That's it from us for this game. New Zealand enforced another whitewash on the Windies by winning this ODI series 3-0. Plenty for the visitors to work on, but they won't have much time as the T20I series will begin in three day's time. The first encounter will take place on 29th December at 1500 local (0200 GMT previous day) in Nelson. We hope you join us for it. Till then, cheers!
Tom Latham says it was an outstanding performance and is glad they were able to get back on the field despite the rain delays. Wanted to take it as deep as possible with the bat after the Windies had them on the ropes at the beginning of their innings. When questioned about what he did during the rain break, he says he just had his pads on throughout that time and waited patiently. Ends by saying he thinks it's nice that everyone is stepping up instead of just one or two guys, which is great for the team overall.
Jason Holder says they started well with the ball but lost wickets while batting which made them lose momentum. Adds they have to be tighter with the bat to give themselves a chance to get going, despite the swinging conditions. Feels there's obviously still some work to be done and will look to do better in the upcoming T20I series.
Man of the Series, Trent Boult says it's nice to bowl well and get the result. Mentions that having Matt Henry bowl from the other end helps as he puts pressure on the batsmen and the swinging conditions at the Hagley Oval obviously help too.
Man of the Match, Ross Taylor says it's nice to put up a good score and help the side win. When asked about what he did during the long rain break, he jokes and says he had three cups of coffee during that time. States that he had been working hard the last couple of months so is happy his hard work is paying off now.
Earlier in the day, the Kiwis got off to a shaky start losing three quick wickets courtesy a brilliant spell by Cottrell with the new ball. They seemed to be in trouble at 26 for 3 but the partnership between Taylor and Latham and some brisk runs by Nicholls towards the end helped them get up to a total which proved too much for the visitors. Stay tuned for the presentation coming up...
It was another poor outing with the bat by the Windies. No batsman showed character to fight it out. The only positive they could take from the second innings is they managed to play their full quota of overs. None of the top five managed to get into double figures. Jason Holder was their top scorer with a quickfire 34 but that was never going to be enough.
So, after all the rain interruptions we had, New Zealand came out and put another dominating performance with the ball to inflict a whitewash. Defending 166 in 23 overs was never going to be easy, especially with the firepower the Windies possess. But, the Kiwi bowlers came out all guns blazing and had the away side 5 down within the first four overs. Boult and Santner finished with three-fers and Henry bagged two with one being the all-important wicket of Gayle.
Todd Astle to Shannon Gabriel
NOT OUT! It has pitched outside leg! It was an ambitious review though, only taken given it's the last ball of the game. Astle tosses it up around leg stump, Gabriel tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Todd appeals but the umpire shakes his head. He signals for a review and his captain obliges. They go upstairs and replays show it has pitched outside leg. New Zealand lose their review but to be honest it won't matter as THEY HAVE WON BY 66 RUNS (DLS Method)!
Review time! A review for LBW has been taken by Latham against Gabriel. Seems to be pitching outside leg.
The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
A googly on the pads, Gabriel tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire stays put.
Todd Astle to Nikita Miller
The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
Drags his length back outside off, Miller cuts it to point.
Starts off with a full toss on middle, Gabriel flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
Todd Astle will bowl the last over.
Matt Henry to Nikita Miller
Tries to follow it up with a yorker on off but ends up serving a full toss. Miller defends it back to the bowler.
The batsman makes room to go over the off side. Henry does well as he follows him with a short ball. Miller tries to guide it on the off side but gets beaten.
Shortish ball outside off, Miller sways away from it.
The batsman defends it from within the crease.