Highlights New Zealand vs West Indies, 3rd ODI at Christchurch: Hosts thrash visitors in rain-marred match

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FirstCricket Staff, Dec,26 2017

New Zealand beat West Indies by 66 runs (D/L method)

131/4
Overs
23.0
R/R
5.7
Fours
17
Sixes
0
Extras
4
99/9
Overs
23.0
R/R
4.3
Fours
6
Sixes
1
Extras
10

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2nd ODI report: Trent Boult took a career-best 7-34 after Henry Nicholls had smashed an unbeaten 83 as New Zealand thrashed the Windies by 204 runs on Saturday to win the second one-day international and clinch their three-match series with a game still to play.

Lockie Ferguson chipped in with 3-17 as New Zealand's fast bowlers skittled the Windies  for just 121 after the home side had posted an imposing total of 325-6, with three batsmen posting half-centuries at Hagley Oval.

Already missing star opening batsmen Chris Gayle, who withdrew from the match with an unspecified illness, the Windies were immediately in trouble when Boult ripped through the top order.

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

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

He bowled Kyle Hope (4) with a ball that straightened and hit off stump then removed the other opener Evin Lewis (10), caught at backward square leg. Boult then dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (2), caught at second slip, then removed Shai Hope (23) with a high top edge to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

Ferguson got rid of Jason Mohammed (18) and Rovman Powell (0) with consecutive deliveries, then the Windies captain Jason Holder (13), the last of the recognized batsmen.

Boult returned after his six over opening spell to quickly polish off the innings, removing Sheldon Cottrell (8), Ashley Nurse (27) and Shannon Gabriel (no score). Nurse was Boult's 100th wicket in ODIs, enabling him to become just the fifth New Zealander to take 200 wickets in tests and 100 wickets in ODIs.

"If I could pin it down to anything it was a little bit of movement in the first spell with the new ball," Boult said. "But to go out and get seven was something I wasn't really expecting.

"Today I just tried to keep it as simple as possible, try to remain aggressive and bowl a few short balls and to get a few wickets was very satisfying."

Earlier, George Worker, Ross Taylor and Nicholls all scored half-centuries to lift New Zealand to a daunting total after the hosts were sent in to bat.

Worker made a career-high 58, beating his previous best of 57 which he made in the first ODI match at Whangarei on Wednesday, after sharing in a solid 50-run partnership with Colin Munro for the opening wicket.

Taylor held the middle order together with a well-crafted 57 to register his 39th ODI half-century while Nicholls batted through the last 20 overs to register his highest ODI score.

Nicholls also shared a record sixth wicket stand of 130-run with Todd Astle, who was bowled by Cottrell for 49 in the last over.

Nicholls faced just 62 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes as New Zealand blasted 103 runs off the last 10 overs to post more than 300 for the first time in 2017.

Cottrell, playing his first international in almost three years, also took two early wickets to finish with 3-62, while Holder, with whom he shared the new ball, dismissed Taylor and New Zealand captain Latham to finish with 2-52.

The West Indian fast bowlers made good use of the short ball throughout most of the innings, and looked to be in control after reducing New Zealand to 186-5 with 17 overs to go before Nicholls went on a late surge.

He began his innings slowly, and needed the Decision Review System to overturn an lbw decision which had gone against him when he was 22, but finished with a flourish.

"We're obviously disappointed. We didn't play good enough cricket today," Holder said. "I thought the bowlers went reasonably well but we let ourselves down in the second half of the game and the last 10 overs.

"I thought it was a reasonable total for us to chase but we lost wickets up front and we couldn't gather momentum."

With inputs from AP

Published Date: Dec 26, 2017 | Updated Date: Dec 26, 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 New Zealand 6650 117
4 England 6483 116
5 Australia 6077 113
6 Pakistan 4875 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