It’s all over for West Indies
An innings & 12 run loss. Wagner picks this last wicket — full, straight and Gabriel is bowled and New Zealand have closed in on the top spot in ICC Test rankings with this win. Having gotten there with back-to-back inning victories in the not the best of conditions (remember they batted first on absolute green mambas) and without their best player in this game is just commendable.
Kyle Jamieson (11 wickets) is the Player of the Series. Henry Nicholls (160) is the Player of the Match. Here’s the Day 4 report.
Wagner ends Joshua Da Silva’s resistance
A handy 57 for the keeper-batsman before he succumbs to the Neil Wagner’s first over today. Nip-backer that raps him plumb in front. Even DRS cannot do anything about that, as Joshua soon finds out. Still 22 in front are the Kiwis. Can the visitors make them bat again?
Joseph falls after cameo
Three boundaries and two sixes in his 12-ball 24 but Alzarri Joseph finally succumbs to a change in angle from Southee. Round the wicket and short of length, Joseph just ends up glancing that behind,and Watling completes a good catch.
Holder falls early on Day 4
Eight balls in and that was enough for New Zealand. Tim Southee, after a wayward start to the day, produces an absolute beauty that beats Holder’s outside edge and then bowls him.
Earlier, the play started 20 minutes late.
Day 4, Wellington
Hello and welcome to the day’s play. Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva have managed to take the game into the fourth day with an unbeaten 74 run stand but the finish line isn’t too far off for the hosts. They only need to take four wickets for 85 runs to register an innings win. How quickly can they get there — that’s the question.
Half an hour out from the start, there’s light rain falling in Wellington.