WELLINGTON, New Zealand (CMC):
Kirk Edwards and Marlon Samuels scored half centuries to lead a West Indies fightback, but a top order slump left New Zealand in control of the second day of the second Test at Basin reserve here yesterday.
Edwards hit 55, his second consecutive half-century of the series, and Samuels was unbeaten on 50, his first in six innings as West Indies, replying to the New Zealanders' first-innings total of 441, reached 158 for four at the close.
Edwards followed up his 59 in the second innings of the first Test with another solid innings that included half-dozen boundaries from 74 balls in close to two hours.
He was caught at cover off left-arm medium-fast bowler Corey Anderson from a leading edge, leaving the Windies wobbling on 103 for three.
Samuels signalled a return to form with nine fours from 57 balls in an hour-and-a-half of solid batting, in which he took advantage of some loose New Zealand bowling in the closing overs, to add some respectability to the innings.
Edwards and fellow opener Kieran Powell endured a few testing deliveries from new-ball pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult to give West Indies a steady start of 47 for the first wicket, before two wickets, in quick succession, had the visitors scrambling.
Powell was trapped lbw by an inswinging delivery from Southee for 21, which he challenged, thinking he had got an inside edge, only to be disappointed.
Bravo, a double century-maker in the previous Test, never got a chance to settle before he edged Anderson three overs later, and was caught at second slip for four.
CAUGHT AT COVER
Shivnarine Chanderpaul drove loosely at a delivery outside the off-stump from Boult and was caught at cover for six, leaving Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine, not out on 11, to bat through until stumps were drawn.
Earlier, West Indies were frustrated by the weather and stubborn batting from the New Zealanders' lower order before dismissing their opponents just before the rescheduled lunch.
Light to moderate showers delayed the start of the day by 75 minutes and persistent rain had also delayed the start to the West Indies' first innings, as not a ball was bowled between the rescheduled lunch interval and tea break.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Bradley-John Watling anchored the bottom half of the Black Caps' batting with a resolute 65.
Watling shared a record last-wicket stand of 58 with Boult as inconsistent bowling continued to haunt West Indies.
Tino Best was the most successful of the visitors' bowlers, taking 4-110 from 21 overs, Shannon Gabriel grabbed 2-86 from 25.1 overs and West Indies captain Darren Sammy collected 2-92 from 25 overs.
NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings
(overnight 307 for six)
P. Fulton c wk Ramdin b Sammy 6H. Rutherford c wk Ramdin b Best 11K. Williamson c Sammy b Best 45R. Taylor c Shillingford b Gabriel 129
B. McCullum c Edwards b
Corey Anderson c Powell b
Shillingford 38B. Watling b Gabriel 65T. Southee c Bravo bSammy 21I. Sodhi c wk Ramdin b Best 27N. Wagner c Sammy b Best 0T. Boult not out 38Extras (b16, lb6, nb2) 24TOTAL (all out) 441
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Fulton), 2-24 (Rutherford), 3-112 (Williamson), 4-189 (McCullum), 5-257 (Anderson), 6-296 (Taylor), 7-334 (Southee), 8-383 (Sodhi), 9-383 (Wagner)
Bowling: Best 21-1-110-4; Gabriel 25.1-5-86-2 (nb1);Sammy 25-3-92-2; Shillingford 28-4-92-1 (nb1); Deonarine 16-2-39-1
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K. Edwards c Rutherford b
Anderson 55K. Powell lbw b Southee 21D.M. Bravo c Fulton b Anderson 4M. Samuels not out 50S. Chanderpaul c Anderson b Boult 6N. Deonarine not out 11Extras (lb6, w1, nb4) 11
TOTAL (4 wkts) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (Powell), 2-67 (Bravo), 3-103 (Edwards), 4-119 (Chanderpaul)
Bowling: Boult 9-3-25-1; Southee 9-1-40-1 (w1); Wagner 7-1-37-0 (nb4); Anderson 7-1-20-2; Sodhi 3-1-18-0; Williamson 2-0-12-0
Umpires: I. Gould (England), P. Reiffel (Australia)
TV umpire: N. Llong (England)