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Boult recorded his maiden ten-wicket haul
New Zealand left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult registered his maiden ten-wicket haul as the Black Caps won their first Test match of 2013 after thrashing the West Indies by an innings and 73 runs on the third day of the second Test in Wellington.
Boult was well supported by Tim Southee, who took five wickets during the match, and batsman Ross Taylor, who scored a magnificent century.
Starting out the day on 158/4, West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine managed to convert their 39-run partnership into a 56-run partnership before Deonarine was caught at first slip by Ross Taylor off the bowling of Boult for 22.
Just two overs later, Samuels was on his way back to the pavilion after being caught behind off the bowling of Boult for 60.
Samuels’ fantastic knock of 60 came off 81 balls and included 11 boundaries.
Following Samuels’ dismissal, Boult absolutely ripped through the West Indies’ lower order and almost before anyone knew it, the men from the Caribbean were all out for a dismal 193.
Boult was the star of New Zealand’s bowling attack as he picked up six wickets, while Southee and Corey Anderson chipped in with two wickets apiece.
This was Boult’s third five-wicket haul.
With the West Indies still trailing by 248 runs, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum decided to enforce the follow-on.
His decision looked to be a bad idea early on as the West Indies’ opening pair of Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards put together a brilliant 74-run partnership before Powell was clean bowled by Southee by 36.
Darren Bravo was dismissed the very next over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Neil Wagner for a duck.
Just three overs later, Edwards was the victim of a stunning catch by Kane Williamson at gully.
Samuels only managed to make 12 runs this time before being brilliantly caught by Anderson at third slip off the bowling of Southee.
Things went from bad to worse for the West Indies as Deonarine was clean bowled by Boult for 12 runs as well.
The West Indies’ collapse resumed after the tea break as Boult took an eye-popping catch to dismiss wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for 19.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Boult.
Sammy reviewed the decision, but it went in vain as the third umpire upheld the original decision.
Shane Shillingford only managed to make one run before edging a delivery from Wagner to Taylor at second slip.
Tino Best smashed a quickfire 21 before being caught by Peter Fulton at second slip to become Boult’s third victim.
Boult picked up his tenth wicket of the match just two deliveries later as Shannon Gabriel was clean bowled.
Boult’s maiden ten-wicket haul gave New Zealand a convincing inning and 73-run win.
Boult was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers once again as he claimed four wickets, while Southee snapped up three, Wagner added two and Anderson chipped in with one.
Sammy was extremely disappointed with his team’s performance, and said: “They got a big score and bowled really well to back it up. Looking at Boult’s drop and the dollies that we dropped, we didn’t bat well, we didn’t bowl well.
“The wicket does a bit but you have to stay out there in the middle, we weren’t able to do that. It isn’t all doom and gloom. We were in a good mood after Dunedin. We”ll look to dust ourselves off and come back well in Hamilton.”
McCullum was ecstatic to have led New Zealand to their first Test win of 2013.
“I’m delighted for these guys,” he said. “We were creating chances. Winning is something to cherish and its the first one for some of the guys so we’ll enjoy ourselves now and will regroup tomorrow afternoon.”
Boult was named Man of the Match for his ten wickets.