Brave declaration rewarded with Kiwi win

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New Zealand recorded a rare Test series win away from home when they beat the West Indies in the third Test in Barbados, taking the final wicket late on day five to win by 53 runs and take the series two-one.

New Zealand recorded a rare Test series win away from home when they beat the West Indies in the third Test in Barbados, taking the final wicket late on day five to win by 53 runs and take the series two-one.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum declared overnight, leaving the Windies needing 308 runs to win in 98 overs of play, but he took the risk as there was rain around, and he was right. The Windies were all out for 254 in the final hour.

It could have gone badly wrong for the Kiwis though, if the host openers had gotten off to a good start, as the track was good for batting, and if the Windies hadn't lost early wickets, they could well have scored the runs.

But fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee did the early damage as openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Chris Gayle were out very cheaply, and then Kirk Edwards followed, leaving them on 31 for three and the game seemingly done.

The middle order resisted though, with Darren Bravo, batting with an injured finger, and Jason Holder scoring 40 and 52 respectively, and then Shane Shillingford put on a stubborn fight to score 30 off 130 balls.

He was the last man standing, having pushed the game far into the final session, thanks to a few rain breaks, but the rest of the tail were unable to resist, with spinner Mark Craig also chipping in with three wickets.

This was the Black Caps' first series win away from home, against a side not Bangladesh or New Zealand, since 2002. Overall, it was their first away win since 2008, and McCullum's 'funky captaincy' gamble paid off.

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