BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Talismanic opener Chris Gayle failed for the first time in five innings, triggering a miserable West Indies batting slide that culminated in a disappointing 88-run loss in the third One-Day International, as New Zealand clawed their way back into the series with a gutsy performance here yesterday.
Chasing a moderate 250 for victory and a series-clinching 3-0 lead in the five-match series, West Indies proved a shadow of the side that dominated previous matches and crumbled for 161 all out off 34.3 overs, their lowest ever ODI total at Warner Park.
Gayle, with three half-centuries and a century in his last four innings on tour, could only manage 11 this time around and it was left to fellow Jamaican Andre Russell to blast an unbeaten 42 at the end, to be the only batsman to pass 20.
Pacer Jacob Oram (2-22), off-spinner Nathan McCullum (2-40) and left-arm seamer Trent Boult (2-45) all finished with two wickets apiece.
The victory halted the Windies' four-match winning streak to put the series back in play, after it appeared over after New Zealand lost the first two matches at Sabina Park in Jamaica last week.
Earlier, Russell snared four for 57 with his right-arm pace — his second four-wicket haul of the series — to help limit the tourists to 249 for nine after they were sent in.
Opener Rob Nicol top-scored with 59 and Nathan McCullum got an even 50, while in-form BJ Watling scored a busy 40, but New Zealand squandered a strong position of 123 for three in the 26th over.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine also proved a thorn in their side with two for 28 from his 10 overs.