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Taylor scored his maiden double century
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor smashed his maiden double century to keep New Zealand firmly in charge on the second day of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.
Taylor was brilliantly supported by captain Brendon McCullum, who hammered a breathtaking 113.
Starting out the day on 367/3, Taylor and McCullum only managed to convert their unbeaten 182-run partnership into a 195-run partnership before McCullum was clean bowled by West Indies captain Darren Sammy for an outstanding 113 off 134 balls, which included 14 boundaries and three sixes.
Taylor and McCullum’s 195-run stand is a now the highest fourth-wicket partnership against the West Indies, beating the 189-run stand between Nathan Astle and Matthew Sinclair in Wellington in December 1999.
New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Tino Best.
Taylor and BJ Watling made up for the loss of Anderson with a brilliant 84-run partnership, during which Taylor surpassed the 150-run mark, before Watling edged a delivery from Best to Kirk Edwards at second slip to be dismissed for 41.
Tim Southee failed to have much of an impact with the bat as he was caught at first slip by Darren Bravo off the bowling of Narsingh Deonarine.
Taylor and Ish Sodhi managed to amass a crucial 76-run partnership before Sodhi was out caught and bowled by Deonarine for 35.
However, New Zealand were not done yet as Taylor and Neil Wagner put together a vital 61-run partnership, during which Taylor recorded his maiden double century, before McCullum decided to declare.
Taylor’s spectacular unbeaten knock of 217 came off 319 deliveries and included 23 boundaries and is now his career-best score in Test matches, beating his previous best of 154 not out against England in Manchester in May 2008.
Taylor also became the 17th New Zealand player to score a double century in a Test match.
Taylor’s score is also the best individual innings at the University Oval in Dunedin, beating Hamish Rutherford’s 171 against England in March this year.
New Zealand’s score of 609/9 is their highest first innings total at the University Oval in Dunedin, beating the 460/9 they scored against England in March this year.
This is also New Zealand’s highest score against West Indies in Test match history, obliterating the 543/3 they made in Georgetown in April 1972.
Best was the pick of the West Indian bowlers with three wickets, while Sammy and Deonarine snapped up two wickets apiece and Shane Shillingford chipped in with one wicket as well.
Trailing by a mammoth 609 runs, the West Indies got off to a horrendous start as opening batsman Kirk Edwards edged a delivery from Trent Boult to Peter Fulton in the slips.
Things went from bad to worse for the West Indies as Kieran Powell was caught behind off the bowling of Southee for seven runs.
Marlon Samuels and Bravo came to the rescue with an unbeaten 43-run partnership before stumps was called.
Boult and Southee picked up one wicket apiece.
The West Indies will resume their innings tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (previous day).