Taylor key as Black Caps seek a big total

13:10, Dec 20 2013
Black Caps v West Indies third test
Corey Anderson celebrates after dismissing Marlon Samuels.
Black Caps v West Indies third test
Dinesh Ramdin plays a cover drive.
Black Caps v West Indies third test
Trent Boult fields off his own bowling.
Kieran Powell
Kieran Powell hits the deck after being hit by a delivery, as New Zealanders look on.
Denesh Ramdin
Denesh Ramdin waves his bat after scoring a century at Seddon Park.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor asks for the ball during the afternoon session.
Corey Anderson
Black Caps players rush to Corey Anderson after he dismissed Marlon Samuels.
Tim Southee
Tim Southee gets a high-five after removing Kirk Edwards.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul leaps in the air to celebrate his century on day two of the third test.
Tim Southee
Tim Southee and the Black Caps slip cordon successfully appeal for the wicket of Darren Sammy.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor slashes the ball away as he reached 56 not out at stumps on day two.
Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson plays an off drive during his innings of 58.
West Indies slip cordon
The West Indies slip cordon awaits another delivery.
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Brendon McCullum in action for the Black Caps in Hamilton.
Black Caps vs West Indies third test
Corey Anderson celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels.
Black Caps vs West Indies third test
Trent Boult celebrates the wicket of Kirk Edwards.
Trent Boult
Trent Boult gets congratulated on one of his four wickets in the West Indies' second innings.
Tim Southee
Tim Southee appeals successfully for the LBW decision against Tino Best.
Tim Southee and Neil Wagner
Tim Southee and Neil Wagner high-five after New Zealand dismissed the West Indies for 103 in their second innings.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor savours the moment after scoring his third century in as many test matches.
Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy celebrates after getting rid of BJ Watling.
Cricket umpires
Umpire Nigel Llong picks out a new ball for the West Indies to bowl with.
Black Caps vs West Indies third test
The West Indies look like they're waiting for the plane to leave NZ.
Black Caps vs West Indies third test
Hamish Rutherford in action for New Zealand in Hamilton.

After just two days of the third test in Hamilton, day five already looms large for the hosts.

New Zealand were 156 for three at stumps in their first innings today, after the Windies compiled a testing 367 at Seddon Park.

The visitors had spin twins Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul bowl the majority of the overs in New Zealand’s reply, and Narine in particular often flummoxed the Black Caps batsmen.

West Indies
CELEBRATION TIME: Darren Sammy celebrates after claiming the wicket of Hamish Rutherford.

With the wicket offering reasonable turn and bounce, New Zealand will require either a substantial total compiled tomorrow or possibly face the prospect of defending their 1-0 lead in the series on a wearing wicket on Monday.

The in-form Ross Taylor should again be a key figure. Coming off a double ton in the first test and Dunedin and a century in the second in Wellington, Taylor was unbeaten on 56 off 133 balls.

Skipper Brendon McCullum got to 11 not out in his brief stint also had difficulties in picking Narine’s array of deliveries. Narine bowled 22 consecutive overs to end with the figures of 2-43, with nine maidens.

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Kane Williamson was another to experience some worrying moments on his way to his half-century, but he and Taylor added 95 for the third wicket to frustrate the Windies before Williamson fell lbw to Narine for 58, made off 148 deliveries.

Both NZ openers went in the middle session to give the Windies hope in their pursuit of a series-tying victory, with NZ ahead 1-0.

Narine, brought into the Windies side to replace the banned Shane Shillingford, got rid of Peter Fulton for 11 in his first over when skipper Darren Sammy grasped a sharp catch at leg slip.

Sammy had made the initial breakthrough when he stooped to pull off a mart caught and bowled dismissal of Hamish Rutherford (10).

Earlier, Shivnarine Chanderpaul made an unbeaten on 122 in his side’s first innings - compiled from 229 balls and featuring 11 boundaries – to put the pressure on New Zealand.

The New Zealand new ball duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult were more accurate in their first spell today than they were on day one and both gained rewards for testing spells when it looked like the hosts would run quickly through the tail.

Southee removed Sammy by inducing a knick to wicketkeeper BJ Watling while Boult knocked over Narine’s off stump.

Southee also gained revenge on the audacity of No 10 Permaul, who on-drove and then pulled the paceman for six and four in consecutive balls, before edging the next one to Fulton in the slips cordon.

In between wickets falling at the other end, the imperturbable Chanderpaul notched his 29th test century while also moving past former Australian skipper Allan Border to become the sixth-highest runscorer in test cricket history.

He celebrated his ton in exuberant fashion, leaping in the air and later kissing the pitch.

The hosts were made to pay for another missed chance when Fulton dropped Tino Best at second slip off Corey Anderson, when Best was on four and the Windies 339-9. The tailenders got through to 25 before Watling took his fifth catch of the innings off legspinner Ish Sodhi, with Chanderpaul and Best adding 35 for the last over.

Scoreboard at stumps on day two

WEST INDIES

First Innings

K Brathwaite c K Williamson b T Southee 45
K Powell c B Watling b N Wagner 26
K Edwards c B Watling b T Southee 6
M Samuels c KS Williamson b C Anderson 0
S Chanderpaul not out 122
N Deonarine lbw b C Anderson 2
D Ramdin c B Watling b C Anderson 107
D Sammy c B Watling b T Southee 3
S Narine b T Boult 2
V Permaul c P Fulton b T Southee 20
T Best c B Watling b I Sodhi 25

Extras (b 2, lb 6, wd 1, nb 0) 9

Total (for 10 wickets, 116.2 overs) 367

Fall: 1-41 (Powell, 16.3), 2-77 (Brathwaite, 31.3), 3-78 (Edwards, 33.4), 4-82 (Samuels, 34.2), 5-86 (Deonarine, 36.6), 6-286 (Ramdin, 86.5), 7-296 (Sammy, 95.4), 8-307 (Narine, 100.3), 9-332 (Permaul, 105.3), 10-367 (Best, 116.2)

Bowling: T Boult 26-2-84-1 (1w, T Southee 28-3-79-4, N Wagner 21-4-67-1, C Anderson 19-3-47-3, K Williamson 5-0-17-0, I Sodhi 17.2-0-65-1 

NEW ZEALAND

First Innings

P Fulton c D Sammy b S Narine 11
H Rutherford c & b D Sammy 10
K Williamson lbw b S Narine 58
R Taylor not out 56
B McCullum not out 11

Extras (b 6, lb 2, nb 2) 10

Total (for 3 wickets, 64.0 overs) 156

Fall: 1-18 (Rutherford, 5.2), 2-43 (Fulton, 21.3), 3-138 (Williamson, 55.3)

Bowling: T Best 9-1-29-0 (1nb), D Sammy 10-5-17-1 (1nb), V Permaul 23-4-59-0, S Narine 22-9-43-2

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