New Zealand complete Test series sweep

Phillip Cunningham
December 13, 2017

Spinner Mitchell Santner picked up the final two wickets of Miguel Cummins (nine) and Kemar Roach (32) in two balls in an extended post-lunch session on Tuesday to dismiss the tourists for 203.

The two-match series against the West Indies was New Zealand's first since March and in winning both matches inside four days, New Zealand is halfway through its domestic test schedule this summer.

Even though a victory was a foregone conclusion by then, debutant Raymon Reifer showed tremendous resistance alongside Roston Chase as the duo put on 78 for the sixth wicket.

New Zealand won the first match of the two-Test series by an innings and 67 runs in Wellington.

It is the second-heaviest defeat New Zealand ever inflicted on a side chasing in the fourth innings after the 254-run win over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo a year ago.

New Zealand paceman Neil Wagner hit Ambris on the wrist, forcing him to retire injured on just five runs. Chase was finally out for 64, having batted nearly three hours, and Reifer lasted 2-1/4 hours for 29.

"The way we were able to keep putting pressure on them with the ball and bat was a credit to the way we executed our plans", said captain Kane Williamson.

"It's about individual performances, It's their last opportunity in Test match cricket for a good number of months now".

Neil Wagner of New Zealand celebrates his wicket of Shane Dowrich.

The West Indies bowlers plugged away determinedly for chunks of the day.

Brief scores: New Zealand 373 (Jeet Raval 84; Shannon Gabriel 4-119) & 291/8 decl.

In the first innings of the second Test, his misfortune continued when he became the first person to step on his stumps in consecutive Tests.

Wagner, who used leg theory to take 7-39 in the first innings of the first test, hit Shai Hope on the forearm with a short delivery early in the day, then quickly claimed his wicket before he settled. He made an immediate impact as Hope tried to pull a short delivery but only managed to get a top edge that was pouched by the fielder at long leg.

"We didn´t bat well". "Tough loss, but we saw on the bouncy pitches that we have to be better with our shot selection and we need to be more incisive".

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