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Rain has last word in Dunedin

Rain denied the first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies from reaching an exciting climax on the fifth and final day in Dunedin.

Having been asked to follow-on, the tourists were finally bowled out for 507 in their second innings, leaving the Black Caps a target of 111. They had reached 79-4 by the time the weather closed in just before tea, wiping out the final session.

Such a small fourth-innings aim looked comfortable enough for the Kiwis until off-spinner Shane Shillingford quickly worked his way through their top order to leave them on 44-4.

Opening the bowling, Shillingford dismissed Peter Fulton (3), Aaron Redmond (6), Hamish Rutherford (20) and home skipper Brendon McCullum (nine) to finish with 4-26.

Steadied

Ross Taylor - a double centurion in New Zealand's first innings - and Corey Anderson seemed to have steadied the ship for the hosts, reaching 16 and 20 not out respectively before the heavens opened.

The West Indies had managed to add a further 64 runs for their final four wickets in the morning before finally being dismissed, captain Darren Sammy contributing 80.

New Zealand would have fancied their chances of working their way through the lower order quickly once they removed Darren Bravo after he had added only eight to his overnight total of 210, Trent Boult getting a slower delivery through his defences.

During his marathon knock, Bravo had faced 416 deliveries, hit 31 boundaries and scored all but 38 of his runs on the off-side.

Still, Sammy carried on the recovery mission, facing 145 deliveries before being the last wicket to fall, caught by Ish Sodhi at cover off the first delivery with the new ball by Tim Southee.

Shillingford added 15 with the bat and then quickly went to work with the ball, pegging back New Zealand's progress to provide enough time for the rain to close in.

The second Test of the series begins at Wellington on Wednesday.