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Super Bravo puts up a brave fight

Dunedin: Darren Bravo provided stubborn resistance to New Zealand’s bowlers bringing up his maiden Test double century to ensure West Indies made the hosts bat again and sent the first Test, at University Oval, in Dunedin, into a fifth and final day.

Bravo, whose previous highest Test score was 195 against Bangladesh in 2011, ended the fourth day on 210 not out after he had guided the visitors to 443 for six in their second innings, a lead of 47 runs.

The hosts are still strongly favoured to win the match, though periods of rain forecast for Dunedin later on Saturday means they must take the final four West Indies wickets early.

“It has been hard work, I guess that’s what test cricket is… Still a long way to go, those four wickets are not going to come easy,” New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi said on Friday.

“It’s still pretty flat and if we put the pressure on then hopefully we can knock them over for not too much more.”