Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:51:53 GMT | By ANI

Narine’s magical spell helps Windies rout Black Caps 4-1 in ODI series

Basseterre (St Kitts): Sunil Narine produced a magical spell, which bamboozled New Zealand as the West Indies won the fifth and final ODI by 20 runs, handing the home team a comprehensive 4-1 result in the five-match series.


Narine’s magical spell helps Windies rout Black Caps 4-1 in ODI series

Narine took a career-best five for 27 runs off 10 overs - all-time best figures by a West Indian against New Zealand and the best ever at Warner Park. He almost single-handedly bowled out New Zealand for 221 and deservedly won the Digicel Man-of-the-Match trophy.

He ended the five-match series with 13 wickets at a superb average of just 11.23 runs per wicket at an economy rate of a mere 2.92 runs per over and was the winner of the Digicel Man-of-the-Series award.

"This is my first ODI series win for the West Indies and I'm happy it came at home in front the home supporters ... It felt really good that they could celebrate with us. Today, I felt calm and relaxed running in to bowl. The ball came out nicely and I felt in control. Again today, the batsmen did a fantastic job to provide us with a score to bowl at. Bravo held the innings together and at the end Russell played the big shots," Narine said.

"I always set out to look for wickets and today I got five so that's very pleasing for me. It sort of put the icing on the cake. We went into the match leading the series 3-1 and we didn't want to give anything away. As I said before, 4-1 looks much better that 3-2 and today we proved that."

Narine said he had a discussion with coach Ottis Gibson and it proved fruitful. He decided to change his line of attack by bowling from around the wicket and that put more doubt in the minds of the New Zealand batsmen.

In just a short period on the international stage, Narine has developed a reputation as a match-winner. He made his ODI debut for West Indies late last year in India and has so far taken 28 wickets in 15 matches at 18.82 runs apiece.

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