New Zealand rallies after early wickets in test

Thursday, August 02, 2012 | 1:10 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Tino Best claimed an early wicket apiece for West Indies today but New Zealand hit back to reach 74-2 at lunch as the second test got underway at Sabina Park.

Captain Ross Taylor reached 36 and opener Martin Guptill contributed 32 in an unbroken third wicket stand of 63.

After the hosts won the toss, Roach found the edge of both openers’ bat before B J Watling (2) edged straight to Chris Gayle at first slip at 10-1. The delivery was close to being a no ball but third umpire Richard Kettleborough confirmed the dismissal after viewing TV replays.

One run later, Best got into the act as Brendon McCullum (0) edged to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

West Indies leads the two-test series 1-0.



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