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Guptill grinds out rain-affected win

Martin Guptill made a battling 81 as New Zealand beat West Indies by 58 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method in the first-ever one-day international at Nelson.

Guptill started painfully slowly but eventually found his rhythm, leaving others to up the run-rate with Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor all getting out in the fourties as the Black Caps posted 285 for six.

In response, Lendl Simmons and Dwayne Bravo emulated that trio but the tourists never recovered from losing both openers for ducks and were 134 for five when rain brought a premature halt to proceedings after 33.4 overs, leaving New Zealand 2-1 up in the series with one to play.

Ryder was dropped by West Indies all-rounder Bravo and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin before the guilty parties combined to remove him for 47.

Martin Guptill unfurls a cover drive on his way to a patient 81 that was key to New Zealand taking a 2-1 series lead over West IndiesGuptill had been struggling at the other end but stamped his authority on the game by driving Bravo for six off the 41st ball he had faced, moving on to 14.

Williamson was content to deal mainly in ones and twos, and amassed 47 with a minimum of fuss before top-edging an attempted pull off the returning Tino Best.

Guptill nudged past 50 in 95 balls, then hit a sequence of four-six-four off Best in the first over of the batting powerplay, but just as he was upping the rate he holed out to long-off off the deserving Jason Holder.

Chadwick Walton was run out off the fourth ball of the tourists' response and Johnson Charles soon followed, picking out long-leg off Mitchell McClenaghan after facing 14 balls without scoring.

Kirk Edwards put on 60 with Simmons before becoming the second run-out victim of the innings and, when Simmons was caught in the deep for 43, it was left to Bravo to lead the recovery that remained beyond him when the rains came.

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