BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine wove a web around New Zealand to once again deceive their batsmen as West Indies kept up the pressure to win the final one-day international (ODI) here by 20 runs yesterday.
The right-armer, voted Man of the Match and Man of the Series, finished with five for 27 from his 10 overs as New Zealand, chasing 242 for victory, were dismissed for 221 off the last ball of the innings at Warner Park.
With the win, West Indies finished the series with a 4-1 verdict and with precious momentum and confidence heading into the Test series, starting in nine days' time.
Batting first after winning the toss, West Indies rallied to reach 241 for nine, thanks to another exciting cameo from André Russell, who struck an unbeaten 59 to bolster the lower order.
West Indies had slumped to 180 for eight in the 44th over before Russell fashioned a stroke-filled 59 from 40 balls to add momentum to the innings.
The right-hander smashed six fours and three sixes - two of which came in the 46th over off pacer Andrew Ellis and cleared midwicket and square leg with ease.
Dwayne Bravo added a patient 53 while Marlon Samuels stroked 43, but Tim Southee (3-37) and Kyle Mills (3-40) took three wickets apiece to put New Zealand on top early in the contest.
Opener Chris Gayle (5) failed for the third straight innings when he cut Mills hard to Rob Nicol at point at 23 for one in the fifth over.
His partner Johnson Charles followed in the seventh over, jabbing Southee to Nicol at point for 15, and eight balls later, Dwayne Smith was palpably lbw for nine at 37 for three.
Samuels and Bravo then repaired the innings with a cautious 60-run, fourth-wicket partnership off 101 balls.
While Samuels hit four fours and a six off 59 balls, Bravo counted three fours and a six off 93 balls.
The stand was broken when Samuels was brilliantly taken by Martin Guptill diving low to his left at cover off Southee, and in the next over, Kieron Pollard dragged a short ball from part-time off-spinner to Guptill at short midwicket to depart for seven.
Bravo put on 53 for the sixth wicket with gloveman Devon Thomas, who scored 20 before holing out to square leg off Ellis at 157 for six in the 38th over.
Wickets then tumbled regularly, but Russell's clean hitting gave the Windies a total at which to bowl.
|J Charles c Nicol b Southee 1||5|
|C Gayle c Nicol b Mills||5|
|D Smith lbw b Southee||9|
|M Samuels c Guptill b Southee||43|
|D Bravo c McCullum b Ellis||53|
|K Pollard c Guptill b Williamson||7|
|+D Thomas c Southee b Ellis||20|
|D Sammy c wkp Latham b Mills||2|
|A Russell not out||59|
|S Narine c McCullum b Mills||6|
|T Best not out||5|
|Extras (lb8, w9)||17|
|TOTAL (9 wkts; 50 overs)||241|
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Gayle, 4.4 overs), 2-32 (Charles, 7), 3-37 (Smith, 8.2), 4-97 (Samuels, 25.1), 5-104 (Pollard, 26.5), 6-157 (Thomas, 37.3), 7-160 (Sammy, 38.2), 8-180 (Bravo, 43.1), 9-216 (Narine, 46.1).
Bowling: KD Mills 10-1-40-3 (w1), Boult 8-0-29-0 (w2), Southee 10-1-37-3 (w1), Ellis10-1-54-2 (w2), Nicol 5-0-27-0 (w1), Flynn 2-0-10-0, Williamson 5-0-36-1 (w2).
|R Nicol c Bravo b Best||2|
|M Guptill lbw b Narine||33|
|B McCullum c Sammy b Narine||33|
|R Taylor st Thomas b Samuels||28|
|K Williamson c Gayle b Narine||69|
|D Flynn c Sammy b Best||0|
|+T Latham c wkp Thomas b Bravo||11|
|A Ellis b Narine||28|
|K Mills b Narine||1|
|T Southee not out||4|
|T Boult c Pollard b Bravo||5|
|Extras (lb2, w5)||7|
|TOTAL (all out; 50 overs)||221|
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Nicol, 0.2 overs), 2-64 (McCullum, 11.5), 3-77 (Guptill, 17.4), 4-108 (Taylor, 25.3), 5-109 (Flynn, 26.4), 6-140 (Latham, 34.5), 7-208 (Williamson, 45.4), 8-212 (Ellis, 47.2), 9-213 (Mills, 48), 10-221 (Boult, 50).
Bowling: Best 10-0-58-2 (w4), Russell 4-1-25-0, Sammy 10-0-30-0, Narine 10-1-27-5 (w1), Samuels 10-0-49-1, Bravo 6-0-30-2.
Result: West Indies won by 20 runs.
Series: West Indies win five-match series 4-1.
Man of the Match: Sunil Narine.
Man of the Series: Sunil Narine.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Joel Wilson; TV - Ray Illingworth.