Hosts New Zealand beats West Indies by 58 runs in 4th ODI at Nelson, take 2-1 lead
New Zealand won a rain-affected fourth ODI by 58 runs on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over the West Indies in their five-match series with a game to play in Hamilton on next Wednesday.
The ODI in Nelson was decided by the Duckworth-Lewis method after rain set in with the West Indies apparently on 134/5 and were clearly heading for their second consecutive defeat.
For the hosts Martin Guptill, who made 81, helped them make 285-6 in their 50 overs with Ross Taylor (49), Jesse Ryder (47), and Kane Williamson (47) being the other major contributors in the Kiwi innings.
Guptill opened with a determination to occupy the crease as long as possible after struggling against the West Indies in his two previous innings with scores of two and one.
He crawled to eight off 40 deliveries. But, from there on, man-of-the-match Guptill never looked back as he batted at nearly a run a ball for the remainder of his innings, which included four fours and two sixes.
Jesse Ryder, fresh from cracking the world’s sixth-fastest ODI century in the third one dayer on Wednesday, survived twice on his way to 47.
After being dropped by Denesh Ramdin on 12 and Bravo at first slip shortly afterwards, both comfortable chances off Jason Holder, Ryder raced to 47 in 49 balls before Ramdin held a catch off Bravo.
Kane Williamson was also dismissed for 47 and Ross Taylor added 49 as New Zealand benefited from yet another poor bowling performance from the West Indies.
Earlier, Ravi Rampaul was ruled out with a broken finger, becoming the sixth injured first-choice ODI player in the West Indies squad.
With their bowling weakened, the West Indies needed their batsmen to compensate but were again let down.
Chadwick Walton (0) was run out in the first over and Johnson Charles was also removed for a duck in the fourth over to leave the West Indies tattering at 2/2.
Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards managed to put on 60 for the third wicket before another run out when Edwards gambled on out-running Brendon McCullum’s throw from short cover.
Simmons departed for 43, caught by Guptill at midwicket off Kane Williamson, as the rain started to fall.
When the umpires eventually took the players from the field, Bravo was unbeaten on 43, with Ramdin on 17.
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