Boult takes seven wickets as Black Caps crushes Windies

New Zealand crushed West Indies by 204 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the one-day international series.

Trent Boult proved too good for a West Indies batting line-up that lacked identity.   -  Getty Images

Trent Boult ripped through West Indies as New Zealand claimed a 204-run win in the second one-day international, sealing the series with a game to spare.

Boult (7-34) tore through the Windies at Hagley Oval in Christchurch Saturday as the Black Caps won comfortably. It marked the first seven-wicket haul by a player in ODIs between New Zealand and West Indies, while Boult took his tally to 101 in the format.

Henry Nicholls (83 not out) had earlier helped New Zealand, which had been put in to bat, recover from a somewhat worrying position to post 325-6.

Boult struck early and often as the Windies never looked like chasing down the total, dismissed for 121 after 28 overs to fall 2-0 behind in the three-match series.

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It all could have been so different for the visiting team, which was without the ill Chris Gayle.

New Zealand made a decent start through George Worker (58) and Colin Munro (30). However, Sheldon Cottrell (3-62) helped reduce the Black Caps – captained by Tom Latham in the absence of Kane Williamson – to 124-3.

The pace and bounce of the wicket appeared to trouble most batsmen, and the Windies created an opportunity for itself by dismissing Latham (20) and Ross Taylor (57). Jason Holder (2-52) removed that duo as New Zealand was left at 186-5 after a bright start.

But the Windies was unable to build on that, allowing Nicholls – with his highest score in ODIs – and Todd Astle (49) to take the game away with a 130-run sixth-wicket partnership.

Boult got plenty of movement early, taking four wickets as the Windies' chances were crushed. Kyle Hope (4), Evin Lewis (10), Shimron Hetmyer (2) and Shai Hope (23) all fell to the New Zealand left-armer.

Lockie Ferguson (3-17) removed Jason Mohammed (18) and Rovman Powell (0) off consecutive deliveries before Holder (13) was also gone.

Ashley Nurse (27) provided some resistance but the Windies was comprehensively beaten heading into the third and final ODI on Boxing Day.

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