New Zealand vs West Indies 3rd ODI: New Zealand cruise to victory in rain-affect affair

Ross Taylor New Zealand West Indies cricket

Ross Taylor was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 47

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New Zealand whitewashed the West Indies 3-0 after they waltzed their way to a 66-run win via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the third ODI in Christchurch.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand were dealt three quick blows as George Worker, Neil Broom and Colin Munro were dismissed within the first six overs.

However, after Ross Taylor and stand-in captain Tom Latham got their innings back on track, the rain came and play was suspended for almost five hours.

As a result, the match was reduced to 23 overs per side and Taylor and Latham went on to amass a 73-run partnership before Latham was stumped by Shai Hope off the bowling of Nikita Miller for 30.

Taylor went on to make 47 off 54 balls, which included six boundaries, while Henry Nicholls smashed a quickfire 18 as New Zealand finished on 131/4.

Sheldon Cottrell was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Miller and captain Jason Holder chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 166 to win as a result of the DLS method, the West Indies were in all sorts of trouble early on as Trent Boult and Matt Henry sliced through their top order and left them reeling at 9/5.

Trent Boult New Zealand West Indies cricket

Trent Boult carved through the West Indies’ top order

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Holder and Rovman Powell temporarily stemmed the bleeding with a 48-run partnership before Powell was dismissed by Mitchell Santner for 11.

Ashley Nurse fell soon after, while Holder proceeded to score 34 off 21 deliveries, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was removed by Santner.

Even though Miller scored an unbeaten 20 towards the end of the innings, the West Indies still fell well short of their target as they ended up making 99/9.

Boult and Santner took three wickets apiece, while Henry snapped up two and Todd Astle claimed one.

Mitchell Santner New Zealand West Indies cricket

Mitchell Santner finished with figures of 3-15 off five overs

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Holder was gutted to have lost again, and said: “We lost wickets upfront and couldn’t recover. It’s not easy to get going from the word go in these conditions.”

Latham was glad to have won the series 3-0, and said: “Outstanding performance. It was to nice get back out after the rain delay. It was about taking it as deep as possible and putting on a partnership with Ross. Scrapping hard and getting some boundaries late in the innings was good. You keep coming on and off, but it’s one of the things you get used to. Exciting for the rest of the summer that a lot of the guys are stepping up.”

Taylor was named Man of the Match, and said: “It was nice to get a total given the situation and the bowlers did really well. I had three coffees. It was a strange day all around with four rain breaks, but it is what it is. I felt good, have trained hard for the last couple of months.”

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