Black Caps still optimistic amid the rain
The Black Caps are optimistic the West Indies could yet crumble in the third test in Barbados.
Rain cut short play soon after lunch cut with the hosts 169-2 at Kensington Oval in reply to New Zealand's first day total of 293.
Kiwi seamer Neil Wagner, who was brought in to the deciding test as replacement for leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, says the weather delay has come as a frustration to the Black Caps who had just started to find their range with the ball in hand.
"Obviously with the rain coming in it's a bit disappointing. We felt that just before lunch and after lunch we started putting a little bit more pressure on," Wagner said.
"If we could have gotten another one or two quick wickets it would have gotten us in with a bit of a chance and end on a pretty good day.
"So it's a bit disappointing, but you can't control the weather."
However, Wagner says despite a pitch and outfield which favours high scoring, he still believe the West Indies could yet crumble after blasting away in the morning session of day two.
"They got a way a little bit this morning and batted quite well. It wasn't really an ideal start for us, but that's cricket and it happens," he said.
"For us it's just about focussing on tomorrow and what we can change and do better.
"There's not a lot of assistance in the wicket. I think it's one of those grounds where a lot of boundaries get scored. It's quite a quick outfield and a small boundary.
"At times it can get away from you, there's a lot of value for shots so for us it's just to try and eliminate that tomorrow and bowl a bit of pressure.
"As soon as we can do that there's no reason we can't get a couple of quick wickets.
"The West Indies are hard to stop when they've got momentum, they feed off building that confidence. But we also know that they are a team that do sort of crumble when they lose a couple of quick wickets, so we're always hopeful of that.
"We know that if we can put a squeeze on a get a couple of quick wickets, they could crumble.
"For us it's to sort of stay patient. We know our plan and need to keep executing it for longer periods of time."
Scoreboard at lunch on the second day of the third test between West Indies and New Zealand in Bridgetown, Barbados:
T LATHAM lbw Roach 14
H RUTHERFORD c Chanderpaul b Roach 4
K WILLIAMSON c Bravo b Benn 43
R TAYLOR c Benn b Roach 45
B McCULLUM c Bravo b Benn 31
J NEESHAM run out (Brathwaite) 78
B WATLING c Gayle b Benn 1
T SOUTHEE b Benn 6
M CRAIG not out 46
N WAGNER c Ramdin b Roach 2
T BOULT st Ramdin b Benn 12
Extras (5b 2lb 3nb 1w) 11
Fall: 17 (Rutherford), 28 (Latham), 102 (Williamson), 114 (Taylor), 168 (McCullum), 172 (Watling), 194 (Southee), 258 (Neesham), 277 (Wagner), 293 (Boult).
Bowling: J Taylor 11-2-55-0 (1nb), K Roach 18-2-61-4 (1w), J Holder 10-4-24-0 (2nb), S Benn 26.2-1-93-5, S Shillingford 13-0-53-0.
C GAYLE c Rutherford b Craig 42
K BRATHWAITE c Southee b Wagner 68
K EDWARDS not out 42
Darren BRAVO not out 8
Extras (1b 2lb 1nb 5w) 9
Total (for two wickets) 169
Fall: 79 (Gayle), 153 (Brathwaite).
Bowling: T Boult 10-3-38-0 (1w 1nb), T Southee 10-2-43-0, M Craig 13-2-63-1, N Wagner 7.2-3-11-1 (1w), K Williamson 2-0-11-0 (1w).