New Zealand in West Indies Test Series - 1st Test

West Indies v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 186 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

10.00am Here we go then. White clothing, red balls, and glorious sunshine. Chris Gayle leads the West Indies team onto the field, followed by Peter Fulton and Tom Latham, who will open the batting for New Zealand. It'll be Latham on strike, in his second Test match, and he will face Jerome Taylor, who is playing his first Test match since November 2009.

Chris Gayle says "not fully", when asked if his trip to Germany has helped him recover from his back injury.

"It's Test cricket," he adds, "so you can pace yourself a bit. I'm prepared mentally." On reaching 100 Tests, he says, "Looking forward to it, in front of my home fans. Hope I can give the fans something to cheer about."

David Connolly: "coming up to 7pm in sunny Moscow. 26 degrees. (It's best kept secret - gets hot here!) Excited by the prospect of some real cricket, not quite as excited as jordanious77, but excited all the same. Fingers and other bits crossed for NZ" We're also getting people writing in from the UK, from Adelaide and a bunch of other places. Test cricket FTW

We also have Ghanshyam, with this comment: "Does cricinfo have an IP address detector to verify that all people are coming from where advertised from? - Ghanshyam from Mars" The pitches there obviously have red soil, and a bit of extra bounce.

9.45am Team news, finally. Mark Craig, the offspinner, makes his debut for New Zealand, whose eleven looks like this:

Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), James Neesham, BJ Watling (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Mark Craig, Trent Boult.

This, meanwhile is how West Indies will line up: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (capt and wk), Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford.

So that's both teams playing two spinners.

Carson: "Minus Narine's absence the WI has fielded their best squad in test cricket for years. The politics in WI cricket is what has been affecting the teams performance and messing with their mental preparation. Let us hope that players now get the respect they deserve that will make them motivated to give 100% for the team. "

The magic of Test cricket, and so forth. FLEM: "Hunched over my computer, 2.30 AM in FIJI, just waiting for my beloved Black Caps to appear. The adrenalin is pumping. Great game in store. Cheers to all fans, both sides, Flem. Fiji. "

jordanious77: "This is it... The first proper game of cricket in well over 500 years. EEEEEEEEEEEEE IM SO EXCITED I CANT EVEN SEE STRAIGHT!!! If I hadn't just spent all my money on uni then i'd have flown myself from NZ to watch this (which is no doubt) going to be an absolutely incredible game of epicness that I will never forget simply because I have missed cricket oh so much. WHO ELSE IS EXCITED?? CRICINFO, YOU EXCITED?? WELL GET EXCITED CUZ NEW ZEALAND WILL WIN THIS! PREPARE YOURSELF FOLKS, WITNESS GREATNESS!"

Yes, Jordanious77, we are excited too.

9.30am New Zealand have won the toss and chosen to bat. We'll have team news for you in a bit.

9.25am The last time West Indies played a Test match, this was what their eleven looked like: Brathwaite, Powell, Edwards, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Deonarine, Ramdin (wk), Sammy (capt), Narine, Permaul, Best. Five of them, by my possibly unreliable count, aren't even part of their squad for this game.

ian: "Finally the WI will have a balanced attack which will include its best bowlers." Is Sunil Narine one of them, I wonder...

9.15am Hello and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the first Test from Sabina Park, where a new-look West Indies, under a new captain, take on a New Zealand side that enjoyed a wonderful home summer, beating their current opponents as well as India, but might find life a little different on the road. This is your commentator for the day, Karthik Krishnaswamy.

It's also (unless he doesn't play, for some unforeseen reason) Chris Gayle's 100th Test match. Tony Cozier looks back on his career here, and S Rajesh analyses Gayle's stats to tell you that he isn't just a short-form biffer.

Pore over the preview, by Alagappan Muthu, for more background as we look ahead to the start of play.

0.1

Taylor to Latham, no run, that's angled across the left-handed Latham, back of a length, and the batsman lets it pass harmlessly

0.2

Taylor to Latham, no run, that's a bit fuller, a bit closer to the stumps, but it's sufficiently wide of off stump for Latham to let go once more

0.3

Taylor to Latham, no run, make him play, JT! that one is way outside off, and keeps going away from the left-hander after pitching. Latham, needless to say, will have nothing to do with it

0.4

Taylor to Latham, 1 run, straighter now, onto the pads, and Latham tucks it away to square leg for the first run of the series

0.5

Taylor to Fulton, no run, that's a good ball, just a little bit back of a length outside off, and it straightens a touch off the pitch. Defended watchfully off the back foot

0.6

Taylor to Fulton, no run, that's a lot of away movement this time, from a fuller length, but it's quite a distance from off stump and Fulton lets it go. No speedgun readings, but Taylor hasn't quite warmed up to full speed yet

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0
PG Fulton    0* (2b)      JE Taylor    1-0-1-0
TWM Latham    1* (4b)     

Here's Roach now

1.1

Roach to Latham, no run, wayward ball to start with, well down the leg side and Ramdin has to dive to his right to stop that

1.2

Roach to Latham, no run, that's short, and it rises to chest height as Latham limboes under it, but it barely carries to Ramdin, who takes the dying ball at ankle height

1.3

Roach to Latham, no run, LBW shout, as Latham is struck on the pads by one that swings into him, but it started outside leg and would have missed as well

1.4

Roach to Latham, no run, similar delivery to the previous one, bit of inswing into the left-hander, but he gets his front pad out of the way and defends towards mid-on

1.5

Roach to Latham, no run, that's full, outside off, and Latham defends with a closed bat-face to push towards mid-on once more

1.6

Roach to Latham, no run, this one is well wide of off stump. Nice length but he needs to bring it closer to the stumps, and Latham leaves it well alone

End of over 2 (maiden) New Zealand 1/0
TWM Latham    1* (10b)      KAJ Roach    1-1-0-0
PG Fulton    0* (2b)      JE Taylor    1-0-1-0

2.1

Taylor to Fulton, no run, bit of away movement. Fulton is halfway forward and plays with soft hands towards gully

2.2

Taylor to Fulton, no run, lovely. Has Fulton poking tentatively from the crease and beats him with one that goes away a long way from an off-stump line

2.3

Taylor to Fulton, no run, that's very full, but Fulton's front pad isn't really moving. Prods forward and pushes it into the covers. Some away movement again

2.4

Taylor to Fulton, no run, this is very good from Taylor. Goes wide of the crease and gets this full one to swing away from outside off. Fulton may have been tempted to drive had it been closer to the stumps.

2.5

Taylor to Fulton, no run, more outswing, but once again a touch too wide to draw Fulton into a shot

2.6

Taylor to Fulton, no run, that's a lot of outswing, from just back of a length, and it swings even more after Fulton lets it go

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 1/0
PG Fulton    0* (8b)      JE Taylor    2-1-1-0
TWM Latham    1* (10b)      KAJ Roach    1-1-0-0

3.1

Roach to Latham, no run, that kept a little low, and it came into Latham and hit him very low on the bat. Any lower and he might have been lbw

3.2

Roach to Latham, no run, strangled lbw appeal for one that very obviously pitched outside leg. Latham's front foot plant makes him a bit of an lbw candidate, if he can start it from straighter

3.3

Roach to Latham, no run, starts from leg stump, full, and swings towards leg stump. Defended watchfully into the on side

3.4

Roach to Latham, 1 run, this one is angled towards off stump, and like all of his deliveries so far is nice and full. Latham pushes forward and defends towards cover

3.5

Roach to Fulton, no run, that's short, outside off, and Fulton lets it go

3.6

Roach to Fulton, no run, that cut back a long way, off the seam, from outside off, but it's short enough for Fulton to leave on length

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 2/0
PG Fulton    0* (10b)      KAJ Roach    2-1-1-0
TWM Latham    2* (14b)      JE Taylor    2-1-1-0

4.1

Taylor to Latham, 1 run, a touch short from Taylor, and Latham gets on his toes to work it off his hips towards square leg

4.2

Taylor to Fulton, no run, nice, searching ball, swinging away from a very full length and a middle-and-off line. Fulton is only halfway forward but defends solidly enough

4.3

Taylor to Fulton, 1 run, full again, almost a half-volley, but Fulton isn't forward once again, and slices his checked drive towards cover

4.4

Taylor to Latham, no run, back of a length, outside off, and Latham safely ignores it

Around the wicket now

4.5

Taylor to Latham, no run, and that's a lovely delivery. Swings into the left-hander as he left the ball, and didn't miss the top of off stump by much

4.6

Taylor to Latham, 1 run, Similar delivery from Taylor, but Latham pushes forward to defend into the off side

End of over 5 (3 runs) New Zealand 5/0
TWM Latham    4* (18b)      JE Taylor    3-1-4-0
PG Fulton    1* (12b)      KAJ Roach    2-1-1-0

Dominic: "I have to say as New Zealander I am furious that they decided to play Fulton over Rutherford, I strongly believe that the former's inability to rotate the strike on a regular basis has a direct correlation with Rutherford's penchant for succumbing to a rash shot. Rutherford is a batsman that needs to feel bat on ball regularly, so being stuck up the other end for long periods of time seems to frustrate him. And it is not like Fulton has performed well in the warm-ups either. Two ducks and a '2' to go with a modest '30'. Very disappointing selection. And don't even get me started on Mark Craig..."

5.1

Roach to Latham, no run, that's full, on off-and-middle, and Latham defends towards a straightish mid-off

5.2

Roach to Latham, no run, back of a length, and down the leg side. Latham moves his hip out of the way to let it pass

5.3

Roach to Latham, FOUR, nice shot to bring up the first four of the match. Roach gets very full, and Latham only has to lean on it to send it hurrying past mid-off with a straight bat

5.4

Roach to Latham, no run, pulls his length back a bit, and Latham lets it go

5.5

Roach to Latham, no run, bit of swing into the left-hander from off stump, and he squeezes it out towards midwicket with a straight bat

5.6

Roach to Latham, no run, shortish, rises a bit, but this seems to be a pretty slow pitch, and Latham has all the time in the world to rise to his toes and defend towards mid-on

End of over 6 (4 runs) New Zealand 9/0
TWM Latham    8* (24b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    3-1-5-0
PG Fulton    1* (12b)      JE Taylor    3-1-4-0

Hisham: "can someone tell me why Anderson is not playing?" Jimmy Neesham made a century on debut in their previous Test...

6.1

Taylor to Fulton, no run, tries to get some outswing from middle stump, doesn't really achieve it, and Fulton half-drives, half-defends to mid-on

6.2

Taylor to Fulton, no run, nice ball, moves away from off stump, just back of a length. Perhaps a touch shorter than a length that would really trouble Fulton, who defends towards cover

6.3

Taylor to Fulton, no run, tries to bang this in, gets it all wrong, and it slides way down the leg side, where a diving Ramdin takes it in his left glove

6.4

Taylor to Fulton, no run, bit of a poke there from Fulton, but it morphed into a play-inside-the-line leave as it left him from back of a length, outside off, dies on its way to the keeper

6.5

Taylor to Fulton, no run, better carry this time, and it thuds into Ramdin's upwards-pointed gloves as Fulton lets go

Anderson also has a neck injury.

6.6

Taylor to Fulton, no run, that's angled in from outside off, and he doesn't get so much outswing this time. Fulton defends off the front foot. Slightly longer stride than normal.

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 9/0
PG Fulton    1* (18b)      JE Taylor    4-2-4-0
TWM Latham    8* (24b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    3-1-5-0

Someone mentioned Fulton's inability to rotate strike. He's on 1 off 18 balls now...

7.1

Roach to Latham, no run, Roach goes around the wicket as well, and angles it into Latham from back of a length. He goes back and defends towards point

7.2

Roach to Latham, no run, that's a bit fuller, but it's comfortably outside off and Latham lets it go after taking a nice stride out

7.3

Roach to Latham, no run, a replay of the previous delivery. No swing either

7.4

Roach to Latham, no run, this one does swing, but only after it's passed the stumps. Starts from outside off but has Ramdin diving hurriedly to his right to collect

7.5

Roach to Latham, no run, this one goes the other way. This could have been a very testing over had his line been closer to the stumps. As it is, Latham has been able to leave very easily

7.6

Roach to Latham, no run, well outside off once again, and Latham ignores it even though it's been push up to an invitingly full length

End of over 8 (maiden) New Zealand 9/0
TWM Latham    8* (30b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-2-5-0
PG Fulton    1* (18b)      JE Taylor    4-2-4-0

8.1

Taylor to Fulton, OUT, oh, yes. He's finally pitched it in the perfect spot, angling in from wide-ish on the crease and leaving him just that little bit, forcing him to poke and edge to the keeper. Once again, no footwork from Fulton.

PG Fulton c †Ramdin b Taylor 1 (34m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.26

Williamson is in now

8.2

Taylor to Williamson, no run, nice full ball first up, looking for the lbw, but Williamson is alert and defends towards midwicket

8.3

Taylor to Williamson, 1 run, that's back of a length, angling in, and Williamson is nicely back and across to tuck it away behind square leg to get off the mark

he's staying over the wicket to the left-hander

8.4

Taylor to Latham, no run, that's well wide of off stump, angling across, and Latham lets it go

8.5

Taylor to Latham, 3 runs, short, and it sits up nicely for Latham to pull. Didn't quite get it off the middle, and it's pulled back in front of the midwicket ropes

8.6

Taylor to Williamson, no run, that's very full, on off stump, and Williamson defends from a halfway forward position. I think they're looking at him as a possible lbw early on

End of over 9 (4 runs) New Zealand 13/1
KS Williamson    1* (3b)      JE Taylor    5-2-8-1
TWM Latham    11* (32b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    4-2-5-0

Darren Bravo now, first time in Test cricket

9.1

Bravo to Latham, no run, that's a slow-medium ball angled across Latham, and he lets go easily

9.2

Bravo to Latham, 1 bye, similar delivery (he has a slightly Virat Kohli-esque action) and it dies on its way to Ramdin, who can't quite collect on the bounce

9.3

Bravo to Williamson, no run, that swung into Williamson from way outside off, and swung away as it approached the keeper's gloves after the batsman let go

9.4

Bravo to Williamson, no run, that's back of a length, angling into Williamson, who defends into the off side

9.5

Bravo to Williamson, no run, that comes in off the seam, from a shortish length, and Williamson half-cuts, half-defends into the off side

9.6

Bravo to Williamson, 2 runs, that's a horrible delivery, short, wide and at a pace that you would struggle to describe as 'medium'. Williamson reaches out and slaps it over point, but had to reach out so far that he had no sort of stable base to really get any power on it

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 16/1
KS Williamson    3* (7b)      DM Bravo    1-0-2-0
TWM Latham    11* (34b 1x4)      JE Taylor    5-2-8-1

10.1

Taylor to Latham, no run, angled across Latham from back of a length, comfortably left alone

eden: "Fulton's lack of footwork has cost him once again. I knew he was going to fail this innings, and he'll probably fail again in the second innings. I guess being as tall as he is footwork doesn't come natural to him. And I've always found him to be too upright and high in his batting style. Fulton's been on the scene too long and should retire. Bring on Rutherford for the next test!"

Taylor goes around the wicket now

10.2

Taylor to Latham, no run, shortish, rises towards chest height but at an amiable pace off the pitch. Up on his toes, defended into the off side

10.3

Taylor to Latham, 1 run, that's very full, in the blockhole, actually, and Latham waits before squeezing it out towards cover point

10.4

Taylor to Williamson, no run, nice length, drawing Williamson forward (only halfway) and it bounces up towards the shoulder of his bat. Soft hands, though, and it bounces down towards gully

10.5

Taylor to Williamson, no run, outside off, not too full, and Williamson lets go with a bit of a flourish

10.6

Taylor to Williamson, no run, that's a length ball, well wide of off stump and Williamson has no intention of playing it even though it came back a tad off the pitch

End of over 11 (1 run) New Zealand 17/1
KS Williamson    3* (10b)      JE Taylor    6-2-9-1
TWM Latham    12* (37b 1x4)      DM Bravo    1-0-2-0

Devesh: "thought we finally got rid of Morrison after IPL was over but I guess I thought wrong.." I like how he sounds in Test cricket, actually. Much less loud, much more analytical. It's like he's a different person altogether. Here is spin, for the first time, in the form of Sulieman Benn, left-arm over to the left-handed Latham

11.1

Benn to Latham, 1 run, angled in towards off and middle, spins in a little bit, and he tucks it away towards square leg

left-arm around for the right-hander

11.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, Williamson is out of his crease, converts this into a full-toss, but can't get it past wide mid-off

11.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's quickish and full, and Williamson defends with fast hands

11.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of air, and Williamson defends towards short leg

11.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, draws him forward this time, slightly slower, and Williamson defends into the off side

11.6

Benn to Williamson, 1 run, that's another full-toss, and Williamson plays a checked drive to mid-off, allowing him enough time for the quick single

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 19/1
KS Williamson    4* (15b)      SJ Benn    1-0-2-0
TWM Latham    13* (38b 1x4)      JE Taylor    6-2-9-1

Roach returns now

12.1

Roach to Williamson, 1 run, that's full, angled in on off stump, and Williamson pushes it out towards midwicket with a closed bat-face

12.2

Roach to Latham, 1 run, bit of shape into the left-hander, and Roach went up a bit in his follow-through as that front pad came out, but the bat came out even quicker to push it safely towards mid-off

12.3

Roach to Williamson, no run, that is an anti-effort-ball, outside off, and it bounces towards the keeper as Williamson lets go

12.4

Roach to Williamson, no run, too wide off off stump again, and Williamson leaves once more

12.5

Roach to Williamson, 1 run, that's full, and Williamson's front foot isn't really moving. Looks to play it straight, but ends up hitting it towards cover as the ball moves away and causes his bat to turn in his hands

12.6

Roach to Latham, no run, angled across from wide of the crease, and Latham, as he has been doing all morning, leaves it alone

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 22/1
TWM Latham    14* (40b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    5-2-8-0
KS Williamson    6* (19b)      SJ Benn    1-0-2-0

13.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, back of a length, angled in, Williamson defends off the back foot as it straightens

13.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, this one is fuller, and Williamson presses forward in defence

13.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, nice length, brings Williamson half-forward, and gets a bit of a thick outside edge towards point

13.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, turn, and Williamson is beaten looking to defend

13.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, More turn, and a bit of bounce too. Williamson is studiously forward, and it goes off the shoulder of his bat, along the ground, towards second slip

13.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, fuller, and Williamson pushes it out to mid-off

End of over 14 (maiden) New Zealand 22/1
KS Williamson    6* (25b)      SJ Benn    2-1-2-0
TWM Latham    14* (40b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    5-2-8-0

It's time for drinks. First hour is West Indies', who could have bowled better and made the batsmen play more often, but hardly bowled a bad ball. It looked like one good ball could get Fulton out, and Taylor produced it. Latham's played well so far, and will want to make his hard work count. Bit of encouragement at the end of that hour for Benn. There is definitely something in this bare-looking pitch for the spinners.

Idrees: "I believe West Indies is desperately missing a seam bowling all-rounder. the likes of either a Dwayne Bravo or a Sammy."

14.1

Roach to Latham, no run, this is angled across from just back of a length, and Latham is beaten as he is finally drawn into a poke outside off

14.2

Roach to Latham, no run, even better delivery, pitched further up and very close to off stump, but Latham, woken up by that previous ball, brings out the leave again

14.3

Roach to Latham, no run, another teasing ball outside off, slightly back of a length, and Latham leaves once more

Roach has a man at silly mid-off, almost on the pitch

14.4

Roach to Latham, no run, once more he's angled this across, and once more Latham has let go

14.5

Roach to Latham, no run, after that one indiscretion off the first ball, Latham has been leaving determinedly, and he lets this go as well

14.6

Roach to Latham, no run, this is great stuff from Roach. He's pitched this closer to the batsman, and Latham pushes out tentatively and is beaten

End of over 15 (maiden) New Zealand 22/1
TWM Latham    14* (46b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    6-3-8-0
KS Williamson    6* (25b)      SJ Benn    2-1-2-0

15.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of flight from Benn, and Williamson gets nice and low to defend

15.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, a touch short, and Williamson dances back in his crease to cut, but can only chop it towards point

15.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, tries to cut again, but this one isn't that short, and it goes with the angle, beating the bat quite close to off stump

15.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of turn now, and Williamson leaves after thinking about attempting another cut

15.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's slower and flightier, but it's wide enough for Williamson to leave

15.6

Benn to Williamson, 1 bye, what happened there? that skidded on, and Williamson is hit on the flap of his pad as he let it go off the back foot. Too high to interest anyone, including the West Indians

End of over 16 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 23/1
KS Williamson    6* (31b)      SJ Benn    3-2-2-0
TWM Latham    14* (46b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    6-3-8-0

16.1

Roach to Williamson, no run, that's angled in, but is still nowhere near off stump, and Williamson lets go from a forward-press position

16.2

Roach to Williamson, no run, this one is aimed at the top of off stump, and a half-forward Williamson plays it towards short leg with a closed bat-face

16.3

Roach to Williamson, no run, that is wide of off stump again, very full, and it bounces down to Ramdin as Williamson leaves

Rufus Spivey Gr: "Silly-mid off in the first hour of a Test says a lot about the pace of the pitch..." Yes, indeed

16.4

Roach to Williamson, no run, well outside off again, and Williamson won't be drawn into playing just yet

16.5

Roach to Williamson, no run, that is closer to off stump, but not close enough to interest Williamson, who pulls his bat over his head. It left him a bit off the pitch as well

16.6

Roach to Williamson, 1 run, that's in the blockhole, on leg stump, bit of a release ball, and Williamson flicks it behind square off his toes

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 24/1
KS Williamson    7* (37b)      KAJ Roach    7-3-9-0
TWM Latham    14* (46b 1x4)      SJ Benn    3-2-2-0

17.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's pitched up, outside off, and passes very close to off stump as Williamson leaves off the back foot

17.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, Williamson plays back again, to a not very short ball, and punches it towards cover with the turn

17.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of width, but it isn't short enough to cut, and Williamson chops it down into the turf

17.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, he's not really picking the length very well, it looks like, and Williamson punches into the off side without any authority

17.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, fuller now, and he defends back to the bowler

17.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, full again, pitched just outside off stump, and Williamson defends into the covers

End of over 18 (maiden) New Zealand 24/1
KS Williamson    7* (43b)      SJ Benn    4-3-2-0
TWM Latham    14* (46b 1x4)      KAJ Roach    7-3-9-0

Marlon Samuels comes on now, from around the wicket to the left-hander

18.1

Samuels to Latham, no run, review! that's tossed up, and Latham is hit on the front pad, it seems, outside off stump as he comes forward to defend. He got a big inside edge too, and Ramdin has wasted a review

Fraser: "Nagpur 2012 anyone? England bat long but score nothing at any kind of speed. " Similar sort of pitch, but there's a little more help for the bowlers here (hopefully)

18.2

Samuels to Latham, 2 runs, that is short, a rubbish ball really, but it barely comes on to the bat as Rutherford pulls over midwicket. Outfield isn't too quick either

18.3

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, this doesn't turn, and it goes off the inside half of Latham's bat, towards square leg, as he comes forward to defend

over the wicket now, to the right hander

18.4

Samuels to Williamson, no run, that's angled in, and turns in a little more. Williamson defends carefully

18.5

Samuels to Williamson, 1 run, down the pitch now, tries to heave it over midwicket but gets it off the inside half of his half and it goes behind square leg instead

18.6

Samuels to Latham, no run, that's angled towards off stump from around the wicket, and Latham defends off the front foot

End of over 19 (4 runs) New Zealand 28/1
TWM Latham    17* (50b 1x4)      MN Samuels    1-0-4-0
KS Williamson    8* (45b)      SJ Benn    4-3-2-0

19.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, plays back again, to a length-ish ball, defends towards mid-off

19.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's tossed up, and Williamson stretches out to defend

19.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, a touch shorter this time, outside off, and Williamson lets go

19.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of bounce again, and Williamson plays with soft hands to drop it down, off the shoulder of his bat, in front of second slip

19.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, straighter this time, and Williamson defends back to the bowler

19.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, nice and full, full enough for Williamson to get forward and smother into the pitch

End of over 20 (maiden) New Zealand 28/1
KS Williamson    8* (51b)      SJ Benn    5-4-2-0
TWM Latham    17* (50b 1x4)      MN Samuels    1-0-4-0

20.1

Samuels to Latham, no run, bit of turn and a bit of bounce, but Latham is back in his crease to defend with soft hands

20.2

Samuels to Latham, no run

20.3

Samuels to Latham, no run, back in his crease again, no turn this time, and he's dropped it down towards midwicket

20.4

Samuels to Latham, no run, presses forward , defends back to the bowler

20.5

Samuels to Latham, no run, first sign of aggressive intent against spin. It was overpitched, and he's driven it hard but straight to cover

20.6

Samuels to Latham, no run, turn and bounce again, and Latham is beaten as he looks to defend off the back foot

End of over 21 (maiden) New Zealand 28/1
TWM Latham    17* (56b 1x4)      MN Samuels    2-1-4-0
KS Williamson    8* (51b)      SJ Benn    5-4-2-0

21.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, defended out into the off side, off the back foot

21.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, fuller now, and he's defended this off the front foot

21.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, back of a length, and Williamson pushes it out towards cover

21.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, there's that skidder again, and Benn is so close to knocking back off stump as Williamson looks to cut and misses

21.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, nice length, on off stump, and Williamson defends off the front foot, back to the bowler

21.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, this one is angled towards middle stump, and Williamson opens up a touch as he defends towards mid-on

End of over 22 (maiden) New Zealand 28/1
KS Williamson    8* (57b)      SJ Benn    6-5-2-0
TWM Latham    17* (56b 1x4)      MN Samuels    2-1-4-0

22.1

Samuels to Latham, no run, looks for the cut, but the ball doesn't turn, and he slaps it towards point

22.2

Samuels to Latham, FOUR, nice shot, second boundary of the morning. It's tossed up, and Latham manouevres his feet into a nice position to ease it past cover

22.3

Samuels to Latham, no run, shorter now, and Latham pushes it out to backward point

22.4

Samuels to Latham, no run, nice and full, on off stump, and Latham defends to mid-off

22.5

Samuels to Latham, no run, tossed up again, but it isn't close to driving length, and Latham defends watchfully

22.6

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, drifts onto the pads now, and Latham works it off them behind square leg

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 33/1
TWM Latham    22* (62b 2x4)      MN Samuels    3-1-9-0
KS Williamson    8* (57b)      SJ Benn    6-5-2-0

23.1

Benn to Latham, 1 run, angles into his pads, and he's tucked that behind square leg once more

23.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, nice angle, in towards off stump, and Williamson stretches out to defend

23.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of air this time, and Williamson takes a step out and drives, but can't get it past mid-off

23.4

Benn to Williamson, 1 run, nice length again, bit of turn, as Williamson plays it with soft hands behind point

23.5

Benn to Latham, no run, back of a length, turns into Latham, who defends off the back foot towards short leg

23.6

Benn to Latham, no run, fuller now, and Latham pushes out to defend back to the bowler

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 35/1
TWM Latham    23* (65b 2x4)      SJ Benn    7-5-4-0
KS Williamson    9* (60b)      MN Samuels    3-1-9-0

Don (this came in a couple of overs ago): "Am i the only one who thinks NZ is being a too defensive and a bit timid here, even thought they haven't lost many wickets they haven't tried to push on a bit either. I realize in a test match the run rate doesn't matter too much, but still a run rate of just 1.37 should be a bit concerning. Especially since there are clearly no demons in this pitch and even though WI has bowled well there hasn't been any exceptional bowling efforts either. Scoring so slowly must also be putting extra pressure on the batsman, which in-return could make them play a rash stroke and lead to a wicket."

24.1

Samuels to Williamson, no run, quite a bit of turn here, from off stump, and Williamson shuffles out of the way as it turns down the leg side

24.2

Samuels to Williamson, no run, turn again, and bounce too. Williamson stays in his crease and lets it hit him near the thigh

24.3

Samuels to Williamson, 1 run, comes forward now, gets on top of the ball, and squirts it away behind square leg

24.4

Samuels to Latham, no run, fired in outside off, and turns away. Latham lets it go

24.5

Samuels to Latham, no run, turn again, from off-and-middle, and bounce too, but Latham is on top of it to chop down towards point

24.6

Samuels to Latham, no run, turn from off stump or thereabouts, and Latham leaves confidently

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 36/1
TWM Latham    23* (68b 2x4)      MN Samuels    4-1-10-0
KS Williamson    10* (63b)      SJ Benn    7-5-4-0

25.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, he's getting closer to the stumps now. That's almost on middle stump, and it's quite full too, but Williamson defends off the back foot

25.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, this is even fuller, and Williamson gets his feet out of the way to push it back down the pitch

25.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, outside off now, with a bit of flight, and Williamson pushes forward to defend

25.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, skids on towards off stump, and Williamson pushes it back to the bowler off the back foot

25.5

Benn to Williamson, 1 run, full now, and Williamson plays a checked drive to mid-off

25.6

Benn to Latham, no run, that is dangled up towards off stump, and Latham comes nicely forward to defend

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 37/1
TWM Latham    23* (69b 2x4)      SJ Benn    8-5-5-0
KS Williamson    11* (68b)      MN Samuels    4-1-10-0

Vatsheel: "Only thing we need more is Mark Richardson here." In whites, or in his bodysuit?

Here is Shillingford, for the first time

26.1

Shillingford to Williamson, 1 run, bit of air there, and he will always get that bounce. Williamson is back in his crease, and waits on it before tucking it off his hips behind square leg

around the wicket now

26.2

Shillingford to Latham, 2 runs, shortish ball, and Latham cuts, but doesn't time it too well

26.3

Shillingford to Latham, no run, nice flight there, and Latham stretches out to defend into the off side

26.4

Shillingford to Latham, no run, slightly short there, and it allows Latham to go really deep in his crease and drop it down into the leg side with soft hands

26.5

Shillingford to Latham, no run, fuller now and Latham drives, inside-out, but straight to cover

26.6

Shillingford to Latham, 1 run, bit of turn this time as Latham goes back, gets a thickish outside edge down to third man

End of over 27 (4 runs) New Zealand 41/1
TWM Latham    26* (74b 2x4)      S Shillingford    1-0-4-0
KS Williamson    12* (69b)      SJ Benn    8-5-5-0

27.1

Benn to Latham, 2 leg byes, turn, bounce, and he gets that bat-pad he has been looking for. Oh, in fact it's only pad, and the ball loops over leg slip

27.2

Benn to Latham, 2 leg byes, leg byes again, as he goes back in his crease and misses this flick off the hip. Goes off his thigh, between the keeper and leg slip

27.3

Benn to Latham, 2 runs, short now, and Latham pulls from a crouched position. He seemed to hit that quite well, but this is a very heavy outfield, and it stops well short of the square leg boundary

27.4

Benn to Latham, no run, fuller now, and Latham pushes forward to defend

27.5

Benn to Latham, no run, given! and reviewed by the batsman! Latham was back in his crease, trying to flick, and it turned sharply into him from outside off and was either bat-pad or pure pad before popping into short leg's hands. Hard to tell from the square-on angle, and it seems like he hasn't got any bat on it from the straight-on angle. No discernible double-noise either. Looks like there's too much doubt... aaaaaaaaand the third umpire overturns the decision. Not out.

27.6

Benn to Latham, FOUR, Benn dangles this outside off, and Latham gets a thick outside edge as he looks to drive through cover. Screams past Gayle at slip and rolls down to the third man boundary to take New Zealand past 50.

End of over 28 (10 runs) New Zealand 51/1
TWM Latham    32* (80b 3x4)      SJ Benn    9-5-11-0
KS Williamson    12* (69b)      S Shillingford    1-0-4-0

28.1

Shillingford to Williamson, 2 runs, bit of air, but he's dropped it a bit short, and Williamson goes back in his crease to cut this in front of point. Pulls up short of the boundary yet again.

28.2

Shillingford to Williamson, no run, fuller now, and straighter. Williamson comes forward and turns it towards backward short leg

28.3

Shillingford to Williamson, no run, tossed up, and Williamson skips down the pitch and drives to mid-on

28.4

Shillingford to Williamson, 1 run, down the pitch once more, and he tries to go over midwicket but, as he did a few overs previously, gets it off the inside half of the bat down to deep backward square leg

28.5

Shillingford to Latham, no run, slides in from back of a length, and he's hit on the thigh pad as he misses the flick

28.6

Shillingford to Latham, no run, comes forward this time to defend the straight ball into the on-side. Futile shout of "catch it!" from Ramdin

End of over 29 (3 runs) New Zealand 54/1
TWM Latham    32* (82b 3x4)      S Shillingford    2-0-7-0
KS Williamson    15* (73b)      SJ Benn    9-5-11-0

29.1

Benn to Williamson, 2 runs, shortish, and Williamson cuts again, but Gayle, running back from cover, cuts it off well short of the cover point boundary. Slowed down by the outfield again

29.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, super delivery that. Slower, and it hung in the air outside off, inviting the batsman to push his hands out ahead of his body before turning sharply and beating the outside edge

29.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, defended towards short leg off the back foot

29.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, dangled out for the drive, but it's wide outside off and Williamson lets go

29.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, fired in quicker, outside off, Williamson leaves again

29.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of turn, a lot of bounce, and Williamson decides against playing the cut

End of over 30 (2 runs) New Zealand 56/1
KS Williamson    17* (79b)      SJ Benn    10-5-13-0
TWM Latham    32* (82b 3x4)      S Shillingford    2-0-7-0

Anirudh bucks the trend of people complaining about the scoring rate. "its heartening to see these two boys battle it out the old school style. i believe this can have a great impact on the series. "

30.1

Shillingford to Latham, no run, shortish ball, but it's too close to Latham to really throw his hands into it, and bounces as well. The cut goes straight to backward point

30.2

Shillingford to Latham, no run, comes forward this time to smother it and defend towards mid-off

30.3

Shillingford to Latham, no run, that is full, and on an off-and-middle line. Latham defends down the pitch

30.4

Shillingford to Latham, no run, much like the previous ball, but not as full, and Latham defends into the off side

30.5

Shillingford to Latham, 1 run, takes a big stride out this time, inside the line of the ball, and drives with a full follow-through, to the right of cover

30.6

Shillingford to Williamson, no run, presses forward and squirts the ball down towards short leg

End of over 31 (1 run) New Zealand 57/1
KS Williamson    17* (80b)      S Shillingford    3-0-8-0
TWM Latham    33* (87b 3x4)      SJ Benn    10-5-13-0

AT: "Just tuned in - not sure if it's just me but the whole pitch and square makes it look like we're watching a game of beach cricket." Yes, it does. And it isn't behaving in a too dissimilar manner

31.1

Benn to Latham, FOUR, that's a touch short, and Latham swivels around to help it away behind square leg

31.2

Benn to Latham, no run, bit of turn from outside off, and goes off Latham's thigh pad to backward short leg

31.3

Benn to Latham, no run, tossed up a bit, and Latham defends off the front foot

31.4

Benn to Latham, no run, goes back to a not particularly short ball, and gets an inside edge onto his pads as he tries, and fails, to flick

31.5

Benn to Latham, 1 bye, leaves this outside off, and the ball bounced a bit and went off Ramdin's glove towards fine leg

31.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's short, it's very wide, and it takes ages to get to Williamson, who reaches out to slap this to Gayle at cover. And that, people, is lunch.

Anon06: "While this match is going at a snail's pace, over at Bridgetown, Barbados, Sagicor HPC has scored 326-9 off 50 overs against BAN A. Andre Russell, 132* of 56 balls at one point had 55 of 35 balls. And after 40 overs, HPC was 188-6."

A very bare, very slow, and often quite low pitch as well, and it's produced a cautious first session from New Zealand. In their defence, they didn't get too many bad balls to score off. On the whole, Latham and Williamson didn't look too discomfited by anything, but both Benn and Shillingford have managed to use their height to get a few deliveries to bounce a little more. One down at lunch isn't bad going at all, but New Zealand would have liked to have scored a few more. A couple of wickets could tilt this West Indies' way. I quite enjoyed that session. Nice way to start a Test series, two teams circling each other warily, getting to know each other a bit.

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 62/1
KS Williamson    17* (81b)      SJ Benn    11-5-17-0
TWM Latham    37* (92b 4x4)      S Shillingford    3-0-8-0

The umpires walk out to the middle once more, and the skies over Kingston are lovely and clear. Latham and Williamson will want to build on the platforms they've built for themselves, but they will have to keep focussing very hard against Shillingford and Benn, who have been accurate and have got a decent amount of help from this pitch. First up, though, is Taylor.

Before we start the second session, take a look back at the first, via this report by George Binoy.

32.1

Taylor to Latham, 2 runs, that's short, and angled across Latham, who guides it behind square on the off side with a slightly open bat face. Stops well short of the boundary yet again

32.2

Taylor to Latham, no run, bit of movement into the left-hander, from middle stump to middle stump, and Latham defends from the crease, getting his bat in the way of his pads

32.3

Taylor to Latham, no run, this is a pretty good follow-up ball, on a length that draws Latham half-forward and angling away. Latham lets it go

32.4

Taylor to Latham, no run, slightly shorter this time, following the same angle, and Latham lets it go again

32.5

Taylor to Latham, no run, straighter this time, angling towards off, and Latham is back in his crease to defend with a straight bat, towards mid-on

32.6

Taylor to Latham, 1 no ball, got him! it was the full tempter, angled across, and Latham is drawn into the big drive, and slices it into the hands of Samuels at point, at a comfortable chest height. Oh, hang on, is that a no-ball? He seems to land his heel a fraction behind the line, or is that on the line, before the foot slides over. This is very close, aaaaaaaand... wait for it... it's a no ball!

32.6

Taylor to Latham, no run, that's full again, but closer to the stumps, and Latham drives towards mid-off

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 65/1
TWM Latham    39* (99b 4x4)      JE Taylor    7-2-12-1
KS Williamson    17* (81b)      SJ Benn    11-5-17-0

That was really tight, and the batsman, rightly I suppose, got the benefit of the doubt

33.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, fired in on off stump, and Williamson defends off the back foot

33.2

Benn to Williamson, 2 runs, this one's full and angled into middle stump, and Williamson gets to the pitch of it before turning it into the leg side with a bit of wrist

33.3

Benn to Williamson, FOUR, that's short and wide, and Williamson's finally got a cut away to the left of point, who gives chase but can't cut it off before it rolls over the ropes

33.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, flighted this time, and Williamson drives to mid-off

33.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, bit of bounce yet again, and Williamson plays with soft hands towards second slip, off the shoulder of his bat. This has happened a number of times already

33.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, shorter now, and rises towards Williamson's chest, but he gets on his toes to defend down into the off side

End of over 34 (6 runs) New Zealand 71/1
KS Williamson    23* (87b 1x4)      SJ Benn    12-5-23-0
TWM Latham    39* (99b 4x4)      JE Taylor    7-2-12-1

34.1

Taylor to Latham, no run, full, pitching outside off, angled further away, and Latham lets it go

34.2

Taylor to Latham, no run, length ball, on off stump, and Latham leans forward to defend towards cover

If Shillingford bowls his doosra, or Samuels his quicker ball, they will be banned from bowling for 12 months

34.3

Taylor to Latham, no run, Taylor sticks to the script, pushes it out, on a fullish length, outside off, and Latham ignores it

34.4

Taylor to Latham, no run, closer to off stump this time, much closer, and Latham defends solidly towards cover

Ben: "I simply don't understand why the bowler doesn't plant their foot six inches inside the line and remove all chance of a no-ball ever happening."

34.5

Taylor to Latham, no run, that's short, and gives Latham some width, but he doesn't go after it. Plays a controlled slap to point instead

34.6

Taylor to Latham, no run, was that a slower ball? Perhaps. It was another of those full ones inviting the booming drive, and Latham, chastened by what happened in Taylor's previous over, lets it go

End of over 35 (maiden) New Zealand 71/1
TWM Latham    39* (105b 4x4)      JE Taylor    8-3-12-1
KS Williamson    23* (87b 1x4)      SJ Benn    12-5-23-0

35.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, tosses it up and angles it into the stumps. Williamson gets his feet out of the way and drives it back to the bowler

35.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, shorter this time, on off stump, and Williamson defends off the back foot

35.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, Williamson thought about sweeping, and changes his mind as Benn fires it in. Defends into the off side instead

35.4

Benn to Williamson, 1 run, shorter this time, and Williamson chops it down to the left of Gayle at point

35.5

Benn to Latham, no run, that's slow and dangly, and Latham comes forward to defend towards mid-on

35.6

Benn to Latham, no run, pushed through now, and Latham defends off the back foot

End of over 36 (1 run) New Zealand 72/1
TWM Latham    39* (107b 4x4)      SJ Benn    13-5-24-0
KS Williamson    24* (91b 1x4)      JE Taylor    8-3-12-1

Hariharan: "But can't S'ford change his action and bowl a different kind of delivery? I thought that's what R. Ashwin does each over!" I assume that's rhetorical, because if you were asking an actual question I have no answer.

36.1

Taylor to Williamson, no run, that's a length ball, aimed at clipping the off bail, and Williamson plays late, very close to his body, and defends it off the back foot

36.2

Taylor to Williamson, no run, bit of outswing from outside off, and Williamson presses forward before shouldering arms

36.3

Taylor to Williamson, no run, this one comes in off the pitch, and Williamson is hit on the pads as he tries to defend into the on-side. Easily missing leg, though

36.4

Taylor to Williamson, no run, that's full, just outside off, and Williamson unfurls a good-looking drive straight to mid-off

36.5

Taylor to Williamson, 1 run, that's a touch leg-sidish, and Williamson clips it neatly off his pads to deep backward square leg

36.6

Taylor to Latham, no run, that's a good probing off-stump line, angling away from a good, in-between length, and Latham defends into the covers

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 73/1
TWM Latham    39* (108b 4x4)      JE Taylor    9-3-13-1
KS Williamson    25* (96b 1x4)      SJ Benn    13-5-24-0

Two answers to Ben's question:

Tom: "Ben its because a no-ball is bowled about once every 100 balls (1%) whereas bowling from far behind the line would require extra effort (throwing further) 100% of the time. Simply not worth it"

Sam: "@Ben - because then Malinga's yorkers will turn into Ishant Sharma's pull-for-a-six balls."

37.1

Benn to Williamson, 1 run, full, and drifts towards leg stump. Williamson comes forward to work it prettily towards mid-on

37.2

Benn to Latham, no run, length ball, outside off, coming down from a great height, and Latham defends off the front foot

37.3

Benn to Latham, no run, that was closer to off stump but didn't turn at all. Latham plays it safely with a straight bat

37.4

Benn to Latham, no run, this is a touch shorter, and Latham stands up in his crease, holds his bat straight and lets the ball hit it

37.5

Benn to Latham, no run, length ball, on off and middle, and Latham is forward to defend

37.6

Benn to Latham, no run, ends a good set of deliveries with another no-nonsense length ball on off stump, and Latham defends into the off side

End of over 38 (1 run) New Zealand 74/1
TWM Latham    39* (113b 4x4)      SJ Benn    14-5-25-0
KS Williamson    26* (97b 1x4)      JE Taylor    9-3-13-1

38.1

Taylor to Williamson, no run, Taylor goes wide of the crease and bowls a length ball just outside off. Good leave from Williamson in the end, but it wasn't too far from off stump

38.2

Taylor to Williamson, no run, this one's shorter, and straightens a touch outside off. Williamson jumps off the ground and drops it down towards point

38.3

Taylor to Williamson, no run, nice, probing length ball just outside off. Williamson comes forward to defend towards the off side

38.4

Taylor to Williamson, no run, Williamson is playing nice and late here, and he has his bat right next to his body, pointing downwards, to meet this ball as it moves away a touch just outside off

38.5

Taylor to Williamson, no run, this one comes in a bit - he might have gone wider on the crease again - and Taylor defends into the off side

38.6

Taylor to Williamson, no run, short ball, but goes through at an amiable pace as Williamson ducks under it

End of over 39 (maiden) New Zealand 74/1
KS Williamson    26* (103b 1x4)      JE Taylor    10-4-13-1
TWM Latham    39* (113b 4x4)      SJ Benn    14-5-25-0

15th over on the trot for Benn, but he's around the wicket to the left-hander for the first time

39.1

Benn to Latham, 1 run, back of a length, on the stumps, and Latham waits before working it square on the leg side

39.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, another slider from Benn, and Williamson leaves, looks around, and sees it miss his off stump by inches

39.3

Benn to Williamson, 2 runs, shortish, and wide, and Williamson cuts it in front of point

39.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's short and wide again, turns away as well, and Williamson is too far away from the ball to get any venom on the cut. Hits it straight to cover

39.5

Benn to Williamson, FOUR, this is just back of a length, and turns away too, but Williamson still manages to get across to it and paddle it away behind square. Nicely done

39.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, right back in his crease this time to punch it to point

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 81/1
KS Williamson    32* (108b 2x4)      SJ Benn    15-5-32-0
TWM Latham    40* (114b 4x4)      JE Taylor    10-4-13-1

Roach replaces Taylor now, around the wicket to Latham

40.1

Roach to Latham, 1 run, that's a touch short, and he's checked his cut to place it past point

40.2

Roach to Williamson, no run, not quite driving length outside off, and Williamson slices it a touch uppishly towards point

40.3

Roach to Williamson, no run, this is angled in towards the stumps, and Williamson defends from the crease

40.4

Roach to Williamson, no run, angled in once more, but from well outside off, and Williamson defends towards point

40.5

Roach to Williamson, 2 runs, that is short and wide, and Williamson helps it along square on the off side with an angled bat. Point runs back to cut it off well short of the ropes

40.6

Roach to Williamson, 2 runs, that's full and angled in towards off stump. Williamson drives handsomely to Chanderpaul, who fumbles at mid-off and allows the batsman to complete 2000 runs in Test cricket

End of over 41 (5 runs) New Zealand 86/1
KS Williamson    36* (113b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    8-3-14-0
TWM Latham    41* (115b 4x4)      SJ Benn    15-5-32-0

back to left-arm over against Latham

41.1

Benn to Latham, no run, bit of turn from outside off, defended off the front foot towards midwicket

41.2

Benn to Latham, FOUR, half-volley outside off, and Latham drives it nicely past cover with a lovely straight bat

41.3

Benn to Latham, no run, skids through from back of a length, and Latham is hurried into his defensive shot off the back foot

41.4

Benn to Latham, no run, bit of bounce, and Latham gets over it to keep it down, short of backward short leg

41.5

Benn to Latham, FOUR, too full once again, and Latham slices this drive a bit but there was no point, and it streaks away to the third man boundary

41.6

Benn to Latham, no run, bit of turn from outside off, and Latham defends off the back foot, into the leg side

End of over 42 (8 runs) New Zealand 94/1
TWM Latham    49* (121b 6x4)      SJ Benn    16-5-40-0
KS Williamson    36* (113b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    8-3-14-0

Shillingford returns now

42.1

Shillingford to Williamson, no run, that's quite full, on off stump, but Williamson is back in his crease and plays a defensive flick towards short leg

42.2

Shillingford to Williamson, no run, bit of bounce now, and it goes off Williamson's thigh-pad to short leg as he looks to flick

42.3

Shillingford to Williamson, 2 runs, down the pitch and flicks it over midwicket, doesn't quite get hold of it

point has moved to short midwicket

42.4

Shillingford to Williamson, 1 run, drops a touch short, and Williamson is back in his crease to work it off his hips behind square leg

42.5

Shillingford to Latham, no run, bit of turn, and Latham gets a bit of outside edge, safe though, towards point as he comes forward to defend

42.6

Shillingford to Latham, no run, that's a half-volley, but Latham doesn't manage to get past cover with his drive

End of over 43 (3 runs) New Zealand 97/1
TWM Latham    49* (123b 6x4)      S Shillingford    4-0-11-0
KS Williamson    39* (117b 2x4)      SJ Benn    16-5-40-0

43.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's tossed up and full, on off stump, and Williamson gets low over the ball to defend

43.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, back of a length, turns away from outside off, and Williamson chops it to backward point

43.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, this one, like many other balls he's bowled, homes in towards the top of off, and Williamson defends off the back foot

43.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, a touch straighter, and Williamson pokes it out towards short leg

43.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, tossed up high, drops into the blockhole, and Williamson jams it out towards the bowler

43.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, another full ball, and Williamson push-drives it towards cover

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 97/1
KS Williamson    39* (123b 2x4)      SJ Benn    17-6-40-0
TWM Latham    49* (123b 6x4)      S Shillingford    4-0-11-0

44.1

Shillingford to Latham, no run, what a delivery! that one's angled into the left-hander, towards leg stump, and it turns and beats his outside edge and misses off stump as he presses forward to defend

44.2

Shillingford to Latham, no run, tossed up, just outside off, and Latham lets it go

44.3

Shillingford to Latham, 1 run, bit of air again, but it's down the leg side, and he turns his wrists to work it to deep square leg and move to 50. His first half-century in Test cricket.

44.4

Shillingford to Williamson, 1 run, nicely tossed up, and Williamson skips out of his crease to reach the pitch and flick it towards deep square leg

44.5

Shillingford to Latham, no run, angled towards middle-and-off, and Latham defends carefully into the off side

44.6

Shillingford to Latham, no run, goes onto the back foot this time, looking to cut or punch, but the ball hurries on and he's forced into a defensive push towards cover

End of over 45 (2 runs) New Zealand 99/1
TWM Latham    50* (128b 6x4)      S Shillingford    5-0-13-0
KS Williamson    40* (124b 2x4)      SJ Benn    17-6-40-0

45.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, angled in towards off stump, and Williamson stretches forward to defend

45.2

Benn to Williamson, no run, angled in again, with a round-armish action, and Williamson is back in his crease but low in his body shape as he defends into the off side

45.3

Benn to Williamson, no run, fuller this time, and he plays a checked drive towards cover

45.4

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's a full-toss on leg stump, but Williamson can't get it away as he runs out of his crease, pushes it towards mid-on

45.5

Benn to Williamson, no run, full, on leg stump, and Williamson defends into the leg side

45.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, a touch short, going with the angle, and Williamson punches it towards cover

End of over 46 (maiden) New Zealand 99/1
KS Williamson    40* (130b 2x4)      SJ Benn    18-7-40-0
TWM Latham    50* (128b 6x4)      S Shillingford    5-0-13-0

Benn's losing his control ever so slightly. He's bowled 18 overs in one stretch.

46.1

Shillingford to Latham, no run, nice loop again, hugging that off stump line, and Latham defends back to the bowler

46.2

Shillingford to Latham, no run, this skids on from outside off, and Latham lets it go. Bit of an oooh from the keeper but it wasn't that close to off stump

46.3

Shillingford to Latham, no run, bit of angle into the batsman, and Latham opens up a touch to defend towards mid-on

46.4

Shillingford to Latham, no run, bit of turn again as Latham defends off the back foot, goes off the outside half of his bat towards point

46.5

Shillingford to Latham, no run, Latham comes forward, plays for the turn and is struck on the front pad. Looked to be sliding down the leg side, and it's only a muted appeal

46.6

Shillingford to Latham, no run, similar delivery, length ball on middle, and Latham defends watchfully into the leg side

End of over 47 (maiden) New Zealand 99/1
TWM Latham    50* (134b 6x4)      S Shillingford    6-1-13-0
KS Williamson    40* (130b 2x4)      SJ Benn    18-7-40-0

47.1

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's short, outside off, but it got stuck in the pitch, and Williamson can't get his cut away. Dribbles towards cover

47.2

Benn to Williamson, 1 run, driven this time, and Darren Bravo dives over the ball at cover

47.3

Benn to Latham, no run, back of a length outside off, and Latham goes back and across to defend

47.4

Benn to Latham, no run, straighter this time, back of a length again, and Latham drops it down in front of short leg

47.5

Benn to Latham, 1 run, fuller now, and Latham gets his front toe out of the way to drive to cover

47.6

Benn to Williamson, no run, that's quick and flat and Williamson lets it go as it skids away outside off stump

End of over 48 (2 runs) New Zealand 101/1
KS Williamson    41* (133b 2x4)      SJ Benn    19-7-42-0
TWM Latham    51* (137b 6x4)      S Shillingford    6-1-13-0

The umpire had a look at Benn's follow-through, last ball he bowled to Latham

48.1

Shillingford to Latham, no run, bit of turn again, and Latham is beaten as he presses forward to defend

48.2

Shillingford to Latham, no run, that hung in the air for quite a while, and Latham comes forward to defend back down the pitch

48.3

Shillingford to Latham, 1 run, fuller now, and Latham plays a checked drive to the left of cover

48.4

Shillingford to Williamson, 1 run, tossed up, angled in towards leg-and-middle and Williamson is quickly out of his crease to flick towards deep square leg

48.5

Shillingford to Latham, FOUR, short, a bit of turn, but that only helps Latham by giving him room to cut that nicely in front of point

48.6

Shillingford to Latham, no run, leg-stumpish ball, on a good length, and Latham defends that into the on side with a straight bat

End of over 49 (6 runs) New Zealand 107/1
TWM Latham    56* (142b 7x4)      S Shillingford    7-1-19-0
KS Williamson    42* (134b 2x4)      SJ Benn    19-7-42-0

Isaac: "if anyone was worried about there being no proper Test players in the game anymore, you just have to watch Kane Williamson, he has all the qualities of an outstanding Test batsman." Yes he does, but I'm surprised he averages under 40.

Terrence: "I said it at the start of the day but didn't get published and I'll continue to say until I do. Benn is not of Test bowling standard. Bowling 25 overs for 40 runs without getting a wicket is useless in Test cricket. Bishoo or Narine are better attacking spinners."

That's a little harsh, no? This is a really slow pitch, and I can see a good batsman being able to play Narine quite easily off the pitch here, even if he isn't able to read him from the hand. Benn's probed away, kept it tight, and got a bit of bounce and Williamson isn't really picking that skidder. He could easily have gotten a wicket by now, on another day.

49.1

Roach to Williamson, no run, this is angled in towards off stump, and Williamson defends solidly, half-forward

49.2

Roach to Williamson, no run, goes wide of the crease, but doesn't get any of the angle that would entail. This pitches well wide of off stump, back of a length, and Williamson happily lets it go

49.3

Roach to Williamson, no run, gets a bit of angle into the batsman this time, but it's a touch too short to trouble him, and he defends easily into the off side

49.4

Roach to Williamson, 2 runs, that's short, that's wide, and Williamson gets off the ground to punch that in front of point. Edwards runs back and pulls it back, helped no doubt by the outfield

49.5

Roach to Williamson, no run, bit of outswing, was it? It starts from well outside off, though, and Williamson lets it go after taking a big stride forward

49.6

Roach to Williamson, no run, angled in from well outside off, and Williamson comes forward, waits on it, and lets it hit his bat to drop it down towards gully

End of over 50 (2 runs) New Zealand 109/1
KS Williamson    44* (140b 2x4)      KAJ Roach    9-3-16-0
TWM Latham    56* (142b 7x4)      S Shillingford    7-1-19-0
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New Zealand players celebrate after securing their second Test win in West Indies, West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Jamaica, 4th day, June 11, 2014

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Denesh Ramdin was bowled for 34, West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Test, Jamaica, 4th day, June 11, 2014

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