The Windies team registered a resounding 91-run victory over New Zealand in the high-scoring warm-up match in Bristol. The Jason Holder-led team recorded a monumental first innings total on the back of Shai Hope’s sensational hundred and Andre Russell’s flashy half-century. In the second innings, Windies new ball bowlers got their team off to a fabulous start by picking up vital wickets at the top. Kiwi wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell then blistered an amazing hundred but the Windies bowlers eventually displayed a decent effort to restrict the opposition and in turn brought up an easy win.
Hope's amazing hundred and Russell's explosive blitz propel Windies to 421
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the two Windies openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis got their team off to a solid start adding 59 runs for the first wicket stand. Gayle got out for a quick-fire 22-ball 36, while Lewis continued playing his natural game, racking up a morale boosting half-century. The pair of Lewis and Shai Hope stitched a fabulous stand of 84 runs that too at a blazing rate. Hope continued to show his class, notching up a brilliant hundred.
He compiled an amazing innings of 101 runs off just 86 balls before getting dismissed by Trent Boult. Towards the death, Jason Holder and Andre Russell added a fantastic partnership of 82 runs to power Windies to a massive total of 421 runs. Russell played the role of an aggressor, blistering a smashing knock of 54 runs off just 25 balls. Boult was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers, scalping four wickets with an impressive economy rate.
Blundell's remarkable hundred goes in vain
Chasing a daunting target of 422 runs, New Zealand got off to a disappointing start losing the wickets of Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor quite early with just 33 runs on the board. The pair of Kane Williamson and Tom Blundell then bailed their team out of the troublesome situation. The duo compiled an excellent partnership of 120 runs before Williamson got dismissed for a 64-ball 85.
Even after Williamson's wicket, Blundell continued his onslaught, notching up a fabulous hundred. However, inspite of Blundell and Williamson scoring at an explosive rate, they failed to match up the increasing required run-rate. Towards the end, the Windies all-rounder duo of Carlos Brathwaite and Fabian Allen bowled well to bowl out New Zealand for 330 runs in 47.2 overs. Brathwaite picked up three scalps, while Allen claimed two wickets.
Windies: 421/10 in 49.2 overs (Shai Hope-101, Andre Russell-54; Trent Boult 4/50)
New Zealand: 330/10 in 47.2 overs (Tom Blundell-106, Kane Williamson-85; Carlos Brathwaite 3/75, Fabian Allen 2/47)
Result: Windies won the match by 91 runs.