New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2 Highlights Today 2 Dec 2017

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Colin de Grandhomme capitalised on a strong platform laid by fifties from Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls to raze West Indies with a stunning onslaught that all but batted them out of the Wellington Test. Along with Tom Blundell’s debut fifty, de Grandhomme hammered a 71-ball maiden ton, the second fastest by a New Zealand batsman in Tests, to thrust New Zealand to 447 for 9, a lead of 313.


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De Grandhomme has one of the strongest bottom hands in international cricket, but it seemed West Indies weren’t aware. They attacked his ribs, and when that didn’t work, they fed him on his pads. His first eight boundaries were through the leg side, forcing West Indies to change their line of attack, but by then, he was in unstoppable hitting rhythm.

He struck 14 boundaries – 11 fours and three sixes – before chipping a catch to long-on off Roston Chase in search for another. He contributed almost 60% of New Zealand’s 180 runs in the final session.

Had to put away the bad balls – de Grandhomme
Colin de Grandhomme, who struck his maiden Test century off 71 deliveries in a single session of the second day in Wellington, was not instructed by the dressing room to play as aggressively as he did. Instead, de Grandhomme said, in more than a few instances, the balls “were there to go so I had to put them away.”

“No instructions,” de Grandhomme said after the day’s play. “I was just asked to do what I do because the boys did the hard work in the beginning and made it a lot easier for me.”

De Grandhomme was acknowledging the efforts of Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls, who struck half-centuries to lift the team to 272. Another key contributor was debutant Tom Blundell, who was unbeaten on 57 at stumps after adding 148 with de Grandhomme for the seventh wicket.

“He was very calm, confident and chill and he made it a lot easier out there for me too,” de Grandhomme acknowledged.

The only disappointment for de Grandhomme, who broke Gilbert Jessop’s record that had stood for over a hundred years, was that he fell without fully capitalizing the chance to gain an even bigger advantage.

“Disappointed at not getting through to the end of the day, probably really breaking them [West Indies] down and making them come back tomorrow.”
Blundell played the supporting act in a 148-run, seventh-wicket partnership. He left confidently early in the innings, and gradually showed off his range. He used his feet well, milking the spinners on both sides of the wicket, and used cross-batted strokes, the late cut in particular, against the quicks. He finished with an unbeaten 57 off 100 balls.