Trent Boult led New Zealand to their first Test win in more than a year yesterday when he produced career-best figures in a fiery bowling display that crushed the West Indies inside three days.
The West Indies lost 16 wickets on the third day as they handed New Zealand a comprehensive victory by an innings and 73 runs.
The West Indies resumed yesterday at 158-4 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand’s 441.
Unlike the first Test, which fizzled into a draw after the West Indies posted a match-saving 507 when forced to follow on, this time New Zealand did not ease up the pressure.
Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine negotiated the first seven overs with relative ease, adding 17 runs with no hint of the destruction that lay ahead.
With the first delivery of his fourth over, Boult found the outside edge of Deonarine’s bat, Ross Taylor took the catch at first slip and the collapse was under way.
Samuels, who had been the mainstay of the innings, had reached 60 when he found himself rooted to the spot against a swinging Boult delivery and edged the ball to wicketkeeper B.J. Watling.
Darren Sammy was bowled by the second delivery he faced and Shane Shillingford followed immediately. Tino Best survived the hat-trick delivery, but was bowled by another swinging Boult delivery.
After being forced to follow on, the West Indies made a solid start to their second innings, reaching 75-1 before falling apart.
Darren Bravo, who rescued the first Test in Dunedin with a double century, was out for a duck.
Apart from openers Kieran Powell (36) and Kirk Edwards (35), the only other innings of note was an unbeaten 31 from veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
They were forced to follow on when they collapsed to be all out for 193, and the second innings ended at 175.
Boult was the chief destroyer with 6-40 in the first innings, where his last four wickets came in the space of six deliveries.
In the second innings he returned figures of 4-40 and also pulled off a spectacular one-handed, diving catch when Denesh Ramdin (19) slashed at a Neil Wagner delivery.
It was the Black Caps’ first win in 11 Tests under Brendon McCullum, who replaced Taylor after their last success in Sri Lanka nearly 13 months ago.
The West Indies had success at the start of the match when they won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat on a green wicket, but from there they were outplayed.