Centuries from Christopher Gayle and Marlon Samuels powered West Indies to comprehensive 55-run win over a hapless New Zealand team in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Sabina Park today.
Scores: West Indies 315-5 (50 overs); New Zealand 260 all out (47 overs)
After winning the toss and electing to send in the West Indies to take first strike, New Zealand were punished by Gayle and Samuels as the home team piled up 315-5 off their allotted 50 overs.
New Zealand showed more fight than they did in the opening game loss on Thursday and were bowled out for 260 in 47 overs.
Wicketkeeper/batsman BJ Watling top scored with 72 not out, while captain Kane Williamson made 58.
West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul grabbed 3-50 off nine overs.
Earlier in the day, the left-handed Gayle, who recently returned to the team after a protracted impasse with the regional Board, spanked a rollicking 125 to become the top century-maker in West Indies’ ODI history.
Gayle slammed nine sixes and hammered eight fours off 107 balls for his 20th hundred in the 50-overs format. He was previously tied with batting great Brian Lara on 19.
Samuels scored a fluent and elegant 101 not out from 103 balls for his third career ODI ton.
Seamer Tim Southee was the top bowler for the ‘Kiwis’ with 3-55 off 10 overs.