New Zealand wrapped up the ODI series against West Indies with a clean sweep of 3-0. The final victory in the third match at Christchurch was a 66-run win by DL method. The match was scaled to 23 overs an inning in the rain clad venue. New Zealand posed 134 runs for 4 wickets. West Indies’ attack was intensified taking down New Zealand’s early batting line-up. Opener George Worker was down at the third over falling in at the over from Sheldon Cottrell. Within the next 20 balls, the bowler scalped Neil Broom at 2 runs. In the next over, Colin Munro was down at 21 runs leaving the inning stranded at 26 for 3 wickets. The stretch was followed by a partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
In the gap, there were several appeals off West Indies side, all without a success. The visitors lost a review against Tom Latham and another appeal against Ross Taylor. New Zealand began its strike by the 14th over when Shannon Gabriel was introduced to do away the partnership. The game-plan, however, was blown up when Taylor and Latham began to feast, increasing the momentum. After 20 overs of the inning, Latham was finally down at 27. The score was pulled up to 99. In the last stretch, Taylor paired with Henry Nicholls for the ending partnership.
The rain brought down a complete disruption in the game halting it for three hours, before umpires bogged down to shorten the innings. First it was shortened to 33 overs, then scaled to 27 overs per team. Drizzle didn’t stop forcing down further curtail. The final settlement was at 23 overs a side.
In the chase, West Indies got the target of 166 in 23 overs, after adjustments. The task was not that daunting, but New Zealand bowlers emerged with a renewed attack. It was spearheaded by Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner, both taking three wickets each. The rundown set off since the first over. Gayle fell in the first over, Shai Hope in the next, Kyle Hope in the next followed by Jason Mohammed and Clarke Walton, both in the fourth.
West Indies lost 5 wickets for 9 runs. Jason Holder survived the longest to play 21 balls. The player hammered three fours and a six in the stretch bringing 34 runs. But, the team went numb again after his wicket in the 13th over. The wobble reached 64 for 8 with his wicket. Nikita Miller and Shannon Gabriel ran the last mile, remaining lapses behind the target.
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