New Zealand had Corey Anderson and Jesse Ryder to thank for a resounding 159-run win in the third one-day international against the West Indies in Queenstown.
Their astonishing assault batting first in a match that had been shortened by weather to 21 overs per side meant that they scored 283 for the loss of four wickets.
|New Zealand vs. West Indies, 3rd ODI, Queenstown|
|New Zealand Innings|
|MJ Guptill||c †Ramdin b Holder||1||7||7||0|
|JD Ryder||c Miller b Holder||104||86||51||51|
|BB McCullum*||c Simmons b Narine||33||16||11||11|
|LRPL Taylor||c Powell b Miller||9||13||8||8|
|Corey J Anderson||not out||131||51||47||6|
|L Ronchi†||not out||3||3||2||0|
|Total||(4 wickets; 21 overs; 90 mins)||283||(13.47 runs per over)|
|West Indies Innings|
|J Charles||c Neesham b Mills||0||2||3||3|
|LMP Simmons||c Milne b McClenaghan||13||14||11||11|
|CAK Walton||c Milne b Ryder||17||31||23||23|
|KOA Powell||c Neesham b McClenaghan||1||4||3||3|
|DJ Bravo*||not out||56||43||54||3|
|N Deonarine||c Milne b Neesham||29||21||30||30|
|D Ramdin†||not out||1||5||2||0|
|Extras||(lb 5, w 2)||7|
|Total||(5 wickets; 21 overs)||124||(5.90 runs per over)|
Anderson broke the record for the fastest century in an international cricket match by completing a ton in 36 deliveries, while Ryder was hardly any slower, notching his ton in 46 balls.
Corey Anderson's 100 in 36 balls also equals the List A record of Graham Rose's 36 ball effort for Somerset v Devon at Torquay, 1990 #NZvWI— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 1, 2014
Their efforts broke the West Indies' resolve before they had even come into bat—their 124 for five in the same time frame meant they were never close to gathering the runs.
But the statistics told their own stories. As pretty as the batting scorecard looked, the damage done to the bowling was equally brutal. Ravi Rampaul's three overs cost him 64 runs—Nikita Miller going for 11 an over represented the most economical bowling of any player on his team.
Had the Queenstown ODI been a 50 over game & at the current rate New Zealand could have reached 674 runs in 50 overs :) #NZvWI— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 1, 2014
Anderson's innings included 14 sixes, the aerial route pursued time and again with relentless success. The boundaries are small in Queenstown, but such was the clean-hitting and the distance he struck the ball that it could have been the same on just about any ground.
Ryder managed just five sixes in comparison, but was full of fluent strokeplay and boundaries. His first hundred for New Zealand since his comeback would also have been cause for great joy in the Kiwi camp.
On another day Dwayne Bravo's 54-ball 56 might have been just the right innings. But this was no ordinary day. The skipper must have looked around at a dressing room without firepower from the likes of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard and known that the game was up.
The series is now poised at 1-1 with two games to play, the first of which is in Nelson on January 4.