West Indies 107-1 at tea, trail New Zealand by 279
Dec 04 2017 by Kathy Alvarado
After a staunch effort by the top order, the West Indies batting crumbled for a second time in the first test to hand New Zealand a win by an innings and 67 runs on Monday and a confidence-boosting lead in the two-match series.
But just like they did in the first innings, after going from 59-0 to all out for 134, the Windies capitulated as Matt Henry (3-57), Trent Boult (2-87), Colin de Grandhomme (2-40), Neil Wagner (2-102) and Mitchell Santner (1-25) tore through the visitors easily.
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The match also saw Wagner finish with his career-best figures of seven for 39 in the first-innings of the Caribbean side.
Blundell became the first wicketkeeper-batsman since 2007 to make a century on Test debut after surviving 35 balls in the nineties before raising his bat in celebration. Matt Henry took 3-57, removing both Hetmyer and Powell to expose the West Indies' vulnerable middle order then dismissing Chase.
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"We knew it was going to be a tough job to bowl them out, and it was".
"I thought in the first innings we were very fortunate".
"BJ's been a world class player for us for a number of years", he said.
"We just didn't handle it the way we should and we've got to find a way to be far more positive and assertive when it comes to short-pitched bowling".