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New Zealand frustrate Windies

New Zealand took control of the second Test against West Indies despite rain washing out the middle session of day two in Wellington.

The home side had reached lunch on 441 all out but the tourists' reply did not get started until after tea because of persistent rain and a wet outfield.

When they did get to bat West Indies finished the day on 158-4 to trail by 283 runs.

The home side had gained control of the second match in the best-of-three-series following a drawn opener in Dunedin by converting their overnight 307-6 to 441 thanks mainly to a half-century from BJ Watling.

But the tourists, who had claimed the final wicket at the end of the morning session, were unable to start their reply before tea because of persistent rain.

A 58-run partnership between Watling and Trent Boult for the last wicket had helped put New Zealand in charge.

Watling scored 65 and Boult was unbeaten with a rapid 38 as the home side totalled 441 in their first innings by lunch.

Strong position

Watling, eight not out overnight, claimed a valuable half-century as New Zealand put themselves in a strong position.

Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi contributed 21 and 27 respectively before Neil Wagner fell for a duck.

But that brought Boult together with Watling and the former provided the fireworks as the latter continued to build his innings.

Watling finally fell when he was bowled by Shannon Gabriel, Tino Best claiming the wickets of Sodhi and Wagner to finish with 4-110.

Gabriel and Darren Sammy each took two wickets in the innings as the West Indies attack was made to looked ordinary by the home side's batsmen.

In the tourists' reply Kirk Edwards made 55, Kieran Powell 21, Darren Bravo four and Shivnarine Chanderpaul six, with Corey Andeson claiming 2-20.

At the close Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on 50 and Narsingh Deonarine not out on 11.