Updated: Saturday, 07 December 2013 08:00 | By Agence France-Presse

New Zealand race rain in drive for Test win

New Zealand were closing in on a comprehensive victory over the West Indies in the first Test Saturday, needing a further 109 runs with nine wickets in hand at lunch on the final day.


New Zealand race rain in drive for Test win

New Zealand celebrate Darren Bravo of the West Indies being bowled out during the final day of the first international cricket Test match against the West Indies at the University Oval in Dunedin on December 7, 2013

After resuming the day at 443-6, the tourists' remote hope of salvaging a draw by dragging out their innings until forecast rain arrived evaporated early with the removal of Darren Bravo for 218.

Their second innings was wrapped up for 507, leaving New Zealand a target of 112 for their first Test victory in more than a year.

However, even with two sessions remaining they cannot afford to go too slow with the run chase as approaching rain and fading light could yet affect the outcome.

Bravo's brave fight to keep the West Indies in the Test was undone by a slower Trent Boult delivery that kept low, and he was bowled for 218.

In a marathon innings of nearly 10 hours, Bravo, a cousin  of Brian Lara, faced 416 deliveries, scoring freely on the off-side where he picked up all but 38 of his runs.

Shane Shillingford (15) and Tino Best (3) were quickly removed and Darren Sammy was the last wicket to fall for 80.

Sammy showed good football skills to avoid dismissal on 57 when he managed to turn around and kick away a delivery from Boult that had ballooned off the bat and was heading towards the stump.

For New Zealand, Neil Wagner was the most successful bowler with 3-112.

New Zealand lost the wicket of Peter Fulton in the last over before lunch for three, caught behind by Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

Fulton was initially given not out but the decision was overturned on appeal.

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