NZ vs WI, 2020: 1st Test, Day 3 – NZ's big lead, Southee @ 50 wickets, WI collapse and more stats

NZ vs WI, 2020: 1st Test, Day 3 – NZ’s big lead, Southee @ 50 wickets, WI collapse and more stats

Here are all the statistical highlights from the 3rd day’s play in Hamilton where 15 wickets fell.

Tim Southee
Tim Southee. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

New Zealand ran through the West Indies line-up as a total of 15 wickets fell during the 3rd day’s play at the Seddon Park. West Indies lost five wickets for 26 runs and stumbled to 79/5 in the morning session. The 2nd session saw the fall of eight wickets as the Caribbean side made only 138 resuming from 114/5 and went down to 30/4 in the second essay. A total of 166 runs came in the final session as Jermaine Blackwood (80*) and Alzarri Joseph (59*) put on an unbeaten 107-run stand to take the game into 4th day. (Shane Dowrich did not bat in the first innings and won’t bat in the second as well.)

Here are all the statistical highlights from the 3rd day’s play in Hamilton where 15 wickets fell:

A big lead for the Kiwis:

381 – The first-innings lead of 381 in Hamilton is the 3rd biggest for New Zealand in Test cricket against West Indies. They took a lead of 396 runs while batting first in the 2013 Dunedin Test and 386-run lead in the 2017 Wellington Test while batting second. The lead of 381 is also the 7th highest first-innings lead for New Zealand in Test cricket.


West Indies batters fail to put on decent scores:

41 – West Indies’ No.3, No.4 and No.5 collectively scored 41 runs in the Test match; the joint 3rd fewest runs aggregated by No.3-No.5 batsmen during a Test match. The 3-5 position batsmen aggregated 24 runs and 30 runs respectively in the 2000 MCG Test (vs AUS) and the 2004 Kingston Test (vs ENG).

Their 3-5 batters also scored just 41 runs during the 2018 Bridgetown Test against Sri Lanka. None of West Indies’ No.3, No.4 and No.5 batters scored more than 12 runs in either of the innings in this game; the first such instance in Test cricket for the Caribbean team.

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Southee @ 50 wickets:

51 – Tim Southee completed 50 wickets in Test cricket at the Seddon Park in Hamilton when he dismissed Alzarri Joseph in the first innings. It was also his 100th wicket in first-class cricket at the venue. Southee is now the first player to bag 50 wickets in Test cricket at the Seddon Park.

He is also the 4th New Zealand player to take 50+ Test wickets at a venue. Sir Richard Hadlee took 76 wickets at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch while Daniel Vettori, Chris Martin and Hadlee claimed over 50 wickets at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.


Joseph’s maiden Test fifty:

6 – Alzarri Joseph is only the 6th player to score a fifty and a duck in the same Test match for West Indies while batting at No.8 or lower position. Carlos Brathwaite (0 & 51*) joined this list in 2016 Antigua Test against India while the remaining four achieved it before 1962.


Blackwood and Joseph to the rescue:

107* – The unbeaten 107-run stand between Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph is the highest 7th wicket stand for West Indies in away Tests since the 204-run partnership between Marlon Samuels and Daren Sammy in the 2012 Nottingham Test against England.


West Indies collapse after a good start:

138 – West Indies’ total of 138 is their 3rd lowest all-out total in Test cricket after a 50+ opening partnership. This is also the 3rd lowest all-out total for any team in Test cricket against New Zealand after an opening stand of 50+ runs.

The lowest for West Indies is 127/10 after 63-run opening stand in the 1993 Port of Spain Test against Pakistan while the lowest against New Zealand is 133 by Sri Lanka in the 2015 Hamilton Test after a 71-run opening partnership. West Indies’ 134 during the 2017 Wellington Test against Hamilton is 2nd on both the above mention lists as the Caribbean team collapsed from 59/0.