WI vs NZ 1st ODI Highlights: Shamarh Brooks stars in West Indies five-wicket win over New Zealand

Shamarh Brooks scored 79 and shared a 75-run partnership with captain Nicholas Pooran which guided the West Indies to a five-wicket win over top-ranked New Zealand on Wednesday in the series-opening one-day international at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday.

Brooks reached his fourth ODI half-century from 58 balls and had faced 91 deliveries when he was out in the 34th over with the West Indies closing on New Zealand’s inadequate total of 190.

Jason Holder (13) and Jermaine Blackwood (12) were at the crease when the home team reached its target with 11 overs to spare.

Shamarh Brooks played the sheet anchor role to perfection in guiding the West Indies to a five-wicket victory.

“It was important just to get a start because this was not the easiest pitch to bat on,” said Brooks after receiving the “Man of the Match” award.

“It was especially gratifying to be in a good partnership with the captain and to see the way he really buckled down, which is not his nature.”

Not only did the result mark New Zealand’s first ODI loss of the year but it also ended the Caribbean team’s abysmal run of nine consecutive losses in the 50 overs-per-side format.

More importantly, it earned them 10 vital points in the bid to qualify for next year’s World Cup in India.

Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed three wickets each as the West Indies, captain Kane Williamson top-scoring with 34 For Kiwis.

NZ build a good opening stand of 41 between Finn Allen (25) and Martin Guptill (24). but Hosein changed the complexion of the innings with the first three wickets.

Joseph’s double-strike in the 30th over which proved the most important point of the NZ innings.

He first trapped Daryl Mitchell leg-before and then induced an outside edge from Williamson’s bat to wicketkeeper Shai Hope.

A 40-run seventh-wicket stand between Michael Bracewell (31) and Mitchell Santner (25) gave New Zealand hope of pushing past 200 but Jason Holder claimed two wickets in two balls and Joseph wrapped up the innings in the 46th over when Trent Boult played on.

brief scores At Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados: Black Caps 190 all out in 45.2 overs (Kane Williamson 34, Michael Bracewell 31; Akela Hosein 3-28, Alzarri Joseph 3-36) lost to the West Indies 193-5 in 39 overs (Sharmarh Brooks 79; Tim Southee 2-39, Trent Boult 2-49)

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