New Zealand vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 2: Boult, Southee frustrate West Indies

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Trent Boult hammered an unbeaten 37 before dismissing Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Ambris

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Despite a rain delay that lasted almost two hours, New Zealand seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee thumped 37 not out and 31 respectively before taking two wickets piece to leave the West Indies reeling on the second day in Hamilton.

Starting off the day on 286/7, New Zealand were unable to add any runs to their overnight score when Neil Wagner was brilliantly caught by Shai Hope at gully off the bowling of Kemar Roach for one run.

Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell managed to score 28 before he was clean bowled by Shannon Gabriel.

Despite losing Wagner and Blundell, Boult and Southee refused to go down without a fight and amassed a 61-run partnership before New Zealand were bowled out for 373 when Southee was caught and bowled by Roach for 31.

Boult was left stranded on 37 off 27 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes.

Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Roach snapped up three, Miguel Cummins took two and debutant Raymon Reifer chipped in with one.

Trailing by 373 runs, the West Indies were dealt a huge blow on the sixth ball of their innings as opener Kieran Powell was caught behind off the bowling of Southee for a duck.

Shimron Hetmeyer was looking in good form during his 28, but his time at the crease came to an end after Boult took a spectacular diving catch off his own bowling.

Hope only made 15 before falling to Southee, while Roston Chase scored 12 before he was cleaned up by Colin de Grandhomme.

Sunil Ambris trod on the stumps for the second time in his career when he was on two, while stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite was sent packing by De Grandhomme after a spirited knock of 66, which came off 116 balls and included nine boundaries and a six.

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Kraigg Brathwaite scored his 16th Test fifty

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Wagner then proceeded to remove wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and Roach for 35 and 17 respectively.

Reifer and Cummins ensured the West Indies made it safely to stumps as they put together an unbeaten 11-run partnership.

Reifer finished on 22 off 82 balls, which included a boundary and a six, while Cummins remained undefeated on 10 off 10 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Sothee, Boult, De Grandhomme and Wagner claimed two wickets each.

The West Indies ended day two on 215/8 and will continue batting on Monday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the day before).

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