Kingston, Jamaica: Fast bowler Andre Russell claimed 4-45 as West Indies limited New Zealand to 190 for 9 off 50 overs which West Indies chased with ease riding on the half-centuries by Chris Gayle and Dwayne Snmith in the first one-day cricket international at Sabina Park on Thursday.
Spinner Sunil Narine maintained the tight grip with 26 for 2 while pacer Ravi Rampaul 42 for 2.
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling top-scored for the visitors with 60 off 98 balls while allrounder Jacob Oram scored 32.
Russell got the hosts off to a fine start once Darren Sammy won the toss and inserted the Black Caps. In the second over, he found the edge of Martin Guptill's bat and Sammy snapped up a low second-slip catch.
Rob Nicol (14) and left-hander Daniel Flynn (12) shared a stand of 27 for the second wicket before Russell removed both in successive overs to further derail the innings. Flynn tried to force through the off side and dragged onto his stumps while Nicol swatted a high catch to deep midwicket to leave New Zealand floundering at 33 for 3 in the 10th over.
Narine added to the Kiwis' woes by removing Dean Brownlie, plumb leg before wicket. Sammy claimed counterpart Kane Williamson (24) to a wicketkeeper's catch at 71 for 5. Watling and Oram put together a sixth-wicket stand of 46 to revive the innings.
Oram was the more aggressive, slamming two fours and two sixes. He eventually fell to Rampaul, his stumps scattered by a slower ball off the last ball of the batting powerplay at 117 for 6.
Andrew Ellis (14) was Narine's second wicket, bowled trying to force through the off side, after sharing a stand of 44 for the seventh wicket with Watling. Watling anchored the innings, his second half century arriving off 86 balls. He was the ninth man out, leg before to Rampaul.
West Indies lost the wicket of Lendl Simmons for 6 but Gayle and Smith conjured up a fine partnership and drove West Indies home. Rain interrupted the game when West Indies had made 93 for 1 after 18 overs.
After the game began, the new target set as per D/L method was 136 runs in 33 overs but both the batsmen knocked off the required runs in 24.2 overs to give their lead 1-0 lead in five-match series.