Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    52.3 oh, what a beauty! That's a brute of a delivery from Gabriel. Yet again Raval falls short of a hundred, but jeez, really gotta wonder if there's anything he could have done about this. On a length, rips away as Raval is forced to play at it. Presented a straight bat but the movement is so subtle and so late that it takes the outside edge to leave him completely off-guard 159/3
    19.6 Latham perishes to the short ball. This is what West Indies need to do. More of this: bang it in at pace and don't give the batsmen room. Shapes up for a pull but can't really free his arms. Ekes out a top-edge to the wicketkeeper 65/1
    49.2 has he got an edge there? Yes he has. But Rod Tucker isn't sure if it carried. Eventually gives it out. Williamson out to a poor ball. Another leg-sidish ball that he tries to tuck away but gets strangled down that line and gets a clear edge that is taken by Dowrich 154/2
    57.2 too close for the cut. Taylor got away with it in the previous over, not this time. Once again, no feet movement, also got cramped for room. This was banged in short so there's just that little bit of extra bounce for Roach. The healthy edge is pouched on the second attempt by Dowrich as West Indies continue to rise here in Hamilton even as the clouds gather. 186/4
    61.4 first Test wicket for Reifer and it is well deserved. Kept plugging away and has been rewarded for his accuracy. Gets this length ball to nip back in off the seam to beat Nicholls' tentative forward push. He's hit on the knee roll. The only reason why the batsman would've reviewed that was to check if it may have been a tad too high, but ball tracking confirms that would've hit middle and leg as it comes back to Rod Tucker's as umpire's call. Big moment. His head was well outside the line of the ball as he tried to defend that 189/5
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    80.2 bowled him. Gabriel strikes immediately after the new ball is taken. Santner plays all over this one. It's a length ball, comes on straight enough and Santner plays haphazardly across the line to lose his middle stump. Crucial blow for West Indies. Gives them an opening back into this Test again 265/6
    84.1 right through his defence. This is full, fast and angles back in at length to skid through and beat de Grandhomme's feeble push as this sneaks through the gap between bat and pad after a thin inside edge to crash into the stumps. 275/7
    94.1 are they checking for a no-ball? Gabriel has picked his fourth with a beauty that jags back in a long way to roll back onto the stumps off the bottom edge. He hopped back to defend but this delivery kept a touch low. Blundell's played a handy knock. 312/9
    87.3 wow, this is simply stunning at gully. This flew off the blade of the bat as Wagner looked to work this through the on side, but the ball swung away late to take a thick edge as Hope threw himself full stretch to his left to pull off a one-handed stunner. You wouldn't have been mistaken into looking towards the third man boundary because the ball had already passed him as he stretched to complete it. What a start for West Indies. 286/8
    102.2 has that carried? Oh, yes, it has. Good, sharp catch as Roach makes up for the earlier lapse. Southee drags a short of a length delivery back with a flat bat towards Roach who gets down in time and tries to grab it with both hands. The ball just kind of sticks in his right hand 373/10
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    Extras
    16 (lb 1, nb 12, w 3)
    TOTAL
    373 all out (102.2 Overs, RR: 3.64, 469 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-65 (TWM Latham, 19.6 ov), 2-154 (KS Williamson, 49.2 ov), 3-159 (JA Raval, 52.3 ov), 4-186 (LRPL Taylor, 57.2 ov), 5-189 (HM Nicholls, 61.4 ov), 6-265 (MJ Santner, 80.2 ov), 7-275 (C de Grandhomme, 84.1 ov), 8-286 (N Wagner, 87.3 ov), 9-312 (TA Blundell, 94.1 ov), 10-373 (TG Southee, 102.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    ST Gabriel25411944.7617
    KAJ Roach23.285832.4801
    ML Cummins2045722.8524
    RL Chase1319006.9200
    RA Reifer1783612.1100
    KC Brathwaite401203.0000
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    40.1 stunning catch on the second attempt at short cover. Brilliant second grab because the ball bobbled out of his hands as he leapt high, this was destined to be dropped but he had excellent awareness to recover and then dive to complete the catch just as it was about to hit the ground with one hand. The leading edge from Brathwaite flew to the man there because he went at it with hard hands. 135/6
    0.6 is that an inside edge? Yes, a clear one. That's a ripper from Southee. Now he gets one to move the other way. This is also a loose shot from Powell. He really shouldn't have been poking at that one. It's a length ball, pitches outside off and he hangs the bat out. But it moves inwards pretty late and gets an inside edge 5/1
    13.3 athleticism and reflexes right out of the top drawer. Boult has pulled off the catch of New Zealand's summer so far. 'So what if you can't take it at slip? I'll do it myself.' This was a length ball that bounced just a touch more to take the top part of Hetmyer's bat. That's only part one. This lobbed back towards Boult, who was nowhere near the line of this delivery because his followthrough was taking him away. But the moment he saw the ball lobbed high, he quickly changed tracks and transferred momentum to his left before diving full length to his left to pluck that one-handed stunner. Wow, words can't do justice to this. Outstanding from Boult. A gentle smile to soak in the wicket. What a guy, what an entertainer. 46/2
    23.4 this time the edge carries to first slip. Angled in at middle and leg and Hope is playing the angle. But the ball straightens and takes the outside edge to give Ross Taylor a straightforward catch 90/3
    30.4 one ball after that stunning shot de Grandhomme produces a beauty. A length ball and Chase presents the full face of his bat looking for another punchy drive. But the ball straightens and Chase's foot is planted down the wrong line, close to leg stump. The big gap between bat and pad means he can't cover for the late movement and loses his stumps 112/4
    33.5 Oh, dear. Ambris is out hit wicket again. Was out that way on debut too. He can't believe what he's done. Boult bangs a short ball in towards his ribcage, and while he does well to get on top of the bounce, he was too far back inside the crease as he clipped the stumps with his right shoe. Unfortunate, but you've got to be more aware than that. West Indies sliding. 117/5
    50.1 ill-advised pull shot. Gets too big on him. Reiffer at the other end was getting under them so well. Should have just followed that template. Instead tries to fetch one from outside off and gets a healthy top-edge. Wagner shifts a few steps to his right and settles under it 169/7
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    59.3 rash cricket. Not sure what he was trying to do. Sure you can look for boundaries, but this was bordering on the irresponsible. Backs away to slash but this short ball gets big on him, doesn't have the room as well but goes through with the stroke and ends up top-edging this to third man. 204/8
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    66.4 oh, what a jaffer! That's a brute from Boult. Top delivery. Good length ball, curves in towards his middle stump and Cummins plays down that line as he backs away slightly. But the ball swings away late and ends up making him look clueless as he's sticking his bat out loosely and takes out the off-stump 221/9
    66.5 and that's another one. Make that two in two. Another length ball, this time the movement is the opposite but it changes direction almost identically. Slanted across his off-stump and Gabriel takes his foot towards the line of the delivery. But it jags in off the seam and flattens his middle stump. Two top deliveries to wrap up the innings 221/10
    Extras
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    TOTAL
    221 all out (66.5 Overs, RR: 3.30, 294 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-5 (KOA Powell, 0.6 ov), 2-46 (SO Hetmyer, 13.3 ov), 3-90 (SD Hope, 23.4 ov), 4-112 (RL Chase, 30.4 ov), 5-117 (SW Ambris, 33.5 ov), 6-135 (KC Brathwaite, 40.1 ov), 7-169 (SO Dowrich, 50.1 ov), 8-204 (KAJ Roach, 59.3 ov), 9-221 (ML Cummins, 66.4 ov), 10-221 (ST Gabriel, 66.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    TG Southee1993421.7810
    TA Boult20.557343.5020
    C de Grandhomme1214023.3300
    N Wagner1527324.8600
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    7.1 oh, dear! What a loose shot. Raval really throws it away. Cummins strikes first ball. A shortish ball that's really a bit too wide for Raval who tries to fetch a pull. And it's not short enough either so he all he can do is manage a drag back into the hands of Cummins who takes a sharp return catch. Horrid stroke, honestly 11/1
    15.6 reward for being deadly accurate. Latham plays all around a length ball and is a dead duck. Spontaneous decision from umpire Rod Tucker. He angled this back in to the stumps, Latham looks to play this towards square leg/midwicket when he was better off playing towards mid-on. The only thing that could've saved him was an inside edge but here there was none. What's worse is he reviewed it in consultation with his captain. Waste of a review. This is one of the easier decisions Tucker would've made in his career. New Zealand lose a review 42/2
    28.1 oh, what a scorcher! Tell you what, that was too good for even Williamson. An absolutely unplayable delivery. This, in fact, would be too good for anyone. He has managed to get past the oft-impregnable defences of the New Zealand captain. A flawless yorker that rips in from outside off. Williamson jams the bat down but nothing he can do about it. Doesn't manage any sort of contact and loses his stumps. If ever there was a textbook display of a yorker, this was it. Ball of the match so far, methinks 100/3
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    30.6 first there was the yorker and now the short ball. They are both supreme deliveries. This one's angled across just enough to force Nicholls to play at it. He shifts back and jumps, but can't get on top of the bounce entirely and nicks off a catch to the wicketkeeper 111/4
    45.2 rush of blood for Santner, and he's holed out to long-on. Excellent catch from Ambris, this was swirling in the air for a long, long time. He called for it, ran in a few paces, settled himself underneath this and pouched it cleanly. Santner was looking to smash this over the commentary box, but didn't get to the pitch of the ball as Chase cleverly held his length back. That meant he only managed to hit this off the top part of the bat and skew it straight up in the air for someone to take it. 161/5
    56.4 he's rooted to the crease and plays outside the line as this length ball angles in to beat the inside edge and hit him on the back pad. Distance wise, it didn't have a long way to travel. Bizarre turn of events. Third umpire Ian Gould first goes back to Rod Tucker to say 'not out' because he didn't have any conclusive evidence of an inside edge, but he forgot to check for ball tracking. Then after a minute's confusion, he takes a look at the tracker which shows the ball would've smashed into the stumps. Tucker, who was about to raise his finger, is asked to wait before he makes the final decision. Plenty of confusion, but that is only because Gould forgot to check ball tracking in the first place. No problems, though. In the end, the right decision was made. 212/6
    60.3 nicked and right into the bucket hands of Powell at slip. The bounce did the trick. Blundell pushes at this with an angled bat when he could've perhaps let this go. The zip off the pitch meant this flew off the edge 235/7
    69.6 he can't believe he's just slapped this straight to point. This was short, had enough width and he's ended up slicing this to the fielder. Soft dismissal. 257/8
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    20 (b 4, lb 2, nb 12, w 2)
    TOTAL
    291/8d (77.4 Overs, RR: 3.74, 351 minutes)
    Did not bat: TA Boult
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (JA Raval, 7.1 ov), 2-42 (TWM Latham, 15.6 ov), 3-100 (KS Williamson, 28.1 ov), 4-111 (HM Nicholls, 30.6 ov), 5-161 (MJ Santner, 45.2 ov), 6-212 (C de Grandhomme, 56.4 ov), 7-235 (TA Blundell, 60.3 ov), 8-257 (N Wagner, 69.6 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    ST Gabriel1505223.4608
    KAJ Roach612804.6601
    ML Cummins1716934.0512
    RA Reifer1315214.0011
    KC Brathwaite903303.6600
    RL Chase17.415122.8800
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    13.1 Wicket No. 200 for Boult in Tests! Sixth New Zealander to do so. This is a poor stroke from the West Indies captain. Short of length outside off, he's lured by the width as he looks to steer this behind point, but the ball gets big on him as he looks to force it and flies to the right of gully where Kane Williamson comes up with a fine grab. Under the circumstances, you have to question the shot selection there, especially when trying to grind the bowlers down was the need of the hour. 43/3
    1.3 a ripper from Boult. Two deliveries after the hat-trick ball he has struck. They're checking if the ball has carried. Soft signal is out. Short of a length, angling in on middle and leg and straightening. Powell is squared up and gets an outside edge that is taken low by third slip. Seems alright there but the umpire wants to have a zoomed in look. Remember that soft signal is out, so need substantial evidence to overturn. Actually, no need of that because it has clearly carried. Pair for Powell and West Indies lose their first 4/1
    6.3 oh, what a terrible shot to play! With five minutes left in the day. Oh, dear! He's just caught in between on neither foot. Hetmyer just drills it with hard hands and straight into the hands of mid-off. It moved away slightly and he found the outside part of his bat 27/2
    19.6 that's another poor shot. Wagner strikes in his first over on the fourth day. And it's another decently-set batsman who has got out here. The inanity of these shots is just magnified so much because of the situation. In a chase of 400 when you are battling for survival he goes for an ambitious hook to a short ball and gets a top-edge for his troubles. Held at deep backward square leg 68/4
    51.1 and finally the partnership has been broken. Another short ball does the job. Wagner bangs it in and Chase cannot control his pull. Gets a top-edge that is snaffled by de Grandhomme running in from deep backward square leg. West Indies effectively seven down 158/6
    23.1 short ball, pitches outside leg, Ambris does well to drop it into the leg side after getting across. An ugly cross-batted shot but effective 80/4
    23.3 Dowrich bounced out second ball. He had done well the previous delivery to keep it down but that was angled across him. Now it's a more attacking line, comes in around his middle and leg line and he is forced to play at it. Does his best to get on top of the bounce but cannot keep it down. Knocked into the hands of forward short leg 80/5
    56.1 brilliant catch at gully. Williamson with a stunner. He just makes it seem so simple. Not prodigiously swinging or anything. Reifer just pays the price for going after a wide delivery and gets an outside edge. Williamson gets down to his left in a jiffy and sticks the left hand out to take a stunning catch 166/7
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    63.5 and that's the end of it. Santner finishes it off with a double-strike. A comprehensive win for New Zealand. A sliding length ball on middle and leg. Roach is playing the line but does not account for the turn as the ball rips away and takes out the stumps 203/9
    63.4 a similar shot and this time Boult takes it well. Tries to slog it big over deep midwicket and gets a leading edge. A thick one, off the outside of the bat and Boult just runs forward and settles under it. He seems unhappy, seems like he had the sun in his face again 203/8
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    TOTAL
    203 all out (63.5 Overs, RR: 3.18, 289 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (KOA Powell, 1.3 ov), 2-27 (SO Hetmyer, 6.3 ov), 3-43 (KC Brathwaite, 13.1 ov), 4-68 (SD Hope, 19.6 ov), 4-80 (SW Ambris, ), 5-80 (SO Dowrich, 23.3 ov), 6-158 (RL Chase, 51.1 ov), 7-166 (RA Reifer, 56.1 ov), 8-203 (ML Cummins, 63.4 ov), 9-203 (KAJ Roach, 63.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    TG Southee1937123.7300
    TA Boult1615223.2500
    N Wagner1554232.8010
    C de Grandhomme952002.2200
    MJ Santner4.501322.6800

Close of Play

  • Sat, 9 Dec - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 286/7 (TA Blundell 12*, N Wagner 1*, 87 ov)
  • Sun, 10 Dec - day 2 - West Indies 1st innings 215/8 (RA Reifer 22*, ML Cummins 10*, 64 ov)
  • Mon, 11 Dec - day 3 - West Indies 2nd innings 30/2 (KC Brathwaite 13*, SD Hope 1*, 8 ov)
  • Tue, 12 Dec - day 4 - West Indies 2nd innings 203 (63.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

West Indies 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st4KOA PowellKC Brathwaite
2nd23KC BrathwaiteSO Hetmyer
3rd16KC BrathwaiteSD Hope
4th25RL ChaseSD Hope
5th12SW AmbrisRL Chase
5th0RL ChaseSO Dowrich
6th78RL ChaseRA Reifer
7th8KAJ RoachRA Reifer
8th37KAJ RoachML Cummins
9th0KAJ RoachST Gabriel