Windies better but still face mountain of work
The West Indies had easily their best session of the first test, this afternoon in Dunedin, but are still very much in survival mode.
The tourists, following on after New Zealand scored 609-9 declared and were skittled on day three for just 213, reached 168-2 at stumps at the University Oval, still 228 short of making New Zealand bat again.
It was New Zealand's day still, but the West Indies showed some fight in the post-tea session losing just the wicket of Kirk Edwards to the bowling of Ish Sodhi for 59.
The tourists need to bat the entire day tomorrow and a chunk of Saturday if they are to save the match, though their confidence from today should be up.
Today they played with more patience and purpose and more fight than in the first innings.
The New Zealand bowling unit probed away well, but with less help from the wicket and less help from the West Indian batsmen than in the first innings.
Sodhi looks to be developing well and will be better for a long spell.
He had Marlon Samuels in trouble late in the day who survived a DRS challenge and a good appeal the next ball.
Samuels will resume tomorrow on 17 with Darren Bravo looking assured on his way to 72.
Earlier New Zealand bowled the West Indies out for 213 to record a lead of 396.
It is New Zealand's second highest first innings lead, behind the 444 they led by against Zimbabwe in January last year.
Tim Southee took 4-54 for New Zealand, Trent Boult 3-40 and Sodhi grabbed his first two test wickets at home, taking 2-63.
Chanderpaul was the visitor's top scorer with 76 while Bravo scored 40.
First innings 609
K Edwards c Fulton b Boult 0
K Powell c Watling b Southee 7
D Bravo c McCullum b Southee 40
M Samuels c Taylor b Southee 14
S Chanderpaul lbw Boult 76
N Deonarine c Taylor b Southee 15
D Ramdin c Watling b Boult 12
D Sammy not out 27
S Shillingford b Sodhi 9
T Best run out (Redmond/Southee) 0
S Gabriel b Sodhi 0
Extras (11lb, 1wd, 1nb) 13
Total (all out, 62.1 overs) 213
Fall of wickets: 4, 24, 70, 73, 106, 174, 183, 202, 205, 213
Bowling: T Boult 18-5-40-3, T Southee 16-2-54-4, N Wagner 13-2-47-0 (1nb, 1wd), I Sodhi 15.1-2-63-2.
K Edwards lbw Sodhi 59
K Powell c Southee b Boult 14
D Bravo not out 72
M Samuels not out 17
Extras (4b, 1lb) 5
Total (for two wickets, 49 overs) 168
Fall of wickets: 18, 135
Bowling: T Southee 10-1-36-0, T Boult 9-2-26-1, N Wagner 9-1-35-0, C Anderson 6-1-8-0, I Sodhi 13-1-51-1, A Redmond 2-1-6-0