About the Match
The hosts won the first ODI match by 5 wickets after gunning down the required 249 runs with 4 overs to spare; New Zealand leads the series 1-0 and will take on West Indies in the 2nd ODI at Christchurch on 23rd December. The visitors had earlier lost the test series, and are desperate for a win now; they will need to pull up their socks and put up a better performance if they want to keep the series alive. The Kiwis are in good form and will try to dominate the Windies again on Saturday; it needs to be seen if the visitors can get a hold on the proceedings and make a comeback here.
Chasing 249 runs, openers George Worker and Colin Munro posted a 108-run stand to build the foundation; captain Kane Williamson scored 38 runs while Ross Taylor posted an unbeaten 49 to steer the team towards victory by 5 wickets. Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle also helped keep the momentum going, and add depth to the batting line-up.
With the ball, pacer Doug Bracewell was the most successful with 4-55 in 8 overs, causing a collapse in the opposition’s batting efforts. Spinner Todd Astle was the most economical with a figure of 3-33 in his 10-over spell while fast-bowler Lockie Ferguson took 2 wickets to help wrap up a win.
Fast-bowler Adam Milne, who suffered injury, will be replaced by Seth Rance who registered 1-44 in his international debut against Ireland. Along with others like Bracewell, who has made an impressive comeback after the winter, and Ferguson, the Kiwis could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
Evin Lewis posted a brilliant 76 off 100 while batting first against the Kiwis but he had no support from others like Jason Mohammad, Shai Hope, and Jason Holder. Chris Gayle was out of form, and he contributed with only 22 runs; Shimron Hetmyer scored 29 off 42 while Rovman Powell did well to post 59 of 50 to get them to 248 runs.
Fast-bowlers Jason Holder and Kesrick Williams took 3 wickets between them while spinner Ashley Nurse dismissed 2 opponents to stifle the hosts, but they couldn’t contain the run-flow. Although Beaton, Gabriel, and others tried to restrict the Kiwis with the runs, they lost the match by 5 wickets in the 46th over itself.
Gayle’s illness might rule him out of the second ODI, in which case the Windies will have to rethink their opening partnership; Lewis is in good form and could yet again come out all guns blazing while Hetmyer, Powell, and others in the middle-order should try and build good partnerships whether batting first or during chase.
The visitors suffered a setback in the first match, but they would be in high spirits to bounce back on Saturday to keep their hopes alive. The Kiwis, on the other hand, are a determining unit that has many in-form players and look better placed to keep their winning momentum going with a victory again.