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    3rd Test, Day 1, NZ vs WI: as it happened

    Denesh Ramdin (107) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (94*) stitched a 200-run stand to revive West Indies to 289 for 6 at stumps on day one against New Zealand.

    For ball-by-ball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl.

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    The hosts kept the same side that beat the visitors by an innings in the second Test. "We will bowl first. It looks like a good wicket and there is a bit of live grass. So we need to put it in the right areas. We know that West Indies will hit us hard but we need to up our game. We are playing the same team," NZ skipper Brendon McCullum said at the toss.

    West Indies, on the other end, West Indies made quite a few changes. "We would have done the same thing had we won the toss. We have to assess the conditions quickly and put up a decent total on board. Narine comes in for Shillingford, Bravo was hit yesterday during practice so he misses out and Braithwite comes in, Gabriel misses out as Permaul replaces him," said Windies skipper Darren Sammy.


    New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Peter Fulton, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

    West Indies: Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Sunil Narine, Tino Best, Veerasammy Permaul

    Commentary (New Zealand 2nd Innings)

    The Test series is over but the ODI series begins on Boxing Day, i.e., 26th December, 2013, starting at 0100 GMT (0630 IST). It is the first of 5 one-day internationals followed by a couple of T20Is. West Indies do not have Gayle or Pollard in their side, but one can expect a better fight in the limited overs series. That is all we have for you from here. Do join us back for the ODI series. Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

    Brendon McCullum gets the trophy and the entire Kiwi team poses for the team photograph with the trophy.Open the champagne bottles! Congratulations to New Zealand! Great scenes for the home team.

    Victorious Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum says that it was an outstanding Test match and series. Mentions commiserations to his counterpart and adds that his side will have a sterner examination when the Kiwis tour the Windies in a few months' time. Praises his entire team, especially his bowlers, who, he believes, were phenomenal. Feels that his side has played some good cricket at home and it feels nice to get some results. On the young side, he says that they are an easy bunch to captain as they love to play for their country.

    West Indian skipper Darren Sammy congratulates McCullum and his team-mates and admits that his side have once again been taught a lesson. Still, he feels that there was a lot to learn. Accepts that the West Indies lacked the mental ability to fight in this series. On Narine, he says that you do expect someone to do something brilliant for the team, be it Narine, Bravo or Chanderpaul but there was no consistency and his team was not mentally prepared for the battle. Hopes that the ODIs come as a refreshment and some exciting cricket is played.

    ROSS TAYLOR HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for scoring 495 runs in the series. Says that he made some technical adjustments and most importantly, changed his mindset of predominantly playing on the leg side and looked to play straight. Is pleased with the 2-0 series win and praises the bowlers. On his innings, he says that he got some luck at some stage or the other. Believes that his team needs to be wary of the West Indies' ODI team who will come hard at them. Wishes the crowd Merry Christmas.

    David White, New Zealand Cricket's CEO, congratulates both the teams for an outstanding series. Thanks the sponsors for making this series possible. Has a mention for Ross Taylor who had an outstanding series. Looks forward to the ODI series beginning on Boxing Day and touts it as an important one as it marks the Kiwi preparations for the ODI World Cup in Australia in 2015. Wishes one and all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    When this series was about to start, it was touted as one between two balanced sides. However, West Indies' dismal batting and an impotent bowling attack meant that they were never a competitive opposition. Sunil Narine gave some respectability to the visitors. Their biggest positive would be Denesh Ramdin who managed to score some runs in this series. Of course, not to forget the brilliant double hundred in vain from Darren Bravo in the first Test. Had it not been for the unsporting weather, the Kiwis would have whitewashed the Windies.

    Plenty of positives for New Zealand from this match and series. Ross Taylor has struck some excellent form while Corey Anderson is realizing his true potential as an all-rounder. Trent Boult, who was having a rough time, finally made a mark in the last two Tests.

    This was shaping up to be a good Test match, with the West Indies battling to 367 having been 86/5 at one stage. The Kiwis then stuttered but managed to get close to the West Indian total. If only West Indies had batted decently in their second innings, we would had a match nicely set up for tomorrow.

    A comprehensive victory for the Black Caps. But this did not seem coming until the third session yesterday, which the West Indies would like to forget. They have got into a bad habit of collapsing in the second innings and yesterday just added fuel to that.

    40.4 N Deonarine to H Rutherford, FOUR! There it is! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 8 WICKETS! Floated outside off, Rutherford comes forward and drives this wide of mid off for a boundary to seal the match and series! THE KIWIS WIN THE 3-MATCH TEST SERIES 2-0! 124/2

    40.3 N Deonarine to Rutherford, Pushes this down the ground but for some bizarre reason does not take the single! 120/2

    40.2 N Deonarine to Rutherford, Outside off, pushed straight to extra cover. 120/2

    40.1 N Deonarine to Rutherford, Ooohhh.. full and right in the slot on middle, Rutherford mistimes his slog to short mid-wicket. 120/2

    39.6 V Permaul to Taylor, Pushes this past the bowler, sets off for the single but cannot get it as Permaul collides with Rutherford. Has to hurry back. 120/2

    39.5 V Permaul to Taylor, This time he flicks it straight to short mid-wicket. 120/2

    39.4 V Permaul to R Taylor, Full on middle and leg, watchfully pushed towards mid-wicket. 120/2

    39.3 V Permaul to Rutherford, Tucks this through square leg for a single. 120/2

    39.2 V Permaul to R Taylor, Pushes this towards mid on for a quick single. 119/2

    39.1 V Permaul to Taylor, Short outside off, Taylor cannot connect with his cut. 118/2

    38.6 N Deonarine to Rutherford, Pulls this straight to mid on. 118/2

    38.5 N Deonarine to Rutherford, Mistimes his slog to mid on. 118/2

    38.4 N Deonarine to R Taylor, Pushed down to mid on for a single. 118/2

    38.3 N Deonarine to Taylor, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 117/2

    38.2 N Deonarine to Taylor, Looks to drive, gets a leading edge which does not carry to the bowler! 117/2

    38.1 N Deonarine to Rutherford, Full on middle, driven through mid on for a single. 117/2


    ROSS TAYLOR to complete the final rites...

    37.6 Permaul to K Williamson, OUT! Shorter length delivery, Williamson fails to connect with his pull and his stumps are disturbed. 116/2

    37.5 V Permaul to Williamson, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They manage to come back for the second. 116/1

    37.4 V Permaul to Williamson, The batsman dances down the track but decides to defend it. 114/1

    37.3 V Permaul to Rutherford, Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 114/1

    37.2 V Permaul to Rutherford, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 113/1

    37.1 V Permaul to Rutherford, Full outside off, watchfully defended. 113/1

    36.6 T Best to Williamson, Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 113/1

    36.5 T Best to Williamson, FOUR! Landed outside off, upper cut over the slips to third man! 113/1

    36.4 T Best to Williamson, Full outside off, driven straight to mid off. 109/1

    36.3 T Best to Williamson, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 109/1

    36.2 T Best to Williamson, The batsman has edged that one. 109/1

    36.1 T Best to Williamson, Outside off, played straight to point. 109/1

    35.6 V Permaul to Rutherford, SIX! Nice hit! Tossed up outside off, Rutherford comes forward and gently lofts this over extra cover! 109/1

    35.5 V Permaul to Rutherford, Another forward defense. 103/1

    35.4 V Permaul to Rutherford, Defends it back to the bowler. 103/1

    35.3 V Permaul to Rutherford, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 103/1

    35.2 V Permaul to Rutherford, Pushes this towards cover. 103/1

    35.1 V Permaul to Rutherford, Defends it towards mid on. 103/1

    34.6 T Best to Rutherford, Cuts it to point for a single. 103/1

    34.5 T Best to Rutherford, Defends it back to the bowler. 102/1

    34.4 T Best to Williamson, Goes for the pull again but gets a top edge which is lands over mid-wicket. Three runs taken. 102/1

    34.3 T Best to Williamson, FOUR! Short outside off, Williamson pulls it wide of mid on for a boundary! 99/1

    34.2 T Best to Williamson, Drives this straight to cover. 95/1

    34.1 T Best to Rutherford, Pushes this through point for a single. 95/1

    33.6 V Permaul to Williamson, Drives this through the covers for a couple. 94/1

    33.5 V Permaul to Williamson, Short outside off, defended off the back foot. 92/1

    33.4 V Permaul to Williamson, The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. 92/1

    33.3 V Permaul to Williamson, Punches this through the covers for a couple. 92/1

    33.2 V Permaul to Williamson, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 90/1

    33.1 V Permaul to Rutherford, Tossed up outside off, Williamson lunges to defend but is beaten, The keeper misses it too and the batsmen take a bye. 90/1

    32.6 T Best to Williamson, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 89/1

    32.5 T Best to Williamson, Pushes this straight to cover. 89/1

    32.4 T Best to Williamson, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 89/1

    32.3 T Best to Williamson, On middle, watchfully defended. 89/1

    32.2 T Best to Williamson, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 89/1

    32.1 T Best to Williamson, Outside off, left alone. 89/1

    Welcome back for what should be the final session of this match...

    ...DAY 4, SESSION 2...

    The Kiwis look poised for a 2-0 series win. Doubts were cast this morning on their difficulty against Narine and they hardly managed a trifle in the first hour, including the loss of Fulton, but after Drinks, Williamson and Rutherford have opened up. With just 33 runs to win, should not take long for the home side to reach the target. Join us back at 0010 GMT (0540 IST)...

    31.6 S Narine to Rutherford, Outside off, pushed straight to the man at cover. LUNCH ON DAY 4, NEW ZEALAND 89/1, NEED 33 MORE TO WIN! 89/1

    31.5 S Narine to Rutherford, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 89/1

    31.4 S Narine to H Rutherford, FOUR! Full outside off, driven through the covers for a boundary! 89/1

    31.3 S Narine to Rutherford, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 85/1

    31.2 S Narine to Rutherford, Driven through the covers by the batsman. 85/1

    50-stand is up between these two!

    31.1 S Narine to Williamson, That is a lovely shot. Fractionally short outside off, 89 kph, Williamson rocks back and punches it through the covers. The ball does not have enough to make it to the ropes and the batsmen return for the third. 37 more needed for a win now! 85/1

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