New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 1: McCullum and Taylor smash centuries as New Zealand dominate first day


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McCullum and Taylor both scored centuries

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and veteran batsman Ross Taylor both smashed centuries to help the Black Caps dominate the first day of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.

McCullum and Taylor were well supported by the opening duo of Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton, both of whom scored half-centuries.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl first since the wicket was covered with a lot of grass.

However, his decision to bowl first backfired as Rutherford and Fulton got off to an excellent start by putting together a 95-run partnership, during which Rutherford brought up his half-century, before being dismissed for 62 when Narsingh Deonarine took a stunning one-handed catch at deep mid-on off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

Rutherford’s outstanding knock of 62 came off 83 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and a six.

Aaron Redmond, who was making his Test return after five years, failed to make the most of his second chance as he only scored 20 runs before edging a delivery from pace bowler Tino Best to Marlon Samuels at gully.

Fulton and Taylor made up for the loss of Redmond with a brilliant 68-run partnership, during which Fulton registered his half-century, before being caught at second slip off the bowling of Sammy for 61.

Fulton’s solid innings of 61 came off 145 balls and included 11 boundaries.

From that point on it was all New Zealand as Taylor and McCullum amassed an unbeaten 182-run partnership, during which both batsmen recorded their centuries, before stumps was called.

This was Taylor’s ninth Test century and McCullum’s seventh.

New Zealand ended the day on 367/3, with McCullum unbeaten on 109 off 122 balls, which included 14 boundaries and three sixes, while Taylor remained undefeated on 103 off 157 deliveries, which included 13 boundaries.

Best, Sammy and Shillingford all picked up one wicket apiece.

McCullum and Taylor will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (previous day).

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