West Indies chase in survival mode at 15-2

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New Zealand's bowler Tim Southee, right, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of West Indies batsman Kieran Powell, who was caught behind for a duck during the second innings on the fourth day of their first cricket Test match in Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — New Zealand reduced the West Indies to 15-2 at tea on day four of the opening cricket test as the hosts pursued an improbable victory target of 403 on Wednesday.

Pacer Tim Southee prised out both openers cheaply after New Zealand declared its second innings on 156-8 midway through the second session at Sabina Park.

Opener Tom Latham anchored the Black Caps' innings with 73, his second half century of the match. In only his second test, Latham hit eight fours off 181 balls in four hours.

BJ Watling contributed a busy 22 not out off 31 balls.

Jerome Taylor took 3-29 and fellow seamer Kemar Roach took 2-12 to lead the West Indies' attack. Offspinner Shane Shillingford took 2-39.

Latham and Jimmy Neesham, with 20, repaired the early damage caused by Taylor and Roach, lifting New Zealand from 55-5 in a sixth-wicket stand of 63 either side of lunch.

Neesham fell to a catch at long-off off Shillingford trying to up the tempo. Latham ultimately chased a wide one from Roach and edged to the wicketkeeper.

Captain Brendon McCullum declared to give the hosts half an hour to bat until tea, and Southee ripped out the top two.

Kieran Powell fell for a duck as he clipped his fourth ball to short midwicket.

Fellow left-hander Chris Gayle lasted long enough to become the eighth West Indian to pass 7,000 test runs but could not continue much further. The Jamaican, in his 100th test, eventually feathered a leaden-footed defensive stroke to wicketkeeper Watling after scoring 10.

Southee's double strike moved him above left-arm seamer Richard Collinge into eighth spot among leading wicket-takers in tests for New Zealand.

For the West Indies, Kirk Edwards, 5 not out, and Darren Bravo, on 0, were unbeaten at the break.