New Zealand started the domestic Test season with a win by defeating the West Indies by an innings and 134 runs on the fourth day of the first cricket Test. With this victory, New Zealand began their campaign to win all four home Tests against the West Indies and Pakistan. If the team manages to win all four Tests and the result of the series between India and Australia is in its favor, then it will make it to the top two teams in the Test rankings. A 2–0 win over the West Indies is expected to propel New Zealand to third place in the World Test Championship table.
The West Indies started the day with 196 runs for six wickets in the second innings and needed 185 more to avoid an innings defeat. The West Indies team, however, collapsed for 247 runs. New Zealand had declared the first innings after scoring 519 runs for seven wickets, in response to which the West Indies team could score 138 runs in the first innings.
New Zealand, however, had to wait 16 overs for their first success of the day. Kyle Jameson (2 for 42) ended his 155-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Jermaine Blackwood by dismissing Alzarri Joseph. Joseph scored 86 runs in 125 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes. Blackwood and Joseph came together on the field when the team had lost six wickets for 89 runs in the second innings.
Blackwood, who started the day with 80 runs, completed his second Test century. However, after scoring 104 off 141 balls, he caught Tim Southee off Neil Wagner (four wickets for 66 runs). He hit 11 fours and two sixes in his innings. Wagner bowled Shane Gabrielle (00) to lead New Zealand to victory. Shane Dowrich did not come out to bat due to injury.