Kiwis limit West Indies to 200-9 in one-dayer

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Queentown:New Zealand made the most of winning the toss to restrict the West Indies to 200-9 in the second One-day international here.

New Zealand's pace attack made the most of cool, overcast conditions, finding movement through the air and off the pitch to make life difficult for the West Indies' top order on Wednesday.

Speedster Shane Bond appeared to be near his best to take 2-23 off his 10 overs, Michael Mason also picked up a pair and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori displayed his usual immaculate control to record 1-28 from his 10 overs.

The West Indies had an awful start, stumbling to 10-2 in just over 10 overs. Whenever the tourists looked to be finding their feet, a wicket would fall to keep the pressure on them rather than the home side.

Their total of 200 was seven less than they could muster in their 81-run loss to the hosts in the first match of the five game series at the weekend.

The West Indies had Wavell Hinds to thank for reaching a reasonably respectable 200. Hinds mixed careful defence and aggression against the loose ball to top score with 76 while Runako Morton provided an anchor in the early and middle stages with a patient 39.

After the 15 over mark, the West Indies starting showing slightly more positive intent but the loss of Ramnaresh Sarwan (14) as Mason's second victim saw the brakes go back on with the visitors reaching just 47 by the end of the 20th over.

After the loss of skipper Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 17, Morton and Hinds set about bringing the tourists back into the match, gradually building up momentum after seeing off the new ball.

In the only partnership of any note, the pair put on 70 runs for the fifth wicket before Morton (39) lost patience with his sheet anchor role, lofting Daniel Vettori to Nathan Astle at deep long on after facing 93 balls.

Smart fielding and throwing by Scott Styris saw the dangerous Dwayne Smith run out after a quickfire 19 off 11 balls, including two massive sixes.

Styris was the only New Zealand bowler to be savagely punished by the batting side, conceding 51 runs off just six overs, including 16 off his sixth over.

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