About the Match
The Kiwis took 2-1 lead in the 5-match ODI series against West Indies by defeating them in the 4th ODI yesterday by 58 runs through D/L method. The two teams now play each other in the 5th and final ODI match on Wednesday at Seddon Park, Hamilton; this is a crucial match for both sides as the home team is looking for a series win here while the visitors would like to draw it by winning this contest. New Zealand has exhibited a huge improvement in its batting strength and the last two matches witnessed incredible performances from the Kiwis; it needs to be seen if they continue to do well or will the West Indies batsmen bounce back to level the series.
The Kiwis opted to bat first and the openers delivered to perfection by posting a 56-run partnership before Ryder got out at 47. Guptill went on to score 81 runs off 119 deliveries and along with Williamson, who scored 47 runs off 55 balls, made a 88-run stand for the 2nd wicket. The batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking and saw to it that they had a good defendable total in the end; they posted a target of 286 for the visitors but the rains shortened it to 193 runs off 33.4 overs. The bowlers kept their cool and plundered through the West Indies top order with some excellent fielding as well. Clenaghan, McCullum and Williamson took a wicket each and put the pressure on the opponents by breaking partnerships and took their team safely home; they won the match by 58 runs through the D/L method and will look to win this series comfortably here.
West Indies bowlers struggled to take regular wickets and they were ineffective in causing any dent on the Kiwi batting line-up; while Bravo provided the breakthrough and took 2 wickets in total, Best, Narine and Holder claimed a wicket each, however the run flow couldn’t be restricted by them and they faced a tall target of 193 runs from 33.4 overs in the rain affected match. The chase started out poorly with Walton getting run-out in the very first over, followed by the wicket of Charles, who too didn’t score any runs. Edwards and Simmons battled it out and posted a 60-run partnership for the 3rd wicket; later Bravo and Ramdin contributed well with their 42-run stand but it was too late to turn around the match in their favour. It was a disappointing loss and the team will look forward to win the final match and level the series, which will boost their morale for the upcoming T20 matches.
The West Indies fought hard in the ODI series so far and will like to wrap it up with a win to level the series; however, the Kiwis have shown great determination and skills by putting up flawless performances especially with the bat. While the visitors will not make it easy for the home side to take home the title, New Zealand looks much better placed to win the final match and series here.
New Zealand, 1.30 @ Bet365