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New Zealand pacemen rout West Indies top order

Wellington: New Zealand`s pace bowlers took four wickets for nine runs in the hour after lunch before Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Denesh Ramdin set about rebuilding West Indies` first innings at tea on the first day of the third and final test on Thursday.

Chanderpaul and wicketkeeper Ramdin were both on 30 as West Indies reached 142 for five at the break at Hamilton`s Seddon Park.

The hosts will hope to ram home their advantage in the final session with a quick wicket to expose the visitors` tail.

West Indies had the better of the morning session after being asked to bat and were 71 for one at lunch, with Kraigg Brathwaite well set on 41 and Kirk Edwards on three.

Poor shot selection and two referrals, however, led to a spectacular collapse that helped the ho sts regain the impetus.

The dismissal of the 21-year-old Brathwaite, who was prodding at short balls throughout his innings, sparked the collapse when he was unable to get over the top of a Tim Southee delivery that reared off a length and steered it straight to Kane Williamson in the gully for 45.

Edwards followed shortly after for six when he got a faint edge to a Southee delivery, with the bowler the only person convinced the batsman had hit the ball.

Southee talked McCullum into reviewing the decision, with microphones and the `real time snicko` technology showing he had hit the ball before it went through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Marlon Samuels then wafted at a wide Corey Anderson delivery without moving his feet and Williamson bobbled the ball twice but took the sharp catch in the gully.

Anderson struck again shortly after when he trapped Narsingh Deonarine in front for two which left the visitors` struggling at 86 for five.

The left-hander reviewed the decision but tracking technology showed it would have clipped the top of leg stump.

Kieran Powell was the only wicket to fall in the first session when he tried to cut a rising Neil Wagner delivery, having tried a similar shot earlier but missing the ball, to be caught by wicketkeeper Watling for 26.

Off-spinner Kane Williamson and leg spinner Ish Sodhi were already getting turn off the pitch, which could be dangerous for New Zealand having to bat fourth and facing a predominatly spin attack of Sunil Narine, Veerasamy Permaul and the part-time off-spin of Deonarine.

Narine was brought in for Shane Shillingford, who was banned by the International Cricket Council after biomechanical analysis of his bowling action, while left-arm spinner Permaul replaced Shannon Gabriel.

Brathwaite replaced Darren Bravo, who was a late withdrawal after being struck in the nets.

New Zealand, who are unchanged from the innings and 73-run victory in the second test in Wellington last week, hold a 1-0 lead in the series.

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