New Zealand cruised to victory over West Indies in a rain-affected ODI in Nelson.
The win sees New Zealand take a 2-1 lead in the series with one game remaining, at Hamilton on January 8.
West Indies came into the game without a number of key players, and it showed as their bowlers were put to the sword by the Black Caps.
|Guptill||c Bravo b Holder||81||119||2||2|
|Ryder||c †Ramdin b Bravo||47||49||7||0|
|Williamson||c †Ramdin b Best||47||55||3||0|
|B McCullum||c Bravo b Narine||14||9||1||1|
|N McCullum||Not Out||9||4||0||1|
|Total||285 for 6||50 Overs|
Jesse Ryder (47), Kane Williamson (47) and Ross Taylor (49) scored on or around a run a ball.
The trio provided able support to Martin Guptill who crafted a composed 81 to propel the home side to what looked a hugely competitive 285 for 6 from their 50 overs.
|Charles||c Southee b McClenaghan||0||14||0||0|
|Simmonds||c Guptill b Williamson||43||48||6||0|
|Deonarine||c Mills b N McCullum||3||13||0||0|
|Total||134 for 5||33.4 Overs|
Chadwick Walton and Johnson Charles were charged with leading West Indies’ chase. They made a truly shocking start.
Walton is a little-known player, and he did little to increase his profile after being run out for a duck in he first over. Walton was followed back in the shed shortly afterwards by Charles, also without scoring, as West Indies were left reeling.
Kirk Edwards and Lendl Simmons attempted to rebuild and put on 60 for the third wicket, before the former became the second player to be run out in the innings.
Dwayne Bravo came in and played with authority, but they were well behind the rate when a steady drizzle turned decidedly heavy and brought a premature end to the game.
The match was comfortably in New Zealand’s grasp, and they claimed a 58-run win on the Duckworth Lewis method to take a 2-1 lead with one match remaining.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was always confident of victory, once they had posted their score of 285.
Per a report from TV NZ, McCullum said:
I think, today, the wicket was a bit two-paced and it was probably a 250 wicket.
I thought the way we played through Martin's innings and the way guys batted around him allowed us to get 30 runs over par, which we were very confident with.