Gayle smashed a third successive half-century and Russell bagged four wickets

Famous cricketer Chris Gayle smashed a third successive half-century, while seamer Andre Russell bagged four wickets as West Indies cruised to a nine-wicket win over New Zealand in Thursday’s opening one-day international.

Notably, Gayle, who made 53 ad 85 in the back-to-back Twenty20 matches against the injury-hit tourists in Florida last week, continued his rich vein of form with 63 at Sabina Park as West Indies coasted home with 52 balls to spare.

Dwayne Smith was also undefeated on 65. Russell, the 24-year-old seamer, had pinned back New Zealand, taking three wickets with the new ball and then got a fourth with his final delivery to end with 4-45 off 10 overs.

In this regard, the Black Caps struggled to just 190-9 off their 50 overs after they were sent in to bat by captain Darren Sammy. Off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-26) and pacer Ravi Rampaul (2-42) provided excellent back-up. “I’m happy with the way I bowled. It felt great. It was good to come back into the team after I missed the T20 series in Florida and make an impression right away.

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