2nd ODI: Trent Boult fires New Zealand to victory with 7-wicket haul

first_imgNew Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult picked up a 7-wicket haul to power New Zealand to 204-run victory in the second ODI against the West Indies at Christchurch on Saturday. The hosts thus, clinched the series with one match in hand.The Black Caps had posted 325 for 6 after being put into bat thanks to major contributions from Henry Nicholls (83*), Ross Taylor (59) and George Worker (58). Todd Astle also chipped in with a quickfire 45-ball 49.In reply the Windies innings was rocked early as Boult sent back Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer to reduce the visitors to 4 for 52 inside 10 overs.The left-arm seamer then came back for his second spell to remove the tail-enders while Lockie Ferguson chipped in with 3-17 as New Zealand’s fast bowlers skittled out the West Indies for just 121 in 28 overs.Boult’s career-best figures of 7 for 34 also saw him complete 100 ODI wickets in the process, becoming the second fastest Kiwi bowler to reach the landmark after Shane Bond.Already missing star opening batsmen Chris Gayle, who withdrew from the match with an unspecified illness, the West Indies were immediately in trouble when Boult ripped through the top order.He bowled Kyle Hope (4) with a ball that straightened and hit off stump then removed the other opener Evin Lewis (10), caught at backward square leg. Boult then dismissed Shimron Hetmyer (2), caught at second slip, then removed Shai Hope (23) with a high top edge to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.Trent Boult bags 7 wickets, goes to 100 ODI career wickets and the West Indies are bowled out for 121 for a 204 run victory in Christchurch.Card | https://t.co/KhMW8Q2Cf8 pic.twitter.com/wFEqVlcmfCadvertisement- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 23, 2017Ferguson got rid of Jason Mohammed (18) and Rovman Powell (0) with consecutive deliveries, then the West Indies captain Jason Holder (13), the last of the recognized batsmen.Boult returned after his six over opening spell to quickly polish off the innings, removing Sheldon Cottrell (8), Ashley Nurse (27) and Shannon Gabriel (no score). Nurse was Boult’s 100th wicket in ODIs, enabling him to become just the fifth New Zealander to take 200 wickets in tests and 100 wickets in ODIs.”If I could pin it down to anything it was a little bit of movement in the first spell with the new ball,” Boult said. “But to go out and get seven was something I wasn’t really expecting.”Today I just tried to keep it as simple as possible, try to remain aggressive and bowl a few short balls and to get a few wickets was very satisfying.”A quick word with the ANZ Player of the Match Trent Boult (7-34) #NZvWI pic.twitter.com/XQQELKKeYF- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 23, 2017Earlier, George Worker, Ross Taylor and Nicholls all scored half-centuries to lift New Zealand to a daunting total after the hosts were sent in to bat.Worker made a career-high 58, beating his previous best of 57 which he made in the first ODI match at Whangarei on Wednesday, after sharing in a solid 50-run partnership with Colin Munro for the opening wicket.Taylor held the middle order together with a well-crafted 57 to register his 39th ODI half-century while Nicholls batted through the last 20 overs to register his highest ODI score.Nicholls also shared a record sixth wicket stand of 130-run with Todd Astle, who was bowled by Cottrell for 49 in the last over.Nicholls faced just 62 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes as New Zealand blasted 103 runs off the last 10 overs to post more than 300 for the first time in 2017.(With AP inputs)last_img read more