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Windies battling to save 1st Test

Darren Bravo

Dunedin: 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 on Thursday.

Bravo was on 72 while Marlon Samuels was on 17 after Edwards was trapped in front by leg-spinner 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 close but still facing an uphill task 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 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. (Reuters)