New Zealand on brink of victory in test, series against Windies

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Wellington: New Zealand’s bowlers again ripped through West Indies’ batting lineup to push them to the brink of a comprehensive victory in the second and final test as they reduced the tourists to 244-6 in their second innings at the end of the third day on Sunday.

Bad light forced the players off the Basin Reserve about an hour before the scheduled end and umpires called playoff just before 6 p.m. (0500 GMT).

Captain Jason Holder was on 60 and Joshua Da Silva 25 not out as West Indies managed to push the game into a fourth day but they are in danger of another heavy defeat when they return on Monday, still trailing New Zealand by 85 runs.

The hosts, who won the first test in Hamilton by an innings and 134 runs, scored 460 in their first innings with Henry Nicholls notching his highest test score of 174.

The visitors were dismissed for 131 in their first innings early on Sunday and New Zealand captain Tom Latham had little hesitation in enforcing the follow on.

Opener John Campbell (68) and Shamarh Brooks (36) provided some early resistance in their second innings with an 89-run stand for the third wicket.

The rest of the batsmen, however, were again unable to handle New Zealand’s four-pronged pace attack of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson and their ability to generate late swing in overcast and chilly conditions.

Holder brought up his ninth test half century when he pulled a short Wagner delivery to the mid-wicket boundary for his seventh four. He also hit two sixes.

Boult, who did not take a wicket in the first innings, finished the day with 3-75 in the second.

West Indies had resumed their first innings on Sunday on 124-8, still 336 runs behind, but lasted just 4.4 overs as Southee grabbed the last two wickets to finish with 5-32, his 11th five-wicket haul in tests.

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