New Zealand v West Indies, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Pallekele

More heartache for New Zealand

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from New Zealand against West Indies in Pallekele

David Hopps

October 1, 2012

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Ross Taylor just failed to take New Zealand over the line, New Zealand v West Indies, Super Eights, World Twenty20 2012, Pallekele, October 1, 2012
It was Super Over heartbreak again for Ross Taylor and New Zealand © Getty Images

Heartache of the day
There have been only eight ties in the history of T20 internationals and remarkably New Zealand have been involved in two in five days at Pallakele - and lost the Super Over on both occasions, firstly against Sri Lanka and now West Indies.

Substitute of the day
Dwayne Smith was again not selected by West Indies, but he found his way onto the field as a substitute and had quite an impact, sending the match into a Super Over with a direct hit from midwicket to run out Doug Bracewell on the last ball as Bracewell sought a second run that would have brought New Zealand victory off the final ball.

Misfield of the day
That Super Over might never have happened had Sunil Narine not misfielded in the final over of New Zealand's innings, a simple fumble at short fine leg which crucially kept Ross Taylor on strike. Ultimately, it did not matter, but Narine, who along with Samuel Badree formed one half of an excellent West Indies spin partnership, nearly wasted his excellent work.

Mishap of the day
A last-minute Achilles injury for Daniel Vettori robbed New Zealand of one of their most accomplished performers and gave Ronnie Hira, a slow left-armer, his first game of the tournament.

Statistic of the day
When Chris Gayle despatched a full toss from Jacob Oram over square leg for six, it was his 300th six in T20, quite a haul in a format that has not been around all that long, even considering that he travels the world in search of new boundaries to clear.

Soft dismissal of the day
Nathan McCullum, New Zealand's offspinner, held up play for a few seconds while he moved Tim Southee 10 yards straighter at long off. From his next ball, Marlon Samuels obligingly chipped it to the fielder, who did not have to move an inch. As West Indies stuttered to 139, it looked as if it would be New Zealand's night.

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Posted by gothetaniwha on (October 2, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

U can have a tie in Test and ODI but we have a lottery to find winner in T20 Why can't there be a tie

Posted by playinrain on (October 2, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Gutting! I would say UN-believible, but this season away has been one disappointment after another for the Kiwis. They are obviously good enough to compete with other teams in the top 8, just lacking the confidence and mojo to finish things when the opportunity presents itself. There seems to be a lack of belief in their own abilities. Soul destroying stuff.I have no ideas left for them. They probably are our best players, maybe some smarter decision making at the top could help, but really, axeing the captain to replace with who? We need a Fleming/Coney style captain again. Still there are signs of improvement since earlier in the year.Just need the killer instinct back, which will come when they get some luck/decisions go their way again.

Posted by Sulli001 on (October 2, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

''Inconsistent Caps'' strike again!!….only good enough to bet Bangladesh says it all. Against both Sri Lanka and WI we were in a position to win and let the game slip through our fingers. Southlee super over last night was a shocker pure and simple!!! Not good enough.

Both Oram and Miles should not have played in the comp full spot.

Posted by BG4cricket on (October 1, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Tend to agree with you Hattrick - pretty harsh on the Kiwis but having said that they were in the box seat in both matches nearing the end and just didn't finish off which I think reflects where they are at with a few good players but not enough quality players in the 11 to consistently win the crucial moments

Posted by   on (October 1, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

good match, winides bowling came good today, even though the batting didnt fire good to see :D GO WINIDES!

Posted by Hattrick_Capes on (October 1, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Why do we need super overs in the group stages?

Why not one point for a tie?

SL - 3 WI - 3 EN - 2 NZ - 2

With 1 to play.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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