West Indies Win Again To Clinch Series 4-1
West Indies 241-9 (Russell 59no, Bravo 53) beat
New Zealand 221 (Narine 5-27) by 20 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Basseterre
The West Indies completed a 4-1 One-Day International series win over New Zealand with a 20-run win in the final match in Saint Kitts.
Half-centuries from Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo helped the West Indies post 241 for nine before a haul of five for 27 from Sunil Narine helped bowl New Zealand out for 221 in reply.
Kane Williamson top scored with 69 in 84 balls but his efforts proved to be in vain.
The West Indies won the toss and chose to bat but made a poor start, losing Johnson Charles (15), Chris Gayle (5) and Dwayne Smith (9) cheaply.
Marlon Samuels hit 43 in 53 balls and Bravo a patient 53 in 93 deliveries to revive the innings but when he fell in the 44th over, they were 180 for eight and struggling to reach a competitive score.
Russell came to the rescue, blasting 59 not out 40 balls including six fours and three sixes, undoing some of the excellent work done by Kyle Mills and Tim Southee, who took three wickets apiece.
New Zealand lost Rob Nicol for two during their reply but were going nicely thanks to Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum both hitting 33 and Ross Taylor's 28.
Narine started his career-best haul by removing both Guptill and McCullum, Samuels had Taylor stumped and Tino Best had Daniel Flynn caught by Darren Sammy without scoring as the tide began to turn.
Williamson's innings kept the tourists' chances alive but when Narine had him caught by Gayle, the game was up.
The off-spinner quickly bowled Andrew Ellis (28) and Kyle Mills (1) before Bravo completed the victory by having Trent Boult caught by Kieron Pollard for seven.
© Cricket World 2012
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