New Zealand complete innings victory in Wellington
New Zealand 520-9 dec (Blundell 107no) beat
West Indies 134 & 319 (Brathwaite 91) by an innings and 67 runs
First Test, Wellington, day four
A collective effort from the New Zealand bowlers on day four saw them wrap up West Indies for 319 runs to seal an innings victory in the first Test in Wellington and claim a 1-0 unassailable lead in the two-match series.
The visitors could not quite repeat their heroics from day three during which they posted 214 for two and were folded out in 40 overs after adding just 105 more runs to it.
Trailing by another 172 runs, the overnight pair of Kraigg Brathwaite (91) and Shai Hope (37) added just 12 runs in the first 10 overs. The pressure eventually got the better of Brathwaite as he was trapped LBW by Mitchell Santner (1-25). New Zealand had to use a review to overturn the original decision of not out.
New Zealand took the second new ball when it was available and even though it costed them four boundaries in quick succession, Trent Boult (2-87) had Hope caught at gully before Matt Henry (3-57) castled Roston Chase (18). Sunil Ambris (18) looked good for a brief amount of time before lunch but West Indies were in deep trouble at 286 for five.
The first ball after lunch saw Colin de Grandhomme (2-40) had Ambris caught in the slips and the wickets continued to tumble as the lower and middle order failed to show any fight and West Indies were bowled out for 319 runs.
Wagner claimed a total of nine wickets in the game that secured him the man of the match award.
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