New Zealand vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 2: New Zealand stay in control on rain-hit day

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Watling smashed an outstanding half-century to keep New Zealand in the driver’s seat

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling’s fantastic half-century helped keep the Black Caps in complete control on the second day of the second Test in Wellington.

Watling was well supported by all-rounder Corey Anderson, who picked up the key wickets of Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards.

Starting out the day on 307/6, New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling and pace bowler Tim Southee managed to convert their 11-run partnership into a 38-run partnership before Southee was caught at deep square leg by Bravo off the bowling of West Indies skipper Darren Sammy for 21.

Ish Sodhi managed to score 27 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Tino Best.

Neil Wagner failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Sammy at second slip off the very next ball.

With New Zealand on the verge of being bowled out, Watling and Trent Boult put up one last resistance, amassing a 58-run partnership, during which Watling brought up his half-century, before being clean bowled by Shannon Gabriel for 65 off 125 balls, which included five boundaries.

Best was the pick of the West Indian bowlers with four wickets, while Gabriel and Sammy snapped up two wickets apiece and Shane Shillingford and Narsingh Deonarine chipped in with one wicket each as New Zealand were bowled out for 441.

However, before the West Indies’ innings could get underway, the heavens parted.

After a lengthy delay, the West Indies got off to a solid start as their opening pair of Kieran Powell and Edwards put together a 46-run partnership before Powell was given out lbw off the bowling of Southee.

Powell called for a review, but the replays showed nothing that would overturn the umpire’s decision.

Bravo was only able to score four runs before edging a delivery from Anderson to Peter Fulton at second slip.

Edwards managed to bring up his half-century before being caught by Hamish Rutherford at cover off the bowling of Anderson.

Just a few overs later, veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was on his way back to the pavilion for just six runs as he was caught at cover-point by Anderson off the bowling of Boult.

Marlon Samuels and Deonarine managed to record a 39-run partnership, during which Samuels registered his half-century, before stumps was called.

Samuels finished on 50 off 57 deliveries, which included nine boundaries, while Deonarine remained undefeated on 11 off 17 balls, which included two boundaries.

Anderson was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Southee and Boult picked up one wicket apiece.

West Indies ended the day on 158/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 21:30 GMT (previous day).

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