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NZ wins toss, bowls in 1st one-dayer

NZ wins toss, bowls in 1st one-dayer

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl in the first of five limited-overs cricket matches against the West Indies on Wednesday.
Captain Daniel Vettori followed the formula of the previous six one-day internationals at the Queenstown Events Centre, all of which have been won by the team batting second. New Zealand has won five of those six matches and all but two of its last 10 limited-overs match against the West Indies.
Vettori hoped his team would continue the improvement shown when it beat the tourists by 36 runs in the second match of their two-match Twenty20 series on Sunday.
"We're on a bit of a roll, even if it's only one match," Vettori said.
The Queenstown pitch typically offers bounce and seam and New Zealand sought to take advantage of those qualities by naming Mark Gillespie, along with Tim Southee, Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram in a strong seam-bowling lineup.
The West Indies are without Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is resting an injured hand. They named Nikita Miller among a varied bowling lineup.
"We would have liked to bowl as well but we have to bat so we have to try to get a good total on the board," captain Chris Gayle said.
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Lineups:
New Zealand: Jesse Ryder, Brendon McCullum, Jamie How, Ross Taylor, Daniel Flynn, Grant Elliot, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori (captain), Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Mark Gillespie.
West Indies: Sewnarine Chattergoon, Chris Gayle, Xavier Marshall, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Brendan Nash, Denesh Ramdin, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Lionel Baker, Fidel Edwards.
Umpires: Mark Benson, England, and Tony Hill, New Zealand.
Match referee: Javagal Srinath, India. TV umpire: Evan Watkin, New Zealand.


Updated : 2021-05-17 19:28 GMT+08:00