WI close Day Two on 49/0 after New Zealand declaration

    Kraigg Brathwaite during his defensive innings before the close of Day Two (Photo credit: Associated Press)

    West Indies’ opening batsmen navigated 26 overs at the end of Day Two of the first Test against New Zealand to close play trailing by 470 runs and with all wickets still in hand.

    New Zealand declared on 519/7 after captain Kane Williamson made his best Test score of 251 while West Indies bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel grabbed three wickets each.

    Kane Williamson batted for 624 of the 658 minutes the hosts were at the crease (Photo credit: Associated Press)

    After declaration, the Kiwis decided to have a go at the regional openers for just under a session but the tenacious mindsets of Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell saw West Indies through until the close of play without any mishaps.

    Brathwaite faced 89 deliveries for 20 runs while Campbell was slightly less defensive, making 22 from 68 balls.

    West Indies will resume on 49/0 when the third day begins at 6PM today, T&T time.