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Taylor double puts New Zealand on top

West Indies ends second day on 67 for 2, trailing by 542 runs after Taylor’s maiden double-century

Taylor double puts New Zealand on top - Cricket News
Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates the wicket of Kirk Edwards.
Ross Taylor’s maiden double-century gave New Zealand a vice-like grip on its first Test against West Indies on Wednesday (December 4) in Dunedin. New Zealand declared its innings on 609 for 9, before picking off two wickets as West Indies ended the second day on 67 for 2.
 
West Indies had to face 24 overs before stumps, and sound found itself in trouble when Trent Boult angled a ball across Kirk Edwards, who edged it straight to Peter Fulton in the slips. Edwards was out for a duck, and Kieran Powell, the other opener, followed him back to the pavilion soon after, edging Tim Southee behind for 7, to be caught by BJ Watling, as West Indies found itself 24 for 2.
 
Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels batted through till the close, surviving confident appeals, but West Indies was still trailing by a massive 542 runs. Boult ended the day with 1 for 7 in eight overs, while Southee had 1 for 15 from seven overs.
 
Earlier, West Indies began the day well. New Zealand had resumed on its overnight 367 for 3, but Brendon McCullum, who partnered Taylor in New Zealand’s record fourth-wicket stand of 195, added only four runs to his overnight total before he was dismissed for 113 by Darren Sammy. Corey Anderson then fell to Tino Best for a duck, leaving New Zealand 385 for 5.
 
But Watling got together with Taylor to rebuild the innings, and he made 41 in an 84-run stand before becoming Best’s third victim shortly after lunch, nicking Edwards to second slip. Southee lasted only four balls, edging Narsingh Deonarine to Bravo at first slip, but Ish Sodhi, in only his third Test, stayed with Taylor, before he was caught and bowled by Deonarine.
 
Sodhi (35) and Neil Wagner (37) helped Taylor to get New Zealand past the 600-run mark, and to its fourth-highest Test score. Best was the most successful West Indies bowler, with 3 for 148, while Sammy and Deonarine had two wickets apiece.
 
West Indies faces a tall order, with a lot of responsibility on Darren Bravo (37) and Samuels (14) for building a good reply to New Zealand’s mammoth total.

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