New Zealand seized a huge win against West Indies on day four of the first test, beating them easily by 186 runs.
Chasing a target of 403 in the second innings, West Indies were never at the game as they were losing wickets regularly. At one stage, they were 76 for eight, losing their main batsmen Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
On the other hand, Mark Craig (pictured above) had a memorable debut for the Black Caps as he continued his good form from first innings to second. He took another four wickets in the second innings for 97 runs, making it eight wickets in total for him in the test.
Leg spinner Ish Sodhi gave Craig good support by picking up three wickets while fast bowler Tim Southee grabbed two. For West Indies, no particular batsman was able to find a grip in the middle except Shane Shillingford who scored a quick fire 53 of just 29 balls but it was already too late.
New Zealand did not have a good start on their second innings either as they lost their first five wickets only for 55 runs. At the end, they declared on 156 for the loss of eight wickets. Due to their healthy lead in the first innings, it made the target pass 400 which was too much to ask for.
Mark Craig has been announced man of the match.
The second test will held on June 16, 2014 at Port of Spain. – Md Zahin
Top photo from BLACKCAPS Twitter page.