DESPERATE LUNGE: West Indies cricketer Lendl Simmons unsuccessfully attempts a catch during the fourth One Day International against New Zealand at Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand yesterday. New Zealand won by 58 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain interrupted the match with West Indies on 134 for five chasing 286 for victory. —Photo: AFP

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Windies lose by 58 runs on D/L method

 New Zealand beat West Indies by 58 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the fourth One-Day International (ODI) here at Saxton Oval and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Rain shortened play during the West Indies’ reply to New Zealand’s 285 for six off their 50 overs. West Indies were 134 for five in the 34th over when play was officially called off.

West Indies struggled from the start, losing both openers—Chadwick Walton and Johnson Charles—for duck.

Kirk Edwards and Lendl Simmons stabilised the innings before Edwards was run out by Brendon McCullum for 24 and Simmons was caught on the boundary for 43 off 48 balls. 

When the rain came, Dwayne Bravo (43) and Denesh Ramdin (17) were at the wicket, but still short of the run equation.

Earlier, opener Martin Guptill set the stage for New Zealand with a knock of 81. Ross Taylor (49), and 47 each from Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson ensured a challenging target for the West Indies.

Bravo finished with two for 35 and a wicket each for Sunil Narine, Jason Holder and Tino Best.

Best was the most expensive of the bowlers, conceding 22 runs off his final over to end with one for 70 off nine overs. 

West Indies were down to 12 fit players after pacer Ravi Rampaul suffered an injured finger while batting in the nets. This followed injuries to Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy and the withdrawal of Darren Bravo due to personal reasons.

The fifth and final ODI will be played in Hamilton on Wednesday (Tuesday afternoon TT time). The two teams will also contest two Twenty20 matches. 

After the game, West Indies coach was disappointed that the “replacement players” were not taking advantage of the chances they have been given.

“Yeah, another tough loss,” Gibson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The first 25 overs of our [bowling] innings was excellent,” Gibson said. “But our fielding...couple of dropped catches, which would’ve changed [things]. The way we fielded in the whole innings, particularly towards the end, New Zealand got 25, 30 runs too many. It wasn’t a 280 pitch. Then losing a wicket through a run-out, when you need to be sensible for the first 20 [overs]—with the new balls, it’s going be difficult. Losing a couple of wickets to run-outs was a tough blow. And then weather interrupted and that was that,” Gibson said of the match.

“We’re missing around six players now. (Chris) Gayle, (Kieron) Pollard, (Darren) Bravo, (Marlon) Samuels, (Darren) Sammy, Ravi [Rampaul], (Kemar) Roach...Basically, players are getting an opportunity that they wouldn’t get if the above players were playing. And you have to say that these players are not taking the opportunities given to them,” he explained.

Gibson also noted that the squad would be strengthened with the arrival of specialist T20 players Samuel Badree, Andre Russell and Andre Fletcher from the Caribbean. —CMC

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