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Neil Wagner’s 7/39 leaves West Indies in tatters

  • Wagner had a staggering day with the ball.
Zubair Ahmed
Modified 01 Dec 2017, 15:09 IST
New Zealand v West Indies - 1st Test: Day 1
Wagner dismantled Windies' batting line-up to put New Zealand in a commanding position

After opting to bowl first on a green deck, New Zealand did not get off to the start they would have wanted, failing to pick a wicket until the 21st over. West Indies’ openers, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieron Powell looked settled before the former got out. That triggered the collapse as the West Indies batting line-up crumbled, being dismissed for a mere 134 off just 45.4 overs.

The destroyer was none other than Neil Wagner who registered his career-best bowling figures in Tests, securing seven wickets for 39 runs.

39/7 – These are the career-best bowling figures for Wagner in Tests. Moreover, these figures are the 4th best by a New Zealand bowler in a Test innings. In addition to that, he also registered the best bowling figures in Tests in 2017 by a pacer.

5 – Wagner’s 39/7 is the 5th best bowling performance in a Test innings in New Zealand.

0 – No other left-arm pacer has better bowling figures in New Zealand than Wagner’s 39/7.

24 – With seven wickets today, Wagner’s tally of 24 wickets in Tests against West Indies is the most he has against any opposition.

2 – Wagner’s 7/39 are the 2nd best figures by a fast bowler in the opening innings of a Test match in the last 20 years. Only Broad's 8-15 is better.

3 – Wagner’s bowling performance today is the 3rd best at Wellington.

West Indies' collapse and Wagner's destruction:


59-1 (21.5) - Wagner (caught)

75-2 (26.4)

79-3 (27.4) - Wagner (caught)

80-4 (27.6) - Wagner (caught-behind)

80-5 (29.1) - Wagner (hit-wicket)

97-6 (33.3) - Wagner (caught)

97-7 (33.4) - Wagner (bowled)

104-8 (35)

105-9 (36.3)

134-10 (45.4) – Wagner (caught)

West Indies were shot out for 134 runs, their worst 1st innings score in New Zealand since the 100 they managed in March 1987 at Christchurch. 

Published 01 Dec 2017, 15:09 IST
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