Windies all out for 134 against New Zealand

Faith Castro
December 2, 2017

New Zealand left-arm pacer Neil Wagner wreaked havoc in Windies camp in Wellington on Friday and returned with the figures of 7/39.

In reply New Zealand were 85-2 at stumps on day one, Jeet Raval not out 29 and Ross Taylor 12.

Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl on the verdant Basin pitch. After the visiting side progressed to 59 without loss, Wagner took charge as 10 wickets fell in 22 overs for only 75 runs.

The day belonged to Wagner, whose 7-39 outshone his previous best of 6-41 at Bulawayo past year and are the fourth-best figures by a New Zealand bowler.

"It was a bit of a weird day to be honest", Wagner said on Friday (December 1) after the day's play. I sort of got a bit anxious at one stage, they were looking quite comfortable. I felt terrible to be honest. At the start I just felt like I didn't have a great rhythm.

"We don't get wickets like that with pace and bounce back in the Caribbean".

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Opener Kieran Powell top scored with 42.

Wagner, who came in as the second-change bowler, had to alter his plans and adopted the short-ball strategy as a result.

Wagner then hit a purple patch as he ripped through the Windies' new generation of specialist batsmen in the space of four balls. "George will join the Test squad for the first time on the back of his form in First Class cricket over the past couple of seasons", ESPNcricinfo quoted Larsen, as saying.

Sunil Ambris, on debut, was out first ball when he stepped back onto his stumps while fending Wagner to leg.

Dowrich was run out by a direct hit at the non-striker's end in a mix up with Roach and Miguel Cummins was bowled for one playing down the wrong line, as West Indies limped to 105 for nine.

Neil Wagner's 7/39 are also the second-best figures in the World cricket in last 20 years in the opening innings of a Test match.

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