Boult leads New Zealand to Windies series sweep

Black Caps swing king Trent Boult devastated the West Indies batting line-up on Saturday taking 7-34 the second best

He sent back both George Worker and Neil Broom in successive overs to reduce New Zealand to 26 for 2 after five overs.

In the third ODI, the West Indies were set a revised target of 166 in 23 overs after a lengthy rain break restricted New Zealand to 131 for four in 23 overs.

Once play resumed, Latham picked up three successive fours against Ashley Nurse, but was stumped by Nikita Miller soon after for 37.

West Indies captain Jason Holder made 34 from 21 balls and put on 48 in a sixth-wicket partnership with Rovman Powell (11) to carry the West Indies past Zimbabwe's record low score of 35, then past the West Indies' own low mark of 54.

Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner finished with three wickets each while Matt Henry bagged two with one being the all-important wicket of Chris Gayle.

He may be in the latter stages of his cricket career, but there's no end in sight to Ross Taylor's limited overs form.

10 - Trent Boult became the 2nd New Zealand bowler to take ten wickets in two consecutive ODI matches.

Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor guides one away for runs during the third ODI against the West Indies in Christchurch.

"The way the boys came out and did the job with the ball was outstanding", he said.

"It was about building a partnership with Ross, trying to take it as deep as possible", he said. "I don't think we forecast as much rain as there was but it was nice we managed to get back out there, increase the run rate a bit then do the job with the ball".

They recovered to 83-3 at the 19 over mark with Latham and Taylor getting the match back on track for New Zealand before increasingly steady rain first forced the players from the field just before 12.30pm, with the game eventually restarting almost five hours later. That, however, didn't stop Taylor and Henry Nicholls to pick up 13 runs in the final over to give New Zealand a competitive total.

"It's unfortunate with the batting, we lost wickets up front again and were not able to build momentum", Holder said.

The result margins show how well New Zealand got under the skin of the Caribbean side in the 3-match ODI series who are awaiting a series win any format for three years. The hosts also swept the test series 2-0.



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