Half-century from Kane Williamson following a good performance with the ball take visitors 99 in front with seven second-innings wickets left
Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum steered New Zealand to 123 for 3, with a lead of 99, at the end of day three of the third and final Test against West Indies at Kensington Oval on Saturday (June 28).
New Zealand was dealt a few early blows in its second innings, but fought back through an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 55 between Williamson and McCullum.
Williamson's unbeaten 58 and the captain's 23 not out have given their team a golden opportunity now of posting a competitive target in the Test.
Trailing by 24 after the West Indies was all out for 317 in its first innings, New Zealand had a less than ideal start. Kemar Roach dismissed both openers – Tom Latham miscued an attempted pull to midwicket before he had scored and Hamish Rutherford's woeful form continued with an edge to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin when on 19.
Jason Holder, the debutant who went wicketless in the New Zealand first innings but added a crucial 38 runs while batting, also contributed with the ball, having Ross Taylor caught by Darren Bravo at second slip.
New Zealand had its moments of luck as well. McCullum survived a close lbw shout while Williamson was fortunate to escape a straightforward stumping chance off Shane Shillingford in the spinner's first over nearing the end of the day.
McCullum, however, continued to live dangerously as a tough chance off Shillingford was missed at short-leg by substitute fielder Jermaine Blackwood.
The credit though must go to Neil Wagner, who never allowed West Indies to quite build on its overnight total of 169 for 2. He removed Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Sulieman Benn to end with figures of 4 for 64.
Trent Boult also chipped in with the second new ball, trapping Ramdin lbw for 45 and dismissing Roach caught behind to reduce West Indies to 277 for 7.
Holder (38) threatened briefly but gloved an attempted hook off James Neesham to BJ Watling. new Zealand knocked over the remaining three wickets for just four runs, Wagner uprooting Benn's off-stump and Neesham yorking Jerome Taylor to wrap up the innings.