About the Match
The home team won the Test series 2-0 by defeating West Indies in the 3rd test by 8 wickets. Now, the two sides play each other in a 5-match ODI series that starts on Dec 26 at Auckland. The Kiwis displayed sheer determination and tremendous talent to sail off to a comfortable victory after chasing a target of 122 runs in the second innings. Earlier, in the first innings, the visitors put up a strong fight as they set a target of 367 runs for the Kiwis; however, the second innings saw a batting collapse and they could only add another 103 runs, which the home side easily achieved. The West Indies will be looking forward to perform better in the ODI series while the Kiwis will do their best to keep the advantage on their side by winning the first match.
Ross Taylor’s 131 runs in the first inning chase was a major contribution in the Kiwi’s comfortable position in the 3rd test; along with Williamson’s 58 runs, New Zealand did well to score 349 runs in reply to the Windies’367 runs. However, it was Boult’s 4 wickets and Southee’s 3 wickets in the second innings that demolished the West Indies’ top order with commendable precision. In the first innings too, Southee took 4 wickets and he had good support from Anderson who claimed 3 wickets. Wagner got 2 wickets in the second innings and the bowlers did extremely well to restrict the opposition to just 103 runs in the 2nd innings, which the Kiwis easily achieved in the end with an unbeaten 48 runs from Rutherford and 56 runs posted by Williamson. The team’s batting has improved by many folds; the bowlers will look to repeat their good show with the ball and overall, this can be a tough side to beat on home ground.
A brilliant effort by Chanderpaul and Dinesh Ramdin, saw West Indies put up a good total of 367 runs in the 1st innings; while Chanderpaul posted an unbeaten 122 runs, Ramdin scored 107 and the duo earned a lot of praise for putting up a 200-run partnership for the 6th wicket. While the 1st innings looked promising for the visitors, the 2nd innings dashed their hopes when the top order collapsed and the team was in tatters at 4-40 by the 17th over. Chanderpaul and Ramdin failed to revive the batting and they were all out for 103 runs. Earlier in the 1st innings, Sunil Narine finished with a superb 6-91 and did well along with Sammy, Best and Permaul who took regular wickets to restrict the Kiwis to 349 runs. However, the batsmen failed to post a big total in the 2nd innings ending up on the losing side. The team will look to redeem itself in the ODIs and will definitely perform better in the shorter format of the game.
While West Indies is struggling to perform with the bat, the Kiwis have excelled in all departments of the game; though the visitors will try their best to pull up their socks and deliver better results, New Zealand with home advantage, it’s improved batting and tight bowling unit looks in a better position to win this match.
New Zealand, 1.50 @ Bet365