In the first day against New Zealand, the visiting West Indies team faced an abrupt attack. The team electing to bat first wobbled its batting lineup completely within 45 overs scoring only 134. West Indies was all out in 134, while New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner scalped seven players single handedly. It was the swing attack that began the slog after 20 overs of the game.
Indies opener Kraig Brathwaite and Keiron Powell forged an opening partnership of 59 runs playing 22 overs together. It was the only stretch of momentum in the inning, after which the visitors losing wickets after every couple of overs. Braithwaite’s 24 and the 42 off Powell were the highest tallies.
Until the Indies openers were at the crease, there was a fair play with the bat. The player took a defensive stance to milk the scores off New Zealand bowlers. The breakthrough came up only when Neil Wagner started to bowl short deliveries. He got Braithwaite as the batsman went on to defend a short leg delivery. After a couple of overs, Trent Boult dismissed Powell setting up a catch to Raval.
There was a second surge in batting when Shimron Hetmyer hammered three boundaries. However, he could not resist Wagner’s enterprise of a catch at the second slip. The following wickets of Shai Hope, Roston Chase and Sunil Ambris followed shortly, all falling in for Wagner. Also, Jason Holder ducked. As Miguel Cummings was taken away by Boult, West Indies slogged to 9 wickets for 105 runs.
New Zealand batted throughout the evening session to score 85 runs. The team lost opener Tom Latham to Jason Holder breaking the opening partnership after 26 overs. He played with Jeet Raval in the partnership of 65 runs. However, a major dent in the inning was Kane Williamson’s wicket following just after three overs. Kemar Roach removed the skipper with a short ball. New Zealand outplayed West Indies in the first inning, but it faced an early warning in the next inning. Ross Taylor and Raval remained as the night-watchmen for the next day play.
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