After battling it out for 26 overs on day two without losing a wicket, it seemed West Indies had come for a fight in New Zealand. However, on day 3 of the first Test in Seddon Park, Hamilton, West Indies lost 16 wickets and are on the cusp of a heavy Test defeat as New Zealand put up a clinical performance. Tim Southee took four wickets to strengthen his good record in Hamilton as West Indies were bowled out for 138. Following on, West Indies were reduced to 53/5 and it took a 107-run stand between Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Jospeh to give some respectability.
Starting the day on 53/0, Tim Southee and Trent Boult dismissed the openers in the first three overs of the day and from that point on, it was a downhill slide. With regular wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich suffering a hand injury, West Indies already lost a batsman. The quartet of Southee, Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner continued to torment the batsmen as West Indies struggled. Wagner and Jamieson took two wickets apiece while Boult ended with one wicket as the Windies were all out for 138.
Following on, Southee, Wagner, Boult and Jamieson once again ran through the top order as West Indies were reduced to 89/6 in the second innings and prospects grew of a three-day finish.
Blackwood, Joseph fight
However, Alzarri Joseph and Jermaine Blackwood launched a blistering counter-attack. The Windies scored at over four runs per over.
Blackwood and Joseph found ample success with aggressive methods. While the New Zealand bowlers tempted them to play their shots early on, the quick scoring pushed the hosts back with their plans and forced them to alter it. While Blackwood brought up his fifty by inside edging a ball for a boundary while looking to fend it, Joseph reached the mark with confident backfoot pull for a six. Even as the duo calculated their attack better as the partnership prospered, they didn’t hold back from playing their shots even in the final overs of the day.