WELLINGTON-A spineless batting effort sent West Indies crashing to an innings and 67-run defeat to New Zealand, as the Caribbean side tamely conceded the opening Test inside four days early yesterday morning.
The West Indies lost their last five wickets for just 33 runs in nine overs after lunch to give New Zealand victory with more than a day to spare.
Entering the penultimate day at the Basin Reserve brimming with confidence following an encouraging display on Sunday, West Indies' enterprise deserted them as they collapsed from a promising 214 for two overnight to 319 all out in their second innings. Kiwis tasted first success in the day when Mitchell Santner trapped well set Kraigg Brathwaite (91) in front of the wickets.
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Neil Wagner's 2-102 gave him a Test-best haul of 9-141 after his seven-wicket bag in the first innings.
But just like they did in the first innings, after going from 59-0 to all out for 134, the Windies capitulated as Matt Henry (3-57), Trent Boult (2-87), Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Neil Wagner (2-102) and Mitchell Santner (1-25) tore through the visitors easily.
As for Shannon Gabriel and West Indies captain Jason Holder, they chipped in with one wicket each.
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Brathwaite raised his 15th Test half-century 45 minutes after tea and Hetmyer followed soon afterwards, and was getting after the New Zealand bowling when he attempted to turn an innocuous delivery from Henry through the on-side, got a leading edge, and was easily taken at short mid-off by Jeet Raval.
The West Indies had started the day pinning their hopes on Brathwaite but he was the first to fall after adding 12 to his overnight 79. Centuries from Collin de Grandhomme and debutant Tom Blundell and Ross Taylor's 93 made sure New Zealand secure a big first innings lead.
The allrounder will miss the match starting at Seddon Park on December 9 after receiving a one-match suspension from the International Cricket Council for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first Test.
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