New Zealand's Trent Boult (C) celebrates with teammates after bowling out West Indies batsman Chadwick Walton during the third one-day international (ODI) cricket match between New Zealand and the West Indies at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on December 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Caps bowling attack too strong for West Indies in rain affected match

New Zealand cemented their fifth place in the ODI rankings as the West Indies were torn apart in a 3-0 series sweep.

Black Caps won the third ODI at Hagley Oval in Christchurch by 66 runs.

The NZ bowlers will be held in high regard: Trent Boult (3/18 off five overs) Mitchell Santner (3/15 off five overs) and Matt Henry (2/18 off five overs) dismantled the West Indies for 99 runs.

In what was a very frustrating day for all involved, dedicated fans sat on a wet embankment for over three hours while players & officials left waiting for the heavy rain to stop.

New Zealand captain Tom Latham chose to bat first which seemed an interesting option considering the forecast of afternoon showers.

Black Caps top order batsmen struggled early as the home side found themselves 3/26 after 5.3 overs.

Ross Taylor & Tom Latham started to build the foundation early in the sixth over while the West Indies released the pressure on NZ by a dismal fielding performance.

The defeated body language of the West Indies that we have come accustomed to on this series was again visible, facing another long uphill battle, while Taylor & Latham raced to a 50 run partnership.

In the 19th over the NZ innings started to take shape as Taylor & Latham’s partnership of 57 runs kept them ticking over.

West Indies were thrown a lifeline when the rain in Christchurch forced officials to call for the covers.

Duckworth-Lewis method remains a mystery

Black Caps batsman got stopped by the rain in the 19th over on 83/3 unsure what would unfold next.
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All sorts of theories began to spread around the ground, mention of a 33 over match where NZ will lose runs due to the D/L method which nobody is able to explain.

Spectators were told a 27 over match will resume in 20 minutes however the rain belted down again creating further delays.

Three hours later and officials confirmed with players the adjusted 23 over match, giving the Black Caps four overs to bat.

Latham blasts 14 runs around the ground from seven deliveries then charged Nikita Miller which led to his stumping, gone for 37 from 42 deliveries.
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With the end of a 73 run partnership Henry Nicholls then joins Taylor at the crease with 15 balls to face.

Nicholls took majority of the deliveries finishing 18* from 12 balls.

Taylor for the second time this series wasn’t able to notch up a fifty finishing 47* from 54 balls.

New Zealand raced to 131/4 from 23 overs following a quick fire 48 runs from the final four overs.

Chris Gayle Kick-starts West Indies Severe Collapse

Coach Stuart Law and his squad held an honest team meeting after Saturday’s 204-run record ODI loss to NZ. Law demanded immediate actions from his side.

Usually a poor touring team improves during a series, however six balls into their 166 run chase they were 4/1.

Matt Henry fired up against Chris Gayle sending four head hunter bouncers his way in the opening over.
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Gayle hit Henry for a boundary to get off the mark then edging the ball in the air to Munro.

Following a stunning career-best figures of 7-34 on Saturday, left-arm fast bowler Boult again caused nightmares for West Indies.

Henry & Boult took the scalps of West Indies top order Gayle, Walton, S.Hope, K.Hope and Mohammed for nine runs – 9/5 off 3.5 overs.

Jason Holder fought in a losing battle with Powell partnering for 48 runs to avoid a record low total.

West Indies produced their worst performance of the series falling to 99/9 from the 23 overs.

Can West Indies qualify for 2019 ICC cricket world cup?

West Indies face a tough battle in the qualifiers in March 2018, held in Zimbabwe.

Ireland & Zimbabwe are playing good cricket and will take the tournament right to the West Indies.

The battle for the last two spots will be very interesting as the 1975 & 1979 world cup champions are desperate to repair West Indies cricket.

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