HAMILTON: The West Indies delight at profitable the toss on a lush inexperienced pitch turned to frustration as New Zealand had been hardly ever troubled in posting 243 for 2 on day one of many first Check at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday.
Kane Williamson, regardless of being troubled with cramp late within the day, produced a masterful innings to be unbeaten on 97 at stumps with Ross Taylor on 31.
The New Zealand captain had earlier featured in a 154-run partnership with opener Tom Latham for the second wicket earlier than Latham was bowled for 86.
After the beginning of play was delayed two hours by rain, the West Indies had been delighted to win the toss with an emerald wicket that probably provided untold demons for his or her tempo assault.
However after Shannon Gabriel bowled Will Younger early for 5, the vacationers discovered they didn’t getting the help they anticipated from the wicket.
“We thought the pitch would have done a bit more seeing as it was such a green pitch, but probably two or three balls took off from a length other than that I thought it played really true,” West Indies vice-captain Roston Chase stated.
Chase additionally noticed flaws within the guests’ assault which they didn’t rectify.
“Obviously we didn’t have the best day in the field, we only got two wickets,” he stated. “I thought they left the ball well and in certain areas I thought we could have made them play a bit more.”
It gave the impression to be a case of not doing thorough homework as Latham stated the pitch was commonplace for New Zealand.
“Even though the wickets are traditionally very green on day one in New Zealand they don’t tend to do as much as you would think,” the Black Caps opener stated. “They probably bowled a fraction short which allowed us to get ourselves in a little bit earlier than they would have liked.”
A 12 months in the past, Seddon Park provided a equally inexperienced wicket when New Zealand performed England in what turned a high-scoring draw with England skipper Joe Root making 226 whereas England opener Rory Burns posted a century as did Latham, Williamson and Taylor for New Zealand.
Williamson, who will resume on Friday requiring simply three runs to register his 22nd Check century, labored patiently with Latham for greater than 50 overs, ready for dangerous balls to hit because the pair had been hardly ever tempted to play pictures at the rest.
Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Holder couldn’t maintain a constant line and noticed uncommon possibilities spoiled by fielding errors.
The two.01 metre (6ft 7in) Holder used his peak to extract some bounce however the no-risk method of Latham and Williamson served solely to tire the massive Barbadian.
Wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich had an uncomfortable day by failing to get a glove to an opportunity from Younger, though the New Zealand opener went leg earlier than with the subsequent supply.
Then Dowrich didn’t enchantment when it appeared he had caught Latham on 43 off Holder, who additionally stored quiet. However replays indicated there had been contact because the ball handed the toe-end of the bat.
On 80, Latham was nicely out of his crease when he aborted an tried cheeky single, however Shamarh Brooks’ shy on the stumps went nicely extensive.
Roach, sporting a black armband in reminiscence of his father who died not too long ago, ultimately bowled the left-hand opener off an inside edge from a full-length supply.
The composed Williamson underscored his self-restraint on 49 when he confronted 24 balls earlier than reaching his 33rd half-century with a single off Chase when the West Indies known as on the spin of the all-rounder.
The day was additional worsened for the vacationers simply earlier than stumps when type batsman Darren Bravo was stretchered from the sphere after injuring an ankle.
NEW ZEALAND (1st Innings):
T.W.M. Latham b Roach 86
W.A. Younger b Gabriel 5
Ok.S. Williamson not out 97
L.R.P.L. Taylor not out 31
EXTRAS (B-6, LB-10, W-1, NB-7) 24
TOTAL (for 2 wkts, 78 overs) 243
FALL OF WKTS: 1-14, 2-168.
TO BAT: H.M. Nicholls, T.A. Blundell, D.J. Mitchell, Ok.A. Jamieson, T.G. Southee, N. Wagner, T.A. Boult.
BOWLING (to-date): Roach
15-3-53-1; Gabriel, 17-5-62-1 (6nb); Holder 19-8-25-0 (1nb); Joseph
17-6-43-0 (1w)l Chase 9-0-42-0; Brathwaite 1-0-2-0.
WEST INDIES: Ok.C. Brathwaite, J.D. Campbell, D.M. Bravo, J. Blackwood, S.S.J. Brooks, R.L. Chase, S.O. Dowrich, J.O. Holder, Ok.A.J. Roach, A.S. Joseph, S.T. Gabriel.
UMPIRES: C.B. Gaffaney (New Zealand) and W.R. Knights (New Zealand).
TV UMPIRE: C.M. Brown (New Zealand).
MATCH REFEREE: J.J. Crowe (New Zealand).
Revealed in Daybreak, December 4th, 2020