Gayle And Samuels Star At Sabina Park
West Indies 315-5 (Gayle 125, Samuels 101no) beat
New Zealand 260 (Rampaul 3-50) by 55 runs
Second One-Day International, Jamaica
Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels both smashed centuries as West Indies took a commanding two-nil lead in the five-match series against New Zealand.
The home side were inserted by stand-in captain Kane Williamson and lost Lendl Simmons – who again struggled in making three from 17 balls – early on to Tim Southee. Fortunately for them Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle added 88 for the second wicket inside 15 overs, before the former was dismissed by Tarun Nethula for 24 from 36 balls.
That was about as good as it got all day for the Black Caps as they were put to the sword during a blistering third-wicket partnership of 129 from 116 balls between Gayle and Marlon Samuels. Gayle smashed nine sixes during his 107-ball innings of 125 and brought up his century of only 88 balls. Samuels, by contrast, was slightly more sedate, taking 102 balls over his first ODI century since 2006. With Darren Sammy also chipping in with an unbeaten cameo of 31 from 21 balls, there was significant carnage all round. All eight of the New Zealand bowlers conceded as least 5.5 runs per over, with Southee the pick with three for 55.
The Kiwis got off to a relatively solid start, reaching 62 for one in the 12th over thanks to a calming innings from Martin Guptill. He reached 50 and shared a third-wicket stand of 59 with his captain, before chipping a return catch to man-of-the-moment Samuels. This left New Zealand on 121 for three in the 26th over, needing a further 195 from 145 balls – a tall order for any batting line-up, let alone one so woefully out of sorts as theirs.
BJ Watling did his best and ended unbeaten on 72 from just 62 balls, but ultimately the spiralling run rate proved their undoing and they were all out to the last ball of the 47th over for 260 to lose by 55 runs.
It represented an improved performance from the one they put in during the Twenty20 International series in Florida, but they will need a much larger improvement if they are to prevent the West Indies wrapping up the series in St Kitts on Wednesday.
© Cricket World 2012
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