Gayle who was unbeaten on 85 at the end of the second day continued his brutal approach as New Zealand couldn’t hold onto the few chances that came their way.
Gayle moved into the nineties with a flat six off Vettori and then reached the three-figure mark with another six off Chris Martin.
The Jamaican reached to his century off 149 balls and was unbeaten at 146 as per the latest score. Powell at the other end was heading towards his maiden Test ton and was unbeaten on 96. Both of them have so far added 245 runs for the first wicket.
History is also up for grabs as Gayle and Powell now need only 54 runs to beat the West Indian opening partnership record of 298 set by the legendary pair of Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge way back in 1990.
The Kiwis who have been pathetic in the field so far once again failed to put up a good show. Just like the second day, both the set batsman offered chances off successive deliveries which the Kiwis couldn’t capitalize.