New Zealand’s victory at the first ODI in Whangarei was a mark of dominance of discipline over batting prowess to win ODI. While West Indies relied on boundaries to haul the score to challenging heights, New Zealand played a graded inning of resilience, patience and wholistic discipline to nick the victory. The Caribbean team scored 248 for 9 wickets, boosted with 76 off Lewis and 59 off Powell. In reply, New Zealand posed 249 runs for 5 wickets hauling the team to victory mark. Indies’ inning marked aggression, which was absent in New Zealand’s. In the chase, Worker scored 57 and Colin Munro added an unbeaten 49.
West Indies began the match with maiden overs, as Chris Gayle and Lewis let go the first three overs without a run. West Indies scratched only four runs in the first five overs. The opening stand, however, brought 40 runs and it featured five fours and a six. Gayle and Lewis played as if they didn’t require singles. Doug Bracewell, the New Zealand bowler, was away from cricket on drunk-driving charges. His comeback was a blast taking down Gayle at his first delivery and Shia Hope at his third. This strike ended opening partnership, but partnerships for West Indies were yet to come. Shimron Hetmyer and Lewis began their partnership that continued to the 24th over.
The fourth wicket partnership took the total tally to 103 for 3. After Hetmyer was removed by Lockie Ferguson, the team wobbled its middle order, falling to 134 for 5 wickets. The challenging score came up with Powell’s patient knock of 59 off 50 balls. He was the last wicket to fall playing until the lower order exhausted completely. Kesrick Williams compounded the score with an ending knock of 16 runs.
In the chase, New Zealand had a smooth inning. The opening stand between George Worker and Colin Munro was of 108 runs off 100 balls. They played 17 overs together. The next partnership stretch was between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. They scored 57 runs together hauling the inning to 175. Ross Taylor remained unbeaten with his half-century pairing with the middle order. Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls added 17 runs each, without haste. Taylor combined with Todd Astle in the final mile, reaching the target before four overs. A perfect ODI inning!