WI vs NZ: Tom Latham leads New Zealand to maiden ODI series win in West Indies

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WI vs NZ: Tom Latham leads New Zealand to maiden ODI series win in West Indies
WI vs NZ: Tom Latham leads New Zealand to maiden ODI series win in West Indies

WI vs NZ: Tom Latham leads New Zealand to maiden ODI series win in West Indies

WI vs NZ: In the third and final one-day international, played in Barbados on Sunday, New Zealand defeated the West Indies by a margin of five wickets thanks in large part to the top-scoring performance of acting captain Tom Latham, who struck 69.

The hosts reached 301 for eight in their allotted 50 overs thanks to captain Nicholas Pooran’s blazing 91 and Kyle Mayers’ second one-day century.

By scoring half-centuries in four of their top five batters, the Black Caps were able to achieve 307 for five off 47.1 overs and confirm their position as the top-ranked team in the 50-over format.

It was New Zealand’s first ODI series victory in the Caribbean, as they came from behind to win all three games 2-1. It came after their 2-1 victory in a Twenty20 series the previous week in Jamaica.

Latham led the New Zealand effort in the absence of usual captain Kane Williamson, who was injured, and enjoyed a 120-run fourth-wicket stand with Daryl Mitchell, who hit 63, which tipped the match in favour of the visiting team.

“It’s nice to come here, where other teams have struggled in the past, and get the series win,” said player-of-the match Latham.

“It was a better wicket today and also we knew the target. I am just happy to be able to make a contribution.”

Opener Martin Guptill, who scored 57, and Devon Conway, who scored 56, both contributed significantly to the pursuit.

Heavy dew on the outfield after sunset made it tough for the home bowlers and necessitated four ball changes throughout New Zealand’s innings, which did not help the West Indies case.

For the West Indies, Mayers’ opening stand of 173 with Shai Hope, who scored 51, was dominated by his 105 off 110 balls, which also included 12 fours and three sixes.

However, Pooran’s stunning 55-ball performance, which featured nine sixes and four fours, was what allowed the hosts to surpass the 300-run threshold.

“We missed our chance to take the series in that second game and also paid the price here,” said a downbeat Pooran.

“We have a special bunch of guys here and also I believe we will get better.”

Mitchell Santner of New Zealand, who won player of the series honours, took two for 38 in a restrained 10-over session, while Trent Boult of left-arm swing bowling took the most wickets with three for 53.

The best West Indies bowler, Jason Holder, had two for 37 in seven overs.