WI vs NZ 5th ODI: Bravo 52 helped to win against NZ
Tuesday , July 17 2012 , 07:13 PM
The West Indies have completed a 4-1 one-day series win over New Zealand with a 20-run victory at Basseterre.
Dwayne Bravo battled to 53 and shared in half-century stands with Marlon Samuels (43) and Devon Thomas (20) before Andre Russell's muscular half-century set up a competitive total of 241 for nine.
WI vs NZ 5th ODI
Kane Williamson (69) threatened to lead New Zealand home but spinner Sunil Narine turned the game the West Indies' way with five for 27.
Windies openers Johnson Charles (15) and Chris Gayle (five) fell cheaply and Dwayne Smith (nine) failed to overturn a leg-before decision on review as Tim Southee's second wicket of three left the hosts in trouble.
It was slow going for Samuels and Bravo but they took the total past 50 before a loose drive by Samuels was superbly caught by Martin Guptill.
Bravo struggled to 21 from 64 balls before heaving Nicol for six as he shared in his second 50 stand, but Thomas fell when Southee took a diving catch in the deep at the second attempt. Bravo completed an 89-ball half-century before chipping Andrew Ellis straight to mid-wicket.
Russell made 59 from 40 balls, his second-highest ODI score. Nicol fell to the second ball of the Kiwi innings for two, Bravo with a sharp catch off Tino Best's bowling. But Brendon McCullum made a rapid start with four early boundaries before Guptill hit first Best and then Russell for six.
The partnership reached 50 in the eighth over but Narine deceived McCullum (33) into edging to slip. He then trapped Guptill lbw for 33, a decision upheld after a referral, the ball beating him through the gate. Captain Ross Taylor hit three boundaries and put on 31 with Williamson but was unluckily stumped for 28.
Williamson and Tom Latham put on 31 before the latter nicked Bravo to Thomas, meaning the batting powerplay started with the Black Caps 140 for six and needing 102 from 15 overs. Williamson brought up a 69-ball half-century and had good support from Ellis, but the required run-rate was still climbing and they needed some fireworks.
Thirteen came from the 42nd over and the 50 stand in the next, from 47 balls, before Bravo dropped Ellis. But Williamson fell victim to a diving catch by Gayle, who plunged to his right to snatch a full-blooded pull one-handed. That proved the key moment and Ellis (28) and Kyle Mills (one) were both bowled by Narine, the Black Caps dismissed for 221.
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