About the Match
It was an astonishing win by the Kiwis as they defeated West Indies by 159 runs in the 3rd ODI that was shortened to 21 overs because of rains. New Zealand has leveled 1-1 with West Indies and the two teams will now face each other in the 4th ODI at Nelson on Jan 4. The Kiwis showed immense character and left the spectators in awe of their team as they dominated the Windies throughout and left no stone unturned to secure a win. The West Indies were in disbelief and had given up even before the start of the 2nd innings; they will now look to rectify the equation by coming up with a much better performance in the upcoming ODI match and the Kiwis will be eager to take a further lead from here on.
Corey Anderson broke the 17- year old record of the fastest ODI century set by Afridi in just 36 balls and posted an unbeaten 131 runs off a mere 47 deliveries to take his side to an emphatic win in this ODI series. His heroics overshadowed the efforts of Ryder who scored a brilliant 104 runs off 51 balls and the duo collectively put up 238 runs in 21 overs, a feat that shocked the opponents and surprised the fans in a match that was affected by rains. The batsmen smashed away the hopes of the West Indies bowlers and they smashed away 19 sixes between them to make the crowd go berserk too. The tall target set for the opponents gave the bowlers enough space and time to win the match and they delivered to perfection. While Mills claimed the wicket of Charles in the very first over, McClenaghan, Ryder and Neesham took quick wickets to demolish the West Indies’ batting line-up. It was a show of talent and bravado and the Kiwis look confident of scoring another win here.
When Holder took the wicket of Guptill in the 2nd over, things looked good for the West Indies but nobody expected the gigantic total that awaited them. The bowlers were punished for the smallest of errors and they were pressurized to keep the Kiwi batsmen in control but in vain. They gave away too many runs and faced with a tall target on their hands, which the batsmen feared right from the start of the innings. At 19-3, they were in trouble once again but Dwayne Bravo put up a brave front to post an unbeaten 56 runs off 54 deliveries; however, a lack of support from the other end led to a complete collapse and they failed to reach the target in the reduced overs. They will try to put this defeat behind them and turn the series in their favor with a better performance; if they focus and approach the upcoming match with a positive attitude, they can possibly do so.
The Kiwis have surpassed their own expectations with their tremendous show of skills and spirit; this win has boosted their confidence and they will definitely not let the advantage slip from here on. The West Indies on the other hand will try to recover quickly from the setback and put up a tougher fight in the 4th ODI, however, New Zealand is a formidable force to reckon with and looks better placed to win the match.
New Zealand, 1.40 @ William Hill