Windies win first ODI

Updated: July 6, 2012

Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith struck boundary-studded half centuries to spur West Indies to a nine-wicket victory over New Zealand in a rain-shortened first one-day international on Thursday.

West Indies was well on its way to chasing down New Zealand’s total of 190-9 off 50 overs when rain halted their charge at 93-1 off 18 overs at Sabina Park.

But victory was sealed soon after resumption as they coasted to a revised target of 136 off 33 overs with 8.4 overs to spare.

Opener Gayle slammed three fours and five sixes in an unbeaten 63 off 57 balls, his third successive half century following two in the Twenty20 internationals last weekend.

Smith top-scored with 65 not out, spiced with six fours and three sixes off 77 deliveries.

The pair’s match-winning, second-wicket stand was worth 130 unbroken off just 128 balls.

West Indies 136 for 1 (Smith 65*, Gayle 63*) beat New Zealand 190 for 9 (Watling 60, Russell 4-45, Narine 2-26) by nine wickets (by D/L method)