Doug Bracewell New Zealand Lead ODI Series 1-0 Windies

NZ vs WI 2017/18, 1st ODI: Doug Bracewell Four-For Gives Hosts a Lead

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Chris Gayle of the West Indies (R) is dismissed by New Zealand's Doug Bracewell (L) during the first ODI cricket match between New Zealand and the West Indies at Cobham Oval in Whangarei on December 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BRADLEY (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

The all-round performance from the hosts, New Zealand, saw them leading the three-match One-day International series 1-0 against the Windies on Wednesday in Whangarei after Doug Bracewell on his return claimed four wickets which subsequently saw the half-century from George Worker and patient knock from senior pro-Ross Taylor.

Bracewell was named Man of the Match for his decent performance with the white-ball, who further felt it, was nice to collect the wickets following the rehabilitation programme after nursing the injury.

The 29-year-old left-handed batsman Worker was the top-scorer for the New Zealanders with 57 off 66 balls. His innings included eight boundaries.

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Doug Brackwell claims two wickets in his first over for the Black Caps. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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With five wickets under the belt, the Black Caps chased down the target of 249 with 24 balls to spare, as Taylor remained unbeaten on 49 off 76 deliveries alongside debutant Todd Astle, who faced 13 balls for his 15 runs.

Though on the slower side, Taylor made it sure to keep the scoreboard ticking which further saw him collecting just two boundaries while scoring at the strike-rate of 64.47.

Windies skipper Jason Holder alongside Ashley Nurse-managed to pick two wickets each, as Kesrick Williams picked the wicket of power-hitter Colin Munro.

On the other side, opening batsman Munro registered 36-ball 49 runs which further saw him forging a 108-run stand for the first wicket with well shaping-up Worker in 16.3 overs.

However, adding just ten runs for the second-wicket with the captain Kane Williamson, Worker was bowled by off-spinner Ashley Nurse when Kiwis score was 118 in 17.5 overs.

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Kane Williamson praises the efforts of Doug Bracewell.

Eventually, for the third-wicket, Williamson registered the 57-run partnership with Taylor before the former was cleaned up by counterpart Jason Holder after posting 45-ball 38 on the board. Wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls scored 17 runs each, as the former faced 19 balls followed by 21 by the latter.

Earlier New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field first in the three-match ODI series at the Cobham. The medium pacer in the form of Bracewell, who was kept out of the squad earlier due to the off-field disciplinary issues, was right-away among the wickets which further saw his bowling figures of eight overs to give away 55 runs.

Moreover, the leg-spinner Todd Astle claimed three wickets after conceding 33 runs in his quota of 10 overs, and Lockie Ferguson managed to pick two wickets. It’s pertinent to mention, Kane Williamson used as many as six bowlers in which four managed to complete their quota of full overs.

Coming to the bat, Chris Gayle alongside Evin Lewis had a watchful start which further saw both the openers registering 40 runs for the first-wicket in 10 overs.

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Big Show Chris Gayle was the first causality on the bowling of Doug Bracewell. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The swashbuckling batsman, Gayle was the first man-to-go when gloveman Latham caught him on the bowling of Bracewell. He scored 31-ball 22 which included three boundaries and a maximum.

However, adding just a run to the Windies total, the wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope while facing the very first delivery perished on nought on the bowling of Bracewell, as Latham completed a regulation catch behind the stumps. In addition, the promising left-handed batsman Evin Lewis was going stronger with his willow prowess. He scored 100-ball 76 which further saw him smashing seven boundaries and a six.

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With Doug Bracewell show, Rovman Powell cleared the boundary ropes four times with his willow swing. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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The visiting side kept on losing the wickets, but the late blitz from Rovman Powell pushed Windies closer to the 250-run before Bracewell undid him on the penultimate delivery of the Windies’ innings. Powell smashed four sixes and two boundaries in his quick knock of 50-ball 59, but that was not enough to keep Kiwis from reaching the par target.

Interestingly, Powell, later on, denied Taylor a hard-fought half-century by sending down a wide ball when the Black Caps required a run to win and the latter to register his 39th fifty in the 50-over format.

It’s is pertinent to point out that as many as six Windies batsmen didn’t cross the double-figure mark.

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