The pace of Kemar Roach and the confidence of Chris Gayle led West Indies to a nine-wicket victory in the first of their two-Test series against struggling New Zealand on Sunday in Antigua. Roach took 5/60 with a fine spell of pace bowling which ripped the heart out of New Zealands middle order and then Gayle,who struck 150 in the first innings,eased the Caribbean side to their target of 102 with a solid,unbeaten 64.
It was just the third win for West Indies in 34 Tests since their victory over England in Jamaica in February,2009. New Zealands hopes of batting out the day,or at least setting the hosts a challenging target came undone with West Indies seamers Roach and Ravi Rampaul doing the damage.
Their first Test win since beating Bangladesh in Dhaka in Oct 2011,ending a nine Test winless streak,was never in doubt as Gayle took charge with Kieran Powell who made 30 before he was caught by Brownlie off Bracewell. Assad Fudadin accompanied Gayle to the finish line as West Indies enjoyed the rare taste of victory and handed New Zealand another painful loss after their defeat in the one-day series.
Brief scores: New Zealand 351 & 272 (Guptill 67,McCullum 84,Roach 5/60) vs West Indies 522 & 102/1 (Gayle 64 not out).