The 4th day of the Test ended with New Zealand on 331 for the loss of 7 wickets. Keeping in mind of the early swing of the ball, New Zealand made an aggressive move. They declared their innings at the start of the day’s play and posed a target of 308 runs for West Indies. New Zealand had to pick up early wickets to keep themselves in the hunt of a series win.
And they managed to succeed in their plan. Brathwaite was dismissed right in the third over of the game when he was completely deceived by Boult and he was bowled. Thus West Indies were put in the backfoot right from the start. Kirk Edwards came in next. He tried to build up a partnership with the Jamaican Giant, Chris Gayle but they did not manage to stick with their plans. In the 7th over to the innings, Edwards played a careless shot and was caught in the hands of Taylor and Boult struck in again for New Zealand. West Indies, with 2 down for 23 was in a huge spot of bother. Chanderpaul came in next for West Indies. He had to build up a strong partnership with Gayle as these two were the most experienced in the West Indian line up. Southee, who started the Kiwi bowling alongside Boult, picked up the big fish, Gayle in the 10th over of the game. Thus, West Indies were in a collapse. Darren Bravo came in next. West Indies were thus at 71 for the loss of 3 wickets at lunch.
The second session of the play started with West Indies being 3 down already. They needed the session to go well for them. It was Bravo and Chanderpaul. But even Chanderpaul did not manage to stay for long. West Indies were simply crumbling and were moving to the verge of defeat. Ramdin did not manage to stay at crease for long and he departed for 29. It was a fantastic display of bowling by the Kiwi players and they did not allow any opportunity for the batsmen to score freely. Bravo was dismissed by Southee at a score of 40. And with his wicket, the West Indies tail was on. Finally, at tea, West Indies were 161 for the loss of 7 wickets.
The last session started with New Zealand had to bag another 3 wickets and West Indies had to score 150 odd runs to win. It was Jason Holder and Shillingford at the crease. Both were steadying the West Indies innings and were moving ahead to the target. Holder completed his fifty. A fifty in the debut test has to be appreciated. But the partnership was broken by the dismissal of Holder by Craig. He was bowled. And with that West Indies lost their 8th wicket at 221. West Indies were on the verge of defeat and thus on the verge of losing the series. Benn came in next and he tried to assist Shillingford but not for long. After his dismissal, Taylor came in and New Zealand were thus a wicket away from victory.
Both of them were trying not to give the wicket. But on the 83rd over of the innings, Boult delivered an overpitched delivery and Taylor could not play the ball and he was adjourned LBW. He went for review but in vain. Thus, West Indies collapsed at a score of 254 runs and New Zealand thus won the match by 53 runs.
New Zealand with that victory clinch the series, 2-1.
New Zealand 1st Innings: 293 (Neesham 78, Benn 5/93); West Indies 1ST Innings: 317 (Brathwaite 68, Wagner 4/64); New Zealand 2nd Innings: 331/7 (Williamson 161*, Roach 4/55); West Indies 2nd Innings: 254 (Holder 52, Southee 3/28)