Jason Holder held out New Zealand and prevented them from a victory in three days with a stoic half century and led the West Indies to 244 by 6 when stumps were removed in the Basin Reserve, prematurely due to bad light. After being asked to go ahead, the West Indies will be satisfied with the stomach they showed in the second inning after a meek surrender in the first to be eliminated by 131, conceding a 329-run lead.
Led by half a century of John Campbell, with Shamarh Brooks as company in between, the West Indies managed to keep New Zealand hunting without giving them too many chances. Although they lost windows in groups when they did, it was the associations in between that made the difference. The Campbell-Brooks partnership scored 89 runs and da Silva-Holder’s 74 while the West Indies stayed alive in the second test, albeit only narrowly, when bad light stopped the game, losing 85 runs.
It was no surprise that Holder and Da Silva’s wagon wheel showed runs predominantly coming from the side of the legs. New Zealand’s persistence with the short ball and long deliveries caused the pair to throw almost all the others. Jerks reached the limits on a few occasions with seven fours and two sixes in Holder’s unbeaten 60, while da Silva was happy to have the best seat in the house as a capable ally of his patron with 25 in his seventh tier that dressed below New Zealand pacemakers, the day progressed and hitting seemed to have gotten a lot easier.
After the Campbell-Brooks stand held New Zealand at bay, the hosts regained momentum with three fast wickets after tough resistance. Campbell had scored the majority of his square runs from the wicket on both sides to reach his second half-century of testing. He faced something short and went through coverage for eight limits, while Brooks had four in his 36. Neil Wagner consistently posed questions, beating batters a few times, but was unlucky enough not to get into the wickets. There was a possibility when they appealed for a leg, before it was rejected, it would have had to be overturned if New Zealand had decided to review with three reds, but Wagner was ultimately rewarded when he forced Brooks to deliver at a lean angle. some extra bounce.
Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite came out with an attacking mentality in the second West Indies dig after a poor start in the first. They did 37 runs together without letting the bowlers settle with their lengths. With Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee returning respective five-wickets in the first innings, Boult slipped between wickets with two wickets in an over that sent Brathwaite and Darren Bravo back.
Jamieson then got Roston Chase one more time for a duck, who copied a pair in the Test, and followed him with Campbell’s big wicket, ending his resistance when the batter dragged one that was leaning in. Boult returned to test hitters with some high-quality bowling, despite going for nearly five years today. Boult, however, was rewarded with the important wicket of Jermaine Blackwood, who fell shortly after Tea with his stump half knocked out, joining Holder and da Silva.
It had taken New Zealand 20 minutes earlier in the day to start the last two wickets in the West Indies. Da Silva was left contemplating whether to leave or play an outswinger before Shannon Gabriel cleaned up when Southee returned a five-wicket drive alongside Jamieson. It was the first time since 2014 that all 10 wickets were taken by New Zealand right arm bowlers in one inning.
While the West Indies have done well to put up a better show in the second inning, New Zealand is just four wickets away from a sweep in the two-game series.
Quick Scores: New Zealand 460 (Will Young 43, Henry Nicholls 174, Daryl Mitchell 42, Neil Wagner 66 *; Shannon Gabriel 3-93, Alzarri Joseph 3-109, Chemar Holder 2-110, Roston Chase 2-54) leads West Indies 131 (Jermaine Blackwood 69; Tim Southee 5-32, Kyle Jamieson 5-34) and 244/6 (John Campbell 68, Shamarh Brooks 36, Jason Holder 60 *; Trent Boult 3-75, Kyle Jamieson 2-43) by 85 careers.