Kingston (Jamaica), Aug 4 Narsingh Deonarine gave the West Indies a boost with two late wickets after Marlon Samuels emphasized his batting rebirth with a fourth Test century in the face of a batting meltdown, which allowed New Zealand to nose ahead in the second Test here.
Part-time off-spinner Deonarine removed openers B.J. Watling and Martin Guptill in two overs that cost three runs, as the New Zealanders reached 59 for two in their second innings for an overall lead of 110 at the close on the second day, CMC reported. The visitors had made 260 in the first innings.
This followed Samuels holding the Windies batting together, stroking his highest Test score of 123, as the Caribbean side were dismissed for 209 about 50 minutes after tea on Day Two.
To the delight of crowd of mainly his compatriots at Sabina Park, Samuels reached his milestone from 164 balls with the first of his four sixes, an effortless inside-out drive over the top of extra cover off Tim Southee.
It was the second time his hometown fans had the chance to celebrate him scoring a hundred, following his undefeated 101 in the second One-day International against the same opponents last month.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy made 32 and was the only other batsman that passed 20, as New Zealand's four-pronged, fast-medium bowling attack bowled with acute discipline.
Bracewell ended with 3-46 from 15.3 overs, Trent Boult finished with 3-58 from 17 overs, Neil Wagner grabbed 2-24 from 10 overs, and Southee captured 2-70 from 19 overs.