Wednesday 8 January 2014 

West Indies Thrash New Zealand To Tie Series

Dwayne Bravo hits out
Dwayne Bravo hit 106 in just 81 balls to help set up the West Indies' win
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West Indies 363-4 (Edwards 123no) beat
New Zealand 160 (Miller 4-45) by 203 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Hamilton
Scorecard

The West Indies handed New Zealand an unexpected 203-run thrashing in the fifth and final One-Day International to tie the series 2-2.

On the back of big wins in the third and fourth matches and with the tourists missing several players, New Zealand went in to the match as heavy favourites but were soundly beaten.

Batting first, the West Indies posted 363 for four with Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo scoring centuries before New Zealand were bowled out for 160 in 29.5 overs.

Edwards' 123 not out was his maiden ODI century and indeed his first score over 50 while Bravo's 106 in 81 balls was his second three-figure score.

Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller was the West Indian hero with the ball as he took four for 45 with Jason Holder and Andre Russell grabbing two apiece.

The West Indies dominated proceedings right from the start as Kieran Powell blasted 73 in 44 balls as he and Johnson Charles (31) added 95 for the first wicket.

That set the platform for first Edwards (123 not out in 108 balls with 12 fours and four sixes) and then Bravo (106 in 81 balls with 12 fours and three sixes) to take full advantage.

The pair came together after Lendl Simmons was caught by Kane Williamson off Corey Anderson and added 211 together for the fourth wicket.

Bravo departed in the 49th over when he was caught by Nathan McCullum off Williamson but the damage was done.

New Zealand, rather like the West Indies had done earlier in the series when faced with a massive target, folded completely and were all out with more than 20 overs remaining.

Anderson top scored with 29 in 24 balls and Kyle Mills hit 26 but once the West Indies had taken early wickets, there was no way back for the hosts.

Bravo struck quickly to bowl Martin Guptill for six before Holder removed Jesse Ryder (17) and Williamson (16) in a crucial double blow.

An even bigger double blow was to come when Miller had Ross Taylor caught behind for nine and Brendon McCullum caught by Charles at mid-off for six to leave the Black Caps in disarray at 65 for five.

Anderson cracked four fours and with some support from Luke Ronchi (15), Nathan McCullum (18) and Mills, New Zealand managed to add a touch of respectability to their score before the game was ended when Mills was run out by Holder.

Holder finished with two for 35, Russell two for 31 and Bravo one for 12.

The first of two Twenty20 Internationals between the two sides is in Hamilton on Saturday 11th January.

© Cricket World 2014

 
 
Fixtures & Results

3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
NZL 189-5 beat WIN 108-8 by 81 runs
15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets