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NZ denied victory by elements

Dunedin: New Zealand were stranded on an agonising 33 runs short of their first Test victory in more than a year, on Saturday, when rain washed out the final session of the first Test against the West Indies, here.

After four days of bright sunshine, the heavy downpour began at tea on the final day when New Zealand were 79 for four, chasing 112 for victory.

After wrapping up the West Indies second innings for 507 before lunch, the modest target appeared a formality despite the forecast of rain.

The Black Caps faltered right from the start