Russell revels in familiar conditions
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Andre Russell used the advantage of familiar conditions to upstage a half-century from B.J. Watling, leaving West Indies to chase 191 for victory in the first Digicel One-day International against New Zealand on Thursday.
The hometown boy grabbed four wickets for 45 runs from 10 overs, as New Zealand posted 190 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they sent in to bat under sunny skies on a hard, true Sabina Park pitch.
Fast bowler Russell 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.
After Russell removed Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn and Rob Nicol in an incisive 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: C. Gayle, L. Simmons, D.R. Smith, M. Samuels, D.J. Bravo, K. Pollard, A. Russell, +D. Ramdin, *D. Sammy, R. Rampaul, S. Narine
Umpires: R. Kettleborough (England), P. Nero (West Indies)
TV umpire: R. Illingworth (England)
Match referee: A. Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire: G. Brathwaite (West Indies)