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New Zealand hammer West Indies by 186 runs in 1st Test

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New Zealand significantly highlighted the batting woes of the West Indies, winning the first test comfortably by a massive 186 runs to mark their first test win in the Caribbean since 2002. A composed looking batting united backed by a fiery bowling attack ensured that the Kiwis made a positive start to their Caribbean summer.

After winning the toss and batting first, the Kiwis settled in well thanks to a terrific platform laid by Kane Williamson (113) and Tom Latham (86) thus finishing day 1 in a commanding position at 240-2. The start of day 2 saw New Zealand lose some quick wickets before Jimmy Neesham and Ben Watling steadied the ship and helped NZ post a daunting 508-7 in their first innings.

The West Indian batsmen in reply started solidly with Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell putting on 60 for the first wicket before losing three quick wickets. The West Indies’ most experienced batsman Shiv Chanderpaul put up a good fight with an unbeaten innings of 84, but that could not prevent his side from conceding a first innings deficit of 246 runs.

The Kiwis, in their quest to build on this massive lead, didn’t have the best of starts as they slumped to 54-5 in their second innings. Tom Latham then stepped up after his good showing from the first innings to go on and post yet another half century in the test match, finishing on 73. The Kiwis declared their innings closed at 156-8, setting West Indies a target of 403 to win.

The West Indies top order crumbled in the chase and in no time they were reeling at 76-6 before being pushed to a respectable 216 only because of a last wicket partnership of 82 that saw Shane Shillingford hit the second fastest  in Test history (25 balls) to give the home fans some late entertainment.

New Zealand’s biggest find was debutant Mark Craig who impressed with match figures of 8 for 188. Williamson’s good form continued while keeper-batsman Watling continued to lend further solidity to New Zealand’s lower order. For the West Indies, Jerome Taylor had a decent comeback after his long lay-off from international cricket. Taylor took 3-28 in the second innings to give the West Indies some positives to take away from this test match.

The West Indies will look to square the series in the second test to be played from June 16-20 at Port of Spain. New Zealand meanwhile will look to carry on from this almost ‘perfect’ win whilst the Windies will hope their batsmen can start contributing more consistently to their cause.

Mini Scorecard:

New Zealand 1st Innings 508-7 decl (174.3 overs, 2.91rpo)

K Williamson 112 (298) S Benn 3-142 (52)

J Neesham 107 (171) S Shillingford 3-145 (46.3)

West Indies 1st Innings 262 allout (81.2 overs, 3.22 rpo)

S Chanderpaul 84 (138) T Southee 4-19 (16.2)

C Gayle 64 (125) M Craig 4-91 (24)

New Zealand 2nd Innings 156-8 decl (60.5 overs, 2.56 rpo)

T Latham 73 (181)  J Taylor 3-28 (12)

BJ Watling 22 (31) K Roach 2-12 (12)

West Indies 2nd Innings 216 allout (47.4 overs, 4.53 rpo)

S Shillingford 53 (29) M Craig 4-97 (15)

D Ramdin 34 (62) I Sodhi 3-42 (11)

New Zealand win by 186 runs