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Windies let it slip


Windies let it slip
Barbadian Chemar Holder celebrating his first Test scalp, New Zealand’s Tom Latham, who was caught behind at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. (GP)

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WELLINGTON – Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel yesterday reached 150 wickets in his landmark 50th Test, but Henry Nicholls’ chancy, unbeaten hundred gave New Zealand the edge on the opening day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve.
The 32-year-old Gabriel bowled his heart out to claim three for 57 from 18 overs as the hosts, sent in on another grassy pitch, were 294 for six when play ended at 6:32 p.m.
Fast bowler Chemar Holder, of Barbados, snatched two for 65 on an impressive debut, but the Black Caps enjoyed the rub of the green, recovering from a stumbling start to end strongly, thanks to Nicholls’ 117 not out.
The 29-year-old left-hander rode his luck, let off four times before he reached 50, and completing his sixth Test hundred about 35 minutes before the close. (CMC)

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