West Indies hold a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after winning the first game with the second match abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain. (Getty Images)
Upbeat with a 1-0 lead after winning the first one-day international, West Indies will eye another win when they take on New Zealand in the third ODI at Queenstown Events Centre on Wednesday. The second match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain in Napier.
The batting is the major concern for both the teams as it failed to deliver in the first ODI. However, pacers impressed with their witty bowling on the Napier track.
West Indies pacer Jason Holder predicted the match in the bowlers favour ahead of the second ODI last week, which ended as no result.
Holder, along with Ravi Rampaul, reduced New Zealand to 15 for 3 and is hoping hoping to carry the momentum in the third game as well.
Speaking to the Cricinfo, Holder said, "Winning the opening ODI was a good start. We're right where we want to be and we're looking to carry that momentum through. The spirits are lifted and the mood has changed. We're more positive. I enjoyed bowling with Ravi as we both know how crucial those early overs are".
"Just like the Auckland pitch in the first ODI, I'm eager to make full use of the pitch (in Napier). Ravi got two early in the last game and it was my job to keep it tight. I came back for my second spell and got a couple wickets so I'm enjoying the dynamic between Ravi and myself. The Christmas bonding as a team has us all in the right frame of mind and we're looking to keep going", Holder said.
With the second ODI washed out, West Indies got some time for the third game while New Zealand have to up the ante after their dismal show in the first ODI.
For the hosts, not a single batsman in the top-four managed to make it into double figures and only two players passed the 20-run mark. Captain Brendon McCullum was the only batsman to score fifty while Nathan McCullum scored a gritty 47 runs to help New Zealand post 156 in 42.1 overs.
With a World Cup to prepare for in 2015, players have it all to play for at all times in order to prove that they are worthy of a spot in the squad for the showpiece.
On the other hand, Darren Sammy proved as a savouior once again as he rescued his side in the first ODI. He hit an unbeaten 43 off 27, which included five boundaries and three gigantic sixes, to lead his side to victory.
The team will expecting the same performance from Sammy, who is becoming a reliable asset for the Caribbeans.
New Zealand: 1 Brendon McCullum (capt), 2 Corey Anderson, 3 Martin Guptill, 4 Mitchell McClenaghan, 5 Nathan McCullum, 6 Kyle Mills, 7 James Neesham, 8 Luke Ronchi (wk), 9 Jesse Ryder, 10 Ross Taylor, 11 Kane Williamson
West Indies: 1 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 2 Tino Best, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Johnson Charles (wk), 5 Narsingh Deonarine, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Sunil Narine, 8 Kieran Powell, 9 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Darren Sammy