New Zealand inflicted West Indies’ third innings-loss in four Tests to go 1-0 up with a game to play.
The Windies, who escaped with a rain-aided draw in Dunedin, lost 16 wickets today at Wellington’s Basin Reserve to slump to defeat by an innings and 73 runs.
New Zealand’s first Test win this year and Brendon McCullum’s maiden in charge owed much to left-arm paceman Trent Boult, who took 10 scalps and a stunning catch at backward point.
The tourists were in a reasonable position after two days at 158 for four in reply to 441, but lost their last six first-innings wickets in 12.5 overs this morning.
Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine added 10 and 11 respectively to their overnight 50 and 11 before falling to Boult, who proceeded to bowl Darren Sammy, Shane Shillingford and Tino Best for ducks en route to figures of 6-40.
Enforcing the follow-on had not resulted in victory at Dunedin and a 74-run opening stand between Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell hinted it might not again.
However, Tim Southee snared both either side of Neil Wagner having Darren Bravo caught behind for nought before Southee ousted Samuels.
Boult then got to work, including by diving high to his left to give Corey Anderson the scalp of Denesh Ramdin. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 31 as West Indies, thumped in India twice last month, slumped to 175 all out.