New Zealand wiped out the West Indies second innings inside one session with a vicious spell of swing bowling on Saturday to take a vice-like grip on the third Test.
At stumps at the end of the third day, New Zealand were six without loss in reply, needing just 122 to win.
The West Indies, already down 1-0 in the series, were all out in their second innings for 103, after taking an 18-run lead in the first innings.
The dramatic collapse came a day after the West Indies claimed control of the Test when Sunil Narine’s spin variations mesmerised the hosts.
Only the staunch defiance of Ross Taylor, who made 131 – his third century in three consecutive Tests – enabled New Zealand to reach 349 in reply to the West Indies’ 367.
Meanwhile, Trent Boult, removed the West Indies top order with three wickets for one run in the space of 13 deliveries.
Denesh Ramdin (18) and Darren Sammy (24) added some fight but the innings ended when Tim Southee came back for a second spell. Boult finished with four for 23 and Southee three for 12.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 22nd, 2013.
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