New Zealand v West Indies, 3rd Test, Hamilton, 3rd day December 21, 2013

WI blown away in a session for 103


New Zealand 349 (Taylor 131, Williamson 58, Narine 6-91) and 6 for 0 need another 116 runs to beat West Indies 367 and 103 (Boult 4-23)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies had lost 16 wickets on the third day in Wellington to lose by an innings. If one thought their standards couldn't plummet any further, one was to be proved wrong on the third day in Hamilton. In far friendlier conditions for batting than Basin Reserve, their entire second innings lasted less than a session. It began after tea, and ended so swiftly that New Zealand had time left to face a couple of overs in their second small chase of the series.

It was supposed to be a test by spin for New Zealand, and Sunil Narine did as well he could, bowling 42.3 overs, 36 of them on the trot, to take 6 for 91. Ross Taylor batted through that examination to make his third hundred of the series and cut New Zealand's first-innings deficit to 18. Both feats, outstanding as they were, were consigned to the sidelines by the depressingly familiar drama that West Indies served up after tea.

Granted New Zealand's four-man pace attack, three of them left-armers, were relentless with their tight lines and fuller lengths. Granted there was a bit of cloud cover that afforded some swing. Granted New Zealand came back from their sloppy catching in the first innings with some outstanding grabs. But the pitch was still the same slow one on which the sides had scored 367 and 349.

After such scores, it was effectively a second-innings shootout. West Indies shot themselves in the foot instead. It was the same weakness again, an inability to tackle the inswing the left-armers were generating.

Their left-handers kept poking at deliveries leaving them, even Shivnarine Chanderpaul falling prey to the malaise, and New Zealand kept snapping up sharp catches in the slip cordon, the highlight being Kane Williamson's one-handed blinder at gully to send back Chanderpaul for 20 off Neil Wagner. The right-handers drove loosely at inswingers, they prodded at ones going straight across them, they even managed to get strangled down the leg side.

The longest anyone lasted was Marlon Samuels, who made 8 off 38 deliveries. The most runs anyone made was captain Darren Sammy, who struck six fours in a hopelessly frenetic 24 off 17 to nudge West Indies into three figures.

Like in Wellington, Trent Boult did most of the damage, removing the top three within nine overs on his way to 4 for 23. Wagner and Corey Anderson, a terrific second pair of seamers, kept up the pressure to prise out three more, and Boult returned to trap first-innings centurion Denesh Ramdin in front.

Having watched the left-armers take the first seven wickets, Tim Southee helped himself to the final three in one over with his outswingers, also reaching 100 Test victims in the process. West Indies had been blown away for 103 in 31.5 overs, 12 leg-byes helping them scrape past 100.

Before tea, Taylor finished with 28 more than 11 West Indies batsmen and the leg-byes put together to pilot New Zealand past 300. Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson gave it away in the morning, aggression causing their downfall, while Taylor ticked along solidly and calmly, at his own pace, never in doubt.

West Indies weren't able to exert pressure to the extent they had on the second evening, when their specialist spinners Narine and Veerasammy Permaul bowled in tandem. Instead, Darren Sammy gave himself a spell of nine overs at the start, bowling alongside Narine as West Indies worked with the old ball throughout the session. Whatever pressure Narine exerted wasn't maintained for long enough.

Taylor carried on from the second evening, unruffled by the odd delivery misbehaving or by what was happening at the other end. Even as Narine jagged the odd straighter one past the bat, Taylor handled the offbreaks superbly, playing late and softly. West Indies took the second new ball in the 99th over, immediately after lunch, and the change earned them the wickets of BJ Watling and Taylor, who departed after taking 20 runs off Sammy in the 105th over.

Wagner and Southee cut the deficit further but the tail could not survive too long against Narine, and he spun out the last three to go to 18 wickets from three Tests against New Zealand. The one over he bowled in the evening signalled that the target of 122 wouldn't be chased down easily.

West Indies had stopped New Zealand short of chasing 112 in Dunedin, but that was on the final day with assistance from rain. Narine is now their only hope, however slender, with two days left. For if you can't bat, you can at least hope.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    It is a shame that most of these comment, and indeed the entire article should focus on the misfortunes of the West Indies side. Give some praise to the Black Caps bowlers here. Back home in their own conditions this team is showing why they were selected. If you don't agree with me, that's fine... but India are up next. You'll have to agree after the Black Caps win that series too.

  • Derek on December 22, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @german1 think before you type. The WI boys just do not have the freedom that Swann has, he is at the mercy of a good pension and other benefits which his FAMILY will get on his retirement both from the game and the tax system of his country. He also has access to various TV pundit contracts and possibly the IPL leagues, public speaking fees, product endorsements and in fact he will still be playing county cricket for Notts. He makes a living while he sleeps. The WI boys do not have this luxury;mit would be good to actually explore how much they and the IPL players like Gayle, Pollard etc actually get to keep in comparison to what their respective islands take off them.

  • Ravi on December 22, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Graeme Swan is by far a better player than most of the west Indian players and he know when to call it quits. Wish some of the these losers would do the same.

  • Android on December 21, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    sammy gibson must go

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Blackholesun these abject displays have extended 13 or so years not 22 years, the Windies ceased to be world no 1s in 1995 but Walsh ,Ambrose ,Lara and Hooper kept them competitive till 2000. The talent is there they just for all their politics can't give worthy performances.their 2 best batsmen in Gayle and bravo but we're missing so was their best bowler roach,and for sure either sarwan,rampaul or bravo snr would truly play in their very best 11

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Like all other international sports when the team is doing sooooo poor first man to go is the HEAD COACH. This man can't seem to correct ANYTHING with this team batting/fielding or bowling. I like Sammy but he too should go from the test team leave him in the 20/20 and ODI teams.. Forget about Ramdin as test captain we need to get a rebuilding going fast or windies will be doom. Top flight test cricket without the Windies will be a nightmare for us in the Caribbean! We need to look around the islands for raw talent it's there not just some flash in the pan players.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Did someone remark that Gayle was a Test cricketer? I strongly disagree - in fact like many of the other batsmen he displays significant technical deficiencies eg he doesn't use his feet. What happened to the elegance of WI batting? Like Dwayne Bravo he is an exciting T20 cricketer and will always be marketable in that format. Actually, some years ago, when he was captain, Gayle confessed to a reporter that he found T20 cricket more interesting. An urgent post-mortem is now necessary in the Caribbean, by all parties, into the future of WI criciket.

  • Dummy4 on December 21, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    west indies have hit rock bottom many years ago now the team have join forces to dig a hole to go even further down ,

  • adit on December 21, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties so we have to wait until the last ball is bowled. NZ has the upper hand of course. WI bowling has not convinced anyone that they can bowl out any team for 121. But let us wait. If NZ runs away with the victory that eluded them in the first test then WICB needs to wake up from its slumber. How could they field an unchanged side after the drubbing in India? The person who most needs to be removed is the captain. He is not a test batsman. Yes he top scored in this innings but slugging it out when the team needed some stability is not the way a captain should bat. He is not a front line bowler and is denying the side a good bowler. He bowls economically and gets the occasional wickets but that is not enough to keep him in the side. His strength is his passion and enthusiasm for the game. But still not enough in my book.

  • jared on December 21, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    @ cricket_is_unpopular, your obcessed with crowd numbers, why? is it to prove your screen name is some sort of factual statement. test cricket interest has fallen in this country for years, the boxing day test was the big seller and they took that away, there are still alot of cricket fans though as odi and t20's sell out on a regular basis, and most of us watch the tests at home, so cricket is still popular and if the black caps can keep up these sort of performances against the likes of india then it will only become more popular, not too sure what point your always trying to make about crowd numbers, seems a silly point to continually raise.

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