New Zealand sweeps series with 240-run-victory in Second Test

 . Last updated on December 12, 2017, 2:10 PM
New Zealand sweeps series with 240-run-victory in Second Test
Tom Lathams century knock was crucial for the hefty lead. The player was awarded Player of the Match.

New Zealand won the second Test against West Indies by a massive 240 runs, after the bowlers wobbled the latter’s inning at Seddon Park. The spearhead attack was from the bowlers, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner. While, Boult removed the top order, Wagner dismantled the middle order. Santner ended the tail taking down two wickets by the end. Tim Southee removed two wickets.

An intensive attack from New Zealand bowlers restricted any long partnership in the inning. The 78-run stand between Roston Chase and Raymon Riefer emerged as the best starch of the inning. Chase scored the highest run beating 64. The next high tally was 32 off Kemer Roach, at the lower order. With the victory, New Zealand swept the two-match series with 2-0.

West Indies was in contest in the first day of the match. New Zealand’s first inning lead was 152, after which New Zealand added another 291 into the tally. For West Indies the match went off hand when they could restrict the host in their second inning. Tom Latham scored a century with other two half centuries in the inning. His addition was crucial for the win, for which, Latham was awarded Player of the Match. Still, the visitors played less compared to an expected play in the inning. West Indies ran out of wickets in 63.5 overs scoring 203 in the inning. In the final day, Neil Wagner’s dismissals incurred the strongest attack on Indies. He picked 3 wickets, including that of Roston Chase.

The fall of wickets in the inning followed a definite interval, that started when Trent Boult removed Keiron Powell in the second over. Southee attacked Hetmyer in the seventh over reducing West Indies to 27 for 2. Boult took down Braithwaite, the opener, at 20. Until Chase and Riefer started to bat, the inning was devoid of partnerships. Chase was contained after 51 overs sliding the team to 158 for 6. Reifer played until the 56th over, ending his strike at 29.


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