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New Zealand win by 58 runs (D/L method)

New Zealand vs W Indies

New Zealand v West Indies: Hosts win rain-hit fourth ODI in Nelson

Martin Guptill (L): Was the top-scorer in New Zealand's win over West Indies

Martin Guptill made a battling 81 as New Zealand claimed a 58-run Duuckworth-Lewis win over West Indies in the first ever one-day international in Nelson.

Guptill started slowly but eventually found his rhythm, leaving others to up the run rate with Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor all getting out in the 40s as the Black Caps posted 285-6.

In response the tourists never recovered from losing both openers for ducks and were 134-5 when rain brought a premature halt to proceedings after 33.4 overs, leaving New Zealand 2-1 up in the series with one match to play.

After New Zealand won the toss, Ryder was dropped twice off Jason Holder, most notably a regulation caught-behind opportunity spilled by Denesh Ramdin, but he made the most of his luck with a series of boundaries, in particular off the wayward Tino Best.

He went for 47 though when Dwayne Bravo - the other man to drop him - found the edge and this time Ramdin made no mistake.

Guptill had been struggling at the other end, batting out two maidens against Holder, but he stamped his authority on the game by driving Bravo for six off the 41st ball he had faced to move to 14.

Slow progress

With the spinners on progress remained slow until Guptill and Williamson took 13 off one Sunil Narine over, including a boundary apiece.

Williamson was content to deal mainly in ones and twos, and amassed 47 with a minimum of fuss before top-edging an attempted pull off the returning Best.

Guptill nudged past 50 in 95 balls before beginning to play more freely, but just as he was upping the run rate he holed out to long-off off the deserving Holder.

Taylor then added some cheap runs late on before being run out one short of 50, and Corey Anderson (17 not out) - scorer of the fastest ever ODI ton in the last game - smashed the last ball of the innings for six, leaving some to wonder why he had not come in earlier.

It mattered little though - Chadwick Walton was run out within four balls of the tourists' response and Johnson Charles followed soon after, picking out long leg off Mitchell McClenaghan after facing 14 balls without scoring.

Kirk Edwards (24) put on 60 with Lendl Simmons before becoming the second run-out victim of the innings, then when Simmons was caught in the deep for 43 it was left to Bravo to lead the recovery.

He was unbeaten on 43 when the rain came, but having struggled to score at a quick rate his side were well out the running by then.

Match Details

3rd Jan 2014
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
Saxton Oval
B F Bowden, I J Gould
TV Umpire
R Martinesz
Match Referee
B C Broad
Reserve Umpire
C B Gaffaney


Batsman R
C.A.K. Walton run out (Williamson) 0
J. Charles c Southee b McClenaghan 0
K.A. Edwards run out (McCullum) 24
L.M.P. Simmons c Guptill b Williamson 43
D.J. Bravo Not out 43
N. Deonarine c Mills b McCullum 3
D. Ramdin Not out 17
Extras 1w, 3lb 4
Total 33.4 Overs 134 - 5
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
T.G. Southee 5 1 21 0
M.J. McClenaghan 6.4 1 30 1
K.D. Mills 2 0 10 0
C.J. Anderson 2 0 10 0
N.L. McCullum 10 0 30 1
K.S. Williamson 8 0 30 1
Full Bowling Card