Black Caps jolted back to reality by Windies

The West Indies look like they're waiting for the plane to leave NZ.
The West Indies look like they're waiting for the plane to leave NZ.
Hamish Rutherford in action for New Zealand in Hamilton.
Hamish Rutherford in action for New Zealand in Hamilton.
Corey Anderson celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels.
Corey Anderson celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels.
Trent Boult gets congratulated on one of his four wickets in the West Indies' second innings.
Trent Boult gets congratulated on one of his four wickets in the West Indies' second innings.
Tim Southee and Neil Wagner high-five after New Zealand dismissed the West Indies for 103 in their second innings.
Tim Southee and Neil Wagner high-five after New Zealand dismissed the West Indies for 103 in their second innings.
Tim Southee appeals successfully for the LBW decision against Tino Best.
Tim Southee appeals successfully for the LBW decision against Tino Best.
Trent Boult celebrates the wicket of Kirk Edwards.
Trent Boult celebrates the wicket of Kirk Edwards.
Umpire Nigel Llong picks out a new ball for the West Indies to bowl with.
Umpire Nigel Llong picks out a new ball for the West Indies to bowl with.
Darren Sammy celebrates after getting rid of BJ Watling.
Darren Sammy celebrates after getting rid of BJ Watling.
Ross Taylor savours the moment after scoring his third century in as many test matches.
Ross Taylor savours the moment after scoring his third century in as many test matches.
Brendon McCullum in action for the Black Caps in Hamilton.
Brendon McCullum in action for the Black Caps in Hamilton.
Kane Williamson plays an off drive during his innings of 58.
Kane Williamson plays an off drive during his innings of 58.
The West Indies slip cordon awaits another delivery.
The West Indies slip cordon awaits another delivery.
Ross Taylor slashes the ball away as he reached 56 not out at stumps on day two.
Ross Taylor slashes the ball away as he reached 56 not out at stumps on day two.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul leaps in the air to celebrate his century on day two of the third test.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul leaps in the air to celebrate his century on day two of the third test.
Trent Boult fields off his own bowling.
Trent Boult fields off his own bowling.
Tim Southee and the Black Caps slip cordon successfully appeal for the wicket of Darren Sammy.
Tim Southee and the Black Caps slip cordon successfully appeal for the wicket of Darren Sammy.
Ross Taylor asks for the ball during the afternoon session.
Ross Taylor asks for the ball during the afternoon session.
Denesh Ramdin waves his bat after scoring a century at Seddon Park.
Denesh Ramdin waves his bat after scoring a century at Seddon Park.
Black Caps players rush to Corey Anderson after he dismissed Marlon Samuels.
Black Caps players rush to Corey Anderson after he dismissed Marlon Samuels.
Dinesh Ramdin plays a cover drive.
Dinesh Ramdin plays a cover drive.
Kieran Powell hits the deck after being hit by a delivery, as New Zealanders look on.
Kieran Powell hits the deck after being hit by a delivery, as New Zealanders look on.
Tim Southee gets a high-five after removing Kirk Edwards.
Tim Southee gets a high-five after removing Kirk Edwards.
Corey Anderson celebrates after dismissing Marlon Samuels.
Corey Anderson celebrates after dismissing Marlon Samuels.

After the elation and hangovers of Wellington, this was the jolt New Zealand's cricketers needed.

Test series wins are not meant to be easy and this one will now be a tough scrap against a spin-heavy West Indies, after the tourists punished New Zealand slipups and showed backbone to be 289-6 after day one of the third test.

The prolific Shivnarine Chanderpaul resumes today on 94, just four short of overtaking Allan Border as the world's sixth-highest test runscorer, and six short of his 29th test century.

HARD DAY AT WORK: Brendon McCullum leaving the pitch in Hamilton yesterday.
HARD DAY AT WORK: Brendon McCullum leaving the pitch in Hamilton yesterday.

Without his intervention and a 200-run stand with a counter-attacking Denesh Ramdin (107), the series would have moved fast into non-event status with the hosts already 1-0 up.

After West Indies lost 4-9 in 34 balls - one to an abysmal shot from Marlon Samuels - they slumped to 86-5. The tourists looked down and out, but New Zealand's bowlers were flattered.

"We might have been a little ahead of ourselves from the last one," all-rounder Corey Anderson said.

"Obviously we thought when they were 90-5 that things might happen as fast as they did in Wellington, but they didn't and we've got to peg it back a bit."

Whether it was collective weariness from the first two tests, or the afterglow of a comfortable victory and two bonus days at home, this wasn't New Zealand's best work after they won the toss and sent West Indies in.

The catching was below-par in Dunedin, outstanding in Wellington, and sloppy at Seddon Park. Three went down between two usually outstanding grabbers, Kane Williamson and Tim Southee.

Williamson's miss of Ramdin on 57, off Ish Sodhi, cost another 50 runs but the West Indies gloveman fell to golden arm Anderson three overs from stumps.

Ramdin clouted 18 boundaries in his 148-ball knock, his fourth test century, while Chanderpaul was the immovable wall and offered no chances.

Anderson, whose 3-25 made him the most successful bowler, felt New Zealand still had the upper hand on a dry surface far more friendly than the Basin.

"We're still in a good position and it's a good cricket wicket. We won the toss and knew we had to bowl in good areas and we got a bit lost during that middle session and they capitalised," Anderson said.

Bowler of the moment Trent Boult rocketed to 10th in the world test bowling rankings after his 10-wicket heroics in Wellington. Yesterday he sent down 19 wicketless overs where it didn't swing or zip like it did a week previous.

Southee moved to 96 test wickets and looked the most likely, while Sodhi had a day to forget and dropped short too often, even if he produced a few gems among them.

With the second new ball only 10 overs old, New Zealand should back themselves to run through the West Indies tail. Then they need to top 400 in their first innings for a fifth successive time and build a lead, mindful of the threat spinner Sunil Narine has posed them before.

With the pitch likely to favour spin, the tourists also have left-armer Veerasammy Permaul for one last roll of the dice.

The toss was a head-scratcher after McCullum continued the trend of the last 10 tests in New Zealand where the winning skipper has bowled first.

He said on test eve the overhead conditions would determine his decision. The sun shone, visiting skipper Darren Sammy called incorrectly but McCullum predicted enough swing and seam for his in-form pacemen.

It would have been preferable to see New Zealand try to bat the tourists out of the series.

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