Trent Boult sparked a West Indies batting collapse with test-best figures as New Zealand broke their year-long winning drought in spectacular fashion in Wellington today.
New Zealand secured victory in the second cricket test by an innings and 73 runs at the Basin Reserve after skittling West Indies for 193 and 175 before the end of the third day.
It was New Zealand's first win under captain Brendon McCullum in 11 tests this year, with their previous test victory against Sri Lanka in Colombo in November last year.
McCullum said he never envisaged the test ending in such a hurry when they arrived this morning.
"Everyone is very happy and I think it'll sink in over the next couple of hours what we've been able to achieve. We forced the result through excellent batting and bowling, and our catching and fielding in general was superb. We played near on the perfect test match. I know the guys will enjoy a couple of quiet ones tonight," he said.
Boult, meanwhile, said it was the best he'd felt in his 19-test career.
"Everything did feel pretty good. Conditions were suiting any swing bowler; a good breeze and overhead conditions backed that up. Things just seemed to feel good and happen for me. It was very satisfying," Boult said.
"It was one of those days where things seemed to fall my way. Easily one of the best days I've had in test cricket, personally and from a team perspective. Nothing I'm going to forget in a hurry."
It was also the Black Caps' first test win at home in nearly two years, since they beat Zimbabwe in Napier in January 2012.
Left-armer Boult produced his best innings and match analysis, taking 6-40 in a blistering spell this morning and ending with match figures of 10-80.
It was the 10th best by a New Zealand test bowler. Boult's previous best match haul was 7-75 in the Colombo win.
Boult took a brilliant diving catch to remove Denesh Ramdin for 19 in the second innings.
Ramdin cut a Corey Anderson delivery to point, where Boult flung himself and grabbed the chance in his left hand in one of the best catches seen in a home test in recent years.
New Zealand's victory ended a run of seven tests without a win at the Basin Reserve.
There was little indication of the collapse to follow as West Indies resumed day three on 158-4 in their first innings, trailing by 283.
Boult got the ball to swing viciously with the help of the Wellington northerly from the RA Vance Stand end.
He ran through the West Indies middle order with five wickets in 15 balls, shattering the stumps of Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford and Tino Best, all without scoring.
Boult's haul was his third five-wicket bag in test cricket and topped his previous innings best of 6-68 against England in Auckland in March.
West Indies trailed by 248 on the first innings, and McCullum consulted with his bowlers before asking the tourists to bat again, as he did in the Dunedin draw when the tourists fought back before rain denied New Zealand in their run chase.
This time there was meek resistance from West Indies after an opening stand of 74 between Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell.
McCullum let the pressure off slightly as he rotated his bowlers and kept Boult and Tim Southee fresh.
Southee returned after lunch with a sharp spell of 3-19, , while left-armer Neil Wagner removed Dunedin double-century-maker Darren Bravo for nought, caught behind.
Boult finished the job, trapping Sammy in front without scoring and skittling Shannon Gabriel to end the match with nearly two hours of playing time remaining on the third day.
West Indies lost their last five wickets for 29.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was 31 not out as he watched helplessly from the other end.
New Zealand go to Hamilton for the third test on Thursday with an unbeatable 1-0 series lead.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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