Black Caps well whipped again by West Indies
The West Indies have waltzed to their third hammering of New Zealand in a row and taken a 1-0 lead in the five match ODI series.
After New Zealand scored a poor 190-9, the Windies comfortably chased down their Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 136, with nine wickets in hand and more than eight overs up their sleeves.
A 90 minute Jamaican downpour at Kingston's Sabina Park looked the only thing likely of saving the Black Caps once Chris Gayle continued to cash in on his taste for the New Zealand bowling.
On 49 from just 42 balls including five sixes before the rain break, Gayle went on score an unbeaten 63 off 57.
Combining his two innings in the West Indies' Twenty20 wins in Florida, Gayle has now scored 201 runs from three knocks on this tour and only been dismissed once.
But it was Dwayne Smith who top scored for the home side.
In his 80th ODI, Smith's 65no was just his fifth half century and like Gayle, he found the ropes easily and scored six fours and three sixes.
New Zealand were never in the match after scoring just 190 and not picking up Gayle early.
BJ Watling was the only New Zealand batsman to stay around long enough to worry the West Indians.
He scored a well-compiled and patient 60 from 98 balls, batting from the 15th over to the 48th.
Coming to the wicket after Martin Guptill was caught early playing away from his body, Daniel Flynn dragged one on trying an audacious drive, Rob Nicol launched an unneeded slog to the deep square fielder and Dean Brownlie was trapped in front by Sunil Narine, Watling was a lone glimmer of hope.
Jacob Oram's cameo of 32 helped push the score toward respectability, but he too got out playing a shot he shouldn't have been playing.
While Andre Russell picked up four wickets for the West Indies, again Narine was too good for the New Zealand batsmen.
His first five over spell conceded just four runs and earned the wicket of Brownlie.
When he came back, Oram launched him for six off a free-hit, but Narine's figures of 2-26 from 10 overs were still outstanding.
Kyle Mills was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers taking 1-7 from five overs but while he was keeping the batsmen quiet at one end, they were scoring freely at the other.
To add more salt to New Zealand's seemingly opening wounds, Andrew Ellis is unlikely to play any further part in the tour after he injured his left quad muscle while running and took no part in the field.
New Zealand Cricket said an early assessment was "suggesting a grade 1 strain".
"A clearer understanding of the seriousness of the injury will be known after a period of rest and further diagnosis."
New Zealand don't have long to wait for a chance to right today's wrongs, the two teams play again at the same ground on Sunday (NZ time).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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