Boult picks seven as New Zealand complete 204-run victory
New Zealand 325-6 (Nicholls 83) beat
West Indies 121 (Boult 7-34) by 204 runs
Second One-Day International in Christchurch
Trent Boult claimed a seven-wicket haul as New Zealand dismissed West Indies for 121 runs and completed a massive 204 run victory in the second One-Day International in Christchurch to claim a 2-0 unassailable lead in the series.
West Indies opted to bowl first on winning the toss. George Worker (58) and Colin Munro (30) started the innings positively with a 50 run stand off just 41 deliveries before the latter was caught at mid on off Sheldon Cotrell (3-62), who also snared Neil Broom (6) shortly.
Nevertheless, Worker played positively and was joined by Ross Taylor (57) as New Zealand crossed the 100-run mark in the 17th over. Worker completed his third ODI fifty with a six but soon feel after that by Ronsford Beaton (1-60).
By the 30th over mark, New Zealand were positioned 169 for three. Even though Taylor completed his 39th ODI fifty, West Indies made a brief comeback through their skipper Jason Holder (2-52), who removed both Taylor and Tom Latham (20).
However, Henry Nicholls (83 not out) along with support from Todd Astle (43) with a 130 run stand for the sixth wicket off just 102 deliveries to help New Zealand reach a target of 325 for six in the 50 overs.
Cottrell and Holder were the pick of the West Indies bowlers as they shared five wickets between them.
Boult (7-34) gave a head start for New Zealand dismissing Evin Lewis (10), Kyle Hope (4), Shai Hope (23) and Shimron Hetmyer (2) in the opening spell and were reduced to 52 for four.
Any chance of a West Indies recovery was put to rest by Lockie Ferguson (3-17) as he picked three wickets in quick succession before Boult returned back to clean up the tail and complete a seven wicket haul to bowl out the visitors for 121.
The 204 run victory has helped New Zealand complete a 2-0 series win with Boult taking the man of the match award.
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