Kiwis reach 71-0 in 1st test against West Indies

NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda — Openers Martin Guptill and Daniel Flynn laid a solid foundation Wednesday as New Zealand reached 71-0 at lunch on the opening day of the first test against West Indies.

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Published: Wed 25 Jul 2012, 11:36 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:06 AM

Guptill stroked four fours and a six to score 34 not out from 80 deliveries, while Flynn hit five boundaries in his unbeaten 34 off 96 balls at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

The Kiwis, after winning the toss, made a cautious start with the pair eking out 16 runs from the first nine overs before the first boundary arrived.

The hosts were encouraged by the seamers often beating the outside edge on a few occasions, but Guptill and Flynn blossomed as the session wore on.

New Zealand, looking to bounce back from series losses in the preceding Twenty20 matches and one-day internationals, left out fast bowler Tim Southee and legspinner Tarun Nethula while B.J. Watling and Trent Boult missed out because of injury.

Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner, a 26-year-old born in South Africa, was included for his test debut.

West Indies welcomed back fast bowler Kemar Roach and veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul to a side confident after its limited-overs victories. The hosts omitted opening batsman Adrian Barath and fast bowler Tino Best from its squad of 13.

Scoreboard at lunch

Daniel Flynn not out 34

Martin Guptill not out 34

Extras: (1lb, 2nb) 3

TOTAL: (for no wicket) 71

Overs: 29.

Still to bat: Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Dean Brownlie, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Chris Martin.

Bowling: Ravi Rampaul 6-1-12-0, Kemar Roach 8-2-24-0 (2nb), Darren Sammy 10-4-25-0, Sunil Narine 5-3-9-0.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul.

Toss: New Zealand.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, England, and Paul Reiffel, Australia.

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus, South Africa. Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.



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