The fourth day of the First Test between West Indies Vs. New Zealand was pretty much eventful and has decided the fate of the match in favour of the kiwis. The kiwis dominated the day with their all-round performances and won the match by 186 runs. 16 wickets fell in today and defeat was inflicted upon West Indies. New Zealand lead the test series by 1-0.
They day’s play started with the overnight score for New Zealand being 14 for the loss of 2 wickets and with Tom Latham and Ish Sodhi at the crease with 51 and 4 runs respectively. The Kiwis struggled much in the first session and it belonged to the Caribbean men. They made a rocking start with their speedster Jerome Taylor striking 2 wickets in the very second over of the day in the form of Sodhi and Ross Taylor. Jerome Taylor had the chance of taking a hat-trick but the Kiwi skipper, Brendon McCullum blocked his hat-trick chance and thus Taylor could not pick up the hat-trick. Thus the Kiwis were in a huge spot of bother with 4 down at only 14 runs on board. McCullum and Latham steadied the innings for the Kiwis and they managed to somehow restrict the quick fall of wickets. The partnership contributed a vital 41 runs. Brendon McCullum was then dismissed at a score of 17 runs off 63 balls by Shillingford. Then Jimmy Neesham came in and also assisted Latham in the partnership. Latham played brilliantly on one end and he stood firm. The first session of play concluded with West Indies at 96 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Latham and Neesham were at the crease with 51 and 14 runs respectively.
The second session was yet another eventful one. The first wicket of the session fell in the form of Neesham and he was dismissed by Shillingford. The partnership between Neesham and Latham contributed 63 runs for the team. Latham continued to play brilliantly and at the same time, he also played sensibly enough. He kept his calm while wickets kept falling on the other end. Finally, he was dismissed by Roach at a score of 73 runs off 181 balls. A well-played innings thus came to an end. The kiwis were at that stage, 143 runs for the loss of 7 wickets and they were leading by 389 runs. Jerome Taylor was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies with 3 wickets for just 28 runs. Finally, New Zealand declared their innings at a score of 156 runs for the loss of 8 wickets and they posed a target of a whooping 403 runs before West Indies to win. The target was never going to be easy and thus the kiwis had the upper hand in the game right from the start of the 4th innings of the match. To add to the misery of the Caribbean men, both of their openers in the form of Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell departed inside the first 4 overs. West Indies were struggling at 2 down for 15 runs at tea.
The last session started with Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards at the crease. New Zealand kept on dominating over West Indies and slowly the game was going out of the hands of the Caribbean men as wickets kept falling. Both Edwards and Bravo were dismissed without making a significant mark to the chase. It was once again the debutant, Mark Craig for the kiwis who came up with outstanding bowling spells. He kept on taking wickets at frequent intervals. For the second consecutive time, Marlon Samuels was dismissed for a duck and disappointed with his performance when his side needed him the most. Chanderpaul, once again stood firm at one end while wickets kept on falling at the other end. Ramdin and Chanderpaul started to build a partnership but the saddest thing happened for West Indies when they were only at 76 runs when they lost Chanderpaul. This was a huge blow and defeat seemed inevitable from that moment. Dinesh Ramdin was the only recognized batsman left at the crease. Dinesh Ramdin remained at the crease while wickets fell on the other end. Roach scored 19 runs when he was dismissed. Wickets kept falling and even Ramdin was dismissed at a score of 34. West Indies were 9 for 134. Then a partnership built up between Shillingford and Benn but even the game was out of their reach by the time. Shillingford scored an unbeaten knock of 54 runs. The last wicket fell at the score of 216 runs and thus New Zealand lost the game by 186 runs.
It was yet another test defeat for the Caribbean men. Nothing went right for them in the day and they did not able to compete to the least.
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