Ross Taylor cracked a fantastic century but other New Zealand batsmen failed to perform as their team slumped to 24-run defeat chasing 265 in the 4th ODI of the five-match series.
St Kitts: Despite Ross Taylor's scintillating innings of 110 runs, New Zealand failed to chase the target of 265 set by West Indies and were rolled over for 240 in 49.3 overs to hand hosts the victory by 24 runs.
After losing the Martin Guptill early, Rob Nicol hammered a few lusty blows and Brendon McCullum played the second fiddle. New Zealand reached 50 in 7th over and were looking good but after Brendon McCullum fell to Andre Russell, a couple of more wickets tumbled in quick succession.
Barring Taylor, no other batsmen showed the resistance or desire to stay at the crease and were out playing outlandish shots. Taylor kept the New Zealand's hopes alive and only Tom Latham provided him a bit of support.
Taylor guarded the tailenders and bludgeoned a string of cracking shots. He completed his 6th ODI century by steering the ball to the third-man and brought his team close to the victory.
But wickets kept on falling from the other end and after Taylor was out in the 49th over off Tino Best's ball, NZ's hopes were dashed.
Best chalked up 4 wickets but Sunil Narine was the best bowler for WI as he conceded only 20 runs in his 10 overs and snared 2 scalps. He walked away with Man-of-the-Match award.
Earlier, West Indies' decision to bat first after winning the toss proved disastrous as their top order crumbled but their lower middle order put up a spirited show to catapult their team's total to 264 in 49.5 overs.
Doug Bracewell set the ball rolling by nipping out Johnson Charles who scratched out 1 from 16 balls. Tim Southee wrecked their top order by snaring Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith in an over while Jacob Oram stifled them for runs.
Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels added 39 runs but didn't look comfortable while batting. Bravo was lucky as Taylor dropped a simple catch in the first-slip but he couldn't capitalize and was out for 18 playing a daft shot off Oram.
Samuels cracked a few sparkling shot but was trapped in front of the wickets by Nathan McCullum for 46 as WI slumped to 108 for 5 in 29 overs.
Kieron Pollard and Kevon Thomas added 85 runs in 13.4 overs and shored up WI's innings. Pollard made 56 off 70 balls which included five boundaries and a six.
WI skipper Darren Sammy and Russell plundered mountain of runs in the final overs. Sammy hammered Trent Boult for a couple of sixes in an over while Russell meted out the same treatment to Southee. Russell cracked 29 runs off 16 balls.
West Indies whacked 107 runs in last 12 overs. Southee and Oram picked up 3 wickets each while for Pollard was the highest scorer of the innings for West Indies. Southee cleaned up Best on the fifth ball of the 50th over to bowl out host for 264 runs.
West Indies have taken an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the five-match series. The fifth ODI will be played on 16th July.