New Zealand crushed West Indies – 3rd Test

New Zealand 349 and 2-124 (Kane Williamson 56, Hamish Rutherford 48*, Darren Sammy 1-21) beat West Indies 367 and 103 (Sammy 24, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 20, Trent Boult 4-23, Tim Southee 3-12) by eight wickets.

The Black Caps Bulldozed the Windies in the third Test after another depleted batting performance by the visitors who lost the encounter with a big margin.

The Caribbeans piled up 367 runs in the first innings and surrendered for 103 in 31.5 overs. The Kiwis smashed 349 runs in the first one and achieved a small target of 124 after losing two wickets.

Ross Taylor (New Zealand) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his outstanding innings of 131 runs.

The third and final Test of the series concluded on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

Ross Taylor - A match winning hundred
Ross Taylor – A match winning hundred

Earlier, the home side started the chase of 122 runs at six without any loss whereas Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were at the crease at 4 and 0 runs. The first was caught and bowled by Darren Sammy for 10 as the score reached 33 and was replaced by Kane Williamson. The run rate was dropped considerably and the fifty of the innings was posted on board in the 21st over.

The boundaries started pouring in later and Williamson attained his 12th Test fifty in the process. The second wicket partnership was dislodged at 113 when he was clean bowled by Veerasammy Permaul for 56 runs. Hamish Rutherford remained unbeaten for 48 and Ross Taylor was at the other end at two as the Black Caps thrashed 2-124 in 40.4 overs.

New Zealand triumphed in the final encounter by a hefty margin of eight wickets and clinched the series at 1-0.


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