St Kitts: Sunil Narine's five-wicket haul demolished New Zealand in the fifth ODI as West Indies pipped NZ by 20 runs and won the five-match ODI series 4-1.
West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first in the 5th ODI of the series.
The visitors got a big breakthrough as hard-hitting Chris Gayle departed for just five runs inside the first five overs. Gayle slashed hard at a wide delivery from Kyle Mills, but Rob Nicol, standing at backward point, timed his jump to perfection to take a brilliant catch to send the left-hander back.
And just like the last game, Kiwi medium-pacer Tim Southee once again struck in quick succession. He grabbed the wickets of Johnson Charles (15) and Dwayne Smith (9) in his back-to-back overs.
Southee first had Charles caught at point where Nicol took his second catch of the day and then trapped Smith right in front to give New Zealand a rousing start.
Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo added 60 runs for the fourth wicket and just when the partnership was looking threatening, Southee came back in his second spell to nip out Samuels for 43. Marin Guptill took an outstanding catch at covers.
Kieron Pollard could only make 7 runs and was caught at mid-wicket on the bowling of Kane Williamson.
Bravo played doggedly to hold the one end. His first 21 runs came off 64 balls and he was dropped by Andrew Ellis who couldn't take the tough return catch.
Bravo broke the shackles later by caning Rob Nicol for a boundary and a six in the same over. He was out after making 53 off 93 balls, his slowest half-century in ODI cricket.
Bravo and Devon Thomas added 53 runs for the 6th wicket but after Thomas was dismissed, skipper Darren Sammy and Bravo fell early as West Indies slumped to 180 for 8 after 43.1 overs.
Andre Russell has been sensational with the bat towards the end of the innings from last one year and he unleashed another explosive innings. He cracked 59 off 40 balls and remained unbeaten. Ellis was taken to the cleaners by Russell as the latter flayed a couple of sixes in former's final over.
Russell whacked six boundaries and three sixes in his innings as West Indies plundered 54 runs in last 6 overs to finish with 241 for 9 in 50 overs.
NZ opener Nicol was out in the first trying to flick the ball but Bravo took a sharp catch. Brendon McCullum played a string of sparkling shots and unleashed a flurry of boundaries as he galloped to 33 which included 7 boundaries.
Sunil Narine spun the magic and got the better off McCullum as the ball turned away from the right-hander and took the edge. Sammy at first-slip took a fine catch.
From there, NZ innings went downhill as Narine bamboozled them with his enigmatic variations. No NZ batsmen could play Narine with aplomb as he ran through their side.
All the middle-order batsmen of NZ started off well but no one capitalized and played a big innings. Guptill was adjudged lbw off Narine while Ross Taylor was stumped on the bowling of Samuels.
NZ were in dire straits at 140 for 6 but Kane Williamson and Ellis cobbled together and struck a fine partnership. NZ needed 36 runs from last 5 overs with four wickets in hand but Gayle's brilliant one-handed catch in the 46th over off Narine's bowling sent Williamson back to the hut. He made 69 runs.
Narine chalked up 2 more wickets, which included Ellis, in his next over and that was the final nail in the New Zealand's coffin. Narine snapped up 5 wickets for 27 in 10 overs, his best performance in ODIs.
Last set of batsmen Trent Boult and Southee survived a couple of overs without making an effort to win. Boult was held at the long-on on the final ball of the 50th over as West Indies emerged victorious by 20 runs and took home the series 4-1.
Narine was declared Man-of-the-Match and Man-of-the-Series. He snaffled 13 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 11.23 while his economy-rate remained 2.92.