By BV Swagath
West Indies defeated New Zealand by 55 runs in the Second ODI on Saturday at the Sabina Park in Kingston to take a series lead of 2-0.
Asked to bat first after losing the toss, West Indies piled up 315 for 5 with Chris Gayle (125 from 107 balls with 8 fours and as many as 9 sixes) and Marlon Samuels (101* from 103 balls with 7 fours and a six) slamming centuries. Skipper Darren Sammy contributed with an unbeaten cameo of 31 (from 21 balls with a four and 2 sixes). For the Kiwis, Tim Southee took 3 for 55 in 10 overs.
New Zealand in their run chase were bowled out for 260 in 47 overs with Ravi Rampaul taking 3 for 50 while Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels took two wickets each. Wicket Keeper BJ Watling was the top scorer for the visitors with an unbeaten 72 (from 62 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes). Skipper Kane Williamson (58 from 65 balls with 4 fours and a six) and opener Martin Guptill (51 from 81 balls with 5 fours) also scored fifties but couldn’t set up a successful chase for the Black Caps.
Marlon Samuels got the Man of the Match award ahead of Chris Gayle because of contributing with the ball as well.