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CRICKET: Skipper Bravo defends bowlers despite hammering from New Zealand

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has defended his bowlers after New Zealand hammered them 283 for four in just 21 overs on their way to a 159-run victory in the rain-shortened third One-Day International (ODI) in Queenstown yesterday.

The highlight of New Zealand’s innings was Corey Anderson who struck the fastest ever-international century.

He reached his 100 from 36 balls, breaking the record of 37 set by Pakistan's Shahid Afridi in 1996.

The 23-year-old Anderson finished with 131 from 47 balls with his ton including 14 sixes and six fours.

Jesse Ryder also hammered a century – the sixth fastest in ODIs.

Ryder scored 104.

However, Bravo backed his bowlers citing that the cold condition made it difficult for them to operate.

The series is now tied at 1-1, with two games to play.

And despite the heavy defeat, Bravo believes the team can bounce back immediately.

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