The Test series is over but the ODI series begins on Boxing Day, i.e., 26th December, 2013, starting at 0100 GMT (0630 IST). It is the first of 5 one-day internationals followed by a couple of T20Is. West Indies do not have Gayle or Pollard in their side, but one can expect a better fight in the limited overs series. That is all we have for you from here. Do join us back for the ODI series. Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Brendon McCullum gets the trophy and the entire Kiwi team poses for the team photograph with the trophy.Open the champagne bottles! Congratulations to New Zealand! Great scenes for the home team.
Victorious Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum says that it was an outstanding Test match and series. Mentions commiserations to his counterpart and adds that his side will have a sterner examination when the Kiwis tour the Windies in a few months' time. Praises his entire team, especially his bowlers, who, he believes, were phenomenal. Feels that his side has played some good cricket at home and it feels nice to get some results. On the young side, he says that they are an easy bunch to captain as they love to play for their country.
West Indian skipper Darren Sammy congratulates McCullum and his team-mates and admits that his side have once again been taught a lesson. Still, he feels that there was a lot to learn. Accepts that the West Indies lacked the mental ability to fight in this series. On Narine, he says that you do expect someone to do something brilliant for the team, be it Narine, Bravo or Chanderpaul but there was no consistency and his team was not mentally prepared for the battle. Hopes that the ODIs come as a refreshment and some exciting cricket is played.
ROSS TAYLOR HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for scoring 495 runs in the series. Says that he made some technical adjustments and most importantly, changed his mindset of predominantly playing on the leg side and looked to play straight. Is pleased with the 2-0 series win and praises the bowlers. On his innings, he says that he got some luck at some stage or the other. Believes that his team needs to be wary of the West Indies' ODI team who will come hard at them. Wishes the crowd Merry Christmas.
David White, New Zealand Cricket's CEO, congratulates both the teams for an outstanding series. Thanks the sponsors for making this series possible. Has a mention for Ross Taylor who had an outstanding series. Looks forward to the ODI series beginning on Boxing Day and touts it as an important one as it marks the Kiwi preparations for the ODI World Cup in Australia in 2015. Wishes one and all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
When this series was about to start, it was touted as one between two balanced sides. However, West Indies' dismal batting and an impotent bowling attack meant that they were never a competitive opposition. Sunil Narine gave some respectability to the visitors. Their biggest positive would be Denesh Ramdin who managed to score some runs in this series. Of course, not to forget the brilliant double hundred in vain from Darren Bravo in the first Test. Had it not been for the unsporting weather, the Kiwis would have whitewashed the Windies.
Plenty of positives for New Zealand from this match and series. Ross Taylor has struck some excellent form while Corey Anderson is realizing his true potential as an all-rounder. Trent Boult, who was having a rough time, finally made a mark in the last two Tests.
This was shaping up to be a good Test match, with the West Indies battling to 367 having been 86/5 at one stage. The Kiwis then stuttered but managed to get close to the West Indian total. If only West Indies had batted decently in their second innings, we would had a match nicely set up for tomorrow.
A comprehensive victory for the Black Caps. But this did not seem coming until the third session yesterday, which the West Indies would like to forget. They have got into a bad habit of collapsing in the second innings and yesterday just added fuel to that.
Narsingh Deonarine to Hamish Rutherford
FOUR! There it is! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 8 WICKETS! Floated outside off, Rutherford comes forward and drives this wide of mid off for a boundary to seal the match and series! THE KIWIS WIN THE 3-MATCH TEST SERIES 2-0!
Pushes this down the ground but for some bizarre reason does not take the single!
Outside off, pushed straight to extra cover.
Ooohhh.. full and right in the slot on middle, Rutherford mistimes his slog to short mid-wicket.
Veerasammy Permaul to Ross Taylor
Pushes this past the bowler, sets off for the single but cannot get it as Permaul collides with Rutherford. Has to hurry back.
This time he flicks it straight to short mid-wicket.
Full on middle and leg, watchfully pushed towards mid-wicket.
Veerasammy Permaul to Hamish Rutherford
Tucks this through square leg for a single.
Pushes this towards mid on for a quick single.
Short outside off, Taylor cannot connect with his cut.