Black Caps battle back at St Kitts
New Zealand produced a fine effort in the field to give themselves hope of producing a dramatic turnaround in their one-day international series against West Indies.
The Black Caps were 2-0 down in the five-match rubber prior to the encounter, and looked set to slip to another loss after being restricted to 249 for nine on a good surface.
Yet that proved more than enough as Trent Boult, Jacob Oram and Nathan McCullum claimed three wickets apiece to deliver an 88-run success by helping dismiss the Windies for 161 at Warner Park.
Having been put in, the tourists made a disappointing start as Martin Guptill was trapped in front by Andre Russell, who claimed 4-57.
Number three Daniel Flynn played some fine strokes alongside Rob Nicol in response, only to be caught behind off Dwayne Bravo chasing one outside off stump.
Kane Williamson then misjudged a Sunil Narine delivery to be bowled via an inside edge, after which Nicol brought up an impressive half-century by flicking Darren Sammy over square-leg for six.
Yet New Zealand continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. After Tom Latham top-edged a Sammy bouncer to deep midwicket, Nicol disappointingly presented Marlon Samuels with the easiest of caught-and-bowled chances.
Thankfully for the tourists, however, BJ Watling and McCullum delivered the goods to ensure a competitive total was posted; both hit four fours and a six in efforts of 40 and 50 respectively.
Jonson Charles initially prospered in the reply, striking a quick 15 before being trapped plumb in front by left-arm seamer Boult - after which came the prized wicket of Chris Gayle, who edged Tim Southee to Guptill at slip.
The explosive opener had struck 85 not out, 53, 63 not out and 125 in four innings against New Zealand, the first two of which came in T20s in Florida, but could only manage 11.
A procession of wickets followed, with New Zealand’s excellence being summed up by an outstanding piece of fielding from Guptill to run out Samuels, who afforded himself a chuckle at its quality.
McCullum was able to complete a fine performance with the wickets of Kieron Pollard and Sammy as Russell, left stranded on 42, ran out of partners.