West Indies make 363-4 in 5th ODI vs. New Zealand
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo made centuries and Kieran Powell scored 73 from 44 balls as the West Indies reached 363-4 on Wednesday in the fifth one-day international against New Zealand.
Powell got off to a blazing start, reaching his half century from 28 balls in 30 minutes, to set the tone of the innings for the West Indies, which had lost the toss and been sent in to bat.
Edwards then posted his first one-day century and shared a partnership of 211 with Bravo for the fourth wicket.
Bravo was out for 106 just one over from the end of the innings, while Edwards, in brilliant form in his 11th one-day international, remained 123 not out at the close.
Edwards reached his century from 90 balls in 139 minutes, while Bravo posted his more swiftly, from 79 balls in 106 minutes.
In total, Edwards faced 108 balls and hit 12 fours and four sixes. Bravo’s innings contained 12 fours and three sixes.
The West Indies reached 300 after only 43.4 overs against a helpless New Zealand attack.
The innings showed a flinty determination from the West Indies team that has been missing from their performances so far in the five-match ODI series. The tourists won the opening match by two wickets but turned in passive performances to lose the third match by 159 runs and the fourth by 58 runs. The second match was lost to rain.
Powell’s batting was the first sign the West Indies were prepared to produce a more spirited effort Wednesday in hopes of squaring the series at 2-2.
He went on the offensive from the start, scoring 19 runs, including three fours and a six, against New Zealand’s fastest bowler, Mitchell McClenaghan, in the third over as the hosts struggled to adjust to the slower pace of the Seddon Park pitch.
When Powell was out in the 13th over, he had scored 73 in a 95-run opening partnership with Johnson Charles. He was out lbw to spinner Nathan McCullum, who was brought into the New Zealand attack to stem the flow of runs from Powell’s bat. Replays showed the ball would have missed the stumps, but Powell chose not to submit the decision to review.
While the West Indies’ scoring rate subsided after his dismissal, he had provided a lead that still allowed subsequent batsmen to play with confidence and freedom.
Edwards and Bravo came together with the West Indies 143-3 and ran their partnership for 25 overs to propel the tourists to their huge total.