Taylor, bowlers help New Zealand complete clean sweep of West Indies

New Zealand beat visitors by 66 runs on DLS method in the third ODI in Christchurch on Tuesday

Ross Taylor’s responsible knock along with a complete bowling performance was enough for New Zealand to complete clean sweep in the ODI series against West Indies with a 66-run win on DLS method in Christchurch on Tuesday.

In the match where rain dominated the play and the match was reduced to 23-over a side game, it was New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham who won the toss and opted to bat first.His decision, however backfired as the Black Caps were reduced to 26 for three in the sixth over.

At that time, veteran middle-order batsman Taylor, who was playing in his 195th ODI for the Kiwis, played a responsible knock of 47 off 54 balls with the help of six boundaries to help the home side post respectable total of 131 for the loss of five wickets in the allotted overs. He was well supported by captain Latham, who scored 37 off 42 balls including five boundaries.

For West Indies, pacer Sheldon Cottrell was the pick of the bowler as he claimed two wickets and gave away just 19 runs in his six overs.

Chasing a revised target of 166 to register their first win on the tour, Jason Holder’s men had a horrid start to their innings, as they were reduced to nine for five in the fourth over, courtesy sublime bowling performance from Kiwis new-ball pair of Trent Boult and Matt Henry.

From there on, it was always going to be a case of rescue mission for the visitors, who just never got going and only managed to score 99 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 23 overs.Captain Holder finished West Indies innings with the top score of 34 off 21 with the help of three fours and one six.

For New Zealand, Boult and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner claimed three, whereas Henry claimed two wickets.For his outstanding batting performance in the tough conditions, Taylor was awarded man of the match, whereas for his consistent bowling performance, Boult was award man of the series.

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