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Kiwis hand Windies a drubbing

March 30, 2007
Prem Panicker | Scorecard

New Zealand scored a thumping seven-wicket victory over the West Indies in their opening match of the Super Eights at the World Cup, in St John's, Antigua, on Thursday.

After dismissing the West Indies for 177 in 44.4 overs, New Zealand scored the required runs in 39.2 overs.

Scott Styris top-scored for the Kiwis with an unbeaten 80, after Jacob Oram (3 for 23), Shane Bond (3 for 31) and Daniel Vettori (3 for 39) restricted the hosts with some fine bowling.

For the West Indies, it was their second successive loss in the second stage of the tournament after being beaten by Australia in their opening match.

West Indies innings:

There's a little cat and mouse game developing at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua - and through the first quarter of the game, New Zealand and the West Indies have taken turns playing cat.

Stephen Fleming won the toss and inserted, banking on early morning swing and seam and, who knows, maybe even on the fact that the West Indies batsmen might be a bit mind-weary after the drubbing at the hands of Australia the day before.

And for the first 11 overs, his lead pace bowlers Michael Mason and Shane Bond justified the insertion: the former had a first spell that read 6-2-14-0 and Bond, 5-0-13-1.

Photographs: Getty Images

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