NZ vs WI : Yannic Cariah and Alzarri Joseph`s late fightback in vain in rain-reduced game
New Zealand 212 (Allen 96, Mitchell 41, Sinclair 4-41) beat West Indies 161 (Cariah 51, Joseph 49, Southee 4-22) by 50 runs (DLS method)
Finn Allen made 96 and Tim Southee took 4 for 22 as New Zealand beat West Indies by 50 runs in a rain-affected encounter in the second ODI to level the three-match series.
NZ vs WI: New Zealand made 212 batting first and the West Indies were in dire straits at 27 for 6, potentially facing their lowest-ever total in an ODI,
until a long rain break and bold late-order batting changed the course of the match.
When the rain stopped late in the evening at Kensington Oval, West Indies, who were 63 for 7 at the break, were left to chase 212 from only 51 overs.
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They found an unusual hero in Yannic Cariah who posted his first half-century in an ODI and shared an 85-run partnership with Alzarri Joseph (49) which raised the hopes for the home team.
Joseph fell with the total at 157 for 9 and Cariah was the last man out for 52 with the total at 161 to make Sunday’s third ODI the series decider.
Trent Boult and Southey together brought down the West Indies top and middle order, leaving the home side with six wickets in ten overs.
Southee finished with him 22-4 and Vault his 18-3:
Previously, Allen saw him four runs short in a century as New Zealand overcame a loss of captaincy and a stutter, and in 48.2 overs he scored 212.
Skipper Kane Williamson was ruled out with a quadriceps strain in his three games the West Indies won by his five wickets, the first game of his series.
Stand-in captain Tom Latham was one of the three batsmen to fall early as New Zealand struggled 31–3 in ten overs.
He was going for a three-ball duck when Martin Guptill dropped to three and Devon Conway dropped to six.
Allen spiced up the innings with his 84-run partnership with Darryl Mitchell (41) for four wickets.
The pair stayed together for 20 overs, putting New Zealand in a stronger position at 115–4
when Mitchell topped a slog on an attempt down mid-wicket and was caught at the square leg.
New Zealand failed to build from a promising position:
All-rounder Michael Bracewell (6) and power hitters Phillips (9) and Niesham (1) went back and forth. Allen was eventually out for 96 in the first ball of 41 overs as New Zealand were 165-7.
He faced his 117 balls, hitting three sixes and seven fours.
“It was good to lead the team to a competitive overall performance,” Allen said after the game. We figured there were a few more runs that were possible.”
New Zealand’s innings again lost direction in his absence, although Mitchell Santner struggled to collect the rear end.
He found a capable partner in the vault and stayed with him for five overs,
with the pair adding a valuable 31 for the final wicket, leading New Zealand past 190 totals,
but the first game found to be insufficient.
Boult eventually came out for 16, giving off-spinner Sinclair the fourth wicket of the innings. Sinclair finished 4 for 41 as the Spinners shared 6 wickets.
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