Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Windies suffer clean sweep after latest batting debacle*


SHORT-PITCHED ASSAULT: West Indies opener and stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite flirts with a rising leg-side delivery during play on day four of the second Test against New Zealand yesterday at Seddon Park. He was dismissed by pacer Trent Boult for 20. —Photo: AFP

WEST INDIES suffered a 2-0 clean sweep after New Zealand needed just two sessions to wreck the remainder of the Caribbean side’s innings and inflict a punishing 240-run defeat in the second Test at Seddon Park, yesterday. Resuming the penultimate day on 30 for two in pursuit of a world record 444 for victory, the Windies lost their last eight wickets for 173 runs, to be dismissed for 203 at the scheduled tea break. The defeat followed on the heels of the innings and 67-run loss in the opening Test in Wellington, which also ended inside four days, and extended the Windies’ unenviable streak of having not won a series on New Zealand soil in 22 years.

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