Raval, de Grandhomme feature for New Zealand as West Indies fight back in second test

Jeet Raval fell 16 short of a maiden test century in Hamilton on Saturday as New Zealand finished day one of the second cricket test against the West Indies at 286-7 off 87 overs.

Raval was New Zealand's top-scorer on a day when it appeared they would rub the tourists out of contention in the two-match series they lead 1-0, before the Windies dragged their way back into contention at Seddon Park over the second and third sessions.

Raval did include some sweetly-timed off drives early, as the vegetarian was able to feast on a diet of limp lettuce from the West Indian bowlers. After lunch, Raval had to rely on his patience as the tourists produced a more concerted and accurate spell of bowling.

Williamson fell before the opener when he tickled a Miguel Cummins delivery down the leg side to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich when on 42.

Raval finally went after 157 balls and 231 minutes when Shannon Gabriel induced an outside edge to Dowrich and the wicketkeeper grabbed his fourth scalp in succession - after a heart-jumping juggle - to remove Ross Taylor as New Zealand slumped to 186-4.

Henry Nicholls went lbw to Kemar Roach only three runs later but de Grandhomme, fresh from his maiden ton at the Basin Reserve, swayed matters back towards level pegging with a series of lusty blows.

The allrounder swiped four sixes and five fours in making 58 from 63 deliveries and with a little helper of an innings from Mitchell Santner (24 from 73 balls in a sixth-wicket partnership of 76) allowed the hosts to launch their own mini-comeback.

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