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Kiwis fly, clinch ODI series

Nathan Astle made an unbeaten 118 and took a breathtaking catch on Saturday to lift New Zealand to a 21-run win over West Indies in the 3rd ODI.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 17:51 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Nathan Astle made an unbeaten 118 and took a breathtaking catch on Saturday to lift New Zealand to a 21-run win over the West Indies in the third-limited overs cricket international, and to a 3-0 win in the five-match series.

Astle held together New Zealand's innings of 276 for six, compiled after winning the toss, and Shane Bond and Jeetan Patel shared six wickets as the West Indies were dismissed for 255 in 49 overs in reply.

A record-breaking late-order partnership of 77 between Ramnaresh Sarwan, who made 65 from 78 balls, and Ian Bradshaw, whose 37 included three sixes, almost turned the match and saved the series. The pair carried the tourists to 250 for eight in the 48th over, within sight of an unlikely victory, to set a ninth-wicket record for the West Indies against all countries.

Michael Mason broke the stand when he dismissed Bradshaw with the last ball of his 10th over and Shane Bond removed Sarwan with his last ball an over later to end the innings.

The West Indies' dismissal was hastened by Astle's boundary-riding catch to dismiss Dwayne Smith from the bowling of off-spinner and super-sub Patel. Smith smashed the ball deep into the leg-side field and Astle, backed up against the boundary rope, leapt several feet in the air to hold the catch in one hand, then tiptoed along the rope to keep the ball in play.

New Zealand's win at Jade Stadium clinches the one-day series after it won the first match at Wellington by 81 runs and the second at Queenstown by three wickets.

Astle came to the wicket with the fall of New Zealand's first wicket at 34 in the seventh over and carried his bat for the remainder of the innings, reaching his 16th one-day international century from 123 balls with seven fours.

He added icing to the cake by striking the last three balls of the innings, from Chris Gayle, for sixes to reach 118 and to establish himself as the second New Zealander after Stephen Fleming to score a century against the West Indies in limited overs play.

Astle restored the New Zealand innings after they had slumped to 87-4 in the 21st over with a partnership of 99 for the fifth wicket with Hamish Marshall who made 43. After a series of minor partnerships, he added 65 for the last wicket with James Franklin who was 17 not out at the close.

Stephen Fleming, who scored 15 from 39 balls, made his 251st one-day appearance for New Zealand's, taking over from Chris Harris as their's most-capped player in that form of the game.

The West Indies lost an early wicket, then made a determined dash after New Zealand's total as Chris Gayle made 38, then Runako Morton and Denesh Ramden added 69 for the third wicket.

Daniel Vettori took the fight out of the tourists when he dismissed Morton (58) and Ramden (28) in the same over, beginning a middle order slump which saw the West Indies lose five wickets for 26 runs.


New Zealand:

L Vincent c Chanderpaul b Bradshaw 25, S Fleming c Morton b Bradshaw 15, N Astle not out 118, S Styris c Ramdin b Bradshaw 1, P Fulton c Gayle b Smith 21, H Marshall c Ganga b Gayle 43, B McCullum run out 13, J Franklin not out 17, Extras: (lb-12, w-8, nb-3) 23,


(for 6 wkts, 50 overs)


Fall of wkts: 1-34, 2-61, 3-64, 4-87, 5-186, 6-211.

Bowling: Bradshaw 8-0-41-3, Edwards 10-2-49-0, Butler 10-0-37-0, Smith 7-0-33-1, Hinds 6-0-34-0, Gayle 9-0-70-1.

West Indies: C Gayle c Vettori b Mason 38, D Ganga b Bond 1, R Morton c Franklin b Vettori 58, D Ramdin lbw Vettori 28, R Sarwan c Vincent b Bond 65, S Chanderpaul lbw Bond 4, W Hinds st McCullum b Patel 4, D Smith c Astle b Patel 2, R Lewis c McCullum b Patel 10, I Bradshawc Vincent b Mason 37, D Butler not out 3, Extras: (lb-1, w-4) 5, Total: (all out, 49 overs) 255.

Fall of wkts: 1-2, 2-58, 3-127, 4-128, 5-141, 6-147, 7-153, 8-173, 9-250.

Bowling: Franklin 6-0-47-0, Bond 10-0-47-3, Mason 10-1-63-2, Vettori 10-2-40-2, Styris 5-0-15-0, Patel 8-0-42-3.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 11:09 IST