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WI crush NZ by 203 runs

Hamilton: The West Indies racked up their highest-ever limited overs total to crush New Zealand by 203 runs in the fifth ODI, here, on Wednesday, and draw the series 2-2.

Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Bravo notched up centuries as the West Indies flayed New Zealand’s attack to reach a mammoth 363 for four before Nikita Miller dominated with the ball to skittle the Black Caps for 160. The total posted by the West Indies in a 50-over match surpassed their previous mark of 360 set against Sri Lanka back in 1987.

Edwards and Dwayne Bravo came together at 143 for three and put on 211 runs for the fourth wicket, with Edwards finishing unbeaten on 123, his maiden ODI century. Skipper Bravo was dismissed shortly before the end of his team’s innings, for 106.

Kieran Powell had launched a blistering assault at the start of the innings, smashing 73 runs off just 44 balls with 12 fours and two sixes. He plundered 18 off a single Mitchell McClenaghan over, with one lucky spectator winning $83,000 from a beer sponsor by catching one of his sixes one-handed.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum brought on his brother Nathan to try and stem the flow of runs and the tactic paid off almost immediately when Powell was out leg-before for 73, trying to sweep.