West Indies vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 4: West Indies on the brink of tying up series

Roach dismissed Williamson, Sodhi and Southee

Roach dismissed Williamson, Sodhi and Southee

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The West Indies are on the brink of tying up the Test series after they continued to dominate New Zealand on the fourth day of the second Test in Trinidad.

New Zealand are currently in a grave situation as they lead by 18 runs, but only have two wickets in hand.

Batsman Kane Williamson was the bright spot of the day for the tourists as he made a well-composed half-century.

Starting out the day on 73/1, New Zealand’s batting duo of Tom Latham and Williamson only managed to add 11 runs to their 64-run partnership before Latham was caught by Kraigg Brathwaite off the bowling of Sulieman Benn for 36.

Williamson went on to score 52 off 178 balls, which included five boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Kemar Roach.

Williamson struck five boundaries during his brilliant knock of 52

Williamson struck five boundaries during his brilliant knock of 52

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James Neesham only made seven runs before he was brilliantly caught and bowled by Benn.

Ross Taylor managed to make 36 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

Taylor decided to review the decision since New Zealand would get all their reviews back in eight deliveries, but replays showed that he had clearly hit the ball, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Hamish Rutherford, who came lower down the order due to a stomach virus, scored 13 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.

Ish Sodhi mustered 14 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Roach.

Tim Southee made a quickfire 15 before he was caught by Kirk Edwards at midwicket off the bowling of Roach.

With New Zealand in all sorts of trouble, wicketkeeper BJ Watling and spinner Mark Craig decided to launch a counter-attack and amassed an unbeaten 45-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Watling finished on 38 off 150 balls, which included two boundaries, while Craig remained undefeated on 29 off 102 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Roach was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Taylor and Benn snapped up two wickets apiece and Gabriel chipped in with one.

New Zealand ended day four on 257/8 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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