New Zealand, sent into bat first, posted a healthy 325 for six after an impressive final 10 overs by Henry Nicholls and Todd Astle which produced 103 runs.
Three global matches on tour so far have produced three defeats for Windies, and if it doesn't reverse that trend in the second One-Day worldwide against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday, there will be no comebacks left in the three-match ODI series.
Kitchen, 33, receives his first call up for the Black Caps, after years of consistent performances in limited overs for Otago, pipping Todd Astle for spinning all-rounder spot, alongside Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi. Astle playing his second ODI slammed his career-best.
Bracewell's absence from the New Zealand team since he played in a one-day global against India in Dharamsala in October was partly due to a knee injury but more the result of his latest disciplinary lapse.
Milne did not play in the first ODI that New Zealand won by five wickets, but would have had a chance for the remainder of the series for which Tim Southee has been rested. Neil Broom, batting at No.3 made just six.
His dismissal in the 36th over saw the Windies slump to 201 for eight before Rovman Powell, who struck the ball cleanly for 59 off 50 balls, rallied the innings late on. Ross Taylor stabilised the innings with a steady 57.
Gayle's opening partner, Evan Lewis top scored with a classy 76.
An untried partnership between George Worker (57) and Colin Munro (49) put on 108 for the first wicket and Ross Taylor was stranded on 49 not out as New Zealand reached its winning target with four overs remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Captain Jason Holder took 2-52 on a hard pitch at Cobham Oval.
Trent Boult did the damage early, knocking over the West Indies batsman at regular intervals to have them 52 for 4.
Re-enter Boult, who dismissed Sheldon Cottrell for 8, before knocking over the Windies highest scorer, Ashley Nurse for 27.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Seth Rance has been named as replacement for Adam Milne, who injured his foot and is ruled out of the ODI series and the upcoming T20Is against West Indies.
The Black Caps have an unassailable 2-nil lead in the one day worldwide series.
The final game of the series, at the same venue on Boxing Day is now academic in terms of the three-game rubber and today's result leaves the Windies winless on the tour.
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