West Indies defeated New Zealand in the first ODI of the ongoing three-match series by five wickets at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday.
Put to bat first, the visitors were bundled out for a mere 190 in 45.2 overs, thanks to a brilliant bowling display by Akeal Hosein and Alzarri Joseph. Both bowlers took three wickets each to dominate the proceedings in the first innings.
While Hosein picked up a three-wicket haul for 28 in his quota of 10 overs, Joseph bagged three scalps while conceding 36 in 8.2 overs. Captain Kane Williamson with 34 off 50 delivereis, was New Zealand’s top run scorer.
In response, the hosts gunned down the target in 39 overs with five wickets in hand. Batter Shamarh Brooks led the team to victory after scoring a sensational 79-run knock from 91 balls, with the help of 10 boundaries, including a six.
Opener Shai Hope (26 off 24) and captain Nicholas Pooran (28 off 47) chipped in with valuable contributions as West Indies won the game to take a 1-0 lead.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
A comfortable five-wicket win gives West Indies a 1-0 lead in the series 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) August 18, 2022
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) August 18, 2022
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 18, 2022
Clinical all round performance by the West Indies, beating the no.1 ranked ODI team New Zealand-Rallyyy round di West Indies #WIvNZ
— J (@JordizzleJ) August 18, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) August 18, 2022
Have to salute Shamarh Brooks on his knock yesterday to secure the bag.
He averages 38.44 in 19 ODIs.
Four 50s pic.twitter.com/Scekym7PA2
— Caribbean Cricket Podcast (@CaribCricket) August 18, 2022
Superb performance from @windiescricket to win the 1st ODI against New Zealand by 5 wickets 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽.
— Sharat Chandra Bhatt (@imsbhatt0707) August 18, 2022
WI broke their 9 game losing streak by winning the 1st ODI by 5 wickets!#WIvNZ
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) August 18, 2022
— JaayShaan (Shankar) (@JaayShaan) August 18, 2022
Crucial win for WI. Crucial points on board for them. Restricted NZ to 190 with Hosein & Joseph being the key wreckers and others too be it Holder, Sinclair and Cariah doing well. Followed that up with a good chase led by Brooks after early hiccups #WIvNZ
— Kartik O 🏏⚽🔗 (@KOCricket528) August 18, 2022
— Stef Khan (@Stef_Khan) August 18, 2022
— Arsenal (@German8761) August 18, 2022