About the Match
New Zealand has already won the 3-match ODI series by taking a 2-0 lead, and they will try to make a clean whitewash with another win when they meet West Indies for the 3rd ODI at Christchurch on 26th December. The hosts registered a thumping win by 204 runs in the 2nd ODI and they will try to dominate the struggling visitors again on Boxing Day; the Windies will try to fight out till the end and register a face-saving win. It needs to be seen which side can outwit the other and emerge victorious on Tuesday.
Batting first in the second ODI, Henry Nicholls, the middle-order batsman posted a brilliant 83 off 62 to help the hosts accumulate 325 runs. George Worker and Ross Taylor, who are in good form, scored 50+ runs each to build a good foundation while all-rounder Todd Astle posted 49 off 45, keeping the scoreboard ticking. They have a deep batting line-up that has been consistently doing well, whether batting first or during a chase.
The bowlers defended the total easily with Trent Boult taking the maximum wickets, registering a superb 6-34; speedster Lockie Ferguson also dismissed 3 opponents to help them win the match by a whopping 204 runs. In the first ODI also the bowlers restricted the Windies to 248 runs, with Doug Bracewell picking up 4 wickets, spinner Todd Astle taking 3-33 and Ferguson dismissing 2 wickets.
Opener George Worker started the chase well scoring 57 off 66 while Colin Munro and Ross Taylor posted 49 runs each to help them gun down the target. They have experienced players like Taylor, Munro, Williamson, Nicholls and other all-rounders like Astle and Worker who can give them the edge in the upcoming match.
The fast-bowlers Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, and Beaton got regular breakthroughs bowling first in the second ODI but despite an economical spell from most of them, they couldn’t stop the Kiwis from posting 325 runs. The batting line-up succumbed under pressure as the top-order failed to build strong partnerships; Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Powell and Jason Holder were dismissed cheaply, and they lost the match by 204 runs in a humiliating way. S Hope and Ashley Nurse tried to revive the innings by scoring 20+ runs each but it wasn’t enough to come close to the finish line.
In the first ODI, Lewis did well to score 76 off 100 while Rovman Powell in the lower-order scored a well-made 59 but with hardly any support from others in the squad, they could muster only 248 runs. Later, Holder and Williams took 3 wickets with their pace skills while spinner Ashley Nurse dismissed 2 wickets; however, they didn’t have enough on board to fight for and lost the match by 5 wickets.
The Windies haven’t been able to get a foothold on the proceedings till now and they are desperate for a face-saving win here. If players like Gayle, Lewis, Holder, Powell, and others can come out all guns blazing, then surely the visitors can try to fight it out and win the match.
New Zealand has dominated throughout the series and with the 2-0 lead, they clearly are the favorites here. West Indies has many match-winners on their side but haven’t impressed with the bat till now; looking at the recent form, we feel that the hosts are better placed to emerge victorious on Tuesday.