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31-Dec-2008 09:31:00 GMT
West Indies in New Zealand, 2008/09, One-day series

New Zealand vs West Indies 1st ODI Abandoned

Queenstown: Inclement weather brought about an early end to the first ODI at Queenstown with West Indies 129 for 5 after 35.4 overs. Xavier Marshall was unbeaten on 29 and Denesh Ramdin on 2. The no-result means the teams head into the second match of the series at Christchurch on Saturday locked at nil-all.

The West Indies were 129/5 in the 36th over after being sent into bat in the first One-Day International against New Zealand when rain stopped play on Wednesday. The umpires has decided to lead the players off the field.

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Xavier Marshall have guided the West Indies through to 87 for 2 after 25 overs in the first ODI at Queenstown after Daniel Vettori won the toss and decided to bowl first on a gloomy morning. Sarwan was on 27 and Marshall 15 at the half-way point.

Xavier Marshall was not out on 29 with Denesh Ramdin on 2. Captain Chris Gayle was out for 25 and Ramnaresh Sarwan made 38 while Tim Southee had 2 for 33.

"If you know the reputation of this wicket, it's got a bit of pace in it," Vettori had said after winning the toss.

History favours New Zealand, who have won five of the six completed One-Day Internationals previously played on the Queenstown wicket.

New Zealand have bolstered their pace bowling line-up for this match with the inclusion of Mark Gillespie in the side ahead of off-spinner Jeetan Patel.

The West Indies, however, will be without one of their star players with Shivnarine Chanderpaul out with a hand injury.

Brief Score: West Indies 129 for 5 (Sarwan 38, Southee 2-33) v New Zealand

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