MAN OF THE MATCH: West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, top, and Jason Holder celebrate drawing the one day international series against New Zealand, following the team’s victory in the fifth and final ODI, at Seddon Park, in Hamilton, New Zealand, yesterday. West Indies crushed New Zealand by 203 runs. Bravo, who scored a century and picked up one for 12 from five overs, was named man of the match. —Photo: AFP

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Kirk Edwards hit his maiden One Day international (ODI) hundred and Dwayne Bravo his second as West Indies crushed New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth and final ODI, yesterday, to draw the series two games each.
Edwards was undefeated on 123 while Bravo scored 106, highlighting a superior all-round performance by the Caribbean side to climax the series on a high at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Opener Kieran Powell set the Windies off to a flying start by racing to a 44-ball 73, and setting the tone for their total of 363 for four, their highest ODI total. The Black Caps had no answer to an outfit on fire and imploded for 160 in 29.5 overs.
Powell hit 12 fours and two sixes to dominate an opening stand of 95 with Johnson Charles in 12 overs.
Edwards and Bravo came together at 143 for three to consolidate, then accelerate, after Powell fell leg-before to spinner Nathan McCullum. The run rate slowed after his departure.
Edwards and Bravo added 211 for the fourth wicket--West Indies’ third-highest stand in one-day internationals. The Windies total surpassed the previous best of 360, set against Sri Lanka in 1987.
Edwards’ 108-ball knock included 12 fours and four sixes, while Bravo’s entertaining innings featured 12 fours and three sixes.
New Zealand never built momentum in their run chase as the five frontline batsmen were dismissed with the score on 65.
The big-hitting Corey Anderson was caught for 29 as the Black Caps tumbled to 94 for six, while Kyle Mills led some lower-order resistance before he was run out for 26.
Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller finished with four for 45, while Bravo followed up his century with a miserly one for 12 in five overs to be named man of the match. Jason Holder and Andre Russell each picked up two wickets.
West Indies’ overwhelming display, following poor performances in the two previous ODIs, resulted in New Zealand’s second heaviest ODI defeat.
The two teams now play a two-match Twenty 20 series, starting in Auckland on Saturday.
–CMC

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