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NZ vs WI 2017, Day 2, 2nd Test: Kiwi Bowlers Derail Windies Batting Line-Up

The New Zealand team added 87 valuable runs to their overnight score of 286 to take their tally to 373 runs with the help of their tailenders coming down heavily on the Windies bowlers.

Windies pacer Kemar Roach removed Neil Wagner in the first over of the match before Tim Southee (31) and Trent Boult (37) hammered the opposition bowlers. Roach finished with 3/58, however, Shannon Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers picking up four wickets.

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The Windies batsmen were troubled by the Black Caps, as the deck quickened on Day two and ball was travelling a lot faster off the pitch. Southee gave the first blow, as he removed Keiron Powell when he inside edged one while playing a ball way outside his body giving an easy catch to Tom Blundell. Brathwaite was lucky early on, as he was dropped on 14 at second slip off Boult, and then having a second edge drop short of the cordon later in the session.

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Shimron Hetmyer showed a lot of intent during a 28 that featured a six and four fours. He was looking well-set at the crease when Boult drew the mistake, having Hetmyer play a checked shot too early, and then leaping magnificently to his left to reel in the resultant lob.

That wicket left the Windies at 46 for two, before Brathwaite and Hope began to stitch a partnership. Both the players played with great intent, as they scored quick runs before rain interrupted the days play.

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Southee used the width of the crease well to dismiss Shai Hope, as he nicked one into the safe hands of Ross Taylor in the second slip, as the Caribbeans got reduced to 90 for three. The stand-in captain Brathwaite played some delightful shots to reach his fifty, as wickets tumbled on from the other side. Windies lost wickets at quick successions, as they were striving at 135 for the loss six wickets, as their main batsmen Brathwaite was removed by Grandhomme giving the visitors a major setback.

The wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich scored some important runs, as the visiting side avoided the follow-on before Dowrich got out off a bouncer from Wagner. The Kiwi seamers castled their batsmen, as they finished the day at 215 runs for the loss of eight wickets.

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Ankush Das

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