New Zealand thump Windies by 240 runs, sweep series 2-0

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New Zealand thump Windies by 240 runs, sweep series 2-0

Brief Scores:

New Zealand- 373 (Jeet Raval 84, De Grandhomme 58, Gabriel 119/4) and 291/8 dec(Taylor 107*, Cummins 69/3) beat West Indies-221 (K Brathwaite 66, Boult 73/4) and 203 (Chase 64, Wagner 42/3) by 240 runs

Ross Taylor’s 17th century and Neil Wagner’s 3 wickets in the second innings helped New Zealand crush a sorry West Indies team by 240 runs in the second Test to clean sweep the visitors. This was the third time Kiwis have clean swept their opponents in the last 4 series.
Chasing a target of 444 runs in the last innings, West Indies were bundled out for just 203 runs as Wagner picked up 3 wickets while Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner picked up 2 wickets each. Roston Chase was the top scorer with 64 runs while Kemar Roach(32) and Raymon Reifer(29) tried to defy the Blackcaps’ bowlers but to no avail, they were left too much to do.

After being invited to bat first New Zealand rode on a fine performance from opener Jeet Raval, who scored 84 runs, and a half century from Colin de Grandhomme(58) to post 373 runs in the first innings, Shannon Gabriel picking up 4 wickets while Kemar Roach picked up 3.

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In reply, Captain Kraigg Brathwaite scored 66 runs but could not motivate his team as they were bowled out for just 221, handing over a lead of 152 runs to the Kiwis. Trent Boult picked up 4 wicket while Grandhomme, Wagner and Southee picked up a couple of wickets each.

Kiwis then saw themselves struggling a bit in the second innings, but a half-century from Kane Williamson and a century from Ross Taylor, which took him to 17, helped them post 291/8 before they declared, setting Windies a target of 444 runs to win the match.

Unlucky Ambrose

After being dismissed on golden duck in his first innings, and that too through hit wicket, Sunil Ambrose became the first player to be dismissed hit wicket in back to back Tests. Just when we thought that he could not get any more unlucky he was retired out in the second innings after being hit by bouncer, that fractured his arm.

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