West Indies vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 1: Benn and Roach slice through New Zealand

Benn recorded his fourth five-wicket haul

Benn picked up his fourth five-wicket haul

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West Indies spinner Sulieman Benn took a five-wicket haul and pace bowler Kemar Roach picked up four wickets to help their side slice through New Zealand on the first day of the third Test in Barbados.

While Benn and Roach’s bowling stole most of the spotlight, New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham deserves a lot of credit as well as he scored a vital half-century.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Hamish Rutherford was caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on off the bowling of Roach for four runs.

Latham only made 14 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Roach.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stabilised the innings with a 74-run partnership before Williamson was caught by Darren Bravo at first slip off the bowling of Benn for 43.

Taylor went on to score 45 before he was brilliantly caught by Benn at gully off the bowling of Roach.

McCullum and James Neesham kept the runs flowing with a 54-run partnership before McCullum was caught by Bravo at first slip off the bowling of Benn for a quickfire 31.

Benn struck again in his next over when New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling was caught by Chris Gayle at first slip for just one run.

Tim Southee mustered six runs before he was clean bowled to become Benn’s fourth victim of the day.

Neesham and Mark Craig steadied the innings with a 64-run partnership, during which Neesham brought up his half-century, before he was run out by Kraigg Brathwaite for 78 off 91 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six.

Neil Wagner scored two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Roach.

Trent Boult accumulated 12 runs before he was stumped by West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin to give Benn his fourth five-wicket haul.

Craig was left stranded on 46 off 93 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six, as New Zealand were bowled out for 293.

Benn was easily the pick of the bowlers with his five-wicket haul, while Roach snapped up four himself.

Roach dismissed Latham, Rutherford, Taylor and Wagner

Roach dismissed Latham, Rutherford, Taylor and Wagner

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Trailing by 293 runs, the West Indies got off to a solid start as Gayle and Brathwaite amassed an unbeaten 32-run partnership before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Gayle finished on 18 off 23 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, while Brathwaite remained undefeated on 11 off 32 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

The West Indies ended day one on 32/0 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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