Black Caps ease to win over Windies

Ronsford Beaton, the Windies pacer, was on Sunday (December 24) reported for an illegal bowling action during the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch.

For disappointed West Indies skipper Jason Holder, coming off a 2-0 loss in the Test series, there were no excuses for back-to-back ODI defeats.

Beaton made his worldwide debut for Windies in the first ODI of the series against New Zealand. It was West Indies' 15th defeat in 21 ODIs this year, and the 121 they managed in a chase of 326 is their lowest total in 2017.

Lockie Ferguson then all but completed the Windies rout with back-to-back wickets in the 16th over. Ashley Nurse (27) did play a hand down the order but by that time it was nearly over for the Caribbeans.

Being put in to bat first, New Zealand got off to a solid start as openers George Worker and Colin Munro amassed a 50-run partnership before Munro was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell for 30.

Stand-in captain Tom Latham was caught behind off the bowling of West Indies captain Jason Holder for 20, while Taylor went on to make 57 off 66 balls, which included five boundaries, before he suffered the same fate as Latham.

Nicholls' unbeaten 83 off 62 balls led the way to his best-ever ODI tally, the 26-year-old left-hander belting seven fours and two sixes along the way.

"We've heard that he's done well in domestic cricket but to see him come and train and perform like he has at the moment is impressive".

Even without Southee, a line-up of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and Doug Bracewell - the first ODI hero - can cause plenty of problems to the batsmen.

Boult was named Man of the Match, and said: "Little bit of movement early on, but didn't expect seven wickets". "I thought the bowlers went reasonably well but we let ourselves down in the second half of the game and the last 10 overs".

"The batters know they made mistakes and we're far better than what we showed", he said. And the way Trent bowled, remarkable.

More immediately, one prospect that could possibly fetch them better results in the third and final ODI of the current series in Christchurch on Tuesday is the likely return of Chris Gayle.

"The intensity always gets up when the white ball comes out - batsmen target you, trying to get you off your length and you've got to think on your feet", he said. "We've got a quiet team lunch planned for Christmas".

  • Kyle Peterson