West Indies battle but New Zealand inch closer to win
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Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo scored half centuries as West Indies battled to save the first Test against New Zealand but were still 228 runs from making the hosts bat again at the close of play on the third day in Dunedin on Thursday.
Bravo was on 72 while Marlon Samuels was on 17 after Edwards was trapped in front by legspinner Ish Sodhi for 59 about 45 minutes before the end of play as the West Indies adopted a more resolute approach in their second innings.
The visitors were 168 for two at the close but still facing a big defeat after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had enforced the follow on before tea when they dismissed West Indies for 213 in their first innings.
New Zealand, who made 609-9 declared in their innings, have not won a Test in more than a year, having drawn five and lost four of their matches since McCullum took over the captaincy in late 2012.
Trent Boult had plunged the visitors into the mire before tea when he captured the wicket of Kieran Powell, well caught by pace bowler Tim Southee at third slip for 14, before Bravo and Edwards combined for a 117-run partnership.
"We always knew they would put up a fight and that's what they have done," Boult told Radio Sport pitchside about the visitors' better performance in their second innings. "We can't get frustrated.
"We understand they will put together some partnerships but its all about us executing our plans keeping that pressure on."
The day's play had begun under a cloud with the news that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was investigating three former New Zealand players for match-fixing, although the current crop of players failed to allow that to distract them.
Their bowlers kept pressure on the West Indies batsmen all day with Southee taking the wickets of Bravo (40), Marlon Samuels (14) and Narsingh Deonarine (15) before lunch.