Highlights New Zealand vs West Indies, 2nd ODI at Christchurch: Cricket score and updates

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FirstCricket Staff, Dec,23 2017

New Zealand beat West Indies by 204 runs


1st ODI report: Doug Bracewell took Chris Gayle's wicket with his first delivery for New Zealand in 16 months, helping the home side to a five-wicket win over the Windies on Wednesday in the first of three one-day matches.

Man-of-the-match Bracewell ended a lengthy exile from international cricket by dismissing Gayle (22) and Shai Hope (0) in his first over. He went on to take 4-55, including the first and last wickets of the innings, as the Windies were held to 248-9 in 50 overs after losing the toss.

An untried partnership between George Worker (57) and Colin Munro (49) put on 108 for the first wicket and Ross Taylor was stranded on 49 not out as New Zealand reached its winning target with four overs remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Taylor was denied his 39th ODI half century when the winning run came from a wide.

New Zealand captain Tom Latham and Windies captain Jason Holder. Agencies

New Zealand captain Tom Latham and Windies captain Jason Holder. Agencies

The second match is in Christchurch on Saturday.

Bracewell's absence from the New Zealand team since he played in a one-day international against India in Dharamsala in October was partly due to a knee injury but more the result of his latest disciplinary lapse. He was sentenced to community service in May for his third drink-driving offense. In his defense, Bracewell said he chose to drive home from a party to comfort his partner who had phoned to say their parrot had died.

He won a recall to the New Zealand squad for the current series only because regular allrounder Colin de Grandhomme had to return to his native Zimbabwe due to his father's death.

"It's been a bit of a tough road back but I've done a lot of hard work over the winter rehabbing, so it's nice to be back now," Bracewell said. "I've been out of the team through unfortunate circumstances but it's good to be back in the mix."

Bracewell grasped the opportunity of a more permanent return when he dismissed an out-of-sorts Gayle with his opening delivery. He hit a length which forced Gayle to play and the batsman flicked a fine edge to wicketkeeper Tom Latham. Two balls later Shai Hope was also undone by Bracewell's awkward length and provided Latham with another catch from the finest inside edge.

Hope challenged the decision unsuccessfully and that ultimately cost the wicket later in the innings of the Windies' top-scorer Evin Lewis who made 76 in partnerships of 40 with Gayle and 62 with Shimron Hetmyer (29). Lewis was given out lbw to leg-spinner Todd Astle, who took 3-33 on his one-day international debut, although replays made it clear Astle's wrong-un was turning past off stump.

With no reviews remaining, Lewis was forced to accept the decision of umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin and his innings came to an end after 35.2 overs in a major setback to the Windies. The tourists were 177-6 and looked unlikely to set New Zealand a challenging total until Rovman Powell hit 59 from 50 balls with two sixes and four fours before being the last man out.

Powell, who reached his first ODI half century from 47 balls, with a six and a four off the bowling of Trent Boult, put on 45 in a valuable ninth-wicket partnership with Kesrick Williams, who ended 16 not out.

Worker and Munro's century stand in 16.4 overs set up the New Zealand run chase. Worker reached his half century from 59 balls and went on to his highest score in his five ODI appearances while Munro fell one run short of his fifth half century.

Ashley Nurse bowled Worker, caught Munro off Kesrick Williams, and dismissed Tom Latham (17) to finish with 2-55 with his skidding off breaks. Captain Jason Holder took 2-52 on a difficult pitch at Cobham Oval.

Gayle limped from the field early in the New Zealand innings but didn't appear to be seriously injured.

"It was a tough start to the series," Holder said. "We lost wickets at crucial stages of the game and never really got any momentum."

With inputs from AP

Published Date: Dec 23, 2017 | Updated Date: Dec 23, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112