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Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum had an appropriately blunt assessment of last night's defeat in Hamilton – New Zealand's second-worst result in one-day internationals.
"That was a terrible performance across the board," McCullum said shortly after his side were hammered by 203 runs by the West Indies at Seddon Park.
On a good batting wicket, the down-at-heel tourists found a spring in their step to hammer the hosts and to tie the completed five-match series one-day international series at 2-2 after one game was abandoned.
Only a 215-run battering by Australia at the 2007 World Cup in Grenada was worse than yesterday's loss, after the Windies amassed a record-setting 363 for four batting first.
McCullum won the toss, put the visitors in and they responded by going past the previous best one-day international mark at the venue of 350-9 by New Zealand when they beat Australia in February 2007 batting second.
This time, however, there were no heroics from the home side in pursuit, as they were rolled for 160 in just 29.5 overs.
"We had high hopes of being able to seal the series and take a small step forward in the rankings," McCullum said.
"Our bowling was very poor, our fielding wasn't great . . . and the batting never got under way."
McCullum was bugged by his troops' inconsistency over the series.
"It's not any of the traits we want to be known for as a team.
"You don't expect to be blown off the field after pretty good performances the last couple [of matches]."
McCullum said after winning the toss that history favoured the side batting second, but the beleaguered visitors showed history was bunk with a dominant display after being written off as practice fodder ahead of the tour by India.
The suggestions throughout the tail-end of the West Indies tour was that the tourists were already thinking of home, while the Black Caps were adamant they weren't making the mistake of looking ahead to India arriving.
Now the New Zealand bowlers will have to regroup in two Twenty20 matches against the Windies on Saturday and Wednesday after being plastered all over the park.
Inspired by their top-drawer batting display, the tourists were accurate with the ball and excellent in the field after catching errors had plagued previous performances.
Lendl Simmons did a superb job to snare a skier from Jesse Ryder that he had to pursue and circle under before clasping at fine leg, while wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin took an exceptionally smart catch off an edge from Ross Taylor while standing up to left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.
McCullum's evening went from bad to worse when he lost his composure, bat and wicket when dancing down the wicket to Miller only to sky a catch to Johnson Charles as the bat flew from his hands. Miller starred with 4-45 off his 10 overs.
Earlier, Kirk Edwards, Dwayne Bravo and Kieran Powell made a mess of the home team's bowling figures, with none of the six NZ bowlers used going for fewer than six runs per over as they proved inconsistent with line and length.
Edwards made his maiden one-day international century, finishing 123 not out and featuring in a wonderful fourth-wicket partnership with his skipper Bravo after opener Powell made a blazing 73.
Edwards was playing just his 11th ODI and left his previous best tally of 40 not out in the dust under the parching Hamilton sun. His tally came from just 108 balls and including 12 fours and four sixes.
Powell raced to 50 off only 28 balls and looked like surpassing his best ODI tally of 83 before he was trapped leg before to a full delivery from off-spinner Nathan McCullum.
When it looked like the tourists' momentum would falter, Edwards was joined by Bravo. When Bravo departed 25 overs later, their partnership tallied a whopping 211 and entered the record books as the highest partnership for any wicket by a West Indian duo against New Zealand in ODIs. It finished as the ninth-highest fourth-wicket partnership by any team in ODI history when Bravo was dismissed off the last ball of the 49th over for a majestic 106, made from only 81 balls and featuring 12 fours and three sixes
Scoredboard for fifth ODI between New Zealand and West Indies at Seddon Park, Hamilton:
K Powell lbw b N McCullum 73
J Charles run out (N McCullum) 31
K Edwards not out 123
L Simmons c K Williamson b C Anderson 9
D Bravo c N McCullum b K Williamson 106
A Russell not out 6
Extras (lb 4, wd 11, nb 0) 15
Total (for 4 wickets, 50.0 overs) 363
Fall: 1-95 (K Powell, 12.1), 2-116 (J Charles, 18.3), 3-143 (L Simmons, 23.6), 4-354 (D Bravo, 48.6)
Bowling: T Southee 10-0-64-0 (3w, M McClenaghan 8-0-64-0 (2w, N McCullum 10-0-64-1, C Anderson 10-1-77-1 (5w, K Mills 8-0-60-0, K Williamson 4-0-30-1 (1w)
M Guptill b D Bravo 6
J Ryder c L Simmons b J Holder 17
K Williamson lbw b J Holder 16
R Taylor c D Ramdin b N Miller 9
B McCullum c J Charles b N Miller 6
C Anderson c D Bravo b A Russell 29
L Ronchi hit wicket b N Miller 15
N McCullum c D Ramdin b A Russell 18
K Mills run out (J Holder) 26
T Southee c D Bravo b N Miller 9
M McClenaghan not out 0
Extras (lb 6, wd 3, nb 0) 9
Total (for 10 wickets, 29.5 overs) 160
Fall: 1-21 (M Guptill, 3.1), 2-37 (J Ryder, 6.6), 3-45 (K Williamson, 8.6), 4-50 (R Taylor, 10.3), 5-65 (B McCullum, 14.2), 6-94 (C Anderson, 19.2), 7-123 (N McCullum, 23.1), 8-125 (L Ronchi, 24.6), 9-151 (T Southee, 28.2), 10-160 (K Mills, 29.5)
Bowling: J Holder 5-0-35-2, D Bravo 5-0-12-1, N Miller 10-1-45-4, S Narine 5.5-0-31-0, A Russell 4-0-31-2 (3w)
- © Fairfax NZ News
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