West Indies in New Zealand ODI Series - 4th ODI

New Zealand v West Indies

New Zealand won by 58 runs (D/L method)

10.55 am The first ball of the match is scheduled in another five minutes' time. And why don't we let Ben takes us through to it. He says. "Taylor needs 73 runs today to beat Astle's record as the fastest NZ player to 4000 ODI runs. And today McCullum equals Astle's total of 223 ODI's, but he has over 2000 less runs (partially because he's had less innings)."

Fraser Allen: "@Andrew Guppie is averaging almost 40 - don't think he'll be the one that goes first..."

10.45 am Lots of expectation being piled on Corey Anderson today, but there are a couple of doubters. And of course, the usual nitpicking on selection. Some rather valid arguments, I think.

This is hk: "The more i would like NZ to win, the more i feel that history will repeat itself. NZ is a capable team but a boom in one and bust in the next is all about i have been observing about NZ."

Mohamed: "Don't get it. Best is not the better man here. Rampaul has bowled pretty well when called upon. If he was dropped for performance in last match, then so should everone else who played alongside him."

Andrew: "Lots of pressure on Guptill today, I would think. Once again he is failing to translate good domestic form into any sort of international form. Not sure why we keep picking him when we have someone like Latham waiting in the wings."

10.30 am New Zealand win the toss and elect to bat. TIm Southee makes his expected return, while James Neesham and Adam Milne will sit out. For the visitors, Ravi Rampaul has been pushed out of the XI by Tino Best. Well, on that note, do peruse through the preview for this game just so nothing catches you off guard.

Saleel: "I specifically enjoy cricket on NZ grounds because of the beauty, smaller grounds at times etc. I almost wouldnt mind if the T20 World Cup was to ever be hosted in this beautiful country alone. A shame they always have to share the big stage with Melbourne/Sydney."

Neil: "@ Arif - The only thing left is for the game to be fielding dominated." Haven't we almost done that already, ask Trent Boult, Faf du Plessis, Kane Williamson and Jordan Silk. Or at least, I can certainly imagine them asking after the screamers all of them pulled off over the last couple of months.

Chris: "Isn't NZ the most beautiful country to play cricket in? Saxton Oval and Queenstown - unbeatable! YAY no Rain!!!"

10.25 am The toss should be around the corner, but just in case you were stuck under a rock on New Year's, you missed out on something rather special. Corey Anderson, 23 years old, Left-arm bat, left-arm quick. Owner of the record for the fastest hundred in ODI cricket. What a way to bring to series level at 1-1. West Indies were winded in Queenstown and no one can really blame them, but they've had a little time to recover now. Will they be able to put on a better show? Dwayne Bravo believed so, in spite of losing Darren Sammy

Arif: "Game 1 was bowling dominated. Game 2 rain dominated. Game 3 was batting dominated. So what is in store for us today?"

Fraser Allen: "Check out Ian Bishops twitter photo for the conditions! Looking good!" Oh, I agree. Looks, if I can dip into that old bag of overused words, ideal.

"And the weather is?" asks a curious David. Well, according to the forecast we have mostly cloudy conditions, with a 20% possibility of rain. But we will keep you updated on that front. Don't you worry

10.15 am Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the fourth ODI between New Zealand and West Indies. After that unforgettable match on New Year's day, we have another special day in the offing, at least for the folks at Nelson, which will host it's first international match and could well be a dress rehearsal for the 2015 World Cup.

0.1

Holder to Guptill, 1 run

0.2

Holder to Ryder, no run

0.3

Holder to Ryder, 1 run

0.4

Holder to Guptill, no run, stands up tall and punched towards cover, no run though

0.5

Holder to Guptill, no run, that was a little uppish as Holder makes the batsman play this a little too early. Closed the face a little early, but he escapes

0.6

Holder to Guptill, no run, again pushed to extra cover

It seems Ravi Rampaul has broken his finger, which is why he is sitting out

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0
MJ Guptill    1* (4b)      JO Holder    1-0-2-0
JD Ryder    1* (2b)     

Tino Best to bustle in from the other end

Eugene Stannard: "Luke Ronchi at 32yo with a poor ODI record should be the one playing for his selection. The rest of the side look quite solid."

1.1

Best to Ryder, no run, play and miss, just outside off stump as Ryder shuffles across and pokes at it. Good ball to start off with as the batsman was bereft of foot movement

1.2

Best to Ryder, 2 runs, that's a couple for Ryder as he strokes the ball through towards the cover boundary. Simmons drags it back before it reaches the rope

1.3

Best to Ryder, no run, safely and watchfully defended to mid-off

1.4

Best to Ryder, no run, bouncer, sails well above Ryder's head as he motioned to ducking underneath, but not quite completely.

1.5

Best to Ryder, FOUR, there's the first boundary of the match and it comes off a full-flowing cover drive. Wasn't concentrating too much on foot movement, but his weight transfer forward is very good as the ball scurries off to the boundary

1.6

Best to Ryder, no run

End of over 2 (6 runs) New Zealand 8/0
JD Ryder    7* (8b 1x4)      TL Best    1-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    1* (4b)      JO Holder    1-0-2-0

2.1

Holder to Guptill, no run, beaten outside off as he was trying to move back in his crease

2.2

Holder to Guptill, no run, moves back and punched to short cover by Guptill

2.3

Holder to Guptill, no run, loud appeal for leg before, Umpire Gould reckons it would have been slipping down leg as Holder gets this to nip in from outside off stump. It hit him a touch high as well while the batsmen was looking to flick it away

2.4

Holder to Guptill, no run, another checked sort of drive into the covers by Guptill

2.5

Holder to Guptill, no run, beaten again, this is quite good bowling from Holder as the keeper cleans up

2.6

Holder to Guptill, no run, short ball to finish as he cramps him up for room and Guptill can only block it away

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 8/0
MJ Guptill    1* (10b)      JO Holder    2-1-2-0
JD Ryder    7* (8b 1x4)      TL Best    1-0-6-0

3.1

Best to Ryder, no run, does well again as Ryder is left hanging after poking at one outside off. Missed again

3.2

Best to Ryder, no run, guided with an open face towards point

Vinay Tej: "Is there any reason behind not telecasting this match ? Or is my TV playing any tricks with me ? I dont see any live action in NEO PRIME channel, here in India." No tricks, for some reason we aren't getting the match live.

3.3

Best to Ryder, FOUR, there's the second boundary from Ryder as this one goes across him and he slams it through cover again

3.4

Best to Ryder, 1 run, worked away just forward of square leg for a single, Nikita Miller was the man there

Oops, we have Best being warned for running down the pitch.

3.5

Best to Guptill, no run, comes forward as he nudges this towards backward point and Miller picks it up

3.6

Best to Guptill, no run, mild appeal for leg before again, not too much conviction behind that. Rightly so because the umpire reckons there might be a bit of bat as this strikes him on the pads

End of over 4 (5 runs) New Zealand 13/0
MJ Guptill    1* (12b)      TL Best    2-0-11-0
JD Ryder    12* (12b 2x4)      JO Holder    2-1-2-0

4.1

Holder to Ryder, no run, thick inside edge sends the ball towards deep fine leg

4.2

Holder to Ryder, no run, dropped, put down by Denesh Ramdin, should have been taken that one, hits the fingers of the glove and that is a big miss from Ramdin, Holder can't believe that

4.3

Holder to Ryder, 1 run

4.4

Holder to Guptill, no run, punched off the back foot by Guptill

4.5

Holder to Guptill, no run, blocked out to the off side

4.6

Holder to Guptill, no run, defended to the off side once more to end the over, Holder 3-1-3-0

Brad: "Cue the Ramdin haters..."

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 14/0
MJ Guptill    1* (15b)      JO Holder    3-1-3-0
JD Ryder    13* (15b 2x4)      TL Best    2-0-11-0

A bit of a delay as there's some problem with the sightscreen, which is still showing ads instead of flipping over to do its primary job.

Tino Best not popular with the readers, it seems. Josiah: "West Indies were better off playing a Ravi Rampaul with a broken finger or a Sammy with a pulled hamstring than Tino Best. Or playing without him altogether"

5.1

Best to Ryder, no run, short of a length and plays that to the off side

5.2

Best to Ryder, no run, Ryder stands tall and drops the ball towards gully

5.3

Best to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length ball, worked towards midwicket for a single

5.4

Best to Guptill, no run, short of a length, rising up, Guptill defends back towards the bowler

Alex: "Sight screen you had one job!!!"

5.5

Best to Guptill, no run, gets up on his toes and works this one to the leg side

5.6

Best to Guptill, no run, Best keeps it back of a length, Guptill stands tall and tucks the ball towards midwicket

Ricky: "Huge pressure on Guptil here. I hope he can get through this. Regardless of his average he still has to perform. With him firing we have a fearsome batting line up"

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 15/0
MJ Guptill    1* (18b)      TL Best    3-0-12-0
JD Ryder    14* (18b 2x4)      JO Holder    3-1-3-0

6.1

Holder to Ryder, 1 run, dropped, once more, straight in and straight out at slip, not that tough a chance, good height there, goes right through the hands of Dwayne Bravo, Ryder survives

6.2

Holder to Guptill, 1 leg bye, off the pads and a leg bye as the ball dribbles to the leg side

6.3

Holder to Ryder, no run, eases this one towards mid-on

6.4

Holder to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder goes for the pull, connects well and sends that to the long-on boundary, that was a touch short from Holder, Ryder capitalises

6.5

Holder to Ryder, no run, into the body this time, defended towards the off side by Ryder

6.6

Holder to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder goes for the big shot through the off side, skews this high and down towards third man, wide of the fielder but still time only for a single, loose stroke from Ryder

End of over 7 (7 runs) New Zealand 22/0
JD Ryder    20* (23b 3x4)      JO Holder    4-1-9-0
MJ Guptill    1* (19b)      TL Best    3-0-12-0

sam: "Guptill seems to be suffering from the kind of paralysis he used to show as a test opener, incabable of working singles. Hopefully he can ride this form out and return to his destructive best as he's a real match winner!"

7.1

Best to Ryder, no run, punches this one to the off side, can't find the gap though

7.2

Best to Ryder, no run, short of a lengthm Ryder looking to muscle it through the off side, mistimes it a bit and the ball rolls towards cover

Carson: "WI trying their best to help Ryder with his come back. Holder must be furious especially after those licks he got from Ryder last game."

7.3

Best to Ryder, no run, leg stump delivery, blocked back towards the bowler

Mark Lionel: "Fell for Holder 2 catches dropped off his bowling. Can someone remind WI that catches win matches."

7.4

Best to Ryder, FOUR, hooked away by Ryder, in the air for a bit but controlled shot down towards fine leg, that was dropped a touch short

7.5

Best to Ryder, 1 run, Ryder smashes this one but can't beat cover and he gets a single

BJ: "There has been a rather high concentration of good catches of late, so maybe the Windies are trying to balance it out here dropping two sitters..."

7.6

Best to Guptill, 1 run, played off the back foot, hit firmly for a single towards cover point, Guptill doubles his score

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 28/0
MJ Guptill    2* (20b)      TL Best    4-0-18-0
JD Ryder    25* (28b 4x4)      JO Holder    4-1-9-0

8.1

Holder to Guptill, no run, worked to the off side, fielded by Walton, no run there

8.2

Holder to Guptill, no run, Guptill works this to the leg side, thinks about the single, but then decides against it

Vinay Tej: "This fielding tells me that they dont want Corey anderson to come to bat... Not bad!!!"

8.3

Holder to Guptill, no run, good timing but not so good placement from Guptill, punched towards cover

8.4

Holder to Guptill, no run, outside off, Guptill allows this one through to the keeper

8.5

Holder to Guptill, no run, outside off, he flails at that one, but it goes through to the keeper

Varun: "But if there is one team (even more than England) that needs a break from cricket it is WI. They're mentally shot."

8.6

Holder to Guptill, no run, badly timed drive, the ball rolls to the leg side, a maiden for Holder, Guptill can't change gears here it seems

End of over 9 (maiden) New Zealand 28/0
MJ Guptill    2* (26b)      JO Holder    5-2-9-0
JD Ryder    25* (28b 4x4)      TL Best    4-0-18-0

9.1

Best to Ryder, no run, gets an under edge as he flashes at a length ball outside off stump, falls short of Ramdin though

9.2

Best to Ryder, no run, goes a touch wider outside off stump and this time Ryder's cut can't connect

9.3

Best to Ryder, FOUR, hammers a length ball on the pads away over square leg for another very powerful boundary. Looks like he's decided there's only one way to play here

Deep backward square leg goes out now

9.4

Best to Ryder, FOUR, slashed over point and that's consecutive boundaries. This time he rides the bounce as Best goes short and uses the room outside off to get it up and over. Top shot

9.5

Best to Ryder, no run, cross seam delivery at a fuller length on off stump as Ryder pushes to mid-off, minimal footwork again

9.6

Best to Ryder, 2 runs, easy two for Ryder as he drives this full length ball on off stump through the covers

End of over 10 (10 runs) New Zealand 38/0
JD Ryder    35* (34b 6x4)      TL Best    5-0-28-0
MJ Guptill    2* (26b)      JO Holder    5-2-9-0

The captain brings himself on now. DJ in the house

10.1

Bravo to Guptill, 1 wide, too wide outside off and Guptill cannot reach, which is indication enough for the umpire to call it

10.1

Bravo to Guptill, no run, much better as this is on a length outside off and Guptill is happy to leave it alone

10.2

Bravo to Guptill, no run, little bit of shape away from the bat, but his line is a little too wide to tempt the batsman into a shot

10.3

Bravo to Guptill, no run, good length ball, a lot closer to off stump and Guptill is wary of it as he lets it go

10.4

Bravo to Guptill, 1 run, short and enough room to slap behind point for a single

10.5

Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, "catch," they cry desperately to the man on the backward square leg boundary, but though Ryder had picked this off his hips rather well, it doesn't carry

10.6

Bravo to Guptill, 1 run, room outside off again as he goes back and across and slams it to the man on the cover point boundary

End of over 11 (4 runs) New Zealand 42/0
MJ Guptill    4* (31b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-4-0
JD Ryder    36* (35b 6x4)      TL Best    5-0-28-0

11.1

Miller to Guptill, 1 run

11.2

Miller to Ryder, no run

11.3

Miller to Ryder, no run

Nikita Miller is the new bowler

11.4

Miller to Ryder, no run, length ball on the pads and its blocked back to the bowler

11.5

Miller to Ryder, 2 runs, goes back and punches it to extra cover, who misfields allowing Ryder to come back for a couple

11.6

Miller to Ryder, 1 run, swung away to long leg for a single to retrain strike

End of over 12 (4 runs) New Zealand 46/0
JD Ryder    39* (40b 6x4)      NO Miller    1-0-4-0
MJ Guptill    5* (32b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-4-0

12.1

Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, early call for single and they pick it up easily as he opens the face and guides it towards point

12.2

Bravo to Guptill, no run, thick bottom edge as Guptill chopped this shortish ball outside off stump to first slip

12.3

Bravo to Guptill, no run, neat, it was a full length ball on middle as Guptill gets forward and clipped it to mid-on

12.4

Bravo to Guptill, 1 run, good, quick single again as this length ball is nudged towards point off the front foot

12.5

Bravo to Ryder, no run, fullish and absolutely no room and Ryder was originally planning to flay it through the covers, but had to check his shot. Gets a thick inside edge down the pitch

12.6

Bravo to Ryder, 1 run, stays back and swings it away to long leg as this is shortish and on the pads

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 49/0
JD Ryder    41* (43b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-7-0
MJ Guptill    6* (35b)      NO Miller    1-0-4-0

13.1

Miller to Ryder, FOUR, that's fifty for New Zealand as Ryder rocks back to punish a short ball with just a touch of width through the covers

13.2

Miller to Ryder, 1 run, goes back and punches it away down the ground for a single

13.3

Miller to Guptill, no run, bit of flight from Miller but he prefers to go back and block it

13.4

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, touch more flight which draws Guptill forward and he drives just wide of mid-off and picks up a single

13.5

Miller to Ryder, no run, Ryder was banking on the flight to slam the ball through the covers, but he finds short cover

13.6

Miller to Ryder, 1 run, whipped away towards midwicket for a single

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 56/0
JD Ryder    47* (47b 7x4)      NO Miller    2-0-11-0
MJ Guptill    7* (37b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-7-0

Josiah: "Oh dear. West Indies need to stop paying international cricket fir a while. These misfields leak runs and make it harder for the batsmen. Ryder should not have scored this innings"

14.1

Bravo to Ryder, no run, length ball just outside off stump as Ryder goes forward and slaps it to point

14.2

Bravo to Ryder, OUT, they've finally got him finally. Excellent delivery on that off stump corridor and Ryder is drawn into pushing at it. His head snapped immediately back to the keeper, but this time Ramdin collects the edge safely and West Indies celebrate

JD Ryder c †Ramdin b Bravo 47 (62m 49b 7x4 0x6) SR: 95.91

Kane Williamson strides out at No. 3.

Ricky: "Cant decide whether I want to see a really hard grafted score from Guptill here or if he should just hit out or get out, he is too talented to be doing this."

14.3

Bravo to Williamson, 1 wide, starts off with a fullish one which seams further away after starting well outside off stump. The umpire doesn't like it and calls it wide

14.3

Bravo to Williamson, no run, gets a little closer but he is still too far outside off to lure the new batsman into a shot

14.4

Bravo to Williamson, no run, another beauty, this was angled in on a good length and then straightens even as Williamson leaned into a forward defensive. Too good for him

14.5

Bravo to Williamson, 1 run, he's off the mark by tapping a full length ball on middle towards mid-on with soft hands

14.6

Bravo to Guptill, no run, good-looking drive from Guptill, but he can't pierce the off side field as the fullish ball outside off is pushed straight to mid-off

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 58/1
MJ Guptill    7* (38b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-9-1
KS Williamson    1* (3b)      NO Miller    2-0-11-0

15.1

Miller to Williamson, no run, chips down the track as he sees this tossed up on off stump and blocks

15.2

Miller to Williamson, no run, and he sensed this would be shorter as he remained on the back foot and steered it towards the covers

15.3

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, nudged down to long-on as this was full and on middle and leg

mid-off is up and there is a slip in place too

15.4

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, goes back and powers the length ball on the stumps to long-on again

15.5

Miller to Williamson, no run, flighted on middle as Williamson keeps his bat and pad close in defence

15.6

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, wanders down the track and drills the ball to the bowler, who can't get behind it. As the ball scurries away towards mid-off, he picks up an eventually easy single

And that is drinks

David: "Is Guptill trying to play his way into the test team as an opener??"

End of over 16 (3 runs) New Zealand 61/1
KS Williamson    3* (8b)      NO Miller    3-0-14-0
MJ Guptill    8* (39b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-9-1

Muthukumaran: "NZ have enough hitting power to come to compensate guptill slowness...He need some more time to get settled..hope he does that before 20 overs!!!!"

16.1

Bravo to Williamson, no run, fullish and outside off, Williamson is content leaving this be

16.2

Bravo to Williamson, no run, good stuff from Bravo, he's getting closer towards off and is on a good length too. Williamson respects it with another leave

16.3

Bravo to Williamson, no run, walks out to meet the fullish ball and he was allowing a reasonable view of all three stumps as he pushes down the ground

16.4

Bravo to Williamson, 1 run, leans forward and blocks with soft hands towards point and Guptill responds to the quick single

16.5

Bravo to Guptill, no run, beaten outside off as Guptill got forward and looked to defend. Touch of away movement and he's rather lucky not to get the edge. Very scratchy innings this

16.6

Bravo to Guptill, SIX, phew! Nothing scratchy about that. Length ball just a touch outside off stump, he plonks his front foot forward, gets under it and launches it straight over the top of the sightscreen. Magnificent strike.

End of over 17 (7 runs) New Zealand 68/1
MJ Guptill    14* (41b 1x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-16-1
KS Williamson    4* (12b)      NO Miller    3-0-14-0

Silly mid-off in play

Josiah: "Ifi was Dwayne I would bring on Narine to really put the squeeze on NZ"

17.1

Miller to Williamson, 2 runs, chipped over the top on the off side as he charges down the track for a couple

17.2

Miller to Williamson, no run, full length ball on middle and leg as he drives back to the bowler

17.3

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, pushed to the left of Bravo as he leaned forward and opened the face of the bat on impact with the flighted ball on off

17.4

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, went back in his crease as this was a touch short and he opens up his shoulders in a punch through extra cover

17.5

Miller to Guptill, no run, steers it to short third man as he goes right forward and plays with soft hands

17.6

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, this time he cuts to deep point after going back to a length ball outside off stump

duncan: "Only 1 over in double figures after 16 overs - this could come back to bite NZ when WI come to bat, I'm sure their SR won't be quite so pedestrian."

End of over 18 (6 runs) New Zealand 74/1
MJ Guptill    17* (44b 1x6)      NO Miller    4-0-20-0
KS Williamson    7* (15b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-16-1

18.1

Bravo to Guptill, no run, pushed down towards mid-off but the bowler runs over to field it himself

Deep square leg moves out

18.2

Bravo to Guptill, no run, short, wide, ample room but though he found perfect timing, the ball goes straight to the man at cover. Touch unlucky?

18.3

Bravo to Guptill, 1 run, short ball coming up just above his midriff as he swivels on the back foot and pulls it towards long leg for a single

The Cricket Nerd: "@Josiah: Why would you bring Narine on when NZ are already crawling? Better to save him for when they try to compensate for the current run rate."

18.4

Bravo to Williamson, no run, fullish ball outside off as Williamson crouches in his crease and looks to cut it, but gets a thick bottom edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper

18.5

Bravo to Williamson, no run, jumps across to the off stump as Bravo keeps this nice and full. Gets a touch of movement away as Williamson nudges it towards point

18.6

Bravo to Williamson, no run, full and angling into him as he clips it to mid-on quite nicely

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 75/1
KS Williamson    7* (18b)      DJ Bravo    5-0-17-1
MJ Guptill    18* (47b 1x6)      NO Miller    4-0-20-0

19.1

Miller to Guptill, no run, worked away to midwicket from the crease

19.2

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, it was fullish but on the pads and Guptill whips it away towards deep midwicket

19.3

Miller to Williamson, no run, he's not been shy of coming down the track, but Miller has seen him here and shortens the length so that Williamson can only defend

19.4

Miller to Williamson, 2 runs, well played, that. Another chip down the track to reach the pitch of the ball and he just concentrates of beating the man in the infield and picks up a couple over cover

19.5

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, goes back and guides this towards short third man, lovely little late cut gets a single

19.6

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, drops it short here and Guptill is quick to latch on as he pulls this away to deep square leg

Kev: "NZ crawling? Come on Mr impatient. They are 4 runs per over at 17 overs. This is not T20....get real someone....." The pitch might be a touch slow as well.

End of over 20 (5 runs) New Zealand 80/1
MJ Guptill    20* (50b 1x6)      NO Miller    5-0-25-0
KS Williamson    10* (21b)      DJ Bravo    5-0-17-1

Time for some Sunil Narine. Slip in place, with five other men inside the circle

20.1

Narine to Guptill, no run, lots of flight for the first ball as he comes forward and defends

20.2

Narine to Guptill, no run, reaches forward and gets outside the line of the ball to turn it away to midwicket

20.3

Narine to Guptill, 2 runs, draws Guptill forward again and this time he plays a good, solid drive through extra cover to pick up a couple

20.4

Narine to Guptill, no run, turns in from a full length as Guptill gets forward and nudges into the on side

20.5

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, holds this one back and Guptill was wise to it as he got deep in his crease and worked it away to square leg

20.6

Narine to Williamson, no run, straight bat keeps out the full length ball on middle

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 83/1
KS Williamson    10* (22b)      SP Narine    1-0-3-0
MJ Guptill    23* (55b 1x6)      NO Miller    5-0-25-0

21.1

Miller to Guptill, no run, gets forward and blocks it to the bowler

21.2

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, steers this towards point with an open face and hurries through for a single

21.3

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, dabs towards point again and they pick up another single

21.4

Miller to Guptill, no run, oh, bit of extra extra bounce for Miller as this one lobs away towards where silly mid-off might have been

21.5

Miller to Guptill, no run, flighted outside off, defended away

21.6

Miller to Guptill, no run, turned away between midwicket and mid-on to retain strike

End of over 22 (2 runs) New Zealand 85/1
MJ Guptill    24* (60b 1x6)      NO Miller    6-0-27-0
KS Williamson    11* (23b)      SP Narine    1-0-3-0

22.1

Narine to Williamson, no run, goes back and stands tall as he blocks the length ball

22.2

Narine to Williamson, 1 run, leans over his front leg and turns the ball away towards square leg for a single

22.3

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, turns in off a full length as he pushes down the ground, they were thinking of two, but the fielder had come in off the boundary a little too quickly

22.4

Narine to Williamson, no run, could probably have gone forward to that as he had to hurry into his stroke. But he manages to keep this inward turning delivery out

22.5

Narine to Williamson, no run, quicker ball on middle and leg as he punches to mid-on

22.6

Narine to Williamson, 1 run, uses his wrists to work this full length ball on leg stump away to the left of short fine leg

Andy: "They might be crawling a bit more than usual but at least they have wickets in hand and are still trying to keep rotating the strike."

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 88/1
KS Williamson    13* (28b)      SP Narine    2-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    25* (61b 1x6)      NO Miller    6-0-27-0

23.1

Miller to Williamson, no run, defended off the front boot back to the bowler

23.2

Miller to Williamson, 2 runs, edged forward, but seeing this a touch short, he rocks back and slaps the ball behind point for a couple

23.3

Miller to Williamson, no run, another trip down the track, but this wasn't quite well controlled as the ball squirts off to short fine leg

23.4

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, gets forward and drives down to long-on

23.5

Miller to Guptill, no run, flighted on off stump as Guptill opens the face and drives into the covers

23.6

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, single to finish as he makes a little room to slap the short ball through to deep point

End of over 24 (4 runs) New Zealand 92/1
MJ Guptill    26* (63b 1x6)      NO Miller    7-0-31-0
KS Williamson    16* (32b)      SP Narine    2-0-6-0

Narine goes around the wicket

Muthukumaran: "Its quite boring now a days to see high scoring games.would love to see a classical 90's ODI where 225 will be defended by 20 or 30 runs!!!!!"

24.1

Narine to Guptill, 1 leg bye, off spinner on the pads, though he did flight it rather nicely. Goes off the thigh pad and Williamson pulls him through for a single

24.2

Narine to Williamson, FOUR, oops, that was far too short and dealt with appropriately. Smart and swift footwork takes Williamson deep in his crease and he pulls the ball dead square to beat the deep fielder

24.3

Narine to Williamson, 1 run, stays back again and this time turns the ball through towards midwicket for a single

24.4

Narine to Guptill, 3 runs, short outside off stump this time and Guptill cuts this between point and cover. He's got a good bat on that, but Charles pulls it back with a sliding stop. It was the knuckle ball too, well read

24.5

Narine to Williamson, 1 run

24.6

Narine to Guptill, FOUR, he goes one better, leaps back in his crease to make some room for himself to take advantage of another on that was a touch too short and slaps this behind point for four

Victor: "Going slow now may haunt NZ later-rain is predicted for later in the afternoon."

End of over 25 (14 runs) New Zealand 106/1
MJ Guptill    33* (66b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-19-0
KS Williamson    22* (35b 1x4)      NO Miller    7-0-31-0

25.1

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, pushed off the back foot to long-off as this is kept on a length outside off

25.2

Miller to Guptill, no run, flighted on middle and off which draws Guptill into a forward defensive

25.3

Miller to Guptill, no run, wanted the single but cover comes around and cuts off the drive through mid-off

25.4

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, this was angled in on the pads and he turns it away to deep square leg

25.5

Miller to Williamson, 1 run, a little dance down the track allows him to drive the flighted ball through the covers for a single

25.6

Miller to Guptill, no run, pushed through on middle and leg as Guptill goes back and pushes down the pitch

End of over 26 (3 runs) New Zealand 109/1
MJ Guptill    34* (70b 1x4 1x6)      NO Miller    8-0-34-0
KS Williamson    24* (37b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-0-19-0

26.1

Narine to Williamson, 1 run, drives very nicely down the ground after he advanced from his crease to get to the pitch of the flighted ball on off stump

26.2

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, good stride forward again as he continues tossing the ball up on off stump and is driven towards cover

26.3

Narine to Williamson, 2 runs, oh, dropped it short and Williamson had moved across to the off stump and pulls it behind square leg. Tino Best is down there and keeps it to two

26.4

Narine to Williamson, no run, stays full and Williamson moves forward, keeps bat and pad together and blocks

26.5

Narine to Williamson, 1 run, flicked away through to deep square leg again, good footwork again as he moved right back in his crease

26.6

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, a bit too short again, but this time a little brilliance from backward point prevents the boundary. It was chopped away rather powerfully but Miller leaps to his left and gets two hands to it

Josiah: "Bowling short on a slow pitch deserves the brutal treatment it gets.These two spinners of all should know that"

End of over 27 (6 runs) New Zealand 115/1
MJ Guptill    36* (72b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    4-0-25-0
KS Williamson    28* (41b 1x4)      NO Miller    8-0-34-0

27.1

Miller to Guptill, no run

27.2

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, full on middle and leg is driven from the crease down to long-on

27.3

Miller to Williamson, FOUR, used his feet, as he has been doing all innings and this time he reached right to the pitch of it so playing against the turn was no problem as he slammed the ball over midwicket

27.4

Miller to Williamson, 2 runs, stays back as this length ball is guided away off an open face fine of short third man

27.5

Miller to Williamson, no run, opens the face again, but it goes straight to the short third man fielder

27.6

Miller to Williamson, 2 runs, full and on the pads as he turns it away through midwicket

Muthukumaran: "@Victor - Even if its a rain affected game NZ have better chance cos only charles will be playing aggressively in WI top order.So its quite advantage for NZ."

End of over 28 (9 runs) New Zealand 124/1
KS Williamson    36* (45b 2x4)      NO Miller    9-0-43-0
MJ Guptill    37* (74b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    4-0-25-0

Narsingh Deonarine will have a bowl from around the wicket

28.1

Deonarine to Guptill, no run, dart on leg stump as Guptill pushed to mid-on

28.2

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, length ball pushed across on off stump as he punches it to long-off

28.3

Deonarine to Williamson, 1 run, length ball on off stump, but Williamson was making some room for himself and cuts towards cover

28.4

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, flighted delivery on middle and off as he goes forward and drives to long-off again

28.5

Deonarine to Williamson, no run, clips the length ball on middle to midwicket

28.6

Deonarine to Williamson, 2 runs, neatly manoeuvred as this was on the pads and he paddled it wide of the short fine leg fielder

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 129/1
KS Williamson    39* (48b 2x4)      N Deonarine    1-0-5-0
MJ Guptill    39* (77b 1x4 1x6)      NO Miller    9-0-43-0

29.1

Miller to Guptill, no run, he's missed out there, it was short and had enough room, but perhaps he should have been trying to cut it instead of pull it away

29.2

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, flatter delivery that time and he chops it away behind point, there is a fumble at point which allows them a couple

29.3

Miller to Guptill, no run, pushed down the pitch off the back foot

29.4

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, goes back to cut the ball off the stumps and he gets a top edge that balloons through the vacant slip cordon

29.5

Miller to Guptill, no run

29.6

Miller to Guptill, no run, he finishes off with a yorker on off stump and Guptill gets his bat down in time

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 133/1
MJ Guptill    43* (83b 1x4 1x6)      NO Miller    10-0-47-0
KS Williamson    39* (48b 2x4)      N Deonarine    1-0-5-0

30.1

Deonarine to Williamson, 2 runs, skips down the track and drives that inside-out towards extra cover

30.2

Deonarine to Williamson, 1 run, clips this towards deep midwicket

Shenzy: "These two setting up a perfect launch pad for the Kiwis - hoping for some fireworks in the end of the innings..."

30.3

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg stump, worked towards long-on this time

30.4

Deonarine to Williamson, FOUR, backs away from the stumps, chops that towards point where a sloppy effort from Nikita Miller concedes a boundary, that should have been a single, Miller doesn't get down as he tries to stop that, deflects off his hands

30.5

Deonarine to Williamson, 1 run, eased towards long-on for one more

30.6

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, no risk at all, but 10 runs come off the over as another single is taken to long-on

End of over 31 (10 runs) New Zealand 143/1
MJ Guptill    45* (85b 1x4 1x6)      N Deonarine    2-0-15-0
KS Williamson    47* (52b 3x4)      NO Miller    10-0-47-0

Andy: "Wow I can't remember the last time that I saw the New Zealand top 3 all score 40+ in an ODI. For me that is impressive in itself. They now have a solid base so hopefully there will be some fireworks from the New Zealand team for these last 20 overs."

Tino Best returns.

31.1

Best to Guptill, 1 run, bit of width and that is thumped towards extra cover, good stop there, Guptill and Best nearly collide as the batsman completes the run and Best runs back to collect the throw

31.2

Best to Williamson, no run, full and outside off, 136kph, a yorker outside off is squeezed out towards the off side

31.3

Best to Williamson, no run, pitched up and that is a good-looking drive, but straight to mid-off

31.4

Best to Williamson, OUT, gone, second New Zealand batsman to depart for 47, caught by the keeper again, but this was a swirler, Williamson was going for the pull as Best drops it short, top edged it and it looped towards backward square leg, Kirk Edwards is there but he gets out of the way and leaves it to Ramdin, who completes a tricky catch

KS Williamson c †Ramdin b Best 47 (61m 55b 3x4 0x6) SR: 85.45

Here comes Ross Taylor

31.5

Best to Guptill, 1 run, grunts as he bowls a full ball outside off, squeezed out towards point

31.6

Best to Taylor, no run, good delivery first up for Taylor, a quick one just outside off, can't get enough bat on it and it goes onto his pads

End of over 32 (2 runs) New Zealand 145/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      TL Best    6-0-30-1
MJ Guptill    47* (87b 1x4 1x6)      N Deonarine    2-0-15-0

Matthew: "They say double the score after 30, so we're well set for a good score. They've set the platform well"

32.1

Deonarine to Guptill, no run, pushed towards mid-on by Guptill

32.2

Deonarine to Guptill, no run, on the pads, clipped to backward square

32.3

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, fuller ball is driven towards long-on and Guptill moves along to 48

alwarming: "Send in A̶f̶r̶i̶d̶i̶ Corey already!"

32.4

Deonarine to Taylor, 1 run, overpitched and on the pads, towards long-on for one more, Taylor off the mark

32.5

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, down the leg side, on one knee as he sweeps that behind square

32.6

Deonarine to Taylor, 1 run, eased to long-on for one more

No doubting who the fans want to see. Josiah: "Next is Brutal Brendan. Then BOOM BOOM ANDERSON to come."

Graeme: "I really enjoy watching M Guptill bat but we need to see more of his 20/20 form here than his test form."

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 149/2
LRPL Taylor    2* (3b)      N Deonarine    3-0-19-0
MJ Guptill    49* (91b 1x4 1x6)      TL Best    6-0-30-1

33.1

Best to Taylor, no run, full ball is driven towards cover by Taylor, that was 140kph from Best

33.2

Best to Taylor, 1 run, short of length and on the pads, tapped towards square leg for a single

33.3

Best to Guptill, no run, length ball is solidly driven towards the bowler, El Tino does well to get down in time to stop that

Ricky: "Thought Anderson may have come in before Taylor, however the prospect of him and McCullum to come must be daunting"

33.4

Best to Guptill, no run, short of length ball outside off, chopped towards point, not timed too well

33.5

Best to Guptill, no run, short of length once more, on the body, can't get it away, Guptill still on 49

33.6

Best to Guptill, 1 run, what a shot to get Guptil to fifty, a lovely, effortless straight drive that zips straight back past the bowler, not all the way to the rope, but a great-looking shot that

End of over 34 (2 runs) New Zealand 151/2
MJ Guptill    50* (95b 1x4 1x6)      TL Best    7-0-32-1
LRPL Taylor    3* (5b)      N Deonarine    3-0-19-0

34.1

Deonarine to Guptill, no run, pitched up and on the pads, driven towards mid-on where Bravo fields

34.2

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, eased to long-on for a single as Deonarine continues round the wicket

34.3

Deonarine to Taylor, 1 run, flighted, pitched up, driven towards long-off for another single, risk-free

34.4

Deonarine to Guptill, 1 run, towards cover this time for one more

Steve Austin: "With one innings Corey Anderson has probably eclipsed Brendon McCullum as the most popular New Zealand player in the subcontinent at least."

34.5

Deonarine to Taylor, no run, catch him is the cry as Taylor plays it uppishly towards the bowler, Guptill also hastily dives back at the non-striker's end to make sure he is caught out of his crease

34.6

Deonarine to Taylor, 1 run, pushed towards long-off for a single

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 155/2
LRPL Taylor    5* (8b)      N Deonarine    4-0-23-0
MJ Guptill    52* (98b 1x4 1x6)      TL Best    7-0-32-1

Batting Powerplay. But first, time for drinks.

Charles: "Gee People get carried away over one innings. Of course there is no way they would bring Anderson in ahead of 2 world class one day batsmen."

David Paul: "Steve Austin, I think Anderson's the new big-hitting hot topic everywhere right now. Taylor gets a lot of love in the subcontinent too." Especially in Bangalore, where he was a crowd favourite during his time with Royal Challengers.

35.1

Best to Taylor, 1 run, full ball outside off, is driven towards sweeper cover

35.2

Best to Guptill, FOUR, beautiful hit form Guptill, full swing as he hits this length bal over Tino Best's head, very still as he played that one, four runs

35.3

Best to Guptill, SIX, whoah, that was effortless from Guptill, again it was pitched up from Best, Guptill just chips this over long-on, right off the meat of the bat, didn't look to power it even though there was a man in the deep

35.4

Best to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill turning it on here, short and wide, Guptill looks to muscle it past point, bottom edges it to the third man boundary for four more

Josiah: "Dwayne needs to bowl here. He has always been expensive after the 40th over"

35.5

Best to Guptill, 1 run, single this time, drops the ball to the off side and sets off immediately for a single

35.6

Best to Taylor, no run, length ball on the pads, clipped to square leg, Taylor wanted one but there wasn't time so he decides against it

It's not a New Zealand ODI till we get one of these mails. Barry: "@Charles, McCullum is not a world class batsman. 4 one day hundreds against bunny teams, and an average of 30 barely gets him into the average category. So over-rated."

Sy: "Congratulations Guptill on your century..... of balls faced"

End of over 36 (16 runs) New Zealand 171/2
LRPL Taylor    6* (10b)      TL Best    8-0-48-1
MJ Guptill    67* (102b 3x4 2x6)      N Deonarine    4-0-23-0

36.1

Narine to Guptill, no run, Narine drops it a touch short, chopped towards backward point off the backfoot

36.2

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, guided down to short fine leg for a single

36.3

Narine to Taylor, no run, struck on the glove there, Taylor wringing his hands after playing that one to the leg side, it bounced off a length and jammed his finger

36.4

Narine to Taylor, no run, tucked towards midwicket for a single

36.5

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, clipped to square leg for an easy single

Fraser Allen: "ahhh the Guppie doubters - done his job!"

36.6

Narine to Guptill, no run, a loud lbw appeal, that was turning down leg, Guptill was looking to defend it off the front foot

Carson: "WI preferred to have 3 keepers in the ODI at the expense of allowing Chanderpaul to stay on as replacement for Samuels. I also wonder when a player like Santokie who has been the best limited overs bowler in the Caribbean will get a game above the likes of Tino Best."

End of over 37 (2 runs) New Zealand 173/2
MJ Guptill    68* (105b 3x4 2x6)      SP Narine    5-0-27-0
LRPL Taylor    7* (13b)      TL Best    8-0-48-1

Dave: "@Barry - you have to remember that BMac spent much of his career batting at 7, so neither average or number of centuries is a relevant indicator of his usefulness."

Akbar: "Agree with Barry. Taylor, potentially Ryder and Corey in the future will be world class. Mcculum is a one hit wonder."

37.1

Holder to Taylor, no run, short of length and just outside off from Holder, defended from the crease

37.2

Holder to Taylor, no run, defended to the right of the bowler, batsman wanted a single but the non-striker didn't

37.3

Holder to Taylor, FOUR, short ball, a slow one, a very slow one, 97kph, Taylor was shaping for the pull, was in position very early, waits for the ball to arrive and then puts it away behind square leg for four

37.4

Holder to Taylor, 1 run, full ball is driven towards long-on for a single

37.5

Holder to Guptill, 1 run, length ball is tipped towards long-on by Guptill

The McCullum fan brigade is out. Thomas: "@Barry: I remember being at the ground in Abu Dhabi when McCullum scored a brilliant 131 at better than run a ball against a Pakistan attack including Amir, Gul, Ajmal, Afridi and to a lesser extent Razzaq. Hardly a "bunny" attack really."

37.6

Holder to Taylor, 1 run, yorked is dug out towards covers for a single, good ball to end the over

Sam: "@barry: you will have to note the fact that McCullum batted at 7,8 or even 9 at times in the early part of his career when there were allrounders like cairns,harris,oram,vettori and co."

Charles: "People seem to forget that McCullum played as a wicketkeeper down the order for a larger portion of his career hence a lower average. While he is not a world class test batsmen , I still believe he would make any oneday team in the world. As would Rosco."

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 180/2
LRPL Taylor    13* (18b 1x4)      JO Holder    6-2-16-0
MJ Guptill    69* (106b 3x4 2x6)      SP Narine    5-0-27-0

38.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, flighted length delivery is worked towards long-on

38.2

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, chopped off the backfoot towards short third man, Holder gets down in time to stop that one, 6' 7" doesn't stop Holder from fielding that

38.3

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, clipped behind square leg, if he had collected cleanly the batsmen would have been in trouble

38.4

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, tapped behind square leg

38.5

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, worked behind square leg

38.6

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, gets forward and eases that towards extra cover, for another single, six in the over

End of over 39 (6 runs) New Zealand 186/2
MJ Guptill    72* (109b 3x4 2x6)      SP Narine    6-0-33-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (21b 1x4)      JO Holder    6-2-16-0

39.1

Holder to Guptill, no run, pitched up and that is driven towards long-off for a single

Barry: "I note McCullum has no centuries against England, but he averages 38.8 against them with a strike rate of 109 !! And he batted a long way down the order in his career"

39.2

Holder to Guptill, 1 run, full ball outside off, squeezed out towards mid-off for a single

39.3

Holder to Taylor, FOUR, whips that length ball in front of square leg, working it with the angle, not the best effort from Miller at the boundary, conceding four

39.4

Holder to Taylor, 1 run, eased to long-on for one more

Jaki Bonham: "Enough already with the McCullum bashing! He's leading a side that could be headed for great things, he's incredibly experienced, has the respect of his team and I think you're all forgetting how amazing he was against England last summer. Leave the man alone!"

39.5

Holder to Guptill, 1 run, full ball just outside off, dug out towards extra cover

Ricky: "Come on guys, lets just admit that on his day McCullum can smash any attack to any part of the ground. he has belted the aussies around too if you recall the chappel hadlee series a few years back. It is just a shame his 'days' are few and far between"

39.6

Holder to Taylor, no run, a yorker to finish the Powerplay, pushed to the right of the bowler, so 39 off the pwoerplay, slightly disappointing given the start they got off Best

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 193/2
LRPL Taylor    21* (24b 2x4)      JO Holder    7-2-23-0
MJ Guptill    74* (112b 3x4 2x6)      SP Narine    6-0-33-0

40.1

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, punched past a diving cover for a single to bring up the 50 partnership

40.2

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, length ball is driven towards long-on for a risk-free single

Chris: "How many of you were watching the Ashes but ended up watching this after seeing England fall to 25/5...."

40.3

Narine to Guptill, no run, blocked towards midwicket, a dot ball

40.4

Narine to Guptill, no run, backs away and guides it to backward point, another dot ball

40.5

Narine to Guptill, 1 run, steers this towards short third man for a single

40.6

Narine to Taylor, 1 wide, down the leg side, Taylor can't connect but it is a wide anyway

40.6

Narine to Taylor, no run, Taylor is hit on the pads and looks for a single, the ball rolls near short leg, the keeper is onto it quickly, Taylor dives back towards his crease

Ben: "Lets go boys! Time to go after the WI attack!"

End of over 41 (4 runs) New Zealand 197/2
LRPL Taylor    22* (26b 2x4)      SP Narine    7-0-37-0
MJ Guptill    76* (116b 3x4 2x6)      JO Holder    7-2-23-0

41.1

Holder to Guptill, 1 run, full slower ball, thumped towards long-on, 107kph this one

41.2

Holder to Taylor, 1 run, pitched up and on offstump, whipped towards deep square leg, just the single

41.3

Holder to Guptill, FOUR, lucky for the batsman, Guptill looking for the big hit, a length ball that Guptill wanted to send beyond long-on, a thick outside edge results, the ball loops over short third man for four

41.4

Holder to Guptill, OUT, Guptill perishes as he looks to step up the pace, Holder angles the ball into the batsman, Guptill doesn't get enough space to get inside the line, he launches the ball towards long-off and holes out, he wanted to get it more towards deep extra cover

MJ Guptill c Bravo b Holder 81 (166m 119b 4x4 2x6) SR: 68.06

Here's Brendon McCullum

41.5

Holder to BB McCullum, 1 run, dropped, the third drop off Holder, this is awaful from West Indies, McCullum looks to pull his first delivery for six, doesn't get it right off the middle, reaches Miller at deep square leg, bad miss from Miller, Holder's mood darkens

G__Monk: "Doesn't 25/5 make you curious to follow it, anyways I've been following both the games esp. after the C.Anderson's last innings who wouldn't follow this match"

41.6

Holder to Taylor, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side

41.6

Holder to Taylor, 1 run, punched towards long-on for a single

End of over 42 (9 runs) New Zealand 206/3
LRPL Taylor    24* (28b 2x4)      JO Holder    8-2-32-1
BB McCullum    1* (1b)      SP Narine    7-0-37-0

42.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, guided towards backward point for a singl

42.2

Narine to BB McCullum, no run, goes deep in the crease and tucks this one from off stump towards square leg

42.3

Narine to BB McCullum, 1 run, drops it short, McCullum swats it away towards deep square leg

42.4

Narine to Taylor, no run, pitched up and outside off, Taylor can't get it past backward point

42.5

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, full and outside off, defended in front of point for a single

42.6

Narine to BB McCullum, no run, quicker one, Narine concedes just three in the over as McCullum defends the final ball

End of over 43 (3 runs) New Zealand 209/3
BB McCullum    2* (4b)      SP Narine    8-0-40-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (31b 2x4)      JO Holder    8-2-32-1

Josiah: "I would hate to be Jason Holder right now. He deserves more than 1 wicket for his brilliance. The batting better not collapse today to makeup for this dreadful piece of fielding"

43.1

Best to Taylor, FOUR, slammed towards midwicket, that was short of a length, power hitting from Taylor

43.2

Best to Taylor, FOUR, unlucky this time Best, pitched up and angling in towards off stump, a thick outside edge past the keeper for four

Mark: "Well that's 3 down for Holder. What a day he's having. Sure it will come back to haunt the W'indies. The cliche "Catches win matches" continues to echo."

43.3

Best to Taylor, 1 run, short of length well outside off, slower ball is chopped out towards point

43.4

Best to BB McCullum, FOUR, more misfortune for Best, McCullum charges out and gets a thick inside edge this time past the keeper and down to fine leg for four, this was a full ball on leg stump

fine leg goes back, long-off comes in

43.5

Best to BB McCullum, 2 runs, this was a tough one, Simmons charges in from the rope after McCullum muscled it towards midwicket, lands just short of him

43.6

Best to BB McCullum, 1 no ball, more frustration for Best, a high full toss and a slog sends the ball straight up, Best races in to try collect that but he can't get there in time

43.6

Best to BB McCullum, SIX, there's the McCullum special, is there anyone in the world better at skipping out and clobbering the ball over cover? moves away leg side to make sure there was room to swing his arms, right off the middle and into the crowd

End of over 44 (22 runs) New Zealand 231/3
BB McCullum    14* (8b 1x4 1x6)      TL Best    9-0-70-1
LRPL Taylor    35* (34b 4x4)      SP Narine    8-0-40-0

44.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, comes forward and nudges it towards mid-on for a single

44.2

Narine to BB McCullum, OUT, charges him again and goes through with a hoick over the top, he doesn't get anywhere near enough on it as Bravo steadies himself beneath it at midwicket and holds on to a skier. Narine enticed him with the flight and the New Zealand captain took the bait.

BB McCullum c Bravo b Narine 14 (15m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 155.55

And out comes a man who had a very happy new year, Corey Anderson

44.3

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, went back and dabbed it behind point for a quick single

Kev: "What's in a name for the WI bowlers? Best is the worst and Jason is teh only Holder on the team hence the dropped catches."

44.4

Narine to Anderson, 1 run, off spinner, dragged a bit short as he chopped it to cover, Bravo had a good bounce as he picks it up one-handed and has a shy at the stumps. Could have been quite close there

44.5

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, searching for the second after he shuffles across into the off side to whip the ball behind square leg, but the man in the deep is quick enough to keep them to one

44.6

Narine to Anderson, no run, lovely delivery to end, can't get under the full, off spinner as he goes forward and has to just push it back to the bowler

End of over 45 (4 runs) New Zealand 235/4
CJ Anderson    1* (2b)      SP Narine    9-0-44-1
LRPL Taylor    38* (37b 4x4)      TL Best    9-0-70-1

45.1

Bravo to Taylor, 2 runs, nicely placed from Taylor as Bravo spears this in full on leg stump from around the wicket. Nice clip towards long-on gets a couple

45.2

Bravo to Taylor, FOUR, full toss on the pads, easy put away as Taylor gets just enough of a tickle to beat the man at short fine leg. Possibly the worst delivery you could bowl at this point

45.3

Bravo to Taylor, 1 run, solid drive to long-on as he gets on his front foot to meet this full length ball on leg stump

gav: "Enough time for a century for Anderson"

45.4

Bravo to Anderson, 1 run, slapped to long-off and Charles had to hurry. That was struck with fierce power. Opened up his stance and just hammered it away off the front foot

45.5

Bravo to Taylor, 1 run, well bowled, that was almost a yorker on middle and Taylor can only nudge it to the right of the bowler and pick up a single

45.6

Bravo to Anderson, 1 wide, he finds the block hole again, but it's about four feet away from the batsman. Umpire has a stretch of his arms

45.6

Bravo to Anderson, FOUR, in the slot just outside off and it was just a short-armed jab through the covers, but there was enough power in the shot to beat the man at long-off. What a strike!

End of over 46 (14 runs) New Zealand 249/4
CJ Anderson    6* (4b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-31-1
LRPL Taylor    46* (41b 5x4)      SP Narine    9-0-44-1

46.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, length ball, turning in to the batsman who makes a little room outside leg and cuts it towards third man

46.2

Narine to Anderson, no run, went deep in his crease and made a little room for himself as well, but he slaps it straight to cover

46.3

Narine to Anderson, 1 leg bye, he goes up in a hopeful appeal after a quick, flat ball on leg stump. Anderson was very slow on the flick and is struck on the pads, but that had pitched outside leg

46.4

Narine to Taylor, 2 runs, this time he offers a bit of flight and Taylor works it away towards deep square leg for a couple

46.5

Narine to Taylor, OUT, what were they doing there? Taylor chops it straight to Holder at short third man. There was no single there, but Anderson had already rushed through and Taylor had to respond. He tries his best, but the throw comes in to Narine and he whips off the bails without any fuss

LRPL Taylor run out 49 (69m 44b 5x4 0x6) SR: 111.36

46.6

Narine to Anderson, no run, swing and a miss as Narine ends with a flatter and quicker ball just outside off stump

Baxter: "This will be the hardest innings of Anderson's life. What does he do for an encore? Whatever he does today will seem a bit disappointing."

End of over 47 (4 runs) New Zealand 253/5
CJ Anderson    6* (7b 1x4)      SP Narine    10-0-47-1
L Ronchi    0* (0b)      DJ Bravo    6-0-31-1

Luke Ronchi is the new man in and he will face up to Jason Holder.

Josiah: "Such predictable horrid death bowling by the West Indies. Bravo NEVER learns"

47.1

Holder to Ronchi, FOUR, poor start there as he offers a length ball on the pads and Ronchi picks it up and deposits it into the square leg boundary with a neat flick off his front foot

47.2

Holder to Ronchi, 1 wide, charges him and Holder responds with a quick bouncer which sails over the batsman's head. Umpire might just have been right in calling it a wide, but it was still a very hard call. Holder can't believe it

47.2

Holder to Ronchi, 1 run, length ball on middle, whipped away through midwicket to put Anderson on strike

goes around to Anderson

47.3

Holder to Anderson, 1 run, full and wide outside off and Anderson throws his bat at it. The thick outside edge flies away to deep third man

47.4

Holder to Ronchi, 1 run, clears his front leg to mow the fullish ball on middle to long-on, who gets to it after the first bounce

47.5

Holder to Anderson, 1 run, full and a touch wide outside off and Anderson was lining up for a drill through the covers, but he didn't bother moving his feet and the ball takes the inside edge to short fine leg

47.6

Holder to Ronchi, 1 leg bye, looks to swing this away again, but can't connect with bat as the ball wanders over to the leg side

End of over 48 (10 runs) New Zealand 263/5
L Ronchi    6* (4b 1x4)      JO Holder    9-2-41-1
CJ Anderson    8* (9b 1x4)      SP Narine    10-0-47-1

Bravo comes back, around the wicket

48.1

Bravo to Ronchi, no run, looks for a whack over the off side, but he misses and admonishes himself. That was a length ball and the batsman had made a bit of room to envisage the stroke as well, perhaps a bit too much in the end

48.2

Bravo to Ronchi, 2 runs, full toss on off stump as he drives down the ground to long-off. Couple taken

48.3

Bravo to Ronchi, 1 run, slower short ball from Bravo as Ronchi waits for it and pulls, a bit in the air towards midwicket

48.4

Bravo to Anderson, 1 leg bye, moved across to off stump and wanted to slam it over midwicket, but he can't make contact. Hit on the back pad, good thing for him was he was outside the line

48.5

Bravo to Ronchi, OUT, the stumps are rattled and Bravo likes that very much. Ronchi plants his front foot outside leg stump and looked to loft it over extra cover and it was there for the shot, only he misses it completely.

L Ronchi b Bravo 9 (11m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Nathan McCullum takes guard for the last ball of the 49th

48.6

Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 run, slower ball to finish as he digs it into the middle of the pitch, McCullum waits for it and uses the room outside off to dab it to point for a single

End of over 49 (5 runs) New Zealand 268/6
NL McCullum    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    7-0-35-2
CJ Anderson    8* (10b 1x4)      JO Holder    9-2-41-1

49.1

Holder to NL McCullum, SIX, short ball around shoulder height but it wasn't quite quick enough to bother McCullum who transfers his weight back and pull it over the square leg boundary.

49.2

Holder to NL McCullum, 1 run, fullish ball speared into the pads and even as McCullum looked to swipe it over the leg side, but only manages an inside edge onto pad

49.3

Holder to Anderson, 2 runs, they're coming back here, and McCullum makes it at the non-strikers'. It was a low full toss and Anderson got it very low on the bat as he struck down the ground but the running was excellent

49.4

Holder to Anderson, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, worked away towards midwicket

49.5

Holder to NL McCullum, 1 run, right up there as McCullum opended up his stance and looked to slice it through the covers. Gets it a little high on the bat and can't beat the infield

49.6

Holder to Anderson, SIX, that is way, way, way into the stands. Holder lands a length ball and Anderson accepts it gleefully. Plants his front foot outside leg stump and has ample room for a full swing of the bat and boy, did he ever nail it!

2.30 pm Well, how about that for a finish. New Zealand were sluggish to start off and benefited from a bit of wayward fielding throughout the innings. Martin Guptill overcame a tough start but proved determined enough to allow his team-mates to bat around him. Jesse Ryder allowed Guptill to get into his stride with a rapid, albeit chancy, innings. Kane Williamson sparkled, especially his footwork against spin and Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson provided the flourish in the end, but one has to say they were helped quite a bit by some toothless bowling. Do join us for the chase in about half an hour.

Josiah: "Will Tim Southee rip through the west indies batting?seems likely"

Kane: "In a good total the vast bulk of the runs were scored by the top 4 with the next 4 not needing to score much. That is what you want to see as a fan."

Aman: "Corey Anderson reminds me of another leftie with same built and similar style of play....Lance Klusener"

End of over 50 (17 runs) New Zealand 285/6
CJ Anderson    17* (13b 1x4 1x6)      JO Holder    10-2-58-1
NL McCullum    9* (4b 1x6)      DJ Bravo    7-0-35-2
Series Results
New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton - Jan 8, 2014
West Indies won by 203 runs
New Zealand v West Indies at Nelson - Jan 4, 2014
New Zealand won by 58 runs (D/L method)
New Zealand v West Indies at Queenstown - Jan 1, 2014
New Zealand won by 159 runs
New Zealand v West Indies at Napier - Dec 29, 2013
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland - Dec 26, 2013
West Indies won by 2 wickets (with 135 balls remaining)
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A view of the Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand v West Indies, 4th ODI, Nelson, January 4, 2014

A view of the Saxton Oval in Nelson

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Dwayne Bravo hooks, New Zealand v West Indies, 4th ODI, Nelson, January 4, 2014

Dwayne Bravo hooks

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