Trent Boult was the star of the show as New Zealand took 16 wickets on Day 3 to claim victory by an innings and 73 runs in the second Test in their series against the West Indies.
The men from the Caribbean were dismissed cheaply in their first innings for 193, before crumbling after a positive start in their second for just 175.
Boult grabbed 10 wickets for the match, including a devastating spell early in the day which saw him claim four wickets in six balls. He has been the pick of the New Zealand bowlers in the two Tests thus far this summer, with an efficient, easy-looking action and a very good seam release. With this he has been able to get plenty of movement, making it swing around and through the West Indies batting line-up and at times looking almost unplayable.
He finished with match figures of 10/80, taking 6/40 in the first innings and 4/40 in the second. Nine of these wickets came on Day 3.
Tim Southee too had a memorable day, taking 3/27 in the second innings, dismissing three of the West Indies' top four batsmen after applying good pressure.
It must be said though that this is a very average West Indies team. Without Chris Gayle opening, their batting line up does not pose any real fear and the usually reliable Shivnarine Chanderpaul has looked uneasy, often reaching for balls that should be left.
Their bowling attack has had little to write home about either, struggling on a green pitch that they should have skittled the Black Caps on after sending them in. Without Kemar Roach spearheading their attack, they lack any genuine pace and they have been bowling far too short to expect to get wickets.
But ultimately you cannot begrudge New Zealand their win. It is one that they have been looking for all year, being just their first Test victory of 2013, after going close twice against England in March and also against the West Indies last week in Dunedin.
They are a very young team that looks to have a bright future. Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson are all young men who have plenty of years ahead of them and will only get better. Expect these four to play a key role in the New Zealand bowling line-up in the years ahead.
Alongside this, they have a far matured Ross Taylor and a classy Kane Williamson anchoring their batting line-up, with the ever improving BJ Watling as their keeper-batsman.
These two sides will meet once more in Hamilton, in a match that will begin on Thursday. With the series at 1-0 in the favour of New Zealand, a win is a must for the West Indies, while the New Zealanders can be contempt with a draw to claim the series.
Perhaps it will be more prudent to wait until 2014 to judge this New Zealand side though. India will be on their shores later in the summer and they will offer far stiffer competition.
|West Indies Second Innings (following on)|
|KA Edwards||c Williamson b Southee||35||130||83||1||0||42.16|
|KOA Powell||b Southee||36||112||74||5||0||48.64|
|DM Bravo||c †Watling b Wagner||0||3||2||0||0||0.00|
|MN Samuels||c Anderson b Southee||12||35||17||2||0||70.58|
|S Chanderpaul||not out||31||123||75||3||0||41.33|
|N Deonarine||b Boult||12||27||17||2||0||70.58|
|D Ramdin||c Boult b Anderson||19||34||30||3||0||63.33|
|DJG Sammy||lbw b Boult||0||6||6||0||0||0.00|
|S Shillingford||c Taylor b Wagner||1||7||6||0||0||16.66|
|TL Best||c Fulton b Boult||21||24||18||3||1||116.66|
|ST Gabriel||b Boult||0||3||2||0||0||0.00|
|New Zealand second innings bowling|
|Corey J Anderson||11||1||29||1||2.63|
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