New Zealand are four wickets away from victory after the West Indies slumped to 196-6 in their second innings in Hamilton.
Still trailing the hosts’ first-inning score by 185 runs, the West Indies will have to fight bravely on Sunday if they were to avoid an innings defeat in the opening Test.
Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner ripped through the visitors with the ball early on day three – dismissing the West Indies for only 138 in their first innings.
Kane Williamson didn’t hesitate to enforce the follow-on with the New Zealand quicks again making early inroads with the ball.
The West Indies found themselves in deep trouble once more when their captain Jason Holder departed with the score on 89-6.
Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph, however, managed to put on a 100-run stand for the eighth wicket that gave the West Indies a small lifeline.
At stumps Blackwood was on 80 and Joseph on 59.