CricketNew Zealand registered a dramatic win in the first ODI against West Indies in Antigua
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New Zealand registered a dramatic win in the first ODI against West Indies in Antigua.

At Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua: West Indies 168-7 (Chinele Henry 44, Kishona Knight 36; Fran Jonas 2-22, Jess Kerr 2-29) 159-5 (Suzie Bates 51, Amelia Kerr 47no,) from White Ferns Lost. Sophie Devine 25; Hayley Matthews 3-28) by 5 runs (DLS method).

New Zealand registered a dramatic first match win in their ODI series against the West Indies in Antigua.

The match started three and a half hours after the scheduled 9.30 pm local start due to a wet pitch. New Zealand were declared winners by five wickets. The decision came by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method as poor light interfered with two overs to be played.

Chasing 169 to win the 35-over-a-side contest at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the visitors were 159–5, needing 10 runs from 12 balls, before the game ended with the fading of light. to be done.

In highly confusing scenes, umpires Joel Maxwell and Jacqueline Williams removed the bails, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine entered the middle holding a sheet of paper with the DLS equations, and TV commentators initially believed the West Indies had won the game.

The final reality was that the match’s cut-off time at 5.56 hrs had passed, and New Zealand had crossed the 33-over DLS par score, so the tourists finally breathed a sigh of relief, in a run-chase where the stretch They were largely on the coast before losing their way under K.

With Kerr, Suzy Bates played the big part of the run chase, with the veteran opener scoring 51 off 65 (six fours) as she shared an opening partnership of 54 runs with Devine (25 off 24), then with Kerr Added 47 runs.

But 101–1 in the 20th over, New Zealand slipped to 150–5 in the 32nd as Maddie Greene, Lauren Down and Hayley Jensen all chased down what was never a ball above a run, with big boundaries on the field.

Earlier, Devine had opted to field after winning the toss late. But spinner Fran Jonas, who was playing only his sixth ODI, took two wickets with the ball.

The 18-year-old left-armer worked well with Kerr and the pick of the figures (2-22 off 7 overs), claiming two huge scalps from experienced Stafanie Taylor (8 off 16) and skipper Hayley Matthews (8 off 16).