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New Zealand Beat West Indies by Five Wickets in First ODI

AFP |December 20, 2017, 12:41 PM IST
New Zealand Beat West Indies by Five Wickets in First ODI

Whangarei: New Zealand cruised to a five-wicket win over the West Indies in the first one-day international in Whangarei on Wednesday.

The tourists reached 248-9 after losing the toss and being sent in to bat, a target the Black Caps overhauled with four overs remaining.

Opening batsmen George Worker and Colin Munro laid the foundation for the hosts' chase with a 108-run partnership.

New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell was named Man of the Match after taking four for 55 with the ball, while spinner Todd Astle took three for 33 on debut.

The tourists struggled from the start of their innings, with dangerman Chris Gayle failing to fire and managing just 22.

Fellow opener Evin Lewis was the pick of the West Indies batsmen with a classy 76, while Rovman Powell staged a stirring rearguard action to score 59 off 50 balls.

However, New Zealand always looked comfortable pursuing the relatively modest total.

The loss leaves the West Indies yet to register a win on their New Zealand tour after a 2-0 whitewash in the Test series.

They have not won an ODI series in New Zealand since 1995, and are in a form slump that has seen them win only three of 17 ODIs contested in 2017.

The next fixture in the three-match ODI series is in Christchurch on Saturday.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and paceman Tim Southee will be rested for the second and third ODIs.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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