Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels struck brilliant centuries to power the West Indies to a 55-run win over New Zealand in the second one-day International at Sabina Park on Saturday and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
New Zealand stand-in captain Kane Williamson elected to field after winning the toss. Tim Southee gave New Zealand the perfect start when he had Lendl Simmons caught behind in the fourth over of the match. Gayle, who smashed nine sixes and eight fours in his 107-ball 125, then got the hosts' innings back on track with a 88-run partnership for the second wicket with Dwayne Smith (24).
After Smith's dismissal, Gayle got together with Samuels as the Jamaican teammates mixed caution with aggression, as they took the match away from the Black Caps with their 129-run partnership in 19.2 overs for the third wicket.
Gayle has been in prolific form since his return to the West Indies team a month ago, and in making his 20th ODI century, the lanky southpaw also became the the most prolific West Indies century-maker in ODIs, passing Brian Lara’s 19 centuries. His superlative knock was ended when he drilled a Kyle Mills full toss off his pads straight to Tom Latham at deep midwicket.
Man-of-the-Match Samuels, who also took 2-46 in New Zealand's innings, took charge after Gayle's dismissal; and wasn't fluttered even when Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo departed in quick succession. Samuels, who remained not out on 101 from 103 balls, reached his century in the first ball of the last over of the host's innings. This was Samuels' first ODI century since December 2006 and he celebrated getting to the landmark by jumping and punching the air.
Samuels and West Indies captain Darren Sammy (31*) shared an unbroken 43-run partnership for the sixth wicket as the hosts ended their innings at 315 for 5.
Tim Southee (3-55) was the most successful of New Zealand's bowlers.
New Zealand needed a good start, but that wasn't to be as Ravi Rampaul dismissed Rob Nicol with only 24 runs on the board. Martin Guptill, who scored a 81-ball 51, shared partnerships with Daniel Flynn (21) and Williamson fo the second and third wickets respectively, but the Black Caps were always well behind the required rate.
The Black Caps' best partnership in this match was the 70-run stand in 9 overs between Williamson and BJ Watling for the fifth wicket, but this came too late in the day to make West Indies sweat. The partnership was ended by Rampaul who trapped Williamson (58) plumb in front.
Watling, who made a cracking 62-ball 72 not out, then could only watch from the other end, as wickets fell in quick succession before New Zealand was bowled out for 260 in 47 overs. Rampaul (3-50) was the most successful of West Indies' bowlers, while Sunil Narine and Samuels took two wickets each.