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NZ levels limited overs series 1-1

Ross Taylor and Daniel Flynn shared an unbroken 89-run partnership to lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the third limited overs cricket international today. Click here to read more cricket stories

cricket Updated: Jan 07, 2009 19:25 IST

Ross Taylor and Daniel Flynn shared an unbroken 89-run partnership to lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the third limited overs cricket international on Wednesday.

Daniel Vettori took four wickets for just 20 runs as New Zealand dismissed the West Indies for 128 in 41.4 overs, setting up a win which leveled the five match series 1-1 after the tourists' five-wicket victory in the second match on Saturday. The first match was abandoned because of rain.

"I think it was probably set up by the bowlers first and foremost," captain Vettori said.

"The wicket had a bit in it, but in the end it was a very comfortable victory and a very happy dressing room."

The West Indies' total, highlighted by a diligent innings of 45 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was always going to be inadequate, despite conditions which favored bowlers.

New Zealand lost both openers for just 34 in reply, and slipped to 40-3 before Taylor and Flynn steered the hosts to the win.

Taylor made 51 from 50 balls, hitting five boundaries and three sixes, and Flynn was 23 from 34 balls.

Kyle Mills set the stage for the West Indies' collapse, taking 2-12 in a superb opening spell of eight overs including the dismissal of Xavier Marshall for a duck with the fourth ball of the match.

Mills exposed the tourists' brittle middle order and Vettori took full advantage, claiming the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth wickets.