New Zealand vs West Indies 4th ODI: New Zealand take 2-1 lead behind Guptill’s 81

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Guptill amassed 81 runs off 119 balls

New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill scored a fantastic 81 to give the Blackcaps a 2-1 lead over the West Indies after they won the fourth ODI in Nelson by 58 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method after the match was cut off due to heavy rain.

Guptill was well supported by Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor as they all made scores in the forties.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to bat first.

His decision to do so paid off as New Zealand’s opening pair of Ryder and Guptill put together a 56-run partnership before Ryder was caught behind off the bowling of West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo for 47.

Ryder’s excellent knock of 47 came off 49 balls and included seven boundaries.

Williamson and Guptill kept New Zealand in control with an 88-run partnership before Williamson was caught behind off the bowling of Tino Best.

Williamson’s brilliant innings of 47 came off 55 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Guptill and Taylor kept the runs flowing with a 59-run partnership, during which Guptill made his half-century, before being caught by Bravo at long-off off the bowling of Jason Holder.

Guptill’s spectacular knock of 81 came off 119 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes.

Taylor ended up making 49 runs off 44 deliveries, which included five boundaries, before being run out.

Thanks to useful contributions from all their top order batsmen, New Zealand finished on 285/6 at the end of their 50 overs.

Bravo was the pick of the West Indian bowlers with two wickets, while Holder, Best and Sunil Narine chipped in with one wicket apiece.

The West Indies were ultimately set a target of 193 to win from 33.4 overs due to a rain delay.

However, they got off to the worst possible start as both their openers were dismissed for ducks.

Kirk Edwards and Lendl Simmons made up for the loss of both openers with a 60-run partnership before Edwards was run out for 24.

Simmons ended up making 43 off 48 balls, which included six boundaries, before being caught by Guptill at midwicket off the bowling of Williamson.

Narsingh Deonarine only made three runs before being caught by Kyle Mills off the bowling of Nathan McCullum.

Despite Bravo’s fabulous knock of 43 off 55 balls, which included three boundaries, the West Indies failed to reach their target.

Williamson, McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan all snapped up one wicket each.

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