DE GRAND­HOMME SLAMS TON

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New Zealand rode on all-rounder Colin de Grand­homme›s maiden Test ton to thrust New Zealand to 447/9 on the se­cond day of their open­ing Test against the West Indies at Basin Re­serve here on Satur­day. De Grand­homme›s quick­fire 71-ball 105 along with half cen­turies from Ross Tay­lor (93), Henry Ni­cholls (67) and Tom Bun­dell (57 not out) gave the hosts a mam­moth 313-run first in­nings lead in re­sponse to the tourists› 134. De Grand­homme struck 11 fours and three sixes to bring up the se­cond fastest Test ton by a Kiwi bats­man. Debu­tant Blun­dell played the per­fect sup­port­ing act in a 148-run sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship with de Grand­homme to put the hosts in the driver›s seat. Ear­lier in the day, vet­eran Tay­lor and Ni­cholls shared a 127-run dili­gent stand that left the West Indies with in­suf­fi­cient re­sources to counter the lower or­der.

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