A record-equalling 17th century by Ross Taylor had New Zealand closing in on a sequence sweep in opposition to the West Indies after day three of the second Test in Hamilton on Monday. The West Indies, set a world-record target of 444 to win, have been in hassle at 30 for 2 by stumps with two full days of play remaining. It was New Zealand’s day as they shut down the West Indies for 221 to steer by 152 on the primary innings. New Zealand declared their second innings at 291 for eight, with Taylor 107 not out, after which took two top-order wickets by stumps.
Taylor joined the late Martin Crowe and present captain Kane Williamson on 17 Check centuries.
The 33-year-old, who supplied two probabilities in an in any other case majestic innings, reached the milestone driving Raymon Reifer to the boundary for less than the 11th 4 in his 198 ball innings.
Williamson was earlier out for 54 as he appeared to steer New Zealand to a sequence sweep following the innings victory within the first Check.
The present report for a victorious fourth innings chase is 418, achieved 14 years in the past when the West Indies reached the goal in opposition to Australia for the lack of seven wickets.
Taylor did give probabilities in a close to majestic innings, with a prime edge from Miguel Cummins flying simply out of attain of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and on 35 he was dropped within the gully by Shai Hope off Shannon Gabriel.
– Trent Boult On Hat-Trick –
New Zealand have been 263 for eight when Taylor introduced up his hundred and with tailender Tim Southee (not out 22) plundering extra boundaries they added an extra 28 runs earlier than declaring. The West Indies first innings folded rapidly on the third morning with Trent Boult taking the final two wickets to fall in successive balls.
However he missed out on a hat-trick when the West Indies batted once more — needing a wicket first ball he eliminated Powell on his third supply.
As New Zealand constructed on their lead, the West Indies continued to battle with Miguel Cummins reviving reminiscences of a time when the calypso cricketers had significantly venemous bowlers.
He zipped the ball across the ears of the New Zealand batsmen in a short-pitched salvo combined with full-length deliveries to have three for 69.
His scalps included Williamson for 54 when the New Zealand skipper couldn’t get his bat down quick sufficient on a yorker the ripped out the center stump.
It was Cummins first ball after lunch and adopted his first ball caught and bowled dismissal of Jeet Raval for 4 within the morning session.
He returned to the brief supply to ship off the inconsistent Henry Nicholls for 5 when an try and fend the ball away was taken by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.
Mitchell Santner had a life when an edge off Cummins burst via Dowrich’s fingers to the boundary, and he was hit on the helmet when he ducked right into a ball that didn’t bounce as anticipated.
However when the short-pitched salvo ended it was spinner Roston Chase who accounted for Santner, caught at long-on for 26.
New Zealand have been 190 for 5 at tea and declared three wickets later to have 40 minutes bowling on the West Indies earlier than stumps.