West Indies draw ODI series with big win

The West Indies’ highest total in one-day cricket proved too much for the Blacks Caps, who finished the five-match series with a thumping 203-run defeat in Hamilton on Wednesday.

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The result – which came after the tourists posted 363-4, with centuries to Kirk Edwards and skipper Dwayne Bravo – meant the series ended tied at 2-2.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum admitted the home side were outplayed.

“A terrible day for us but credit to Dwayne and the West Indies boys,” he said.

“They certainly came out and put in a performance that we knew they were capable of and we weren’t able to stick with them.”

McCullum said the Black Caps would have been happy with a target of 300, but the 60 extra runs were a bridge too far.

The West Indies had been ravaged by injury and Bravo paid tribute to his players’ performance.

“We came into this game with our backs against the wall and we needed a big win,” he said.

“I can’t single out anyone. It was a great team effort.”

New Zealand never built momentum in their run chase and were bowled out for 160 before the 30-over mark.

Martin Guptill (6), Jesse Ryder (17), Kane Williamson (16), Ross Taylor (9) and McCullum (6) were all gone with the score at 65.

The big-hitting Corey Anderson tried to lift the run rate, but on 29 skied a catch to leave the Black Caps at 94-6.

Kyle Mills led some lower-order resistance and got the only six of the New Zealand innings’ before he was run out.

Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller finished with 4-45, while Bravo followed up his century with a miserly 1-12 off five overs to be named man of the match.

The Windies, after being sent in at Seddon Park, eclipsed their previous record one-day total of 360-4 against Sri Lanka in the 1987 World Cup.

They got a flying start thanks to opener Kieran Powell, with 73 runs from 44 balls.

The left-hander’s knock included a six which was caught by a fan, who won $100,000 offered by a beer company for a one-handed catch.

Powell fell leg-before to spinner Nathan McCullum while trying to sweep and the run rate slowed after his departure.

Edwards and Bravo came together at 143-3 and they consolidated before accelerating.

They ended up putting on 211, the highest West Indies partnership in one-dayers against New Zealand.

Edwards’ century was his first in ODIs and he ended unbeaten on 123.

Bravo got the second hundred of his 154-ODI career, before his entertaining innings came to end at 106.

The two teams now play a two-match Twenty 20 series beginning in Auckland on Saturday.

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