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The Kiwis Make The West Indies Pay Dearly

New Zealand defeated West Indies in the first test held at Hamilton by an inning and 134 runs. 

West Indies had won the toss and put kiwis to bat on a green top wicket. Despite a greenish track, West Indies bowlers managed to take only two wickets on the first day. 

Kane Williamson went on and on and didn’t give the bowlers many chances to come hard at him.

Gabriel and Roach took 3 wickets each but gave away too many runs after the second new ball. Holder didn’t pick up a wicket but was economical.

After 145 overs, New Zealand finally declared on 519 for 7, with skipper Williamson scoring his career-best 251 runs.

West Indies gave away too many runs on a wicket, which assisted the bowlers. 

West Indies had to bat for a long time to save the test as victory was out of the equation for them.

West Indies openers came out with a positive mindset as they played a proper old fashioned style of play by leaving deliveries outside off, solid defense, and not going too hard at the ball. They remained not out for the 26 overs by scoring 49 runs at the end of day 2.

But things changed the next morning dramatically as they lost the overnight batsman Campbell in the first over. From that wicket onwards, it was a typical west Indies collapse as wickets started to fall one after another.

Holder and Blackwood got starts but didn’t capitalize on it. Therefore West Indies were all out for 138 in the first inning. Dowrich didn’t come out to bat as he had injured himself while keeping.

As expected, the kiwis had enforced the follow on. It was not a big ask for a strong bowling line-up of New Zealand with the likes of Boult, Southee, Wagner, and Jamieson to pick up the remaining 9 wickets.

West Indies again were struggling at 89-6 as the top order failed miserably. Finally, in the end, the Windies batters had shown some fight by Blackwood, who scored a century, and Joseph worked hard for his 86 runs. But it was too little, too late for the West Indies even to come close to the total score of New Zealand. 

New Zealand bowlers bowled better line and length with consistency than West Indies, which helped them secure yet another win at home.

We had expected the Windies to at least compete against the Kiwis as they did in England not very long ago. It was a pretty one-sided affair, and honesty, it is not easy for any team to beat New Zealand at home. Commonly, matches finish quickly in 3 or 4 days in New Zealand as their pitches suit the bowlers a lot. 

West Indies batsmen need to pull up their socks and play big innings by scoring big centuries. At least two batsmen need to take up this responsibility of scoring big runs. 

Jason Holder said in post-match that “The preparation was good; we had two solid warm-up games. A little bit more application needs to be shown. We need to fight a little longer. We need answers and need quickly.”

Their bowling department gets a significant blow as Roach will return home due to his father’s death. The bowlers need to get the wickets with the new ball, especially the wicket of Kane Williamson.

New Zealand will be a confident team through summer and will be eyeing the second spot in the points table of ICC Test Championship.   

The advantage for New Zealand is that they play only the 2-match test series, which fancies their chance to score the points and increase their win percentage easily in the ICC test Championship.

Hopefully, we get some fight from West Indies in the next match. It will be a disappointing act if the Windies go out of tour without winning a single game in New Zealand.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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