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West Indies collapse after Nicholls ton

West Indies are on brink of another follow-on after a batting collapse on day 2 of the second Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington. The tourists are trailing by 336 runs.

Tom Latham-led New Zealand were 294/6 overnight with Henry Nicholls setting up a sixth Test ton. Nicholls and Neil Wagner added to West Indies’ frustrations as they ended up on 460 in 114 overs in the first innings on a green track.

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Nicholls notched up his highest Test score – 174 from 280 deliveries, including 21 fours and a six. None of the other top-order batsmen could register a score of 50 or more. Nicholls and Wagner put on a 95-run stand for the ninth wicket.

Wagner, playing in his 50th Test match, brought up his maiden half-century in just 36 balls. He struck 8 fours and 4 sixes in his unbeaten 42-ball 66* runs.

Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph bagged three wickets each, while Roston Chase and debutant Chemar Holder took two each.

The Blackcaps bowlers had a perfect start to West Indies’ first innings, putting them for 29/4 in a top-order collapse. It was Jermaine Blackwood again to the rescue. He hit a 92-ball 69 runs with 11 boundaries.

At the end of the second day, West Indies are 124/8 in 52 overs. Two debutants Joshua Da Silva (2*) and Chemar Holder (5*) are at the crease.

Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson shared the eight wickets among them. Southee took 3 for 29. Jamieson took his second five-for in Tests – 5 for 34.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 1st innings: 460 allout in 114 overs (Nicholls 174, Wagner 66*; Gabriel 3/93, Joseph 1/109)

West Indies 1st innings: 124/8 in 52 overs (Blackwood 69; Jamieson 5/34, Southee 3/29)

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