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Taylor, Benn give West Indies edge

New Zealand crumbles for 221 on opening day of second Test; hosts lose Chris Gayle early

Taylor, Benn give West Indies edge - Cricket News
Sulieman Benn of the West Indies celebrates a wicket with teammates.
Determined bowling and careless batting combined to give West Indies the advantage on the opening day of its second Test against New Zealand at Queen's Park Oval on Monday (June 16), as the visitors were dismissed for 221.
 
Trailing in the three-match series after losing the first Test in Jamaica by 186 runs, West Indies will resume on the second morning at 6 for 1 after Trent Boult uprooted the off stump of Chris Gayle during the seven overs West Indies faced before close.
 
Jerome Taylor's rehabilitation as a Test fast bowler took a few strides forward as the Jamaican paceman claimed 4 for 34 to emerge with the best figures on a pitch that offered some assistance.
 
But Brendon McCullum appeared fully justified in electing to bat first after winning the toss with New Zealand cruising along at 120 for 1. Tom Latham compiled his third consecutive half-century of the series, and went on to reach 82 after almost four hours at the crease.
 
But luck eventually turned West Indies' way as New Zealand lost nine wickets for 101 runs, the last six sliding for just 29 runs.
 
Ross Taylor finished unbeaten on 45 while Kane Williamson contributed 42 in a 104-run second-wicket partnership with Latham. It was Williamson's dismissal, caught at fine-leg off a top-edged hook off Shannon Gabriel, that brought West Indies back into the match.
 
The burly paceman added the scalp of Mark Craig, but the perseverance of Sulieman Benn, the left-arm spinner, contributed significantly to New Zealand's downfall. Benn returned figures of 3 for 73 off 28.4 overs. The lanky Barbadian then held a superb catch at gully that ended Latham's diligent vigil off Kemar Roach.
 
Benn will also be expecting to contribute a few runs on the second morning as he resumes as nightwatchman in partnership with Kraigg Brathwaite. Brathwaite was one of three changes from the first Test side, the others being Gabriel and Jermaine Blackwood, the 22-year-old debutant.
 
New Zealand made only one change from the victorious first Test team. Hamish Rutherford replacing Peter Fulton, the out-of-form opener, although the left-hand batsman fell cheaply to a catch at first slip off Taylor early in the script.