Another half century for Ross Taylor
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand’s Ross Taylor continued his impressive series with an unbeaten half-century today, guiding the hosts to 156 for three after day two of the third cricket Test in response to the West Indies’ 367.
Taylor was 56 not out at stumps and has now scored 416 runs in the series while being dismissed only once. Brendon McCullum was not out on 11.
Taylor’s efforts followed a similarly impressive performance by West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored his 29th test century to boost the tourists’ total.
Chanderpaul was unbeaten 122.
The day was probably the most competitive of the series as Chanderpaul helped the West Indies tail add 81 for their last four wickets and the West Indian spin bowlers then forced the New Zealanders to work hard for runs.
Though Taylor and Kane Williamson put on a 95-run stand for the third wicket, giving New Zealand a platform upon which to challenge the West Indies’ first-innings total, the Black Caps face the prospect of batting last on a wicket that will favour spinners Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul.