New Zealand vs West Indies 1st Test: Tim Southee, Neil Wagner leave WI reeling as NZ bag 16 wickets on Day 3

New Zealand pacer Tim Southee took 5 wickets and Neil Wagner took 4 more as the hosts pushed the West Indies to the brink of a massive defeat in the first Test in Hamilton

West Indies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite departs in the first Test against New Zealand. (AP Photo)


  • West Indies had started the day at 49 for no loss but crashed to 138 all out in their first innings
  • In the 2nd innings they had a poor start and were reeling at 89/6 with 20 overs to go in the day
  • An unbeaten 107-run partnership between Blackwood and Joseph got them to 196/6 at end of Day 3

In a great display of fast bowling, New Zealand pacers twice ripped through the West Indies batting lineup on Saturday and took 16 wickets in the day to leave the visitors reeling at 196 for six in their second innings, still 185 runs behind the Kiwi score.

Tim Southee took 5 wickets in the day and Neil Wagner took 4 more as the Kiwis bowled out West Indies for 138 in their first innings after lunch, still 381 runs behind New Zealand’s 519 for seven declared and Kane Williamson had no hesitation in imposing the follow-on.

The second innings did not seem a lot better from West Indies as at one point they were down to 89/6 and still had 20 overs to face in the day. It looked like New Zealand would be able to crush the Windies by a huge margin and complete the game within 3 days.

But middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood (80 not out) and Alzarri Joseph (59) showed some resistance and took the tourists to 196 for six in their second innings and kept them from becoming the fifth team to be dismissed twice in one day.

What made matters worse for the West Indies is their wicket keeper-batsman Shane Dowrich was unable to bat due to a finger injury that he sustained earlier. The Windies will hope that he will be able to come out on Sunday and add to the resistance that Jason Holder’s team has showed so far.

West Indies lost 16 wickets in the day

West Indies had started the day at 49 for no loss in their first innings in response to New Zealand’s massive score of 519/7 and while John Campbell hit the first ball from Tim Southee to the boundary, things then rapidly went downhill.

They lost their first three wickets for just the addition of two runs, which set a pattern for their day, when they produced small partnerships only to lose wickets in bunches in the face of a disciplined and clinical bowling performance.

Sensing victory later, however, New Zealand’s attack lost some of their discipline and Blackwood and Joseph, who brought up his first test half century with a six off Trent Boult, capitalised.

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