West Indies crush New Zealand
Hamilton - The West Indies racked up their highest-ever limited overs total to
crush New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth one-day international on
Wednesday, and draw the series 2-2.
Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo
both notched centuries as the West Indies flayed New Zealand's attack to
reach 363 for four, before Nikita Miller dominated with the ball to
skittle the Black Caps for 160.
The mammoth total was the highest
ever posted by the West Indies in a 50-over match, surpassing the
previous mark of 360 set against Sri Lanka in 1987.
Dwayne Bravo came together at 143-3 and put on 211 runs, with Edwards
finishing unbeaten on 123, his maiden ODI century. Skipper Bravo was
dismissed shortly before the end of the innings for 106.
Kieran Powell had launched a blistering assault at the start of the
innings, smashing 73 runs off just 44 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.
plundered 18 off a single Mitchell McClenaghan over, with one lucky
spectator winning NZ$100,000 ($83,000) from a beer sponsor by catching
one of his sixes one-handed.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum
brought on his brother Nathan to try to stem the runs and the tactic
paid off almost immediately when Powell was out lbw for 73, trying to
Fellow opener Johnson Charles was run out for 31 when
Nathan McCullum sent the stumps flying with a direct hit as the batsman
attempted a quick single and Lendl Simmons followed soon after, caught
by Kane Williamson.
Bravo came to the crease and steadied the innings with Edwards, who smashed a six to notch his half century.
The West Indies bludgeoned 117 off the last 10 overs, with Bravo out trying to smash Williamson out of the ground.
Zealand made a disastrous start, slumping to 65 for five after just 15
overs through a combination of rash shots and a much-improved West
The Black Caps openers went cheaply, with Martin
Guptill out lbw for six and dangerman Jesse Ryder (17) scooping the ball
skyward going for a slog.
Brendon McCullum failed to stop the rot
coming in the middle order, offering Johnson Charles a simple catch
when he charged down the wicket to a seemingly innocuous delivery from
Nikita Miller, who finished with figures of four for 45.
luckless Luke Ronchi dismissed himself for 15 when he dislodged the
bails with his foot as he squared up for a shot, in a sign nothing was
going the Black Caps' way.