| Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:22 PM
New Zealand hasn't yet reached safety from defeat but the second wicket stand of 123 between Guptill and McCullum has given them some real hope that the test can be saved.
Starting the second innings 171 behind, the loss of Flynn at 47, lbw to Narine for 20 wasn't an encouraging sign. It gave the spinner an early sniff and some dominance earned in the first innings, but the pair resisted his danger with confidence and application to force Sammy to search for alternatives.
That left an opening and after taking 18 runs off a Samuels over batting seemed a lot more comfortable. The run rate reached 3 and a half an over as the 100 was posted and despite some accurate seam bowling the West Indies had to acknowledge New Zealand's confident resistance.
Just as the scores evened up Narine got one to rear at Guptil for Fudadin to take a sharp catch. McCullums dismissal in the last half hour added to the pressure but the Blackcaps have taken a step towards saving the test
New Zealand had worked hard earlier in the day to limit the firsts innings damage, 171 wasn't too bad considering conditions were still comfortable for batting and Sammy in particular displayed positive intent.
Deonarine reached 79 and Sammy a brisk 50 but Bracewell, Martin and ultimately Vettori finished off the innings to leave New Zealand 5 sessions to save the test.
Even allowing for the 2nd wicket stand the pressure is still intense with Narine in particular exploiting the conditions effectively.
Wagner got to bat high in the top order again as nightwatchman but New Zealand's ability to save the test rests squarely with Taylor , Williamson and Brownlie to bat out the final day.