Windies face record run chase

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:06 AM The West Indies will have to chase down what would be a world record if they are to beat New Zealand in the second cricket Test in Hamilton.

New Zealand declared their second innings at 8-291 late on the third day, setting the tourists a victory target of 444.

Ross Taylor was 107 not out, a record-equalling 17th century for New Zealand, and Tim Southee unbeaten on 22.

The West Indies will have to surpass the 418 they scored in 2003 at St John's to beat Australia.

The highest successful fourth innings chase on New Zealand soil was also set by the West Indies, when they scored 5-348 to overcome Graham Dowling's side at Eden Park in March 1969.

The New Zealanders lost three wickets in the final session of the third day, before the declaration came.

After tea Colin de Grandhomme went for 22 when the Windies reviewed a not out lbw decision. When third umpire Ian Gould reviewed the ball tracking (he initially forgot) it showed the ball would have hit the stumps.

Shannon Gabriel then had his second wicket of the day, Tom Blundell (one) caught at wide first slip.

Neil Wagner went for eight, caught at point off Chase.

Taylor did have a life on 35, when a low chance was dropped in the gully by Shai Hope off Shannon Gabriel.

Miguel Cummins was the best of the West Indies bowlers with 3-69.

During the post-lunch session the hosts lost three wickets, including skipper Kane Williamson, who will now have to wait until England in March for a crack at a record 18th Test century for New Zealand.

Williamson (54) was beautifully yorked by Cummins (3-47) by the bowler's first delivery after lunch.

At the start of the day the Windies had resumed at 8-215, however, two wickets in two balls from Trent Boult meant they added just six runs to their overnight total and were 152 runs behind New Zealand's first innings of 373.

Boult was the best of the New Zealand bowlers with 4-73.

New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after thumping the tourists by an innings and 67 runs in Wellington.

Source: AAP

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