STUMPS!Kyle Jamieson capped off a superb day for New Zealand who continued to consolidate their position in the Test reducingWest Indies to 124/8before stumps were drawn. Jamieson, after his handy knock where he added 50 runs with Nicholls earlier in the day, returned a five-wicket haul – his second in Tests – after striking in just three balls into his opening spell. It began with Tim Southee and ended with Jamieson on the second day in an exhibition of brilliant fast bowling with no West Indian batsman barring Jermaine Blackwood able to resist the New Zealand pace attack.
Blackwood put on a valiant 69, but his resistance ended soon enough. West Indies still trail by 336 runs with two wickets, having lost 5-20 towards the end of the day. How big a lead will New Zealand take? Or do West Indies have a fight left in them? We’ll find out tomorrow. Thank you for your company today. Do join us tomorrow.
FIVE-FER FOR JAMIESON! It’s his second! Wow – he’s been brilliant today.Alzarri Joseph just pokes at one and gets a nick to the keeper.
Jason Holder attempts the pull but it’s the extra bounce that does him in.It was quite a full delivery but the extra bounce from Jamieson does the skipper in. WI slip to 117/7. Just 10 minutes left in the day.
Oh no… edged and taken and there goes Blackwood.Southee has found a way to break this stand and put an end to his resistance. A length delivery that held its line enough to force the batsman to make the error. No mistake from Latham behind the stumps. Gone for 69.
OUUUT!The bowling change has worked for New Zealand with Jamieson ending Brooks’s vigil. The top-of-off plan has succeeded and the reviving stand is broken. Jamieson has his third.
Blackwood has kept New Zealand at bay with a handy knock. Has a fifty even – his second in the series.Remember he was given out and was reversed after using DRS.
50 up for WI
That’s TEA!New Zealand consolidated their position in the Test after reducing West Indies to 42/4at Tea, still behind by 418. That, after they were bowled out for 460. How good were Southee and Boult at the top to have created that pressure? They got a bit of swing and stuck to their strengths. Jamieson’s double-wicket maiden, though, hurt them on the brink of the break. Looks all very familiar here for West Indies. Join us for the final session.
2 wickets, 2 reviews, two dots for Jamieson in that over.
WOW it’s all happening at the Basin Reserve!!Jamieson is on a hat-trick after Chase and Campbell depart if successive balls. Doesn’t get it in the end despite opting for a review. He struck first to get the outside edge off Campbell. Chase has his stumps knocked out. WI reeling at 29/4.
Superb return catch from Southee sees the back of Bravo.WI in trouble… Bravo was lured into the drive and ended up chipping back to the bowler off the middle.
Southee strikes!!How many time have we seen Southee do this? Cramps the batsman for room as the ball shapes away with extra bounce. Takes the outside edge to the slips where Taylor holds on to the catch. WI – 0/1
Brathwaite and Campbell are in the middle. Southee to start. 3 slips and a gully…
ALL OUT! Soft dismissal for Boult, chipping straight to Brooks at short midwicket and New Zealand are bowled out for 460. West Indies will be glad they stuck to the job and did it well in the end to get those last two wickets without too much damage done, although, NZ did manage to get as many as 38 runs since Lunch. Wagner finished with his highest Test score, unbeaten on 66 off 42. New Zealand will be thrilled with the total on the board without having their best batsman and having lost the toss. Of course they were aided by the dropped chances, but the batsmen did well to make merry.
Finally, Nicholls is dismissed for 174 after a 94-run stand.Roston Chase strikes as a sharp catch is taken at extra cover to put an end to a great innings. He was lucky through it, but made it count, being NZ’s pivot through their outing,
450 up for NZ
FIFTY for Wagner in his 50th Test.Smiles all around as he gets to the milestone – much-deserved, this. Comes off just 36 balls. It’s been that knock that has deflated West Indies as the pair has added 69 with 50 coming off Wagner’s bat.
Nicholls’s 164* is now his highest Test score
We’re back after Lunch. Chase to begin proceedings after the break
LUNCH! New Zealand have surged ahead in this game with 422 on the board.This Wagner and Nicholls stand in particular has hurt West Indies, but once again, they only have themselves to blame with as many as three dropped catches in the session. Wagner was dropped twice and ensured he made West Indies pay for it blazing away to his highest Test score. He remains unbeaten on 48 off 33, while Nicholls added to his overnight century to go past 150, unbeaten on 160 at Lunch.
Is there a declaration coming or can a deflated West Indies bowl New Zealand out? We’ll find out on the other side of the break.
WOW – Look at Wagner go after having been dropped earlier! New Zealand go past 400.
150 up for Nicholls!He’s really made the most of his chances. Charmed life, indeed! But thoroughly deserved given how he’s hung in there.
Southee departs for cheap as WI pick up their second wicket this morning.Joseph is the man to strike again as an inside edge knocks Southee’s stumps off.
OUT!!! Finally!Holder leads the way with a catch in the slips. Jamieson looks like he wants to drive, gets the outside edge that was taken by Holder. Good catch and WI have the break. Alzarri Joseph gets the wicket.
50-run stand up between Jamieson and Nicholls
DROPPED!! The curse continues.John Campbell thus time, putting down Jamieson as the stand nears 50. Holder is seething – the captain created the chance once again, but…
Nice little stand between Nicholls and Jamieson building here..has fetched NZ 30 already.
Game time, and here we go!
What an intriguing opening day of Test cricket we had yesterday. On a windy, windy day at the Basin Reserve, New Zealand took firm control, ending the day at 294/6. It was mainly on the back of Henry Nicholls’s unbeaten century, who rode his luck and made the most of a charmed life. It was almost as if West Indies didn’t want to see the back of him given the number of lives he was handed. You could overlook one dropped catch, but three is a bit much, as he went on to score his first ton since 2019.
The scorecard doesn’t do justice to how well the West Indians bowled. They hit the right lengths and created ample chances, however, the fielders didn’t cooperate. Chemar Holder, in particular, was impressive on debut and returned two wickets, while Gabriel picked three.
Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the second Test. Nicholls will be unbeaten on 117 when play resumes. He’s led New Zealand towards 300 runs on a tough opening day, struggling at the start and gaining fluency later. How many can New Zealand get today? Will West Indies’ fielders aid the bowlers?
Let’s find out in a bit.