Narine surge leaves Guptill in tears
New Zealand enjoyed a relatively successful, if stodgy, performance for most of day one of the first Test against the West Indies, sitting on 232 for four at stumps, with Martin Guptill going out near the end for 97.
Guptill opened the batting and played a slow, ponderous innings, but he stood firm when his partners gave their wickets away after they got set, and made his score off 249 balls in Antigua.
He was looking set to make his century, but Sunil Narine struck with five overs to go, and the batsman skied it high for Narsingh Deonarine to catch, which was pretty much Guptill's only loose shot of the day. He was so disappointed that he took a while to leave the field, and was on the verge of tears.
Almost all the Black Caps batsmen got in, but only Guptill carried on past the fifties. Opening partner Daniel Flynn got 45 before being dismissed by Narine, who took three wickets on the day, just after lunch.
Having won the toss and electing to bat, the Black Caps were clearly eager to get runs on the board, flamboyance and strokeplay be damned. The first session brought only 71 wicketless runs, while they lost Flynn and Brendon McCullum (25) in the afternoon session.
Skipper Ross Taylor batted alongside Guptill for much of the late afternoon, but he also fell on 45, after batting at snails pace for much of his innings. He will be disappointed to fall on such a good batting track, although NArine was spinning it a mile by the end of the day.
When Taylor went out, the Kiwis sent in night watchman Neil Wagner, making his debut, and he was lucky to survive the rest of that Narine over. It wasn't much use him getting sent in, as Kane Williamson was forced to come to the crease when Guptill went out anyway, to see out the last few overs.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Assad Fudadin, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine, Narsingh Deonarine, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Chris Martin, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, Neil Wagner.