[www.inewsguyana.com] – Sloppy fielding by West Indies allowed Ross Taylor to capitalize on another century to steer his side out of danger against West Indies on the first day of the second test at basin reserve on Wednesday.
Taylor, who was dropped before getting off the mark, scored a purposeful 129 as New Zealand recovered from 24 for two after openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were removed cheaply in the first hour.
West Indies had New Zealand against the ropes but failed to take advantage of a green-top pitch and chilly overcast conditions as the home side reached 307 for six at the close.
The 29-year-old forged half-century partnerships with Kane Williamson, Brendon Mccullum and Corey Anderson to swing the match New Zealand’s way.
Earlier, West Indies made a bright start to the test as New Zealand reached 79 for two lunches but could not stop Taylor.
Of the bowlers thus far Tino Best has 2 wickets while Shannon Gabriel, Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford and Narsingh Deonarine have one apiece.
West Indies fielded an unchanged line-up, but the New Zealanders brought Williamson in to replace Aaron Redmond.
The three-test series is level 0-0, following a draw in the first test which ended last Saturday at university oval in Dunedin.