Trouble for West Indies did not stop after Christmas as New Zealand overwhelmed the tourists in the final ODI of the series. It was a rain-affected game but the home team remained completely in command. With the game, New Zealand has also taken away the series from the visitors. Trent Boult has been named as man of the series for his consecutive performance with the ball in the series.
The first ODI was good for the West Indian team when compared to other matches of the series. Chris Gayle is on a return in his National side after a span of long two years. This is his second series after playing England in England, where he looked good with the bat. But against New Zealand, his form was not impressive. Ewin Lewis played good innings in the first ODI. The visitors made a fightable total of 248 in given 50 overs. Trent Boult remained wicketless in the first match, while Bracewell and Astle took 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
In response, the openers of New Zealand were right on the mark. Colin Munro and G Worker put up a partnership of 108 in 16 overs before Munro was dismissed by Williams. Williamson was bowled by Holder after making 38. Taylor and Astle anchored the team to win the match by 5 wickets with 4 overs remaining. Doug Bracewell was named, player of the match.
Second ODI at Christchurch was brutal for visiting team. New Zealand was invited to bat first after Holder won the toss and this decision later proved very punishing for West Indies. New Zealand batsmen played the match very beautifully playing fantastic strokes all over the ground. HM Nicholls remained not out on 83 while Taylor, Worker also scored half-centuries in the match. West Indies had to chase a huge 325 in 50 overs at 6.5 rpo.
Trent Boult was not in the mood to forgive the visiting batsmen in this match. He was on top of his form in this match. In his first spell, Bolt dismissed all the 4 top order batsmen of West Indies. After his brutal spell, came the spell of Ferguson who was equally decimating. He bowled 4 overs in the middle dismissing 3 batsmen and West Indies were 7 for 86 in 18 overs. Trent Bolt in his return spell summed up the match for his team clinching 7 wickets in the match for only 34 in his 10-Over spell. Bolt was named player of the match. New Zealand won by a huge 204 run margin, thanks to the likes of Bolt and Ferguson.
In the third ODI, West Indies entered the stadium with series already gone. The match was affected by rain in intervals. The toss was won by Tom Latham, the skipper of New Zealand who elected to bat first right away. The start of the inning was not as good as in previous matches. But Taylor and Latham batted well scoring 47 not out and 37 each respectively to make a total of 131 in restricted 23 overs. Due to the rain affecting New Zealand innings, the target was revised to 166 run from 23 overs.
West Indian batting line-up was ripped apart by the bowling pair of Matt Henry and Trent Boult. Half the team was already back in the pavilion on just 9 runs. Jason Holder, captain to visiting side remained top scorer for the side making 34 runs. The lower order was dismissed by Santer who clinched 3 wickets. WI was only able to make 99/9 in given 23 overs, so the visitors lost by 66 runs.
LPL Taylor was named as the player of the match for his important 47 not out and Trent Boult was declared player of the series for his furious bowling throughout the series.
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