After being hammered in two of the three matches of the five-match series, it was not expected that West Indies will spring a surprise in the final match against New Zealand. But they not only won the contest in Hamilton by 203 runs to level the series 2-2, but also registered their biggest win in terms of runs against a Test playing nation.
If this was West Indies' biggest-ever win then this was also New Zealand's second biggest defeat in ODIs (in terms of runs). They were handed their biggest-ever defeat when Australia crushed them by 215 runs at St. George's in 2007.
Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo made centuries and Kieran Powell struck 73 from 44 balls as the West Indies crushed the Kiwis by 203 runs. Edwards made 123 not out and shared a 211-run fourth wicket partnership with Bravo (106) as the West Indies reached 363 for 4, their highest-ever one-day score, batting first after losing the toss.
The West Indies bowlers, led by Jason Holder, Bravo and Miller, then exposed the frailty of the New Zealand batsmen when they were placed under consistent pressure. Allrounder Corey Anderson, with 29, had the hosts' highest score as New Zealand crumbled to 65 for 5 before being bowled out for 160 in 29.5 overs.
"We came into this game with our backs against the wall and we came away with a big win," Bravo, who got Man of the Match for his performance. "We really played hard to represent our country and represent ourselves."
(With inputs from AP)