About the Match
New Zealand leads the series 1-0 after their innings win against West Indies in the first test; the two sides will take on each other in the 2nd Test match to be played at Hamilton from 9th December. The visitors performed poorly with the bat and will have to make amends here if they want to keep the series alive. The Kiwis, on the other hand, displayed an all-around performance and will bank upon the strong middle-order and their fast-bowlers to dominate yet again. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges on the field to emerge victorious here.
Pacer Neil Wagner finished with 9 wickets in the first test, helping the hosts strangle the West Indies in their batting efforts. He took 7 wickets in the first innings and Trent Boult dismissed 2 opponents to get the visitors all-out for a meager 134. The second innings saw the speedsters come together again to stun the Windies with Henry taking 3 wickets and Boult, Grandhomme and Wagner taking 2 wickets apiece. Spinner Santner also dismissed one opponent to get the Windies all-out for 319 and win the match by an innings and 67 runs.
Grandhomme and Tom Blundell posted brilliant centuries in the first innings to take their total to 520; Ross Taylor contributed with 93 runs while Henry Nicholls scored 67. Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval posted a 65-run stand and can provide a solid foundation for the upcoming game too. They have good resources with the bat, and the middle-order’s sturdy performance makes them a tough unit to beat.
The team has started the series on a positive note with an emphatic win in the first match and the players’ morale is high to repeat the performance again over the weekend.
The batsmen put up a dismal effort in the first test with players like Brathwaite and Powell failing to build a good foundation. Youngsters like Hetmyer, Hope, Chase, Ambris and Jason Holder couldn’t keep the scoreboard ticking, and they were all-out for 134 in the first innings. In the second innings, Brathwaite put up a better show, scoring 91 runs; Powell posted 40 runs while Hetmyer scored 66 runs while chasing a gigantic target of 520 but they had to surrender to defeat by an innings and 67 runs.
Fast-bowler Kemar Roach did well to take 3-85 while Cummins and Chase dismissed 2 opponents each. Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel contributed with a wicket each and bring variety to the attack. They have talented resources and could try to fire from all fronts in the upcoming match.
The batsmen need to pull up their socks and try to build steady partnerships if they want to redeem themselves here.
New Zealand has a well-balanced team with in-form batsmen and bowlers, who can help them outwit the visitors again. The Windies are a talented lot but need to strategize well against the hosts if they want to make a comeback and keep the series alive; however, we feel that the Kiwis will continue with their winning form, and register another big win in the second test.