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Fast-scoring Anderson leads New Zealand plunder of Windies

New Zealand level ODI series with plunder of Windies

Thursday, January 02, 2014    

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QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (CMC) — New Zealand outclassed West Indies by 159 runs to win a lopsided and rain-shortened third One Day International (ODI), powered by the fastest international century from Corey Anderson at the Queenstown Events Centre yesterday.

Anderson reached his 100 in a One-Day match against West Indies in Queenstown from 36 balls, breaking the record of 37 set by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in 1996, as New Zealand reached 283 for four from 21 overs.

In reply, West Indies, who chose to field after winning the toss, limped to 124 for five as New Zealand tied the series one game each with two matches remaining.

Anderson finished with 131 from 47 balls with his ton, including 14 sixes and six fours.

He was supported by Jesse Ryder, whose 104 was itself the sixth-fastest ton in ODIs, in only his second match since being an attack outside a nightclub last March left him in an induced coma.

The pair, who put on 191 for the fourth wicket, came together at 84 for three in the seventh over.

The pick of the West Indian bowling was Jason Holder with two for 48 from four overs.

Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul bore the brunt of Anderson's carnage conceding four sixes in an over each, with Rampaul's three overs costing 64 runs.

The Caribbean side surrendered their series lead and made no serious effort to embark on a winning run chase.

They stumbled to 54 for four by the 11th over and never recovered from the top order collapse.

Captain Dwayne Bravo was undefeated on 56, including three fours and three sixes, while Narsingh Deonarine scored 29.

The only other batsmen contributing double digit scores were Chadwick Walton and Lendl Simmons with 17 each.

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