New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3 Highlights – Dec 3, 2017

NZ v WI highlights today – First test day three from Basin Reserve, Wellington (New Zealand) Sunday 3rd December 2017. Till stumps day three West Indies trail by 172 runs with 8 wickets remaining. New Zealand scored 520 runs with 9 down in 148.4 overs and then they declared their first innings. TWM Latham scored 37 runs, JA Raval contributed 42 runs, Captain KS Williamson gone with just one score, LRPL Taylor played good innings with 93 runs, when his wicket dismissed then it was 83.1 West Indies have reviewed an lbw decision. This nipped back in and struck him in front of off stump on the back leg. There were two sounds. Plumb if there isn’t an inside edge on this. He was looking to drive with no feet….Snicko shows no spike. Tracking shows that’s hitting off stump. He’s gone. A loose shot to be honest. A lazy waft in front of the body, with the bat facing mid-wicket. Feet were rooted after he’d shuffled across. Roach pretty much bowls everything from wide of the crease and this one comes in with the natural angle 236/4.

New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bowl.

New Zealand team/playing XI
1 Tom Latham, 2 Jeet Raval, 3 Kane Williamson (capt.), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Colin de Grandhomme, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.

West Indies team/playing XI
1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Sunil Ambris, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt.), 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Miguel Cummins, 11 Shannon Gabriel.

HM Nicholls scored 67 runs, MJ Santner 17. After six wickets down New Zealand score was 281. After that C de Grandhomme and TA Blundell † come to the ground and smashed all West Indians bowlers all around the park. C de Grandhomme faced 74 deliveries and smashed 105 runs. He completed his innings with eleven 4s and three maximums. TA Blundell † scored 107 runs off 180 balls and gone not out. KAJ Roach took three wickets, RL Chase took two, ST Gabriel and JO Holder took one wicket each of them.

Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

West Indies tour of New Zealand 1st Test Highlights

New Zealand hurtled to a profoundly commanding position in the first seven sessions of the Wellington Test, but the opposition began to resist on the third day. West Indies were still a long way back – 172 in arrears with two second-innings wickets already spent. But thanks to Kraigg Brathwaite’s fortitude, a spark from Kieran Powell, and a little flash from Shimron Hetmyer, their hopes of making something out of this match are not yet extinguished. Brathwaite remained at the crease on 79, with Shai Hope for company. But perhaps this was always going to be a batting day – the Basin Reserve pitch tends to flatten dramatically as matches wear on. In the morning, Tom Blundell had progressed from an overnight 57 not out to triple figures, becoming the first wicketkeeper-batsman to make a debut Test century since Matt Prior in 2007.

What was remarkable was that he scored 52 of his eventual 107 not out in the company of Trent Boult – the pair putting on an unbeaten stand of 78 for the last wicket. Soon after Blundell reached his century, New Zealand declared on 520 for 9, taking a 386-run advantage into the second innings. Few might have expected West Indies to claim momentum as dramatically as they did after lunch, however. If one aspect of play epitomised the vigour they brought to those sessions, it was their bristling confidence when facing their tormentor from the first dig: Neil Wagner. On day one, Wagner had collected 7 for 39 in 14 overs, as batsmen almost raced each other back to the pavilion.

On Sunday, Wagner again deployed his familiar lifters from around the wicket, but suddenly, the West Indies top order was almost disdainful of the tactic, pulling, hacking, and cracking him through the leg side throughout the afternoon and evening sessions. Wagner was left nursing figures of 0 for 89 from 15 overs by stumps, having suffered 14 fours and two sixes. Unable himself to make a breakthrough, Trent Boult was also visibly frustrated by the closing stages of the day. That it is their senior opener that West Indies’ resistance built was unsurprising. Brathwaite did as Brathwaite does, leaving judiciously, defending solidly, and awaiting the bad balls to dispatch to the fence. His two early boundaries were the result of wayward leg-side deliveries that he simply nudged fine. He was a little more ambitious in the evening session, even running at Mitchell Santner to launch him over the deep midwicket boundary.

His patience and assuredness at the start of the innings allowed Powell to take risks at the other end. It was Powell who began the assault on Wagner by hitting two sixes and a four off consecutive Wagner balls. Having survived a close lbw shout off Boult early in his innings – a not-out decision that would have been overturned had New Zealand reviewed – Powell went on to make 40 off 55 balls before losing concentration and giving Matt Henry a simple return catch. Hetmyer’s 66 was sprightly and attractive, as he and Brathwaite combined for a second-wicket stand worth 94. Having been reprieved via a batting review on seven, Hetmyer took to playing Wagner with particular aplomb, driving and pulling imperiously. He didn’t always keep his shots on the ground but found empty space whenever he went aerial, once lofting Boult for a straight six with sublime timing. That Boult over, the 42nd of the innings, also featured two Hetmyer fours: down the ground, and over midwicket.

Like for Powell, it was a misjudgement of Henry’s pace that brought his wicket, after the tea break. Attempting to turn Henry towards the leg side, Hetmyer succeeded only in sending a leading edge to extra cover. Hope and Brathwaite ensured there were no further wickets before the end of the day by showing a little reticence as stumps drew near, but the bad balls were still punished. All up, day three saw 287 runs scored for the fall of just two wickets. New Zealand will hope to get early breakthroughs on day four, to ensure the match does not progress to the fifth day, but if West Indies bat as they have so far in the innings, victory will have to be hard-won, for New Zealand.

Umpires – Ian Gould, Rod Tucker
TV Umpires – Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Wayne Knights
Match number – Test no. 2284