Southee, Boult dominate for N.Zealand as Windies stutter

— Tim Southee and Trent Boult

HAMILTON: Tim Southee and Trent Boult took centre phase with bat and ball as New Zealand seized command on a rain-affected day 2 of the 2nd Test versus the West Indies in Hamilton on Sunday.They shared a

61-run last wicket stand to get New Zealand approximately 373 in their first innings.The brand-new ball pair then took four wickets between them on a benign pitch as the West Indies plunged to 215 for 8 at stumps.Southee has two for 34 and Boult 2 for 67.

Raymon Reifer on debut was not out 22 with Miguel Cummins on 10. Southee, not available for the first Test, topped his day with a spectacular catch to remove Kraigg Braithwaite, the West Indies’ top scorer with 66. The 1.93 metre( 6ft 4in )Southee leapt to obtain a hand to block an edge off Colin de

Grandhomme, and then dived to obtain a hand under the ball just as it was about to strike the ground.Play was interrupted for almost 90 minutes by rain when the West Indies were 87 for 2 with Brathwaite and Shai Hope laying the structures for a solid partnership.But when play resumed, 20 minutes after the set up tea break, Hope just lasted 6 more balls prior to he was gone to end a 44-run

stand and put the travelers into a tailspin that saw six wickets fall in the final session.They included Sunil Ambris, out for 2 when he stepped back onto his stumps for the 2nd time in only his third Test innings.Bowler Boult shook his head and said”unbelievable” as Ambris hung his head and treked back to the pavilion.Southee struck initially in the opening over of the innings,

taking the wicket of Kieran Powell without scoring, and Boult caught and bowled Shimron Hetmyer for 28.