West Indies struck two vital blows but were still reeling after being bundled out cheaply, as old habits returned to haunt them on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand yesterday.

Sent in on a grassy Basin Reserve track, the Caribbean side declined from 59 without loss to 134 all out, their lowest-ever total in seven Tests at the venue, as left-arm seamer Neil Wagner incinerated the innings with a brilliant career-best seven-wicket haul.

At the close, the Black Caps were 85 for two in reply, 49 runs behind heading into day two of the contest.



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