So that is it! The hosts continue their domination over the visitors. A whitewash is what they will be looking for in the third and the final ODI, whereas the Windies will play for pride. Will the visitors end the ODI series on a high or will it be the same story again? Join us on the 26th of December at the same venue at 1100 Local (2200 GMT, the previous day) to find out. Till then, take care and cheers.
Windies skipper, Jason Holder is disappointed with the way they played. He further adds they let themselves down in the latter half of the match. Admits they have to address their batting and have to put some runs on the board in the next game. Ends by saying that they have to analyze the situation and make a plan for it.
New Zealand skipper, Tom Latham, says the partnership with Nicholls and Astle set the platform for them. Reckons the game is probably won when someone takes a seven-fer. Admits it is a special feeling to lead one's own country. Hopes for a similar show on the Boxing Day game.
Man of the Match, Trent Boult, says it was special getting a seven-fer. He admits it was not something he was expecting. States that his intensity always goes up with the white ball. Further adds he tried being aggressive by bowling a few short balls. Ends appreciating Lockie Ferguson for his performance.
West Indies on the other hand, needed a brilliant start after the New Zealand batsmen set the Windies a target of 326. But, they didn't get one. They kept losing wickets in heaps. None of their batsmen showed character to stay out there. Shai Hope did look promising but he too fell to a rash shot. When the highest score in your side is 27 runs (Nurse) it often signifies how poor a side is with the bat. Stay tuned for the presentation.
New Zealand have clinched the series with a massive victory. Defending a target of 326, their bowlers came out all guns blazing, led by their spearhead, Trent Boult. He swung the ball at the start and turned to some aggressive stuff when the ball became softer. He bagged career-best figures off 10-3-34-7. He was well supported by Lockie Ferguson who bowled with a lot of pace and used the short ball to great effect. He also finished with a three-fer to his name, bowling out the Windies for a paltry score.
Trent Boult to Shannon Gabriel
OUT! TIMBER! That's it! Career-best figures for Trent Boult, a seven-fer for him. He bowls it on a length around off, gets it to shape back in. Gabriel tries to defend but is late in bringing his bat down. The ball sneaks through and hits the top of off. These are the best figures for a New Zealander against the Windies in ODIs. All smiles on the faces of the New Zealand players as they HAVE WON BY 204 RUNS!
Very full outside off, Gabriel tries to drive but gets beaten.
Trent Boult to Ashley Nurse
OUT! 100th ODI wicket for Boult! He is the 5th fastest to that milestone. He gets a six-fer in this game. A short ball on middle, Nurse goes for the pull but gets a top edge towards deep square leg. Worker there takes it easily. A breezy innings by Nurse comes to an end. New Zealand are just one wicket away from clinching the series.
A very full ball on middle, Nurse jams it out to mid-wicket.
Length ball on off, Nurse camps back and defends it.
Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
Matt Henry to Ronsford Beaton
The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
FOUR! They will need a lot more! A full ball on off, Beaton drives it through mid off for a boundary.
Length ball on off, Beaton defends it off the front foot.
A bumper on middle, Beaton ducks under it.
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
Matt Henry to Ashley Nurse
Flicks it with the angle through mid-wicket. Nurse did not want to run but seeing Beaton go for it he had no other choice but to complete it.
Trent Boult to Ronsford Beaton
A length delivery on middle, Beaton makes room to cut but gets beaten.
Fuller in length on off, driven to covers.