West Indies Thrash New Zealand To Tie Series
West Indies 363-4 (Edwards 123no) beat
New Zealand 160 (Miller 4-45) by 203 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Hamilton
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.
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