West Indies vs New Zealand 3rd Test Day 3: Wagner and Williamson lead New Zealand’s counter-attack

Williamson struck 11 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 58

Williamson struck 11 boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 58

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New Zealand pace bowler Neil Wagner took four wickets and batsman Kane Williamson scored an unbeaten 58 as the Blackcaps counter-attacked on the third day of the third Test against the West Indies in Barbados.

However, West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards deserves some credit for his vital knock of 58.

Starting out the day on 169/2, the West Indies’ batting duo of Edwards and Darren Bravo managed to convert their 16-run partnership into a 44-run partnership, during which Edwards brought up his half-century, before Bravo was caught by Williamson at gully off the bowling of Wagner for 24.

Edwards went on to make 58 off 111 balls, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Hamish Rutherford at mid-on off the bowling of Tim Southee.

Edwards made a gutsy 58

Edwards made a gutsy 58

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul only made 15 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Wagner.

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin managed to make 45 runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Trent Boult.

Ramdin reviewed the decision immediately, but replays showed that the ball was going on to crash into leg stump, which led to the third umpire upholding the original decision.

Kemar Roach failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught behind off the bowling of Boult for a duck.

Debutant Jason Holder score 38 runs before he was also caught behind, but only off the bowling of James Neesham.

Sulieman Benn only made one run before he was clean bowled by Wagner.

The West Indies were bowled out for 317, giving them a lead of 24, when Jerome Taylor was cleaned up by Neesham for one run.

Wagner was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Boult and Neesham snapped up two wickets apiece and Southee and Mark Craig chipped in with one wicket each.

Wagner dismissed Brathwaite, Bravo, Chanderpaul and Benn

Wagner dismissed Brathwaite, Bravo, Chanderpaul and Benn

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Trailing by 24 runs, New Zealand got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Tom Latham was caught by Shane Shillingford at midwicket off the bowling of Roach for a duck.

Rutherford and Williamson made up for the early loss of Latham with a 55-run partnership before Rutherford was caught behind off the bowling of Roach for 19.

Ross Taylor mustered six runs before he was caught by Bravo at second slip off the bowling of Holder.

Williamson and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum amassed an unbeaten 55-run partnership, during which Williamson brought up his half-century, before the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Williamson finished on 58 off 101 balls, which included 11 boundaries, while McCullum remained undefeated on 23 off 47 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Roach was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Holder claimed one.

New Zealand ended day three on 123/3 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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