Live Cricket Score – New Zealand vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 3, Wellington

STUMPS! As expected, there’s no improvement in the light situation and the day’s play has been abandoned due to bad light.It’s official now. Play will start early tomorrow as a result.West Indies will be thrilled with the heart they’ve shown today, with skipper Jason Holder’s 60* vital in forcing the game to a fourth day with West Indies trailing by 85 runs.

New Zealand’s pacers looked quite tired towards the end having enforced the follow-on after bowling out WI for 131 earlier in the day. Southee and Jamieson returned five-wicket hauls before Boult and Jamieson stepped up in the second innings. However, a better batting outing for WI meant NZ were denied a win and a series sweep on Day 3.

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Bad light stops play.Umpires offer West Indies batsmen bad light stoppage and they take it gladly. They’re still trailing by 85 runs. 15 minutes to go, if play doesn’t resume in that time, that’s it for today.

FIFTY FOR HOLDER!Well played, skipper! It’s been a tough tour for them but at least they’ve shown a bit of fight this innings.

Da Silva and Holder have added 50 runs for the seventh wicket with Holder on 47

200 up for West Indies; Holder’s going after the bowling.West Indies are trailing by 126 at the moment. Can West Indies hold on long enough to make them bat again?

GONE! Boult may have gone for a few, but he’s picked up his third wicket.And it’s the big fish – Blackwood! Horror shot from him against an inswinger just to have the poles rattled.Gone for 20 as WI slip further to 173/6.

We’re back after tea for the final session

TEA – Although West Indies resisted New Zealand for most parts in the session, New Zealand continued to chip away forcing WI to go into the break at 158/5. Campbell and Brooks led WI’s fightback, but a clump of wickets undid their hard work. Wagner broke that 89-run stand after which Jamieson struck in quick succession to get Chase and Campbell. New Zealand need just five wickets for that innings defeat with WI still trailing by 171. Back after the break for the final session.

150 up for West Indies

Dragged on and Campbell’s resistance comes to an end.Jamieson is in action once again. Little bit of width and he hung the bat out there, unsure of how to play the angel, only to drag it back on and disturb the stumps. He departs for his highest Test score of 68. WI – 134/5.

Edged and taken!! Chase has a pair in this Test – gone for a duck in both innings.This is the one that stayed straight and took the outside edge to Latham in the slips.

There’s the wicket New Zealand were looking for and the stand is broken!Brooks undone by that extra bounce and ends up with an edge to the keeper. Wagner rewarded for his persistence.

FIFTY FOR CAMPBELL!What a knock it’s been after that meed first-innings submission. Today, under pressure, he was aggressive and got his shots in. He didn’t let New Zealand’s bowlers set in with their lengths.

New Zealand reviewto no avail. There’s a flat line on Brooks’s bat.

50-run stand between Brooks and Shamarh.

We’re back after Lunch… can this pair build on the platform they’ve set?

That’s Lunch!West Indies have come out with some positive intent here in their second innings to keep New Zealand from getting on top of them after Trent Boult’s double-wicket over. The openers first got off to a good start where they went after the bowlers to seize momentum. The wickets brought a brief pause, but Shamarh Brooks and John Campbell ensured there were no further inroads made as they went to Lunch at 73/2, still behind by 256.

50 up for West Indies

One gets two for WI! Darren Bravo cops one on the helmet as his horror series continues.Bravo tries to duck against a short delivery but is unable to get his hands out of the way in time as the ball lobs straight to gully. Boult will be pleased to have gotten among the wickets.

Brathwaite and Campbell attack from the onset and go after NZ’s bowlers, getting their side off to a flying start. Oh, hang on a minute!! Will Young dives and plucks out a screamer just inches above the ground.Boult can’t believe it! He didn’t have a wicket so far this Test.

REVIEW!New Zealand appeal for a leg before. They seem quite certain, but DRS shows it to be missing legstumps.

SOUTHEE GETS 5! WI 131 all out.Didn’t take long for Southee to get the last two wickets this morning. NZ enforce the follow-on, having taken a lead of 329!Both Jamieson and Southee returned five-wicket hauls. It had all begun with two early wickets from Southee before Jamieson raised his hand and delivered. It took just four bowlers and 56.4 overs to bowl them out. Can West Indies resist this NZ attack for a second time in two days? Join us after the break.

OUT! The move works, which is why Southee was brought in!Gets a faint nick off an outswinger and Joshua da Silva is gone. He was caught in two minds – leave or not to leave the outswinger, but left the decision a tad too long. WI are 127/9.

Southee takes over after the one over from Wagner. Boult will begin proceedings at the other end.

What a star that Kyle Jamieson is, isn’t he? He’s well and truly announced himself on the international stage with his second five-wicket haul in four games. He was instrumental in dismantling West Indies and reducing them to 124/8 after New Zealand had finished with 460 in their first innings. Henry Nicholls’s 174, Neil Wagner’s late unbeaten 66 in quick time helped them in that endeavour before Tim Southee and Jamieson took charge to give their side the upper hand.

Hello and welcome to the third day’s play between New Zealand and West Indies with the hosts having a significant advantage thanks to the collapse WI saw late on Day 2. Jermaine Blackwood once again stood up and resisted the NZ attack with a half-century, but there was no other significant fight other than that.

Can West Indies stage fightback or will NZ force them to follow on? We’ll find out in a bit.

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