CHRISTCHURCH: Doug Bracewell took Chris Gayle’s wicket with his first delivery for New Zealand in 16 months, helping the home side to a five-wicket win over the West Indies on Wednesday in the first of three one-day matches.
Man-of-the-match Bracewell ended a lengthy exile from international cricket by dismissing Gayle (22) and Shai Hope (0) in his first over. He went on to take 4-55, including the first and last wickets of the innings, as the West Indies were held to 248-9 in 50 overs after losing the toss.
An untried partnership between George Worker (57) and Colin Munro (49) put on 108 for the first wicket and Ross Taylor was stranded on 49 not out as New Zealand reached its winning target with four overs remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Taylor was denied his 39th ODI half century when the winning run came from a wide.
The second match between New Zealand and West Indies is in Christchurch on Saturday.