"It was tough, I didn't think we had enough runs," he said. "We kept losing wickets at crucial stages of the game and never really gathered momentum. "That obviously hampered us today and we've just got to correct it." There were some bright spots for the Windies, with opener Evin Lewis notching a classy 76 and Rovman Powell staging a pugnacious rearguard action to score 59 off 50 balls. Gayle -- fresh from notching a record 18 sixes in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 final -- had an uncharacteristically subdued innings.
Can #WI stage a comeback? #NZvWI https://t.co/gWkhdAeuwv— CricketCountry (@cricket_country) December 20, 2017
He fell victim to resurgent New Zealand paceman Doug Bracewell, who was named man of the match after celebrating the end of a 15-month exile from the national team by claiming four wickets for 55. Bracewell had fallen out of favour with New Zealand Cricket after a string of off-field incidents, including a drink-driving conviction earlier this year. The 27-year-old was called up as a last-minute replacement for Colin de Grandhomme after the all-rounder ruled himself out of the series following his father's death. "For him to come back and perform the way he did, taking some big scalps for us, was outstanding," said captain Kane Williamson. Spinner Todd Astle also contributed three for 33 in his ODI debut as the Black Caps attack maintained constant pressure with the ball.
#Bracewell marked his return to international cricket by dismissing Gayle of his first ball#NZvWI https://t.co/UcLcJJbEUHDecember 20, 2017
New Zealand opening batsmen George Worker and Colin Munro laid the foundation for the hosts' chase with a 108-run partnership. Worker finished on 57 and Munro 49 as New Zealand's top order all made starts, with Williamson contributing 38 and Ross Taylor unbeaten on 49. The loss leaves the West Indies yet to register a win on their New Zealand tour after a 2-0 whitewash in the Test series. They are in a form slump that has seen them win only three of 17 ODIs contested in 2017. The next fixture in the three-match ODI series is in Christchurch on Saturday. Williamson and paceman Tim Southee will be rested for the second and third matches.
New Zealand require 249 to win the 1st #NZvWI ODI after 76 from Evin Lewis and 59 from Rovman Powell guide West Indies to 248/9; Doug Bracewell with 4/55 for the hosts. Scorecard: https://t.co/Ypk6zynYJR pic.twitter.com/8eBToPq6Sv— ICC (@ICC) December 20, 2017
BRIEF SCORE: New Zealand 249 for 5 (Worker 57, Taylor 49*, Munro 49) beat West Indies 248 for 9 (Lewis 76, Powell 59, Bracewell 4-55, Astle 3-33) by five wickets
REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS: Chris Gayle fails as New Zealand beat West Indies by five wickets in ODI opener. https://t.co/ng2gcYWTy7 pic.twitter.com/w72Sf9rmV7— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) December 20, 2017
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