The West Indies’ disappointing home form continued as they were beaten by New Zealand in their best of three match ODI series – all the matches were played at the Kennington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados – having also lost the T20I series to the tourists.
It follows on from their loss in front of their home fans to India in both forms of white ball cricket, and also an ODI series loss in the Caribbean to Bangladesh earlier in the summer.
Here is a recap of what happened in those three matches:
The series had actually started on a high note for the home side after what proved to be a low-scoring match in Barbados. They won the toss, put the Kiwis in to bat, and controlled and disciplined fast bowling saw the tourists all out for 190. Akeal Hosein took 3 – 28, and Alzarri Joseph 3 – 36, whilst former captain Jason Holder claimed two wickets.
In the event, the home team reached the winning line with more than eleven overs in hand, with Shamarh Brooks making a leading contribution by making 79, and earning himself the Player of the Match award into the bargain.
The optimism and confidence generated by that win dissipated just two days later after another demoralising defeat.
Initially though, they had seemed on top after winning the toss and opting to field first.
Opener Finn Allen scored 96 for the Black Caps, but apart from 41 from Daryl Mitchell the rest of their batting line-up struggled, and they were eventually dismissed for 212 in the 49th over.
Right-armed spinner Kevin Sinclair took 4 – 41, whilst Holder had another fine match with the ball, finishing with 3 – 24 from his nine overs.
However, with the match rain affected, The West Indies top and middle order batting just collapsed, and with less than ten overs bowled, they slumped to 27/6.
It was left to those down the order to bring some respectability to the final scorecard. Yannic Cariah batting at number eight made 52, whilst Joseph fired an attacking 49.
It was a case of too little too late though, and their side was all out for 161, New Zealand winning by 50 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern methodology.
Tim Southee did the most damage, taking 4 -22, whilst Trent Boult claimed 2 – 18.
Few losses this summer would have been more galling to the home team than this loss in the decider in Bridgetown, especially after they made such a strong start. Put into bat after losing the toss, and on a surface that was much better for batting than the earlier pitches, their opening pair of Shai Hope and Kyle Mayers put on 173 for the first wicket, with Mayers making 105, and Hope 61. Although captain Nicholas Pooran then came to the crease and made a fine attacking 91, off just 55 balls, including no fewer than 9 sixes, the middle order failed to provide any support to him whatsoever, and only the number ten batter, Alzarri Joseph got into double figures.
It meant rather than the substantial total once promised, the West Indies had to settle for 301/8 from their 50 overs.
Although Lockie Ferguson came in for some punishment, conceding 80 runs for just one wicket from his ten overs, fellow seamer Trent Boult – who recently announced he is scaling back his international commitments – came back well from taking early punishment, finishing with 3 – 58.
The visitors were always in control of the run chase, and benefitted not only from the fact that nearly all their batters made a contribution on the day, but that they were able to string partnerships together, particularly the stand for the fourth wicket between Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham worth 120.
In the end, they made what had seemed a tough task relatively simple, reaching their victory target with almost three overs in hand.
The Kiwis can head home knowing that they got the job done and, having struggled earlier in the year now appear to be back on track. For the West Indies, though, it is back to the drawing board.
They continued to struggle for consistency, and, although individuals are capable of producing fine performances on the day, they need to produce as a team if they are to win matches and series consistently.
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