WI vs NZ 3rd ODI: New Zealand defeated West Indies in the three-match ODI series. Kiwi team won the last and deciding match of the series by 5 wickets. In this match held at Kensington Oval, the Windies team batted vigorously and set a target of 302 runs, but the New Zealand batsmen achieved this target very easily.
West Indies won the first match of the ODI series by 5 wickets. After this, New Zealand made a comeback in the second ODI and won by 50 runs with the help of Duckworth-Lewis rule. In the third match also, the Kiwi team got the victory. Kiwi team won the target of 302 runs with 17 balls and 5 wickets remaining. Tom Latham was named ‘Player of the Match’. He played an innings of 69 runs off 75 balls. At the same time, Mitchell Santner was adjudged ‘Player of the Series’. He scored 51 runs in this series and also took 4 wickets.
Windies top order showed strength in third ODI
After losing the toss, opting to bat first, the Windies team got a strong start by the pair of Shai Hope (51) and Kyle Meyers (105). There was a partnership of 173 runs for the first wicket between this opening pair. After the dismissal of Shai Hope, wickets fell one after the other, but captain Nicholas Pooran remained at one end. He took his team close to 300 by scoring 91 runs off 55 balls. Windies team scored 301 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs.
Four New Zealand batsmen hit half-centuries
In response to the target of 302 runs, the Kiwis lost their first wicket for 20 runs but after this New Zealand thanks to half-centuries from Martin Guptill (57), Devon Conway (56), Tom Latham (69) and Daryl Mitchell (63). Keep moving towards the goal. In the last, Jimmy Neesham scored 34 runs in 11 balls to give an easy victory to the Kiwi team. New Zealand took the winning run on the first ball of the 48th over, losing 5 wickets.