting pair.
50 up for New Zealand
At drinks, WI have done well to pull things back a tad bit.NZ are 43/1 after that riveting first hour.
OUCH! Latham is struck on the elbow… the physio is out to have a look.He looks like he’s in quite a lot of pain.
OUT!! Finally, Gabriel gets his length right and the ball nips back to knock over Blundell’s stumps. WI have their first wicket.Perfect line, perfect length, and seam movement combined for the undoing of Blundell.
NZ are off to a flying start with 22 on the board in three overs
Shannon Gabriel to kickstart proceedings. NZ’s openers – Latham and Blundell – are in the middle. Both sides take the knee before the first ball.
50th Test for Neil Wagner, this. As for Shannon Gabriel.
What do you guys think?
Exciting talents for West Indies making their debuts!
West Indies XI:Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Joshua Da Silva(w), Alzarri Joseph, Chemar Holder, Shannon Gabriel
New Zealand XI: Tom Latham(c), Tom Blundell(w), Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Toss: West Indies win the toss and will bowl first.It’s a windy, windy day in Wellington. Going to be quite challenging for the bowlers.
West Indies: Two forced changes – Joshua da Silva and Chemar Holder will debut.For New Zealand, BJ Watling comes in for Kane Williamson.
That New Zealand won the first Test against West Indies by their biggest-ever margin – of an innings and 134 runs – shows the disparity that existed between the two sides in Hamilton. It wasn’t exactly the failure of the tourists as much as the brilliance of New Zealand – with both bat and ball. It all came down to stitching partnerships as noted by even skipper Jason Holder. Alzarri Joseph and Jermaine Blackwood shared a 155-run stand for the seventh wicket at Seddon Park and showed some resistance; but all said and done, skipper Holder wants his side to stop talking and start delivering. Will it happen today?
Hello, and welcome to their second and final Test between New Zealand and West Indies. It is the last game of their tour n Wellington where both teams have made a few changes. The one that headlined the second Test is the absence of Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, who is on paternity leave for the birth of his first child. Tom Latham will step in for him. While for West Indies, Shane Dowrich and Kemar Roach have returned home for their own personal reasons. How much of a difference will that make? Joshua da Silva is likely to make his Test debut, although, Shimron Hetmyer may spoil those plans.
Let’s find out more at the toss. Stay tuned.