Windies level series with big win

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The West Indies won the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton by 203 runs on Wednesday, thus levelling the series at two-all and going into the T20 series on the back of a win.

The West Indies won the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton by 203 runs on Wednesday, thus levelling the series at two-all and going into the T20 series on the back of a win.

The Windies batted first and scored a massive 363 for four, thanks to centuries from Dwayne Bravo and Kirk Edwards. The Black Caps then made the visitors' task easy and were all out for 160 in the 30th over.

The hosts won the toss and chose to field first, and from the get go it proved to be a bad idea. Windies openers Kieran Powell and Johnson Charles reversed the form they had shown all series and put on 95 for the first wicket.

Powell was out for 73 off 44 balls, soon followed by Charles, who had made 31. This left Edwards and Lendl Simmons to put on a few more runs, before the latter was out for nine. He was the only real failure on the day.

Bravo and Edwards thus came together to put on 211 runs in 25 overs, at more than eight to the over. Edwards recorded his ton off 90 balls, while Bravo used 73 deliveries. The pair struck seven sixes and 24 fours between them.

With the target of 364 set after 50 overs, the Kiwis got off to a dire start. Martin Guptill was bowled by Bravo for single figures in the fourth over, and from there the wickets tumbled regularly.

All-rounder Corey Anderson was the top scorer in the knock, with just 29, while only he and Kyle Mills managed to score above 20. Nikita Miller, in the side for the injured Darren Sammy, bagged four wickets.

The sides next contest a two-match T20 series, starting on Saturday in Auckland.

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