- Sinchan Saha | August 22, 2022 | 2:25 pm
WI vs NZ, 3rd ODI: Fighting against all odds and after facing a tragic defeat in the first ODI from the host West Indies, the New Zealand team has made a strong and significant comeback and has achieved a historic feat that no other New Zealand side could ever do. Latham and co. in the absence of regular captain Kane Williams have managed to win the ODI series and the last white ball round of the West Indies series. They dominated the game by 5 wickets, and summed it all appropriately, they have won the overall tour. The guests won the T20I series by an edge of 2-1 and after facing a heavy loss in the first ODI, they returned unequivocally and won the ODI series.
With the series hanging in balance, New Zealand captain Tom Latham won the toss and chose to field first. Pooran believed his team should set up a gigantic total on the board and afterward put the guests under tension just to check whether they break or not. Staying true and focused on their expectations, West Indies openers Shai Hope and Kyle Mayers sewed a partnership of 173 runs for the first wicket. Mayers scored a big hundred while Hope somehow figured out how to score a patient 50. Circling back to Hope and Mayer’s exploits, the captain scored a quickfire 90 out of 55 deliveries that impelled the score to 301 toward the end of 50 overs.
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The New Zealand batsmen who have been pretty average in the ODI series realise that billows of series rout were floating around them and they must be at their best to turn the tables. Opener Martin Guptill was really careful this time around as he scored 57 off 64 deliveries.
As New Zealand won the series by 2-1, this is the first time they have registered a series win on Caribbean soil.
The in-form Finn Allen couldn’t make any significant contribution in the match and managed to score just 3 off 9 deliveries. The new number 3 for team New Zealand Devon Conway was too good for the West Indies bowlers. Conway wound up scoring 56 off 63 deliveries and Latham later piled up 69 from 75 balls. With New Zealand cruising without a hitch, Mitchell too played a convenient innings of 56 off 63 deliveries. In the last venture of the match, Michael Bracewell and James Neesham scored 48 runs and directed the Kiwis to triumph.