After clinching a low-scoring contest in the first ODI, West Indies will look to go 2-0 up in the 2nd ODI against the host New Zealand in Napier on Sunday.
West Indies closed the contest in Auckland with just two wickets to spare, with Darren Sammy playing a cameo, smashing 43 off just 27 balls. Earlier, captain Dwayne Bravo led from the front in restricting the Kiwis to mere 156. Left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan although took a career-best 5 for 58 for the hosts, it didn't prove enough at the end.
It could be a morale-boosting victory for the visitors, who lost the Test series 2-0. Both the sides will want their batsmen to fire in Napier, with only Brendon McCullum getting a fifty from both sides in the first game. Nathan McCullum contributed with crucial 47 at the end for the hosts when their top four failed in unison.
Jesse Ryder got a duck in his return outing and Test series hero, Ross Taylor, made just three. But despite batsmen's failure, New Zealand still look a much better unit, at least on paper. They have a good combination of experience and youth and West Indies will have to play out of their skin if they want to make it 2-0.
New Zealand had used just four bowlers in Auckland but the all-round abilities of James Neesham will prove very handy for the hosts. West Indies will be without Darren Bravo who has pulled out of the current tour due to personal reasons. Kirk Edwards may grab the vacant spot.
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (Capt), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 James Neesham, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan
West Indies: 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo (Capt), 6 Narsingh Deonarine, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Jason Holder, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Ravi Rampaul