New Zealand v West Indies, 5th ODI, Hamilton January 8, 2014

Edwards, Bravo set up WI's crushing win over NZ


West Indies 363 for 4 (Edwards 123*, Bravo 106, Powell 73) beat New Zealand 160 (Anderson 29, Miller 4-45) by 203 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A few days ago, West Indies barely had enough fit players to field an XI but, almost out of nowhere, they produced an outstandingly powerful display to square the one-day series 2-2. Their victory by the overwhelming margin of 203 runs - New Zealand's second heaviest ODI defeat - was based around hundreds from Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo who formed a 211-run stand for the fourth wicket in West Indies' highest ever one-day international total.

For Edwards it was his maiden ODI hundred while Bravo's was just his second in a 154-match career where his runs return have been far below what they should have been for his talent. The overall total of 363 for 4 surpassed a mark from back in 1987 when West Indies scored 360 against Sri Lanka. Although West Indies had taken the opening match in Auckland, there would have been long odds on this team producing such a performance after two insipid displays in Queenstown and Nelson.

They could hardly have wished for better conditions to try and overturn their poor batting form; a flat pitch, small ground and a fast outfield. Brendon McCullum was happy to bowl first, backing his team in a chase, but the final carnage was probably 80 runs more than he would have wanted. This was one of those occasions when mishits reached the boundary and chip shots clear them, but that is to take nothing away from the performances of Edwards and Bravo, who both produced textbook one-day innings consisting of a period of rebuilding, then increasingly fierce strokeplay as the innings progressed. The fact they did not join forces until the 25th over highlighted how dominant they were.

Edwards had not previously passed fifty (which he reached with a flick for six over midwicket) in the first ten matches of his career, but was able to start his innings from a rare position of strength after Kieran Powell, who raced to 73 off 44 balls, had dominated an opening stand of 95 in 12 overs. His hundred came from 90 deliveries with an inside edge past the stumps - the second fifty requiring 28 balls as he cut loose in excellent batting conditions. He favoured the leg side, where he hit two of his four sixes, but also drove strongly through the covers as McCullum struggled to stem the flow.

Bravo had joined Edwards with the innings at a tipping point on 143 for 3 after New Zealand had hauled back the early charge but after a few overs of consolidation - aware that West Indies did not have a huge amount of batting to follow - opened his boundary account with a six over long-off and produced the stylish strokeplay that has been so often lacking during his international career.

This, though, has been a good series for him with the bat and he moved to his hundred from 79 deliveries (his second fifty taking just 25 deliveries) in the penultimate over of the innings which was followed by his third six, straight towards the sightscreen off Kane Williamson.

The last 10 overs - six of which cost double figures for the bowlers, including 21 off the 44th bowled by Corey Anderson - produced some severe damage as West Indies scored 117 runs; the five-over block from 40-45 brought 75 runs. Although it was a tough ground to defend on, New Zealand's bowlers did not help themselves by often delivering a hittable length.

Powell, the tall left-hander, set the tone in the opening over when he collected consecutive boundaries off Tim Southee and in the paceman's next over another pull carried for six. His innings kicked into a higher gear during the sixth over of the innings, from Mitchell McClenaghan, which cost 19 runs including another six: this time it was caught, one-handed, by a supporter in the crowd which earned the lucky man a prize of NZ$100,000.

Powell's fifty came off 28 balls and he was eyeing a rapid hundred when he went to sweep McCullum and was taken on the boot. Replays showed it would have missed leg stump but Powell declined to use the review available. In the 14 overs following Powell's wicket, there were only three boundaries, the pressure helping to bring about Lendl Simmons' wicket when he drove to point, but it was the only period where New Zealand were not chasing the game.

Given what the home side achieved in Queenstown - albeit in a reduced game - they could not immediately be ruled out of the chase, but hunting down such a vast total is a very different challenge when compared to setting one. It needed a hundred from one of the top four, but instead they were all dismissed by the 11th over.

Martin Guptill was beaten by a nip-backer from Bravo, Jesse Ryder top-edged behind square, Williamson walked across his stumps to the impressive Jason Holder and Ross Taylor edged a delivery that turned from Nikita Miller. When Brendon McCullum skied into the deep, the challenge was already verging on the impossible and the sight of him losing his bat trying to slog Miller was apt given he will see this as a series victory that his team let slip from their grasp.

The final mention, though, should go to West Indies. The last two wickets came courtesy of a superb running catch from Bravo and a direct hit by Holder. They were as brilliant today as they had been woeful earlier in the series. It was only a shared series, but given their recent woes it probably felt like a lot more.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Following up.... Neesham took 3.16 of his four overs cricklyoldbugger... but I do not see your admission of being incorrect anywhere. No variation> He took two wickets off slower balls and took 3 wickets at four an over!!! His wicket taking average is now 17. Probably the best in the team. Oops!! And your mortal enemy BMac anchored the innings, captained well, pulled the strings and we thrashed them by 81 runs. Wow!!! Yet you have gone silent in preparation of your next trolling exercise, totally ignorant of the fact that all your predictions (due to this one exception ODI loss, which Neesham NEVER played in FYI) in regards to the first T20 and your assertions about Neesham and BMac (anyone can review your comments) were 100% wrong. Print this please cricinfo? cricklyoldbugger is getting three trolling pieces an article. All without merit. It is called right of reply. Thank you.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    @Crinklyoldbugger (an apt name)... Neesham had a fantastic CLT20. He was man of the match or thereabouts right through the tournament and dismissed Sangakarra, Shane Watson, MIsbah Ul Haq and a number of others... he batted at 5 or 6 and was the backbone of the Volts' MIDDLE-order hitting...he single-handedly beat the Highveldt Lions (no, really, he did).... That was an elite, pressurized, international tournament... he was like 22 years old at the time and finished with a batting average of 70 at 170 strike rate. His ODI bowling average is 21... only McClenaghan has a better wicket taking average. Yet he offers explosive batting and more than solid fielding (his catch to dismiss Davids in South Africa is still one of the best ten catches of all-time in my opinion) He scored a mature 42* versus Sri Lanka when we were dead and buried... and he had to wait 11 games to finally get a home ODI (Eden park debacle)... which remains his only home game. He's improving too.He > Munro / Ronchi.

  • Andrew on January 10, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Opinions for and against McCullum, but I agree with RegofPicton - his numbers tell a story. Here's how I see it: McCullum has hung up his keeping gloves and so he must now be judged for his batting abilities alone. The reality is his numbers don't stack up to allow him to continue.

    Consider some figures. In tests and ODIs combined he has batted for NZ 335 times and scored only 11 centuries, with 6 of those centuries coming against Ireland, Canada, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. As I am particular opposed to his position in the test team I note he averages 25 against both South Africa and Australia in tests, so he's not a man to stand up against the big boys either. In ODI cricket, his supposed strength, he took 29 games to register his first 50 and 143 games to register his first hundred. Fine for a keeper / batsman, but let's remind ourselves he's hung those gloves up now!

    The die is cast - he's good for a few quick runs but he is no batsman.

  • john on January 10, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    I will tell you whats stupid, thinking Taylor will get the captaincy back for the next world cup,and thinking Wright will want the coaching gig again

    Like it or not, Maccullum is our best option at the moment, to lead us into the next world cup.

    Even if his form drops further, I doubt the selectors will change anything before a world cup.

    Anyway, I like his captaincy overall since he took over in this format, taking games in isolation is naive.

    I'm looking foward to the indian series - bring it on!!

  • ESPN on January 9, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    It's international sport that's the stupidest thing I have ever heard . Wining team every time. You think Manchester United fans are happy if they keep losing but they know the players are happy. Hahaha

  • john on January 9, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Taylor and!

    They were both shafted by NZ cricket, they will NEVER be back in their past positions.

    Maccullums form has been rubbish recently, and Hesson probably shouldn't have been selected, but they will be there for the next world cup.

    People need to get over the Hesson Maccullum thing and move on, I prefer Maccullum as the odi captain anyway.

    My team for the odi world cup

    Guppy, jessie, kane, ross, bmac, corey,latham,nathan mac, boult, southee,mitch

    Vettori doesn't have a contract and probably won't be around, nathan maccullum deserves his spot anyway, he is playing well

  • john on January 9, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    @22many, good side, well balanced and I think guptil would be served better down the order..latham is a the future keeper/batsmen and should playmore.. Good coach and captain class both of them. @nicevans, I keep on hearing the same old stuff, "lack of form","hes a match winner"..would you rather have a happy team , than a winning team???

  • ESPN on January 9, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Answers here's your answers! Nz have lost 5 of the last Odis against west indies b and bangladesh 4 at home. With a very talented side. worste run of 7 Odis in years considering the opposition . Clarke dhoni bravo misbah devillers Mathews mcculllum . All bar one consistently lead by the front show courage and perform as the captain of there country . Even you mate I think can find the odd one out... Facts Taylor could be in the list and acknowledged worthy trust me mccullum is not!

  • ESPN on January 9, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Here is your answers you are the typical nz fan that is happy to see the blackcaps underperform without any consistency. A team full of tremendous talent ! No sorry mate I'm not happy to see my captain never play a Clarke deviliers Dwayne bravo misbah dhoni ( and trust me they all do ) lead by example innings ever!!!! I'm not happy to see a talented side loose 5 of its last 7 Odis against West Indies b and bangladesh 4 at home. What answers do you need . I want a captain like every other higher ranked side in the world has nominated someone with guts less of an ego and the ability to lead by example and execute there talent sounds a bit like Williamson or Taylor to me. Get off your happy with below par arm chair. We are existing a good era of nz talent with the wrong senior staff. How can people not see that!

  • Wayne on January 9, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Well done Kirk and Dwayne it just shows the WI players can do better. Disunity is a parasite that eats away your confidence and self esteem.Please !I appeal to the powers that be whenever the WI team are touring outside of the West Indies they must employ a psychologist who deals with the mind. This would help them to believe in themselves and develop the mental skill to be competitive.

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