Monday, 9 December 2019

New Zealand thrash West Indies in first Test

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WELLINGTON: West Indies crumbled dramatically as New Zealand won the first Test by an innings and 67 runs on day four in Wellington.

The Windies lost eight wickets before tea in another disappointing collapse for the Caribbean tourists, who were dismissed for 319 on Monday.

West Indies had shown signs of life on Sunday as it resumed on 214-2 – still 172 adrift of New Zealand’s mammoth 386-run lead after the host declared on 520-9 – thanks to Kraigg Brathwaite (91) and Shai Hope (37) at Basin Reserve.

But just like it did in the first innings, after going from 59-0 to all out for 134, the Windies capitulated as Matt Henry (3-57), Trent Boult (2-87), Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Neil Wagner (2-102) and Mitchell Santner (1-25) tore through the visitor with ease.

It went downhill for West Indies when Brathwaite’s resistance was broken during the morning session.

Brathwaite – who begun Monday on 79 – misjudged the pace of Santner’s delivery to be trapped lbw in the 80th over following a successful review after New Zealand’s appeals were initially turned down – falling nine runs short of a century.

That set West Indies’ downfall into motion as Hope was the next to make his way back to the pavilion after a delivery from Boult drew an edge through to Kane Williamson.

Roston Chase (18) followed three overs later, his attempt to cut Henry’s ball resulting in an inside-edge onto the stumps, leaving the Windies 286-5 at lunch.

It was a case of when not if for New Zealand, who cleaned up the final five wickets as debutant Sunil Ambris (18), Shane Dowrich (3), Kemar Roach (7), captain Jason Holder (7) – who was earlier dropped on two – and Miguel Cummins (14) fell cheaply.

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