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Old habits return as Windies struggle

Published: 
Saturday, December 2, 2017

WELLINGTON—West Indies struck two vital blows but were still reeling after being bundled out cheaply, as old habits returned to haunt them on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand yesterday.

Sent in on a grassy Basin Reserve track, the Caribbean side declined from 59 without loss to 134 all out, their lowest-ever total in seven Tests at the picturesque venue, as left-arm seamer Neil Wagner incinerated the innings with a brilliant career-best seven-wicket haul.

At the close, the Black Caps were 85 for two in reply, 49 runs behind heading into day two of the contest.

Opener Tom Latham struck 37, putting on 65 for the first wicket with Jeet Raval, who was unbeaten on a patient 29 at stumps.

West Indies, however, managed to stall some of the home side’s advantage when they prised out Latham and then captain Kane Williamson (1) cheaply.

Using the short ball effectively, Wagner claimed seven for 39 – the best figures on the opening day of a Test in New Zealand and the second-best figures by a New Zealander against West Indies.

He was well supported by new ball bowler, fellow left-armer Trent Boult, who picked up two for 36.

West Indies were 75 for one at one stage but lost two wickets in the last seven deliveries before lunch, before losing their last seven wickets for 55 runs in 80 minutes on resumption, as the wheels came off the innings spectacularly.

SCOREBOARD

NEW ZEALAND VS WEST INDIES
1st day, 1st Test
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite c Nicholls b Wagner ...................24
K Powell c Raval b Boult ....................................42
S Hetmyer c Latham b Wagner........................ 13
S Hope c wkp Blundell b Wagner....................... 0
R Chase c Raval b Wagner.................................... 5
S Ambris hit wkt b Wagner.................................. 0
S Dowrich run out ...............................................18
J Holder b Wagner................................................. 0
K Roach not out ...................................................14
M Cummins b Boult ..............................................1
S Gabriel c Latham b Wagner.......................... 10
Extras (b2, lb5) ........................................................7
TOTAL (all out, 45.4 overs)................ 134
Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-75, 3-79, 4-80, 5-80, 6-97, 7-97, 8-104, 9-105, 10-134.
Bowling: Boult 16-8-36-2, Henry 11-1-39-0, de Grandhomme 4-1-13-0, Wagner 14.4-2-39-7.
New Zealand 1st Innings
T Latham c Roach b Holder.............................. 37
J Raval not out .....................................................29
K Williamson c Hope b Roach............................. 1
R Taylor not out ...................................................12
Extras (b4, nb2)...................................................... 6
TOTAL (2 wkts, 38 overs) .....................85
To bat: H Nicholls, T Blundell, M Santner, C de Grandhomme, M Henry, N Wagner, T Boult.
Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-68.
Bowling: Gabriel 10-2-22-0, Roach 9-4-27-1, Cummins 8-5-6-0, Holder 9-4-19-1, Chase 2-0-7-0.
Position: New Zealand trail by 49 runs with eight wickets intact.
Toss: New Zealand.
Umpires: Ian Gould, Rod Tucker;
TV – Bruce Oxenford. (CMC)

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