New Zealand v West Indies, 1st ODI, Auckland December 26, 2013

WI 1-0 up after two-wicket win

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West Indies 157 for 8 (Sammy 43*, McClenaghan 5-58)New Zealand 156 (Brendon McCullum 51, Nathan McCullum 47, Bravo 4-44)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies' search for their first win of the New Zealand tour ended at Eden Park in Auckland as the visitors edged past the home side in a low-scoring thriller to take lead in the five-match ODI series. Mitchell McClenaghan's maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs led New Zealand's fightback after they had been bowled out for 156, but Darren Sammy smashed an unbeaten 27-ball 43 to take West Indies over the line.

West Indies needed 61 when Sammy arrived at the crease at the fall of the sixth wicket and used the short boundaries to his advantage. Yet solidity was hard to come by as New Zealand kept chipping away with wickets. Sammy had added 25 runs with Denesh Ramdin, who scored just 2, when McClenaghan struck for the fifth time to remove Ramdin. Thirty-six runs and three wickets in hand; it was not a question of overs as West Indies were scoring at a quick rate.

Jason Holder, who has been impressive with the bat in his short career, thwarted New Zealand's hopes in another obdurate stand of 26 runs with Sammy that brought West Indies to within 10 runs of the target. After his dismissal, Sammy didn't let New Zealand get any further sniff, finishing the match with a six and a four in McClenaghan's last over - the 28th of the innings.

Regular wickets were a feature of both teams' batting performance. McClenaghan's swing and good pace did the same damage at the top of the West Indies order, much like Ravi Rampaul and Holder reduced New Zealand to 32 for 4.

The difference was that McClenaghan didn't receive similar support from his team-mates. In his first spell of six overs, he picked up four West Indies wickets; Powell left a straight delivery to be bowled, Charles was beaten by an inswinger, Darren Bravo drove one straight to cover, while Dwayne Bravo was trapped lbw by another perfect inswinger.

Lendl Simmons, who scored 34, and Narsingh Deonarine had some respite as McClenaghan took a break and the two stitched a critical 34-run stand. West Indies were close enough, even though the two were dismissed in quick succession, for Sammy to complete the chase in one strong leap.

Rampaul and Co were similarly efficient in the morning, but apart from Sammy, there were hardly any weaklinks in their attack. All the bowlers got the ball to jag either way, while Sunil Narine extracted fair amount of zip from the pacy drop-in pitch, the nature of which had been not clear before the match. It was one of the reasons why West Indies had opted to bowl and it worked in their favour.

New Zealand's top four could manage only 13 runs among them as Rampaul and Holder bowled with control not seen in the West Indies bowlers during the Test series. Then Bravo brought himself on and ensured the bottom half of the New Zealand line-up had all their escape routes shut as he picked up four wickets.

Brendon McCullum put up a strong resistance, going past 5000 ODI runs during his 51, but he didn't receive any support from the other batsmen as West Indies mounted pressure. On a ground with short boundaries, fours were hard to come by - the first came in the 11th over, bowled by Sammy, when McCullum pulled a four and followed it with a six next ball - and there was no breathing space for the batsmen. Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi hit aerial shots straight to the fielders, summing up the morning for New Zealand.

The slide had started at the start of the innings. Rampaul dismissed New Zealand's comeback men Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill in his first two overs, but the big wicket of Ross Taylor came through a run-out. There was no looking back from there as Dwayne Bravo picked up four wickets to reduce New Zealand to 112 for 9.

Nathan McCullum delayed the end of innings till the 43rd over with an enterprising 47, adroitly farming the strike in a 44-run last-wicket stand during which Mitchell McClenaghan scored only three. Nathan McCullum was the last batsman to be dismissed and ensured New Zealand had just enough to put up a fight.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • simonviller on December 27, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Thanks to Roland Cox FOR the mention of Sammy' s improved batting !! They seem to be too many haters to notice this . I have seen a turn around in his performance with the bat ,evidenced in his stroke play , shot selection , positive approach and mental toughness ;something which others should take as an example . Are the other " super- stars " too super to follow suit ?

  • nicevans on December 27, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Went to the game and enjoyed it even though it wasn't a lot of runs. Good to see the Maccullum brothers bat well, but the rest were a bit disappointing although I think most batting line ups would have struggled on that pitch. Agree with previous comments that we are missing another proven strike bowler ie: boult or southee. We can't expect Mitch to carry all of that burden.Hopefully this will be addressed for 2015.

  • on December 27, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    @Thom Jones

    apart from Shillingford and Narine you would find Rampaul and Roach battingwise would be Ramdin maybe Powell and Edwards. Lendel cetainly in ODI, maybe even tests. But hey, if Sammy is can prove himself a viable#6 in tests, I'll support him

  • Min2000 on December 27, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Should be a hard fought series, but I'm betting New Zealand will win all of the remaining ODIs and take the series 4-1.

  • on December 27, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    I don't understand how people keep calling for sammy to be dropped from the test team. I guess I watch a different game cause what I have been seeing for the past few years is that eventhough he is not worldclass he sure is a better performer with bat and ball that most of the so called top order specialist batsmen and specialist bowlers. apart from young bravo and shiv which other batsman in that test team scores more consistently than bravo? and apart from shillingford and Narine which bowler bowls better than sammy excluding in the test team?

  • mensan on December 27, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Sammy batted well. I liked his approach.

  • on December 27, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Mrs rally windies, stop hating on mr Sammy! It just shows you have no love for the games and just enjoy bashing, why don't you complain about batsmen who suppose to do their job and constantly play the fool, both in test and odi. That's the problem, batsmen not applying themselves. Use your big head and you will see that.

  • adkum on December 26, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Congrats WI and thanks Sammy. Shows that if WI play real hard they can win matches. Sammy has proved again that he is a good one day player. He did well to clobber the ball and win the match. He is not a test material and should not be in the test team let alone its captain. He should be the captain of the one day and the T20 squad because this is the type of cricket he is good at. I wish WI well and hope they maintain the wining streak but must confess that I am not confident that this will happen as the team does not show the attitude of wanting to win - lacks the mental toughness and mindset to win.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 26, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Congrats to WI ODI team, Sammy did not perform in test lately, but won the one match in India and here, also he came in and scored in the final 20/20 in Sri Lanka, I don't like him as a test captain at the moment, but he is good in the ODI and 20/20 format! Powell and Deonarine should sit for the ODI, Go West Indies !

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 26, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    1.Edwards 2.Simmons 3.Bravo 4.Powell 5.DJ Bravo 6.Ramdin/Charles 7.Sammy 8.Holder 9.Miller 10.Rampaul 11.Narine would be my 11 of this squad for remaining games.

  • simonviller on December 27, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Thanks to Roland Cox FOR the mention of Sammy' s improved batting !! They seem to be too many haters to notice this . I have seen a turn around in his performance with the bat ,evidenced in his stroke play , shot selection , positive approach and mental toughness ;something which others should take as an example . Are the other " super- stars " too super to follow suit ?

  • nicevans on December 27, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Went to the game and enjoyed it even though it wasn't a lot of runs. Good to see the Maccullum brothers bat well, but the rest were a bit disappointing although I think most batting line ups would have struggled on that pitch. Agree with previous comments that we are missing another proven strike bowler ie: boult or southee. We can't expect Mitch to carry all of that burden.Hopefully this will be addressed for 2015.

  • on December 27, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    @Thom Jones

    apart from Shillingford and Narine you would find Rampaul and Roach battingwise would be Ramdin maybe Powell and Edwards. Lendel cetainly in ODI, maybe even tests. But hey, if Sammy is can prove himself a viable#6 in tests, I'll support him

  • Min2000 on December 27, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Should be a hard fought series, but I'm betting New Zealand will win all of the remaining ODIs and take the series 4-1.

  • on December 27, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    I don't understand how people keep calling for sammy to be dropped from the test team. I guess I watch a different game cause what I have been seeing for the past few years is that eventhough he is not worldclass he sure is a better performer with bat and ball that most of the so called top order specialist batsmen and specialist bowlers. apart from young bravo and shiv which other batsman in that test team scores more consistently than bravo? and apart from shillingford and Narine which bowler bowls better than sammy excluding in the test team?

  • mensan on December 27, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Sammy batted well. I liked his approach.

  • on December 27, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Mrs rally windies, stop hating on mr Sammy! It just shows you have no love for the games and just enjoy bashing, why don't you complain about batsmen who suppose to do their job and constantly play the fool, both in test and odi. That's the problem, batsmen not applying themselves. Use your big head and you will see that.

  • adkum on December 26, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Congrats WI and thanks Sammy. Shows that if WI play real hard they can win matches. Sammy has proved again that he is a good one day player. He did well to clobber the ball and win the match. He is not a test material and should not be in the test team let alone its captain. He should be the captain of the one day and the T20 squad because this is the type of cricket he is good at. I wish WI well and hope they maintain the wining streak but must confess that I am not confident that this will happen as the team does not show the attitude of wanting to win - lacks the mental toughness and mindset to win.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 26, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Congrats to WI ODI team, Sammy did not perform in test lately, but won the one match in India and here, also he came in and scored in the final 20/20 in Sri Lanka, I don't like him as a test captain at the moment, but he is good in the ODI and 20/20 format! Powell and Deonarine should sit for the ODI, Go West Indies !

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 26, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    1.Edwards 2.Simmons 3.Bravo 4.Powell 5.DJ Bravo 6.Ramdin/Charles 7.Sammy 8.Holder 9.Miller 10.Rampaul 11.Narine would be my 11 of this squad for remaining games.

  • BounceTrack_BULLY on December 26, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    Sammy is the Dhoni of West Indies team. He will be a match winner if you don't have a plan against him.

  • regofpicton on December 26, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    A disappointing game, but we have to admit we didn't deserve to win. It always looks bad when several batsmen have the same off day, but on that pitch 150 was defendabe. We just bowled too short and too wide. As well as 17 wides we conceded 14 leg-byes, which is a huge number in such a small total. You don't concede leg byes unless you're bowling down leg, & you don't bowl down leg if you're defending 150. And Sammy in particular feasted on short rubbish.

    Bits and pieces players are OK if the pitch is a good one & the top order fires, but we were exposed yesterday. As for bringing in Milne, it is great to add that extra pace, but there must be concerns about his accuracy. Are there concerns about Boult's fitness? From what i've seen he's been looking fairly sprightly . . . But of course he's going to be absolutely essential against the Indians. Then again, we are probably going to get scalped regardless.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 26, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    1.Edwards 2.Simmons 3.Bravo 4.Powell 5.DJ Bravo 6.Ramdin/Charles 7.Sammy 8.Holder 9.Miller 10.Rampaul 11.Narine would be my 11 of this squad for remaining games.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 26, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Bad decision for McClenaghan to sledge Sammy and get in his face ! Boy he was punishing that ball harder than a ball has ever been punished lol some of those Sixes were massive.

  • on December 26, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @cricket_is_unpopular Part of the reason that the crowds aren't big is because the tickets are very expensive (35 US dollars). I must say that the NZ batting performance was rather pathetic.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 26, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    to all west indies fans who think rampaul should be in the test team, i agree that he bowled alot better than anyone in the tests but the pitch was pretty helpfull so its hard to get a fair gauge, i must admit i havn't seen him bowl much but he looks pretty fat, he's carrying a big motor out the front, is he fit enough for test cricket? is this something the selectors might be wary of? he might be the fittest in the team for all i know but he didn't look like your typical fast bowler especially one from the west indies.

  • on December 26, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    why is rampaul not playing tests?

  • ProdigyA on December 26, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    Exactly, first concentrate in the matches in hand before thinking too far ahead and making ridiculous statements like green top and what not.

  • USIndianFan on December 26, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Sammy continues to perform. It is sad to watch people complain about him. The gap seems to be from his team. Not sure why Rampaul and Holder were not in the Test team.

  • looshan on December 26, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I agree with some of te comments that Darren Sammy should be kept on the team. Lately the West Indies appear to be playing better sans the super stars.

  • chechong0114 on December 26, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    The West Indies team chosen for the first ODI was selected with a fine tooth comb, there was not a single player in the final 11 that should not have been there. Even I who am a huge critic of the WICB and everything they do could not find a single fault with the selection. But again we saw a game again that they almost gave away and had it not been for the ruthless attitude and strokeplay of Darren Sammy we would have lost that game as well. As happy as I am this morning that we have actually won a game on the tour I don't know if I can become even optimistic that we could win another game in the series much less draw it, a win would be wishful thinking. Mental toughness is definitely a huge problem for these West Indian batters even the senior more seasoned players struggle in that area. But many times after they get out they show little to no emotion, its like they really don't care which ever way things end up, but that's just my observation. Having said that I am happy we won.

  • on December 26, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I have no problem with Sammy in my ODI set up he can swing the willow but no feet for the test. Today's result shows how important it is to have good bowling in any team line up. Holder has been impressive bowling straight seam up balls as do Rampaul which, for me was Best and Gabriel downfall from the test, there was not getting anythink from the wicket because there ball is coming out all over the place. I have been saying this a while Powell need to be coming in down the order. Great game but too close for comfort from such a low total. Please WI management get Rampual in good fitness condition and you will solve his injury problems. My team for the next game: Charles and Lil bravo Open, Simmons, Powell,Bravo,Walton,Ramdin,Sammy,Holder,Narine,Rampaul. Great people think outside the box just like the WI of old my technically correct player going tops to break down the attack with aggressive Charles. The rest speak for itself. Go back to been DYNAMIC WI rather than predictably

  • Rally_Windies on December 26, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    It is all good that Sammy saved the game ....

    he dropped Mc Cullen and bowled terribly ....

    its Sammy's own fault that he had to make 43 runs ...

    Sammy may take the occasional blinder , but that is because he gets so many chances ! he is actually quite an undependable fielder . He may take 1/3 blinders but drops 1/3 sitters.

    Sammy has dropped more regulation catches than any other member of the WI team in the last 3 years....

  • boxer44 on December 26, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Anyone who have heard of or seen Charlie Griffith and Wes Hall will be looking forward to the day West Indies selectors get Jason Holder and Kemar Roach on a good Aus or Saf cricket pitch.

  • on December 26, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Need A.Rusell & Dwyane smith+Sarwan place of Ramdin,Deonarine & powell

  • trinifacts on December 26, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Again another reason why Chanderpaul should have been included in the ODI team. 150 runs to get in 50 overs is a test match speed of scoring. He has already gotten used to the NZ conditions by scoring a century and 70 odd... why not just keep him. According to the itenary, WI don't play another test match until June/July next year so it doesn't make sense keeping him in the deep freeze until then.....let him play ODIs until the 2015 World Cup and then a decision can be made then. Chanderpaul to WI is like Misbah to Pakistan.....nuff said......if he's already left NZ I they can still call him back......there's still plenty games remaining in this series

  • Lion83 on December 26, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Bring chandrapul to ODI team to play till world cup 2015

  • Outswinging on December 26, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Please stop talking about the likes of Smith, Sarwan and Lewis. Also what is Deonarine doing on the team. Please anthother wicketkeeper - an batting average of less that 20 in over 100 ODIs is not enough to justify Ramdin's continued presence in the team. Chanderpaul should be in the ODI, if he wishes to do so. Finally, please, please give the Windies a new coach.

  • on December 26, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Been a while since we seen a line up like this for NZ, and judging by the current standards, this could be the best we will. NZC need to stick to the current set of lads and knit them into a mentally strong force and things can look very positive for NZC...

  • coolie on December 26, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Sammy bat say BAS... It should read BOSS...

  • wirus on December 26, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Bearing in mind that there is hardly anyone to choose from on this tour, surely WI must rearrange their batting line up to make better use of players, e.g. opening with Edwards and Simmons to give Powell a break and have him at 3. Then Darren Bravo at 4 and Ramdin at 5. Ramdin can bat (as we just saw in the test) but is not a big hitter. The spots for the big hitters are at 6, 7 and 8 which should be Dwayne Bravo at 6, Charles at 7 (he is not an opener) and Sammy at 8. That makes the best use of what is available on tour and gives struggling players an opportunity to take on different responsibilities and maybe bat with different people. It's worth a try isn't it?

  • on December 26, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    You cannot keep Darren Sammy out of Limited overs cricket. His batting has improved quite a lot whereas his bowling has taken a serious dip. According to Ian Bishop this is because at net sessions he does more batting than bowling. He is a threat to opposing bowlers at this stage of innings especially when chasing small totals on small grounds. Low scores on a good pitch surrounded by short boundaries indicate two weak batting line-ups which could be the reason for very small attendances at the matches.

  • CricketChat on December 26, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Ryder needs to get out of his liking for zeros. Still early after recall, but I think he will come back into his own as he had been in good form in FC. Sammy's approach to his batting in this match is another reason why he should play in short formats only. I feel he needs to bat at least 2 place higher to be more effective. I feel he is a better bat than Deonarine and Ramdin any day to bat below them.

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Darren Sammy proves time after time that he is an important cog in that wheel. His 'average' talent is by far more useful to the team than the hype that comes with the 'superstars' who have no commitment and heart. You can expect the unexpected with this exceptional God-fearing gentleman. WI would be better off with five average players than with the stars and unless we come to this realization we are not going anywhere fast. Let us as a people be less critical of Sammy and pray that more like him would emerge

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Well done Darren Sammy! He has proven himself to be more fitted for ODI cricket. However, the showing of the rest of the team was disappointing. How could you be struggling to make 150 odd runs in 50 overs? This score card showed that had New Zealand registered a score of anything closer to 200, we would have lost badly. My advice for Dwayne Bravo is to just limit the talking, and get down to improving on his batting. At the moment, it looks like Sammy is the better allrounder, though I think he's still not test cricket material. Also, it's time to say goodbye to Deonarine, he's just a passenger on this side right now.

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    The telling line for the Windies selectors to take note of; "...New Zealand's top four could manage only 13 runs among them as Rampaul and Holder bowled with control not seen in the West Indies bowlers during the Test series" Done talk!!! Siva_Bala75 and ramesh80 - they picked Sarwan last year and he failed; Shiv is not the best bet for selection NOW with the World Cup less than a year away...

  • Midonoff on December 26, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    @Ramesh80 and Siva_Bala75, Sarwan has numerous chances. Do you rember the forgettable to he had in Australia recently. Pls lets move on to other players. Sarwan blew his last opportunities.

  • Roysingh1972 on December 26, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Chanderpaul has an ODI batting ave over 42, higher than any wi batsman! Why the West Indies is not playing him??? Maybe the selectors just like seeing WI batting with no real back bone? Powell left alone a ball that bowled him, Charles got dropped on (0) then made (9) DM Bravo got bowled with a in swinging Yorker, good bowling, Ramdin hit the ball straight to the fielder. West Indies should look at there foreign base players. Bring in Dwayne Smith. Shawan and Lewis. What you waiting for SELECTORS ;-(

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    It is the right time to stop talking if who should/ shouldn 't be skipper and pick the best XI for each format and select the captain from the final XI's

  • Captainman on December 26, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Empty stands as usual despite being a holiday period in NZ. Its a shame other deserving teams where Cricket is extremely popular play way less Cricket than NZ where there isn't much interest otherwise we would've seen a ranking change.

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    They are playing like some kids...But Happy for Sammy, his average is also climbed from 19 to 24 over the last year...

  • pt_pt on December 26, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    NZ should bounce back from this, it was just a bad day in terms of the batting. Probably best to play another bowler like Milne in the side for a better balance. Question mark over Ronchi though, he is just not performing with bat when needed, Latham is in pretty good form at the moment, probably be the better option.

  • kiwicricketnut on December 26, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    i think the bowling line up was allright of coarse southee would be in the starting xi if he wasn't out but when he comes back i'd have him replace mills not neesham, neesham had a bit of an off night but he is definatly worth perservering with theres a year to the world cup, give these guys the game time they need to become quality internationals because they have the talent, mills will be at that world cup and be just as good as he is today no matter how many more games he plays so give the others a chance to develop. n. mccullum is a problem because his batting is more valuable than his bowling we need a spinner taking wickets in the middle part of an innings, being economical isn't enough. mccullum not having the gloves effects the balance because ronchi is over rated and costs us a bowler, give latham the gloves. i think batting deep with allrounders is smart when scores of 300+ are par now, the team looks pretty good they just had an off night on a tricky pitch

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Tony is right, Mills should be out and Southee in. But I wouldn't have Boult there, McClenaghan is doing a nice job and Boult is turning out to be a great talent in tests so I don't wanna see him burdened with both forms and risking his body. But I don't see why both Anderson and Neesham should be in the team. They should give another young fast bowler a chance in place or Neesham. Also agree with Toyohashi to swap Ronchi for Watling, Ronchi has been given enough chances now. I don't mind the top order tho, would expect Guptil and Ryder to fire a bit in the remaining ODIs. Would like to see either Tom Latham or Rutherford in the mix too.

  • wirus on December 26, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    This match doesn't tell us anything new. We already knew that 1. this is the right format for Sammy (NOT TESTS) and that he should probably be captain of ODI and T20. 2. that Bravo can bowl if he puts his mind to it but that he can't focus on bowling and batting, i.e. he has to decide to become very good at one or the other. 3. that Deonerine is out of form and probably out of his depth in international cricket. 4. that in the absence of Roach and the apparent end of Taylor and Fidel Edwards, Rampaul, Holder, Narine (and add Millarand Santokie) are the best available WI bowlers, with Bishoo, Cummins and a couple others in reserve. 5. that WI batting is brittle and lacks a calming, stabilizing player around whom less experienced batsmen can bat. 6. that NZ are currently better than WI mentally and technically, almost winning a match they would surely have lost against more capable teams.

  • iceaxe on December 26, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    One would have thought this match was already won before it had started given the media fanfare in NZ! Really goes to show how NZ cricket is seen as on a winning streak if we pull together 2+ wins.

    The harsh reality is that we are brought back to earth rather quickly. Well done WI, but it could have been done a lot more convincingly with the bat!

  • Siva_Bala75 on December 26, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Drop Powell and Deonarine- Bring in Chanders and Sarwan (Gayle after he is fit). WI team will look so much better.

  • ramesh80 on December 26, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    WI need Shiva chandrapaul and Sharwan in these side to stablize the batting. you can't always win Sammy cameo. Who is selecting Deonarine in stead of Chandrapaul is not understandable. If Chandrapaul same age player Misba ul haq can play ODI then why can't Chandrapaul play ????

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    bj watling is the only change i would make perhaps have him open drop ryder to 3 or 5 mcculum to 6 and anderson 7 rest of the team is ok as there is no real replacement for nathan mcculum yet who has not taken a 4 wicket bag yet in 50+ matches

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Great bowling from kiwis....but, the concern is line of the bowling... i think, too many wides cost kiwis a match. Great fight back from kiwis...dats y, i love this team....bt, better batting is expected in 2nd odi... best luck...wrap up series 4-1

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Courageous swash-buckling stuff from Darren Sammy, fighting fire with fire-- 43 from 27 balls--very happy at the way you scolded that hurry come-up, McClennaghan!

  • Toyohashi on December 26, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I was skeptical of NZ's choice of lineup from the start and unfortunately I was right. If our ODI team resembles our T20 team more than our test team, then collapses like this are inevitable. Too many batters who aren't used to batting time and doing a repair job to make an innings last the whole 50 overs. In the end we played just like WI have been playing in tests, so it's no wonder we lost. I say Ronchi out for Watling. I imagine he'd have put on a decent partnership with BMac to support some tailend smashing in the later overs. I doubt we'll make any big changes though, so I can only pray that our combination will fire in the next ODI's.

  • 801mlh on December 26, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Another captain's knock by Sammy. Why he was stripped of the ODI captaincy for a T20 journeyman who opted for T20 cash over West Indies times before is beyond me. However I am glad he is playing these little game saving innings so they cant be justified in dropping him as well(not yet at least). Those asking for DJ Bravo in the test team? His records are worse than even Sammy's so don't be fooled by these 4 wickets today, any bet that he ends this series with 10 or less wickets. Rampaul, if we can still be trying with Best, who I cant understand has been playing professional cricket for over 12 years but still cant bowl the same delivery 2 consecutive balls, Rampaul can play. Even if its just for his usual early wicket(s), I guess his big belly is misleading.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 26, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Wow so much to talk about here despite the totals. For W.I obviously first questions going to be where was Holder and Rampaul during the Test series ? It was also great for me to see Holder getting a lil more aggressive, he bowled great areas but also threw in some deadly bouncers an let the batsman know about it. The fielding an buzz was lifted in the field I have never seen W.I like this in recent yrs Charles was electric made some incredible stops. The issue 4me is Sammy / Bravo cannot both be bowling W.I lack another bowler having NZ 119-9 and allowing that 40 run last wicket partnership shows they let it slip at the end. The batting is sill so bad, Smith an Shiv needed to be in-between some of these youngsters only Simmo looked confident but the way he plays he's always going to give you a chance, Sammy at the end was magnificent talk about a man on a mission ! he really showed again like in India why he should still be captain of the short stuff ! Bravo need to step up ASAP

  • on December 26, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    D sammy is not always proforming but i personally think that right now the wi need him

  • on December 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    as a kiwi fan this game is massively frustrating and raises question about the decision making at the top level of nzc. can anyone tell me why Boult and Southee are not in the one-day side? the powers at be believe we have the depth to have largely different test and short form side. the balance of these team was all wrong and in the end we couldn't bowl them out as we had too many batsmen who can bowl. mcclenahan cannot bowl out an entire side by himself. mills should be taken out back and shot.way past his prime. fourteen wides when changing 156.absurd.

  • Mekkayel on December 26, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    A real CAPTAIN'S KNOCK from Darren Sammy

  • german1 on December 26, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    What happen to benefit of the doubt goes to the batsman? Deonarines career is over! He looks like a school boy facing up against international bowling. Then again we are talking about the WICB here so he might be given another 3-4 years of chances

  • humdrum on December 26, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    The West Indies Board has to be purged completely,if we are ever to see a glimpse of the erstwhile glory days in our lifetime.Enough is enough,and in this case more than enough.Mad hatter selections,bad planning and strategy(what's that ?) and zero accountability has played havoc with the team morale.It is only due to the inherent strength of character in the players that they have survived in this blunderland. Nothing short of mass sackings at the Board level will solve this state of affairs.

  • Mekkayel on December 26, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    So now, explain to us why Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul were not paying in the test series? Why was Narine left out until the last test? Why is Deonarine even in the team? #WestIndianLogic

  • Zeyad68 on December 26, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Well done JC. Miss u in IPL but more than happy to c u in the national colours.

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  • Zeyad68 on December 26, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Well done JC. Miss u in IPL but more than happy to c u in the national colours.

  • Mekkayel on December 26, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    So now, explain to us why Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul were not paying in the test series? Why was Narine left out until the last test? Why is Deonarine even in the team? #WestIndianLogic

  • humdrum on December 26, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    The West Indies Board has to be purged completely,if we are ever to see a glimpse of the erstwhile glory days in our lifetime.Enough is enough,and in this case more than enough.Mad hatter selections,bad planning and strategy(what's that ?) and zero accountability has played havoc with the team morale.It is only due to the inherent strength of character in the players that they have survived in this blunderland. Nothing short of mass sackings at the Board level will solve this state of affairs.

  • german1 on December 26, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    What happen to benefit of the doubt goes to the batsman? Deonarines career is over! He looks like a school boy facing up against international bowling. Then again we are talking about the WICB here so he might be given another 3-4 years of chances

  • Mekkayel on December 26, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    A real CAPTAIN'S KNOCK from Darren Sammy

  • on December 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    as a kiwi fan this game is massively frustrating and raises question about the decision making at the top level of nzc. can anyone tell me why Boult and Southee are not in the one-day side? the powers at be believe we have the depth to have largely different test and short form side. the balance of these team was all wrong and in the end we couldn't bowl them out as we had too many batsmen who can bowl. mcclenahan cannot bowl out an entire side by himself. mills should be taken out back and shot.way past his prime. fourteen wides when changing 156.absurd.

  • on December 26, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    D sammy is not always proforming but i personally think that right now the wi need him

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 26, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Wow so much to talk about here despite the totals. For W.I obviously first questions going to be where was Holder and Rampaul during the Test series ? It was also great for me to see Holder getting a lil more aggressive, he bowled great areas but also threw in some deadly bouncers an let the batsman know about it. The fielding an buzz was lifted in the field I have never seen W.I like this in recent yrs Charles was electric made some incredible stops. The issue 4me is Sammy / Bravo cannot both be bowling W.I lack another bowler having NZ 119-9 and allowing that 40 run last wicket partnership shows they let it slip at the end. The batting is sill so bad, Smith an Shiv needed to be in-between some of these youngsters only Simmo looked confident but the way he plays he's always going to give you a chance, Sammy at the end was magnificent talk about a man on a mission ! he really showed again like in India why he should still be captain of the short stuff ! Bravo need to step up ASAP

  • 801mlh on December 26, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Another captain's knock by Sammy. Why he was stripped of the ODI captaincy for a T20 journeyman who opted for T20 cash over West Indies times before is beyond me. However I am glad he is playing these little game saving innings so they cant be justified in dropping him as well(not yet at least). Those asking for DJ Bravo in the test team? His records are worse than even Sammy's so don't be fooled by these 4 wickets today, any bet that he ends this series with 10 or less wickets. Rampaul, if we can still be trying with Best, who I cant understand has been playing professional cricket for over 12 years but still cant bowl the same delivery 2 consecutive balls, Rampaul can play. Even if its just for his usual early wicket(s), I guess his big belly is misleading.

  • Toyohashi on December 26, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I was skeptical of NZ's choice of lineup from the start and unfortunately I was right. If our ODI team resembles our T20 team more than our test team, then collapses like this are inevitable. Too many batters who aren't used to batting time and doing a repair job to make an innings last the whole 50 overs. In the end we played just like WI have been playing in tests, so it's no wonder we lost. I say Ronchi out for Watling. I imagine he'd have put on a decent partnership with BMac to support some tailend smashing in the later overs. I doubt we'll make any big changes though, so I can only pray that our combination will fire in the next ODI's.