West Indies folds for 103 in second innings, leaving New Zealand a 116-run target for a 2-0 series win
The West Indies batsmen imploded sensationally to be bowled out for 103 in the second innings, leaving New Zealand needing 116 runs to win the three-Test series by a 2-0 margin. At stumps on day three, New Zealand had scored six without losing a wicket, with Peter Fulton (4*) and Hamish Rutherford (0*) in the middle.
The day began with Ross Taylor powering New Zealand to 349, in reply to West Indies’ first-innings 367. Taylor’s knock lasted nearly five and a half hours and featured 16 fours and two sixes. He hit Tino Best for a boundary to bring up his century – his third in three consecutive Tests.
However, New Zealand was bowled out at the stroke of tea, with Sunil Narine’s career-best figures of 6 for 91 helping West Indies claim a lead of 18 runs.
However, the West Indies batsmen couldn’t capitalise on Narine’s efforts. Trent Boult claimed the scalps of the top three in the space of 13 runs – Kraigg Brathwaite was bowled, Kieran Powell edged one to the slip cordon, and Kirk Edwards was caught behind, down the leg side.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who scored a century in the first innings, couldn’t repeat the feat the second time around, and was caught by Kane Williamson at third slip off Neil Wagner. Corey Anderson then had Marlon Samuels caught behind, leaving West Indies five down for 46 after 18 overs.
Darren Sammy (24*) and Denesh Ramdin (18) resisted for a bit, but Tim Southee bowled an incisive second spell, claiming the last three wickets in four balls, as West Indies folded for 103 in 31.5 overs.
Boult ended with 4 for 23 and Southee finished with 3 for 12.