Wellington Test: Taylor’s ton helps Kiwi’s to score past 300
WELLINGTON: New Zealand have scored 307 at the loss of 6 wickets on the first day of second test at Basin Reserve, Wellington, ARY news reported.
West Indies decision to bowl first somehow worked for them but Ross Taylor’s ton made kiwi’s position strengthen. Although West Indies had the chance to dismiss Taylor for the first time in the series off his fifth ball in Wellington when Kirk Edwards put him down at third slip off seamer Tino Best. Taylor would have been gone for a duck, and New Zealand would have been 26 for 3.
At the start of the day New Zealand were in trouble at 24 for 2 but West Indian fast bowlers could not summon the consistent control required to fully exploit the pace, seam and carry in the wicket.
Kane Willaimsom and Taylor played watchfully to stabilize the inning but Williamson edged one on 45 runs and Sammy held on at second slip. Although the stand was worth 88, New Zealand were still only 112.
Taylor scored 129 runs but all other three of his dismissed partners scored briskly without any difficulties, but none of them managed more than 45, all falling against the run of play attempting more strokes. Brendon McCullum backed to pavilion after scoring 37 while Corey Anderson dismissed at 38.
West Indian main attacker Tino Best took 2 wickets and conceded 66 runs in his 14 overs spell.