New Zealand posted a comprehensive innings and 12-run win over West Indies in the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Monday to sweep the series 2-0.
The Kiwis wrapped up the win in little over an hour on the fourth day after the tourists resumed on 244-6 with captain Jason Holder on 60 and Joshua Da Silva on 25. But both were out for 317 midway through the first session, still 12 runs adrift from making the hosts bat again after they scored 460 in their first innings.
New Zealand dismissed the visitors for 131 in their first innings early on Sunday and captain Tom Latham had little hesitation in enforcing the follow on.
The home side also won the first Test in Hamilton by an innings and 134 runs.
The victory put New Zealand level with Australia on 116 points at the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings and they moved to third in the table for the World Test Championship final at Lord’s next year.
“Clinical is probably the word to use,” Latham told reporters. “The way we were able to set the game with the bat on the back of Henry’s innings was outstanding.
“On the back of that …to put a team back in twice in two matches was not going to be easy for the bowlers … but they kept coming time and again and did the job with the ball.
“So, yeah, clinical is a good word for it.”
The start of play on Monday was delayed for 20 minutes due to light rain falling in central Wellington but Tim Southee and Neil Wagner picked up the four wickets required, while Da Silva scored his first Test half century.
“When we batted in the first innings we didn’t set up the game very well,” Holder told reporters as to why his side had lost the game.
“We always say the first innings is really important to set the match up and we didn’t do that in this Test match.”