A batting collapse left the West Indies facing a demanding rebuild against New Zealand in Hamilton today.
After being soundly placed at lunch at 71 for one, the tourists fell apart in the first hour of the second session before Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin stemmed the bleeding.
The Windies lost four wickets for nine runs in the space of 5.3 overs on the first day of the third cricket test at Seddon Park.
Chanderpaul (30 not out) and Ramdin (30 not out) got the visitors to tea at 142-5 after 55 overs.
Opener Kraigg Braithwaite had eased his way to 41 not out at lunch but lasted just two and a half overs after the break before steering a Tim Southee delivery to Kane Williamson at gully. He was out for 45.
Kirk Edwards fell in Southee's next over when he tried to leave a delivery but got a faint edge through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling while withdrawing the bat.
Although umpire Nigel Llong turned down the appeal, the hosts chose to review it and enough evidence was found for the decision to be overturned, and Edwards departed for six.
Marlon Samuels (0) was next to go in the following over with a shameful swipe at Corey Anderson that Williamson juggled before clasping.
Anderson gained another scalp when he got Narsingh Deonarine lbw, with a review backing the judgment of Ian Gould in giving the batsman out for two.
That left the visitors reeling at 86-5, requiring a rescue effort from Chanderpaul and Ramdin.
The Windies need to win to level the series after a drawn first test in Dunedin and a Black Caps win in the second test in Wellington.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and sent the Windies in, following a trend that has seen the successful coin-caller bowl first for the past 10 tests in this country.
The visitors made several changes from the team hammered within three days in Wellington.
Sunil Narine came into the playing XI to replace fellow off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who has been suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action.
Darren Bravo, who made a double century in the first test, was ruled out through injury after being hit on the arm in the nets in practice yesterday and replaced by Braithwaite.
Veerasammy Permaul also made his first appearance in the series, with the slow left-armer in for seamer Shannon Gabriel.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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