By the close, the Black Caps were 59 for two for a lead of 110 with Martin Guptill — missing a fourth straight half century — and Bradley-John Watling the men out, both falling lbw to Narsingh Deonarine inside three overs late in the final session.
Guptill, 97 in the first innings of the first Test at North Sound, made 42 and Watling 11. Earlier, the tourists had served notice of their intent to level the series in netting three top order wickets, including the prized scalp of Chris Gayle, in the opening session and their aggressivity in the field continued thereafter.
Before lunch, Gayle — who top-scored with 150 in the first Test which the West Indies won by nine wickets went for just eight from 58 balls as the hosts made a hesitant start.
Meanwhile, New Zealand were struggling at 109 for seven at lunch on Day Three. Off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine claiming four wickets. Tino best bagged a couple.