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Brathwaite stars on rain-hit second day

West Indies reaches 169 for 2 in reply to New Zealand's 293 before play is called off

Brathwaite stars on rain-hit second day - Cricket News
Kraigg Brathwaite scored a 116-ball 68, as rain limited play on the second day with West Indies on 169 for 2.
Steady rain limited play on the second day of the third and final Test between West Indies and New Zealand to just 33.2 overs at the Kensington Oval at Bridgetown on Friday (June 28).
 
West Indies, who began the day at 32 without loss, had reached 169 for 2, in reply to New Zealand's 293 in the little time that was available. Kirk Edwards (42) and Darren Bravo (8) were at the crease when the weather closed in after 15 minutes of play in the post-lunch session. More showers are forecast on the third day, presenting a challenge to both sides to try and force a result with the series locked at 1-1.
 
New Zealand's first wicket of the morning came as soon as Mark Craig, the off-spinner, was introduced into the attack in the 22nd over. Chris Gayle's mistimed lofted hit landed in Mark Rutherford’s hands at long-on and Gayle had to go after a belligerent 42.
 
While Gayle looked good while he lasted, it was Kraigg Brathwaite who emerged as the unlikely hero of the morning, stroking his way to 68 to follow his match-winning 129 in the second Test in Port of Spain last week. He put on 79 for the first wicket with Gayle, and continued to score freely in another useful 74-run stand with Edwards before a mistimed drive off Neil Wagner, the left-arm seamer, was well held by a diving Tim Southee at cover.
 
Like Brathwaite, whose knock spanned 116 deliveries and included 10 fours, Edwards continued in the positive vein that had brought him 55 in the first innings at Queen's Park Oval. He struck Craig for six over long-off to set the tone for his innings, prompting Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, to introduce Kane Williamson, the off-spinner.
 
Williamson, whose bowling action was reported as suspect during the second Test, almost had immediate success when New Zealand appealed confidently for a caught behind decision. It wasn’t upheld and McCullum appeared to have requested for a television review, only to withdraw after consulting his team-mates.
 
Play will resume 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start on the remaining days in order to make up for lost time.

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