West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo both smashed centuries as the West Indies destroyed New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth and final ODI to level the series 2-2. The West Indies, in the process, notched up their highest-ever limited overs total.
The massive total was the highest ever the West Indies posted in a 50-over match, surpassing the previous mark of 360 they scored against Sri Lanka in 1987.
Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo came together at 143-3 and put on 211 runs for the fifth wicket, with Edwards finishing on 123*, scoring his maiden ODI century. Skipper Bravo was dismissed shortly before the end of the innings for 106.
Opener Kieran Powell got his team of to a teriffic start with a blistering assault, smashing 73 runs off just 44 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.
He smashed 18 runs off one over from Mitchell McClenaghan. In that over a lucky spectator won NZ$100,000 ($83,000) from a sponsor by catching one of Powell’s six one-handed.
New Zealand got their first break through when captain Brendon McCullum brought on his brother Nathan and the tactic paid off almost immediately when Powell was out lbw for 73, trying to sweep the off-spinner.
Then Johnson Charles followed his fellow opener when he was run out for 31 with a direct hit from Nathan McCullum and Lendl Simmons followed soon after, caught by Kane Williamson.
The West Indies got the momentum back in the innings as they clubbed 117 off the last 10 overs, with Bravo the loss of Bravo who was out caught off the bowling og Williamson.
In reply, the hosts made a disastrous start, losing five wickets for just 65 runs after just 15 overs through a combination of poor shots and a decent West Indian attack.
New Zealand openers went early, with Martin Guptill out lbw for six and key man Jesse Ryder (17) scooping the ball skyward going for a slog.
Brendon McCullum failed to stop the fall of wickets, offering Johnson Charles a simple catch when he charged down the wicket of the bowling off Nikita Miller, who finished with figures of 4/45.
A starnge dismissal followed when Luke Ronchi was dismissed for 15. He dislodged the bails with his foot which in a sense showed nothing was going the Black Caps’ way.