West Indies face an uphill task to save the first Test after being asked to follow on on the third day against New Zealand in Dunedin.
Staring at a mammoth total of 609 for nine declared posted by the Kiwis in the first innings, the West Indies could not cope with the pressure, folding up for a paltry 213, with only the evergreen Shivnarine Chanderpaul showing any fight with a belligerent 76.
Brendon McCullum asked the visitors to follow on and even if the West Indies showed a lot more fight in the second innings, courtesy half-centuries from Kirk Edwards (59) and Darren Bravo (72 n.o.), a defeat looks like just a matter of time, with two full days still remaining in the match.
"Nice team effort," New Zealand pace bowler Trent Boult, who picked up three wickets in the first innings, before dismissing Kieran Powell in the second, told Radio Sport. "I think the pressure was maintained by all ends and as a bowling group that's what we're trying to do.
"It would have been nice to have one or more two (down) but that's the nature of the game.
"It is a little bit frustrating and there's still a long way to go in this match with a lot of work to do tomorrow and the next day."
West Indies frustrated New Zealand in the second innings, when at one time, after Powell was sent packing before Tea, it looked like the away side would fold quicker than a house of cards.
However, a 117-run partnership from Edwards and Bravo kept the Caribbean side interested with the latter remaining at the crease, along with Marlon Samuels, at the close of play on day three with the score 168 for two.
Boult, though, understands the importance of being patient. "We always knew they would put up a fight and that's what they have done," Boult added. "We can't get frustrated.
"We understand they will put together some partnerships but it is all about us executing our plans keeping that pressure on."
Key to the West Indies making a game out of it could be veteran Chanderpaul, who played an unusually brisk 76 from 87 balls before a misjudgement saw him walk back to the pavilion in the first innings.
"His record speaks for himself," Kiwi fast bowler Tim Southee, who picked up four in the first innings, said. "He's a world-class player and has been for a number of years. Obviously he has a different stance and technique to what you're used to.
"It's not a traditional technique and set-up and it takes a little bit to adjust to. Hopefully we can grab him tomorrow some stage. We know you've got to fight hard for his wicket, he doesn't give it away, and it's going to take something special to get him out."
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