West Indies Win First ODI Against NZ

Darren Sammy hits out
Darren Sammy hits out
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West Indies 157-8 (Sammy 43no) beat
New Zealand 156 (Bravo 4-44) by 2 wickets
First One-Day International, Auckland

The West Indies beat New Zealand by two wickets in the first One-Day International in Auckland to go one-up in the five-match series.

In a low-scoring thriller at Eden Park all-rounder Darren Sammy (43 not out) led the West Indies home after New Zealand had been skittled out for just 156 – Brendon McCullum top scoring for the Black Caps with 51 with Dwayne Bravo taking four for 44 for the tourists.

Mitchell McLenaghan (5-58) took his maiden five-wicket haul in ODI’s but was unable to stop the hard-hitting Sammy – his man-of-the-match innings coming from just 27 balls and containing five fours and three sixes.

New Zealand got off to the worst possible start with the top-four all failing to reach double figures – Ravi Rampaul (2-27) and Jason Holder (2-21 and a run out) the principal architects of their downfall. It was a disappointing comeback for Black Caps opener Jesse Ryder (0) in his first match for two years while Martin Guptill (2), Kane Williamson (8) and Ross Taylor (3) also fell cheaply.

With the score at 32 for four in the 12th over New Zealand skipper Brendan McCullum set about rebuilding the home side’s innings with five fours and a six in his fine 51 before he was trapped LBW by Bravo. The latter also removed Corey Anderson (13), James Neesham (10) and Kyle Mills (3) to finish with impressive figures of four for 44 from his ten overs.

It was therefore left to all-rounder Nathan McCullum (47) to try and salvage the New Zealand innings – his defiant knock including two fours and three sixes – helping to set a target of 157. Off-spinner Sunil Narine (1-28) and Sammy (0-30) backed up Rampaul, Holder and Bravo in an excellent bowling performance from the West Indies.

The West Indies’ run chase started badly with McLenaghan striking early to remove Kieran Powell (4), Johnson Charles (9) and Darren Bravo (14) with the score at 32 for three in the eighth over. Lendl Simmonds (34) led the fightback before McLenaghan picked up his fourth wicket when captain Dwayne Bravo was dismissed LBW for 12. McLenaghan completed his first five-wicket haul in ODI’s when Denesh Ramdin (2) was caught by Brendon McCullum with the score at 121 for seven in the 24th over.

With a further 36 runs still needed the momentum had swung in favour of the hosts but they would not have accounted for Sammy’s brutal forty minute cameo which contained eight boundaries – the last of which coming off McLeneghan in the 28th over to seal a hard-fought victory for the West Indies.

Mills took two for 37 for New Zealand with Neesham (1-35) and Anderson (0-19). The Black Caps conceded 14 wides and ultimately this proved costly for the hosts in such a low-scoring match.

New Zealand will be looking to bounce back when the two sides meet in Napier on Sunday.

© Cricket World 2013

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