New Zealand v West Indies, 1st T20, Auckland January 11, 2014

Ronchi, McCullums set up emphatic win

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New Zealand 189 for 5 (B McCullum 60*, Ronchi 45*, Best 3-40) beat West Indies 108 for 8 (N McCullum 4-24, Neesham 3-16) by 81 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Luke Ronchi and Brendon MCCullum turned a flagging New Zealand innings around with an unbeaten 85-run partnership in the last 7.1 overs, which gave them a comfortable total to defend given West Indies' weakened batting. On a slowish pitch and short straight boundaries where mis-hits sail for comfortable sixes, Tino Best pulled New Zealand back twice, but Ronchi and Brendon McCullum smashed seven sixes and five fours in the last six overs to take the game away from West Indies. Brendon McCullum scored 32 off the last 15 balls he played, and Ronchi, the man who provided New Zealand the first turn of momentum, took 48 off 25.

It could have been much worse for West Indies had it not been for the intervention from Best when he stopped the rampaging Martin Guptill at the top of the innings and Colin Munro in the middle. Guptill just pushed and smacked down the ground everything pitched in his arc. The last three balls of the second over went for six, four and four. Best got another over at the top, and showed he had realised you couldn't pitch up at Eden park. Guptill still managed to hit a short delivery through mid-off for four, but Best finally got the better of him when he cramped him up.

A slow period followed during which New Zealand lost Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor. Brendon McCullum put his head down to make sure they didn't lose too many wickets, in the process going at under a run a ball. At 70 for 3 after 10 overs, they needed a push, which Munro provided with an 18-run over from Nikita Miller. Best, though, came back and removed him and Corey Anderson with aggressive short-of-a-length bowling.

After 14 overs, Brendon McCullum was still only 28 off 30, and a low total loomed. Ronchi, though, began the turnaround with an onslaught on Andre Russell, whose first over was the 15th of the innings. To balls pitched up, all you needed was a decent swing of the bat, and they were flying into the stands. Sunil Narine got a quiet 16th over in, but he wasn't accorded such respect in the 18th when Ronchi slog-swept him for a six, and then read a carrom ball to late-cut it for four.

With the score at 175 after 19 overs, it was down to Best again. Best began well, bowling quick and short of a length, conceding just one run off the first three balls. This is when Brendon McCullum took the calculated risk, charging him, making sure the short ball was now in his swinging arc, and sending it over long-on. With the next ball he guessed right, got under a low full toss, and ramped it way over fine leg for six. The two shots just pushed a gettable total into the realm of improbable for a weakened batting line-up.

Lendl Simmons fell to the pace of Adam Milne, who would later go on to touch 153.1 kmph. Johnson Charles swung a few, but he is a low-percentage batsman, and soon inside-edged James Neesham. With the openers gone, it was always going to be down to Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell, but by the time they came together, the required rate had crossed 13, and there were 10 overs to go.

Playing his 50th Twenty20 international, having led the side out, Nathan McCullum was enjoying the hole-outs from the frustrated middle order. It took Russell two balls to try to hit a six, but the tall Guptill pulled out a stunner at the long-on boundary. In Nathan McCullum's next over, Bravo found Ryder at long-off. If the game hadn't been over already, the last rites were now performed.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 14, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Maybe now Cricinfo will list Milne as Fast instead of Medium Fast.

  • 22many on January 13, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    nicevans ...bmac has found his game (beach cricket 20/20) and I for one say he is good at it...but only good...was great every now and then....but then I cant really make comment on what happens in 20/20 now as I don't watch it You mention you cant put a price on a good captain....are you kidding. When the likes of Turner and Coney speak I listen....when the talking heads on sky sport speak I change to the radio...I want to listen to the truth not some beat up by paid cheer leaders who dear not say it as it should be for the fear of no job. Turner and Coney from what I heard, don't rate him and I happen to agree....what you say is an insult to several in that team who I feel if they had of been in charge we could have won several tests since Taylor got shafted. In fact, if in any top 6 country in the world, BMac would not be playing test cricket based on his batting stats. But then in any other country in the world, John Wright would never have been replaced by the likes of a Hesson.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 13, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @ nicevans yeah i think test retirement is not far away like you say his body is not holding up, as for the top 10, im not one to go through all the stat pages and find them all but there will be some train spotters who will but what i do know is mccullums first class stats arn't that great, an average of about 35, to be fair he hasn't probably played alot of first class cricket but there would be at least 10 guys in the country with better first class stats than that and seeing that first class stats are all we have to pick our test players in theory everyone of those players would make better test cricketers, daryl mitchell, craig and carl cachopa, latham are some just off the top of my head that look like good batters with good techniques only we don't know if they are better than mccullum because they arn't getting a go because the captain cant be dropped im sure if any of those guys got the amount of games mccullums had they would have better records but we may never know

  • regofpicton on January 12, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    Dear nicevans: why do you think this performance of McCullum has proved me wrong? Quite the opposite. It shows that when he bats responsibly he can make a contribution, as i have posted previously. The problem is that he bats responsibly very very seldom. That makes him a poor captain as well as a poor batsman. QED

  • on January 12, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Inept administration and lack of a proper cricketing system bears the fruit that W.I. is now reaping.The results will be the same until the rotten head is removed and a proper system that effectively nurtures young players and retrains older ones is implemented.

  • nicevans on January 12, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Kiwicricketnut Every captain makes mistakes, but the amount of criticism he receives is out of proportion to the situation, and unfortunately some of it is based on how he received the captaincy and his perceived demeanour, not his batting average. Example - the last odi. As more learned commentators like Styris had noted, it wasn't a bad idea to bowl first in Hamilton considering the history of run chases at that ground, but of course everyone is an expert after the event. I agree though that he does need to lead more from the front at test level,and could certainly be more tayloresque in the way he approaches his innings in recent times. But you cant put a price on good captaincy, and he is our best at the moment, considering the realistic options. And not in the top 10 current test batsmen?, please name them, i'm sure the selectors would like to know! Anyway, I think his back injury will end his test career, possibly even as soon as after the next world cup

  • kiwicricketnut on January 12, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @ nicevans i think most fans rate b mac in the shorter forms i know i do and i dont mind his captaincy but he still makes some howlers like sending the windies in on a road in hamilton when we had them on the ropes, basically released all the pressure and heaped it all on us, so his captaincy is nowhere near the mantis - fleming but i do like that he is proactive and aggressive, i think you have to be with limited resources, thats what made crowe so good, its test cricket that most fans have an issue with mccullum and im one, i no longer believe he is in the top 6 batsmen in the country for that format, i actually don't even think he is in the top 10, we are not good enough to carry a specailist captain he contributes the odd quick fire 50 but not much else and his average is falling not growing. as for the coach, i can understand fan frustration when the best coach in the country isn't the national coach, the world cup is where he will be judged so he better win or close or he's gone

  • nicevans on January 12, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Interesting no comments from the usual anti Maccullum Hesson brigade, last night must have been terrible for them! I'm sure they will be back next time, being blackcap fans and all

  • sheru-sher on January 12, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    This young NZ side is rocking and they will surely embarass India on that tour . With Milne bowling over 140 km India's flat track bullies will be undone just like in SA. India can never compete with their pedestrian fast bowlers and their batsmen fear genuine fast bowling in spite of the helmets and many body pads they wear. Ashwin ,Ojah and Jadega will be useless in NZ so no use taking them on that trip. Bring back Kumble and Harbajhan for their experience,

  • on January 12, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Milne bowled a lot fuller this match than previously, and the batsmen couldn't just use his pace to hit him behind square - give him another few years, add a bit more bulk and he has the potential to bowl even quicker than 153!

  • on January 14, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Maybe now Cricinfo will list Milne as Fast instead of Medium Fast.

  • 22many on January 13, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    nicevans ...bmac has found his game (beach cricket 20/20) and I for one say he is good at it...but only good...was great every now and then....but then I cant really make comment on what happens in 20/20 now as I don't watch it You mention you cant put a price on a good captain....are you kidding. When the likes of Turner and Coney speak I listen....when the talking heads on sky sport speak I change to the radio...I want to listen to the truth not some beat up by paid cheer leaders who dear not say it as it should be for the fear of no job. Turner and Coney from what I heard, don't rate him and I happen to agree....what you say is an insult to several in that team who I feel if they had of been in charge we could have won several tests since Taylor got shafted. In fact, if in any top 6 country in the world, BMac would not be playing test cricket based on his batting stats. But then in any other country in the world, John Wright would never have been replaced by the likes of a Hesson.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 13, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    @ nicevans yeah i think test retirement is not far away like you say his body is not holding up, as for the top 10, im not one to go through all the stat pages and find them all but there will be some train spotters who will but what i do know is mccullums first class stats arn't that great, an average of about 35, to be fair he hasn't probably played alot of first class cricket but there would be at least 10 guys in the country with better first class stats than that and seeing that first class stats are all we have to pick our test players in theory everyone of those players would make better test cricketers, daryl mitchell, craig and carl cachopa, latham are some just off the top of my head that look like good batters with good techniques only we don't know if they are better than mccullum because they arn't getting a go because the captain cant be dropped im sure if any of those guys got the amount of games mccullums had they would have better records but we may never know

  • regofpicton on January 12, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    Dear nicevans: why do you think this performance of McCullum has proved me wrong? Quite the opposite. It shows that when he bats responsibly he can make a contribution, as i have posted previously. The problem is that he bats responsibly very very seldom. That makes him a poor captain as well as a poor batsman. QED

  • on January 12, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Inept administration and lack of a proper cricketing system bears the fruit that W.I. is now reaping.The results will be the same until the rotten head is removed and a proper system that effectively nurtures young players and retrains older ones is implemented.

  • nicevans on January 12, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    Kiwicricketnut Every captain makes mistakes, but the amount of criticism he receives is out of proportion to the situation, and unfortunately some of it is based on how he received the captaincy and his perceived demeanour, not his batting average. Example - the last odi. As more learned commentators like Styris had noted, it wasn't a bad idea to bowl first in Hamilton considering the history of run chases at that ground, but of course everyone is an expert after the event. I agree though that he does need to lead more from the front at test level,and could certainly be more tayloresque in the way he approaches his innings in recent times. But you cant put a price on good captaincy, and he is our best at the moment, considering the realistic options. And not in the top 10 current test batsmen?, please name them, i'm sure the selectors would like to know! Anyway, I think his back injury will end his test career, possibly even as soon as after the next world cup

  • kiwicricketnut on January 12, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    @ nicevans i think most fans rate b mac in the shorter forms i know i do and i dont mind his captaincy but he still makes some howlers like sending the windies in on a road in hamilton when we had them on the ropes, basically released all the pressure and heaped it all on us, so his captaincy is nowhere near the mantis - fleming but i do like that he is proactive and aggressive, i think you have to be with limited resources, thats what made crowe so good, its test cricket that most fans have an issue with mccullum and im one, i no longer believe he is in the top 6 batsmen in the country for that format, i actually don't even think he is in the top 10, we are not good enough to carry a specailist captain he contributes the odd quick fire 50 but not much else and his average is falling not growing. as for the coach, i can understand fan frustration when the best coach in the country isn't the national coach, the world cup is where he will be judged so he better win or close or he's gone

  • nicevans on January 12, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Interesting no comments from the usual anti Maccullum Hesson brigade, last night must have been terrible for them! I'm sure they will be back next time, being blackcap fans and all

  • sheru-sher on January 12, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    This young NZ side is rocking and they will surely embarass India on that tour . With Milne bowling over 140 km India's flat track bullies will be undone just like in SA. India can never compete with their pedestrian fast bowlers and their batsmen fear genuine fast bowling in spite of the helmets and many body pads they wear. Ashwin ,Ojah and Jadega will be useless in NZ so no use taking them on that trip. Bring back Kumble and Harbajhan for their experience,

  • on January 12, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Milne bowled a lot fuller this match than previously, and the batsmen couldn't just use his pace to hit him behind square - give him another few years, add a bit more bulk and he has the potential to bowl even quicker than 153!

  • kiwicricketnut on January 12, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    great to see milne bowl with some agro he usually looks so worried at the top of his mark but this time he looked a different player, he looked like he wanted to hurt somebody and he beat the windies with flat out aggression, really pleasing to see, still rather see him playing tests but this was a big step foward for him. mccullum was brilliant and the guys batted really well round him, this really is his strong suit, there really is some talented young cricketers coming through the system, most of the talent seems to be bowlers though but positive signs for the future, india are going to be tough but the talent is definatly there to beat them, still got to beat these windies though, no more slip ups like hamilton.

  • Matt3030 on January 11, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    West indies have a heap of talent they just need some leadership from the administrators and a captain the team will follow.... If they sort this they will be a very good side. Well done to the kiwi boys playing a good aggressive brand of cricket, great to see Jesse back I hope he continues for years to come! Adam Milne welcome to international cricket, his bowling will suit McCullum's plans.....

  • on January 11, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    What a pathetic display! WI looked comfortable losing! Of course the best team wasn't there, but Australia could use their 2nd Eleven and beat most any team.

  • on January 11, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    at last Ronchi showed something meaningful with bat. big win for NZ once again . coming series with india in NZ, i feel this time this team will surprise MS Dhoni alot as they got some talent in both bowling n batting. NZ should win tests series in their own backyard but limited overs series could be filled with big hitting as both teams got potential. Zaheer, Jadeja n Ashwin will play a critital role for india.

  • on January 11, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    Some one described Fletcher, Russell as match winners. Their averages do not support that contention. Fletcher has a batting average of 17.06 after 15 ODIs, Russell has a batting average of 30.29 and a bowling average of 237.00, Sammy has a batting average of 23.95 and a bowling average of 44.40 after 107 matches. What match winners! No wonder we are in such dire straits. Until the selectors realize that some of their selections have not and will never perform creditably at the highest levels we will continue to occupy the lower rungs of the cricket ladder.

  • sheru-sher on January 11, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    For 20 years West Indies Cricket teams have been promising to "turn the corner" to revival in their fortunes to match hey-days of 1970's and 1980"s . Well I think they have surely turned corner that will take them further downhill beyond Bangladesh and Zimbabwe..... maybe beyond Canada, USA, Holland and other minnow associates. The WI cannot produce 2 good fast bowlers just like India and Bangladesh and are dependant on spinners which is joke. Cricketing countries with good fast bowlers are on top like SA, OZ, and Eng. So divide the Test Playing countries into 2 groups of 6 teams Group A Eng, OZ, Pak, SA, Ind, SL. Group B WI, NZ, Keyna, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and Ireland At end of every year two teams promoted from Group B to Group A and 2 teams demoted This will generate interest back into Test cricket The same with ODI and T20 There should be a Group C made up of Afganastan, Scotland, Holland, USACanada with 2 promotions ,demotions/promotion B to C

  • on January 11, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    @Lakshmi Kanth. What are you trying to say? This lowly NZ side without Ryder, Taylor, Southee defeated Saffas in their own backyard in odi's. Just wait and see where they lie and where you lie mate.

  • on January 11, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    next series against india so new zealand should make all records because they can't play against india and then india they can't win against poor south africa. now india will win against new zealand and they show like a gun. but my opinion I will tell gun team in world pakistan because they beat india and south africa in their home. they r king they will play for country.

  • Mekkayel on January 11, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Anthony James, we tried Chris Gayle as captain, got miserable results.he doesn't like captaincy either. Dwayne Smith and Pollard both put ipl above country by not signing their contracts, both are inconsistent, both have poor figures, both arent great allrounders. bravo is also a better allrounder statistically than Sammy and Russell. Marlon Samuels continues to not work on his game, and gets out the same way every innings he plays.

  • on January 11, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    New Zealand bowled well but that is not the reason why West Indies. It was a big score but their approach to hunting it down was the problem. Just as Mc Cullum and Ronchi score in excess of 20 run and several over, so could West Indies if their openers had selected better shots and took some time to settle in. Because the straight boundary was short, they all went after it and forget there were boundaries to be had all over the ground. The openers were key to winning this game for the WI. Charles dismissal was unlucky but Simmons needs to be reprimand for his dismissal. I think these guys have to valued their wickets more. With that being said, I think Gayle, Pollard and Sammy would have exploited that short boundary better with their ability to drive the ball on the up.

  • on January 11, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    there are so much criticism rolling around the west indies camp and most of the times the blame befalls the players who go out on the field.they have a job to do ,they were choosen out of the seeming best there is and it is expected that they should perform to the highest level and that is understood.with all that said we need to come to grips with all that surrounds cricket and the region as a hold ,i make no excuses for lackluster performances but a team or an organization is only as strong as their leader.we need to stop criticise and come together as one people to help strenghten our team ,because i have seen them play and it goes without saying that we have world class talent..whats eating them up on the field i may not know ..BUT AM A WEST INDIAN TO THE HEART ,WIN OR LOOSE THATS MY TEAM

  • on January 11, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    WI best T20 eleven. Gayle,Dwayne Smith,Samuels,Pollard,Russell,Sammy,Simmons as keeper,Narine,Rampaul,Badree,Santokie. Three reserves are Dj Bravo,Cummings and Miller. Chris Gayle is captain of this team.

  • coolie on January 11, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    There's nothing wrong with this side. NZ just got lucky today. Just change up the batting order for the next game: Simmons opens with Powell and move Charles lower down the order with Russell. They're both power hitters and can score a 100 runs in the last 6 overs...

  • Mekkayel on January 11, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    For once,I agree with the selection of Andre Fletcher and Andrew Russell. Both of them are match winners, and this was proven in the cpl where Russell averaged 43 with the bat and was a leading rub scorer (29 runs off 6 Balls at one point). Fletcher as opener was the 3rd highest run getter and us in form.they just didn't fire today, remember this is t20. However, benching Ramdin for Walton and Holder for Best is stupid selection, plain talk bad manners. Lay off Fletcher and Russell please, they only played one game after over 1 year of absence. Remember Jesse ryder was in a similar position. Russell is also a better allrounder than Sammy and Fletcher a more technically sound and better batsman than Charles.

  • Roysingh1972 on January 11, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    All the comments here! The truth is that West Indies batting was a problem from India to New Zealand, Bravo, Edwards and Ramdin made some runs here, Holder was brilliant with the ball, now they bench Ramdin and Holder and did not consider Edwards, these men are in form, Why would you bench your in form players to play inexperience player? Sorry I ask, it is West Indies again!!! Nothing new.

  • pt_pt on January 11, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Much better performance today by NZ, picked the right players, including Milne and Neesham. One the toss and batted first and for sure they learnt from their big mistakes in the last game. Always been a big fan of Milne, he just needed to take a wicket or two to get his confidence up and he is away, which he did.

  • wirus on January 11, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Can you imagine Aus, Ind, Eng or SA ending up with 3 wicket keepers helping to patch together a team even at at he end of a long spell overseas? It says a great deal about the amateurishness of the WI set up (notwithstanding genuine injuries) that they have ended up in this state. Their T20 teams have been beaten regularly and easily in recent times and they are no longer feared. Surely someone could have seen that more than just a few fresh faces were required for these ODI and T20 series. Muddle and more muddle, and there is no end in sight. Charles is a liability - fearless but undependable. Narine has lost his "magic" which was never any more than getting inside batsmen's heads with his variations. They all know him now. Russell and Best will always leak vast quantities of runs. Fletcher's strike rate is not even a run a ball...in T20!!! Why Walton is anywhere near a WI T20 at all is a complete mystery. But as usual WI management are not accountable to anyone.

  • nicevans on January 11, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    You can only play what's in front of you crinklyoldbugger. Good to see the Maccullum boys play well at eden park again, and great innings from Ronchi, great catch from Guptil. Also good to see the powers that be giving Milne more game time. If he can control the pace he could be a weapon going foward. Good nucleus of young players coming through with Anderson, Milne and Neesham. Excellent all round performance from NZ, hopefully they can back it up this time.

  • on January 11, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    man look Narine bowling figer 4 over non for 46 amazing......................

  • Surajrises on January 11, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    They had to put up this performance now that IPL auctions are nearby :-) Nevertheless, well played guys.. Keep up the good work...

  • cricketcritic on January 11, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Good display from NZ. Ronchi and Munro gave the innings momentum after WI started well with the ball, and a good innings from McCullum. Exciting too to see Milne clock as high as 153kmh on the speed gun!!

  • nicevans on January 11, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    You can only play what's in front of you crinklyoldbugger. Good to see the Maccullum boys play well at eden park again, and great innings from Ronchi, great catch from Guptil. Also good to see the powers that be giving Milne more game time. If he can control the pace he could be a weapon going foward. Good nucleus of young players coming through with Anderson, Milne and Neesham. Excellent all round performance from NZ, hopefully they can back it up this time.

  • on January 11, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Someone said 3 keeper batsmen in this team. Correction 3 ball stoppers. The real wicketkeeper batsman did not play. What about Jason Holder. As usual 1 step forward 3 steps backward

  • Sam_M234324 on January 11, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Good hearty and pleasing performance by the Black Caps, but that second over to me by Milne meant more than the entire rest of the game. After seeing our attack get demolished by a second string WI side, I've been quietly worried about the powerhouse Indians about to arrive on our shores, mainly because we seriously lack bowling penetration once opposition batters get a roll on. However, seeing Milne today regularly clock speeds in the high 140s and even low 150s made me extremely happy as a Black Caps fan. I only hope we get to see him as a third seamer in tests at some point, as although Wagner bowls with courage he can be fairly expensive and innocuous at times, and it would be great to have a varied 3 prong attack like Aus or SA. Happy days if he remains injury free!

  • on January 11, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Please, please, please, no more Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell. No more Tino Best, Our selectors have to go.

  • on January 11, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Why are Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell still being selected? They have not done anything to justify their selection. Tino Best should also be gotten rid of. He was among the wickets tonight but his antics leave a lot to be desired. These selectors and team management are failing us. Changes must be made. Things cannot continue as usual.

  • wirus on January 11, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Like I said in my last post no other side so consistently goes from terrific to tragic like WI. not even Pak. Several things are obvious from this match. One is that Narine is out of form and needs a break. Another is that Russell is not a T20 bowler. One hopes that the absence of players like Dwayne Smith and Santokie (apart from the other 5 or 6 who are injured or just not in NZ) is because it is a short series far from home. But something tells me that WI management are simply not thinking clearly - as usual.

  • Crinklyoldbugger on January 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    the worst cricket team ever to land in New Zealand....take comfort from that performance NZ at your peril

  • iceaxe on January 11, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    way over due to see ronchi star. good on him,... i had pretty much given up.

  • on January 11, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    The WI selectors continue to recycle a bunch of intentionally know failures . 3 wicket keeper batsmen in one match all know failures and we have competent all-rounders such as Barnwell sitting at home . Tino Best is the worst bowler in the Caribbean and Johnson Charles is not of international standards. What has happen to Leon Johmson, Ronsford Beaton and Miguel Cummings

  • dappasnappa533 on January 11, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    tino best.... well bowled last over.dwayne bravo and miller also bowled quite well i think maby west indies should look at resting sunil narine he has been hemraging runs.

  • emmwill on January 11, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Tino Best? Are they crazy? Unbelievable! Why do they persist with this underachiever?

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  • emmwill on January 11, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Tino Best? Are they crazy? Unbelievable! Why do they persist with this underachiever?

  • dappasnappa533 on January 11, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    tino best.... well bowled last over.dwayne bravo and miller also bowled quite well i think maby west indies should look at resting sunil narine he has been hemraging runs.

  • on January 11, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    The WI selectors continue to recycle a bunch of intentionally know failures . 3 wicket keeper batsmen in one match all know failures and we have competent all-rounders such as Barnwell sitting at home . Tino Best is the worst bowler in the Caribbean and Johnson Charles is not of international standards. What has happen to Leon Johmson, Ronsford Beaton and Miguel Cummings

  • iceaxe on January 11, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    way over due to see ronchi star. good on him,... i had pretty much given up.

  • Crinklyoldbugger on January 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    the worst cricket team ever to land in New Zealand....take comfort from that performance NZ at your peril

  • wirus on January 11, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Like I said in my last post no other side so consistently goes from terrific to tragic like WI. not even Pak. Several things are obvious from this match. One is that Narine is out of form and needs a break. Another is that Russell is not a T20 bowler. One hopes that the absence of players like Dwayne Smith and Santokie (apart from the other 5 or 6 who are injured or just not in NZ) is because it is a short series far from home. But something tells me that WI management are simply not thinking clearly - as usual.

  • on January 11, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Why are Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell still being selected? They have not done anything to justify their selection. Tino Best should also be gotten rid of. He was among the wickets tonight but his antics leave a lot to be desired. These selectors and team management are failing us. Changes must be made. Things cannot continue as usual.

  • on January 11, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    Please, please, please, no more Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell. No more Tino Best, Our selectors have to go.

  • Sam_M234324 on January 11, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Good hearty and pleasing performance by the Black Caps, but that second over to me by Milne meant more than the entire rest of the game. After seeing our attack get demolished by a second string WI side, I've been quietly worried about the powerhouse Indians about to arrive on our shores, mainly because we seriously lack bowling penetration once opposition batters get a roll on. However, seeing Milne today regularly clock speeds in the high 140s and even low 150s made me extremely happy as a Black Caps fan. I only hope we get to see him as a third seamer in tests at some point, as although Wagner bowls with courage he can be fairly expensive and innocuous at times, and it would be great to have a varied 3 prong attack like Aus or SA. Happy days if he remains injury free!

  • on January 11, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Someone said 3 keeper batsmen in this team. Correction 3 ball stoppers. The real wicketkeeper batsman did not play. What about Jason Holder. As usual 1 step forward 3 steps backward