De Grandhomme brutalizes the West Indies

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The Black Caps moved to a dominant first innings lead of 313 runs reaching 447 for 9 by stumps on day two in Wellington.

The highlight of the day was a brutal 105 off 74 balls from New Zealand allrounder Colin de Grandhomme who took the game away from the West Indies.

Ross Taylor (93) fell just short of a 17th Test century and shared a 127 run stand with Henry Nicholls after losing overnight partner Jeet Raval (42) early on.

De Grandhomme entered the fray after a flurry of wickets left New Zealand 281 for 6 and allowed the Black Caps to take complete control of the match.

He hit eleven fours and three sixes in his quickfire maiden Test century at the Basin Reserve.

Debutant Tom Blundell (57*) would end unbeaten sharing a stand of 148 with De Grandhomme until the allrounder holed out trying to hit Roston Chase over long-on.

Blundell was at the crease with number 11 Trent Boult (2*) at stumps.

Kemar Roach’s return of 3 for 73 makes him the pick of the West Indies bowlers so far.

New Zealand will be keen to crank out as big a lead as possible with the wicket falttening out.