New Zealand move up in WTC ladder with 2-0 win
New Zealand have moved to No.3 in ICC World Test Championship table after an innings and 12 runs victory over West Indies in the second Test in Wellington.
The Kiwis rattled West Indies for 317 in 79.1 overs in the morning session of day four. West Indies were 244/6 overnight with skipper Jason Holder and debutant Joshua Da Silva at the crease.
Tim Southee sent back Holder as the first wicket of the day. Holder made 61 runs from 93 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes.
Alzarri Joseph had a bit of fun with the bat, hitting 12-ball 24 but in the end, his side had to succumb yet another innings defeat. Da Silva, the wicket-keeper batsman, scored his maiden Test half-century – 57 off 86 with 6 boundaries.
Neil Wagner and Trent Boult took three wickets each. Southee and Kyle Jamieson made two scalps each after gaining five-fors in the first innings.
Tom Latham-led New Zealand made 460 in their first innings after being asked to bat. In reply, West Indies were dismantled for 131, which showed their way to follow-on.
The hosts take the series 2-0, marking their 15th Test unbeaten at home – the longest in their history.
New Zealand are placed third with 62.5% points, eclipsing England’s 60.8%. Australia (82.2%) and India (75.0%) are leading the table
The win also puts them (116.375) even closer to No.1 position in the Test rankings. Currently, Australia are holding the top-spot with 116.461 points.
New Zealand 1st innings: 460 in 114 overs (Nicholls 174, Wagner 66*; Gabriel 3/93)
West Indies 1st innings: 131 in 56.4 overs (Blackwood 69; Southee 5/32, Jamieson 5/34)
West Indies 2nd innings (f/o): 317 in 79.1 overs (Campbell 68, Holder 61; Wagner 3/54, Boult 3/96)
New Zealand won by an innings and 12 runs
Player of the Match: Henry Nicholls
Player of the Series: Kyle Jamieson