3rd Test: Ross Taylor, pacers take New Zealand close to victory vs West Indies

Chasing 122 for a win, New Zealand were six without loss after bowling out West Indies for 103 in their second innings. Earlier, Ross Taylor notched up his third century in three consecutive Tests.

updated: December 21, 2013 12:16 IST
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Hamilton: Ross TaylorNew Zealand wiped out the West Indies second innings inside one session with a vicious spell of swing bowling Saturday to take a vice-like grip on the third Test. At stumps at the end of the third day, New Zealand were six without loss in reply, needing 122 to win. (Scorecard)

The West Indies, already down 1-0 in the series, were all out in their second innings for 103, after taking an 18-run lead on the first innings. The dramatic collapse came a day after the West Indies claimed control of the Test when Sunil Narine's spin variations mesmerised the New Zealanders.

Only the staunch defiance of Ross Taylor, who made 131 -- his third century in three consecutive Tests -- enabled New Zealand to reach 349 in reply to the West Indies' 367. Narine finished with career-best figures of six for 91, but the gloss was quickly taken off his achievement by yet another batting collapse as New Zealand traded spin for pace and swing.

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