Smith and Gayle flay Black Caps
Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle combined to destroy New Zealand as West Indies won the first one-day international at Sabina Park by nine wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
The pair shared a stand of 130 as the hosts triumphed with 52 balls remaining, Gayle typically swashbuckling on his way to 63 not out from just 57 deliveries, including five sixes and four fours. Smith struck six fours and a trio of maximums in his unbeaten 77-ball 65.
Andre Russell earlier finished with 4-45 as the Black Caps posted 190 for nine, with Bradley-John Watling, who made 60, and an ebullient 32 from Jacob Oram the highlights.
West Indies made a poor start to their reply with Lendl Simmons out for a duck, caught by Watling off Kyle Mills, but Gayle promptly set about the attack.
The left-hander hit Tim Southee for six and took Oram for 10 in two deliveries. He was being ably assisted by Smith, who reached 1,000 ODI runs with another maximum off Oram over deep square-leg.
With both players spraying the ball around the ground, it seemed a matter of time before they would wrap up the win.
However, with a downpour due and lightning around, the covers came on with the score on 93 for one after just 18 overs.
When play resumed, the hosts required 43 from 15 overs and they continued where they left off, Gayle reaching his fifty with a single off Southee.
Smith was not to be outdone, registering his half-century in style by launching Tarun Nethula for six over long-on.
He was dropped by Rob Nicol but the Windies’ march was relentless, Smith hitting the winning runs to comfortably reach their victory target of 136.
Earlier the hosts had won the toss and, with just the eighth ball, Martin Guptill became Russell’s first victim when he edged to Darren Sammy.
Nicol and Daniel Flynn put on 27 before Russell struck again, dismissing the duo for 12 and 14 in successive overs.
Dean Brownlie had made only one when he was lbw to Sunil Narine and, despite Kane Williamson and Watling adding 23, the debutant captain feathered a Sammy delivery through to Denesh Ramdin.
Williamson's 24 was cautious, coming off 52 deliveries, and - at 71 for five - the visitors were teetering with a run-rate of just three an over.
A 46-run stand between Oram and Watling was ended when the former was bowled by Ravi Rampaul before Andrew Ellis fell in identical fashion to Narine for 14.
Mills completed Russell’s four-wicket haul and Watling finally fell with a little over two overs remaining when he was lbw to Rampaul.