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Williamson & Latham make merry

Kingston: Tom Latham and Kane Williamson helped New Zealand recover from the early loss of Peter Fulton and post 164 for one at tea, on the opening day of the first Test, here, on Sunday.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. Pacer Jerome Taylor had Fulton (1) caught behind in the ninth over.

Latham and Williamson played fluently to stitch together a partnership of 155 runs for the second wicket. While Latham was batting on 75 and hit nine boundaries, Williamson was 79 not out, including eight boundaries.

The Test is also Chris Gayle’s 100th for the West Indies.

On a bare pitch, which was very low and slow, New Zealand took a cautious approach in the first session. However, the hosts too were mostly disciplined with their bowling and didn’t give the visitors too many loose balls.