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Narine takes 5-27 in tense West Indies win


Charles spliced a catch high on the bat to backward-point, while Smith played across the line and was trapped leg before, despite seeking a review.

Marlon Samuels and Bravo revived the stuttering innings in a stand of 60 for the fourth wicket.

Samuels was in fluent form, striking four fours and a six off 49 balls, before he was Southee’s third victim, lofting to extra-cover. When Pollard swatted across the line and picked out Kane Williamson at mid-wicket, the West Indies dipped to 104-5 in the 27th over.

Bravo found another sound ally in Devon Thomas and the pair shared a partnership of 53 for the sixth wicket. Thomas contributed 20 before he picked out deep mid-wicket trying to hit a full toss from medium pacer Ellis out of the ground. Next over, Mills claimed Sammy (2) and New Zealand were on top at 160-7.

Bravo got to his half-century off 89 balls, but Ellis returned to cut him short, another full toss doing the job as he picked out mid-wicket.

Russell dominated the final overs in a stroke-filled half-century, launching six fours and three sixes.

Mills, who passed Chris Harris as New Zealand’s all-time second one-day wicket-taker, removed Narine (6) toward the end.

New Zealand next travel to Antigua where they play a three-day match against a West Indies Board President’s XI on Friday, before the first of two Tests begins on Wednesday next week.

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