Hamilton:A 130-run onslaught by Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum led New Zealand to victory over the West Indies by 36 runs in their Twenty20 match on Sunday.
Man-of-the-match Ryder posted 62 and McCullum 59 in a record Twenty20 stand for New Zealand.
It came at a shade under 12 runs an over and ensured a formidable target as New Zealand reached 191 for nine, despite a meltdown after the opening partnership ended.
When the West Indies looked to their talisman Chris Gayle to save the day - after he had dismissed both Ryder and McCullum - they found his usually dependable batting talents were absent.
He was out for one in the second over and the West Indies never came close to the required run rate, finishing at 155 for seven.
It was the first decisive result in the West Indies tour of New Zealand after the two Tests earlier in the month were drawn and the first Twenty20 went to a one-over tiebreaker, won by the West Indies.
It also snapped New Zealand's eight-game losing streak in Twenty20 fixtures.
The Seddon Park wicket has proved a happy hunting ground for the McCullum-Ryder pairing as they backed up from an unbroken 165-run stand in a one-day match against England here earlier this year.
Their spectacular opening against the West Indies after New Zealand won the toss included 24 off one Fidel Edwards over and put the home side on target for an innings well in excess of 200.
New Zealand marked three milestones in Gayle's first over, starting with a single to McCullum to bring up his 50, a four to Ryder for the 100 partnership and then a single to Ryder for his half century.
But Gayle made the breakthrough in his next over when he had McCullum caught by Shivarine Chanderpaul at ground level for 59.
McCullum's dismissal, after a 34-ball innings which included six fours and four sixes triggered a New Zealand collapse that saw nine wickets fall in 51 balls for 61 runs.
Ross Taylor was out for six in the next over to a stunning catch when he clouted Jerome Taylor for what seemed a certain six only to be caught on the boundary by a diving Xavier Marshall.
Gayle, who had Ryder dropped by Shawn Findlay with his fourth ball, found success in his second over when the big-hitting left-hander was caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan at long-on for 62.
Ryder, who had been dropped on nine when Pollard put down a sitter, notched up seven fours and three sixes from the 41 balls he faced.
New Zealand continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and went six overs without a boundary before James Franklin took two sixes and a four off Suleiman Benn in the penultimate over.
Benn had the final say when Franklin, the only New Zealand batsman apart from McCullum and Ryder to reach double figures, was caught by Findlay at long-off for 20.