Windies win first ODI against Kiwis by two wickets despite fragile batting

Johannesburg, Dec 27: West Indies has tasted success for the first time on their New Zealand tour following their two-wicket win in the first one-day international on Thursday in Auckland.

Although the West Indies’ batting remained fragile, the introduction of one-day specialists unleashed a bowling line-up that New Zealand failed to handle on a seam-friendly wicket.

According to Sport24, after rolling over New Zealand for a modest 156 in 42.1 overs, the tourists made hard work of reaching their target for the loss of eight wickets in 27.3 overs, following which, an unbeaten 43 from Darren Sammy in 27 balls took them over the line as wickets fell regularly at the other end.

The victory, no matter how narrow, was a change of fortunes for a side comprehensively outplayed during their 0-2 Test series loss to New Zealand, the report added. (ANI)