Black Caps botch run chase to lose final ODI
Sunil Narine has again destroyed the Black Caps.
The wily spinner took his first five-wicket haul in international cricket to help the West Indies to a 20-run win and a 4-1 series result, this morning (NZT) in St Kitts.
After setting New Zealand a very gettable 242 to win, Narine picked up New Zealand's four top run scorers and ended with figures of 5-27 as New Zealand were bowled out in the final over for 221.
That haul gave him 13 wickets in the series at a sensational average of just 11.23.
He broke the valuable 62-run second wicket partnership between Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill, enticing McCullum to edge to first slip.
He then trapped Guptill in front soon after only to come back in his later spell to break another partnertship that looked capable of winning the match for New Zealand
Kane Williamson and Andrew Ellis had put on 68 for the seventh wicket and were on track to take the match down to the wire before Williamson pulled a short ball from Narine straight to Chris Gayle at midwicket.
That left Ellis with too much to do and he then Mills were both bowled by Narine trying to swing for the fences.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy was full of praise for Narine, who took 13 wickets at an average of 11.23 and an economy rate of 2.92 in the series and earned the Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards.
''He's just world class and to have him in the team gives you more confidence, especially when you're defending a total,'' Sammy said.
''You know what he's capable of. Throughout this series he's been a champion for us.''
Again, regular wickets cost the New Zealand side.
They lost Rob Nicol to the second ball of the chase and only two partnerships were worth more than 31.
The tourists also paid the price for not wrapping up the West Indies' innings as well as they should have.
After picking up early wickets, they had the West Indies teetering at 37-3.
Through Dwayne Bravo (53) and Marlon Samuels (43), they got back on track, but even at 180-8 New Zealand was well on top.
Enter Andre Russell.
Batting at No 9, Russell slammed three sixes and six fours on his way to 59no off 40 balls.
He put on 36 and 25no for the last two wickets with Narine (6) and Tino Best (5no) to take what would have been a mediocre score to a match-winning one.
In what must be seen as a rare positive, Tim Southee seems to have refound his form ahead of the test series and was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers, taking 3-37 while Mills took 3-40.
Narine has only played one test, but is likely to be a thorn in the Black Caps' side when the two test -series starts next Thursday (NZ time).
At least the batsmen will not have to go after the 24-year-old Trindadian in the tests as they did in the shorter forms of the game and that should take at least some of the venom out of his deliveries which no New Zealand batsman seems comfortable facing. New Zealand now have a three-day game against the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua starting on Saturday (NZ time) before the first test match is played at the same venue.
Chris Martin, Kruger van Wyk, Neil Wagner and Daniel Vettori join the side while Rob Nicol, Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum and Kyle Mills return home.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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