New Zealand vs West Indies 1st ODI 1987 Article

Read the article of New Zealand vs West Indies 1st ODI 1987 - West Indies tour of New Zealand 4-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match played between West Indies and New Zealand at Carisbrook, Dunedin in 18th March 1987.

A World record-breaking century with a record maiden five-wicket haul from Viv Richards guided West Indies comfortable 95-run victory over New Zealand and take a 1-0 lead in a one-sided game of the first ODI.

Match Stats : 
  • West Indies' 95-run win was their third largest victory by terms of runs against New Zealand in ODIs.
  • Viv Richards became the first player to score hundred or more runs and take five-wicket in a match in One-day international cricket history.
  • Viv Richards became the third West Indies batsman to score a century against New Zealand in ODIs after Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes.
  • Viv Richards became the first player to scored nine centuries in One-day international cricket history, beating their countryman Desmond Haynes' 8-hundreds record.
  • Viv Richards became the first West Indies bowler to claimed a five-wicket haul against New Zealand in ODI cricket history.
  • Viv Richards' 4 for 41 was the best bowling figures by an West Indies bowler against New Zealand in ODIs, surpassing the previous record of 4 for 10 held by Joel Garner at Port of Spain in 1985.
  • 120 : Carl Hooper and Viv Richards set up the record fourth-wicket partnership for West Indies against New Zealand in One-day internationals, previously held by the 80-run stand between Desmond Haynes and Gus Logie at Albion in 1985 and the West Indies' third highest fourth-wicket stand in ODIs.

West Indies scored 237-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Viv Richards hammered a 119 off 113-balls - which was his 9th ODI hundred & his first century against New Zealand in ODIs.

Debutant Carl Hooper cracked a 48 off 79-balls - who fell two-run short of his half-century on his debut ODI match - including 2-fours & a six, Richie Richardson 17 and Gordon Greenidge 15.

New Zealand best bowler by Jeremy Coney, Martin Snedden, Richard Hadlee each took 2-wickets and one for Martin Crowe.

New Zealand scored 142 for all-out in 42.1 overs with top scorer by John Wright cracked a 34 off 68-balls including three boundaries, Debutants Phil Horne 17 and Dipak Patel 15 on their debut ODI match.

West Indies best bowler by Viv Richards 5-41, Tony Gray took 2-wickets and one for Joel Garner - Courtney Walsh.

Viv Richards named Player of the match for his record-breaking all-round performance to claimed a career-best 5-wicket haul for 41-runs in 10-overs after scoring a superb 119 off 113-balls including 10-fours and 4-sixes with strike rate of 105.30.

This match reported by Tony Cozier (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

IT MAY not count for much among his many others, but Vivian Richards added another record of sorts to his lengthy collection in leading the West Indies to a one-sided victory by 95 runs in the first of the four one-day internationals against New Zealand.

Richards propelled the West Indies to 237 for 9 from their allotted 50 overs with a typically commanding 119, made from 108 balls with four sixes and 10 fours. He then took five wickets for 41 as New Zealand could only muster 142 before being bowled out in 43.1 overs. No other cricketer can claim such an all-round double at this level.

Yet Richards' record was not nearly as important or as significant as the partnership of 121 shared for the fourth wicket with Carl Hooper, 20, the right-hander playing his first international match for the West Indies.

Sent in at number four with the total 34 for two and soon to be 50 for three, Hooper batted with a well organised confidence and maturity that confirmed the reputation he has already built at home.

His fourth scoring stroke was a straight six off Ewan Chatfield and he made no mistakes before giving a catch to the 'keeper trying to raise his half-century with the one-day shot, the dab to third man.

Notable exception

Hooper is the notable exception to the present dearth of young batting talent in the West Indies, and clearly has an important future.

Richards averaged less than 20 in the recent Test series in which 38 was his highest score. in four innings. But, entering at a shaky 50 for 3 in the 14th over, he struck the ball with all his old power and authority.

Two of his four sixes were taken from consecutive balls off spinner John Bracewell in an over that yielded 18 while his third six, from the other off-spinner Dipak Patel, raised his tenth century in one-day internationals. No-one else has made as many.

Richards bowled slow-medium sling rather than his more familiar off spin and sev eral of his wickets were taken with the match virtually decided by Joel Garner's opening spell of 10 overs for 18 which included the vital wicket of Martin Crowe, caught at square leg from a mis-timed hook.

Long before then, Richards had settled a man-of-the-match award in his favour one more time.



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