Battle for WI
KINGSTON – West Indies were left facing a difficult task, after New Zealand made a mockery of their impotent attack to post a massive total and take command of the opening Test at Sabina Park yesterday.
Rookie left-hander James Neesham slammed his second Test century, a composed 107, joining Kane Williamson as century-makers in the innings – after the right-hander added eight to his overnight 105 – as New Zealand piled up 508 for seven declared.
Wicketkeeper B.J. Watling got 89 and the prolific Ross Taylor, 55, while Tim Southee produced a cameo unbeaten 21 from just seven balls, to hand the visitors impetus.
Left with nine overs to negotiate, West Indies found the safe harbour of the close at 19 without loss, still 489 runs in arrears heading into today’s third day.