Taylor key as Black Caps seek big total in final Test against Windies
Wellington: New Zealand were 156 for three at stumps in their first innings on Friday, after the Windies compiled a testing 367 at Seddon Park, according to reports.
According to Stuff.co.nz, after just two days of the third test in Hamilton, day five already looms large for the hosts.
The visitors had spin twins Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul bowl the majority of the overs in New Zealand`s reply, and Narine in particular often flummoxed the Black Caps batsmen, the report said.
With the wicket offering reasonable turn and bounce, New Zealand will require either a substantial total compiled tomorrow or possibly face the prospect of defending their 1-0 lead in the series on a wearing wicket on Monday, the report added.
The in-form Ross Taylor should again be a key figure as coming off a double ton in the first test and Dunedin and a century in the second in Wellington, Taylor was unbeaten on 56 off 133 balls, the report further said.
Kane Williamson was another to experience some worrying moments on his way to his half-century, but he and Taylor added 95 for the third wicket to frustrate the Windies before Williamson fell lbw to Narine for 58, made off 148 deliveries, the report mentioned.
Earlier, Shivnarine Chanderpaul made an unbeaten on 122 in his side`s first innings - compiled from 229 balls and featuring 11 boundaries - to put the pressure on New Zealand, according to the report.