Russell shines as Windies restrict NZ

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Fast bowler Andre Russell, middle, claimed 4-45 as West Indies limited New Zealand to 190-9 off 50 overs in the first ODI.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fast bowler Andre Russell claimed 4-45 as West Indies limited New Zealand to 190-9 off 50 overs in the first one-day cricket international at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Spinner Sunil Narine maintained the tight grip with 2-26 while pacer Ravi Rampaul took 2-42.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling top-scored for the visitors with 60 off 98 balls while allrounder Jacob Oram scored 32.

Russell got the hosts off to a fine start once Darren Sammy won the toss and inserted the Black Caps.

In the second over, he found the edge of Martin Guptill's bat and Sammy snapped up a low second-slip catch.

Rob Nicol (14) and left-hander Daniel Flynn (12) shared a stand of 27 for the second wicket before Russell removed both in successive overs to further derail the innings.

Flynn tried to force through the off side and dragged onto his stumps while Nicol swatted a high catch to deep midwicket to leave New Zealand floundering at 33-3 in the 10th over.

Narine added to the Kiwis' woes by removing Dean Brownlie, plumb leg before wicket.

Sammy claimed counterpart Kane Williamson (24) to a wicketkeeper's catch at 71-5.

Watling and Oram put together a sixth-wicket stand of 46 to revive the innings.

Oram was the more aggressive, slamming two fours and two sixes.

He eventually fell to Rampaul, his stumps scattered by a slower ball off the last ball of the batting powerplay at 117-6.

Andrew Ellis (14) was Narine's second wicket, bowled trying to force through the off side, after sharing a stand of 44 for the seventh wicket with Watling.

Watling anchored the innings, his second half century arriving off 86 balls.

He was the ninth man out, leg before to Rampaul. – Sapa-AP


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