New Zealand beat West Indies in first test match : Host New Zealand has won the first test by an innings and 134 runs – their highest winning margin against the West Indies. Jermaine Blackwood (104) completed his century for the West Indies but that wasn’t enough to save them from THE innings defeat. For New Zealand Wagner returned four wickets in the second innings to back up his brace in the first.
However, it was Kane Williamson’s highest Test score – 251 – that set up the win for New Zealand and help them to a 1-0 lead in the series.
New Zealand beat West Indies in the first test by innings and 134 runs
New Zealand needed only 16.5 overs to complete a win over the West Indies by an innings and 134 runs Sunday on the fourth morning of the first cricket test.
The stubborn seventh-wicket partnership between Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph, which stalled New Zealand’s push for victory late on the third day, continued through the first hour. It was finally broken by Kyle Jamieson in the 59th over.
Blackwood had completed his second test century and the pair had added 155 runs when Joseph, creeping toward a first test century, was out for 86. He drove at a short, wide ball from Jamieson and lofted a catch to substitute fieldsman Mitchell Santner, running in on the off side.
The pair came together with the West Indies 89-6 in the second innings. The tourists were bowled out for 138 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand’s massive 519-7 declared.
Blackwood and Joseph had added 107 runs in swift time before stumps Saturday. They added a further 48 runs Sunday and batted through the first 13 overs, frustrating New Zealand as it sought an early conclusion to the match.
The pair occupied the crease in total for 35.5 overs, disconcerting the New Zealand bowlers who had so dominated the third day.
Blackwood quickly followed his partner, falling for 104 only five balls later. He tried to hook a short ball from Neil Wagner and the ball took the glove, popping to Tim Southee behind square.
The last West Indies wicket quickly followed. Shannon Gabriel was bowled by Neil Wagner four balls later with the score at 247-9.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich again was unable to bat because of a broken finger.
Jason Holder We just weren’t good enough. We passed the bat quite a few times but credit to Kane, he made us toil. We still had some positive stuff with our bowling unit. Our batting wasn’t good enough. I have to congratulate Blackwood and Joseph for their innings. But quite frankly our top order needs to do better. We’re still scratching our heads. Our preparations has been good. We had two solid warm up games and although the surface was different, I think we need to show better application up top. This New Zealand team bowls in partnerships and we need to do that with the batting too. We need to hold them at bay and get some scoring shots and do those good things. We need answers and we need em quickly. Kemar pushed through this Test match but he’ll be going home to be with his family now. Shane, we’re not quite sure about the extent of his hand injury. Looking pretty doubtful for the second Test. As I said t other guys, it’s time to deliver and stopped talking. We’ve talked a lot and we’ve promised a lot. Now it’s time to look ourselves in the mirror and fight. We’ve thrown in the towel too easily. We need to change that.
Kane Williamson is Man of the Match: Obviously it was nice to spend time in the middle and build some partnerships. A surface if the ball was on the right area was passing the bat consistently. It was really challenging technically and mentally. So it was nice to spend time out there and get through those tough times but that’s Test cricket. Tom Latham was outstanding. When you get put into bat and you see a wicket as green as that, you can have a few pre-empted ideas. Throughout the batting order, we had a number of valuable contributions. It was a really important collective effort to get to our first innings total.
We knew that West Indies coming here were going to be a tough challenge. We were fortunate to get off to a good start and hold that position. Coming into today, we knew it’d be tough. They bat deep and their middle order hit back really well. Jermaine scored a very nice hundred. So we had to be patient with the ball in hand and know that if we are in the areas for long enough, we’d get our opportunities. The wicket started to flatten out so it was important we put in a collective effort.
There’s so many different bits and pieces you can look at but nothing gives you an answer as such. For us it was sticking to our plans. I think we saw some strong application from the batting and bowling groups to stay on task for long periods. I guess when the ball is moving around and missing the bat, you can try too hard. I guess our guys started like that but then settled in well. Our schedule is quite busy now and we know there’s another game in Wellington now so we need to shift focus to that.
In this game we adapted quite quickly. That’s always a challenge in Test cricket. We’ll go to Wellington and we’ll look to do that again. All in all, a really pleasing effort from out side. And a very good cricket wicket as well that offered to bat and ball.