New Zealand has maintained their stronghold on the fourth position in the ICC World Test Championship with a massive victory over the West Indies on day four of the first Test in Hamilton. West Indies’ pair of Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph put on a valiant batting effort in their follow-on innings that the hosts enforced after bowling the Caribbeans out for 138 in response to 519. With an innings victory, the Kiwis have accumulated 240 points.
New Zealand were dominant in the match as a whole from the word-go, beginning with Kane Williamson’s double-hundred and registering his highest score of 251. There were also half-centuries from Tom Latham and Kyle Jamieson, shaping the home side’s mammoth total of 519. West Indies openers started well though, putting on 53 for their opening stand; however, the Black Caps’ pace attack was too much to handle.
Tim Southee grabbed four wickets followed by Jamieson and Neil Wagner snaring two each to skittle the tourists for 138 and skipper Williamson decided to enforce the follow-on. The Caribbeans continued to slide in the second innings; however, the partnership of 155 between Blackwood and Joseph kept the Kiwis’ victory at bay and they needed only four wickets on the fourth day. Joseph was the first to go on the fourth day as Wagner ended with six wickets in the match to record a victory by an innings and 34 runs.