Bowlers strike after Taylor notches double ton

MARK GEENTY IN DUNEDIN
Last updated 18:06 04/12/2013

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It's been some time since New Zealand dominated a test opponent like this, so they were going to enjoy it.

After plundering 609-9 declared, thanks to an unbeaten Ross Taylor double-century, this first cricket test is New Zealand's to throw away after they reduced West Indies to 67-2 at stumps on the second day in Dunedin.

With largely fine weather forecast for the next three days and New Zealand's bowlers sensing blood, their own drought of nine winless tests in 2013 should finally burst in style. And not a moment too soon as they languish eighth on the world test rankings to the tourists' sixth.

With Darren Bravo on 37 and Marlon Samuels on 14, West Indies survived to stumps without too much carnage.

New Zealand's pacemen Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner all extracted bounce in some hostile spells on a pitch that appeared to quicken up from day one.

It was a huge batting task for the tourists after fielding for five sessions, with most of the squad having arrived from India only on Saturday and spinners Shane Shillingford and Samuels flying to Perth to prove their suspect bowling actions were legal.

Opener Kirk Edwards owed his spot to Chris Gayle's injury absence and the non-appearance of Kraigg Brathwaite due to visa issues. He lasted just seven balls before Boult angled one across and found the edge.

Southee nicked out Kieran Powell for seven to a loose shot and Wagner thought he had Samuels caught down the leg side by a diving BJ Watling. But umpire Nigel Llong and the television replays disagreed.

After sharing day one with his captain Brendon McCullum (113), day two belonged to Taylor alone as he plundered 217 not out, equalling his highest first-class score and racing past his previous test best of 154, against England in Manchester in 2008.

Taylor was imperious and his only blemish was on 131 when he inside edged a Shillingford delivery to Powell, who dropped the chance at short leg. Most of his 23 boundaries came through the off side via his trademark savage cover drives and cuts.

After adding 195 with McCullum, New Zealand's highest fourth-wicket stand against West Indies, Taylor shared stands of 84 with Watling (41), 76 with Ish Sodhi (35) and 61 with Wagner before he was run out for a quickfire 37.

That runout prompted McCullum to declare after he'd pushed on past the tea break as New Zealand reached their fourth-highest test total.

Taylor was unbeaten after a tick over eight hours at the crease, having faced 319 balls. He got a standing ovation from the modest University Oval crowd as he raised 200 just before tea, getting a hug from Wagner and raising his bat and helmet to the entire ground.

Things went from bad to worse for the West Indies bowlers, who were still significantly improved from their opening day effort.

Captain Darren Sammy left the field before lunch with what was described as a tight gluteal muscle and didn't bowl again, after taking 2-79 off 23.1 overs.

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Paceman Tino Best, the West Indies' standout, ended with figures of 3-148 off 34.1 overs, but received a second official warning from Llong for running on the pitch.

There was some shabby fielding, too, as heads drooped, with Narsingh Deonarine producing an awful effort on the boundary when he stuck his foot out and the ball bobbled over the rope.

Scoreboard at stumps on day two of the first test between New Zealand and the West Indies at University Oval, Dunedin:

NEW ZEALAND

P Fulton c Edwards b Sammy 61
H Rutherford c b Shillingford 62
A Redmond c Samuels b Best 20
R Taylor not out 217
B McCullum b Sammy 113
C Anderson c Ramdin b Best 0
B Watling c Edwards  b Best 41
T Southee c Bravo b Deaonarine 2
I Sodhi c&b Deonarine 35
N Wagner run out (Bravo/Best) 37
T Boult not out 0

Extras (10b, 10lb, 1nb) 21

Total (for nine, declared, 153.1 overs) 609

Fall of wicket: 95, 117, 185, 380, 385, 469, 472

Bowling: T Best 34.1-5-148-3, S Gabriel 27.5-4-148-0, D Sammy 23.1-4-79-2 (1nb), S Shillingford 46-7-138-1, N Deonarine 22-0-76-2.

WEST INDIES

K Edwards c Fulton b Boult 0
K Powell c Watling b Southee 7
D Bravo not out 34
M Samuels not out 14

Extras (8lb, 1nb) 9

Total (for two wickets, 24 overs) 67

Fall of wickets: 4, 24

Bowling: T Boult 8-5-7-1, T Southee 7-1-15-1, N Wagner 6-2-27-0 (1nb), I Sodhi 3-0-10-0.

- Fairfax Media

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