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13 Jan 2009 10:20
New Zealand beat the West Indies by nine runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-disrupted fifth one-day international at Mclean Park in Napier on Tuesday to win the series 2-1.
Chasing 294 for victory after Chris Gayle’s 135 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s 94 had lifted the visitors to 293-9, New Zealand were 211-5 after 35 overs when players left the field in heavy rain.
Ross Taylor was 48 not out, while Grant Elliott was on 14 when umpires ended the match.
The series was badly affected by wet weather, with two matches abandoned and West Indies winning the rain-shortened second match by two wickets.
New Zealand had been cruising to victory at 175-3 in the 29th over before losing two wickets off successive deliveries from Daren Powell.
The West Indies fast bowler, who conceded 23 runs from his first over and was involved in heated exchanges with New Zealand openers Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum, caught and bowled Daniel Flynn (21) off a mistimed hook then trapped Neil Broom in front for a duck.
The double strike left New Zealand behind the required asking rate as dark rain clouds rolled towards the ground.
Taylor, who scored 75 in the fourth match in Auckland, then combined with Elliott to see New Zealand back above the required rate and ensure the earlier work of Ryder (21), McCullum (41) and Martin Guptill (43) was not wasted.
New Zealand needed to be above 202-5 at the end of the 35th over under the Duckworth/Lewis method. Powell finished with 3-66 from 10 overs.
Earlier, Gayle smashed his 19th century in one-day internationals and combined for a 170-run partnership with Chanderpaul, to set a tough target for the hosts.
The efforts of the pair, who have virtually carried their team’s batting fortunes on their five-week tour of New Zealand, however, were undone with little support from their teammates.
Kieron Pollard provided a brief eight-ball cameo of 19, which included two sixes and a four, while Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 22.
No other player made double figures.
The visitors had looked on course to post a total in excess of 300 on a superb batting wicket, but the tail opted to slog rather than accumulate runs and were unable to get hold of some tight bowling at the death.—Reuters
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