Duo power Windies ahead
West Indies’ batsmen backed up their bowlers on day two as centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo helped the hosts take charge of the second Test against New Zealand in Trinidad.
After dismissing the Black Caps for 221 the previous day, Brathwaite and Bravo powered West Indies into a useful 89-run lead with five wickets in hand as they closed on 310-5 at the Queen's Park Oval.
Recalled opening batsman Brathwaite posted his maiden Test century before falling shortly before the close for 129, sharing a 182-run partnership with Bravo, who struck a much more fluent 109.
The pair came together when Kirk Edwards was dismissed just before the lunch break for an attacking 55, caught behind during Ish Sodhi's first over of the day.
Nightwatchman Sulieman Benn had earlier perished midway through the fifth over of the day, adding just four runs to his overnight score before being bowled via his pads by Tim Southee.
Brathwaite, playing in his 11th Test match, was the more watchful during his century stand with Bravo, who was more flamboyant in his strokeplay, hitting 11 fours and four sixes during his sixth Test hundred.
After overcoming challenging opening spells from Southee and fellow seamer Trent Boult, 21-year-old Brathwaite took the attack to New Zealand off-spinner Mark Craig.
Craig, the match-winning off-spinner a week earlier in the first Test in Jamaica, came in for some heavy treatment, conceding 43 runs off his first seven overs.
Medium-pacer Jimmy Neesham also took some punishment, being carted for 28 runs off four overs in the morning session.
Brathwaite brought up his maiden Test century off Kane Williamson with a single from 199 balls faced, but failed to see out the day when he presented a return catch to Boult 16 deliveries from stumps.
Williamson had earlier lured Bravo into a reckless shot four balls before the new ball was due, Craig walking in from long-off to take a simple catch.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4no) and nightwatchman Kemar Roach (0no) played out the remainder of the day.