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West Indies vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, New Zealand Tour of West Indies, 2014

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New Zealand won by 53 runs | West Indies Vs New Zealand Live Score, 3rd Test

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McCullum: 'The series was outstanding. Credit to Denesh and his men for making it hard for us. We have had some outstanding performances from the guys. Tom Latham has had a good series, as did Mark Craig. Williamson keeps improving with each series. Our fast bowlers have been excellent, they have bowled well in overseas conditions and home conditions. You have to keep enjoying each other's success.'
Ramdin: 'Firstly, well done to Brendon and his team. We came out and fought hard in this match, we can take the positive from that. We have got the talent for the future, Jason Holder came out and showed his class. The lower-order of the New Zealanders kept pushing us and we couldn't roll them over. Kane Williamson played well for them and held up one end for them. That's how cricket is, hopefully we can improve in the next series. With our batting line-up we thought we can go in with an all-rounder but it didn't work out.'
Williamson: 'The game was in the balance and it was not easy out in the middle, so I am happy with my performance. I just go out there and try to do the basics right. Anytime you get a chance to contribute to the team's win it is going to be pleasant. It is nice to play all three formats and I like playing T20s.'
Williamson is the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series for his aggregate of 413 runs.
It was the first series for the West Indies under their new leader, Ramdin. They can take a lot of positives out of it. Their bowlers were excellent as they always kept them in the game. Benn and Taylor, making comebacks were excellent as they picked up 14 and 11 wickets respectively. Among the batsmen, Brathwaite came into the team for second Test and scored a terrific hundred. He also scored a fine fifty in the first innings of this Test. If they can sort out their batting, West Indies have the bowling to compete in any conditions.
It has been a well fought Test series. New Zealand started the series with a super win at Jamaica but the hosts came back well to level the series at Trinidad. Williamson was the pick of the New Zealand batsmen, he scored more than 400 runs and also hit 2 hundreds. Craig also had a superb series as he picked up 13 wickets and was the highest wicket-taker for the Kiwis.
McCullum leads his team off the field. Both teams exchange handshakes. A lot of credit should be given to the the New Zealand skipper who made a brave declaration at the start of the day. He showed the confidence in his bowlers and they repaid his faith by bowling out the hosts. Boult and Southee were the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets each. They started the downfall by picking up 3 early wickets. Chanders and Bravo defied them for a while but both men threw it away when they were well set. Then Holder and Shillingford batted sensibly as the pair stitched a 77-run stand for the 8th wicket. Once Holder went after getting his maiden Test fifty it was a matter of time for the visitors to complete the last rites.
82.2 Trent Boult to Jerome Taylor W
out Lbw!! New Zealand win the series 2-1! A perfect ball for the tail-ender. This was the inswinging yorker, Taylor fails to get his bat down and block it, the ball hits him flush on the boot, umpire Illingworth had no hesitation in raising his finger. Taylor reviewed but the Hawk-Eye showed that the ball was hitting the base of middle stump. Jerome Taylor lbw b Boult 12(21) [4s-3]
3 wickets for Trent Boult. Trent Boult is on a roll.
10 wickets down for WI. Out batsman is Jerome Taylor. It is all over for WI.
Taylor reviews an LBW decision. That looked OUT. Boult is fine with the no-ball. There is no bat involved. Taylor is gone
82.1 Trent Boult to Shane Shillingford 1lb
leg byes, 1 run, back of a length on legs, Shillingford misses the clip and the ball rolls off the thigh pad to the on-side, the fielder has a shy at the striker's end but fails to hit stumps, that would have been close
End of over 82, 0 runs (. . . . . . )
WI: 253/9
Jerome Taylor - 12(20) This over: 0 runs
Shane Shillingford - 30(100) This over: 0 runs
Tim Southee
(16.0 - 4 - 28 - 3)
81.6 Tim Southee to Jerome Taylor 0
no run, good length ball just outside off, shapes away as well, Taylor goes searching for it and is beaten
maiden over bowled by Tim Southee
81.5 Tim Southee to Jerome Taylor 0
no run, on a length around off, Taylor was in two minds whether to play or leave, in the end the ball goes off the face of the bat to gully, Williamson makes a fine stop
81.4 Tim Southee to Jerome Taylor 0
no run, yorker outside off, Taylor swings and misses, good take by Watling as the ball took off after pitching
81.3 Tim Southee to Jerome Taylor 0
no run, swing and miss, full and well wide of off, Taylor goes after it and there was huge gap between bat and ball

Match details

Toss : New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first

Man of the Series : Kane Williamson

Umpires : Richard Illingworth (England) and Ian Gould (England)

TV umpire : Rod Tucker (Australia)

Match referee : Javagal Srinath (India)

Teams

West Indies : Chris Gayle, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin(c & wk), Kemar Roach, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford.

New Zealand : Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum(c), James Neesham, BJ Watling(wk), Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Mark Craig, Trent Boult.

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