KINGSTON, Jamaica – West Indies, leading the two-match series 1-0, struck two early blows before lunch Thursday in restricting New Zealand to 74 for 2

having won the toss and elected to field on day one of the second Test at Sabina Park.

New Zealand were without spinner Daniel Vettori and also batsman Daniel Flynn owing to groin strains suffered in the opening Test which the Black Caps lost by nine wickets.

The Black Caps had Martin Guptill, who made 97 in the first innings of the opening Test, and recalled South Africa-born Bradley John Watling opening on a pitch moist from overnight rain.

But Watling had made just two when Kemar Roach had him caught at first slip by Chris Gayle after a forward poke with the score on just ten.

There was worse to follow for the visitors as having added just a bye they had number three Brendon McCullum edged to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for a duck of the bowling of Tino Best.

Skipper Ross Taylor arrived to steady the ship with Guptill as they saw their side through to lunch wthout further loss having put on a partnership of 62. – Sapa-AFP