Although Williamson's batting skills deserted him, he did have luck on his side at the start of the day when he won the toss and put the West Indies into bat on a green wicket. After the tourists safely progressed to 59 without loss, Wagner engineered a collapse that saw all 10 wickets fall in 22 overs for only 75 runs. He was twice on a hat-trick as he posted his first seven-wicket haul and bettered his previous best of six for 41 against Zimbabwe last year. The West Indies were full of confidence going into the match on the back of a recent series win over Zimbabwe and a Test victory against England, and the confidence grew as openers Kieran Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite progressed steadily passed the half-century mark.
- The fourth-best bowling figures in a Test innings for New Zealand - The best bowling figures for a fast bowler in 2017 - And a career-best in Tests for Neil Wagner West Indies bowled out for 134 https://t.co/GS5RRsnMJ5 #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/4Tuxa8HhGF— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 1, 2017
But while New Zealand's new-ball pair Trent Boult and Matt Henry were unable to generate swing or seam movement on a cloudless summer's day, Wagner found bounce in the ripe conditions. By digging the ball in short and angling it towards the rib cage he had his first success in his third over when Brathwaite went for 24. Two overs before lunch, when the tourists looked to be recovering at 75 for one, Boult took a leaf out of Wagner's book, using a short-ball to account for the West Indies top scorer Powell who made 42. Wagner then hit a purple patch as he ripped through the West Indies' new generation of specialist batsmen in the space of four balls.
Wonderful Wagner! Career best figures of 7/39 from Neil Wagner helps New Zealand bowl West Indies out for 134 in their first innings. SCORECARD: https://t.co/ee4g5CXMVa #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/JtHuqQgcMO— ICC (@ICC) December 1, 2017