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Right, then! That's it from us for this game. New Zealand win and take a 1-0 lead with it. Next game will be crucial for the Windies if they want to stay alive in the 3-match series. Should be a good one given there's a lot at stake. It will take place in Christchurch on the 23rd of December at 1100 local (2200 GMT the previous day). Tune in for that. Till then, cheers!

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Kane Williamson says it was a pretty good all-round performance which he's quite happy about. Opines despite there being a below par target to chase, the wicket was a bit tricky so is pleased that his team got over the line. Goes on to state that Doug Bracewell has impressed after coming back from injury and so have George Worker and Todd Astle. When asked about the next game in Christchurch, mentions it's a slightly different surface which has some pace and bounce, so have to adapt to the conditions there. On his break, says he's looking forward to it as he wants to relax.

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Jason Holder says it was a tough start and they didn't get enough runs on the board. Adds they lost wickets at crucial stages which never gave them any momentum. States he wants his side to do better in the middle overs and finish well from there. Ends by saying they'll look to do better in the next game in Christchurch.

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Doug Bracewell is the Man of the Match. He says it was a good start with the ball and he is delighted to get Gayle. Feels better to get the win. About his knee injury, he says it has been tough but the hard work has paid off. Adds that there is still some niggle but he needs to manage it well.

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West Indies didn't have a good enough total on the board to begin with, but some toothless and inconsistent bowling coupled with some defensive captaincy didn't do them much good. Wickets were what they needed but they never did enough to get that. Earlier in the day, a good holding knock from Lewis followed by a brisk one from Powell saw the Windies get close to 250, but that didn't prove to be enough. Stay tuned as the presentation is about to come up...

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A rather comfortable win in the end for the Kiwis. They had to chase down a below par total which was made easier by their openers Munro and Worker. Their brisk 108-run stand for the opening wicket pretty much set it all up. But the experienced heads of Williamson and Taylor added a 50-partnership for good measure to ensure their side virtually won the game. The latter stayed till the end and ensured New Zealand got over the finish line.

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Rovman Powell to Ross Taylor

Wide! Oh, dear... No fifty for Ross Taylor, because Rovman Powell, either cynically, or unintentionally, has bowled it down the leg side. So the umpire signals wide. Even though Taylor misses out on his fifty, he and everyone else will take joy in the fact that NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 5 WICKETS!

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Jason Holder to Todd Astle

Quite full on the stumps, worked through mid-wicket for a double, which means Ross Taylor will have strike and can complete his fifty. He's on 49. Scores are level.

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Jason Holder to Todd Astle

Astle makes room for himself so Holder follows him. Bangs it in short and angles it down, the batsman somehow ducks and evades.

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Jason Holder to Todd Astle

FOUR! Not going to get an easier delivery to put away. Low full toss on the pads, Astle flicks it through backward square leg. Fine leg was in position but he couldn't get to it in time.

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Jason Holder to Todd Astle

Short and wide, the width's there so Todd slashes it behind point. Takes two runs as third man cuts it off.

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Jason Holder to Todd Astle

Full outside off, driven to mid off. No run taken.

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Jason Holder to Ross Taylor

Bit short on off, Ross moves inside the line and pulls it through mid-wicket for one run.

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Rovman Powell to Todd Astle

Comfortably wristed through mid-wicket. Taylor will come back for the second. 10 to win now from here.

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Rovman Powell to Todd Astle

FOUR! Landed on a length around off, Astle slaps this back down the ground. Mid on is a bit wide, so the ball beats him and races away to the boundary line.

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Rovman Powell to Ross Taylor

Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.

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Rovman Powell to Todd Astle

Does well to flick it away. Places it comfortably through backward square leg for a run. First ODI runs for Todd Astle.

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Rovman Powell to Todd Astle

Astle drives down the ground this time, but the fielder is in the ring for him. So he finds mid on.

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Rovman Powell to Ross Taylor

Full ball attacking the stumps, Taylor moves across, gets behind the line and drives it to long on for a single.

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Rovman Powell to have a go with the ball.

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