Byline By – Vinayak Heliwal
New Zealand stretched their unbeaten run at home to 14 matches with a comprehensive win by an innings and 134 runs in the first test against the West Indies on Sunday.
The victory margin was the largest by New Zealand over West Indies surpassing the innings and 105 runs win at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in 1999 and Dave the host 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
The victory set up over the first two days when New Zealand captain Kane Williamson crafted a majestic 251 and helped New Zealand score 519 for seven in the first innings. After the huge first innings score, the hosts dismissed the tourists for 138 runs in their first innings midway through the third day.
West Indies then should a great fight as Blackwood and Joseph came through together at 89-6 and shared a 155 run partnership to ensure the game goes to the fourth day.
Blackwood resumed on 80 on Sunday and survived a dropped catch by Ross Taylor on 89 before he brought up his second test century with a single off Kyle Jamieson.
But he also fell for 104 shortly after Joseph was caught in the deep for 86 and Neil Wagner finished off the innings at 247 when he bowled Shannon Gabriel for a duck.
Williamson after winning the match said that it was a really good collective performance from their side and will look to play in the same way ahead.
We just weren’t good enough,” West Indies captain Jason Holder said. “Our bowlers tried, they passed the bat quite a few times.
Kane Williamson was declared as the Man of the Match for his commedable batting performance.
The second test starts at the Basin Reserve on December 11.