Sent in on a pitch which yielded some early bounce and movement, West Indies lost three wickets for 28, but when rain ended play for the day just before tea Greenidge and Kallicharran had advanced the score to 166. With Hadlee suffering from an ankle injury, New Zealand's attack was not sharp. Play was not resumed until 1.00 p.m. on the second day, and Greenidge and Kallicharran proceeded quite comfortably to 190, their stand of 162 equalling West Indies' fourth-wicket record against New Zealand. However, Greenidge's departure preceded some ill-disciplined batting. Kallicharran, Murray, Lloyd and Garner all went to wild attempts to hit across the line of the ball, and on a good batting surface the last seven wickets fell for 38. It was an incredible display. New Zealand batted, without loss, for seven overs before play ended ninety minutes early.

After losing Wright to the first ball of the third day, and Webb three runs later, New Zealand took control. Batting for almost six hours, Howarth made his fifth Test century and there was sound support from Parker and Coney. New Zealand had six wickets in hand when they passed West Indies' score, and the bowling became very ordinary as Hadlee hit his first Test century in only 115 minutes and from 92 deliveries (eleven 4s and two 6s).

West Indies batted again, just after tea on the fourth day, facing a deficit of 232, and in perfect conditions they prospered. Greenidge and Haynes put on 225 for the first wicket, only 14 short of West Indies' opening record against all countries, before Greenidge was out in the 90s for the second time. Haynes hit his second century of the series, Rowe reached three figures in three hours, and King helped himself to a century in little more than two hours of inconsequential cricket.