Cricket: Windies thrash Black Caps

By David Leggat

Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies bats during game five of the One Day International Series between New Zealand and the West Indies. Photo / Getty Images.
Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies bats during game five of the One Day International Series between New Zealand and the West Indies. Photo / Getty Images.

The West Indies hammered New Zealand by 203 runs to draw their ODI series at Seddon Park tonight.

Having rattled up their highest alltime ODI total, 363 for four, the tourists' dismissed New Zealand for 160 to square the five-game rubber 2-2.

The win was built on fine batting from opener Kieran Powell, with a rollicking 73 off 44 balls, then a record 211-run fourth wicket stand between centurymakers Kirk Edwards and captain Dwayne Bravo.

It is the highest stand for any wicket by a West Indian pair against New Zealand, exceeding the 192 of champion openers Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes at Christchurch in 1987.

It was only 15 short of the ODI record stand against any country, by Shiv Chanderpaul and Carl Hooper against South Africa at East London in 1999.

Edwards hit his maiden DOI hundred, an unbeaten 123 off 108 balls, while Bravo's second ODI century, 106, took just 81 balls. The pair hammered 75 off five overs from the 41st over.

New Zealand quickly slumped to 65 for five and there was no way out from there.

Left arm spinner Nikita Miller took four for 45, while Andre Russell and Jason Holder picked up two wickets each.

The teams meet in the first of two T20 internationals at Eden Park to round off the tour.

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- NZ Herald

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