Windies won against New Zealand in practice match 9 for World Cup
West Indies team win their warm-up match 9 against New Zealand at County Ground, Bristol by 91 runs.
The Carribean team showed skills and easily gained on the Kiwis with all-rounder Chris Gayle and batsman Evin Lewis kick-starting the game. Gayle quickly smashed a 22-ball 36 while Lewis watched the game from the other end.
Wicketkeeper Shai Hope replaced Gayle after he was dismissed. Hope and Lewis added 84 runs which completed their fifties. Trinidadian cricketer stepped to the side as Hope carried his golden run and showed his skills in batting.
West Indies were at 267/5 in 36 overs when Hope got out of the match and was replaced by all-rounder Andre Russell. He partnered with Barbadian all-rounder Jason Holder and they did not let the Kiwis take a breath in the game. Russell achieved a 25-ball 54 and Holder had a 32-ball 47. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite helped with a 9-ball 21 to let their score reach past 400. The team quickly reached to 421 runs batting first where the Kiwis were unable to fire back a good game.
Batsmen Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls opened the game for New Zealand but were dismissed within the first seven overs. Star player batsman Ross Taylor scored a couple of runs before losing to Carribean bowler Oshane Thomas.
Batsman Kane Williamson and Blundell held the game for some time where they added 120 runs for the fourth wicket. Williamson scored a fifty before he got dismissed for a 64-ball 85 that worked well for the Carribean’s side.
In the end, West Indies had a 421 in 49.2 overs courtesy of Hope’s 101, Russell’s 52, and Lewis’s 50.
The Carribean will start their ICC Cricket World Cup campaign on May 31 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.