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Taylor scored his second consecutive Test century
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor scored his tenth Test century to keep the Black Caps in complete control over the West Indies at the end of the first day of the second Test in Wellington.
Taylor was well supported by Kane Williamson, who managed to score 45 runs on his Test return.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to field first.
His decision paid off almost immediately as New Zealand opening batsman Peter Fulton was caught behind off his own bowling for only six runs.
Fulton’s opening partner, Hamish Rutherford, was dismissed just a few overs later as he was caught behind off the bowling of Tino Best for just 11 runs.
With Fulton and Rutherford having been removed in quick succession, Taylor and Williamson came to the rescue with an fantastic 88-run partnership before Williamson was caught by Sammy at second slip off the bowling of Best for 45.
Williamson’s solid innings of 45 came off 83 balls and included six boundaries and a six.
Taylor and skipper Brendon McCullum kept the runs flowing with a brilliant 77-run partnership, during which Taylor brought up his half-century, before McCullum hit a delivery from Narsingh Deonarine straight to Kirk Edwards at short midwicket to be dismissed for 37.
Taylor and Corey Anderson also managed to amass a 68-run partnership before Anderson was caught by Kieran Powell at silly point off the bowling of Shane Shillingford for 38.
Taylor was able to bring up his century before being caught at deep point by Shillingford off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 129.
Taylor’s spectacular knock of 129 came off 227 deliveries and included 15 boundaries.
During his innings, Taylor also became the seventh New Zealand batsman to score 4,000 Test runs.
BJ Watling and Tim Southee managed to put together an 11-run partnership before stumps was called.
Watling finished on eight runs, while Southee remained undefeated on nine.
Best was the pick of the West Indian bowlers with two wickets, while Gabriel, Sammy, Shillingford and Deonarine all chipped in with one wicket apiece.
New Zealand ended the day on 307/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (previous day).