Twitter Reactions: Grandhomme’s quickfire century keeps New Zealand in commanding position
While Colin De Grandhomme was hailed by the people, the Windies bowling got trolled.
Updated - Dec 2, 2017 12:03 pm
Resuming from their overnight score of 85/2, the Kiwis lost Jeet Raval early. From there on, Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls combined for a splendour 127 run partnership for the fourth wicket. Both went on to register splendid half centuries as NZ overcame the deficit in the morning.
Ross Taylor missed out on a hundred as he was dismissed LBW by Kemar Roach. Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner were also dismissed in quick succession by Miguel Cummins. The Kiwis were reduced to 281/6 as the Caribbeans looked forward to restricting them.
However, what followed was a sensational century by Colin de Grandhomme. Taking just 71 balls for his hundred, he scored the second fastest century by a New Zealander. In an innings of 105(74), the right hander struck eleven boundaries and 3 sixes.
Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell who was making his debut went on to score a ravishing fifty. Both batsmen put up a scintillating 147 run partnership for the seventh wicket. While the Kiwis did lose some quick wickets in the final session, Blundell and Trent Boult managed to stay at the crease till stumps.
The hosts were comfortably placed at 447/9 with a lead of 313 runs. As for the West Indies, they had another bad day on the field with Grandhomme taking the bowler for the cleaners. Kemar Roachwas the pick amongst the bowlers with three wickets while Miguel Cummins also got a couple of wickets. Roston Chase got two wickets as well including the dismissal of Grandhomme. Skipper Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel got a wicket each.
Twitterati had some stupendous reactions for the game. While Colin De Grandhomme was hailed by the people, the Windies bowling got trolled. Ross Taylor was praised for completing 10000 first class runs as well.
Here are some of the best tweets from Day 2 between New Zealand and Windies.
Brilliant 71 ball knock from CDG for @BLACKCAPS. Top 4 set a great platform. Well deserved Dutchy!
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 2, 2017
? COLIN DE GRANDHOMME ?
That moment ?
Maiden Test century ?
11 fours and 3 sixes ?
9th equal fastest Test 100 in the world ?
2nd fastest by a Kiwi ? pic.twitter.com/ceXV4vv9y1
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 2, 2017
— ICC (@ICC) December 2, 2017
— Michael Appleton (@michelappleton) December 2, 2017
#Knight, Colin de Grandhomme brings up his maiden Test Century in just 71 balls against Windies at Wellington, 2nd fastest by a New Zealand player in Test history.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 2, 2017
Colin de Grandhomme's 71-ball century was fastest ever v West Indies. Afridi & Sehwag both 78 balls previously #NZvWI
— Francis Payne (@FPayne100) December 2, 2017
Colin de Grandhomme scores the equal 9th fastest Test century (by balls) of all time and the 2nd fastest by a New Zealander.
And it was a hundred in a session.
Not bad for his first test century!#NZvWI
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 2, 2017
— Arunprasad (@RealkingArun) December 2, 2017
Fastest hundred in Test Matches by balls faced (where balls faced data available):
54 – B McCullum
56- Viv Richards/Misbah
67- J Gregory
71- R Fredericks/ COLIN DE GRANDHOMME#NZvWI
— Rohit Yadav (@cricrohit) December 2, 2017
Colin de Grandhomme – 102* off 71 balls:
– Second fastest for NZ
– Second fastest in NZ
– Fastest ever against WI#NZvWI
— Waqar Younis (@TheWaqarViki) December 2, 2017
— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) December 2, 2017
— ante meridiam (@dizzydover) December 2, 2017
Tom Blundell gets to a fifty in his debut Test innings. The local lad has started his career on a positive note #NZvWI
— Cricket Status&News (@tweets_hassan) December 2, 2017
Chase strikes to send back Colin for a 74-ball 105. Game firmly with the Kiwis though with a huge lead. #NZvWI
— Nikhil ? (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 2, 2017
Taylor becomes the third Kiwi after Fleming and McCullum to cross 14000 international runs. He should top the run charts by the time he retires although Kane should beat that later #NZvWI
— Hari Sadanandan (@iamharry_88) December 2, 2017
Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor is so underrated.
Averages nearly 50 in Test cricket and just keeps making runs.#NZvWI
— Broken Eye Socket (@DennisCricket_) December 1, 2017
— Silly Point ? (@FarziCricketer) December 2, 2017
Holder round the wicket to bowl short to Taylor. He's made Taylor jump a bit. But against all right handers bowling round the wicket in Tests, off the back foot Taylor averages 164. #NZvWI
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 1, 2017
de Grandhomme is an entertainment machine, but this innings is so important in deflating the will and confidence of the opposition. #NZvWI
— Jarrod Gilbert (@JarrodGilbertNZ) December 2, 2017
If this goes on much longer, the spinner will have more pace than Holder. #NZvWI
— A cricketing Buddha (@aotearoaxi) December 2, 2017
— Fine Leg (@FineLeg3L) December 1, 2017
What a Knock From Grandhomme , Scored 105 From 74 Balls With 11 Four & 3 Six
— Johns ? (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2017