West Indies beat Kiwis to avoid whitewash

Published: Saturday, March 4, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Auckland:West Indies today beat New Zealand by three wickets in a nail-biting fifth and final One-day international at Eden Park here to avoid the humiliation of a series whitewash.

The tourists reached their target of 234 with just two balls to spare with Wavell Hinds steering them to victory with an unbeaten 40 off 41 balls.

West Indies captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul top-scored with 41 while all rounder Dwayne Bravo and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin both chipped in with identical scores of 38 after New Zealand had been bowled out for 233.

Scott Styris made 90 to rescue the home team from an early batting collapse, before seam bowler Dwayne Smith captured career-best figures of 5-45 to put the West Indies on course for their first win of the series.

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