It all began at the opening of Kyle Jamieson, where questions were asked in just six deliveries. In-swinger, Fuller Wala, who takes an edge off John Campbell, a gaff to send back Roston Chase. A very close leg-before at a hat-trick ball, a passionate review and a yorker who only misses his line . . Jamieson opened his spell.
Thus, it was a bit surprising, that he ended up taking five wickets – his second in just four Tests. When the Wellington Test stumped on day two, leading New Zealand to West Indies, which at 122- 8 was reduced.
The West Indies were undone by some superb bowling by Tim Southee and Trent Boult upfront who bowled 13 overs between them. He kept the pressure on and batted hard to get the batsmen to score their runs with 23 coming from that spell. Bowling the two left-handed bowlers gave both early momentum at different lengths, and although they missed their lines early. Southee struck quickly, cramping Craig Brathwaite for room as the ball slipped. Was shaped away to get a thick outer edge. He then took a quick return catch to send back a very disappointed Darren Bravo as New Zealand took an early lead.
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Wagner kept things tight from his end as well. But it was the extra bounce that was Jamison’s key to upset batsmen swinging at good pace as the West Indies slipped to 29 for 4. . Tests at the Basir Reserve Reserve began to follow the script of the Hamilton Test for tourists. Which did not speak much of Germain Blackwood being barred against the Clinical New Zealand unit.
It seemed that Blackwood, who scored a century in Hamilton in the second innings, was playing an entirely different Test. Blackwood hit 11 fours in the bowling and kept the West Indies alive with a brilliant innings of 69 runs. He made his end while the wicket fell on the second until he was not out on a long delivery from Southee which forced the edge. . Once Blackwood departed, it was only a matter of time before New Zealand dug deep.
Henry Nicholls’s 174 and Neil Wagner’s entry, 66 not out, were already dismissed by Jameson at 66 and declared themselves right on the international stage.
The West Indies had three drop catches, a wasted review, two over fifty runs to stand and 128 runs in five overs for two wickets in the first session. Nicholas raised his overnight score to 174 before being dismissed shortly after lunch following his charm in the middle. However, the morning session was of Wagner, who achieved his highest test score in his 50th Test.
Wagner fired from all guns and attacked from the start, damaging the West Indies and deferring their attack. The West Indies continued with a short-ball pole against him, for which he was punished, as he hit four sixes and eight fours in an unbeaten 66 of 42, and added 94 runs for the ninth wicket with Nicholls.
The story of this test, however, has to be the number of dropped catches. The last time the West Indies dropped as many catches was in 2009. Resuming the day at 294 for 6, Alzarri Joseph brought the West Indies to success after the first hour, with Jamieson playing the edge and Southey. Subsequently, Wagner entertained audiences in the Basin Reserve after being given two lives. Nicholas seemed much more solid on the morning of Saturday (12 December). As he did all of yesterday’s work, mainly due to the fluidity of his colleagues at the other end. Jamieson and Wagner offered him full support as New Zealand scored a significant total.
Brief Score: New Zealand 460 (Will Young 43, Henry Nicholls 174, Daryl Mitchell 42, Neil Wagner 66 *; Shannon Gabriel 3-93, Alzarri Joseph 3-109, Camer Holder 2-110, Roston Chase 2-54) Lead West Indies 124/8 (Jermaine Blackwood 69; Tim Southey 3-29, Kyle Jamison 5-34) scoring 333 runs.