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New Zealand inches ahead on rain-hit day

West Indies stumbles to 158 for 4 on day two after Watling's late assault lifts home side to 441

New Zealand inches ahead on rain-hit day - Cricket News
Corey Anderson took the key wickets of Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards.
New Zealand had the edge on day two of the second Test on Thursday (December 12) as West Indies was 158 for 4 at stumps, trailing by 283 runs. Only 63.1 of the scheduled 90 overs were bowled due to rain interruptions. 

Kirk Edwards and Marlon Samuels hit compact half-centuries, but were the only ones who showed any resistance. Samuels was unbeaten on 50 alongside Narsingh Deonarine (11) at the end of the day. 

Corey Anderson, in only his fourth Test, took key wickets for New Zealand, removing Darren Bravo, who hit a double century in the first Test, for 4 and Edwards for 55. 

Trent Boult and Tim Southee used the new ball to good effect, but West Indies made a decent start as Edwards and Kieran Powell progressed to 46 without loss. 

While Boult returned in his second spell to dislodge Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Southee was finally rewarded for his effort with an lbw decision against Powell on 21. Bravo fell after 12 balls, edging Anderson to Peter Fulton at second slip. 

Edwards, who had looked confident on his way to a half-century, was undone by a full Anderson delivery and sent a leading edge to Hamish Rutherford at cover. Anderson was again in the thick of the action, sending Chanderpaul back for 6 when he took a catch at cover point. 

New Zealand resumed in the morning at 307 for 6 and added 134 runs to be all out at the stroke of lunch. It was an impressive effort on a wicket favouring the pacers, although West Indies was guilty of bowling too many short, wide deliveries. 

BJ Watling led a late assault on the West Indies bowling before he was dismissed by Shannon Gabriel for 65. Watling and Southee started the day, adding 27 runs in 26 balls before Southee was dismissed, caught at deep square leg for 21. 

Ish Sodhi hit a breezy 35 ball-27 before being caught behind off Tino Best, who had a topsy-turvy day. Best removed Neil Wagner with his next ball to be on a hat-trick only for Boult to burst his bubble. He not only missed the hat-trick but muffed a Shane Shillingford delivery in the following over the ropes, turning a chance to wrap up the innings into a six. 

Boult and Watling set a record 10th-wicket partnership for New Zealand against West Indies of 58, with Boult slamming 14 off one over bowled by Shillingford. 

Best, however, was the most effective of the West Indies bowlers, with 4 for 110. The day's play was twice interrupted by rain, with the start delayed by 75 minutes and the middle session completely washed out.

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