West Indies in New Zealand Test Series - 3rd Test

New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand won by 8 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Brathwaite will take strike against Boult. Three slips and a gully

Time for Abhishek Purohit to take you through the first hour of this session.

Ben R: "Looking forward to see what the pitch is going to do. How are the atmospheric conditions at the ground? Should we expect some swing out of Boult and Southee?"

Evan: "Looking forward to this! Cannot believe the WI could go into a Test with only a single genuine paceman though... Are they the new NZ of the 80s with the dibbly dobblies?"

Cam Hodgson-Dwyer: "Cracking day in Hamilton today, lots of sun, enough breeze to take a lot of the edge off..sitting in the office now wishing I was down there at Seddon Park, hope it's a great day of cricket."

walter white: "High time we see a big innings (possibly a century) from the Mr. Reliable Chanders !"

10.15am: We are just 15 minutes away from the beginning of the 3rd and final Test of the series. West Indies were lucky to escape in the last Test thanks to some favourable rain on their part. Will they be able to square the series? Losing Darren Bravo will be a major blow, considering the current form he is in.

Reuben: "Sitting in my office and it looks fairly bleak outside, that said I'm 1500km from the ground in Invercargill So maybe not a very useful weather report."

Michael: "Am very keen to see a good performance here from NZ to back up their efforts in Dunedin and Wellington. If they do well it will set them up nicely to confidently take on the might of India!"

Mani: "OMG.. What a pity... WI playing with one genuine fast bowler in Newzealand and home team captain analyzing the pitch will have movement for fast bowlers.."

10 am New Zealand win the toss and will bowl

New Zealand are unchanged. Brendon McCullum there will be some help for his quicks with some live grass on the pitch and some wind around.

Plenty of changes for West Indies. Narine in for Shillingford, Permaul in for Gabriel and Brathwaite in for Darren Bravo, who is out after taking a hit in the nets yesterday

Neil: "Looking forward to seeing if the West Indies batting lineup is again going to be blown away by New Zealand's TNT (Tim, Neil and Trent)"

9.55 am Welcome to day one of the third Test between New Zealand and West Indies in Hamilton

0.1

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, slides it wide across, and it barely carries through to the keeper

0.2

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, gets the line right, close to off stump, Brathwaite has a look and withdraws bat just in time

0.3

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, comes across now to defend back to the bowler

0.4

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, slants it quite far outside off stump again, and it is an easy leave

0.5

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, walks outside off now and nearly gets into trouble, pulling the bat away from the line of the ball late

0.6

Boult to Brathwaite, 1 run, straightens on the stumps but he moves outside the line to tuck it past short leg

End of over 1 (1 run) West Indies 1/0
KC Brathwaite    1* (6b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0
KOA Powell    0* (0b)     

Grant: "I am sitting in my office less than 2km from the ground. It's sunny, brisk breeze looks like from the south. Bit of cloud around with possible showers later."

1.1

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, gets the line wrong first up, sends it couple of feet down leg

1.2

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, late outswing but starts some way outside off and is left alone

1.3

Southee to Brathwaite, 1 run, full on the stumps, he reacts late but manages a thick inside edge to fine leg

1.4

Southee to Powell, 1 run, he's away first ball, moves forward, pushes a good length ball in front of cover and takes a comfortable single

1.5

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, widish and back of a length, he pats it away

1.6

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, nice one to end, straightening on off, he comes forward and opens the face to play it out to point

Neil: "Funnily enough, if you take the surnames of NZ's quicks (Southee, Boult and Wagner) you get SBW. Is there any sport in New Zealand that the guy doesn't make an appearance one way or another (Sonny Bill Williams)"

Andrew: "Don't quite understand the decision to bowl first. Pitch looks more brown then green, give your bowlers another day or two off, get the runs on the board, and don't let two WI's spinners dictate the fourth innings! Questionable IMO"

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 3/0
KC Brathwaite    2* (11b)      TG Southee    1-0-2-0
KOA Powell    1* (1b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0

2.1

Boult to Powell, no run, hits the bat hard from a good length, is pushed away to point

2.2

Boult to Powell, 1 run, good length and angled in, tucked off the pad to the left of mid on for a single

2.3

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, goes searching for this widish ball going across and pulls the bat away, after he's beaten

2.4

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, uncertainly comes half forward outside off and pushes a length ball away

2.5

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, swinging in, but starting outside leg and moving further down

2.6

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, gets forward and pats away a pitched up delivery to the off side

End of over 3 (1 run) West Indies 4/0
KC Brathwaite    2* (15b)      TA Boult    2-0-2-0
KOA Powell    2* (3b)      TG Southee    1-0-2-0

This isn't really playing like a bowl-first wicket at the moment, but New Zealand's quicks have done wonders this series. They are getting a replacement for a three-over old ball now

3.1

Southee to Powell, 1 leg bye, swinging in to the left-hander, rolls away behind square leg off the pad

3.2

Southee to Brathwaite, 1 run, full length, late swing, he comes forward to tap it softly to cover, throw comes in, and misses at the striker's end

3.3

Southee to Powell, no run, moving in to middle and leg from a good length, defended quite solidly

3.4

Southee to Powell, no run, more swing for Southee, full length right up to the stumps, blocked again

3.5

Southee to Powell, no run, Powell staggers and goes down, he's taken this on the box, it pitched outside leg and cut across and kicked to smack him past the defensive bat

Powell has recovered now

Sam: "The 'green top bowl first pitch' is the biggest myth in New Zealand sports. I can't recall in the last few years a pitch which has offered any real assistance early on. In my opinion overhead conditions make much more of a difference."

3.6

Southee to Powell, no run, full but into the pad, he flicks it straight into short leg

End of over 4 (2 runs) West Indies 6/0
KOA Powell    2* (8b)      TG Southee    2-0-3-0
KC Brathwaite    3* (16b)      TA Boult    2-0-2-0

4.1

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, inswing, but directed well down the leg side

4.2

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, moving in again, nudged off the pad to short leg

Cam Hodgson-Dwyer: "I absolutely don't understand the decision to bowl first here. Seddon Park, especially since the block was re-laid a few years ago (After the South African crater test debacle), doesn't really have much juice in it for the seamers. Now, with the Windies only playing one specialist quick, they are going to get fourth innings use of a worn pitch with their spin arsenal."

4.3

Boult to Brathwaite, 2 runs, too wide outside off now and slapped away past cover for a couple

4.4

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, comfortably left alone outside off

4.5

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, overpitched outside off, dug out to mid off

4.6

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, stretches forward to defend a pitched up widish ball to cover

End of over 5 (2 runs) West Indies 8/0
KC Brathwaite    5* (22b)      TA Boult    3-0-4-0
KOA Powell    2* (8b)      TG Southee    2-0-3-0

5.1

Southee to Powell, no run, banged in short and goes over the batsman harmlessly

5.2

Southee to Powell, no run, slanted wide across the left-hander, and allowed to go past

5.3

Southee to Powell, no run, slightly closer to off stump but still an easy leave

5.4

Southee to Powell, no run, much closer to off now and he induces the drive to beat Powell

5.5

Southee to Powell, 1 run, an outside edge with a pitched up ball on the stumps but it falls short of second slip and bursts through Fulton's hands

5.6

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, a thicker edge now as Brathwaite walks across, the ball rolls to gully

End of over 6 (1 run) West Indies 9/0
KC Brathwaite    5* (23b)      TG Southee    3-0-4-0
KOA Powell    3* (13b)      TA Boult    3-0-4-0

Allan Godsiff: "This hand wringing about the WI spinners getting the pitch for the fourth innings wont matter if we bat very well once."

6.1

Boult to Powell, FOUR, swinging away, starting widish, and Powell flashes hard, sending it flying high to the left of third slip

6.2

Boult to Powell, no run, full and moving away, left alone

6.3

Boult to Powell, no run, beaten on the forward push with late away swing

6.4

Boult to Powell, FOUR, overpitched, Powell attacks it and drives it through the covers for four, in the air briefly but absolutely safe

6.5

Boult to Powell, no run, bangs it in short, batsman ducks, keeper jumps and collects

6.6

Boult to Powell, no run, good length, on off stump, Powell defends tightly

Matt: "I imagine McCullum wants to keep confidence low in the Windies batting line up. After two batting failures in Wellington, he wants early inroads again here rather than letting them have time to get into the test and get some confidence up."

End of over 7 (8 runs) West Indies 17/0
KOA Powell    11* (19b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-0-12-0
KC Brathwaite    5* (23b)      TG Southee    3-0-4-0

7.1

Southee to Brathwaite, 2 runs, angles it in full to middle and leg, and is worked in front of square leg for a couple

7.2

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, stabs a straightish length delivery to cover

7.3

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, short ball, only 128 kph but superbly directed, Brathwaite wants to fend it away, gets smacked on the glove

7.4

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, pitches it up and moves it away slightly, Brathwaite defends

7.5

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, another bouncer, rises too high around off, Brathwaite bends down on one knee

7.6

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, pitches it full and wide for the drive, left alone as it swings away

Harry: "Crickey, a few early overs with no wicket and the knives are already out! Why would we not want to play to our strengths, i.e. our seam attack - and give them the best shot at making early inroads while the pitch is at its newest. Also, with all due respect to the WI spinners but it's not like we'll be facing Murali and Warne on a square turner if we bat last. #LightenUpFellas"

End of over 8 (2 runs) West Indies 19/0
KC Brathwaite    7* (29b)      TG Southee    4-0-6-0
KOA Powell    11* (19b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-0-12-0

8.1

Boult to Powell, FOUR, he's almost taken out Boult with this straight drive, hit this overpitched ball right into him, it hit his hand before scurrying past mid on, it was that well timed

8.2

Boult to Powell, no run, huge away swing as it starts approaching the keeper after being left alone

8.3

Boult to Powell, no run, full and right on off stump, defended

8.4

Boult to Powell, 1 run, worked off the pad behind square leg

8.5

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, jumps across and fends a rising delivery to the right of short leg

8.6

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, moves forward and plays out a length ball to point

mark s: "How can a ball need to be changed after 3 overs? If it is out of shape someone needs to go to Kookaburra & ask some tough questions as it is happening too often. If it is because the ball isn't swinging then tough bikkies not all balls swing, just get on with it."

End of over 9 (5 runs) West Indies 24/0
KC Brathwaite    7* (31b)      TA Boult    5-0-17-0
KOA Powell    16* (23b 3x4)      TG Southee    4-0-6-0

9.1

Southee to Powell, 1 run, straightening into the pad and worked down to fine leg easily

9.2

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, watches this pitched up ball closely and shoulders arms as it moves away

9.3

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, takes a hand off the bat handle as he jabs this full delivery to short cover

9.4

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, goes wide of the crease and angles it in full, defended even as it holds the line

9.5

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, gets right on top of this good length ball on off and blocks

9.6

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, this carries in with the angle around off, is played back tentatively

End of over 10 (1 run) West Indies 25/0
KC Brathwaite    7* (36b)      TG Southee    5-0-7-0
KOA Powell    17* (24b 3x4)      TA Boult    5-0-17-0

Boult is off the field, he took a serious blow to his bowling thumb, Wagner is on

10.1

Wagner to Powell, no run, what a ball to start, straightens on off stump from over the stumps, and pings Powell on the thigh pad

10.2

Wagner to Powell, no run

10.3

Wagner to Powell, no run, length ball left alone outside off

10.4

Wagner to Powell, no run, works it to mid on, non-striker wants the single, is sent back

10.5

Wagner to Powell, no run, sway inside the line, hops and tries to upper cut this short ball over the slips, but misses

10.6

Wagner to Powell, no run, another bouncer, this time he ducks safely

End of over 11 (maiden) West Indies 25/0
KOA Powell    17* (30b 3x4)      N Wagner    1-1-0-0
KC Brathwaite    7* (36b)      TG Southee    5-0-7-0

11.1

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, Southee starts short as well, Brathwaite goes on his toes and hurriedly brings it down

Toby: "Don't really think any decision at the toss would have been a bad one. Brendon obviously put the Windies in to bat based on our recent bowling successes and to keep the pressure on. As mentioned by somebody earlier - the conditions will make more of an impact than the pitch!"

11.2

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, defends a short of a length ball just outside off

11.3

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, straightens from a good length on off, is played out to midwicket

11.4

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, saw the angle into the pad and tried to work it past short leg, but it held the line and a leading edge rolled to the off side

11.5

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, bursts forward and drives to short cover

11.6

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, this length ball moved in sharply from outside off, Brathwaite was totally surprised and beaten, but the ball somehow missed off stump

End of over 12 (maiden) West Indies 25/0
KC Brathwaite    7* (42b)      TG Southee    6-1-7-0
KOA Powell    17* (30b 3x4)      N Wagner    1-1-0-0

12.1

Wagner to Powell, no run, left alone outside off

12.2

Wagner to Powell, no run, climbs from a good length close to off but is left very well

12.3

Wagner to Powell, 3 runs, far too wide, Powell reaches out and has a crack at it, hits it through extra cover but hasn't timed it

NickH: "Take Boult out of the equation and it could be a different match all together. Powells due a big score and Brathwaite has the ability to bat through the new ball protecting the middle order, albeit at a snails pace."

12.4

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, defends a good length ball with an angled bat down the pitch

12.5

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, pushes another length ball hard to mid off

12.6

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, bouncer angled across, easily avoided

End of over 13 (3 runs) West Indies 28/0
KC Brathwaite    7* (45b)      N Wagner    2-1-3-0
KOA Powell    20* (33b 3x4)      TG Southee    6-1-7-0

13.1

Southee to Powell, 1 run, straightens late into the pad, is worked down to fine leg

13.2

Southee to Brathwaite, 1 run, angled into the pad, nudged to fine leg

13.3

Southee to Powell, no run, another edge does not carry to the slips, Powell defends from the crease, but it falls just short of first slip

13.4

Southee to Powell, no run, one more edge from Powell, comfortably short of third slip now

13.5

Southee to Powell, 1 run, moves forward and defends to cover for a single

13.6

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, carries in with the angle towards off and is awkwardly kept out

Rohan Sharma to take you through to lunch

End of over 14 (3 runs) West Indies 31/0
KC Brathwaite    8* (47b)      TG Southee    7-1-10-0
KOA Powell    22* (37b 3x4)      N Wagner    2-1-3-0

Raff: "I'm disappointed that NZ didn't bat first, given how well they've batted and how toothless the West Indies' quicks have appeared. Why not try to bat for 2+ days and bat the Windies right out of the series with a draw at worst?"

Thanks Abhishek. The WI openers have been patient this first hour, and have been good enough to punish the odd bad ball from the NZ seamers.

14.1

Wagner to Powell, no run, begins the second hour with a delivery that strays down the leg side

14.2

Wagner to Powell, no run, fuller length around off, Powell comes on the front foot and defends it back to Wagner

14.3

Wagner to Powell, no run, fires in a steep bouncer which Powell ducks under sensibly. This one climbed quite a bit

14.4

Wagner to Powell, no run, outswinger on a line just outside off as Powell leaves this one alone

14.5

Wagner to Powell, FOUR, in the slot outside off and Powell puts it away through the covers for a boundary

14.6

Wagner to Powell, no run, better line and length from Wagner as he gets this on a back of a length on and around off, with the ball slanting in. Powell is solid in defence

Dean: "NZ should have batted first. As they say if you win the toss always bat first, especially if you are 1-0 in a 3 Test series."

End of over 15 (4 runs) West Indies 35/0
KOA Powell    26* (43b 4x4)      N Wagner    3-1-7-0
KC Brathwaite    8* (47b)      TG Southee    7-1-10-0

15.1

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, back of a length and swinging away from Brathwaite, who defends back to the bowler

15.2

Southee to Brathwaite, FOUR, short and a bit wide as Brathwaite is able to create enough room to cut this away past point to the boundary

15.3

Southee to Brathwaite, 1 run, length ball heading down the pads as Brathwaite tucks this away to the leg side

Rob: "Regarding the decision to bowl first, one of the aspects that may have influenced the decision making is that at least our bowlers will not have to bowl twice in a row in this test match."

15.4

Southee to Powell, no run, angled across off, left alone by Powell

15.5

Southee to Powell, no run, slanting towards the off stump as Powell defends this back to the bowler

15.6

Southee to Powell, no run, very full on middle and off as Powell presents a straight bat

darren: "Jeez is mcCullum trying to run his bowlers into the ground 8 on the trot for southee? I know boult is injured but...."

End of over 16 (5 runs) West Indies 40/0
KOA Powell    26* (46b 4x4)      TG Southee    8-1-15-0
KC Brathwaite    13* (50b 1x4)      N Wagner    3-1-7-0

16.1

Wagner to Brathwaite, 1 run, full and in the slot outside off as Brathwaite takes the bait, driving this uppishly over short cover point, who makes an attempt in vain to try and hold on to it, but the ball just evades him, ends up travelling over the covers

16.2

Wagner to Powell, no run, defended to the off side

16.3

Wagner to Powell, OUT, Wagner decides to drop this one short as Powell, who looks to have lost some concentration, goes for the ramp, with the ball getting a feather-like edge off the surface of the bat to carry behind to the keeper. First wicket down for the West Indies, and Wagner is over the moon

KOA Powell c †Watling b Wagner 26 (75m 48b 4x4 0x6) SR: 54.16

Ron Burgundy: "New Zealand look like they are preying on the West Indies openers, waiting for the right moment to attack. Bringing on Sodhi now for a good decent spell before lunch would be smooth way to dismiss the openers, especially with Brathwaite in his first game of the tour. You stay classy New Zealand."

Kirk Edwards walks in at No. 3

16.4

Wagner to Edwards, no run, fantastic delivery straight up to the new bat as he bangs this in short, with the ball just carrying past the bat to the keeper

16.5

Wagner to Edwards, no run, fuller this time on the same channel as Edwards shoulders arms

16.6

Wagner to Edwards, no run, Wagner finishes a successful over for New Zealand with another bouncer which Edwards lets go

HARSHA KOSURI: "Is this the season for left arm fast bowlers....Mitch, Trent....will Zak join the party"

End of over 17 (1 run) West Indies 41/1
KA Edwards    0* (3b)      N Wagner    4-1-8-1
KC Brathwaite    14* (51b 1x4)      TG Southee    8-1-15-0

Time for a bowling change as McCullum turns to Corey Anderson

17.1

Anderson to Brathwaite, 1 run, begins with a back of a length ball on the pads as Brathwaite clips this to the leg side for one

17.2

Anderson to Edwards, no run, length ball swinging into Edwards outside off as he thinks about the shot, but at the last second holds back the bat

17.3

Anderson to Edwards, no run, back of a length ball that shapes in upon pitching outside off

Andrew: "W G Grace with some good advice the kiwis should follow. "When you win the toss - bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague - then bat.""

17.4

Anderson to Edwards, no run, similar delivery as the previous one, but just a tad wider. Edwards doing his best Chanderpaul impression with an exaggerated stance towards the leg side

17.5

Anderson to Edwards, no run, Anderson brings this one a bit closer to the batsman as Edwards defends the ball straight back

17.6

Anderson to Edwards, no run, back of a length outside off which is defended off the back foot towards the off side

Errol Erskine: "Way too often Powell gets out after a start, he seems to forget that this is a test match and when a batter is settle that he needs to bats on."

End of over 18 (1 run) West Indies 42/1
KA Edwards    0* (8b)      CJ Anderson    1-0-1-0
KC Brathwaite    15* (52b 1x4)      N Wagner    4-1-8-1

18.1

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, Wagner pitches this nice and full outside off as Brathwaite gets low on one knee, but can't drive the ball past a diving short cover point

18.2

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, in the same slot again by Wagner as Brathwaite does not get a meaningful connection on it

18.3

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, inswinging yorker on middle as Brathwaite just digs this one out

Dave: "Powell's stroke play underscores WI batting woes, poor abilities and lack of discipline. The delivery that got him out is one that most opening batsmen would avoid playing at. And why is Shiv still batting at 5 when Bravo is not playing?"

18.4

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, tests him with a shorter one outside off and shaping in. Brathwaite equal to the task

18.5

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, going round the wicket now as he entices Brathwaite to play away from his body. Ends up playing this to the off side of the back foot

18.6

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, another short one as Brathwaite defends this with soft hands to end the over

Andrew: "How many tests did W G Grace play in NZ?"

End of over 19 (maiden) West Indies 42/1
KC Brathwaite    15* (58b 1x4)      N Wagner    5-2-8-1
KA Edwards    0* (8b)      CJ Anderson    1-0-1-0

19.1

Anderson to Edwards, no run, shorter one just outside off which Edwards drops his gloves to, as the ball carries to the keeper

19.2

Anderson to Edwards, 1 run, back of a length on the pads and Edwards is able to whisk this away, setting off for a tight single with Brathwaite getting in before the throw from the fielder hits the stumps

19.3

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, back of a length and rising outside off as Brathwaite defends this back to the bowler

19.4

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, much fuller this time as Brathwaite is solid in defence

19.5

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, length ball that shapes in upon pitching as Brathwaite shoulders arms

19.6

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, full again as Brathwaite defends this back to Anderson

End of over 20 (1 run) West Indies 43/1
KC Brathwaite    15* (62b 1x4)      CJ Anderson    2-0-2-0
KA Edwards    1* (10b)      N Wagner    5-2-8-1

20.1

Wagner to Edwards, no run, length ball outside off which is left alone by the batsman

20.2

Wagner to Edwards, no run, left alone by Edwards as this one is pitched on a length outside off

20.3

Wagner to Edwards, no run, back of a length on off stump as Edwards looks to work this away to the leg side

Aaron: "These two need to put up a good fight if windies have aany chance of winning this match."

20.4

Wagner to Edwards, no run, going round the wicket now as Edwards once again shoulders arms

20.5

Wagner to Edwards, no run, length ball outside off which is left well alone by the batsman

20.6

Wagner to Edwards, no run, wide outside off as Wagner finishes off a maiden over

Anon06: "I just came home and saw the score on 41/0 and I was thinking...hmm, not bad. I saw Powell on 26 and I thought that this is the time he usually gets out. Page refreshes. He's out. As a side note, really glad to see Brathwaite in the XI although it had to come at the expense of Bravo's injury. Brathwaite has been in good form lately for the A-team"

End of over 21 (maiden) West Indies 43/1
KA Edwards    1* (16b)      N Wagner    6-3-8-1
KC Brathwaite    15* (62b 1x4)      CJ Anderson    2-0-2-0

McCullum pulls a trick out of his sleeve as Kane Williamson is brought on to bowl

21.1

Williamson to Brathwaite, 2 runs, starts round the wicket, as he pitches this on leg stump, with the ball turning sharply away from the batsman, almost getting an edge on it as the keeper tries to collect it down the leg side, the ball ends up travelling down to fine leg, with the fielder doing well to cut it off before it reaches the boundary

21.2

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, down the leg side again as Brathwaite tries in vain to help this along down to fine leg.

Have added leg sliip

21.3

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, shifts his line a bit closer on the pads as Brathwaite is able to defend this carefully to the leg side with soft hands

21.4

Williamson to Brathwaite, FOUR, once again on the leg side and Brathwaite is quick to pounce on it as he sweeps hard at this to get this away for four on the leg side behind square

21.5

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, fuller this time from Kane as Brathwaite defends with soft hands

21.6

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, full and just outside off as Brathwaite drives at it, but doesn't hit it sweetly enough

Pete: "21 off 68...Is Braithwaite the new Mark Richardson"

End of over 22 (6 runs) West Indies 49/1
KC Brathwaite    21* (68b 2x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-6-0
KA Edwards    1* (16b)      N Wagner    6-3-8-1

Wagner continuing round the wicket

22.1

Wagner to Edwards, no run, full and edged on the bounce to Taylor at first slip, who does well to stop it

22.2

Wagner to Edwards, 1 run, in the slot outside off as Edwards drive this competently towards the covers

22.3

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, short ball angling in on the batsman as Brathwaite is equal to the task

shayne: "I understand Williamson has a knack for picking up wickets, but shouldn't your specialist spinner (Sodhi) have the first roll of the arm?"

22.4

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, length ball shaping into the batsman as Brathwaite defends to the off side

22.5

Wagner to Brathwaite, no run, full and just outside off as Brathwaite has a drive, and almost hits it on the full to Wagner, who stretches out his left hand to intercept the ball

22.6

Wagner to Brathwaite, 1 run, back of a length and slanting across Brathwaite as he tucks this behind square on the leg side for a single

Reuben Frizzell: "why oh why does bazz ruin the confidence of sodhi by bowling williamson first? what is he telling ish?!"

End of over 23 (2 runs) West Indies 51/1
KC Brathwaite    22* (72b 2x4)      N Wagner    7-3-10-1
KA Edwards    2* (18b)      KS Williamson    1-0-6-0

23.1

Williamson to Brathwaite, 1 run, leg side delivery from Kane which is swept behind square

23.2

Williamson to Edwards, no run, back of a length on the same channel as Edwards almost offers up a chance as he flicks this uppishly, with short leg diving to his right, but can't get to it

23.3

Williamson to Edwards, no run, once again defended to the leg side with soft hands

23.4

Williamson to Edwards, no run, defended to the off side off the back foot

23.5

Williamson to Edwards, no run, full and driven straight to silly mid-on

23.6

Williamson to Edwards, no run, NZ have a shout as Edwards once again looks to get this away on the leg side, with the resulting edge carrying low to short leg, who takes the catch. They appeal but Nigel Llong is not interested

Bob: "Very generous of the groundsman to provide some West Indian type conditions for the visitors."

End of over 24 (1 run) West Indies 52/1
KA Edwards    2* (23b)      KS Williamson    2-0-7-0
KC Brathwaite    23* (73b 2x4)      N Wagner    7-3-10-1

After spending a little time off the field, Trent Boult is back to have a bowl

24.1

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, kicks off his second spell with a length delivery shaping into the batsman, which is subsequently defended to the leg side

24.2

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, fuller and just outside off as Brathwaite defends to the off side

24.3

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, full and just outside off as Brathwaite drives this straight to mid-off

Aaron: "Brathwaite has great concentration, he can bat through the day but he needs to increase his strike rate. He has scored a lot of runs in his youth cricket. Its time for him to make it count on the international scene."

24.4

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, back of a length and going across the batsman as Brathwaite defends off the back foot with soft hands

24.5

Boult to Brathwaite, no run, better length this time as Boult gets in on the same channel, with the batsman defending just to the left of the bowler's follow-through

24.6

Boult to Brathwaite, 1 run, punches this length ball outside off down the ground, with mid-off running hard to retrieve it before the boundary

mikeydc: "Bowling Kane is classic McCullum. Keep the opposition guessing, give them a look at something they weren't expecting. He'll hook him after 2 overs. And remember Boult is off, so he needs to rest his fast bowlers"

End of over 25 (1 run) West Indies 53/1
KC Brathwaite    24* (79b 2x4)      TA Boult    6-0-18-0
KA Edwards    2* (23b)      KS Williamson    2-0-7-0

25.1

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, pitched quite full on the leg side as Brathwaite is careful in defending to the leg side

25.2

Williamson to Brathwaite, FOUR, Williamson shifts his line to outside off, with enough width on offer for Brathwaite to get low and cut this late to the boundary for four

25.3

Williamson to Brathwaite, 1 run, reverts to a leg side line, which Brathwaite tucks away past short leg and a diving silly mid-on. Easy two there but WI guilty of some lazy running between the wickets

25.4

Williamson to Edwards, no run, nice and full and Edwards defends this competently back to the bowler

25.5

Williamson to Edwards, no run, Edwards circumspect in defence to this length ball on middle

25.6

Williamson to Edwards, 1 run, a little too full as Edwards is able to push this to the right of a sprawled Kane Williamson

Adesh Mahabir: "Honestly this match at present is why test cricket has been on a downward slope of late. No runs beings scored and bowlers just throwing down the ball on the other side. Rather watch people play chess right now."

End of over 26 (6 runs) West Indies 59/1
KA Edwards    3* (26b)      KS Williamson    3-0-13-0
KC Brathwaite    29* (82b 3x4)      TA Boult    6-0-18-0

26.1

Boult to Edwards, no run, back of a length and rising, outside off, as Brathwaite leaves this alone

26.2

Boult to Edwards, no run, sprays this down the leg side, Edwards lets it go and Watling does not collect it cleanly

26.3

Boult to Edwards, no run, defends this back of a length ball to the off side

Chris: "McCullum - does he have any idea about captaincy???? Dont think so, as usual he has resorted to guessing and hoping. Seriously if one of these batsman get out to Williamson in the first session on the first day...

26.4

Boult to Edwards, no run, length ball outside off which Edwards shoulders arms too

26.5

Boult to Edwards, no run, Edwards stand tall to defend this one off the back foot

26.6

Boult to Edwards, no run, nice and full this time as Boult successfully finishes a maiden over

Neil: "I'm not watching the coverage on TV, just your great commentary on Cricinfo. Was the appeal for catch worth a review by NZ or was it clearly not out?"

End of over 27 (maiden) West Indies 59/1
KA Edwards    3* (32b)      TA Boult    7-1-18-0
KC Brathwaite    29* (82b 3x4)      KS Williamson    3-0-13-0

27.1

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, full on middle as Brathwaite tries to get this past Williamson

27.2

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, once again full from Kane, as Brathwaite defends back to the bowler

27.3

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, shifts his line just outside off as Brathwaite defends this one carefully with soft hands

Jordon: "Braithwaite looking solid if not unspectacular - the sort of player West Indies need at the minute to try and stabalise a fragile batting line up !"

27.4

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, full again and Brathwaite gets low to defend this back to the bowler

27.5

Williamson to Brathwaite, no run, once again defended low on the leg side

27.6

Williamson to Brathwaite, 1 run, back of a length on the leg stump as Brathwaite is able to tuck this off his pads for a single down to deep midwicket

Graham: "@Adesh: Test cricket IS chess."

End of over 28 (1 run) West Indies 60/1
KC Brathwaite    30* (88b 3x4)      KS Williamson    4-0-14-0
KA Edwards    3* (32b)      TA Boult    7-1-18-0

This should be the final over before lunch, and it will be Ish Sodhi to deliver it

28.1

Sodhi to Brathwaite, FOUR, drags this one short and heading down the leg side as Brathwaite quickly rocks onto the back foot to punish him through midwicket for a boundary

28.2

Sodhi to Brathwaite, FOUR, again short from Sodhi and Brathwaite has all day to deposit this to deep midwicket to make it consecutive boundaries. Brathwaite starting to open up (hint of sarcasm)

28.3

Sodhi to Brathwaite, 2 runs, better line from Sodhi as Brathwaite tucks this off the pads for a couple

28.4

Sodhi to Brathwaite, 1 run, punches this back of a length ball towards mid-off to get off strike

28.5

Sodhi to Edwards, no run, pitches on a line outside off which turns away as Edwards attempts a cut

28.6

Sodhi to Edwards, no run, better delivery there from Sodhi to end the first session. Gets this on and around off, with Edwards doing well to defend this on the front foot

And with that West Indies head into lunch on 71 for 1, with Kieran Powell being the lone casualty. West Indies will be pleased with their performance thus far, with Brathwaite and Edwards looking to get settled. While the seamers have been miserly, they have lacked penetration, with a number of them seemingly happy to get the ball to shape in from just outside the off stump with little to no involvement from the batsman. McCullum will need to regroup his bowlers if they are to have any success on the first day. We will be back in about 40 minutes' time for the second session, with Abhishek taking you through the first hour.

End of over 29 (11 runs) West Indies 71/1
KA Edwards    3* (34b)      IS Sodhi    1-0-11-0
KC Brathwaite    41* (92b 5x4)      KS Williamson    4-0-14-0

Back for session two. Southee to start

29.1

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, outswinger to start off, good length, angled in, curling away a couple of feet outside off, left alone

29.2

Southee to Brathwaite, FOUR, he produces the edge, Brathwaite jabbing away from the body, but past the two slips

29.3

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, away from the body again, but this is back of a length, and he has time to play it out to point

29.4

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, pitches the outswinger up, Brathwaite gets behind it to block

29.5

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, still fuller, he moves forward and stabs it hard with an angled bat to mid off

29.6

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, sends it down the leg side from wide of the crease

End of over 30 (4 runs) West Indies 75/1
KC Brathwaite    45* (98b 6x4)      TG Southee    9-1-19-0
KA Edwards    3* (34b)      IS Sodhi    1-0-11-0

No Boult, it will be Wagner

30.1

Anderson to Edwards, 1 run, a thick inside edge as he gets the pitched up ball to hold its line on middle and off, ball rolls away square on the leg side

30.2

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, moves forward to defend to mid off

30.3

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, walks across and pushes a pitched up ball to mid off

30.4

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, gets down on a knee and avoids the short ball easily

30.5

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, swings in a tad but starts outside leg stump

30.6

Anderson to Brathwaite, no run, very full on the pad, but clipped straight to midwicket

End of over 31 (1 run) West Indies 76/1
KC Brathwaite    45* (103b 6x4)      CJ Anderson    3-0-3-0
KA Edwards    4* (35b)      TG Southee    9-1-19-0

31.1

Southee to Edwards, 1 run, starts on the pad with a length ball and is picked away to fine leg

31.2

Southee to Brathwaite, no run, gets him to drive, Brathwaite checks the shot to the left of mid off

31.3

Southee to Brathwaite, OUT, there is the breakthrough, soon after lunch, it is another short ball that does it, Brathwaite tries to ride the bounce, he hops, but only ends up half-steering, half-fending it straight to gully

KC Brathwaite c Williamson b Southee 45 (133m 105b 6x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

31.4

Southee to Samuels, no run, across to get behind the line of a good length ball

31.5

Southee to Samuels, no run, brute, out of nowhere, on this slow pitch, Southee digs it in with effort, but even as it kicks on Samuels, he sways inside the line and keeps the wrists low

31.6

Southee to Samuels, no run, eases a full ball to the bowler

End of over 32 (1 run) West Indies 77/2
MN Samuels    0* (3b)      TG Southee    10-1-20-1
KA Edwards    5* (36b)      CJ Anderson    3-0-3-0

32.1

Anderson to Edwards, no run, slanted across the right-hander, left alone

32.2

Anderson to Edwards, 1 run, short ball pulled past square leg

32.3

Anderson to Samuels, no run, takes it across Samuels who watches it go past

Errol Erskine: "Two short pitch delivery over off stump and both WI openers are gone. Now tell me what shot other than defend or leave alone can they play with the ball so close ?"

32.4

Anderson to Samuels, no run, lifter, Samuels is beaten as he tries to defend

32.5

Anderson to Samuels, no run, sharp length delivery going across close to off, left alone

32.6

Anderson to Samuels, no run, similar delivery, left alone again

End of over 33 (1 run) West Indies 78/2
MN Samuels    0* (7b)      CJ Anderson    4-0-4-0
KA Edwards    6* (38b)      TG Southee    10-1-20-1

33.1

Southee to Edwards, no run, holds the line just outside off stump, is defended from a good length

33.2

Southee to Edwards, no run, pushes a pitched up ball to extra cover

33.3

Southee to Edwards, no run, beauty, probably the best one of the day, angled in from wide of the crease, draws him into a push, and leaves him sharply

33.4

Southee to Edwards, OUT, New Zealand think there is a nick through to the keeper here. Edwards withdrew his bat from the line of another one straightening late outside off stump, but there was a sound as ball passed bat. New Zealand review after umpire Llong remains unmoved. Faintly registers on Snicko, though there does not seem to be anything on HotSpot, but the sound and Snicko combine to have Edwards sent back

KA Edwards c †Watling b Southee 6 (67m 42b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

33.5

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run, good length on middle, defended

33.6

Southee to Chanderpaul, FOUR, pitched full around off, Chanderpaul pushes it past extra cover's dive and picks up four to the long off boundary

End of over 34 (4 runs) West Indies 82/3
S Chanderpaul    4* (2b 1x4)      TG Southee    11-1-24-2
MN Samuels    0* (7b)      CJ Anderson    4-0-4-0

34.1

Anderson to Samuels, no run, opens the face to play out a length ball from the crease

Richard: "The great thing about this WI side, is once you take the first wicket, you expose their tail"

34.2

Anderson to Samuels, OUT, atrocious stroke from Samuels at this stage of the game, he's flayed this length delivery without moving his feet, and the thick edge has flown to gully, where Williamson has held on second attempt

MN Samuels c Williamson b Anderson 0 (16m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

34.3

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, moves across to defend a length ball to the off side

34.4

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, tentative, as he dabs this back of a length delivery to gully

34.5

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, sharp away swinger left alone outside off

34.6

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, similar delivery, touch wider, allowed to go through again

End of over 35 (wicket maiden) West Indies 82/4
N Deonarine    0* (4b)      CJ Anderson    5-1-4-1
S Chanderpaul    4* (2b 1x4)      TG Southee    11-1-24-2

Another Ben: "Really impressed with Anderson so far, doing a great job applying pressure in the absence of Boult."

35.1

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run, walks across and holds bat inside the line to let this length delivery pass outside off

35.2

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run, digs in the short ball now, Chanderpaul ducks

35.3

Southee to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, shuffles across to off to defend a length ball

35.4

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run

35.5

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run, hangs bat inside the line to let this pass outside off

35.6

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run, squirts a full delivery behind point

Dylan: "If i were the opening pair for the west indies i would be really annoyed gets them of to a decent start and then the middle order just folds happened in all the games. What can they do about it?"

End of over 36 (2 runs) West Indies 84/4
S Chanderpaul    6* (8b 1x4)      TG Southee    12-1-26-2
N Deonarine    0* (4b)      CJ Anderson    5-1-4-1

Everyonelovescricket: "Interesting - the complaints about McCullum deciding to bowl first seem to have dried up..."

36.1

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, a few shouts for lbw but Deonarine has got a massve inside edge on the forward defensive

36.2

Anderson to Deonarine, 2 runs, worked behind square leg

36.3

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, defends a good length ball to the bowler

36.4

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, comes across and plays this out to midwicket

36.5

Anderson to Deonarine, no run, ducks as this short ball, which does not get up much, carries just down leg

36.6

Anderson to Deonarine, OUT, oh dear, another one down, West Indies are managing to collapse even on this slow pitch, Deonarine has tried to work this length delivery square to the leg side, but missed it, and is caught in front of middle, umpire Gould gives it out, West Indies review, ball tracker shows it just clipping top of leg, that is all New Zealand need

N Deonarine lbw b Anderson 2 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Keith: "Just because NZ have picked up a few wickets doesn't mean it was the right decision to bowl first. a) WI have picked 2.5 spinners b) NZ's batsmen are in form and have put scoreboard pressure on the Windies throughout the series c) most importantly, it's a flat, batsman-friendly wicket"

End of over 37 (2 runs) West Indies 86/5
     CJ Anderson    6-1-6-2
S Chanderpaul    6* (8b 1x4)      TG Southee    12-1-26-2

37.1

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run, plays out a back of a length ball to gully

37.2

Southee to Chanderpaul, no run, a bouncer on the stumps now, Chanderpaul ducks

37.3

Southee to Chanderpaul, 1 run, turned behind square leg off the pad

37.4

Southee to Ramdin, 2 runs, pitched up, straightening, Ramdin squeezes it through cover for two

37.5

Southee to Ramdin, no run, lunges forward to defend to the off side

37.6

Southee to Ramdin, no run, Southee is producing these curlers regularly now, angles in outside off and yo-yos away, beating the edge by a long way

Steveo: "Looks like somebody made the right Toss decision to bowl!"

Parmanand Singh: "Typical West Indies Innings, stable at the start, collapse in the middle, a little reconciliation, and Chanderpaul not out."

End of over 38 (3 runs) West Indies 89/5
D Ramdin    2* (3b)      TG Southee    13-1-29-2
S Chanderpaul    7* (11b 1x4)      CJ Anderson    6-1-6-2

38.1

Anderson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, into the pad, worked down to fine leg

Cam Hodgson-Dwyer: "That's pretty right. it's easy to think bowling first was the right call when the Windies are looking like fish out of water. Against top-flight opposition, this is the kind of pitch and kind of decision that leads the kiwis facing 120/0 and playing from behind."

38.2

Anderson to Ramdin, no run, nice, it starts to come in towards off stump from over the wicket, but Ramdin bends forward in time

38.3

Anderson to Ramdin, no run, defends a length delivery to extra cover

38.4

Anderson to Ramdin, no run, left alone on the angle outside off

38.5

Anderson to Ramdin, no run, straightens on off stump from a good length, Ramdin adjusts to nudge it into the leg side

38.6

Anderson to Ramdin, no run, slanted across and holding the line but some way outside off, left alone

End of over 39 (1 run) West Indies 90/5
D Ramdin    2* (8b)      CJ Anderson    7-1-7-2
S Chanderpaul    8* (12b 1x4)      TG Southee    13-1-29-2

Steve: "@Keith something tells me the Kiwis aren't shaking in their boots about the West Indies' two and a half spinners. And @ Cam Hodgson Dyer the Black Caps didn't select to bowl first against top flight opposition they selected to bowl first against the team they are currently playing."

Southee round the wicket

39.1

Southee to Chanderpaul, 1 run, rising from back of a length and angled in, h comes across and nudges it square to leg

39.2

Southee to Ramdin, no run, good length on middle turned to midwicket

39.3

Southee to Ramdin, no run, awkwardly runs this back of a length ball to gully

39.4

Southee to Ramdin, no run, stretches forward to defend a straightening ball outside off

Josiah: "As a die hard West Indian it frustrates me to no end seeing West Indies 40 overs in on the 1st day with the tail in already. I wonder who gets fired/dropped after the tour completes?"

39.5

Southee to Ramdin, no run, angled in to middle from wide of the crease, defended safely

39.6

Southee to Ramdin, 1 run, worked with the incoming angle wide of midwicket

Mark: "I can't believe it. We have the Windies 90/5 and some NZ fans are determined to see the negative. Making a decison to bat or bowl first is not an exact science people - it's a judgement call. There is no clear right or wrong. The only thing we can say with certainty is that, so far, the decision has paid off. End of story."

End of over 40 (2 runs) West Indies 92/5
D Ramdin    3* (13b)      TG Southee    14-1-31-2
S Chanderpaul    9* (13b 1x4)      CJ Anderson    7-1-7-2

Boult is back for the first time since lunch

40.1

Boult to Ramdin, no run, straighteins it into Ramdin who overbalances as he tries to tuck it to leg

40.2

Boult to Ramdin, no run, too wide and left alone

40.3

Boult to Ramdin, no run, drives a very full one to mid off

40.4

Boult to Ramdin, no run, goes for a big drive against this wide one, but it starts to come in and hits the inside part of the bat

40.5

Boult to Ramdin, no run, rising and straightening on off, defended

40.6

Boult to Ramdin, FOUR, shot, Ramdin lays into this overpitched ball and puts it away through extra cover

Rohan Sharma will take you through till tea

End of over 41 (4 runs) West Indies 96/5
D Ramdin    7* (19b 1x4)      TA Boult    8-1-22-0
S Chanderpaul    9* (13b 1x4)      TG Southee    14-1-31-2

Wagner comes on to have a bowl

It's drinks and New Zealand have been excellent in the first hour of post-lunch play. The seamers have been able to remove four wickets as Denesh Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are tasked with having to dig themselves out of this mess they have got themselves in

41.1

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, full and just outside off as Chanderpaul angles his bat to the leg side

41.2

Wagner to Chanderpaul, 1 run, full again and just outside off as Chanderpaul drives this firmly to mid-off for a single

41.3

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, going round the wicket now to Ramdin as he hits this back to Wagner

Chris: "This really is a wretched performance from the Windies. Having seen them at the height of their powers during the 80's, it is sad to see how far they have fallen."

41.4

Wagner to Ramdin, 1 run, back of a length and angling down the pads as Ramdin helps this down to fine leg

41.5

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, fires in a steepler at Chands who does well to back away from this

41.6

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length outside off that holds it line as Chanderpaul presents a straight bat, with the ball rushing past the edge

Nick: "Is Sodhi ever going to get a bowl? More than half way through to the next new ball and he's had one over."

End of over 42 (2 runs) West Indies 98/5
S Chanderpaul    10* (17b 1x4)      N Wagner    8-3-12-1
D Ramdin    8* (21b 1x4)      TA Boult    8-1-22-0

42.1

Boult to Ramdin, no run, length ball outside off going across the batsman. Ramdin content to let it through to the keeper

42.2

Boult to Ramdin, no run, pitches wide outside off as Ramdin goes for the drive, but instead hits this leg side

42.3

Boult to Ramdin, no run, full and just outside off as Ramdin defends on the front foot

Mahaica Creek: "Something to look forward to for us dejected WI fans - if Shiv gets to 34 today, he will be on 11111 test runs...Nelson!"

42.4

Boult to Ramdin, no run, length ball on middle which is defended back to the bowler

42.5

Boult to Ramdin, FOUR, overpitched by Boult and he is made to pay with an elegant cover drive from Ramdin

42.6

Boult to Ramdin, no run, Boult follows it up with another full delivery outside off as Ramdin decides to have another go. Shouldn't have gone for it though as it carries through to the keeper. Almost spelt his downfall there.

Josiah: "Where are all the West Indian legends of cricket- Courtney Walsh, Curtley Ambrose, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers? Surely the mentorship and experience of these players would be better suited to the team than a couch who's only played 2 test matches. Yeah Gibson, Talk Nah?"

End of over 43 (4 runs) West Indies 102/5
D Ramdin    12* (27b 2x4)      TA Boult    9-1-26-0
S Chanderpaul    10* (17b 1x4)      N Wagner    8-3-12-1

43.1

Wagner to Chanderpaul, FOUR, too full from Wagner and Chanderpaul pushes this back, timing it well enough to reach the straight boundary

43.2

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length outside off as Chanderpaul is content to let it go

43.3

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, almost a carbon copy of the previous delivery, just a tad wider

Ed: "Honestly, how much longer are people going to compare present-day Windies teams to that of the 80s? Very few teams in history have generated the same degree of apparent invincibility since the game's inception. Ebb and flow is what Test cricket is all about."

43.4

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, full and swinging in as Chanderpaul defends on the front foot

43.5

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length outside off as Chanderpaul does well to cover the line

43.6

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, wide and short to finish off the over

BV: "I may not be as good a player as Chanderpaul or Bravo but I am certainly better than the likes of Deonarine and Powell. Happy to fly in to Hamilton today if the Windies pay for my ticket. I might be able to get a couple of mates as well. Together we can ensure that at least the spectators won't feel cheated."

End of over 44 (4 runs) West Indies 106/5
S Chanderpaul    14* (23b 2x4)      N Wagner    9-3-16-1
D Ramdin    12* (27b 2x4)      TA Boult    9-1-26-0

44.1

Boult to Ramdin, no run, swinging down the pads as Ramdin tries to flick this to the leg side

44.2

Boult to Ramdin, no run, wide and full as Ramdin is once again enticed into the drive. Lucky this did not catch the edge

44.3

Boult to Ramdin, no run, full and defended back to the bowler

Josiah: "Lendl Simmons is in form. He is also a very good part-time keeper. He averages 34 in First Class cricket as an opener. He scored 140 & 82 earlier this year when the Trinidadian batsmen folded against Barbadian fast bowling. He has a double ton so he can bat for long periods.He is the leading run scorer in ODIs currently since the 2011 world cup. Why is West Indies wasting his talent and form by obsessing with a Keeper that hasn't scored since "Yea Viv Talk Nah" and a deputy that averages 20 across all formats?"

44.4

Boult to Ramdin, 1 run, beautiful toe-crushing yorker from Boult, with a hint of inswing, as Ramdin does well to dig this out

44.5

Boult to Chanderpaul, no run, bangs it in short and down the leg side, with Chanderpaul ducking under it

44.6

Boult to Chanderpaul, no run, finishes the over off with a wide delivery down the leg side which is collected by the keeper

SF: "11111 must surely be the ultimate Nelson - impossible to get to a higher Nelson"

End of over 45 (1 run) West Indies 107/5
S Chanderpaul    14* (25b 2x4)      TA Boult    10-1-27-0
D Ramdin    13* (31b 2x4)      N Wagner    9-3-16-1

45.1

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, shorter one which climbs over the batsman's head as he ducks under it

45.2

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, back of a length and shaping in as Ramdin defends off the back foot

45.3

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, once again defends to the off side off the back foot

Baxter: "@ Ed: This isn't 'ebb and flow'; this is terminal decline. That's why this current WI team is actually pretty dispiriting to watch, especially if you do remember watching their golden age teams."

45.4

Wagner to Ramdin, FOUR, full and in the slot and Ramdin unfurls another lovely drive to the covers

45.5

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, back of a length and tailing in as Ramdin is firm on the back foot

45.6

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, length ball outside off which is directed towards the slips by Ramdin to finish off the over

Andrew: "The West Indies aren't as strong now because other teams are playing better on the day..It's all about the performance on the day!"

End of over 46 (4 runs) West Indies 111/5
D Ramdin    17* (37b 3x4)      N Wagner    10-3-20-1
S Chanderpaul    14* (25b 2x4)      TA Boult    10-1-27-0

And McCullum turns to his leggie, Ish Sodhi, to see what he can do

46.1

Sodhi to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, flights it on the leg stump as Chanderpaul helps this round the corner

46.2

Sodhi to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length and spinning into Chanders as he defends this to the leg side

46.3

Sodhi to Chanderpaul, no run, full outside off as Chanderpaul advances down the track to drive this to mid-off

46.4

Sodhi to Chanderpaul, no run, defended off the back foot by Chanderpaul

46.5

Sodhi to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball turning into Chanderpaul again as he is solid on the back foot

46.6

Sodhi to Chanderpaul, no run, finishes the over by drifting this outside off as Chanderpaul defends with soft hands

Jeyhun: "Pollard should come into the test team. We saw how R. Sharma did well in tests after years of ODI cricket. Pollard can do the same. Perhaps him and Gayle openers - that is a deadly combination..."

End of over 47 (2 runs) West Indies 113/5
S Chanderpaul    16* (31b 2x4)      IS Sodhi    2-0-13-0
D Ramdin    17* (37b 3x4)      N Wagner    10-3-20-1

47.1

Wagner to Ramdin, FOUR, short and wide and punished by Ramdin as he hammers this behind square for a boundary

47.2

Wagner to Ramdin, 1 run, back of a length on middle, Ramdin gets inside the line and tucks it to square leg

47.3

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball on middle which is defended to the off side by Chanderpaul

47.4

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, length ball shaping in as Chanderpaul defends back to the bowler

47.5

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length outside off which is left alone by Chanderpaul

47.6

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, on the same channel again as Chanderpaul is able to defend this towards point

Carson: "Why do people keep hitting on Ramdin? Since his return in 2012 he has played 5 test series. Against Eng he averaged 40.75, against NZ he averaged 9.00, against Ban he averaged 81.00, against Zim he averaged 74.00 and in India he averaged 35.00. He has only failed in one series since his return and yet people want him to be dropped. That is madness. He has done better than most of our top 6 batsmen yet it is the keeper whose head is being called for."

End of over 48 (5 runs) West Indies 118/5
S Chanderpaul    16* (35b 2x4)      N Wagner    11-3-25-1
D Ramdin    22* (39b 4x4)      IS Sodhi    2-0-13-0

48.1

Sodhi to Ramdin, 2 runs, too much width on offer as Ramdin leans in to drive this through extra-cover for a couple. Seems like the WI batsmen are looking to unsettle him early

48.2

Sodhi to Ramdin, no run, pushes through a quicker one on the leg side which is defended by Ramdin

48.3

Sodhi to Ramdin, 2 byes, pitches outside off and turns away, with extra bounce, as the ball rushes past first slip

48.4

Sodhi to Ramdin, no run, length ball on off which is defended with soft hands to the off side

48.5

Sodhi to Ramdin, no run, back of a length as Ramdin tries to push this to the leg side

48.6

Sodhi to Ramdin, no run, fuller delivery which is blocked by Ramdin on the front foot

Tim Graydon: "I can picture Chanderpaul's frustrated orthodox coaches trying to beat that crab stance out of him as a youngen. Thank god they didn't succeed!"

End of over 49 (4 runs) West Indies 122/5
D Ramdin    24* (45b 4x4)      IS Sodhi    3-0-15-0
S Chanderpaul    16* (35b 2x4)      N Wagner    11-3-25-1

49.1

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, short and wide as Chanderpaul plays a late cut, but can't beat point

49.2

Wagner to Chanderpaul, no run, back of a length and shaping in as Chanderpaul stands tall in defence

49.3

Wagner to Chanderpaul, 1 run, full again from Wagner as Chanderpaul is able to get this away down to fine leg for a single

Nick: "Looks like West Indies might need another El Tino special with the bat. Hope he doesn't try to hit any windows"

49.4

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, full on middle and leg as Ramdin is able to steer this through midwicket

49.5

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, splays this one down the leg side

49.6

Wagner to Ramdin, no run, delivers one that goes across Ramdin on its way to the keeper

Ray Pooch: "Talking about openers and cricketers left behind, whatever happened to Barath? Seemed like the future West Indian test opener for years to come after the series in Oz a few years back, and now nothing?"

End of over 50 (1 run) West Indies 123/5
D Ramdin    24* (48b 4x4)      N Wagner    12-3-26-1
S Chanderpaul    17* (38b 2x4)      IS Sodhi    3-0-15-0
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Series Results
New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton - Dec 19-22, 2013
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington - Dec 11-13, 2013
New Zealand won by an innings and 73 runs
New Zealand v West Indies at Dunedin - Dec 3-7, 2013
Match drawn
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