Wellington Test: Bowlers shine as Kiwis secure innings victory over Windies

After a slow start to the second innings Neil Wagner completed his best test match figures beating his 8-103 against

Fortune favoured New Zealand, according to captain Kane Williamson after they cleaned up the first Test against the West Indies by an innings and 67 runs on Day 4 in Wellington on Monday.

Kraigg Brathwaite departed with the score on 59 and then from 75/1, the visitors collapsed to 105/9 losing eight wickets for just 30 runs as they were the latest to fall victim to Wagner's bouncers.

Earlier, de Grandhomme (105) and Tom Blundell (unbeaten at 107) struck blistering centuries while Ross Taylor also notched a 93-run knock as New Zealand posted a huge total of 520-9 declared in reply to West Indies' first-innings score of 134.

Brathwaite and Shai Hope (21 not out) kept the runs ticking over, with the Windies now resembling a competitive team heading into the fourth day.

Brathwaite was the top scorer, falling short of a seventh Test century when trapped lbw for 91 by spinner Mitchell Santner.

South Africa-born fast bowler Neil Wagner, who took 7-39 in the West Indies' first innings and was voted player of the match, struggled in the second innings and had 0-85 at stumps on Sunday after a tough third day.

A massive deficit was simply too much for the West Indies, who were bowled out for 319 on day four and succumbed to another innings defeat.

Black Caps spinner Mitchell Santner gets the plaudits after his first wicket of the test Kraigg Brathwaite lbw
SPORT Black Caps spinner Mitchell Santner gets the plaudits after his first wicket of the test Kraigg Brathwaite lbw

But captain Jason Holder rejected suggestions they had caved in, saying the plan was to play positively. "It was a great effort with the ball in hand".

Colin de Grandhomme ousted Sunil Ambris from the first ball after lunch and after a tumble of wickets, Trent Boult castled last man Miguel Cummins (14) to seal a comprehensive victory.

Holder put it down to "indecisive" batting which he believed would be rectified before the second and final Test starts in Hamilton on Saturday.

New Zealand cricket selectors confer will Williamson and coach Mike Hesson on selections.

"I thought the bowlers were exceptional to change their type of thought to play the long game, be patient with the way they operated and we saw the rewards in the second session today".

"We just wanted to be positive".



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