West Indies start strongly in face of 386 deficit

Tea West Indies 134 and 107 for 1 (Brathwaite 34*, Hetmyer 27*) trail New Zealand 520 for 9 dec. (Blundell 107*, de Grandhomme 105, Taylor 93, Nicholls 67) by 279 runs
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Kieran Powell lost concentration after motoring to 40, but while Kraigg Brathwaite remained at the crease, West Indies’ hopes of making something out of the Test on remain alive. Brathwaite was 34 not out at tea, with a sprightly Shimron Hetmeyer having moved to 27 off 44 balls in his company. Although they batted nicely in the session to move the score to 107 for 1, they still remained a monumental 279 in arrears.

Matt Henry was the man to break the opening partnership, and although the Basin Reserve pitch appears to have settled – as it tends to do – the remaining New Zealand quicks had their moments. Twice catches dropped just short of fielders. At no stage did run-making appear straightforward.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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