Duo steady New Zealand

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Ross Taylor scored 60 before falling to a probing Tino Best delivery

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Ross Taylor scored 60 before falling to a probing Tino Best delivery

Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor led the New Zealand fightback after lunch on the opening day of the second Test against West Indies in Jamaica.

After a rocky start which had seen them reduced to 11 for two in the sixth over, Guptill and Taylor formed a fine partnership to take the tourists to 152 for three.

Taylor, in particular, looked in good form, punishing some wayward bowling from Kemar Roach, while opener Guptill accumulated steadily at the other end.

The Black Caps' captain brought up his half-century off 91 balls, including eight fours and the pair reached another milestone with a 100-run partnership soon after.

However, the West Indies bowlers never lost their attacking threat and Tino Best was rewarded for another fast and aggressive spell when Taylor edged behind to Denesh Ramdin for 60.

Best, who replaced the injured Ravi Rampaul at Sabina Park, had earlier removed Brendon McCullum for a duck while fellow fast bowler Roach dismissed Bradley-John Watling for two.

However, there was a bit of controversy about the latter's wicket as TV replays suggested Roach may have bowled a no-ball.

Guptill continued his good form throughout the day and was unbeaten on 62 before the tea interval while Kane Williamson was on 17 not out after surviving a sharp caught and bowled chance to Sunil Narine.

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