NZ v WI, 2nd Test, Wellington, 3rd day December 13, 2013

Boult swings NZ to innings win


New Zealand 441 (Taylor 129, Watling 65) beat West Indies 193 (Samuels 60, Edwards 55, Boult 6-40) and 175 (f/o) (Boult 4-40, Southee 3-24) by an innings and 73 runs
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West Indies succumbed to a third innings defeat in four Tests, collapsing twice to lose 16 wickets in a day to New Zealand's swing and pace. In the first innings, they lost their last six wickets in 35 deliveries to crumble to 193. In the second, they stumbled from 74 for 0 to be dismissed for 175 about an hour after tea. It was New Zealand's first win in 11 Tests in 2013 and also Brendon McCullum's first as captain.

Nine of the 16 wickets on the third day were taken by Trent Boult, who put on an exhibition of fast, accurate inswing bowling. McCullum enforced the follow-on again after the unsuccessful attempt in Dunedin, and Tim Southee rebounded from an average display in the morning to break the opening partnership and deliver three key wickets.

Starting the day on 158 for 4, West Indies lasted just 12.5 overs, unable to adjust their gung-ho approach to tackle Boult. Four of Boult's five victims in the morning were right-hand batsmen who insisted on driving at the original line despite the copious inswing. Boult ended with his best innings figures of 6 for 40, his final four wickets coming in just six balls.

Narsingh Deonarine started the meltdown after being worked over by Boult and prodded a straightening delivery to first slip. It was the beginning of a swift end. Marlon Samuels, who'd timed a couple of fours down the ground, kept on trying the off-drive without much foot movement, and succumbed as Boult's inswing induced a thick inside edge to the wicketkeeper.

The next three batsmen were all bowled, refusing to adapt to the swing and not even managing an inside edge on their attempted drives. Darren Sammy lasted two balls, leaving a gaping distance between bat and pad as he drove weakly. As did Shane Shillingford and Tino Best. In the space of five balls.

Southee completed the job in the next over, an outswinger hitting Shannon Gabriel's off stump. It was a perfect demolition of the lower order, the last four batsmen bowled for ducks.

The disappointment of Dunedin would have been on McCullum's mind, but the momentum Boult generated was too intense to be ignored, and West Indies were sent in for another trial by swing. McCullum would have had thoughts of Dunedin again when Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards put on 74 for the first wicket.

Boult had been held back after a couple of overs, and Southee was brought back only after lunch. Though a wicket never looked far away, the openers survived against Corey Anderson and Neil Wagner. They were beaten numerous times, they fended off bouncers, but didn't try to hit their way out of the pressure. Edwards scored his first boundary off his 72nd delivery, and also successfully reviewed after he was given out caught at short leg off Kane Williamson, replays showing there was no bat involved.

Even as the deficit decreased steadily, Southee stepped up with a spell of 9-1-19-3 after lunch. Powell went for 36 in a manner similar to the first innings, missing a full one swinging into him. Wagner, who had charged in without too much consistency, produced a sharp lifter next over to have Dunedin double-centurion Darren Bravo caught behind off the glove for a duck.

The shots started to appear now from West Indies as the pressure increased. Edwards tried driving Southee, only to be snapped up superbly by Williamson at gully for 35. Southee also ended Samuels' desperate, uncertain attempts at hitting out, a feeble drive ending at third slip.

It had been all Boult in the morning, it was to be all Boult in the afternoon. Returning to bowl before tea, Boult made immediate impact as Deonarine rode the bounce on one only to chop it on. After the break, he leaped at backward point to snatch Denesh Ramdin's cut in his left hand. He then handed Sammy a pair, the West Indies captain lasting a collective eight balls in the match as he was trapped in front by an inswinger.

Fittingly, Boult swung one in through the gate to bowl last man Gabriel to finish with 10 for 80, his best return in a match.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jacob on December 14, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    A good performance from NZ who have really deserved a home victory after taking it to the Windies last match and England in NZ earlier this year. Boult/Southee have the makings of being one of the most effective swing bowling pairings in the world, and whilst Wagner didn't really steal the show, I'm really impressed by his spirit and attitude towards the game. I agree with the sentiment that you don't change a winning team so I expect the same XI for the next match.

    On another note, I think NZ's opening pairing is worth persevering with, people like to bash Fulton but he's been our 3rd best run scorer this year, averaging 40. Rutherford's on borrowed time but he's still averaging 33. In contrast to Guptill's dismal record against top sides in tests, this isn't too bad. Give them till the end of the Indian series and then we'll see if it's worth looking to Raval/Redmond/Latham or even giving Guppy another go.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    What a pathetic picture West Indies are...It seems that they aren't even trying. Looks like a psychiatrist should be on tour with them. They have decent talent, but they sure refuse to use it...bowling...batting...fielding...and keeping. Could they be dropped from test status?

  • Srinivasan on December 14, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Excellent win for NZ. Its about time they win a match after coming ever so close against England and in last match. Looking at their team, one can't help but notice the genuine quality of the side. Southee, Boult, Wagner make a very good seam bowling unit and in NZ conditions with a little bit of swing and seam, they're dangerous. They've got a leg spinner too. Their batting might be a little shaky but the batting lineup of Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, McCullum is a good one. Indian series will be a cracker if India prepares adequately. Good going NZ!

  • HNL on December 14, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    What is happening to WI - are they really a team capable of playing tests anymore ? losing all 10 for 101 runs in second, losing 6 wickets for just 30-odd runs in first innings ? Blown away twice at Windy Wellington, even if the Basin serves up a juicy pitch ? Well done Trent Boult, he has struck like a bolt from the blue, serving real thunderbolts to sniff out 10 wickets for less than 100 runs conceded. With this sort of challenge, would not NZ be tempted to dish out another rank green top at Seddon Park for the 3rd test ?

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    When a team drop its best second best Test Player like Sarwan. Then dont play Narsingh Deonarine in the first India test after he had a full ATeam tour of India days before this MADNESS HAPPENS. LONG LIVE WICB

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    We should blaim the WI selector for having T20 player in a Test Team. Starting with the Cap

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Batting coach needs to be fired. Wrong instructions for WI batsmen. You cannot change the technique for the entire team in an overseas series. To suggest everyone, including Chanderpaul leave the ball outside off is wrong and it showed what can happen. Rather that teach the men how to leave the ball, I think the coaches should focus on how to play: 1.) balls on or about off stump that is good length and bouncing more than normal conditions. 2.) adjusting their batting stances and backlift to fit the fast and bouncy tracks. 3.) Avoid too many people talking to the batsmen and providing "advice" on this or that. Marlon Sammuels, Powell, Bravo, Deonarine, Best, Gabriel, Edwards, Sammy needs to have remedial training on the basics of batting. They must learn that batting has two types of strokes. A defensive shot and an offensive one. An examination of their dismissals suggests that these batsmen do not know what a proper defensive shot is. Finally Richie Richardson, should be fired.

  • jared on December 14, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    that was brilliant from the black caps, a very special test match for boult but the whole team was good. i look at our team and really the only weakness we have are our openers, guptill and latham are banging on the door pretty loudly with ravel lurking in the background so its not like their arn't any options we just arn't using them. i must admit when we enforced the follow on i thought not again but this time they were not to be denied. to all the west indies fan, being a black caps supporter

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    I am a proud West Indian, well what can I say about my team. In the last four test matches we lost three within three days , I cannot recall any test team with that track record. As West Indians what are our choices for critical intervention is required and required fast. The poor performances of our team over the years is unpardonable . The change must start with the WI selectors, what has been their success rate. The under prepared tracks in the Caribbean does not help so the selectors cannot be allowed to use the WI record at home which was not impressive against top teams. I humbly suggest to the WICB to immediately remove the incompetent selectors., for as a Caribbean person I can only take so much.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    brendon is as agressive as always go brendon no body else in current team can lead nz side

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