New Zealand made a bad start to the second Test against West Indies in Trinidad on Monday as they were bowled out for 221.
Leading 1-0 in the series, the Black Caps would have wanted a much better start, but they collapsed in the face of some superb bowling from their hosts.
The West Indians made three changes for this game, with Shane Shillingford, Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels making way for Shannon Gabriel, Kraigg Brathwaite and debutant Jermaine Blackwood.
Meanwhile, the Kiwis made just one alteration to the side that won in Jamaica, with Hamish Rutherford replacing the desperately out-of-form Peter Fulton at the top of the order.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first, and on a green surface at the Queen’s Park Oval, the hosts’ seamers looked to profit in helpful conditions.
It meant a testing opening hour for Rutherford and Tom Latham against Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach, with just 15 runs scored in the first eight overs.
However, just as the away side thought they had coped with the threat, Rutherford was dismissed for just three as he prodded an easy catch to Chris Gayle off Taylor.
Latham continued to apply himself well, leaving the ball confidently while also punishing loose deliveries when they came.
Alongside him, Kane Williamson also looked in good touch, but he could have been removed for just 19 as he saw a cut shot off Sulieman Benn dropped by Gayle.
At the other end, Latham became increasingly fluent and would reach his third consecutive fifty from 83 balls just before the lunch break.
Williamson finished the session unbeaten on 23, with the Black Caps on top at 86-1.
After the interval, the New Zealand pair looked comfortable despite the slow run rate as they guided the visitors past 100 with no alarms, but then on 120 disaster struck.
Looking to hit a pull shot, Williamson got a top edge off Gabriel and could only find substitute Jason Holder, who took a good catch at fine leg to remove the right-hander for 42.
Ross Taylor came to the crease, while Latham looked to continue on and reach his first Test century, but the 22-year-old would fall short.
|New Zealand 1st Innings|
|T. Latham||c Benn||b Roach||82||229||163|
|H. Rutherford||c Gayle||b Taylor||3||37||22|
|K. Williamson||c sub (Holder)||b Gabriel||42||153||104|
|R. Taylor||Not Out||45||159||80|
|B. McCullum||lbw||b Benn||4||12||6|
|J. Neesham||c Gayle||b Taylor||15||34||25|
|B. Watling||c Ramdin||b Taylor||0||7||8|
|I. Sodhi||c Gayle||b Taylor||0||14||10|
|T. Southee||lbw||b Benn||10||20||14|
|M. Craig||c Bravo||b Gabriel||4||6||7|
|T. Boult||lbw||b Benn||1||19||12|
|Extras||3nb 2w 6lb 4b||15|
|Total||All out||221||74.4 overs|
|West Indies 1st Innings|
|C. Gayle||b Boult||1||12||11|
|K. Brathwaite||Not Out||5||23|
|S. Benn||Not Out||0||8|
On 82, Roach forced a loose shot from the opener and Benn took a good catch at gully to leave the Black Caps 146-3.
Alongside Taylor, new man Brendon McCullum managed to shepherd his side to the tea interval at 159-3.
In the evening session, things got much worse for the tourists as they lost several wickets in a short space of time to leave themselves in trouble.
It started with McCullum, who departed lbw off the bowling of Benn for just four.
Jimmy Neesham joined Taylor at the crease, but after an encouraging partnership of 31, he was gone for 15 as he flashed at Jerome Taylor and saw Gayle take a great catch at slip.
Just two overs later, wicketkeeper BJ Watling was gone also to the rampant Taylor, who forced the Kiwi No. 7 to edge through to Denesh Ramdin for a duck.
That left New Zealand 198-6 with just the tail left to partner Taylor and try to get the tourists up to a respectable score in their first innings.
However, it would prove to be a tough task as Ish Sodhi was removed for a duck—caught by Gayle off Taylor—then Tim Southee departed for just 10 as Benn trapped him lbw.
Mark Craig also tried to support Taylor but perished to Gabriel, who had him caught well by Darren Bravo at second slip.
Finally, Trent Boult was caught lbw by Benn for just one, leaving Taylor stranded on 45 not out and New Zealand dismissed for just 221.
It was a terrible collapse for the away side, who now had to go out and make life as uncomfortable as possible for the West Indian openers at the end of the day.
The home side would lose an early wicket, as Boult ripped through Gayle’s defences with a superb delivery to remove him for just one.
However, Brathwaite and nightwatchman Benn hung on to leave the hosts 6-1 at the close.