West Indies’ search for their first win of the New Zealand tour ended at Eden Park in Auckland as the visitors edged past the home side in a low-scoring thriller to take lead in the five-match ODI series.
Mitchell McClenaghan’s maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs led New Zealand’s fightback after they had been bowled out for 156, but Darren Sammy smashed an unbeaten 27-ball 43 to take West Indies over the line.
West Indies needed 61 when Sammy arrived at the crease at the fall of the sixth wicket and used the short boundaries to his advantage. Yet solidity was hard to come by as New Zealand kept chipping away with wickets.
Sammy had added 25 runs with Denesh Ramdin, who scored just 2, when McClenaghan struck for the fifth time to remove Ramdin. Thirty-six runs and three wickets in hand; it was not a question of overs as West Indies were scoring at a quick rate.
New Zealand Innings: 156 All Out (42.1 Overs). Brendan McCullum 51, Nathan McCullum 47, Corey Anderson 13, James Neesham 10; Dwayne Bravo 10-0-44-4, Jason Holder 7.1-1-21-2, Ravi Rampaul 9-0-27-2, Narine 10-2-28-1.
West Indies: 157/8 (27.3 Overs). Darren Sammy 43*, Lendl Simmons 34, Darren Bravo 14, Dwayne Bravo 12; Mitchell McClenaghan 9.3-0-58-5, Kyle Mills 8-1-37-2, James Neesham 6-0-35-1, Corey Anderson 4-0-19-0.