[www.inewsguyana.com] – The rain once again played a part in the demise of the West Indies team following a 58 run loss via the Duckworth Lewis method in the 4th One Day International on Saturday (January 4).
Rain shortened play during the West Wndies’ reply to New Zealand’s total of 285 for six off their 50 over’s, a total which would secure their 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
It came compliments of opener Martin Guptill who set the stage for New Zealand with a knock of 81 while Ross Taylor (49), and 47 each from Jesse Ryder and Kane Williamson ensured a challenging target for the West Indies.
In the Windies bowling department, skipper Dwayne Bravo finished with two for 35 and while a wicket each was picked up by Sunil Narine, Jason Holder and Tino Best.
In the Windies chase, the wickets of Chadwick Walton and Johnson Charles for ducks, giving the side a start that could not be worse
None the less, a steadying effort from Kirk Edwards and Lendl Simmons with 24 and 43 respectively tried to bring the side back in the game.
When the rains came down, with the West Indies 134 for five in the 34th over when play was officially called off.
When the rain came, Bravo (43) and Denesh Ramdin (17) were at the wickets but still short of the run equation.
West Indies were down to 12 fit players after pacer Ravi Rampaul suffered an injured finger while batting the nets on Friday.
This followed injuries to Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy and the withdrawal of Darren Bravo due to personal reasons.
The fifth and final ODI will be played in Hamilton on Wednesday (Tuesday) afternoon Caribbean time.