New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd T20, Wellington January 15, 2014

Ronchi fifty seals series win


New Zealand 163 for 6 (Ronchi 51*, Taylor 39, Narine 2-18) beat West Indies 159 for 5 (Ramdin 55*, Fletcher 40, Milne 2-22, N McCullum 1-17) by four wickets
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Luke Ronchi played a second consecutive match-winning innings to not only win the Twenty20 series for New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium but also indicate that his flagging international career might have turned a corner. His 51 off 28 balls, a maiden T20 half-century scored at a similar pace to his blitz at Eden Park, and his 68-run partnership with Ross Taylor revived a stumbling chase, ensuring West Indies could not make a late comeback to level the series, like they had in the ODIs.

Their efforts backed up clinical spells from Nathan McCullum and Adam Milne, who had conceded less than a run a ball and taken wickets round the halfway stage of West Indies' innings, to limit them to a par score on a ground with large boundaries. That the visitors got to 159 was only because Denesh Ramdin, who replaced Kieran Powell, also scored his maiden T20 fifty, in his 36th game.

Ronchi had averaged only 15 in 13 ODI innings for New Zealand and it's arguable that he lasted this long only because Brendon McCullum hasn't been fit enough to keep wickets. He was Man of the Match in the first T20 and he began his innings today with New Zealand having slipped from 36 for 1 to 79 for 5, needing 81 off 57 deliveries.

He was watchful for his first few balls, before moving back into his crease to hoist Nikita Miller's spin into the stands beyond midwicket. Ronchi then changed the game in the 15th over. With New Zealand needed 54 off 36, he carted Dwayne Bravo over deep midwicket and glanced to fine leg to take 16 runs off six balls. He continued to score boundaries off Sunil Narine and Jason Holder in the overs that followed, so when New Zealand's anchor Ross Taylor fell, there was not much more to do.

The equation had come down to 13 off 12 balls and Tino Best began the penultimate over with two dots. Jimmy Neesham then got an outside edge that screamed to the third-man boundary and put the next into the midwicket crowd, before hooking to finish the chase with an over to spare.

Had West Indies taken the numerous opportunities they created, however, they might have finished their tour on a high. Ryder was dropped by Johnson Charles off the third ball of the chase, and went on to make 23 off 9; Brendon McCullum scored 7 more after he was dropped by Chadwick Walton on 10; and Taylor was on 5 and yards out of his crease when Walton missed a direct hit from cover. Taylor went on to be the steadying hand New Zealand needed, shelving his penchant for leg-side lofts during his 39 off 41 balls.

Unlike West Indies, New Zealand were ace in the field. Martin Guptill set the standard when he ran to his left on the deep backward square leg boundary to catch Charles on the hook. And when Lendl Simmons's was caught at point, West Indies were 37 for 2 after six overs with both Bravo and Andre Fletcher yet to score.

Nathan McCullum bowled Bravo and did not concede a boundary in his spell, while Milne combined pace with accuracy to not concede more than six in any of his overs. They reduced West Indies to 67 for 4 in the 11th over, but the rest of New Zealand's bowlers were expensive.

Fletcher hit Corey Anderson for two consecutive fours, and Ramdin took him for consecutive sixes in successive overs, and he finished with figures of 4-0-50-0. Ramdin and Fletcher also ran hard between the wickets - keeping the number of dots in the innings to 41 - and they were eventually separated by a run-out. West Indies had scored 58 off the last five overs, but their top order had scored too few before that and their fielders let them down.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Orlando on January 16, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    So these two calamitous tours are finally over. The result for WI is 3 wins (ODI) out of 15 matches played. The crushing truth that so many have written about is clear to all but let's separate out what little good there is. Ramdin was a revelation as the tour went on and seems to finally have come of age. He should now be ready to captain the test side. Darren Bravo played one innings that showed what he is capable of. Edwards grew in confidence. Looks good for tests and ODIs at least. Chanderpaul performed as usual.Dwayne Bravo brought life and unity to the ODI team and led with bat and ball. If he continues such form he should be back in the test team. Holder looks like he could be a quality test bowler with help from real experts like Ambrose, Holding etc. Brathwaite, Powell, Millar, Bradree, Narine, Rampaul, Fletcher all did enough to remain contenders. Shillingford is likely finished. Sammy for ODIs and T20. Gayle to bat lower.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @cricklyoldbugger... It's NZ, we are all related my friend *-) And, yes, although he pulled it back to go under ten and got 3/16 in the last game when you had nothing to say and were nowhere to be seen troll. I always turn up.... that's the gift of being right more than you are and not being a cynical jerk. Also, the thing about being an all-rounder, is you get two chances to turn up in the one game... and he did. WASP went to 54% and he had faced, what, two balls? Then he went 4,6,4 game over with an over to go. When he had not batted since the Eden Park ODI. Point is,,,, you criticized him and stated he offered nothing, had no idea what the fuss was about and then said he had no variety. Wrong x3. 3/16 and then 14* off 6 balls in the nest game was fine, maybe very good in fact. Yet you admit nothing. On top of that you want me to concede he bowled badly? When you were silent on his 3/16? When you cannot handle me rubbing your face in him knocking off the runs last night? Bah Humbug.

  • Jason on January 16, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    A bit harsh to judge Windies team minus its top players. NZ did play some good cricket though, in all 3 formats on this tour. Next up, the mighty Indians. Cannot see us beating them to be honest - their batsmen will overwhelm our bowlers. It will come down to how well Ryder, Taylor, McCullum, Williamson & Co. can deal with the Indian bowlers if we are to even have a sniff of victory. Looking forward to seeing the classy Indian batsmen in action - although not in the South Island sadly. Not sure where/how that particular edict was made ?! Bon voyage West Indies - see ya' again real soon!

  • Altaf on January 16, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    WI was supposed to win the series. They are poor in Test cricket and almost same in ODIs. T20 is the format where they are supposed to be master. Their failure in this series marks towards something not going in efficient way.

  • Dummy4 on January 16, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    WI should open with Evin Lewis

  • Malcolm on January 16, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Nikko Chun must be related to Mr Neesham. Sure he hit big at the end...any Presidents Grade cricketer could do that against that woeful West Indies bowling. But what about Mr Neeshams bowling Nikko ? Pretty jolly ordinary don't you think ?

  • Roy on January 16, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    20/20 bowling, is economy, not taking wickets for 40 runs, Gibson and who ever selected the last 11 players in this last game, need to give us fans, some explanation! Also why does WI selectors don't pick there best stats players? WI team will continue to go down, they are hurting there better players, putting strain on them, by picking players in front of those who deserve to be on the team. If you can't find selectors in the Caribbean, then get some from outside, I am very disappointed with coach Gibson, and how they dropped Badree and Powell, how they played Ramdin in one game 20/20, how they never pick Narine for the test in India, and how they drop Chanderpaul from the ODI.

  • Steven on January 15, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Great to see NZ actually dominate a series! Sure it was only two T20s but you have to start somewhere and live up to the chat in all of these interviews you have with the press. Now we look to the big scalp of India which has never really lived up to the hype (even with the previous super stars) when touring NZ. Fingers crossed for a firey series where NZ can show the world stage we're ready for the big guns!

  • Dolly on January 15, 2014, 22:25 GMT

    Bloggers keep saying that WI were missing their "big hitters" in Gayle, Samuels, Pollard and Sammy. These aforementioned are "flat tract bullies" and there is no use complaining that they were missing.In T20 cricket Kings become paupers and vice versa so nothing absolutely nothing should be taken away from the Black Caps.They beat the WI good and proper , crop and neck .If for some reason a team go to the World Cup of Soccer without injured "top players" and lose they cannot claim the World Cup of complain. Take the beating and shut up

  • o on January 15, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    @mngc You're right I was just thinking about back up keeper but yes Fletcher deserve to be ahead especially after his fantastic CPL I guess Powell will also be in squad I think lewis is still bit young and would be hard to make debut in such big event but agree he is one to watch. Agree about fitness I guess the home 3 game series v England will give some opportunity for couple new guys to stand up if those stars are still injured.

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