West Indies 87-2 when rain sets in


Rookie West Indies batsman Sunil Ambris treads on his own stumps for the second time in as many tests. Their competition has started with long format match. So, they went ahead by 1 - 0 against Windies.

New Zealand reached 373 in the morning session, having begun at 286-7, on the strength of a breezy 10th wicket stand of 61 between new ball pair Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

Among them is the legendary West Indian Brian Lara - which may make Ambris feel better about the company he keeps - and Australian opener Bill Ponsford, who remarkably fell in that manner in his final two tests in 1934. Raymon Reifer, 22 not out at stumps in his debut Test innings, accepted it was a good batting strip and "a few of the guys will be disappointed".

The West Indies started out Saturday winning the toss but despite the loss of three wickets New Zealand have not been under serious pressure.

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Raval, searching for a maiden century, was removed just before the end of the middle session for 84, his second-highest Test score. The West Indies had got to 87-2 off 21 overs but two hours were lost to the weather and it didn't help the tourists.

Raval imposed himself on the match in the first over, and his two driven fours off Shannon Gabriel - one through cover and one past mid-on - suggested that batsmen could confidently play through the line on this pitch, despite the abundance of live grass.

On just the third ball of the day, Wagner slashed at a Kemar Roach delivery that caught the edge and looked destined to run to the boundary after fizzing wide of the slips cordon. The boundaries continued to flow as 33 runs were scored in five overs after the drinks break. Southee has two for 34 and Boult two for 67. Southee scored 31 and Boult scored 37 runs so far. An assault from Southee was expected by West Indies. The opening partnership between Brathwaite and Powell.