Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Zealand vs West Indies 4th ODI 2009: Martin Guptill Scored Century on Debut

Fourth match of the five-match ODI series between New Zealand and West Indies has been washed out due to rain after New Zealand’ debutant opener Martin Guptill hit an excellent unbeaten century of 122, becoming the first New Zealand cricketer to score a century on debut in one-day cricket. His 122-run innings has also become the second-highest among the debutant cricketers in the history of ODI cricket.

Winning the toss, West Indies captain Chris Gayle invited the host team to bat first and his bowlers failed to justify his decision as New Zealand openers put 68 runs on the board in the opening stand between wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum and centurion Martin Guptill. McCullum got out for 26, but Mathew Sinclair, who came in place of Jess Ryder who was dropped for the fourth match for drinking, failed to capitalize on the chance as he got out for 2. Then Guptill and Ross Taylor shared a 144-run stand for the third wicket. Taylor played a brilliant innings of 75 before getting out off Fidel Edwards. In the end, Neil Broom’s quick fire 17-ball 24 helped New Zealand reach 275 runs losing 4 wickets after 50 overs.

Chasing a challenging target of 275 runs, West Indies also started off well as the two openers could manage to score 64 runs within 10.3 overs before rain stopped the game. Chris Gayle was not out on 46 off 37 balls, while his opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon was unbeaten on 17 off 27 balls. New Zealand pacers failed to bring out any breakthrough for the host team. A revised target of 235 runs from 40 overs was set up for West Indies, but the match was abandoned later on. The fifth and the deciding match of the series will take place at Napier on January 13. Now, let us see if the fifth match takes to field without being interrupted by rain. The winner of the match will take way with the ODI series.

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