New Zealand registered their first ever series win on Caribbean soil after defeating West Indies in the deciding third and final ODI by five wickets at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Sunday.
A collective batting effort helped the Black Caps gun down the target of 302 in 47.1 overs. The likes of Martin Guptill (57), Devon Conway (56), Tom Latham (69) and Daryl Mitchell (63) all smashed vital half-centuries to power New Zealand to a series-clinching victory. All-rounder James Neesham also made a notable contribution, cracking a quickfire 11-ball unbeaten 34 to take the visitors home.
Earlier, West Indies posted a competitive 301/8 on the board in their assigned 50 overs, thanks to scintillating batting by Shai Hope (51), Kyle Mayers (105) and captain Nicholas Pooran (91).
Hope and Mayers stitched together a dominating stand of 173 for the opening wicket before the tourists came back and removed both openers in quick succession. The dismissal of both top-order batters opened the flood gates as the hosts kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Despite that, Pooran stayed in the middle and ensured West Indies reached a respectable total.
For New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult picked up three wickets for 53 in his quota of 10 overs, including a maiden. However, the star with the ball was Mithcell Santner, who conceded only 38 runs in 10 overs and also claimed a couple of scalps.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 22, 2022
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 22, 2022
New Zealand won their first ODI series ever in West Indies – a historic run chase.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 22, 2022
Ten #CWCSL points in the bank and a series win away from home!
— ICC (@ICC) August 22, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 22, 2022
— Make It All Stahp (@pinkstephness) August 22, 2022
— #BackTheBLACKCAPS 🇳🇿 (@KW_Fans) August 22, 2022
Jimmy Neesham doing Jimmy Neesham things!! #WIvNZ
— Rob Bruce (@robert_t_bruce) August 22, 2022
Unleash the Neesh! #WIvNZ
— Just Joshin’ (@_OUA_) August 22, 2022
Brilliant chase from NZ in the decider.. heartbreak for WI, thought they had enough… The bowling didn’t come good today, negated Akeal very well!! The wait for a series win continues for the WI #WIvNZ
— Rahul Kumar (@rahulk_1019) August 22, 2022