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As it happened: West Indies vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4


Cricketnext Staff
Jun 30, 2014 at 05:22pm IST

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Day-3 Round-up: Kane Wiliamson and Brendon McCullum lifted New Zealand to 123 for 3, a lead of 99, at stumps on the third day. Early strikes by the West Indies bowlers put the tourists under pressure in their second innings but an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 55 between Wiliamson and McCullum steadied the ship.

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Both batsmen had their moments of good fortune but Williamson's unbeaten 58 and the captain's 23 not out have given their team a fighting chance going into the fourth day on Sunday of posting a competitive target in this series decider.

As it happened: West Indies vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 4

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson batting during day three. (WICB)

Commentary (West Indies 2nd Innings)

New Zealand get the trophy and they start celebrating. That's it from us then! Join us back for the 2-match T20I series which starts from 5th July, 1400 local time and 2330 IST. Good bye and take care!

Man of the Series - Kane Williamson. He says any time he gets a chance to score for his side, he tries to respond with a good score. Admits he likes T20s and it's a fun format. He wants to adapt in all formats of the game as a lot of cricket being played these days and he does not want to miss out on any games.

Man of the Match - Kane Williamson says the game was in the balance and was just great to get support from the other end. He adjusted to the conditions and tried to score as many as he could.

New Zealand won the first Test but West Indies came back hard to win the second. The third and final Test was a close contest too as West Indies didn't give up quickly. This series win will be a massive boost for the Kiwis.

Jason Holder was the lone batsman to go past the 50-run mark. He got good support from Shillingford but Mark Craig came back to dismiss their 77-run stand. Boult, Southee, Craig got three wickets each while Wagner got one.

NEW ZEALAND WIN THE 3-MATCH TEST SERIES 2-1! Brilliant performance from the Kiwis to win the final and deciding Test! They posted a decent total on the board in their first innings but West Indies got a 24-run lead when they batted. New Zealand then gave a target of 308 to the hosts which they failed to chase!

82.2 Boult to Taylor, OUT! That's plumb! Full on middle, Taylor tries to play but gets hit on his boot right in front of the stumps. Huge appeal for a leg before wicket and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Taylor takes the review but replays confirm it was dead plumb as it would have hit the stumps. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 53 RUNS! 254/10

Appeal for an LBW and given out. Taylor takes a review.

82.1 T Boult to Shillingford, On the pads, Shillingford tries to tuck but the ball goes off his thigh pad towards the square leg fence for four leg byes. 254/9

81.6 Tim Southee to Taylor, No run. 253/9

81.5 Tim Southee to Taylor, Landed outside off, Taylor tries to leave it alone but gets an edge to the gully region. 253/9

81.4 Tim Southee to Taylor, Full ball outside off, Taylor goes after it but the ball goes from below the bat to the keeper behind. Watling does well to collect that one. 253/9

81.3 Tim Southee to Taylor, Length ball outside off, Taylor goes after it but misses. 253/9

81.2 Tim Southee to Taylor, Outside off, another left alone. 253/9

81.1 Tim Southee to Taylor, Landed outside off, Taylor leaves it alone. 253/9

Drinks break!

80.6 T Boult to Shillingford, FOUR! This time he clips and the ball races to the fine leg fence as Boult bowls on his pads again. 253/9

80.5 T Boult to Shillingford, The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. 249/9

80.4 T Boult to Shillingford, Down the leg side again, Shillingford tries to clip but misses. 249/9

80.3 T Boult to Shillingford, Outside off, Shillingford tries to play but gets beaten. 249/9

80.2 T Boult to Shillingford, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 249/9

80.1 T Boult to Shillingford, Down the leg side, Shillingford goes after it but misses. 249/9

New ball available and it's taken straightaway. Boult to bowl reviews refreshed as well....

79.6 M Craig to J Taylor, Flighted outside off, Taylor tries to defend but gets an inside edge to the leg side. 249/9

79.5 M Craig to Taylor, Down the leg side, Taylor leaves it alone. 249/9

79.4 M Craig to J Taylor, FOUR! Back to back boundaries! Outside off, Taylor goes hard at it but gets an outside edge through gully for a boundary. 249/9

79.3 M Craig to Taylor, FOUR LEG BYES! On middle and leg, Taylor tries to play but the ball goes off his thigh pad to the boundary rope for leg byes. 245/9

79.2 M Craig to Taylor, Landed outside off, Taylor plays it to point. 241/9

79.1 M Craig to Shillingford, Outside off, Shillingford guides it towards third man for a single. 241/9

78.6 N Wagner to Taylor, FOUR! Fine shot! Fullish outside off, Taylor lofts it over the mid off region. The fielder was inside the circle and the ball races away to the boundary rope. 240/9

78.5 N Wagner to Taylor, Down the leg side, Taylor leaves it alone. 236/9

78.4 N Wagner to Taylor, Full on off, Taylor drives it back to the bowler. 236/9

78.3 Wagner to Taylor, NOT OUT! Horrible review! Fuller one around off, Taylor digs it out to the off side. Wagner thinks it went off Taylor's boot and convinces McCullum to take a review. Replays show the boot was nowhere near the ball and it was off the bat. Not out it is! 236/9

Appeal for an LBW turned down. New Zealand take a review....

78.2 N Wagner to Taylor, Landed outside off, Taylor defends it off his front foot. 236/9

78.1 N Wagner to Taylor, Outside off, Taylor plays it to point. 236/9

77.6 M Craig to Shillingford, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 236/9

77.5 M Craig to Shillingford, Outside off, Shillingford defends it into the ground. 236/9

77.4 M Craig to Shillingford, Fullish outside off, Shillingford drives it to covers. 236/9

77.3 M Craig to Shillingford, Outside off, Shillingford comes down the track and defends. 236/9

77.2 M Craig to Shillingford, Around off, Shillingford defends it watchfully. 236/9

77.1 M Craig to Shillingford, On middle and leg, Shillingford leaves it alone. 236/9

76.6 N Wagner to Taylor, Outside off, Taylor plays it to point. 236/9

76.5 N Wagner to Taylor, FOUR! Well played! Around off, Taylor lofts it over through mid on. The ball goes over the batsman at the non-striker's end and races away to the boundary. 236/9

76.4 N Wagner to Taylor, Fullish outside off, Taylor drives it towards cover-point. 232/9

Jerome Taylor is the last man in.

76.3 N Wagner to Benn, OUT! And Wagner strikes! Fullish outside off, at 133.4 kph, scrambled seam, Benn tries to drive through the cover region but the ball goes straight to Southee at short cover who makes no mistake. New Zealand need one more wicket to win! 232/9

76.2 N Wagner to Benn, Outside off, Benn defends it into the ground. 232/8

76.1 N Wagner to S Benn, Fullish outside off, Benn drives it to covers. 232/8

Neil Wagner back into the attack.

75.6 M Craig to Shillingford, On middle, another solid defensive shot. 232/8

75.5 M Craig to Shillingford, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 232/8

75.4 M Craig to Shillingford, Fullish around off, Shillingford defends it once again. 232/8

75.3 M Craig to Shillingford, Around off, Shillingford comes down the track and defends. 232/8

75.2 M Craig to Shillingford, Outside off, Shillingford tries to play but gets beaten. 232/8

75.1 M Craig to Shillingford, Full on off, Shillingford flicks it to the leg side. 232/8

74.6 K Williamson to Benn, FOUR! Shortish outside off, Benn cuts it through the backward point region for a boundary. 232/8

74.5 K Williamson to Benn, Outside off, Benn defends it solidly. 228/8

74.4 K Williamson to Benn, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 228/8

74.3 K Williamson to Benn, FOUR! Just missed the stumps now! Around off, Benn tries to defend but gets an inside edge which just goes past his stumps for a boundary. 228/8

74.2 K Williamson to Shillingford, Outside off, Shillingford tries to defend but the ball goes off the pads to the off side. The batsmen take a leg bye. 224/8

74.1 K Williamson to Shillingford, Flighted on off, Shillingford defends it solidly. 223/8

73.6 M Craig to Benn, Shortish outside off, Benn punches it past point for a couple to get off the mark. 223/8

73.5 M Craig to Benn, Full on off, Benn prods it solidly off his font foot again. 221/8

73.4 M Craig to Benn, On middle and off, Benn comes onto his front foot and defends. 221/8

Sulieman Benn is the next man in.

73.3 Craig to J Holder, OUT! Bowled him! Flighted on middle, Holder tries to play it across by going on his back foot. He misses it completely on this occasion and the ball crashes onto his middle stump. Finally a breakthrough for the Kiwis! Holder departs after a fighting fifty on his debut. He gets a standing ovation. 221/8

73.2 M Craig to S Shillingford, Full on off, Shillingford comes down the track and lofts it to long off for a single. 221/7

73.1 M Craig to S Shillingford, Outside off, Shillingford goes for the drive but gets an outside edge through gully for a couple. 220/7

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