West Indies wins toss, bowls in 2nd test vs

New Zealand need only to draw in Hamilton to claim the series after inflicting an innings defeat on the West Indies in the first Test. New Zealand resumed Sunday at 286-7 after losing the toss and being asked to bat on an even first day at Seddon Park.

However, Brathwaite and new batsman Shai Hope stitched a strong partnership with flurry boundaries keeping New Zealand at bay before rains interrupted play.

Allrounder Raymon Reifer was named to make his test debut in Holder's place.

Windies lost the first Test by an innings and will be without their captain Jason Holder for the second Test that starts on Saturday in Hamilton.

Trailing by 373 runs, the West Indies were dealt a huge blow on the sixth ball of their innings as opener Kieran Powell was caught behind off the bowling of Southee for a duck.

Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell managed to score 28 before he was clean bowled by Shannon Gabriel. In first Test, New Zealand won by innings and 67 runs against Windies.

It seems like West Indian batsman Sunil Ambris has made it a habit of stepping on to his wickets while wielding his willow.

But just as the visitors sensed batting time, it was deja vu, and this time in more punishing fashion.

In return, West Indies also stumbled at the beginning. New Zealand will hope to get rid of the remaining wickets and pile on runs. At 87-2 and with Brathwaite and Hope together in a 44-run partnership for the third wicket, the West Indies looked to be finding their footing in the match but the rain dampened their fightback. The 24-year old became the only player in the Test history to be out hit-wicket twice in his first two matches.

Southee, Boult, de Grandhomme and Wagner all finished the day with two wickets, Southee the pick of the quartet.

"Obviously the runs we scored this morning and having then eight down tonight was a pretty good effort", Southee said.

  • Rosalie Stanley