New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd T20, Wellington January 14, 2014

Final opportunity for NZ to stamp their authority

The Preview by Karthik Krishnaswamy
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Match facts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
19:00 local (06:00 GMT)

Big Picture

Having looked the better team for most of the ODI series, New Zealand ended up having to share the spoils after losing the final match in Hamilton. Brendon McCullum, their captain, spoke of how that loss hurt the players, and how they will need to start closing out series "if we're serious about trying to win big tournaments".

Wellington offers New Zealand another opportunity to close out a series. If they don't do that against a makeshift West Indies outfit, cobbled together in the absence of its biggest names, it makes their task in the World T20 in Bangladesh that much harder.

Averages aren't supposed to matter that much in T20 cricket, but they certainly do show the difference between the two teams playing this series. New Zealand have three batsmen averaging over 35, while West Indies have no one with an average higher than Dwayne Bravo's 28.80, if you ignore Nikita Miller's average of 43 courtesy four not outs in five innings.

West Indies are without Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy, but questions can still be asked of their selectors, considering the fact that their team in Auckland contained three wicketkeeper-batsmen (and their squad contains a fourth, Denesh Ramdin). Clearly, the lack of specialist batsmen is hurting West Indies, and that might continue in Wellington.

West Indies, however, possess a decent bowling attack. A heavy defeat in Auckland might cause them to reconsider playing three spinners, but that, apart from a rare off day for Sunil Narine, wasn't the reason they conceded 189. Narine, Samuel Badree and Miller could well prove their best hope of restricting New Zealand at a venue where spinners have an economy rate of 6.34 and seamers 8.04.

What West Indies might need to reconsider is their seam attack. Tino Best and Andre Russell were ineffectual in Auckland, and the team management will wonder if they should field Jason Holder in place of one of them.

Form guide


New Zealand WLWWL(last five completed matches)
West Indies LLLWW

In the spotlight

Adam Milne averages 172.00 with the ball in ODIs and 78.50 in T20Is. He's only just starting his career, though, and the number everyone's looking at right now is the one on the speedgun. In Auckland, Milne consistently clocked speeds of over 145kph and twice crossed 150 while taking 1 for 15 in four overs. New Zealand are blessed with a talented group of fast bowlers; Milne could yet prove the most exciting of the lot.

West Indies picked three spinners in the first T20I, and the presence of two seam-bowling allrounders made their attack look balanced on paper. In reality, one of their two allrounders is yet to justify the billing. Andre Russell will want to forget Auckland in a hurry; he was taken out of the attack after going for 23 in one over and was out for a second-ball duck. It wasn't just a one-off. With a highest score of 23* in 16 matches, a bowling average of 237 and an economy rate of 10.77, Russell will quickly need to show West Indies what exactly he brings to their table in this format.

Team news

Ravi Rampaul flew home with a thumb injury, leaving West Indies short in an area they are struggling in. Best was expensive in Auckland. Holder, who was impressive during the ODI series, might replace him and make his debut.

West Indies (probable) 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Andre Fletcher (wk), 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Chadwick Walton, 8 Nikita Miller, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Tino Best/Jason Holder, 11 Samuel Badree

New Zealand are likely to stick to the same XI that played in Auckland.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Brendon McCullum (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Colin Munro, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 James Neesham, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Adam Milne

Stats and trivia

  • Teams batting second have won the last four T20Is at the Westpac Stadium
  • Sunil Narine's figures of 0 for 46 were his worst, by a distance, in T20Is

Quotes

"At the top of the order, we need to put more thought and emphasis into the game. We have nothing to prove to anyone and we just have to focus on what we have to do. "
Dwayne Bravo, on what West Indies' batsmen need to do to boost their chances of winning

"I'd love to be able to get to 160 [kph], but I'm not sure if that's in my realm."
Adam Milne, on being asked how fast he thinks he could bowl, after clocking 153kph in the first T20I

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Underbelly83 on January 14, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    New Zealand punch enormously above their weight in cricket when you consider it has a population of only 4.5 million people and of the 4.5M, the cricket playing numbers are tiny. It is far from the nation's favourite sport and in recent years, is not even the main summer sport with the likes of touch rugby taking over. That NZ are able to even compete with, let alone beat (at times) teams like India (1 billion people of whom 900 million are cricket crazy!), Australia and England in any format of the game is testimony to the fighting warrior NZ character. I suppose much the same could be said of the West Indies - small populations (over numerous countriess too) but they compete and succeed at times.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 15, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @dganger Outsiders won't understand this. Lets keep it to ourselves n just enjoy cricket. Ross taylor, Mcllum along with some talented fast bowlers taking on Dhoni, Kohli n co makes for an exciting n hard competition. Looking forward to it.

  • on January 15, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    20 percent of 1.5 billion is still 300 million mate .. 295 million more than nz. No leg to stand on

  • hokeypokey on January 15, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Please mr Richhardson, mark..put the silly bail sound test away!!..worst sky gimmick I have ever seen...haha.bad.

  • andykolkata on January 15, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    @everybody guys upcoming nz vs india vl be a cool one.nz got a strong base now as tgeir bowling is superior to india.only thing they lack is a consistent stable batsman.I think most talented batsman in this nz squad is kane williamson. milne vl be good to watch if he's given a chance against the strong batting line up of india.sheer pace is aleays cool;-) waiting for the next series

  • dganger on January 15, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @Sam Fisher.....your questions again highlights the basic ignorance on understanding demographics and socio-economical culture. Too many people raises this silly question but understand this, out of that 1.5 billion people you have quoted, out of that 32 % of people as per Indian govt set of parametres are poor, i.e people who earns less than 13 $ in villages and 16$ in cities in a month. Forget bout playing cricket, the basic need of shelter, sanitation and two time food is a luxury to them. If u ignore this ridiculous parametres set by Indian Govt, roughly 70 % of the population is actually poor, they struggle for their daily living. Compare this with your western standard of living, if thr is q population of even 1000, almost 800 people can afford a car. So its not a question of numbers my friend, cricket exposure is still limited to 6 metros and Tier 1/2 cities which is roughly 20 % of the population. out of that proper infrastructure is available mainly in prime cities.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 15, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Wow its great to hear someone being so confident abt bowling faster.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 15, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    @ nikko chunn your probably right about the strogest bowling line up but you have to develop milne as well, he isn't going to get better in the nets, southee had pretty crap stats for a long time but we invested in his talent and we are now reaping the rewards, same must be done with milne he is an exciting prospect and despite what you say he can swing the ball and if a guy gets it right at 150kms they are unplayable. @ sam fisher they don't have to be the best in the world they control the game with their money not their skill, just ask south africa, best team in the world still has to bow to their commands, shame really but money talks.

  • on January 15, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    The West Indies has to show some pride and guts,leveling the series means a lot but they will have to focus and execute their game plan well.

    The bats men have to perform well similarly to their performance in the last ODI,and the bowlers have to consistently bowl good line and length.

  • Patchmaster on January 15, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Really happy with how NZ are going - so great to see them coming out of the rebuilding period and starting to really challenge bigger teams. Milne is the fastest bowler in the World (no one else is even near his speeds of 153kph !) and he also looks pretty accurate !!!

  • Underbelly83 on January 14, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    New Zealand punch enormously above their weight in cricket when you consider it has a population of only 4.5 million people and of the 4.5M, the cricket playing numbers are tiny. It is far from the nation's favourite sport and in recent years, is not even the main summer sport with the likes of touch rugby taking over. That NZ are able to even compete with, let alone beat (at times) teams like India (1 billion people of whom 900 million are cricket crazy!), Australia and England in any format of the game is testimony to the fighting warrior NZ character. I suppose much the same could be said of the West Indies - small populations (over numerous countriess too) but they compete and succeed at times.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 15, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @dganger Outsiders won't understand this. Lets keep it to ourselves n just enjoy cricket. Ross taylor, Mcllum along with some talented fast bowlers taking on Dhoni, Kohli n co makes for an exciting n hard competition. Looking forward to it.

  • on January 15, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    20 percent of 1.5 billion is still 300 million mate .. 295 million more than nz. No leg to stand on

  • hokeypokey on January 15, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    Please mr Richhardson, mark..put the silly bail sound test away!!..worst sky gimmick I have ever seen...haha.bad.

  • andykolkata on January 15, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    @everybody guys upcoming nz vs india vl be a cool one.nz got a strong base now as tgeir bowling is superior to india.only thing they lack is a consistent stable batsman.I think most talented batsman in this nz squad is kane williamson. milne vl be good to watch if he's given a chance against the strong batting line up of india.sheer pace is aleays cool;-) waiting for the next series

  • dganger on January 15, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @Sam Fisher.....your questions again highlights the basic ignorance on understanding demographics and socio-economical culture. Too many people raises this silly question but understand this, out of that 1.5 billion people you have quoted, out of that 32 % of people as per Indian govt set of parametres are poor, i.e people who earns less than 13 $ in villages and 16$ in cities in a month. Forget bout playing cricket, the basic need of shelter, sanitation and two time food is a luxury to them. If u ignore this ridiculous parametres set by Indian Govt, roughly 70 % of the population is actually poor, they struggle for their daily living. Compare this with your western standard of living, if thr is q population of even 1000, almost 800 people can afford a car. So its not a question of numbers my friend, cricket exposure is still limited to 6 metros and Tier 1/2 cities which is roughly 20 % of the population. out of that proper infrastructure is available mainly in prime cities.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on January 15, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Wow its great to hear someone being so confident abt bowling faster.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 15, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    @ nikko chunn your probably right about the strogest bowling line up but you have to develop milne as well, he isn't going to get better in the nets, southee had pretty crap stats for a long time but we invested in his talent and we are now reaping the rewards, same must be done with milne he is an exciting prospect and despite what you say he can swing the ball and if a guy gets it right at 150kms they are unplayable. @ sam fisher they don't have to be the best in the world they control the game with their money not their skill, just ask south africa, best team in the world still has to bow to their commands, shame really but money talks.

  • on January 15, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    The West Indies has to show some pride and guts,leveling the series means a lot but they will have to focus and execute their game plan well.

    The bats men have to perform well similarly to their performance in the last ODI,and the bowlers have to consistently bowl good line and length.

  • Patchmaster on January 15, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Really happy with how NZ are going - so great to see them coming out of the rebuilding period and starting to really challenge bigger teams. Milne is the fastest bowler in the World (no one else is even near his speeds of 153kph !) and he also looks pretty accurate !!!

  • on January 15, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    How are India not the best in the world at cricket there infrastructure must be terrible. They have 1.5 billion people . Nz best in the world at rugby and only have a population of five mil. You should really be pretty upset .

  • Vaskur79 on January 15, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Dinesh ramdin should bring back in the West Indies squad.And today Dwayen Bravo is going to destory Newzeland

  • on January 15, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    This whole series I come in here to read these articles, and all I ever see is WI supporters come and winge about who is in their squad and who isnt..

    Bottom line is NZ have a far better T20 and 50 over squad now then they have ever had in the past 2-3 years... Sure NZ struggles at the 5-day game however they are slowly getting better...

    WI have been struggling at all forms of the game unless they are playing in the WI for at least 2-3 years...

    Come NZ vs India... India may win the tests but not garranteed the 50 or 20 over games....

  • Raj166 on January 15, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Present NZ Team is equally strong compared to Indian Team. It would be a good series to watch. Mind you NZ has better bowling attack than indians, and they also have x factor Anderson which india is not having .

  • coolie on January 15, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Looking forward to a sell out crowd...

  • GasPipe on January 14, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    Come in NZ, hammer the final nail in. We must learn how to be ruthless.

  • on January 14, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    1 kiwi notching up fastest ton on new years eve, now another bowling over 150kph. is this gonna be the year of black caps?

  • delboy on January 14, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    @wapuser Gayle has been retained by his IPL franchise.

  • on January 14, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    The New Zealand squad could go on be one of the greats. All they lack is a test grade spinner.

    My line up Guptill , Ryder , Williamson , Taylor , B Mccullum , Anderson , Rhonchi , N Mccullum , Boult ,Milne , Mcleaghnan.

  • VivGilchrist on January 14, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Santokies T20 record is unrivalled in WI. Poor guy doesn't get selected even though his bowling would be suited in NZ..

  • StevieS on January 14, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    "Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy", so if those players were included then how many players would the WI have that average over 35? Exactely. People keep forgetting that Gayle and Pollard in particular are average batsman once outside the roads of India, well Pollard isn't even average.

  • on January 14, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    where is Gayle He Is Not selected in IPL Auctions

  • Roysingh1972 on January 14, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Judging from the last CPL stats, Tino Best and A. Russell did not even come in the first 20 Economy bowlers, Holder was in, so was Badree, Narine, Miller and many more, who WL refuse to pick, A. Russell scored 6th highest batting ave. so he should be pick as a batsman, not a bowler, however playing Tino in front of holder is a No No. Time for new selectors, also Gibson was England bowling coach, not batting coach, time to hire a batting coach.

  • chinthak99 on January 14, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    good luck nz,we pray for you to defeat India in your soil.Its not easy,but you can,pls prove us you will be a potential team for 2015 WC.

  • on January 14, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    west Indies Will Win This Metch and Series Will Be shared

  • hokeypokey on January 14, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @wanatawu, gees your a hard man/women. For once new zealand get to celebrate the success of a test batsmen making runs!!! Ross taylor has carryed our batting in resent years on his back..taylor has being hovering around the 8, 9 10 ranking for while now, and averaged 50 while he was captain.. (should be stil captain in my eyes), so hardly all of a sudden.. India will be a good series though...goodluck to the nz players

  • on January 14, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    @Secundarabadi Aah, I understand. You must be feeling like Steve Waugh with mentally disintegrating every side before playing them right? NZ have recently drawn tests with poms (march 2013) while you guys couldn't win. We defeated Saffas in odi's without Ross, Ryder, Southee, Vettori. We defeated poms too in odi's in england. We are improving a lot and a side in transition. Sorry if our well is not "deep" as others, but we do play well. How about checking oursleves before "hurting sentiments", shall we? Losses against saffas, poms in backyard, away. Oh wait, I forgot I'm not Steve Waugh. Carry on..

  • LifeWithBoundaries on January 14, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Man this is by far the worst tour for WI. WI kept losing mainline players starting with India tour and now they are down to none almost playing second rate team! What else can I say? My heart is being ripped into pieces!!!!

  • Secunderabadi on January 14, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    @Share-oh you are right neither is ranked 8th in T20. Test: WI (7th) NZ (8th) ODI.: WI (7th) NZ (8th) T20.: WI (5th) NZ (7th)

    @Aviral please specify facts correctly and do not hurt any feelings.

  • barryrichardsfan on January 14, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    this group of cricketers that NZ has at this moment can produce highly competitive 11 be it tests or ODIs. Talking about flat tracks for IND series, that does not by any means imply adavantage for India. Batters like Guptill, Taylor, Ryder, McCullum can be equally effective as rohit, virat, msd, dhawan. williamson is high class, anderson is promising, ronchi has started delivering. and mills, mcClenaghan, neesham, southee are better than bhuvneshwar and co on any day. Addition of boult and watling in ODIs could prove fruitful, both are under rated , but are pretty handy. Beware Ind. Gonna be fun watching with those short boundaries anyways. I predict a double ton from kohli nonetheless.

  • on January 14, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    @aviral ashok. Sorry we don't have a very powerful cricket board to call most teams in our home and play. And niether we have 1.5 billion people playing just one sport. And we respect every team from 1st to 10th unlike you. Look forward to NZ wrapping this up.

  • shane-oh on January 14, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    @Aviral Ashok - not sure which team you a re referring to...this article previews a T20I match, and neither of the teams involved are ranked 8th. Care to clarify/make sense? Or is it another example of turning to the same tired old topic regardless of what the article is actually about?

  • on January 14, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Pace can be a liability. I would like them to play McClenaghan, who is our out and out strike bowler - with stats to match - and Neesham the all-rounder. If they then want to pick Milne over Southee then so be it... but Neesham and McClenaghan should both play in this match ( a decider) in my opinion. The 'under lights' scenario can assist Milne (since, no offence, swing and seam are not in abundance when he bowls). Mitchell Johnson gets swing, late swing, seam movement and reverse swing... that and only that is how he gets wickets... not pace alone. When the India ODIs begin, I do not want Milne to play (as their class batsman will hit through the line and their dismissals will come from swing, variation et guile). Yes Milne offers 145k plus... but our strongest eleven does not include him - not if Ronchi plays / keeps.. just no room. Bowling stats do not often lie. Too much hype. McClenaghan, Southee, Mills, Neesham, Anderson and N. McCullum should provide the attack for India ODIs.

  • Sachit1979 on January 14, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    West Indies batting order could be a cause of worry for them. No Gayle, no Samuels, no Pollard and no reliable Sammy. I am not sure why Kevon Cooper or Jonathan Carter were not given the vacant spots. It is really unfortunate to fill the playing 11 with 3 wicket keepers Charles, Fletcher and Walton due to lack of skilled batsmen and all rounders.

  • sergio11 on January 14, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    153kmphr?? the number in terms of speed is also familiar for the indians...Varun Aaron Clocked that much 153 kph during the 2010-11 Vijay Hazare Trophy...he is nw back in the indian side after long time..an injury kept the young man out of the attack...2 real quick bolwers...it wil b a exiting tournamnt for sure..:)

  • StevieS on January 14, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    wanatawu if NZ cricket pander to the indians like last series and serve up flat tracks then the most likely will. If they prepare green tops like the series before that made Tendulkar, Dravid and co look like struggling school boys then we will see.

  • AKS286 on January 14, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Irish, Dutch, Namibians & Afghan are better team than WI. Hats off for Brendon for unite & strengthen the NZ team.

  • shane-oh on January 14, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    @wanatawu - Ross Taylor is 3rd in the world due to sheer weight of test runs - averaging 72 over the last 12 months. I expect his ranking to rise further after the Indian series.

    Keep your bitter and twisted views to yourself. Us real fans of the game simply appreciate massive achievements.

  • on January 14, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    @wanawatu how is it nzs problem that they are playing a weak windies side ?? NZ an only play whats in front of them. What an idiotic statement you have made. Also i think the Indians could be in for a suprise.

  • wanatawu on January 14, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    I hope the Indians put NZ in their place. They bashing a very weak WI side. Ross Taylor is suddenly the 3rd best batsman in the world, we will see how long he can keep it up.

  • Greatest_Game on January 14, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    If Milne can set the ball at the Indian's throats at 153 kph, NZ will smile all the way to the bank.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on January 14, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Milne is similar in stature and approach to another fine young fast bowler, the promising Ronsford Beaton from Guyana. Beaton however, also has the asset of a very high action - he is a tall young man. Yuvraj Singh, who played against Beaton last year, likened him to Ambrose - high praise for one so young but very encouraging for West Indies fans nonetheless. It will be very interesting to watch the careers of these two young speedsters - best of luck to both of them.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on January 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Luke Ronchi getting hardly any press, but succeeding for his adopted country

  • on January 14, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Not sure Milne should be attempting the 160; perhaps consistency and accuracy would be more worthwhile. But hey, 160 would be cool!

  • on January 14, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Not sure Milne should be attempting the 160; perhaps consistency and accuracy would be more worthwhile. But hey, 160 would be cool!

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on January 14, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Luke Ronchi getting hardly any press, but succeeding for his adopted country

  • SNIFFLEATHER on January 14, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Milne is similar in stature and approach to another fine young fast bowler, the promising Ronsford Beaton from Guyana. Beaton however, also has the asset of a very high action - he is a tall young man. Yuvraj Singh, who played against Beaton last year, likened him to Ambrose - high praise for one so young but very encouraging for West Indies fans nonetheless. It will be very interesting to watch the careers of these two young speedsters - best of luck to both of them.

  • Greatest_Game on January 14, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    If Milne can set the ball at the Indian's throats at 153 kph, NZ will smile all the way to the bank.

  • wanatawu on January 14, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    I hope the Indians put NZ in their place. They bashing a very weak WI side. Ross Taylor is suddenly the 3rd best batsman in the world, we will see how long he can keep it up.

  • on January 14, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    @wanawatu how is it nzs problem that they are playing a weak windies side ?? NZ an only play whats in front of them. What an idiotic statement you have made. Also i think the Indians could be in for a suprise.

  • shane-oh on January 14, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    @wanatawu - Ross Taylor is 3rd in the world due to sheer weight of test runs - averaging 72 over the last 12 months. I expect his ranking to rise further after the Indian series.

    Keep your bitter and twisted views to yourself. Us real fans of the game simply appreciate massive achievements.

  • AKS286 on January 14, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Irish, Dutch, Namibians & Afghan are better team than WI. Hats off for Brendon for unite & strengthen the NZ team.

  • StevieS on January 14, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    wanatawu if NZ cricket pander to the indians like last series and serve up flat tracks then the most likely will. If they prepare green tops like the series before that made Tendulkar, Dravid and co look like struggling school boys then we will see.

  • sergio11 on January 14, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    153kmphr?? the number in terms of speed is also familiar for the indians...Varun Aaron Clocked that much 153 kph during the 2010-11 Vijay Hazare Trophy...he is nw back in the indian side after long time..an injury kept the young man out of the attack...2 real quick bolwers...it wil b a exiting tournamnt for sure..:)