It is generally expected to be an uphill task when the team batting first gets bundled out for a mere 134 in the first innings. Windies were always behind the eight ball when they just managed the mere total and when the hosts New Zealand posted a colossal total of 520 in the first innings, the visitors had their backs against the wall.
It was a far better performance from the tourists in the second innings but the lead of 386 was always going to be too much for them to come over from. The Windies showed better resistance and the top order was able to get runs. Albeit, the lower middle was not able to contribute as much as the visitors would have liked and they had to face an ignominy defeat of innings and 67 runs.
New Zealand was at the top after dismissing visitors for mere 134.
Neil Wagner bowled brilliantly on the first day and he was the chief destroyer of the Windies first innings. Wagner exploited the Windies batsman with short stuff and the tourists didn’t have any answers to his tight bowling. Wagner scalped seven wickets in the first innings to go with two more in the second innings and was adjudged the Man of the match.
Colin de Grandhomme landed the knockout punch as the pugnacious all-rounder brought his maiden century in just 71 balls. The debutant Tom Blundell also got his maiden century to put the hosts in the driving seat in the Test match.
It was always going to be an impossible task for the visitors to bounce back in the second innings and they were always going down the slope. The tourists had a better second innings performance but it was not good enough to save them from conceding the early lead in the series.
Here are some Tweets after the match:
— Heath Mills (@heathmmills) December 2, 2017
Queue the no hope jokes now!!! #NZVSWI
— greg bunkall (@gReGbUnKaLL) December 3, 2017
Thank you @StarSportsIndia for bringing back cricket from New Zealand!!#NZvsWI
Green wickets, picturesque surroundings and a good cricket team makes it a wonderful watch!!
Can't say how much I missed that Aus, Ban, SAF tours of NZ in the last four years…
Thank you so much!!
— Krishna Harish (@KrishnaHarishK) December 1, 2017
— Micheal Warren (@warrenmich1) December 4, 2017
— Sudhish (@iamsudhish) December 4, 2017
— CricIndeed (@CricIndeed) December 4, 2017
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 4, 2017
Congrats to Tom Blundell. Pretty cool what he has just achieved for the @BLACKCAPS on debut.
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 3, 2017
Brilliant 71 ball knock from CDG for @BLACKCAPS. Top 4 set a great platform. Well deserved Dutchy!
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 2, 2017