New Zealand have whitewashed West Indies by 3-0 in the ODI series with a 66-run win (D/L method) in the third ODI on Boxing Day at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
The Blackcaps chose to bat first after winning the toss. They lost three wickets for 26. Colin Munro scored 19-ball 21 at the top while George Worker and Neil Broom failed.
The play was stopped when New Zealand were 83/3 in 19 overs. Ross Taylor and skipper Tom Latham were on 32 and 23 runs respectively. However, it took a long time for the game to resume and it was down to 23 overs per side.
Taylor and Latham put on 73-run stand. Latham made 37 off 42 with 5 boundaries. Taylor remained unbeaten on 47* runs from 54 deliveries including six fours. The hosts posted 131/4.
Sheldon Cottrell picked two wickets. Captain Jason Holder and Nikita Miller took one wicket each.
West Indies were set a target of 166 in 23 overs. Chris Gayle, who came back into the side, failed to make any difference as he went for 4 to Matt Henry in the first over.
The Caribbeans were put right on the backfoot as they lost five wickets for only nine runs in 3.5 overs. Rovman Powell and Holder added 48 runs. Powell made 11.
Holder hammered 21-ball 34 with 3 fours and a six. Miller (20*) and Shannon Gabriel (12*) made sure that West Indies didn’t get allout. In the end, they managed 99/9 on board.
Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner scalped three wickets each. Henry took two and Todd Astle took one wicket.
New Zealand 131/4 in 23 overs (Taylor 47*, Latham 37; Cottrell 2/21, Holder 1/19)
West Indies 99/9 in 23 overs (Holder 34; Santner 3/15, Boult 3/18, Henry 2/18)
New Zealand won by 66 runs (D/L method)
Man of the Match: Ross Taylor (47*)
Man of the Series: Trent Boult (10 wickets)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com