Black Caps thrash Windies in rain-hit ODI

A shambolic top-order collapse saw West Indies slump to a comprehensive defeat to New Zealand in its final one-day international.

New Zealand celebrate their 66-run win over West Indies on Tuesday.   -  Getty Images

New Zealand sealed a one-day international series whitewash over West Indies with a 66-run win in a rain-affected Boxing Day clash in Christchurch.

Set 166 for victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the third and final ODI, the Windies made an awful start, embarrassingly slumping to 9-5. The side ultimately managed to bat out its allotted 23 overs at Hagley Oval on Tuesday, but was still well beaten as it finished on 99-9.

Trent Boult (3-18) and Matt Henry (2-18) did the early damage before spinners Mitchell Santner (3-15) and Todd Astle (1-24) struck late.

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Earlier, the Black Caps reached 131-4 from 23 overs, thanks largely to Ross Taylor (47 not out) and Tom Latham (37). That duo were at the crease when rain hit with New Zealand 83-3 after 19 overs, with the weather causing a long delay.

The host, which had already sealed the three-match series, managed 48 off four overs when play resumed, with Taylor and Henry Nicholls (18 not out off nine) doing most of the damage.

Needing more than seven runs per over to chase down their revised target, the Windies' chances were crushed inside four overs. Chris Gayle (4) was removed by Henry before Boult, coming off a seven-for at the same venue three days earlier, struck three times.

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The left-armer had Shai Hope (2) caught at midwicket before bowling Jason Mohammed (1) and Chadwick Walton (0), the latter with a brilliant yorker. Henry also had Kyle Hope (1) lbw, although replays showed the ball was missing leg stump, as the Windies were incredibly reduced to 9-5.

Jason Holder (34) and Nikita Miller (20 not out) helped the tourists avoid complete embarrassment, but not defeat as New Zealand easily sealed a 3-0 series win.

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