New Zealand 249-9 (Rob Nicol 59, Nathan McCullum 50, Andre Russell 5-57) beat West Indies 161 all out (Andre Russell 42*, Dwayne Smith 19, Jacob Oram 2-22) by 88 runs.
West Indies scrambled after the cheap dismissal of their ace opener, Chris Gayle while the young Black Caps never looked back and clinched the third ODI easily.
New Zealand scored 249 runs with one wicket in hand at the end of the measured 50 overs and the innings of West Indies was rolled back for 161 runs with 15.3 overs to spare.
Rob Nicol (New Zealand) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his excellent knock of 59 runs.
The third One Day International of the five match series was played on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts.
Earlier, the captain of West Indies Darren Sammy, won the toss and offered the batting to New Zealand who opened the innings with Rob Niclos and Martin Guptill. The first made his intentions clear by dispatching a six to Andre Russell in the second over of the day as the latter hit a couple of fours in the following overs. The score reached 24 in 5.1 overs as Guptill was declared leg before wicket off Andre Russell for 11.
Daniel Flynn came in next and added 10 runs in the eighth over with one six and one four as Nicol kept on enhancing from the other end. They took the score to 71 in 13.3 overs when Flynn was gone after scoring 28 runs. The skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham tried to accelerate the scoring but went back to the pavilion after a little contribution from the bat. Rob Nicol became the fifth victim after scoring 59 off 69 balls with 3 huge sixes and 4 fours and the Black Caps were reeling at 5-125 in 26.1 overs.
The man in form, BJ Watling and Nathan McCullum took over from there as the first was the most aggressive of the two and scored boundaries at will. They took the score to 191 in 40.3 overs as Watling was caught by Sunil Narine at short leg off Russell for 40 off 47 balls with 1 six and 4 fours.
McCullum took charge with some assistance from the other end and achieved his fifty in the 49th over. He was gone on the first ball of the last over for 50 off 70 deliveries with 1 six and 4 fours as New Zealand smashed 249 for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs.
Andre Russell was the most successful bowler and grabbed four wickets, Sunil Narine held two whereas Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels claimed one wicket each.
West Indies lost their first wicket at 19 when Johnson Charles was declared lbw off Trent Boult for 15 and Chris Gayle added their miseries while losing his wicket for 11 after the addition of 14 runs in the total. Dwayne Smith tried to hold the innings and got a couple of fours in the 10th over followed by a six in the next over. He was caught by McCullum off Jacob Oram on the fourth ball of the 12th over for 19 as the score touched 50.
Dwayne Bravo was run out two runs later and the Windies were struggling at 4-52 in 12.2 overs. The Windies panicked from thereon and Marlon Samuels ran himself out after 10 runs at his personal feat of 11 runs. Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin put their heads down towards the stability of the innings as the latter got a chance when he was dropped by Martin Guptill off Tim Southee on the last ball of the 20th over for 5 runs.
The duo took the score to 85 when Kieron Pollard lost his wicket for 16 and 10 runs later, Denesh Ramdin went back to the pavilion for 14 runs. West Indies was in deep trouble after losing eight wickets at103 in 27.3 overs. Andre Russell took command in the later part of the innings as the wickets kept on tumbling from the other end. He remained unbeaten for 42 off 24 mere balls with the assistance of 4 lofty sixes and 3 fours as West Indies were bowled out for 161 in 34.3 overs.
Trent Boult, Jacob Oram and Nathan McCullum were the main wicket takers with two wickets each whereas Tim Southee held one sclap.
New Zealand won the third ODI with a big margin of 88 runs and has bounced back in the series which stands at 1-2.