July 30, 2012
1st Test: Antigua
West Indies 522 & 102/1 beat New Zealand 351 & 272 by 9 wickets
West Indies beat New Zealand by 9 wickets in the first Test match in Antigua thanks to some brilliant batting from their returning opener Chris Gayle.
Gayle made a superb 150 in the first innings helping West Indies to a sizeable first innings lead. Kemar Roach then did the damage in New Zealand’s second innings, claiming 5-60 in helping set West Indies a target of just 102 for victory in the final innings of the match.
The home side eased to this target thanks yet again to Gayle. The strong left-hander made 64* at better than a run a ball sealing the victory by 9 wickets on the last day.
The victory for West Indies is only their third against a major Test team (excludes Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) since the start of 2009. The win is also their first triumph against New Zealand since victory in Barbados in 1996.
The Scoop 30/07/12