Ross Taylor's ton backs New Zealand's lead against West Indies

 . Last updated on December 11, 2017, 3:01 PM
Ross Taylor's ton backs New Zealand's lead against West Indies
Ross Taylor, the centurion of the third day. The player knocked his 17th Test century in the inning.

On day three, New Zealand set West Indies on a target of 444, bolstered with the unbeaten 107 off Ross Taylor. The inning also had a half century off Kane Williamson. Taylor’s start was moderate as he tried to cope with the stringent deliveries off Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel. The player knocked his first boundary after playing 10 overs. His knock strengthened after the tea break. The century, 17th of his Test tally, made him one of highest centurion in the format equaling with Williamson and Martin Crowe. Meanwhile, West Indies’ attack was backed with sheer spells off Cummings and Gabriel. Williamson was tacked by the former, while the latter kept on a strict economy.

West Indies bowlers overpowered the top batting order of New Zealand. The opening pair lasted only for 11 runs, bringing Williamson at the crease. The second wicket partnership hauled the inning to 42 runs until Tom Latham was dismissed in the 16th over. For Williamson, the half century knock was a comeback after five matches of low score. The partnership built up with Latham’s knock. In the inning, New Zealand scored 281 for 8 wickets, adding to the first inning score of 373.

In their first inning, West Indies replied with 221 runs. Carlos Braithwaite had the best knock scoring 66 runs. By the end of first day, New Zealand scored 286 runs for 7. West Indies bowled 87 overs in the day. West Indies began their inning before the lunch break of the second day. By end of the second day, the team was at 215 for 8 wickets. Day three began with Raifer and Miguel Cummins as the overnight players. West Indies declared before the drinks break.

West Indies stated their inning by the evening session of the third day. Trent Boult attacked early taking down Keiron Powell in the second over. While, removing Shimron Hetmyer, Tim Southee slogged the inning at 27 for 2. The day ended at 30 for West Indies, losing two early wickets.

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