NZ vs WI: New Zealand’s push for 1st check win stalled by West Indies’ pair
New Zealand’s push for an innings victory over the West Indies within the first cricket check was stalled on the third day Saturday by a daring, counter-attacking partnership for the vacationers’ seventh wicket between Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph.
New Zealand appeared to be coasting to a win inside three days when captain Kane Williamson enforced the follow-on with a 381-run lead after dismissing the West Indies for 138 in reply to its first innings of 519-7 declared.
When the West Indies had been diminished to 30-Four at tea, then 89-6 of their second innings it appeared they had been fated to change into solely the fifth group in check historical past to be dismissed twice in at some point.
Their place was extra dire as a result of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich couldn’t bat in both innings due to a damaged finger they usually have solely 9 wickets.
However Blackwood and Joseph mixed in an unbroken partnership which broke the dominance of the New Zealand bowlers and was value 107 runs at stumps.
Whereas New Zealand nonetheless lead by 185 runs, the seventh-wicket pair introduced respectability to an in any other case bedraggled West Indies efficiency.
Blackwood, the West Indies’ final acknowledged batsman, led the cussed resistance and was 80 not out at stumps, having hit 9 fours and two sixes.
Joseph, making an attempt to ascertain himself as an allrounder, achieved his maiden check half century and was 59 not out.
The pair performed aggressively and managed to hit the New Zealand bowlers off the lengths which had been so profitable all through the day. Their 100 partnership got here up from solely 111 balls. The New Zealand vs West Indies Take a look at collection can also be part of ICC World Take a look at championship.