The West Indies start their seventh ODI series played in New Zealand at Whangarei this week. The teams have also met in three one-off games. New Zealand has won two of the one-off games and three of the series, after the West Indies won the first two and one was tied. Todd Foster looks over the most recent encounters between the two sides.
The West Indies won a low-scoring game at Eden Park on Boxing Day 2013, dismissing the home side for 156 in 42.1 overs with skipper Dwayne Bravo taking 4-44. New Zealand had recovered somewhat from 66-6, helped by captain Brendon McCullum’s 51 and his brother Nathan’s 47 batting at number nine.
In reply, the West Indies were 96-6 at one stage but good hands from Lendl Simmons (34) and Darren Sammy (43*) saw their team to victory with two wickets and more than 22 overs in hand.
Rain washed out the second game in Napier and reduced the next in Queenstown to 21 overs a side. Bravo asked New Zealand to bat first and what followed was a remarkable onslaught. Opener Jesse Ryder made 104 from 51 balls with five sixes and 12 fours, but was over-shadowed by fellow-left-hander Corey Anderson who hit 131* in 47 balls with 14 sixes and six fours. His century came from 36 balls, which was then the fastest ever. All the bowlers suffered, none more so than Ravi Rampaul whose three overs went for 64 runs.
Facing a target of 284, the shell shocked West Indians slumped to 19-3 and eventually reached 124-5 with Bravo making 56* from 54 balls.
Rain also curtailed the next game at Saxton Oval, Nelson, with New Zealand maintaining their dominance. Batting first the Black Caps made 285-6 in 50 overs, Martin Guptill making 81, Ross Taylor 49, and Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson each scoring 47.
The West Indies’ openers, Chadwick Walton and Johnson Charles, were both dismissed for ducks and they were 92-5 at the half-way mark. The score was 134-5 in the 34th over when rain prevented any further play and New Zealand were declared winners by 58 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. Lendl Simmons made 43 and Dwayne Bravo was 43*.
The West Indies hit back strongly in the final game at Seddon Park, Hamilton, winning by 203 runs to square the series 2-2. Asked to bat first by Brendon McCullum in sunny weather, the visitors amassed 363-4 – then their highest ever ODI total. Barbadian Kirk Edwards top-scored with 123* from 108 balls, Dwayne Bravo made 106 from 81, and Kieran Powell 73 from 44 at the top of the order. Edwards and Bravo put on 211 runs for the fourth wicket in 150 balls. The New Zealand bowlers’ figures made sorry reading, all going for 6.4 an over or more.
Their batsmen did no better, with the home side bowled out in 29.5 overs for just 160. Only Corey Anderson (29) and Kyle Mills (26) made more than 20 runs. Jamaican slow left-armer Nikita Miller took 4-45, while Andre Russell and Jason Holder each took two wickets.
The teams last met in New Zealand in a quarter-final game at the ICC World Cup at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium in March 2015. The game was dominated by opener Martin Guptill’s stupendous 237*, which came off just 163 deliveries. After an early let-off he did not put another foot wrong to score the second highest ODI score and the highest ever at a World Cup. He brought up 200 from 152 deliveries and contributed 92 of New Zealand’s 153 runs from the final 10 overs. He added 62 for the second wicket with Kane Williamson (33) and 143 for the third wicket with Ross Taylor (42) as the BLACKCAPS reached 393-6 in 50 overs. Jamaican fast bowler Jerome Taylor took 3-71.
West Indies left-handed opening batsman Chris Gayle then smacked 61 from 33 balls, including eight sixes and two fours, despite being affected by a back injury. Only one of his runs came on the off side. With Trent Boult taking 4-44, the visitors lost wickets regularly although keeping up with the required run-rate. Marlon Samuels was looking dangerous until Daniel Vettori dismissed him with a brilliant one-handed catch on the third man boundary. Jason Holder scored 42 lower in the order but the West Indies were bowled out for 250 to lose by 143 runs.