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West Indies stay alive against New Zealand on day 3

Shimron O. Hetmyer hits a 6 out of the ground. Photo:Photosport
WELLINGTON, New Zealand- So much for talk of a New Zealand walkover; a fourth day of possibilities lies ahead at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand after the West Indies' batsmen found the starch that had been missing on day one.

That 134 first innings effort put them on the back foot from the off but there was commendable spirit about their second innings display, albeit on a more comfortable surface.

They start the penultimate day tomorrow at 214 for two, trailing by 172 and with the odds still solidly loaded in New Zealand's favour.

But what the West Indies have done is show there is more to them that that first limp batting effort.

They may not save this test, but at least pride kicked in today.

If the first day was demoralising, there is a strong desire to make amends.

Opener Kraigg C. Brathwaite was a rock, completing his 15th test 50 and sitting 21 shy of a seventh hundred. He has the gifted Shai D. Hope with him, on 21.

Add in a richly entertaining 66 from 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer and New Zealand had to work for their wickets.

Matt Henry was the only one with anything to show for two sessions work. Neil Wagner, the first innings warrior with seven for 39, took a flogging, and finished with 89 taken off 15 overs.

On that, let's just say the Windies aren't exactly shrinking violets when it comes to taking on the short ball. (New Zealand Herald)

3 Responses to “West Indies stay alive against New Zealand on day 3”

  • 1 (03/12/2017, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Windies win one
  • Cricket. Nicket.. (03/12/2017, 10:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our bowling in the region is so weak that the bats man have no good bowlers to face. Yet their are no double hundreds in the region on a regular basis. When they have to face good bowling they can't survive. In our glory days the region had good bowling yet bats men were making double century regularly, so when they face the competition the bowlers were like a piece of Cake. But the bats men back then like to bat hate to out.. Not so today..

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