New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 5: Rain denies New Zealand victory

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The rain had the last laugh as the first Test ended as a draw

New Zealand were denied the chance to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series after heavy rain wiped out the entire last session of the fifth day of the first Test in Dunedin.

The West Indies would have been thanking the rain Gods for allowing the match to end as a draw since New Zealand were only 33 runs away from winning.

Starting out the day on 443/6, Darren Bravo and West Indies captain Darren Sammy only managed to add 10 runs onto their 80-run partnership before Bravo was clean bowled by Trent Boult for a stellar 218 off 416 balls, which included 31 boundaries.

This was Bravo’s maiden double century and his career-best Test score.

Shane Shillingford managed to score 15 runs before being caught at first slip by Ross Taylor off the bowling of Neil Wagner.

Tino Best also failed to make an impact with the bat as he too was caught by Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Wagner.

Just a few balls later, Sammy attempted an ugly shot off the bowling of Tim Southee which fell straight into the hands of Ish Sodhi.

Sammy’s valiant innings of 80 came off 145 deliveries and included eight boundaries and three sixes.

This was the second-highest number of runs Sammy scored and balls he faced in his Test career.

Wagner was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with three wickets, while Southee, Boult and Sodhi all snapped up two wickets apiece and Corey Anderson chipped in with one wicket as well as the West Indies were bowled out for 507, leaving the Black Caps a target of 112 to win the match.

The West Indies’ total of 507 is the tenth-highest score for any team being asked to follow-on.

It is also the West Indies’ highest score when being asked to follow-on, beating their previous best of 463 against India in Kolkata in 2011.

Chasing a target of 112 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, New Zealand got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Peter Fulton was caught behind off the bowling of Shillingford for just three runs.

Aaron Redmond could only amass six runs before being caught by Narsingh Deonarine at leg slip to become Shillingford’s second victim of the day.

Shillingford picked up his third wicket just a few overs later as Hamish Rutherford heaved the ball straight down the throat of Shannon Gabriel at long-on to be dismissed for 20.

Things went from bad to worse for New Zealand as captain Brendon McCullum was caught behind off the bowling of Shillingford for just two runs.

Following Shillingford’s four quick wickets, Taylor and Anderson stabilised New Zealand’s innings with an unbeaten 35-run partnership before the heavens parted.

Despite an early tea being taken, the rain showed no signs of stopping.

After a lengthy delay the umpires had no choice but to end the match as a draw.

With the match ending as a draw, McCullum became the only New Zealand captain to lead the Black Caps in ten Tests and not record a single victory.

If New Zealand fail to win one of their next two Test matches, they will not have won a Test match for the entire year, which last happened in 2007.

In fact, it has only happened three times in their entire Test history.

Taylor edged out Bravo for the Man of the Match award.

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