Gayle, batting as one possessed was in a no nonsense mood as he smashed and plundered the Kiwis’ bowling attack. He raced to 50 in 28 balls – the second quickest by a West Indian in Tests.
When the dustup was all over, he had scored 80 not out with 7 fours and 6 sixes in a 46 ball of knock and a strike rate of of 173.91.
At the other end his opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite was left on 14.
However, it was not all easy going for the Windies as they were forced into day 5 in a match which many thought would have ended earlier.
New Zealand proved once again that they were no push over as the Windies seamers and spinners were made to toil before capturing the last two wickets.
The pair, Watling and Boult put on 99 for the ninth wicket as the Black Caps, resuming the day on 257 for eight, added 74 runs in the session. They were helped by a short rain break and negative tactics by West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin who set the field deep from as early as the first over, allowing both batsmen to pick off singles and ease any pressure.
West Indies 460 (Brathwaite 129, Bravo 109, Blackwood 63, Sodhi 4-96) and 95 for 0 (Gayle 80*) beat New Zealand 221 (Latham 82, Taylor 4-34) and 331 (Craig 67, Watling 66*, Williamson 52, Roach 4-74) by ten wickets
New Zealand won the first Test played at Sabina Park in Kingston.