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Rain frustrates Windies

Rain cut short West Indies' attempts to build a lead on day two of the decisive third Test against New Zealand.

Bad weather in Barbados forced the players off in the sixth over after lunch and they never retook the field, leaving the home side 169 for two in response to the Black Caps' 293 all out.

New Zealand took two wickets in the 32.2 overs that were possible, removing openers Chris Gayle and Kraigg Brathwaite who made 42 and 68 respectively.

As play got started in the morning, Gayle soon took a liking to Tim Southee. He slammed the seamer down the ground for three successive boundaries - split by a Trent Boult over - while Brathwaite started in a steadier mindset.

He had his rewards in the eighth over when he milked Boult for 10 runs and the first of two consecutive fours off Southee suggested Gayle's attacking influence was starting to rub off.

New Zealand hit back inside an hour's play, ending the partnership at 79 when Gayle attempted to flay Mark Craig down for six but picked out Hamish Rutherford at long-on.

Kirk Edwards wasted little time getting into the game, striking his fourth ball, from Craig, to the boundary and clearing the long-off ropes during the same over.

Another costly over from Boult took Brathwaite to his half-century, the landmark coming with his eighth four in 95 balls.

A lifeless pitch and unchallenging bowling allowed the batsmen to keep the run-rate high but Brathwaite's confidence got the better of him when he lifted left-armer Neil Wagner to cover.

At lunch Edwards and Darren Bravo saw the total to 159 for two, with the latter scoring eight of the 10 runs possible in the brief window before play was prematurely ended.

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