Kingston: Hometown favourite Chris Gayle hit an unbeaten 59, but New Zealand’s spinners shared three wickets as the West Indies reached 97 for three at lunch, on the third day of the opening Test, at Sabina Park, on Tuesday.
The hosts were still 411 runs adrift of New Zealand’s mammoth first-innings total of 507 for eight declared.
Gayle, in his 100th Test, slammed 10 fours off 115 balls in two-and-a-half hours. Fellow veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 10 at the break. Mark Craig, the off-spinner on debut, took two for 23 while legspinner Ish Sodhi grabbed one for 30.
Gayle and fellow left-hander Kieran Powell, after resuming on 19 without loss, stretched their opening stand to 60 before the spin duo dramatically altered the mood with three wickets in the space of 11 balls.
Craig claimed Powell and Kirk Edwards in the same over. Powell was leg before wicket as he prodded tentatively forward and Edwards edged low to first slip.