The West Indies cricketers are on course to suffer another defeat at the hands of New Zealand after another customary batting collapse on the third day of the third and final test at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The Windies had lost 16 wickets on the third day in Wellington to lose by an innings. If one thought their standards couldn’t plummet any further, one was to be proved wrong on the third day in Hamilton.
In far friendlier conditions for batting than Basin Reserve, their entire second innings lasted less than a session. It began after tea, and ended so swiftly that New Zealand had time left to face a couple of overs in their second small chase of the series.
He hit 131 while facing 264 balls in a knock that included 16 fours and 2 sixes and also shared in an important 50 run 6th wicket partnership with Corey Anderson who got 39.
Sunil Narine starred the bowling for the West Indies with a test best 6 for 91, while captain Darren Sammy picked up 2 for 69. There was also one wicket each for Tino Best and Veersammy Permaul.
With a small first innings lead of 18, the team from the Caribbean batting a second time failed to handle the bowling of Trent Boult and Tim Southee and were blown away for just 103 in 31.5 overs.
The longest anyone lasted was Marlon Samuels, who made 8 off 38 deliveries. The most runs anyone made was captain Darren Sammy, who struck six fours in a hopelessly frenetic 24 off 17 to nudge West Indies into three figures.
First innings centurions Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 20 and Denesh Ramdhin 18 while Narsingh Deonarine who made 13 was the only other West Indian batsman to get to double figures.
Boult ended with 4 for 23, Southee 3 for 12 and Neil Wagner 2 for 34.
New Zealand at the close of play reached 6 without loss and needing just 116 on the 4th day to secure victory.
Scores at stumps on day 3, West Indies 367 and 103, New Zealand 349 and 6 without loss.
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