New Zealand overcame the West Indies by 53 runs on the final day of the third Test at Bridgetown, Barbados, also taking the series 2-1.
The hosts battled hard but were bowled out for 254 in the evening session, having been set 308 to win after the Kiwis’ overnight declaration.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite did not last long for the West Indians, making just six before being bowled by Trent Boult in just the third over of the morning.
Kirk Edwards replaced him at No. 3 and partnered with Chris Gayle. The pair looked to apply themselves, but Edwards would be removed for 10 as Ross Taylor took a sharp catch.
At 23-2, the home side were already stumbling in the face of some superb bowling from Boult and Tim Southee before things got even worse. Having played an uncharacteristically defensive innings, Gayle was bowled by Southee, leaving the West Indians reeling on 31-3.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo were paired together and took their side past 50 and to drinks with no further losses. The two batsmen continued to bat well in the morning session, helped by a rain delay that forced an early lunch with the score at 72-3.
After the break, the players returned to better conditions, which would prove beneficial to New Zealand as they struck again with the score on 81.
Chanderpaul was drawn down the wicket by a flighted ball from Mark Craig and was stumped for the first time in his Test career by BJ Watling for 25.
It was a disappointing end for the left-hander, especially as he had applied himself so well in the morning, and the West Indies had difficulty once again.
Denesh Ramdin was brought to the crease to join Bravo and started aggressively to take his side past 100.
|West Indies 2nd Innings (308 to win)||NZ 1st Innings 293||WI 1st Innings 317||NZ 2nd Innings 331-7 dec.|
|C. Gayle||b Southee||11||38||33|
|K. Brathwaite||b Boult||6||3||8|
|K. Edwards||c Taylor||b Boult||10||17||11|
|S. Chanderpaul||st Watling||b Craig||25||98||70|
|D. Bravo||c Williamson||b Southee||40||147||98|
|D. Ramdin||c Taylor||b Southee||29||51||47|
|J. Holder||b Craig||52||117||79|
|K. Roach||c Latham||b Craig||7||21||18|
|S. Shillingford||Not Out||30||130||101|
|S. Benn||c Southee||b Wagner||10||12||10|
|J. Taylor||lbw||b Boult||12||28||21|
|Extras||2nb 1w 15lb 4b||22|
However, after his initial flurry things calmed down a little and the pair did well to prevent further losses and add some runs in relatively good time.
Their progress was halted by another rain delay, which came with the score on 115-4.
Shortly after returning to the field, the West Indies lost another wicket as Ramdin was caught at slip by Taylor off Southee for 29.
In his next over, the New Zealander managed to get the crucial wicket of Bravo—caught by Kane Williamson at gully for 40—with the hosts now 129-6 and staring at defeat.
With just the bowlers left, Kemar Roach would come and go for just seven, caught off Craig by Tom Latham at short leg.
Shane Shillingford was the new man and alongside Holder looked to block out in what was a seemingly helpless position. However, they took their side past 150, with Holder playing a particularly solid innings in his first Test match to lead the West Indian rearguard
Holder would bring up his half-century but was then removed as Craig bowled him through his legs for 52, meaning New Zealand needed just two wickets for victory.
Sulieman Benn would join Shillingford to try and avert defeat, but his early aggression would be his downfall as he spooned an easy catch to Southee at short cover off Wagner.
New Zealand would then take the new ball immediately to try and get the last wicket, which would help within a couple of overs as Boult caught last man Jerome Taylor leg before wicket for 12.
It meant West Indies were bowled out for 254 for a loss by 53 runs, their impressive defensive effort on the final day in vain.
New Zealand were victorious in the series by a 2-1 margin and managed to force a result despite some terrible weather.