Gayle, Smith follow Russell as WI win
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith followed up an incisive spell of fast bowling from Andre Rusell with breath-taking batting to canter West Indies to a nine-wicket victory under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the first One-day International against New Zealand on Thursday.
Gayle marked his first international match on home soil in just over 1 ½ years with a typically spectacular, unbeaten 63 and Smith, enjoying a new lease of life under the maroon helmet, made an equally entertaining 65 not out, as West Indies successfully chased a revised target of 136 from 33 overs in the rain-affected contest at Sabina Park.
Left-hander Gayle struck four fours and fives sixes – including a monster onto South Camp Road over the mound on the eastern side of the ground – from 57 balls and Smith smote six fours and three sixes from 77 deliveries, as they put on 130 – unbroken – for the second wicket either side of a near two-hour stoppage for rain, following the early departure of Lendl Simmons for a duck.
The result meant that West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, which continues on Saturday at the same venue.
Russell had used the advantage of familiar conditions to grab four wickets for 45 runs from 10 overs and upstage a resolute half-century from B.J. Watling, as the Black Caps posted 190 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they sent in to bat under sunny skies on a hard, true pitch.
The West Indies fast bowler earned the Man-of-the-Match award after he flattened the New Zealand top order before Watling gathered 60 from 98 balls to help the visitors reach a respectable total, after they crumbled to 71 for five in the 24th over.
Simmons was caught behind down the leg-side, when he glanced a delivery from Kyle Mills in the third over, but Gayle and Smith had put West Indies firmly on course for victory, taking them to 98 for one after 18 overs, when rain stopped play.
On resumption, Gayle reached his 50 from 43 balls with the first delivery he faced after the stoppage from Tim Southee, which he steered to third man for a single.
Smith followed up with his 50 from 62 balls in the next over with a slog/sweep for six off Nethula into the fifth level corporate boxes in the Great Northern Stand.
The pair marched West Indies to victory, Smith formalising the result with a scoop over cover for a deuce off Martin Guptill’s part-time medium-paced bowling.
Earlier, after Russell removed Guptill, Daniel Flynn and Rob Nicol in his opening spell, Watling was the glue that held the bottom half of the New Zealand batting together, reaching his 50 from 86 balls, and sharing valuable stands with Jacob Oram and Andrew Ellis.
Russell gave West Indies an early breakthrough, when opener Martin Guptill was caught at second slip for one, driving loosely in the second over.
Two wickets in successive overs from Russell left New Zealand rocking on 33 for three in the 10th over.
He had left-hander Daniel Flynn bowled for 12 chopping the ball into the stumps off the inside edge, and opener Rob Nicol was caught at deep mid-wicket for 14 from a miscued hook.
Sunil Narine trapped Dean Brownlie lbw for one in the 15th over with a flat, fast, full delivery, as New Zealand further crumbled, and West Indies captain Darren Sammy had his opposite number Kane Williamson caught behind for 24.
West Indies met resistance, when Oram joined Watling, putting on 46 for the sixth wicket, before Rampaul bowled him for 32 in the 35th over, and Ellis added 44 for the seventh wicket with Watling before Narine bowled him for 14 in the 45th over before there was token resistance from the tail-enders.
Narine finished with two for 26 from 10 overs and Rampaul grabbed two for 42 from 10 overs.
NEW ZEALAND (maximum 50 overs)
R. Nicol c Simmons b Russell 14
M. Guptill c *Sammy b Russell 1
D. Flynn b Russell 12
*K. Williamson c wkpr Ramdin b *Sammy 24
D. Brownlie lbw b Narine 1
+B.J. Watling lbw b Rampaul 60
J. Oram b Rampaul 32
A. Ellis b Narine 14
K. Mills c Samuels b Russell 1
T. Southee not out 9
T. Nethula not out 9
Extras (b1, lb1, w10, nb1) 13
TOTAL (9 wkts) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Guptill, 1.1 overs); 2-30 (Flynn, 7.2); 3-33 (Nicol, 9.2); 4-48 (Brownlie, 14.4); 5-71 (Williamson, 23.4); 6-117 (Oram, 34.6); 7-161 (Watling, 44.2); 8-164 (Mills, 45.6); 9-173 (Watling, 47.5)
Bowling: Rampaul 10-0-42-2 (w1); Russell 10-0-45-4 (w6); Narine 10-2-26-2 (nb1, w1); Bravo 7-0-32-0 (w1); Samuels 7-1-20-0 (w1); *Sammy 6-0-23-1
WEST INDIES (target: 136 off 33 overs)
L. Simmons c wkpr Watling b Mills 0
C. Gayle not out 63
D.R. Smith not out 65
Extras(lb6, w2) 8
TOTAL (1 wkt) 136
M. Samuels, D.J. Bravo, K. Pollard, A. Russell, +D. Ramdin, *D. Sammy, R. Rampaul, S. Narine did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Simmons, 2.6 overs)
Bowling: Mills 5-1-7-1; Southee 7-1-37-0 (w1); Oram 5-0-37-0 (w1); Nicol 3-0-20-0; Nethula 4-1-27-0; Guptill 0.2-0-2-0
Result: West Indies won by nine wickets (D/L Method)
Series: West Indies lead five-match series 1-0
Toss: West Indies
Man-of-the-Match: A. Russell (West Indies)
Umpires: R. Kettleborough (England), P. Nero (West Indies)
TV umpire: R. Illingworth (England)
Match referee: A. Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite (West Indies)