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Nic Ladds 12th Jan 2009 - 8:26

Gayle can lead the way for Windies

Martin Guptill is 5/1 in the betting to repeat his heroics of the last ODI against the West Indies when he hit the second highest one-day score for a debutant and sealed the New Zealand top batsman accolade.

The fifth ODI decides the series which currently stands at 1-1. The fourth game was rained with the West Indies poised on 64-0 to make a good go of going after New Zealand's total of 275-4.

The Black Caps find themselves as favourites at 8/13 with the Windies at 6/5 although judging by the way the series has gone so far it is virtually a level playing field and odds perhaps should be closer.

Chris Gayle who has been in imperious form recently ended on 46 before the match was abandoned while the Windies has put on 46 after just nine overs.

Gayle is a worthy 3/1 favourite to be to West Indies batsman with Ramnaresh Sarwan at 7/2 and Shiv Chanderpaul also a 7/2 shot.

While Guptill will be hoping he is as deadly with the bat this time around it will be tall order to build the same kind of score as he did in the fourth ODI.

Ross Taylor supported the debutant well in the last game with 75 and is 7/2 to top score this time with Brendon McCullum 3/1 favourite.

Jesse Ryder's off pitch antics have been well documented and despite a lot of speculation whether the 24 year-old would start it has been confirmed he is.

He is available at odds of 4/1 to make amends on the pitch and come away top New Zealand batsman.

Gayle has been looking excellent and if whoever opens with him can give good support then even money about West Indies making the highest first 15 overs total appeals more than 8/11 about New Zealand achieving it.

Providing the game gets completed this time we should be in for an absolutely cracking game between to very evenly matched sides.

New Zealand will be more fancied on home turf but at the prices West Indies look to be the bet to snatch a series victory in the final game.

Ross Taylor top New Zealand batsman - 7/2
West Indies to win - 6/5

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