Player of the Match
Player of the Match

And that's all she wrote folks. New Zealand come away with a 2-0 Test series result, and will be thoroughly pleased as they head into the ODIs in a couple of days. Hope you enjoyed the match over these last three and a half days. It has been a pleasure for me, and on behalf of Sanjay Murari, the scorer, this is Rohan Sharma wishing you good night, and good luck!

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand captain: It was an outstanding Test match and series. Commiserations to Darren and his team. Some choice words at times but it is how you should play. We are looking forward to the one-days now. Ross led the way with the bat and showed why he is a world-class player. He is one of the greats for us and so congratulate to him. The young bowling attack has also worked well for us. It's exciting, and we also have guys on the side who have tremendous talent as well. Some of the guys are really developing well, especially from Tim Southee and Trent Boult, and supported admirably by Corey Anderson and Neil Wagner. It's great fun to captain this side. We have had a tough time of late, but we have been putting in some pretty consistent performances of late. And these guys are a pretty easy bunch of guys to captain.

Darren Sammy, West Indies captain: Congratulations to Brendon and his team. I think once again we have had to learn a lesson at Test cricket. They played really well and batted and bowled better than us. We lost the series but there is a lot to learn, but we didn't show the required mental steel and toughness. It's the same story all over again. Bravo's double-hundred, Chanderpaul and Ramdin's hundreds are good, but we just haven't been consistent enough in Test cricket over a five-day period. The different format we can hopefully show a better side of us. We will have new players to bring in some new energy and hope bring the New Zealand public some entertainment over Christmas

Ross Taylor, Man of the Match: My mindset was the biggest thing I tried to work on. Pretty tough to play Test cricket and I worked on that. It was a very pleasing series for me, but winning the series was more important, especially by 2-0. A lot of people contributed, both in the set-up and others outside of that. The bowlers worked hard and to get a victory on day four is especially pleasing. Every time you score a hundred it's a proud moment. I am sure the West Indies side will come at us hard in the ODI series. Merry Christmas to all the NZ fans and everyone who has supported me.

A few words from NZC chief, David White, on the series and the ODI series starting on December 26

Time for the post-match presentation

We will be back in a few minutes for the post-match presentation

Rutherford manages to hit the winning runs as New Zealand have won this encounter against West Indies by eight wickets, which many wouldn't have picked, especially with the way the match was meandering to a draw on the third day afternoon. But the New Zealand seamers came back in a big way to win the final session, bowling West Indies out in their second innings for 103 to set up this victory. The New Zealand coach and backroom staff are visibly pleased with the effort, and so they should be, as New Zealand, who arguably should have whitewashed the West Indies after rain saved them on the final day of the 1st Test, but their go-slow approach cost them. Taylor, though, deserves the most accolades as he compiled scores of 217*, 16*, 129, 131 and 2* this series.

40.4
4
Deonarine to Rutherford, FOUR runs, and Rutherford seals things in style with a lovely drive through long-off to record a 2-0 series result for New Zealand
40.3
0
Deonarine to Rutherford, no run, pushes this one to the left of the bowler, all the way to long-on, but Rutherford doesn't want the single
40.2
0
Deonarine to Rutherford, no run, able to drive this one down to mid-off, but not for a single
40.1
0
Deonarine to Rutherford, no run, drills this tossed up delivery from Deonarine straight to silly mid-on

END OF OVER:
40 | 2 Runs | NZ: 120/2

  • Ross Taylor2 (8b)
  • Hamish Rutherford44 (113b)
  • Veerasammy Permaul7-1-29-1
  • Narsingh Deonarine1-0-2-0

Andy: "Sooo happy for Taylor to hopefully hit the winning runs!"

39.6
0
Permaul to Taylor, no run, looks to get this past Permaul on his right, but the left-arm spinner does well to reach it and throw it at the striker's end as the batsmen attempt a run
39.5
0
Permaul to Taylor, no run, this one is turned to the leg side, but can't beat the fielder
39.4
0
Permaul to Taylor, no run, this one is defended carefully to the leg side
39.3
1
Permaul to Rutherford, 1 run, on the pads and flicked to square leg for a single

Good news folks. We have a live feed again so can provide ball-by-ball once more.

39.2
1
Permaul to Taylor, 1 run,
39.1
0
Permaul to Taylor, no run,

END OF OVER:
39 | 2 Runs | NZ: 118/2

  • Hamish Rutherford43 (112b)
  • Ross Taylor1 (3b)
  • Narsingh Deonarine1-0-2-0
  • Veerasammy Permaul6-1-27-1
38.6
0
Deonarine to Rutherford, no run,
38.5
0
Deonarine to Rutherford, no run,
38.4
1
Deonarine to Taylor, 1 run,
38.3
0
Deonarine to Taylor, no run,
38.2
0
Deonarine to Taylor, no run,
38.1
1
Deonarine to Rutherford, 1 run,

END OF OVER:
38 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 116/2

  • Hamish Rutherford42 (109b)
  • Veerasammy Permaul6-1-27-1
  • Tino Best7-3-22-0

Shout out to Andrew for this: Andrew: "Just to let you know WI had an unsuccessful review for lbw against Rutherford before lunch, so have only one review left. Not going to make much difference now..."

37.6
W
Permaul to Williamson, OUT, and Williamson's fine innings come to an end as he is bowled by a short ball which kept lower than he expected. Wish I could provide you a greater visual, but we are doing this second-hand

KS Williamson b Permaul 56 (103m 83b 9x4 0x6) SR: 67.46

37.5
2
Permaul to Williamson, 2 runs,
37.4
0
Permaul to Williamson, no run,
37.3
1
Permaul to Rutherford, 1 run,

New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st33PG FultonHD Rutherford
2nd83KS WilliamsonHD Rutherford
3rd8LRPL TaylorHD Rutherford