Stand-in captain Tom Latham top-scored with 69 to guide New Zealand to a series-clinching five-wicket victory over the West Indies within the third and closing one-day worldwide sequence in Barbados on Sunday. Kyle Mayers‘ second one-day century and a blistering 91 by captain Nicholas Pooran took the hosts to 301 for eight of their 50 overs. However the Black Caps made mild of an imposing goal as 4 of the primary 5 of their batting order scored half-centuries to achieve 307 for 5 off 47.1 overs and underline their standing because the top-ranked nation within the 50-over format.
New Zealand’s come-from-behind 2-1 win over the three matches was their first ODI sequence success within the Caribbean. It adopted their 2-1 Twenty20 sequence triumph the earlier week in Jamaica.
In the absence of injured common captain Kane Williamson, Latham led the New Zealand effort and loved a 120-run fourth-wicket partnership with Daryl Mitchell, who made 63, which tilted the competition in favour of the touring facet.
“It’s nice to come here, where other teams have struggled in the past, and get the series win,” stated player-of-the match Latham.
“It was a better wicket today and we knew the target. I am just happy to be able to make a contribution.”
The West Indies trigger was not helped by heavy dew on the outfield after nightfall which required the ball to be modified 4 instances throughout New Zealand’s innings and made it troublesome for the house bowlers.
For the West Indies, Mayers’ 105 off 110 balls with 12 fours and three sixes dominated a gap stand of 173 with Shai Hope, who made 51.
But it surely was Pooran’s explosive 55-ball contribution, with 9 sixes and 4 fours, that enabled the hosts to get past the 300-run mark.
“We missed our chance to take the series in that second game and paid the price here,” stated a downbeat Pooran.
“We have a special bunch of guys here and I believe we will get better.”
New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner, who was named participant of the sequence, claimed two for 38 in a containing 10-over spell whereas left-arm swing bowler Trent Boult was the main wicket-taker with three for 53.
Jason Holder was the decide of the West Indies bowlers with two for 37 in seven overs.
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