Kiwis win rain-marred encounter

New Zealand won a rain-affected fourth one-day international by 58 runs on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over the West Indies in their five-match series.

The game in Nelson was decided under the Duckworth-Lewis method after wet weather set in with the West Indies apparently heading for their second consecutive heavy defeat.

A timely return to form for opener Martin Guptill, who made 81, saw New Zealand make 285 for six in their 50 overs and the West Indies were 134-5 after 33.4 overs when the rain sent the players off the field. The visitors should have been 193 when the match was called off.

New Zealand, who won the Test series 2-0, now lead the one-day international series 2-1 with one match to play in Hamilton next Wednesday.

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