Byline by- Vinayak Heliwal
New Zealand joined Australia atop world cricket’s Test Ranking on Monday as it beats West Indies by an innings and 12 runs in the second test to sweep the two-match series.
New Zealand maintained their second spot in the Test rankings on Monday after thrashing West Indies by an innings and 12 runs to sweep the two-match series.
The tourists resumed on 244-6 with captain Jason Holder on 60 and Joshua Da Silva on 25 but we’re dismissed soon enough for 318 midway through the first session, still 12 runs from making the hosts bat again after they scored 460 I’m their first innings.
New Zealand had already dismissed the visitors for 131 in their first innings early on Sunday with captain Tom Latham had no hesitation in enforcing the follow on.
After winning the match Latham told reporters. “Clinical is probably the word to use,”The way we were able to set the game with the bat on the back of Henry’s innings was outstanding. On the back of that …to put a team back in twice in two matches was not going to be easy for the bowlers … but they kept coming time and again and did the job with the ball. “So, yeah, clinical is a good word for it.”
The win lifted the Kiwis to 116 points, just behind Australia (116) on decimal points, and also extended their unbeaten home run to 15 tests.
A clean sweep of Pakistan in a two-test series starting later this month will give New Zealand a chance of competing with Australia and India for a place in the June final.
The ICC test championship started last year and involves nine teams each playing six series for points on a home-and-away basis, with the top two meetings in the final. Australia and India are meeting in a four-test series starting Thursday.