New Zealand stretched their unbeaten run at house to 14 matches with a comprehensive win in the first Test against the West Indies in Hamilton on Sunday after ending a battling rearguard century by Jermaine Blackwood. The West Indies had been all out earlier than lunch on day 4 for 247 after making solely 138 of their first innings in reply to New Zealand’s 519 for seven, giving the hosts an enormous innings and 134-run victory. Blackwood was the penultimate wicket to fall, for 104, after a 155-run stand with Alzarri Joseph who made 86. The victory, arrange over the primary two days when New Zealand captain Kane Williamson crafted a majestic 251, highlighted the problem abroad groups have on New Zealand wickets.
The newest victory prolonged New Zealand’s unbeaten house streak to a formidable 14 Tests, a statistic which took Williamson without warning.
“To be honest, I didn’t know that was the case, but it’s great. It was a really good performance for us to put together collectively,” mentioned Williamson, who deflected all credit score away from himself.
“But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. It was nice we were able to put in a strong performance and for us it’s about trying to improve little bits at a time in each game.”
Although a lot has been manufactured from New Zealand’s inexperienced wickets, and in Hamilton it was a lush emerald, Williamson believed it was truthful to each side and the West Indies had first benefit once they gained the toss.
‘We want a bit of bit extra struggle’
But their strike bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel didn’t bowl full sufficient to place strain on the Black Caps, whereas the West Indies batsmen appeared uneasy making an attempt to answer to the house workforce’s colossal first innings.
“We obviously didn’t bat well,” captain Jason Holder mentioned.
“In the initial stages of our innings we just need a little bit more fight in those tough periods and get through.
“Kane confirmed us precisely the way it’s presupposed to be performed, that was a correct Test innings, being affected person, shopping for time.”
The West Indies lost 15 wickets on day three as Tim Southee led a masterclass of New Zealand swing bowling.
It left the tourists going into the fourth day on the ropes at 196 for six in their second innings.
Blackwood and Joseph advanced the total to 244 before Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner combined to take the final three wickets in the space of 10 deliveries.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who injured a hand on the first day, did not bat in either innings.
Wagner, a renowned short-ball exponent, also adapted to the conditions with five of the six wickets he took in the match coming from full-length deliveries.
New Zealand had a chance for a key breakthrough early in the day when Blackwood, on 89, edged a ball straight to Ross Taylor.
But the usually reliable first slip spilt the catch, one of six chances put down by New Zealand.
After battling for 80 minutes on the fourth morning, the tip got here shortly for the West Indies as soon as Joseph was caught at deep level off Jamieson.
In the next over, Wagner cleaned up the final two wickets of Blackwood and Shannon Gabriel to complete with 4 for 66 within the innings.
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