West Indies tour of New Zealand, 3rd ODI: New Zealand v West Indies at Queenstown, Jan 1, 2014
New Zealand won by 159 runs
1 January 2014 (50-over match)

The umpires are hurrying on to the field. Game time. Reward for those fans that have stuck through the weather. 21-over game. One bowler can bowl five overs. Ryder and Guptill are walking to the middle. Things have happened very quickly since the toss took place. Narine to open the bowling as a plane takes-off/lands on the runway next to the ground. One slip in place.

Dan: "Mitch McClenaghan might not be too stoked with this, needing 10 wickets in three games to break the record for fastest to 50 ODI wickets, a shortened game with a reduced bowling allocation hurts his chances."

3.55 pm How quickly things have changed. The players are warming up. And the word is we'll have a toss now. It's going to be a 21-over game. Brendon McCullum tosses the coin and Dwayne Bravo calls correctly. West Indies will bowl first. Bravo expects it to be a stop-start game so that's why he wants to chase.

Sammy is not playing because he did his hamstring while sprinting around a wet outfield during warm-ups earlier today. West Indies are also without Darren Bravo, who's gone home because of personal reasons. Chadwick Walton and Nikita Miller are playing today for West Indies.

McCullum said he would have bowled as well. New Zealand have brought in Adam Milne and Jimmy Neesham. Kane Williamson is not playing today.

3.50 pm The ground staff continue to work on the outfield, covers are still protecting the square and the umpires are still hoping to fit in a 20-over game. It isn't raining at the moment, but the issue is that more rain is forecast a little later in the evening. So, for the moment, hope springs eternal.

3.40 pm Just seen pictures of two vehicles dragging a rope furiously across the outfield to remove surface water. The covers are still on and the umpires are still deep in conversation. No real word yet. The overhead conditions appear a little better.

Jamie: "Brian Waddle saying on radio that the umpires are still hopeful of a game. Ground staff say the pitch is ready to use once the covers get lifted and the outfield is in good condition. Only concern is that the over head conditions play ball."

3.10 pm The rain is very light, light enough for the groundstaff to begin work on the covers. The umpires are out there and so are some players. Discussions going on. It's going to be a 20-over game, or bust. The umpires will have to decide if the conditions are fit for play, or can they hang on for a bit longer and squeeze in a 20-over game. It looks iffy.

Jamie: "They are having a play around with the covers, starting to come off then put back on... No rain at the moment."

Cal: "WatchESPN showing live pictures of two jeeps dragging around the super soaker, covers still on, but no rain and umpires and others discussing endlessly. Few hardy souls camped out still (literally camped out ... A camouflage tent with a beer bottle standing guard)."

2.55 pm Ian Bishop, who went bungee jumping earlier, on Twitter: "There are some lovely places in the world, Dominica, St Lucia, Capetown, Montserrat, Tobago etc. But Queenstown WOW. Unbelievable beauty." Is it still raining there, Bish?

Chris: "I'm the bearer of Bad News - Nelson is forecasted for heavy thundery rains on 4th when its their turn to host... and showers are forecasted for the 8th when Hamilton's turn to host - looks like West Indies will win this series 1-0 at this rate..." If I call you Lathspell, Chris, does that make me Wormtongue?

2.15 pm This just in from BLACKCAPS on Twitter: "Not much more I can say at this stage unfortunately - still drizzling. Hope starting to fade a little..." The cut-off should be in about 30-45 minutes I reckon.

2.05 pm James Downey: "Have you gone to sleep, off to get some food, gone home? How would we know?" Definitely not sleeping. Some food would have been nice though. No change in scenery in Queenstown, and long may that continue. I mean the spectacular landscape of course, not the rain.

1.30 pm Right, a definite update on the weather. It is still drizzling. Not heavy but steady and incessant enough to prevent play for the moment. Still a few people sticking around at the ground, under umbrellas and blankets.

1.15 pm James Downey: "Seems that your commentators are not greatly interested in giving updates on the prospects of game actually taking place." Ah James, I haven't heard anything myself. You'll be the first to know, when I do.

1.00 pm Hader: "Its officially 2014 in UK!!!!!"

Nauman: "My wish is for international cricket to return to Pakistan."

12.55 pm Aslam: "Kamran Akmal: Must catch something other than a cold."

Hatam: "My new year wish is that Afghanistan reach at least the semi final of World T20"

Namireddy: "I'd like to see Shewag and Gambhir on the top of the order for India in tests" But that's already happened.

hiren joshi: "enough resolutions; please update on the rain conditions and starting status of the match." No change yet, light rain still holding up play.

Sid: "I would like to see Ishant Sharma bowling a yorker in 2014. Any format will do."

Ara: "Resolution for Steyn-stop bullying hafeez"

Nauman: "My wish is for Broad to walk."

Peter: "My wish for 2014: To see the WICB take a voluntary retirement and knowledgeable past cricketers and non-insular executives to assume leadership."

amit: "India to find an medium or fast bowling all-rounder." Haven't you heard? They picked Stuart Binny for the ODIs in New Zealand.

12.40 pm Raja: "New year's resolution: Rohit Sharma: Must score more runs than Steyn in next series."

Steve Burgess: "Shane Watson must not take a review. Ever."

Mike: "Ah yes... the Stephen Fleming era. It went all downhill after his demotion from captain. Was one of many horrid decisions from the powers that be and possibly cost us 5 years of his valuable services."

liam: "I'd like to see Tino Best bowl an over without giving away a wide, no ball or boundary."

Dan: "My wish is for Mitch to keep the Mo!"

Shan Fastian: "New Year Resolution would be seeing no ducks from Afridi, 50 balls century from Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal scoring century with no fours and sixes."

Victor: "New year resolution for 2014... Ross Taylor to pile on more 100s and start penning an autobiography... that would make a great read."

Mark: "I'd have to disagree Dan. You can't convince me that the current Indian top order would all be better than the likes of Sangakkara and Chanderpaul. I could agree with Steyn and Philander but the likes of Trent Boult and Junaid Khan would vie for a third seamer role. And for a living veterans team it would depend how far back you went but there would be plenty of alternatives (better ones in my opinion) to the Ponting Australians. Guys like Holding, Hadlee, Botham, Courtney Walsh, da Silva, Greenidge, Viv Richards, Lara, Flintoff, Martin Crowe, Vaas, Murali, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan. Most of those guys played in an era when there were several strong teams rather than one dominant one."

12.30 pm If you could make up new-year resolutions for cricketers, what would they be? For example, Hashim Amla must not get bowled without playing a shot. Misbah-ul-Haq must score score only centuries and no half-centuries this year. Ravindra Jadeja must break the world record for quickest over - he bowled one in 82 seconds or so in Durban. England - to end the Ashes with their current squad intact.

Shahed: "On my wishlist for the new year is to see New Zealand back in top 3 in ODIs and Top 5 in tests like they did in Stephen Fleming era."

julian cook: "rain radar is clear, must be light drizzle"

12.25 pm Dan: "Interesting idea Rajesh, but the bases for each team are quite narrow. The current team would largely be the Indian batsmen with Misbah at 4, and the South African bowling unit. The veterans team would be mostly the Ricky Ponting Australian era with Tendulkar at 4, and maybe Vettori as a spinner."

Cheema: "My wishlist will be for Kallis to take back his decision to retire like the way Afridi did few years ago."

Allan Alexander: "Jacques Kalis would be eligible for the veterans' team."

12.15 pm Status quo in Queenstown. Rajesh Mangal: "My wishlist is that all veteran cricket living legends make a cricket team and play against world current best XI in 2014."

Paul: "Agree with Mark but logistically probably too hard to change venues, wicket prep, ground prep etc. But reserve day should be possible. Just write it into players contracts if they don't like it don't select them. I'm sure most would be positive about such a move. NZC should work with Players assn."

Algar: "Oh the irony; stunning weather in Napier today (as is typical). Why does the cricket appear to follow the bad weather around the country? It's often great weather where it was or is to be played next, but not where it is actually being played."

Tahir Malik: "My wishlist! Junaid Khan getting a 10 wicket haul in the ongoing PAK Sl test!"

Arsalan: "My wishlist is that my comment gets published on the New Year's Eve..That will be the best gift this New Year can give me.." Here you go mate, caught me in a moment of weakness. Happy 2014.

12.05 pm Half of New Year's Day is done in Queenstown and no cricket yet. Ian: "Further to Mark's comments about shifting the game once the weather's known 2-3 days ahead of time: Why not have a reserve day or two built in to each tour? Or is this old fashioned thinking not possible in the current scheduling given rules, contracts, agreements etc?" Yes, the schedulers now try to fit as much cricket into as little time as is feasible, in most cases.

Selvan: "Pity the game is not being played in Auckland. Sun shining and partly cloudy."

11.40 am While it's raining in Queenstown, it isn't across the Tasman. The Aussies have just had a team photo shoot. Tattooed and mustachioed Mitch in a baggy pink.

There are some people having a good time at the ground, horsing around, planes are taking off from the runway just outside, but unfortunately there are no queues at the free sunscreen stall, because it's still drizzling.

Muhammad Zeeshan: "My Wishlist is Chris Gayle to score 300 in ODI's :)" Seriously?

ants: "wouldn't count on any cricket in Hobart today either I here its going to rain there as well"

Grinch: "Bah Humbug! A miserable New Year to you all! No Cricket! No cricket, I say! Not one ball shall be bowled on this day of despair!"

Joe D: "Raining all day in queenstown by the forecast. Time for NZ cricket to bite the bullet - declare a loss for the day and get the teams on a plane to sunny wellington (hours trip) for a free one dayer! It's only midday!"

Mark: "Considering the forecast was known 2-3 days ago, why aren't the cricket authorities more flexible and moving the venue. I appreciate there are costs and logistical issues but certainly not insurmountable. As it is NZC are missing out on 2 gate takes and I'm sure the broadcaster is not happy incurring all the cost of setting up with no return."

hk: "My wishlist for 2014: Please post my comments at least this time. I did not see any of my comments posted in the Year 2013. I swear None. nada... zip."

11.25 am Jahanzeb Ahmadzai: "This rain doesn't looks to be stopping. I think the first match of 2014 going to be Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades of Big Bash League." Unless you count the cricket match Sanjay Murari, Kanishkaa Balachandiran and I might start in office to stay awake.

Richard Ogier: "I am Q'Town born, looking at the weather I am thinking another dead rubber!!"

11 am A pithy update from Ian Bishop on Twitter, and a picture: "Still raining."

Rezwan: "We are already 4 hrs into the New Year here in Bangladesh! Happy New Year to all the readers!"

Brian Stephenson: "Pity that Greatest New Year's Day match was pre Messrs Duckworth and Lewis"

Alex: "@Brian Stephenson, correct me if I'm wrong but it was just a shortened match, where both teams played 43 overs. So D/L wouldn't have come into it anyway." It was shortened during West Indies' innings though, and I don't think there was any scaling up or down of totals at that time.

faisal : "my wishlist for 2014 cricket in Pakistan Attacking batsmen in PAk team And you know what T20 worldcup again"

Mark: "Ashes? Over hyped contest between an average team and a team on the decline. My wish would be for minimum of 3 test series and more parity in terms of number of matches so that the test playing nations all get a chance to develop. But I think some countries like being at the top of a small mountain rather than having a more global sport grow. Less self interest in cricket would be a wish - albeit an unrealistic one!"

Dan: "Oh come on! Bright, glorious sunshine up here in the North Island. As to a wish list, I wouldn't mind if our (NZ) top order finally started living up to it's potential. We'd start to rocket up the rankings then. That, and an end to these infernal rain interruptions, all around the cricketing world."

Ben: "I hope 2014 brings NZ test wins over India, WI, and Pak and a move from 8th place to 6th. I think it is possible, with WI and Pak batting fragile and India playing in our backyard."

Morgan: "Rain forecast until 6pm tonight, Queenstown rain strikes again! :( My 2014 wish list is less rain interrupted matches in NZ."

10.40 am So while we wait for the weather to improve, what's on your wishlist for cricket in 2014? And here's some good reading, our review package for 2013.

Venkatachalam R: "Sometimes Sammy becomes too enthusiastic and does the basics wrong.."

DP: "Hopefully it is not rain that starts the new year with a win!!"

Omaila: "My wish list for 2014 in cricket is Test Championship -:) Happy New Year Yall!!!!"

This is probably the greatest match to have ever been played on New Year's Day. It was also shortened by rain.

Venkatachalam R: "My Wish list extends is quite big starting from atleast 3 tests in a series, to Make it mandatory on DRS front, Indoor stadiums, Good quality fast bowling from Indian team, Doing away with Calypso collapso by Windies etc etc.. Did i miss anything? Aah.. Ashes.."

10.30 am It's toss time in Queenstown but I've just spotted this on twitter, posted by @BLACKCAPS: "Low cloud in Queenstown says it all. Sadly it's started raining again. Will keep you updated on today's start." Here's a picture of the ground. The covers are on and it looks quite grey.

Whoops, I've just seen TV footage of Darren Sammy running around a damp outfield being chased by his team-mates, think it was a warm-up drill, and he looked like he injured his hamstring. Not the best start to 2014 for him, I'm afraid. But why are you sprinting around on a wet outfield?

More awesome TV footage from Queenstown on NEO prime, Ian Bishop bungee jumping off a bridge, and there was a dunk in the river waiting for him at the end of it.

Peter Walcott: "We still have 7 hours of 2013 left in the West Indies. it is 5.30pm as I write but Happy New year to you anyway. Sending some Caribbean sunshine for the guys"

Dean: "Ouch! I've been following this tour around NZ since the first Test, but am skipping this game because getting a room in Queenstown on NYE proved impossible. After seeing that photo, no regrets being in sunny Taupo for the day!"

Ben: "Here in San Francisco it's still 10.5 hours until the new year begins, but happy new year everyone."

Waseem: "Happy New Year Everybody!!! in New York Times Square, thanks Cricinfo team!!! looking forward for cracker of a match."

10.10 am Happy New Year, folks. May hard work and luck be on your side in 2014. Welcome to the first cricket of the year. It's 2.40 am in Bangalore and I've had a sober end to 2013 in order to avoid littering the commentary for this third ODI with ridiculous spelling errors. The sleep deprivation is there though!

West Indies lead the series after winning the first game and the second one being washed out. There are three matches to go. Today's game is at Queenstown, one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. It's a cold, cold morning though, with temperatures reportedly less than 10C, and an expected high of 16C. There's a bit of rain about too. Not really cricket weather, I'm afraid. The West Indies cricket tweeted this photo from the ground about 45 minutes ago.

Paul Jennings: "That picture looks like the clouds have come to ground. Not good." Hopefully they will roll away soon enough, and we'll get a cracker of a game to start the year.

Cameron : "Crikey! Good effort on the 3am cricket commentary! Here in NZ I',m working after a short New Years sleep. Will be keeping up with the commentary hanging in with ya!" Cheers, Cameron.

Here's a flood - okay maybe a trickle considering the occasion (posted with the benefit of 10 minutes of hindsight) - of New Year's messages until the toss.

PAUL: "happy new year friends.... hope we will get some more exciting cricket shows than the previous year...."

Selvin : "Happy new year everyone. ..lets see which.of.these teams start off the new year with a win"

sonu: "happy new year...i am very excited o watch today"s match...and thanks to espn cricinfo to provide all information about cricket..."


Narine to Guptill, no run, bowled on a good length around off and middle, defended from the care on the leg side


Narine to Guptill, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease


Narine to Guptill, 1 run, drifts on to the pads and Guptill goes back to play it through square leg

Ryder to face, he made a duck in the first ODI.


Narine to Ryder, FOUR, no duck today, Ryder moves forward and drives the offbreak on the up through cover, timed it superbly


Narine to Ryder, no run, tries to hit it a bit too hard this time and mis-times towards cover


Narine to Ryder, no run, another crisp drive on the front foot but he doesn't beat cover this time

Chris: "Napier needs to talk to Queenstown's curator - didn't covers only come off 20mins ago? and Napier wanted over a hour to prep....and Napier even had sunshine to help!!!"

End of over 1 (5 runs) New Zealand 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • JD Ryder 4 (3b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 1 (3b)
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0

The mandatory Powerplay will comprise four overs. The batting Powerplay is for two overs. Jason Holder to bowl from over the wicket.


Holder to Guptill, no run, terrific ball first up, a great length just outside off stump and the ball holds its line instead of angling in with the arm, there's good bounce as well. Guptill began to play at it but then stopped his shot


Holder to Guptill, no run, a huge appeal for a caught behind but the umpire says not out. Guptill was squared up by one that pitched on a good length and straightened and bounced, the ball brushed the thigh of the back leg


Holder to Guptill, no run, a second appeal for caught behind but this time he's missed it by a long way


Holder to Guptill, OUT, third time lucky for Holder! Guptill reaches outside the off stump and drives away from his body at a fuller ball that seams away from him. He gets an edge through to the keeper. An easier decision for the umpire to make, after he turned down two consecutive appeals

MJ Guptill c †Ramdin b Holder 1 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28


Holder to BB McCullum, FOUR, McCullum gives the bowler the charge right away, gets to the pitch of the ball, and smashes it over cover for four


Holder to BB McCullum, FOUR, a fuller ball and this time McCullum stays in his crease, presses forward and flays at it, driving the ball powerfully flat over the infield at cover

End of over 2 (8 runs) New Zealand 13/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • BB McCullum 8 (2b 2x4)
    • JD Ryder 4 (3b 1x4)
    • JO Holder 1-0-8-1
    • SP Narine 1-0-5-0

Rampaul replaces Narine, bowling over the wicket ...


Rampaul to Ryder, FOUR, short of a length with lots of width outside off, Ryder lines it up, gets down on one knee and slaps it over cover for his second boundary


Rampaul to Ryder, 1 run, the line is closer to the left-hander this time and Ryder slashes it through point for a single


Rampaul to BB McCullum, SIX, he's hit that on to the grassy banks behind the deep backward square leg boundary! McCullum swivells and hooks a short of a length ball, making superb connection


Rampaul to BB McCullum, SIX, over backward point this time! McCullum slashes at a short of a length outside off and the ball sails over the boundary. An overenthusiastic fan tries to catch the ball and falls over the boundary hoarding in the process and on to the field


Rampaul to BB McCullum, FOUR, he's in some mood this afternoon! McCullum charges and drills the ball hard enough to beat mid-on for four more


Rampaul to BB McCullum, 1 run, played into the covers for a single to keep strike

End of over 3 (22 runs) New Zealand 35/1 (RR: 11.66)

    • BB McCullum 25 (6b 3x4 2x6)
    • JD Ryder 9 (5b 2x4)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-22-0
    • JO Holder 1-0-8-1

Holder to BB McCullum, 1 run, a bouncer and McCullum is ready with the hook and rolls his wrists to keep it down towards deep square leg


Holder to Ryder, SIX, that's been pulled flat and far, over the long leg boundary. Ryder is so quick to get into position and latch on to the short of a length ball, swivelling and hitting it hard


Holder to Ryder, no run, tries to hit it too hard through the off side and mis-times it


Holder to Ryder, no run, driven from the crease towards mid-off


Holder to Ryder, SIX, that's massive, too full, allowing Ryder to get under it on the front foot and cart it back over the bowler's head with a powerful swing of his arms


Holder to Ryder, no run, driven hard from the crease but can't get it past cover point

jimbo: "That over enthusiastic fan would have won $100,000 if he caught it with one hand!" So that's why he risked life and limb.

End of over 4 (13 runs) New Zealand 48/1 (RR: 12.00)

    • JD Ryder 21 (10b 2x4 2x6)
    • BB McCullum 26 (7b 3x4 2x6)
    • JO Holder 2-0-21-1
    • R Rampaul 1-0-22-0

Chris in Taunton: "Wouldn't I love to see McCullum and Ryder stick together for a while. New Year fireworks would have nothing on them!"

A different Chris: "Is this a race to world record fastest 50? currently standing at 50 off 17.... who's going to beat this..."

Narine's back for his second over.


Narine to BB McCullum, 1 run, McCullum moves back and across in his crease to nudge off his pads through square leg


Narine to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder played too early at that one and ended up pushing tentatively towards mid-off, New Zealand have screamed to 50


Narine to BB McCullum, SIX, wham! McCullum charges with intent and mows the ball over the deep midwicket boundary. He wasn't to the pitch of the ball but he trusted the bounce on the pitch and absolutely clattered it


Narine to BB McCullum, no run, defended on he leg side


Narine to BB McCullum, OUT, is there going to be a mix up between the fielders? Charles and Simmons are getting in each others way, and Simmons takes it superbly! McCullum charged and slogged again, but this time he got a top edge and skied the ball high in the region between long on and deep midwicket. Charles was at long on and Simmons was at deep midwicket. They converged on the ball but Simmons called for it in the end and slid as he caught the steepler

BB McCullum c Simmons b Narine 33 (16m 11b 3x4 3x6) SR: 300.00


Narine to Ryder, 1 run, played into the covers for a single

End of over 5 (9 runs) New Zealand 57/2 (RR: 11.40)

    • JD Ryder 23 (12b 2x4 2x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 0 (0b)
    • SP Narine 2-0-14-1
    • JO Holder 2-0-21-1

Nikita Miller to bowl ...

Rutul: "Chris just jinxed this partnership. Thanks Chris in Taunton."


Miller to Ryder, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long off for a single


Miller to Taylor, no run, played from the crease towards point


Miller to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor stays in his crease and pushes a delivery towards midwicket

Paul Bibby: "Patch of blue sky has just appeared half way down the lake, so fingers crossed that the game will get finished !"


Miller to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder was making room but got one in the blockhole, he ended up playing it towards extra cover


Miller to Taylor, no run, a huge appeal for a caught behind but the umpire says not out. I think he nicked that. Will West Indies review? They will. Ramdin has asked for it. Taylor stayed back and tries dab the ball late, there's a certain noise as the ball passes the bat. But there's nothing on hotspot. A tricky one for the umpire. It's over to realtime snicko now ... there's a smudge of a noise on real time snicko. What will the third umpire do? Will he overturn the on-field umpire's decision based on the noise and the small spike on real time snicko? He does not. Taylor bats on. Not enough evidence to overturn the decision.


Miller to Taylor, FOUR, this time Taylor makes neat contact, late-cutting the ball behind point to the boundary

End of over 6 (7 runs) New Zealand 64/2 (RR: 10.66)

    • LRPL Taylor 5 (4b 1x4)
    • JD Ryder 25 (14b 2x4 2x6)
    • NO Miller 1-0-7-0
    • SP Narine 2-0-14-1

Pete Pete: "It's a fine line between pleasure and pain... I guess in context of the shortened game that was a good contribution with a great run rate from McCullum, but does he always have to be so reckless !! It's always death or glory.."


Rampaul to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder plonks his foot forward and heaves across the line, placing it behind square


Rampaul to Taylor, 1 run, good length and angling into the right-hander, Taylor dabs the ball close on the leg side and runs before Rampaul can prevent the single


Rampaul to Ryder, FOUR, a touch slower outside off, Ryder waits for it and uses the width to open the face and let the ball run off the bat past Holder at short third man


Rampaul to Ryder, FOUR, short of a length, Ryder is quick to move back and short-arm pull the ball to the deep midwicket boundary


Rampaul to Ryder, SIX, can't bowl that length with these small boundaries, Ryder gets under a short ball and pulls with authority over the deep square leg boundary


Rampaul to Ryder, no run, there's the yorker from Rampaul, finally. Ryder digs it out on the leg side

End of over 7 (16 runs) New Zealand 80/2 (RR: 11.42)

    • JD Ryder 40 (19b 4x4 3x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 6 (5b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-38-0
    • NO Miller 1-0-7-0

New Zealand have blitzed West Indies so far, scoring at over 11 an over.


Miller to Taylor, 1 run, driven to long on for a single


Miller to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder stays in his crease and works the ball through square


Miller to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor goes deep into his crease and creates the length to cut the ball past the fielder diving to his right at point


Miller to Taylor, OUT, Taylor's not hit it as well as Ryder has been! He slogged it from wide outside off stump and ended up mis-hitting it towards wide long-on, where Powell took the catch. He was hitting that against the turn

LRPL Taylor c Powell b Miller 9 (13m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Sathyen: "Again inconsistency in DRS usage across the world. The same decision which Taylor got away with were given out in the Ashes even if the onfield decision was not out. The ICC has to set some standards for these decisions. It can't be out in one place and not out in another."

Corey Anderson is the new batsman.


Miller to Ryder, 1 run


Miller to Anderson, 1 run, played off the pads towards square leg

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 86/3 (RR: 10.75)

    • CJ Anderson 1 (1b)
    • JD Ryder 42 (21b 4x4 3x6)
    • NO Miller 2-0-13-1
    • R Rampaul 2-0-38-0

mikey: "Think that should have been overturned. There was nothing other than bat it could have been"

Bravo from over the wicket ...


Bravo to Anderson, no run, a slower ball, dabbed from the crease close on the leg side


Bravo to Anderson, FOUR, short of a length, slightly slower, Anderson was ready and waiting on the back foot to sit back and pull flat over midwicket for a one-bounce four


Bravo to Anderson, 1 run, pushed uppishly towards mid off, that was quicker from Bravo

Alex: "@Pete Pete, McCullum probably just got a bit carried away at the chance to finally bat with his mate again, he and Ryder have always batted well together. Plus B Mac loves this ground - I still remember his 80* in a chase of only 96 here!"


Bravo to Ryder, 2 runs, a full ball swinging into the blockhole, Ryder gets his legs out of the way and clips it through wide mid-on


Bravo to Ryder, SIX, I didn't think he timed that perfectly but he still hit it hard enough to clear long-off and bring up his fifty, Ryder cleared his front foot and bashed a length ball down the ground


Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, a full toss on the pads with a hint of swing, Ryder clips it to deep square leg

End of over 9 (14 runs) New Zealand 100/3 (RR: 11.11)

    • JD Ryder 51 (24b 4x4 4x6)
    • CJ Anderson 6 (4b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-14-0
    • NO Miller 2-0-13-1

Miller to Ryder, 2 runs, Ryder drives to long on for two more, Holder cuts it off on the boundary, this is Ryder's fastest ODI fifty


Miller to Ryder, no run, bowled slower outside off, Ryder slogs and misses, that was so close to off stump


Miller to Ryder, no run, played from the crease to short fine leg


Miller to Ryder, 1 run, a low full toss, clipped off the pads through midwicket


Miller to Anderson, no run, Anderson pulls hard to Rampaul on the edge of the circle at midwicket


Miller to Anderson, 1 run, played through midwicket for a single this time

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 104/3 (RR: 10.40)

    • CJ Anderson 7 (6b 1x4)
    • JD Ryder 54 (28b 4x4 4x6)
    • NO Miller 3-0-17-1
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-14-0

Chris: "Think we can say now that Ryder is definitely back!!! Well done on your 50 :) Timely with the T20 WC this year too..."


Narine to Anderson, 1 wide, strays down leg side, first extra of the innings


Narine to Anderson, SIX, that's in the arc and out of the park! Anderson lines it up, takes a long stride forward and slams it over the deep midwicket boundary, that went very far back


Narine to Anderson, 1 run, cut off the back foot to deep cover


Narine to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder chips the ball short of he man at long off


Narine to Anderson, no run, Anderson stays back to cut and gets a bottom edge into the ground


Narine to Anderson, 2 runs, Anderson cuts the ball over point and into the gap to run two


Narine to Anderson, 1 run, cut off the back foot through point

End of over 11 (12 runs) New Zealand 116/3 (RR: 10.54)

    • CJ Anderson 17 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 55 (29b 4x4 4x6)
    • SP Narine 3-0-26-1
    • NO Miller 3-0-17-1

Ali Asghar: "Here we go, The first fifty of new year, good comeback Mr.Ryder! you beauty!"

Holder's back for another over.


Holder to Anderson, FOUR, and Anderson sends a full ball screaming to the straight boundary by making room and hitting through the line, hit it all along the ground


Holder to Anderson, SIX, poor line and length, short and angling into the left-hander from round the wicket, Anderson swivels and pulls hard to the backward square leg boundary


Holder to Anderson, 1 run, driven along the ground to long on for a single


Holder to Ryder, FOUR, a half-volley with width outside off, too easy for Ryder, who square drives between two fielders in the point region


Holder to Ryder, FOUR, that's a hit-me-please ball, a full toss outside off, Ryder opens the face and drives the ball through point again to find the point boundary


Holder to Ryder, no run, another full toss and Holder is lucky that hasn't disappeared to the boundary too, Ryder drove it to the cover fielder

End of over 12 (19 runs) New Zealand 135/3 (RR: 11.25)

    • JD Ryder 63 (32b 6x4 4x6)
    • CJ Anderson 28 (14b 2x4 2x6)
    • JO Holder 3-0-40-1
    • SP Narine 3-0-26-1

Narine to Anderson, SIX, more massive hitting, Anderson getting down on one knee and carting it over deep square leg with a slog sweep, New Zealand steam ahead. There's $100,000 up for grabs if the six is caught by a person wearing a orange tee shirt with one hand


Narine to Anderson, SIX, another one, launched over the wide long off boundary, there's a near collision between two fans trying to take the catch! someone's going to get injured at this rate!


Narine to Anderson, no run, played to cover


Narine to Anderson, SIX, that's high and far over deep midwicket again, tremendous slog sweep and it's dropped again in the crowd, no one's catching them one-handed for a $100k


Narine to Anderson, no run, defended from the crease


Narine to Anderson, SIX, Anderson has stormed to his fifty in a blaze of muscular hits, he mows this one flat and hard to the deep midwicket boundary, might break a finger if someone in the crowd lays a hand on it

End of over 13 (24 runs) New Zealand 159/3 (RR: 12.23)

    • CJ Anderson 52 (20b 2x4 6x6)
    • JD Ryder 63 (32b 6x4 4x6)
    • SP Narine 4-0-50-1
    • JO Holder 3-0-40-1

Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, driven into the covers for a single


Bravo to Anderson, 1 run, a full ball outside off, makes room and slices it over point for a single


Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, a short ball and Ryder pulls it to deep midwicket


Bravo to Anderson, no run, that's full and wide outside off, but just inside the wide line, the batsman reaches for it but misses


Bravo to Anderson, no run, once again Bravo is full and in the blockhole wide outside off, Anderson reaches for it and mis-times towards the bowler


Bravo to Anderson, SIX, he's hit this one all right, tremendous power behind that shot and Anderson slams a full ball over long off, and another chance is dropped in the crowd

End of over 14 (9 runs) New Zealand 168/3 (RR: 12.00)

    • CJ Anderson 59 (24b 2x4 7x6)
    • JD Ryder 65 (34b 6x4 4x6)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-23-0
    • SP Narine 4-0-50-1

Ricky Kelsey: "The more I am seeing of Corey Anderson , the more I am liking. Hopefully NZ have produced an all rounder that will really fulfil his potential."

joshi: "Has anyone ever hit Narine for 2 sixes in an over ! forget 4 !!"


Rampaul to Ryder, 1 run, Rampaul bowls a full toss outside off stump, Ryder drives it to deep cover


Rampaul to Anderson, SIX, Anderson is on a rampage, he throws his bat at a full and wide ball outside off and carves it over the deep cover boundary, dropped again by a $100,000 seeking spectator


Rampaul to Anderson, SIX, this is a blur of boundaries now, Anderson gets behind a full and straight ball and hits cleanly through the line, that's just cleared the straight boundary


Rampaul to Anderson, SIX, tremendous! The 100 stand comes off 42 balls, Anderson brings it up by getting on the front foot and hammering it over deep midwicket, it's a small boundary but that's cleared it by plenty


Rampaul to Anderson, SIX, he's running amok, unstoppable. Anderson flicks the ball flat and furiously, watch out in the crowd at deep midwicket, it's heading your way


Rampaul to Anderson, 1 run, driven hard but this time the fielder at cover dives and makes the save

End of over 15 (26 runs) New Zealand 194/3 (RR: 12.93)

    • CJ Anderson 84 (29b 2x4 11x6)
    • JD Ryder 66 (35b 6x4 4x6)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-64-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-23-0

Rajaram: "Continue the big hitting, Corey. The IPL 2014 auction is in the first week of Feb."

Milan: "Anderson a good chance for fastest one day hundred here!"

Dan: "Anderson's 50 is the fastest by a NZ player, taking the record off B Mac who did it in 21 balls."


Bravo to Anderson, no run, driven from the crease to cover, a dot ball!


Bravo to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson slogs across the line and gets a thick bottom edge towards fine leg


Bravo to Ryder, no run, a full ball outside off, driven crisply along the ground but he can't beat cover

sreechandra: "Is Corey Anderson on his way to break Afridi's long standing record of fastest ODI century?"


Bravo to Ryder, FOUR, a low full toss, the yorker gone wrong, Ryder leans into it and drives the ball along the ground into the gap on the cover boundary


Bravo to Ryder, FOUR, too full and too wide outside off, Ryder throws his bat at it, slashing hard, and hits it to the backward point boundary. NZ blaze past 200


Bravo to Ryder, 1 wide, the slower ball too far down leg side, that's a wide, Ryder tried to pull that too


Bravo to Ryder, FOUR, Bravo has been battered again, Ryder's simply stood his ground and driven a full ball with fearsome power to the extra cover boundary, these boundaries are small

End of over 16 (14 runs) New Zealand 208/3 (RR: 13.00)

    • JD Ryder 78 (39b 9x4 4x6)
    • CJ Anderson 85 (31b 2x4 11x6)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-37-0
    • R Rampaul 3-0-64-0

Neil: "A few overs ago we were all talking about how Ryder is in blistering form...now it's Ryder who? You've got to feel gutted to be batting at a strike rate of over 180 and be playing second fiddle to the guy at the other end."

Simmons to bowl ... from over the wicket.


Simmons to Anderson, FOUR, he's got four! He's going for the fastest century! Anderson slogs across the line and mis-hits it, but still hits it well enough to beat square leg and run to the boundary, along the ground


Simmons to Anderson, FOUR, another one! He was miles away from this short and wide ball, Anderson lunged and threw his bat at it, chopping it over point for a one-bounce four


Simmons to Anderson, 1 run, short of a length and Anderson pulls along the ground to long on


Simmons to Ryder, FOUR, slow, and too short, Ryder waits in his crease, gets down on one knee and pulls the ball to the long-leg boundary, like taking candy from children


Simmons to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder slashes at one outside off and such is his force into the shot that almost loses balance and chips it over point


Simmons to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson gets only a single, tried to pull across the line too hard and inside edged on to his pad

End of over 17 (15 runs) New Zealand 223/3 (RR: 13.11)

    • CJ Anderson 95 (35b 4x4 11x6)
    • JD Ryder 83 (41b 10x4 4x6)
    • LMP Simmons 1-0-15-0
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-37-0

Anderson needs to hit this ball for six to break Afridi's record for the fastest ODI ton.


Miller to Anderson, SIX, he's done it! A 36-ball ton! Anderson you legend. What a start to 2014. The ball was rubbish, short and around middle and leg, Anderson got inside the line and pulled it miles over the long leg boundary


Miller to Anderson, SIX, a full toss this time, carted over the wide long-on boundary, what on earth is going on. My sleep deprived mind can't handle it!


Miller to Anderson, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Anderson goes forward and then goes back and slaps the ball over cover and into the gap


Miller to Anderson, 1 run, pulled from the crease to deep midwicket


Miller to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder now, just pulling away, and there seem to be no fielders anywhere, another one finds the gap on the midwicket boundary


Miller to Ryder, SIX, stop the madness! Ryder's down on one knee, and he's swinging for the fences, the ball goes miles over midwicket

End of over 18 (27 runs) New Zealand 250/3 (RR: 13.88)

    • JD Ryder 93 (43b 11x4 5x6)
    • CJ Anderson 112 (39b 5x4 13x6)
    • NO Miller 4-0-44-1
    • LMP Simmons 1-0-15-0

Hitesh: "Even in Book cricket..i didnt score so many sixes.."


Simmons to Anderson, 2 runs, hit down the ground for two more, that's paltry, just a two


Simmons to Anderson, FOUR, a slower and full ball on middle stump, Anderson moves across, squares up, and mows the ball to deep square leg


Simmons to Anderson, 1 run, lofted towards wide long off, once bounce to the fielder


Simmons to Ryder, FOUR, a length ball and Ryder simply hits through the line to the straight boundary, he's on 97


Simmons to Ryder, 2 runs, a wide full toss, Ryder reaches for it and drives towards deep cover to move to 99


Simmons to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder inside edges a drive to short fine leg to reach his century! He's made a fine comeback to the national side after various problems in 2013

End of over 19 (14 runs) New Zealand 264/3 (RR: 13.89)

    • JD Ryder 100 (46b 12x4 5x6)
    • CJ Anderson 119 (42b 6x4 13x6)
    • LMP Simmons 2-0-29-0
    • NO Miller 4-0-44-1

john: "this is non-sense. ICC should have consistent sizes of grounds. every ball is a boundary. might as well not have any fielders."


Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, a full ball outside off, driven powerfully along the ground through cover

Angus: "Do West Indies have enough fielders? Every time there's a boundary it seems like there is no one near."


Bravo to Anderson, SIX, Bravo lost grip of that slower ball and it ended up as a full toss outside off, Anderson moved towards it and launched it over wide long off


Bravo to Anderson, 1 run, drilled down the ground to long off

Lewin: "Next Target - to overtake Rohit Sharma's 16 sixes in an innings! And at this rate, i think the 500 run barrier will be breached in ODIs someday soon."


Bravo to Ryder, no run, Ryder backed away towards leg and Bravo followed him and then tried to scoop it over the keeper, he missed!


Bravo to Ryder, 2 runs, lofted towards long-on, reaches the fielder on the first bounce


Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, a full ball outside off, driven along the ground through cover

End of over 20 (11 runs) New Zealand 275/3 (RR: 13.75)

    • JD Ryder 104 (50b 12x4 5x6)
    • CJ Anderson 126 (44b 6x4 14x6)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-48-0
    • LMP Simmons 2-0-29-0

This is the final over of a monstrous innings.


Holder to Ryder, OUT, he's been caught! Ryder's sliced a friendly full toss from outside off stump straight to the man at point. West Indies barely celebrate. They've been hit by a torrent of haymakers this afternoon

JD Ryder c Miller b Holder 104 (86m 51b 12x4 5x6) SR: 203.92


Holder to Ronchi, 1 run, Ronchi gives Anderson the strike by scampering a single after failing to make proper contact


Holder to Anderson, 2 runs, a full toss outside off stump, Anderson slashes it towards wide third man and races back for the second


Holder to Anderson, 2 runs, Anderson wanted to hit that towards deep midwicket but closed the face too early, the full toss flew off the leading edge and went towards third man, it fell safely


Holder to Anderson, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards backward square leg


Holder to Ronchi, 2 runs, a full ball angling into the pads, Ronchi flicks towards long leg and then sprints for the second. Corey Anderson has hit the fastest century in ODIs - off 36 balls - to lead NZ to 283 in a 21 over game! Astonishing. What a crackerjack start to 2014.

I'm going to take a walk to clear my head. Back in five minutes.

Abhijeet Pawar: "Did I just see two batsmen scoring tons before the end of 20 overs... ohh that's new."

Victor: "I disagree with John, I know Queenstown is a smallish ground but most of these sixes are well over the boundary. These are two extraordinary innings."

End of over 21 (8 runs) New Zealand 283/4

    • L Ronchi 3 (2b)
    • CJ Anderson 131 (47b 6x4 14x6)
    • JO Holder 4-0-48-2
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-48-0





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