Dunedin:Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jerome Taylor fought a determined rearguard action on Saturday as the West Indies sought to save the first Test against New Zealand.
The West Indies went to tea on the fourth day at 253 for 6 after slumping to 173-6 at the University Oval in reply to New Zealand's first innings total of 365, but an unbroken partnership of 80 between Chanderpaul and Taylor - the largest of the innings - gave the tourists some hope.
Chanderpaul anchored the West Indies innings after the loss of captain Chris Gayle for 74 and Ramnaresh Sarwan for 8 earlier on Saturday. Chanderpaul ended the second session on 49 not out after batting for almost three hours.
Taylor proved the unlikely batting hero for the West Indies, reaching his first Test half century immediately before tea to go to the break at 53 not out off just 60 balls. His knock came at a run-a-minute and included eight boundaries and two sixes.
New Zealand gained a slim advantage in a match marred by rain when it reduced the West Indies to 158-4 at lunch, grabbing the vital wickets of Gayle and Sarwan along with Sewnarine Chattergoon (13) and Xavier Marshall (20) in the morning session.
It's hold on the match tightened slightly with the dismissal of Brendan Nash for 23 and Denesh Ramdin for 5 early in the morning session.
Ramdin's dismissal provided further fuel for the debate over the umpire referral system being trialed in this series for the second time.
The West Indian wicketkeeper was hit on the pad in front of leg stump by a delivery from New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and was adjudged lbw by Indian umpire Amiesh Saheba.
Ramdin became the first batsman in the match to refer an umpire's decision to the television official for review, holding his ground while third umpire Rudi Koertzen considered television replays.
After a long delay and an apparent communications breakdown which caused frustrated spectators to being slow hand clapping, Koertzen seemed unable to reach a decision and referred the matter back to Saheba who reiterated his original ruling, leaving the West Indies at 173-6 in the 62nd.