West Indies tour of New Zealand, 1st ODI: New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Dec 26, 2013
West Indies won by 2 wickets (with 135 balls remaining)
26 December 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

2.00 pm A bit of a roar resonates around Eden Park as the announcer says Jesse Ryder's name as the two New Zealand openers walk out. West Indies are already in their positions and Martin Guptill will take the new ball against Jason Holder

1.50 pm Though it is the first match of the series, it seems to be West Indies who have all the work to do. Their spectacular collapses in the Test matches do not bode well and they take the field with a fair amount of inexperienced players, but along with that comes exuberance. Johnson Charles and Lendl Simmons are two players who fit that bill perfectly and the captain Dwayne Bravo himself needs to show up.

Uzair: "Why no Chanders? Is he not in WI plan for 2015 WC. He should be as he will be the who is most needed there with tons of experience to bail them out of top order collapse." They're missing Marlon Samuels as well with injury

Chris: "Wow is Boult not a ODI player - I'm stunned - him and Mitchell would run WI over easily... Welcome back Jesse!!"

For New Zealand, Martin Guptill is making a return to where he made his international debut and smacked a ton against this very same opposition. He's put aside an ankle and thumb injury, so it should be interesting seeing how he puts up against the rigours of international cricket again.

1.40 pm The pitch report is a fairly short one and echoes the captains' sentiments about the short boundaries, but there is a bit of a warning. The ground is fairly big sideways and bowlers could try a short of a good length attack to make sure the batsman have to hit towards the longer boundaries square of the wicket. And there is a bit of a Westerly going around as well. It's quite a hard surface, and any moisture on it will be there early. And after that it would flatten out into a good batting track

First ball of the day is almost upon us, but in the meantime, why don't you speed read through Rachna Shetty's preview of this game

Antonio: "hi guys I to hope the wi play some good ODIs and T20s cause I was badly hurt by the way they played the tests but a true stays with his team no matter what bad times they go though im a cricketer my self and I know how it feels when your team is on a low but im with them all the way lets go team im here back home rallying"

isaac borrelli: "Adrian barath should be playing in this side and leave out deonarine hes not up to it at this level nz will wi series 4 to 1 windies are understrength big time I hope Darren bravo at no 3 scores a ton in this series he has a lot of class"

1.30 pm West Indies have won the toss and they will bowl first. Dwayne Bravo says there is 20% chance of rain and considering it was a fresh pitch and a small ground, they fancied their chances restricting New Zealand and chasing the total down. We have six or seven new guys here who haven't played the Tests so it's about putting that defeat back and produce a different approach. He says the confidence has been good in their training sessions so far and though they are missing a few key players, he is happy with his young side and was looking to lead them out there positively

Brendon McCullum says he wasn't too fussed about the outcome of the toss. It was a good pitch, short boundaries and they have a formidable batting line-up in his opinion. It's all about transferring that from paper to the scoreboard out there. He was quite pleased with his side's effort in the Tests and was hoping to putting the foot forward in right direction in the one-day format as well, with the World Cup on their shores coming up in 14 months' time. Adam Milne and Colin Munro miss bout but the big news is that Jesse Ryder is back in the XI

Almost as big as the match itself is Jesse Ryder's return to the national squad. His self-imposed hiatus from the game was unceremoniously lengthened after he was placed in an induced coma after an assault at a bar, but now the burly left-hander has regained fitness and a whole lot of form as well. How good of a latish Christmas present would it be to see him get into the XI and go beserk like we all know he can?

1.25 pm Hello and welcome to Boxing Day cricket. New Zealand and West Indies have swapped out their whites for the one-day outfits, which means we might well have a much better contest on our hands. Add to that a hurting visiting team and we might well be in for a cracker at Auckland.

0.1

Holder to Guptill, no run, 120 kph, starts quite well, if perhaps a little too wide outside off. Got a lovely bit of shape away as this fullish ball is left alone

0.2

Holder to Guptill, 1 run, draws Guptill forward and gets the ball to curl away from the middle to snare the outside edge as the forward defensive scurries away to third man

first ball in international cricket in 22 months for Ryder

0.3

Holder to Ryder, no run, prods forward to block, but Holder's movement away off a full length ball takes the outside edge to point

0.4

Holder to Ryder, no run, pulls his length back a touch as he maintains his line outside off and is rewarded with a leave

0.5

Holder to Ryder, no run, defends from the crease as Holder's short of a length ball comes up stomach-high

0.6

Holder to Ryder, no run, gets nicely forward to defend to mid-off and has a chew of his gum, think he liked how solidly he dealt with that full ball on off

Carson: "WI selection puzzles me. Unless Walton is going to play in the 11 purely as a batsman how can he be the replacement for Samuels? There are already two keepers in the squad and both are playing in this game lol. I am waiting to see if Charles still take the gloves. Samuels offered an all-round option, why not go for Dwayne Smith as his replacement of Andre Russell?"

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • JD Ryder 0 (4b)
    • MJ Guptill 1 (2b)
    • JO Holder 1-0-1-0

Ravi Rampaul to run in with two slips to assist him

1.1

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, watchfully allowed to go through as this was full and generates some good away swing and carry as well

1.2

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, lovely shot, presents a consciously straight bat as Rampaul hopes to jag one to shape away off the middle and leg line. Driven to mid-on

1.3

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, oooh, edged and falls short of second slip! Nagging length just outside off as Guptill is drawn forward and a genuine edge was taken, but even as Darren Sammy was diving to his right, it was dying down on him

1.4

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, full and nibbling away on middle again as Guptil comes forward and drives to mid-on off the front foot

1.5

Rampaul to Guptill, 1 run, back of a length on middle, tucked away between square leg and midwicket for a quick single

1.6

Rampaul to Ryder, OUT, duck on international return for Ryder! What an unfortunate dismissal too, it was wide, it was full, it was meant to be smeared through point for one of those punishing boundaries he is so well known for, instead he has creamed it straight to cover point and Darren Bravo dives low to his right to pick up a ripper! Rampaul's uncanny knack of securing an early wicket continues

JD Ryder c DM Bravo b Rampaul 0 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Out comes Kane Williamson

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 2/1 (RR: 1.00)

    • MJ Guptill 2 (7b)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-1-1
    • JO Holder 1-0-1-0
2.1

Holder to Guptill, no run, 127 kph, fullish length enables just a touch of away movement as Guptill is happy to let this through to the keeper

2.2

Holder to Guptill, no run, this time he attacks the body of the batsman, investing in a good length on middle and leg. Guptill was forward but wears it on his body while trying to defend

2.3

Holder to Guptill, no run, another lovely shot straight down the ground. Holder goes full as he targets the stumps and the ball is sent back past him to mid-on

2.4

Holder to Guptill, no run, 129 kph, strides forward, gauges it is outside off stump and he would have to reach out if he wanted to drive that full length ball and is happy to let go

2.5

Holder to Guptill, no run, good ball, accentuated by a poor shot. This was fullish on off stump and it looks like the pressure has got to Guptill as he moves forward into a lazy swipe at the ball and the late movement away defeats him

2.6

Holder to Guptill, no run, 126 kph, that one kicks up off a back of a length as Guptill lets it come onto his bat and loosens his wrists to make sure the ball goes down and to point

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 2/1 (RR: 0.66)

    • MJ Guptill 2 (13b)
    • KS Williamson 0 (0b)
    • JO Holder 2-1-1-0
    • R Rampaul 1-0-1-1
3.1

Rampaul to Williamson, no run, 131 kph, that would have been a terrific strike.... had he made any contact with the ball. It curled in a touch late as the length was full and just a touch outside off. Williamson went for an airy drive outside off and is cut in half. Loads of room between bat and pad

3.2

Rampaul to Williamson, 1 run, full and on off as he stretches forward and this time the bat was right next to pad as he blocks to cover and sneaks a single

3.3

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, 132 kph, short ball directed right at Guptill's throat as he looks to swivel pull, but his timing, a usual strong suit, seems to have deserted him

3.4

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, Johnson Charles, you beauty! That was flayed through the covers and this time Guptill had nailed it off the front foot, but cover leaps full length to his left and gets it stuck on his outstetched left hand. Excellent fielding

3.5

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, back of a length outside off, content to leave it alone

3.6

Rampaul to Guptill, OUT, oh, he curls this one back into him and Guptill has no idea it. He was looking for another drive on the up and is struck on the knee-roll. Should have been a lot more tight early in the innings, but he couldn't help himself and was struck plumb in front. Playing around his front pad which was pushing a little too far on off stump which gives me the impression he was looking for the awayswinger

MJ Guptill lbw b Rampaul 2 (16m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.76

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 3/2 (RR: 0.75)

    • KS Williamson 1 (2b)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-2-2
    • JO Holder 2-1-1-0
4.1

Holder to Williamson, no run, full length on fourth stump as Williamson strides forward and gets it squirting off the outside of his bat to point

4.2

Holder to Williamson, no run, fullish on off stump as he defends rather solidly to the bowler this time

tony: "well whats going on here lets hope williamson can steady the ship"

4.3

Holder to Williamson, no run, back of a length just a touch outside off as he waits on the back foot and uses soft hands to run it down to the slips. Well played, though for no runs

4.4

Holder to Williamson, 2 runs, too full and too straight, a but of a release for Williamson who leans over his front foot and flicks the ball through midwicket for a couple

Cam: "Always a risk putting in Guptil and Ryder who haven't played much international cricket for a while."

4.5

Holder to Williamson, no run, gets confidently forward to meet the full ball on off stump to bring mid-off into play

4.6

Holder to Williamson, no run, same ball, same shot. Good straight bat from Williamson as he drives through the line to mid-off

Carson: "And we all wonder how on earth Rampaul was not selected for the test matches especially with the injury to Roach."

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 5/2 (RR: 1.00)

    • KS Williamson 3 (8b)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (0b)
    • JO Holder 3-1-3-0
    • R Rampaul 2-0-2-2

Ross Taylor, on the back of three big tons in the Test series, to face his first ball

5.1

Rampaul to Taylor, no run, back of a length outside off, quite happy to let Ramdin deal with it

5.2

Rampaul to Taylor, no run, protects his off stump after judging it to be outside the line of it and shoulders arms

5.3

Rampaul to Taylor, no run, goes a touch fullish there, but it was still not threatening off stump and this pitch is getting some good carry and Taylor is happy to leave

5.4

Rampaul to Taylor, no run, touch of room outside off as Taylor chops it off the back foot to point

5.5

Rampaul to Taylor, no run, ripper! Needed to be to one-up Taylor and he knows it. Kept nicely full and jags it away quite late. He was committed to a back foot defensive and just manages not to follow the ball as it beats his outside edge and goes through to the keeper.

5.6

Rampaul to Taylor, 1 run, affords the batsman room outside off, poor delivery to follow up that gorgeous ball previously and Taylor grabs hold of it with a rasping cut shot, but there's a man in the deep

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 6/2 (RR: 1.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 1 (6b)
    • KS Williamson 3 (8b)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-3-2
    • JO Holder 3-1-3-0

Josiah: "This WI bowling attack is already miles better than what was presented in the tests. Deonarine should have been swapped for Edwards though. Couldn't hurt to have his talent in the team. Oh well, WI and their strange brand of cricket"

6.1

Holder to Taylor, no run, touch too wide outside off to interest Taylor

6.2

Holder to Taylor, 1 wide, so was that, wide enough to be called so in fact as Taylor go for a violent swipe possibly straight down the ground. Misses rather spectacularly.

6.2

Holder to Taylor, 1 wide, oh dear, he's lost his radar here. This off-side strong field is making him keep the ball outside off and with swing away, the umpire has a little bit of excercise

6.2

Holder to Taylor, 2 runs, full and well outside off but Taylor shuffles across and hoicks it over the top towards long-on. He hasn't timed it well enough and the outfield is rather lush around the boundary as it holds up and the batsmen pick up a couple

6.3

Holder to Taylor, no run, much better, just back of a length on fifth stump and Taylor has to leave the ball

6.4

Holder to Taylor, OUT, oh dear, this is a mix-up and it looks like Taylor has to go! First up there was a shout for leg before as Holder sneaked in a full ball on the pads of the batsman, who was shuffling across to the off side expecting the ball to be wide and misses with his flick shot. Then Holder had the presence of mind to notice both batsmen take a few paces in search of an uncertain single and arrows the throw in at the stumps on the striker's end where he finds Taylor short despite his dive

LRPL Taylor run out 3 (13m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

Brendon McCullum marks his guard with a lot of purpose

6.5

Holder to BB McCullum, no run, greets him with a 126 kph back of a length delivery, safely left for the keeper to handle

6.6

Holder to BB McCullum, 2 runs, oh, magnificent shot. It was full and on a middle and off line as Brendon stretches forward and just times the ball wide of the bowler's outstetched left hand and secures a couple of timely runs. Lovely straight drive

End of over 7 (6 runs) New Zealand 12/3 (RR: 1.71)

    • BB McCullum 2 (2b)
    • KS Williamson 3 (8b)
    • JO Holder 4-1-9-0
    • R Rampaul 3-0-3-2
7.1

Rampaul to Williamson, no run, overpitched outside off stump as Williamson moves forward rather fluidly and drives towards mid-off

Aaron: "McCallum walks out to the sounds stadium sound of Eddie Vedder singing "can't find a better man"... that's a bit cheeky towards the captain!"

7.2

Rampaul to Williamson, no run, pushes the batsman back in his crease as he goes for a short ball on off stump. Williamson plays it well, using soft hands to dab it to point

7.3

Rampaul to Williamson, 1 run, width and it was short enough to take advantage of as he moves back and slaps the ball to sweeper cover

7.4

Rampaul to BB McCullum, no run, rushes at Brendon, it was 131 kph, and it is a drop-in pitch as well so that tennis ball bounce is expected. But it still had the NZ captain in a bit of bother as he looked to flick the ball and got a leading edge rather uppishly towards cover, but lands well short of the men in the infield

7.5

Rampaul to BB McCullum, 1 run, shortish and only a touch wide outside off as he looks to cut the ball, but gets hit high on the bat and wanders a lot straighter into the off side field than he intended

silly mid-off in place for Williamson who has been driving quite well this morning

7.6

Rampaul to Williamson, 1 run, short of a length ball on off, gets on top of the bounce and rides it to deep third man

murihikukid: "Back to Reality????"

End of over 8 (3 runs) New Zealand 15/3 (RR: 1.87)

    • KS Williamson 5 (12b)
    • BB McCullum 3 (4b)
    • R Rampaul 4-0-6-2
    • JO Holder 4-1-9-0

Bowling change as Darren Sammy trundles in

8.1

Sammy to Williamson, no run, oh, McCullum was looking for the single as his partner essays a lovely drive to point after adjusting to the slower pace. Point was on hand though and it was a good decision to deny the single

Williamson and McCullum trek down to the middle of the pitch and touch gloves

8.2

Sammy to Williamson, 1 run, width offered and Williamson stays back and cuts the ball past point to pick up a useful single

8.3

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, struck on the pads as he was stuck in his crease. New Zealand are well and truly on the back foot here, as was their captain to this delivery which tailed in after pitching on a good length

8.4

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, length ball outside off stump, safely ushered to the keeper

8.5

Sammy to BB McCullum, 1 run, nicely forward that time as he drives wide of mid-off and the two batsman rush through for a single

8.6

Sammy to Williamson, no run, shuffles across to meet the full length ball on the front foot and nudges to short midwicket

Josiah: "Almost 9 overs in, less than 20 runs on the board, 3 wickets down. The powers that be in the West Indies need to take this as a hint when selecting for the return test tour next year."

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 17/3 (RR: 1.88)

    • KS Williamson 6 (15b)
    • BB McCullum 4 (7b)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-0
    • R Rampaul 4-0-6-2
9.1

Rampaul to BB McCullum, 1 run, well played that, there was very little room for that shot, but McCullum stayed leg side of the back of a length ball on off stump and steers it away to deep point

9.2

Rampaul to Williamson, no run, 131 kph, picks up that this was on fifth stump and knows it would bounce over the stumps and is happy to leave it

9.3

Rampaul to Williamson, no run, 133 kph, moves forward and keeps bat and pad close as he defends the full length ball with a bit of cut into Williamson

9.4

Rampaul to Williamson, no run, lovely lines from Rampaul as this was just back of a length on that off-stump corridor and Williamson can do no more than push towards extra cover

9.5

Rampaul to Williamson, 2 runs, pressure release as Rampaul strays on the batsman's hips with a shortish ball and is flicked off behind square leg for a couple

9.6

Rampaul to Williamson, no run, oh, Ramdin has to collect it well above head high even as it was pitched at a fullish length. It was a touch outside off so Williamson exhibits a careful leave

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 20/3 (RR: 2.00)

    • KS Williamson 8 (20b)
    • BB McCullum 5 (8b)
    • R Rampaul 5-0-9-2
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-2-0

There has been no boundaries so far

10.1

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, Williamson was a little jittery at the non-strikers' again as McCullum nudges to short midwicket off a full length ball on the pads. He feigns a throw at the stumps and Williamson had to rush back

10.2

Sammy to BB McCullum, 1 run, more uncertainty from Williamson as the batsman whacked it to point. McCullum was always looking for the single and he makes it quite easily, but had the fielder looked to take aim at the strikers' it might have been an interesting tale

10.3

Sammy to Williamson, 1 leg bye, short ball, homing in at the body as Williamson looked to swivel pull, but wears it on the thigh pad as it wanders away through fine leg

10.4

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length ball, steered into the covers and Williamson was setting off again. But McCullum was swift with his call of denial and he manages to scurry back

only one slip now

10.5

Sammy to BB McCullum, FOUR, and there is the first hit past the ropes, it was short and he just picks it up and slams it behind square leg for a one-bounce four. Powerful strike

deep square leg in place

10.6

Sammy to BB McCullum, SIX, and he goes one better this time. Sammy's pace was perfect for that ball as he camped on his back foot and just smoked a pull straight over the head of the leaping deep square leg and puts up the first six of the game

End of over 11 (12 runs) New Zealand 32/3 (RR: 2.90)

    • BB McCullum 16 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 8 (21b)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-13-0
    • R Rampaul 5-0-9-2

Holder is back

11.1

Holder to Williamson, OUT, and he strikes first ball of his new spell! And what a beauty it was. Full length ball, angled in from wide of the stumps and gets it to straighten. Williamson was lured into a drive into the on side and a feather of an outside edge results and before he knew it, Ramdin was leaping up in joy! That was just too good from Holder.

KS Williamson c †Ramdin b Holder 8 (44m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

Corey Anderson jogs out the middle in only his seventh ODI. No better time to make a name for himself

11.2

Holder to Anderson, no run, pushes the length ball outside the left-hander's off stump and Anderson is happy to leave

11.3

Holder to Anderson, no run, another appeal, and they're quite excited. They do have a referral, but Bravo decides against it. It was short and seeking the throat of Anderson, who was looking to play it first up, but then drops his wrist and while he was looking to duck his head, the ball clips the back of his shoulder and goes through to the keeper

11.4

Holder to Anderson, no run, fullish ball pushed across Anderson on fourth stump and he lets it go

11.5

Holder to Anderson, no run, another gorgeous straight drive, but Holder's right arm was in the way. Full length ball was in the arc for the drive and he meets it with a straight bat

11.6

Holder to Anderson, FOUR, that time there was enough width for Anderson to free his arms and boy did he take full toll of it. Full length ball flayed wide of mid-off with power the kind the man at the other end is so well known for. Blistering drive!

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 36/4 (RR: 3.00)

    • CJ Anderson 4 (5b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 16 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • JO Holder 5-1-13-1
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-13-0

Ramdin comes up to the stumps

12.1

Sammy to BB McCullum, 1 run, 121 kph, length ball on middle and leg and is worked off the back foot to deep fine leg

Ramdin goes back to Anderson, and one slip in

Lala: "Let's not say this too loud...but the excitement is so huge at our place, that we haven't moved one bit today. I hope this series will be compelling at last. Goooo West Indies you beauty!"

12.2

Sammy to Anderson, 1 run, pulled to deep square leg, Anderson looks in good nick out there, though this was rather short. He picked it up quickly and pulled it strongly to fall on the bounce to the man in the deep

12.3

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length on middle and off as McCullum drills it just a bit wide of Sammy, who does well to grab it and keep it to none

12.4

Sammy to BB McCullum, 1 run, strays on the pads as McCullum shuffles across and whips it away through the midwicket region

12.5

Sammy to Anderson, no run, full length ball on off stump met with a deaf bat off the front foot

12.6

Sammy to Anderson, no run, loud call of no and it came with enough time for both batsmen to reach their crease as Anderson guided this shortish ball to point with soft hands

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 39/4 (RR: 3.00)

    • CJ Anderson 5 (8b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 18 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-16-0
    • JO Holder 5-1-13-1

Two slips again

13.1

Holder to BB McCullum, 2 runs, short and wide enough to flay the bat at, but he gets a thick bottom edge which bounces into the turn and sails over the keeper's head. Johnson Charles pulls out the full length dive at deep fine leg to save a couple of runs

13.2

Holder to BB McCullum, 1 run, fullish on of stump as McCullum was forward and pushes the ball down the ground and rushes through for the single

manoj: "McCullum is just 15 runs short to complete 5000 run's in odi cricket"

13.3

Holder to Anderson, no run, oh, lovely! It extracted some appreciable bounce too. Anderson was offering a tame waft at it, but he was nowhere near the ball which seamed away after pitching and beat him all ends up

Two slips in now

13.4

Holder to Anderson, no run, short ball troubles Anderson again. This time he is less equipped to handle it as he looks to fend it away and gets a glove to it. It balloons up and falls at his feet. Short leg, anyone?

13.5

Holder to Anderson, no run, oh, another one angled across Anderson and he was drawn into playing at that too. No feet and the bounce beats him. Definite call for a bat-pad catcher for Holder

13.6

Holder to Anderson, 1 run, full length ball with a touch of room outside off stump as he steers it to third man to retain strike

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 43/4 (RR: 3.07)

    • CJ Anderson 6 (12b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 21 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • JO Holder 6-1-17-1
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-16-0

Chris: "Is this poor shot choice by NZ? or better bowling by WI combined with NZ cockiness?... can't believe we're 38/4" It's just good bowling and an inability to rotate strike, perhaps

14.1

Sammy to Anderson, FOUR, he serves up a short ball, but Sammy's pace suits Anderson as he stays back and punishes the ball through midwicket. Muscles a pull all the way to the boundary

14.2

Sammy to Anderson, 1 run, generates a little more bounce that time, but Anderson had enough time to rock back and hook the ball down and to deep square leg

Odd, we have two square legs in place

14.3

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, nudged away to one of those men square on the leg side as Sammy keeps it shortish and straight

14.4

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, waits for the length ball to reach him as he stays leg side of it and steers to point. He was looking to beat the man and possibly pick up a single

14.5

Sammy to BB McCullum, FOUR, that time he does and secures a lot more than a single to signal New Zealand's fifty. Three of the four deep men were on the leg side and he serves up a wide half-volley and McCullum drills the ball to the right of point and beats his dive and though the outfield has sustained a bit of rain, the ball just about reaches the boundary ropes

14.6

Sammy to BB McCullum, no run, so ends New Zealand's best over of the innings. Length ball on middle and leg turned away to midwicket. Nine runs off it.

End of over 15 (9 runs) New Zealand 52/4 (RR: 3.46)

    • BB McCullum 25 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • CJ Anderson 11 (14b 2x4)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-25-0
    • JO Holder 6-1-17-1

Sunil Narine will look to bamboozle the NZ middle order. two slips in

15.1

Narine to Anderson, no run, flighted on leg as Anderson works it away to mid-on

15.2

Narine to Anderson, no run, offspinner there as he keeps it full, but Anderson prefers to stay back and his cut shot is soundly beaten

15.3

Narine to Anderson, no run, tossed up on and around off stump as he stretches to the pitch and defends to mid-off

15.4

Narine to Anderson, 1 run, much more conviction in that drive as he moves forward and drills the flighted ball to deep extra cover

slip, short cover deep square leg, deep midwicket

15.5

Narine to BB McCullum, no run, knuckle ball turning away from the bat to greet McCullum, who manages to read it well enough to reach forward and open the face of his bat to block

15.6

Narine to BB McCullum, 1 run, another one as McCullum dabs it to point off the front foot

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 54/4 (RR: 3.37)

    • BB McCullum 26 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • CJ Anderson 12 (18b 2x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-2-0
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-25-0

Double change as Dwayne Bravo jogs in

16.1

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, full ball, quite wide of off stump as McCullum reaches forward and guides to point

No slips

16.2

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, that time he brings the ball in and McCullum rides the movement to turn the ball to deep square leg for another single. This partnership is doing loads better at turning the strike over

midwicket is left open as he comes to cover

16.3

DJ Bravo to Anderson, 1 run, long-off scurries in and halts the ball in its progress towards the straight boundary as Anderson takes advantage of the half-volley on off stump with a straight bat and a checked drive. Bravo stuck his leg out to try and stop it but he had no chance

16.4

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, pushes to mid-off and its Charles again who bustles in and sends a dangerous throw that just misses the stumps. McCullum was just about quick enough to make his ground though

slip in for Anderson

16.5

DJ Bravo to Anderson, no run, back of a length as the ball is kept on off stump and is dabbed square on the off side

16.6

DJ Bravo to Anderson, OUT, oh dear, he has found Simmons on the long-off boundary. Terrible shot that and New Zealand sink further. It was a length ball which perhaps hit a touch too high on the bat as he was looking to hoist that through the line and over the top, which mucked up his timing. Simmons hardly had to move as he picks up a simple catch to put a great big smile on Bravo's face. Wicket in the first over for the West Indies captain

CJ Anderson c Simmons b DJ Bravo 13 (29m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.90

Luce Ronchi comes into a pressure cooker situation. What can he do?

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 57/5 (RR: 3.35)

    • BB McCullum 28 (27b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-3-1
    • SP Narine 1-0-2-0
17.1

Narine to BB McCullum, 1 run, turning into the bat off a length as McCullum nudges it through midwicket for a single

two slips and short leg in place

17.2

Narine to Ronchi, no run, knuckle ball again? He had to read it off the pitch and threw an angled bat at the length ball turning away from him

17.3

Narine to Ronchi, FOUR, that time he didn't have to worry about the turn as he strides forward to get on top of the pitch of the ball and drill a straight drive well fine of the man at mid-off for an exquisite boundary

17.4

Narine to Ronchi, no run, look at that rear off the pitch. Knuckle ball again and Ronchi had no clue about it as he stayed back and saw the ball beat rush past his handle and into the keeper's gloves

17.5

Narine to Ronchi, no run, turning away off a length again as Ronchi guides it off the back foot to point

17.6

Narine to Ronchi, 2 runs, flicks it towards the midwicket region as he let the ball turn and reach him around knee-high

End of over 18 (7 runs) New Zealand 64/5 (RR: 3.55)

    • L Ronchi 6 (5b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 29 (28b 2x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 2-0-9-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-3-1
18.1

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, full length ball on off stump, driven down the ground off the front foot to mid-off. Another dot ball

silly mid-off makes another appearance

18.2

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, length ball on and around off stump as McCullum gets forward and steers the ball off the open face to point

18.3

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, he's forward again to the length ball homing in on top of off and drives on the up to mid-on

18.4

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, Sammy drops it! Violent cut shot from McCullum as the ball is short and wide and Bravo could have had two in two overs, but though the ball went straight at point, he can't hold on.

18.5

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, full length ball on middle and leg as he drives to long-on to have a little breather at the non-strikers'

18.6

DJ Bravo to Ronchi, 1 run, fullish on off stump as Ronchi drives down the ground to pick up an easy single

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 66/5 (RR: 3.47)

    • L Ronchi 7 (6b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 30 (33b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-5-1
    • SP Narine 2-0-9-0
19.1

Narine to Ronchi, OUT, oh, what a silly way to get out! There was only one down there and his sweep short homes in straight at him. Johnson Charles has had a great match out on the field today and he enjoys a bit of luck this time. He had only long-on for company deep on the leg side and as Narine lobbed a flighted ball on the pads, Ronchi lofted it straight into his waiting hands.

L Ronchi c Charles b Narine 7 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Jimmy Neesham is in

19.2

Narine to Neesham, no run, waits on the back foot there and prods at the ball turning away, very uncertain there

19.3

Narine to Neesham, no run, beaten outside off as his nervous prodding continues

19.4

Narine to Neesham, no run, another offbreak from Narine and he is stuck in his crease and the turn beats him completely

19.5

Narine to Neesham, no run, reads him off the pitch and he has quick enough hands to push the ball off the back foot to mid-off

19.6

Narine to Neesham, no run, and there's the knuckle ball he was afraid off and he is struck on the pads. Mild appeal from the bowler and behind the stumps, but it was going down the leg side. Neesham looks all at sea

tony: "i think they may be wanting to get home in time for leftovers the nz team"

End of over 20 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 66/6 (RR: 3.30)

    • JDS Neesham 0 (5b)
    • BB McCullum 30 (33b 2x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 3-1-9-1
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-5-1

Looks like McCullum is playing a lone hand out there

20.1

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length on off stump as he defends to the bowler

20.2

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, struck on the pads as this one seams in off a length and beats the flick shot. Neesham calls him through for a quick single

20.3

DJ Bravo to Neesham, no run, excellent from Bravo as it is just a touch short of a good length on middle and leg and forces Neesham to just defend

20.4

DJ Bravo to Neesham, no run, he's gone now! But Neesham is none too pleased with the decision and asks for the review straight away. Bravo gets one to jag away rather late off a good length and squares up the batsman as he was looking to block. Brilliant delivery from Bravo and his celebrations were rather apt, but it looks like he won't have his second wicket. It has clipped the top of the back pad, might just have bounced over the top of off too, but they were asking for the caught-behind, so the decision is overturned

20.5

DJ Bravo to Neesham, 1 run, lovely shot as the ball was fuller and just a touch wider of off stump and Neesham uses a lovely straight bat to drive down to long-off

20.6

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, well done by midwicket. He rushes across the turf and throws his body to cut the angle of the drive down the ground towards long-off and keeps it to none

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 68/6 (RR: 3.23)

    • BB McCullum 30 (36b 2x4 1x6)
    • JDS Neesham 1 (8b)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-6-1
    • SP Narine 3-1-9-1

Rajitha: "Bravo should consider himself so unlucky for not to be playing test cricket. His inclusion would not only add experience in the middle order but also the variety to the bowling line up. Still remember his stunts in his debut against Australia."

21.1

Narine to Neesham, no run, reaches to that offspinner and could easily have nicked off to the keeper. Narine is spinning circles around Neesham

21.2

Narine to Neesham, 1 run, oh, relief for him as he manages to work the ball behind square on the leg side and find haven at the non-strikers'

21.3

Narine to BB McCullum, no run, happy to leave the length ball, which doesn't turn, outside off stump.

21.4

Narine to BB McCullum, no run, noticed the one turning away as he stretches right forward and blocks with an open face. McCullum is looking quite at ease here

slip and leg slip in place

21.5

Narine to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, and he was so comfortable against Narine that he pulls out a reverse sweep, but the ball turns in and beats the bat and scurries away off the body towards fine leg for a single

21.6

Narine to Neesham, 1 run, he looked loads better there and was a bit helped by the ball having enough width to drive through the covers as he keeps strike

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 71/6 (RR: 3.22)

    • JDS Neesham 3 (11b)
    • BB McCullum 30 (39b 2x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 4-1-11-1
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-6-1
22.1

DJ Bravo to Neesham, 1 leg bye, "Yes, yes, yes" is the call and they rush through for the single as the length ball runs off the pad after beating the batsman's flick

22.2

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, McCullum connects though and is happy with a single square on the leg side as Bravo keeps it fullish and straight

22.3

DJ Bravo to Neesham, no run, oh, he had to adjust his shot at the last moment. His front pad was nearly in the way as Bravo gets some late movement in. Just has enough room to jam the straight bat down in line with the ball

22.4

DJ Bravo to Neesham, no run, beaten by the angle across the batsman. Some bounce too as Ramdin has to collect it around chest high. Lazy waft from Neesham

22.5

DJ Bravo to Neesham, no run, plays away from his body again, though he manages to connect and push this fullish ball towards point

22.6

DJ Bravo to Neesham, 1 run, nudges it to mid-on and picks up a single off a length ball on middle and leg and will have to brace against Narine again

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 74/6 (RR: 3.21)

    • JDS Neesham 4 (16b)
    • BB McCullum 31 (40b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-8-1
    • SP Narine 4-1-11-1
23.1

Narine to Neesham, no run, he has preferred to play Narine off the back foot all innings and this time the offspinner was short enough to drill the off spinner to point.

23.2

Narine to Neesham, no run, oh, well done. Head right over the ball as he lets it to turn and meets it with a dead bat

23.3

Narine to Neesham, no run, oh, bounce and turn for Narine and that time Neesham's cut shot falls short of making contact

23.4

Narine to Neesham, no run, it's the knuckle ball that time and Neesham's chop to point is beaten comfortably

23.5

Narine to Neesham, 1 run, that time he manages to steer the shortish ball just wide of point to pick up a timely single

23.6

Narine to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, oh this looks like a review from West Indies and it looks to be a rather bad one. Narine had got this one to turn into McCullum to hit him in line with off, but the impact was above the flap of the front pat. There was no inside edge and Narine was just short of overstepping as well. Terrible use of the review by West Inides

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 76/6 (RR: 3.16)

    • BB McCullum 31 (41b 2x4 1x6)
    • JDS Neesham 5 (21b)
    • SP Narine 5-1-12-1
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-8-1
24.1

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, full length ball, moving a touch into the bat as he turns to midwicket

24.2

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, half-flicked down the ground as McCullum uses his wrists to get on top of the bounce to push it to long-on

24.3

DJ Bravo to Neesham, 1 run, pushed down to long-off as he goes back to negotiate the length ball on the stumps

24.4

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, no run, moves his front foot across to off stump to pick the full length ball away to short midwicket. Lovely flick, for no runs though

24.5

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, FOUR, oh, calculated aggression from McCullum as he charges the bowler, makes room while doing so as he slams the ball through extra cover and secures 5000 runs in ODI cricket, the third New Zealander to do so.

24.6

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball, searching on middle and leg and is tucked away behind square on the leg side

End of over 25 (7 runs) New Zealand 83/6 (RR: 3.32)

    • BB McCullum 37 (46b 3x4 1x6)
    • JDS Neesham 6 (22b)
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-15-1
    • SP Narine 5-1-12-1
25.1

Narine to BB McCullum, no run, beats the bat and it's the better set McCullum there searching for the ball outside off stump

25.2

Narine to BB McCullum, FOUR, his balance is completely shoddy as he looked to slam the ball over the leg side with a sweep shot. The front heel slipped in the momentum of his bat swing but the ball still sails away to the fine leg boundary

25.3

Narine to BB McCullum, 1 run, negotiates the one that turns away from the bat quite well as he stays back and steers it wide of point

25.4

Narine to Neesham, no run, safely back in his crease as he meets the length ball turning away with a dead bat

25.5

Narine to Neesham, no run, stretches forward as he sees a little bit of flight on that ball outside off stump and drives to mid-off

25.6

Narine to Neesham, no run, moves well back in his crease to block straight down the pitch

Az Dawadi: "In the past few years,i've seen MacCullum as a consistent bataman in both ODI and Test. 5000 runs would be great milestone for him."

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 88/6 (RR: 3.38)

    • JDS Neesham 6 (25b)
    • BB McCullum 42 (49b 4x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 6-1-17-1
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-15-1

Ravi Rampaul is back into the attack and Jason Holder is loosening up as well. Oh no, wait, Dwayne Bravo has had second thoughts and has taken the ball back

26.1

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, full, slower ball at 108 kph and it's driven to long-on for an easy single

26.2

DJ Bravo to Neesham, FOUR, 130 kph short ball on leg stump and it's helped away to the fine leg boundary. Brave choice of ball from Bravo with his fine leg inside the circle. It leapt off the top of the bat much to a struggling Neesham's benefit

And that man drops back to the boundary now

26.3

DJ Bravo to Neesham, no run, back of a length just outside off stump as he stays in his crease and defends

26.4

DJ Bravo to Neesham, OUT, another powerful shot struck straight at the fielder! It was a length ball with room outside off stump, Neesham essays a cleanly-struck cover drive, but it was in the air towards where Darren Bravo was waiting and picks up a very good, low catch to his left. The umpires do their cursory check of the front foot and much to all the local fans' chagrin, Bravo's foot is so well behind the line that it doesn't even cut it

JDS Neesham c DM Bravo b DJ Bravo 10 (30m 28b 1x4 0x6) SR: 35.71

J: "Who are the other 2 in the 5000 club? My guess (without looking it up...Flemming and Astle?)" You're right

shanker raj sajjan: "100 all out still looks on cards.. Oh you NZ.."

N Mac joins B Mac after Lil Bravo helped out his big brother with that last wicket

26.5

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, looked to work it away square on the leg side as it was shortish and cramping him up for room, doesn't connect as the ball lobs away into the off side

26.6

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, extracts good bounce from this drop-in pitch to defeat Nathan's poke outside off stump. Wide enough to leave alone but this is one-day cricket after all

End of over 27 (5 runs) New Zealand 93/7 (RR: 3.44)

    • NL McCullum 0 (2b)
    • BB McCullum 43 (50b 4x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-20-2
    • SP Narine 6-1-17-1
27.1

Narine to BB McCullum, no run, loads of turn on offer for Narine even as Brendon allows this big offspinner through to the keeper. Ramdin takes it just a touch wide of the off stump

27.2

Narine to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted on middle and off as he reaches the pitch and drives to long-on

two slips in

27.3

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, moves across to the off side and looks to sweep, but the ball was nowhere near full enough for it and is struck on the body

27.4

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, length ball, turning away as Nathan stays back to read it off the pitch and defend

27.5

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle and leg as he flicks the ball through to short fine leg

27.6

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, that was short and a touch wide, Nathan goes back to cut but the shot has very little power and goes straight to point.

"Tails are funny things these days, we could still end up close to 200." That's a tall ask, Rob

End of over 28 (1 run) New Zealand 94/7 (RR: 3.35)

    • NL McCullum 0 (6b)
    • BB McCullum 44 (52b 4x4 1x6)
    • SP Narine 7-1-18-1
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-20-2
28.1

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, FOUR, it wasn't quite as bad as all that, but Brendon saw it so early that he rocks back and nails a pull shot well in front of square. No effort to keep it down either as he knows he has found the gap in the deep

28.2

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, 1 run, slower ball on middle and leg as he leans forward and works it behind square leg. He was searching for two, but his foot slips again. He's wearing half-spikes on his boots and that's working to his detriment here

28.3

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, Horrible shot outside off from Nathan, no conviction and the shot was a poor one as well. The on the up drive is comfortably beaten by the back of a length ball outside off

28.4

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, ripper from Bravo. The length ball was angling into him and then straightened at the final moment to beat Nathan's outside edge.

28.5

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, another one that darts away after pitching and Bravo has his hands on his knees asking what he needs to do to bring those two slips he has into lay. Play and miss again for Nathan and his torturous little stay continues

28.6

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, change-up from Bravo, saw that coming but Nathan did not as he is late on a front-foot flick. He's rapped on the pads, but it was a touch too high and possibly drifting down leg for the umpire to uphold Bravo's appeal

Don: "I'm really enjoying this awesome performance by WI, no offense but NZ was kind of getting arrogant after the Tests, like S.A was with India after the ODI's. Good to see both teams proving never underestimate anybody."

End of over 29 (6 runs) New Zealand 100/7 (RR: 3.44)

    • NL McCullum 0 (10b)
    • BB McCullum 49 (54b 5x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 7-0-25-2
    • SP Narine 7-1-18-1

Time for Darren Sammy's nifty medium pace

Naveen Karla: "How come boult is not given decent run in one day side. Its high time kiwi selectors give him a run. Too good to be ignored in such form.."

29.1

Sammy to NL McCullum, no run, he wasn't too good defending that to cover either. I can see considerable gap between pad and bat as Sammy bowls it on a length just outside off

29.2

Sammy to NL McCullum, 1 run, whipped to mid-on to get off the mark after 12 very nervous dot balls, but this one was back of a length and slow enough for him to wristily nudge to long-on and secure a single

Keeper's up for Brendon again

29.3

Sammy to BB McCullum, 1 run, that is an excellent fifty from Brendon, calmly steers the length ball just fine of point to get a good single. He's looked the only batsman who hasn't been troubled while at the crease and New Zealand need him for all the 50 overs

29.4

Sammy to NL McCullum, 1 run, oh, finally Nathan nails one. It was full and wide, asking to the slammed through the covers and he obliges.

29.5

Sammy to BB McCullum, 1 run, that stayed a touch low and McCullum managed to adjust his pull as he swiveled at the crease. He chooses to run despite the fielder rushing in from square leg and could have been out had that been a direct hit at the non-strikers'

29.6

Sammy to NL McCullum, no run, nudged into the leg side, but it goes straight to the square leg fielder again

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 104/7 (RR: 3.46)

    • NL McCullum 2 (14b)
    • BB McCullum 51 (56b 5x4 1x6)
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-29-0
    • DJ Bravo 7-0-25-2
30.1

DJ Bravo to BB McCullum, OUT, he was down the track and was struck on the pads, Bravo goes up in a wild appeal, it did look straight and he was playing around his front pad as well. The umpire is happy to give it out but Brendon reviews it straight away Everything was fine, except he was so far forward. But HawkEye shows it would have just clipped leg stump and the on-field call us upheld! There goes New Zealand's last hope to a bit of an iffy decision from umpire Gary Baxter. The impact was more than 3 m from the stumps

BB McCullum lbw b DJ Bravo 51 (110m 57b 5x4 1x6) SR: 89.47

Kyle Mills makes his way out to the middle with New Zealand tottering. Two slips await. Hold up in play as the umpires are having a bit of a chat. Not really sure what it is about though

Alex: "Terrible, terrible decision by Baxter. Another example of the detrimental aspect of the DRS system - that would never have been given out prior to DRS. It stays with the on field call because there was absolutely no way of knowing where the ball was going to go when it hit McCullum halfway down."

Amir: "A big batting collapse, the captain still at the crease with a 50 to his name- well done, Misbah...Oh, it's not him- nevertheless, well played Brendon!"

30.2

DJ Bravo to Mills, no run, full and wide outside off and Mills ignores it

30.3

DJ Bravo to Mills, no run, digs it into the middle of the pitch, but Mills is tall enough to stay back behind the line of the ball and block

30.4

DJ Bravo to Mills, no run, length ball on off stump as he strides forward and blocks with his head right over the line of the ball

30.5

DJ Bravo to Mills, 1 run, steered to deep third man off the open face of the bat after he had come forward to meet the length ball on off stump

30.6

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, length ball on off stump again as it is defended into the covers

End of over 31 (1 run) New Zealand 105/8 (RR: 3.38)

    • NL McCullum 2 (15b)
    • KD Mills 1 (4b)
    • DJ Bravo 8-0-26-3
    • DJG Sammy 5-0-29-0

Ravi Rampaul looks to shoot out the tail

Maxmillian: "The umpire got it right, why is the commentator saying it was an iffy decision? That to me in unfair to the umpire who has a difficult enough job to now be facing what I deem as unjust criticism from the commentator." He was far enough down the track to create ample doubt, which was what I was alluding to

31.1

Rampaul to Mills, 1 run, fullish on off stump again as Mills uses an open face to dab into the covers and sneak a single

31.2

Rampaul to NL McCullum, 2 runs, flicked off to deep fine leg and manages another easy single

slip and a third slip in place now

31.3

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, back of a length on off stump as Nathan gets back behind the line and blocks well

31.4

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, another loud shout, but it's only the bowler who asks the question. It was fulllish and jags back into the batsman, who is beaten for pace as well. Strikes the back pad, but it was goiing down leg

31.5

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, yorker-length ball homing in on leg stump and strikes the pad on the full, there is a loud shout even as Ramdin dives down the leg side to collect the ball. No joy from the umpire though

31.6

Rampaul to NL McCullum, 1 run, a little bit of nibble away from the bat as Nathan comes forward in a drive through the off side and the outside edge wanders away fine of point and to deep third man

End of over 32 (4 runs) New Zealand 109/8 (RR: 3.40)

    • NL McCullum 5 (20b)
    • KD Mills 2 (5b)
    • R Rampaul 6-0-13-2
    • DJ Bravo 8-0-26-3

Balaji: "Here is the problem with DRS (and yes, I am an Indian fan): in cricket, the benefit of the doubt should go to the batsman; the DRS is set up so that the benefit of the doubt goes to the umpire !!"

32.1

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged through straight midwicket as he gets behind the length ball on middle and leg

32.2

DJ Bravo to Mills, 1 run, he's on the pads again, though maintains a reasonably good length as Mills works it towards square leg with soft hands

32.3

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, full length ball, swinging in after pitching as he is beaten while looking to flick the ball

32.4

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 run, strides forward and looks quite compact as he pushes the ball down to long-off with a straight bat

32.5

DJ Bravo to Mills, OUT, the short ball works! Mills fends it away, should have looked to duck or sway away, but he had blocked one rather well a few overs ago. This time though there was a little more bounce and it runs off the face of the bat and straight to Sammy at slip. Simple plan, ruthlessly executed

KD Mills c Sammy b DJ Bravo 3 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Dan: "There was a line in the preview about NZ wanting to avoid a repeat of their last performance at Eden Park, where they were all out for 185. I think it's safe to say they've avoided it, because there's no way they'll score that many today. Oh NZ. A couple of established players return and you think you only need to turn up."

Mitchell McClenaghan is the last man in

32.6

DJ Bravo to McClenaghan, no run, Bravo goes up in appeal again as he sees the batsman miss his tentative little flick, but the length ball had pitched outside leg stump

Cam Hodgson-Dwyer: "NZ have got to look at letting these two play aggressively. Both strokemakers..and if they are content to curb their instincts and bat out over, they are also going to take more juice out of the pitch. It's still seaming around with the moisture underneath, maybe the best bet is let these guys play how they know for 7-8 overs and let the quicks have a go on the pitch while it's still offering something, not allowing it to die out. And Mills is gone.."

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 112/9 (RR: 3.39)

    • MJ McClenaghan 0 (1b)
    • NL McCullum 7 (23b)
    • DJ Bravo 9-0-29-4
    • R Rampaul 6-0-13-2
33.1

Rampaul to NL McCullum, 1 run, takes midwicket on as he nudges the length ball just straight of him and Bravo flings the throw at the batsman's end, but McClenaghan is safely though

33.2

Rampaul to McClenaghan, no run, judges the ball to be outside off and safely lets it through to the keeper

33.3

Rampaul to McClenaghan, 1 run, oh, that was quite wide outside off as well but this time McClenaghan whips it through midwicket with ample wrist work

33.4

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, stays back to negotiate the length ball on the stumps to midwicket

33.5

Rampaul to NL McCullum, 1 run, shortish, but he was a touch late on the pull shot. A bit of extra bounce takes the top edge and goes quite fine of the man at long leg, who comes around and keeps it to one

33.6

Rampaul to McClenaghan, no run, steered straight to point and rushes through for a single, No. 11 to be on strike for the next over. I fancy a bit of Narine here

End of over 34 (3 runs) New Zealand 115/9 (RR: 3.38)

    • MJ McClenaghan 1 (4b)
    • NL McCullum 9 (26b)
    • R Rampaul 7-0-16-2
    • DJ Bravo 9-0-29-4

Rakesh S: "With WI you can never tell weather this is a spectacular collapse or the WI are simply capable of making this innings look like a huge batting effort by indulging in one of their own speciality collapses like 57/6 or something like that...."

34.1

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, SIX, what a strike. It was length. It was in the slot and it was slammed flat and hard over long-on for a punishing hit

34.2

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, SIX, has a chip down the track and he's just picked that off a length and I do not know how he managed it, but it just sails over the boundary rope at long-on. What wrist work! Consecutive sixes and this one is quite incredible

34.3

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 run, opens the face of the bat to steer the length ball outside off wide of point

34.4

DJ Bravo to McClenaghan, no run, bouncer but McClenaghan balls himself up and ducks beneath

34.5

DJ Bravo to McClenaghan, 1 run, that time he wasn't quite so quick in getting under the ball as he fends it away towards short leg

34.6

DJ Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 run, another short ball but Nathan has handled this quite well as he uses his strong wrists to keep the ball down as he pulls through midwicket

Sean: "The predictive path od DRS is b/s. A pitch full of bounce, McCullum hit on top pad halfway down wicket and DRS says ball not going to travel any higher on a pitch wirh steep bounce?"

Josiah: "Come on Dwayne, pick up a 5-four, prove your critics wrong about your bowling having fallen off and justify your consideration for the test team"

End of over 35 (15 runs) New Zealand 130/9 (RR: 3.71)

    • NL McCullum 23 (30b 2x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2 (6b)
    • DJ Bravo 10-0-44-4
    • R Rampaul 7-0-16-2

And here's Narine with the start of the batting powerplay. One slip in place

35.1

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, the offspinner there and it turns big, but Nathan is happy to lunge forward and let the ball through. Rather brave as the ball is picked up just to the right of the off bail behind the stumps

35.2

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, reaches out to the pitch of the ball as he defends with a straight bat, I think it was the knuckle ball there

35.3

Narine to NL McCullum, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat as he guides the ball past slip and hurries through for a couple as it runs down to deep third man

35.4

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, safely left alone as this one doesn't turn at all and is outside off stump

35.5

Narine to NL McCullum, 1 run, moves across to the off stump and defends and benefits from the inside edge scurrying between his pads to fine leg for a single

35.6

Narine to McClenaghan, no run, reaches forward and plays a very low forward defensive, only he is nowhere in line of the ball. He was expecting the off spinner, but it doesn't turn and strikes his pad

End of over 36 (3 runs) New Zealand 133/9 (RR: 3.69)

    • MJ McClenaghan 2 (7b)
    • NL McCullum 26 (35b 2x6)
    • SP Narine 8-1-21-1
    • DJ Bravo 10-0-44-4

Nathan McCullum gets to wind up against Jason Holder

Ani: "Have they measured the margin of error for Hawk Eye? Maybe it has astigmatism?"

36.1

Holder to NL McCullum, no run, not that time as Holder manages to get one to straighten off back of a length. Nathan was reaching out for the ball as he prodded forward. The late movement defeats him. Peach to start up

36.2

Holder to NL McCullum, 2 runs, he looks much better while attacking the ball and sends this length ball on middle packing over square leg for a couple of runs

oh dear, Holder is down. He had tripped over his own feet and is sprawled face-first over the pitch. It looked quite nasty and it seems as if he was off put off by the place where the drop-in pitch met the outfield. His foot had got caught at that separation and totally screwed up his action. But all looks well now as Holder is on his feet and is back at the top of his mark

36.3

Holder to NL McCullum, no run, yorker on middle and Nathan can't get under it well enough for his drive down the ground to beat the bowler

36.4

Holder to NL McCullum, no run, length ball with a bit of room as Nathan clears his front leg and goes for a wild swipe and misses

36.5

Holder to NL McCullum, no run, makes some room outside leg stump as Holder bowls a slower bouncer. He goes for an upper cut and misses

36.6

Holder to NL McCullum, 1 run, flicked through to midwicket and he picks up a single to retain strike

End of over 37 (3 runs) New Zealand 136/9 (RR: 3.67)

    • NL McCullum 29 (41b 2x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2 (7b)
    • JO Holder 7-1-20-1
    • SP Narine 8-1-21-1
37.1

Narine to NL McCullum, SIX, over pitched and he's nailed it over the top of long-off. Full swing of the bat, giant stride forward and that was six all the way. These are very useful runs for New Zealand

37.2

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, flatter ball outside off stump and he is careful with his leave

37.3

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, knuckle ball and he's read it well enough to shuffle into the off side and defend solidly

37.4

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on off stump as he gets it to move away, Nathan is well behind it with a straight bat

37.5

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, again it turns away and Nathan has his bat and pad together in a strong defensive

37.6

Narine to NL McCullum, 1 run, tossed up on off stump and he steers it to point with soft hands and sets off for a quick single to retain strike

This is New Zealand's highest partnership of the innings

shyam: "@for the decision: didnt 2.5m rule apply here.? adulteration with human intertions" That was umpire's call too

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 143/9 (RR: 3.76)

    • NL McCullum 36 (47b 3x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2 (7b)
    • SP Narine 9-1-28-1
    • JO Holder 7-1-20-1

Rampaul takes over from his new-ball partner Holder

38.1

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, tucks him up for room as he sees Nathan moving outside leg. He looks to adjust by flicking the full length ball thorugh midwicket but gets a thick leading edge though point

38.2

Rampaul to NL McCullum, FOUR, what a shot! Gave Rampaul a full view of all three stumps and he fell into the trap by bowling it full and a belligerent swing of the bat with an open face guides the ball through point for another boundary

38.3

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, length ball on middle and leg as he works it off the front foot to midwicket

38.4

Rampaul to NL McCullum, 1 run, continues making room for himself as Rampaul learns from the boundary and follows him, but Nathan whips it away behind square leg to pick up a single to leave McClenaghan two balls left to play

Slip in

38.5

Rampaul to McClenaghan, no run, bouncer first up and McClenaghan sees it early and ducks beneath

John: "Where would NZ be now had Mr & Mrs McCullum never met?"

38.6

Rampaul to McClenaghan, no run, fishes outisde off after the short ball as this is full angled across the batsman. McClenaghan is content to leave it. Should have looked for the yorker

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 148/9 (RR: 3.79)

    • MJ McClenaghan 2 (9b)
    • NL McCullum 41 (51b 1x4 3x6)
    • R Rampaul 8-0-21-2
    • SP Narine 9-1-28-1
39.1

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, turns a touch away as Nathan stretches forward, covers the line by moving outside off and blocks

Round the wicket now

39.2

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, knuckle ball, a bit too short to worry the batsman as he stays back to whip it through the leg side and gets a thick inside egde

39.3

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up on middle and going on towards off stump as he leans forward and defends safely

39.4

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, on middle and leg as he flights it again, but Nathan's defensive is quite solid now

39.5

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, goes up in appeal, but that was pitching outside leg. Nathan was looking for the one going straight on but this was the offie and it turns to beat the bat and strike the front pad

39.6

Narine to NL McCullum, no run, holds this back and is possibly a touch quicker as well as it beats the Nathan's nudge behind square leg to ensure McClenaghan is on strike for the next over

Josiah: "West Indies still lack penetration to clean up the tail.WE still need to work on that especial where death bowling is concerned"

Naveen Karla: "n mccullum slowly becoming chris harris of new gen.."

End of over 40 (maiden) New Zealand 148/9 (RR: 3.70)

    • NL McCullum 41 (57b 1x4 3x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 2 (9b)
    • SP Narine 10-2-28-1
    • R Rampaul 8-0-21-2
40.1

Rampaul to McClenaghan, no run, gets a little shape away as he keeps the ball full and straight, but McClenaghan presents a text-book forward defensive

40.2

Rampaul to McClenaghan, 1 run, far less convincing there as Rampaul goes short and at the body. He was looking to take evasive action as he was moving across to the off side and the ball thuds into the bat handle and sneaks away behind square for a single. His back heel was only an inch away from trodding on the stumps too.

40.3

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, agricultural hoick through midwicket but he doesn't have the timing for it to go far enough to get a couple so he denies a single

40.4

Rampaul to NL McCullum, no run, clears the front leg to make room for himself to slash the slower, length ball, but he rills it straight to cover

40.5

Rampaul to NL McCullum, FOUR, that time he goes over the man in the in field as this ball allows him to get under the ball and smear it through the covers with all his deep men on the leg side

40.6

Rampaul to NL McCullum, 1 run, short and outside off as Nathan moves across his stumps to tap the ball behind square and retain strike. Gee, he's protected McClenaghan and picked up runs so well

End of over 41 (6 runs) New Zealand 154/9 (RR: 3.75)

    • NL McCullum 46 (61b 2x4 3x6)
    • MJ McClenaghan 3 (11b)
    • R Rampaul 9-0-27-2
    • SP Narine 10-2-28-1

Darren Sammy marshals the fielders around as he gets ready to bowl

41.1

Sammy to NL McCullum, no run, 104 kph, slower ball on off stump and Nathan had to wait for it and his back foot steer goes straight to short third man

41.2

Sammy to NL McCullum, 1 run, that time he was a touch too short and Nathan was on the back foot and swivel pulls it through to deep square leg and he picks up the single

McClenaghan has four to face

41.3

Sammy to McClenaghan, no run, and he fumbles the first one. It was angled across him on a length as he chases it and looks to cut, but misses as the ball seams away and bounces a touch too

41.4

Sammy to McClenaghan, no run, much better as he lets the full length ball outside off pass through to the keeper

41.5

Sammy to McClenaghan, no run, shuffles across as he gets behind the length ball targeting fifth stump and blocks

41.6

Sammy to McClenaghan, no run, well played as he sees this full and angled across him and lets it go through

Gowri Shankar: "Hope McClenaghan hangs in there to support Nathan and help the cause of building an important and historic innings of NZ cricket!"

End of over 42 (1 run) New Zealand 155/9 (RR: 3.69)

    • MJ McClenaghan 3 (15b)
    • NL McCullum 47 (63b 2x4 3x6)
    • DJG Sammy 6-0-30-0
    • R Rampaul 9-0-27-2

Holder's back now

Mir: "What happened to bowling yorkers to tailenders...come on WI, finish it."

42.1

Holder to NL McCullum, 1 wide, dug in and loses his radar completely as this is well down the leg side. Nathan looks to pull it away past fine leg but can't connect

42.1

Holder to NL McCullum, OUT, and he's gone now! That has been a brilliant rear guard action from Nathan McCullum and it has given the chance for New Zealand's bowlers to have some sort of total to bowl at. It was short, it was down the leg side and it deserved to be put away as Nathan was looking to do, but his pull shot went straight to deep fine leg

NL McCullum c DM Bravo b Holder 47 (75m 64b 2x4 3x6) SR: 73.43

5.20 pm Well, talk about role reversals! New Zealand's top four fell for single figures. The McCullum brothers were the only ones holding the batting order together, though Brendon looked the best of the two. But Nathan was incredible as he shephered the last wicket partnership after bucking a torrid time early on. West Indies' bowlers have been clinical, except in the death, and their fielding has looked much improved as well. Ravi Rampaul and Jason Holder justified the decision to bowl first and managed to get appreciable bounce and movement off this drop-in pitch and Darren Sammy and captain Dwayne Bravo hardly missed a step in their support job. Join us in about half-an-hour for the chase, which should be straight forward, but expect the hosts to come at the West Indies top order quite hard. Can Johnson Charles and Kieran Powell hold firm?

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