Top 5 Tests between New Zealand and West Indies
We are only a few hours away from the commencement of the first Test of the New Zealand-West Indies series. The Windies tour the country for two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. The Test series will begin at Wellington.
So far, both nations have played 45 Tests with both teams winning 13 Tests each and the remaining 19 Tests ending in a draw. Over the past 65 years, both teams have played some exciting and amazing Test matches. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 Tests between New Zealand and West Indies.
#5 Dunedin, December 2013
West Indies toured New Zealand for a month between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. The first Test of that tour was held at Dunedin. West Indies won the toss and skipper Darren Sammy elected to field first.
New Zealand got off to a brilliant start with openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton both notching up fifties. However, the real treat for the fans was the partnership between Ross Taylor and skipper Brendon McCullum. The duo put up 195 runs for the fourth wicket and McCullum scored a steady 113 from 134 balls before being bowled by his opposite number Sammy.
However, Taylor continued to dazzle and scored his first Test double-hundred. He received brilliant support from BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner who scored 41, 35 and 37 respectively. The hosts declared their innings at 609/9 with Taylor remaining unbeaten on 217.
In reply, West Indies could only manage 213 with veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul scoring 76. The Kiwi bowling was remarkable with Tim Southee picking up four wickets while Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi picked up three and two wickets respectively.
West Indies were forced to follow-on knowing they may very well be on the verge of an innings defeat. However, Marlon Samuels made the difference by smashing 218. He received tremendous support from Kirk Edwards, Narsingh Deonarine and Darren Sammy who scored 59, 52 and 80 respectively.
West Indies scored 507 in their second innings and New Zealand were given a target of just 112 to win the match. However, Shane Shillingford restricted them to 79/4 at the end of the final day to draw the game.