Updated: 01/01/2014 11:48 | By Agence France-Presse

New Zealand bat first after losing toss

The West Indies won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat in the rain-delayed third one-day international at Queenstown on Wednesday in a match reduced to 21 overs per side.

New Zealand bat first after losing toss

Jesse Ryder of New Zealand bats during the third international one day cricket match between New Zealand and the West Indies in Queenstown on January 1, 2014

"The wicket has been covered for most of the day and we don't know what it will do later in the day," West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo of his decision. The start was delayed for more than five hours.

The West Indies are without Darren Sammy, who suffered a hamstring injury during the warm-up, and Darren Bravo, who has returned home for personal reasons. They have been replaced by Chadwick Walton and Nikita Miller.

New Zealand brought in paceman Adam Milne at the expense of batsman Kane Williamson.

The West Indies lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first game in Auckland by two wickets. The second game, in Napier, was abandoned because of rain.


New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Adam Milne, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Mitch McClenaghan.

West Indies: Kieran Powell, Johnson Charles, Nikitia Miller, Llendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Narsingh Deonarine, Chadwick Walton, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder, Ravi Rampaul.

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Ranmore Martinesz (SRI)

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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