West Indies vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 1: Taylor stars as New Zealand bowled out for 221

Taylor dismissed Rutherford, Neesham, Watling and Sodhi

Taylor dismissed Rutherford, Neesham, Watling and Sodhi

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West Indies pace bowler Jerome Taylor ripped through New Zealand’s batting line-up with four wickets as the tourists were dismissed for 221 on the first day of the second Test in Trinidad.

Even though Taylor’s superb bowling stole the spotlight on the first day, New Zealand opener Tom Latham deserves a lot of credit as he scored his third consecutive half-century.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Hamish Rutherford was caught by Chris Gayle at first slip off the bowling of Jerome Taylor for only three runs.

Latham and Kane Williamson made up for the early loss of Rutherford with a 104-run partnership, during which Latham brought up his half-century, before Williamson was caught by Jason Holder, who was the substitute fielder, at fine leg off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 42.

Latham went on to make 82 off 163 balls, which included 1o boundaries, before he was caught by Sulieman Benn at gully off the bowling of Kemar Roach.

Latham struck 10 boundaries during his brilliant knock of 82

Latham struck 10 boundaries during his brilliant knock of 82

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McCullum failed to have an impact with the bat as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Benn for four runs.

McCullum was initially given not out, but the West Indies reviewed the decision and the replays showed that the ball had not hit McCullum’s bat and was going to hit the top of middle stump. This led to the third umpire overturning the original decision.

James Neesham scored 15 runs before he was caught by Gayle at first slip off the bowling of Taylor.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Taylor for a duck.

Ish Sodhi also made a duck when he was caught by Gayle at first slip off the bowling of Taylor.

Tim Southee mustered 10 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Benn.

He reviewed the decision immediately, but the replays showed that the ball was crashing into middle stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Mark Craig only made four runs before he was caught by Darren Bravo at second slip off the bowling of Gabriel.

New Zealand were bowled out for a dismal 221 when Trent Boult was given out lbw off the bowling of Benn for one run.

With no wickets in hand, New Zealand reviewed the decision, but the replays showed that the ball was going on to hit the top of leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Ross Taylor was left stranded on 45, which came off 80 balls and included seven boundaries.

Taylor was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Benn snapped up three, Gabriel took two and Roach claimed one.

Trailing by 221 runs, the West Indies got off to a horrible start as Gayle was clean bowled by Boult for just one run.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Benn, who came in as the nightwatchman, amassed an unbeaten two-run partnership before the umpires brought play to an end for the day.

Brathwaite finished on five runs, while Benn has yet to score.

The West Indies ended day one on 6/1 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT

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