West Indies tour of New Zealand, 2008/09 / Commentary

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11.55am The preliminaries are done and dusted and we are getting ready for the start. The teams and officials are on their way ... Tim McIntosh to take strike, Jamie How his partner. A quiet murmour round the ground.

11.40am The pitch report ... a drying surface and the experts think that Vettori would have come to the ground thinking he would have a bowl but probably changed his mind when he saw the state of things. It's hard and grassy, not green but brown. a little movement early on but as the sun dries it even more it should become more placid.

The weathermen say showers this afternoon with a chilly breeze. Not exactly Caribbean warm ... 12 degrees.

11.35am A few clouds in the sky but a lovely day. Daniel Vettori has won the toss and will bat - "The wicket gets lower and slower as it goes but doesn't turn so we out our faith in the seamers and me to do the job". Chris Gayle is far from unhappy as well ...

11.30am Thanks for joining us on our coverage of the first Test between New Zealand and West Indies at Dunedin. The teams are fighting for seventh spot in the Test rankings and both sides haven't had great results come into this series. West Indies were thrashed 3-0 by Pakistan in the one-day series in Abu Dhabi while New Zealand had an Australian tour to forget .

It's only been a couple of weeks since New Zealand crashed to a massive defeat in Adelaide but there have been some big changes since then. They have a new coach in Andy Moles, a revamped team with Mark Gillespie and James Franklin returning and Auckland opener Tim McIntosh has been called up to try resolve their top-order troubles. Moles has also announced that Daniel Flynn will be pushed up to No. 3 while the attacking Jesse Ryder will come in at No. 5. Peter Burdon has more in his preview.

0.1

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, good start, full and on off stump, pushed into the off side and a loud and quick call of "no"

The players are out there, Fidel Edwards has the new ball so lets see if the West Indies can maintain the momentum they were given by Jerome Taylor

0.1

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, defended on the back foot to mid-on

0.2

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, goes to leave but slow and the ball hits the bat and dribbles into the off side

0.3

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, bang on the button, full and on middle and leg, McIntosh into line and watchfully defends

0.4

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, jumps back and pushes to short leg

A few signs of nerves from the batsman, quite understandable.

0.5

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, quick and short, McIntosh ducks and lets it pass over his left shoulder

0.6

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, outside off, left alone

A good start from Taylor, all six there or thereabouts and a bouncer to let McIntosh know he's playing with the big boys.

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0
TG McIntosh    0* (6b)      JE Taylor    1-1-0-0
JM How    0* (0b)     

Powell to share the new ball, into the breeze. Thirty-one Tests and a pretty poor average ...

1.1

Powell to How, FOUR, gentle and overpitched, sweetly clipped through square leg

And that shows why his Test average is so poor. Three slips and a gully and he serves up an early Christmas present on How's pads.

1.2

Powell to How, no run, full again, firmly driven to mid-off

1.3

Powell to How, no run, much better, outside off at 137kph, leaves How who prods and misses

1.4

Powell to How, no run, outside off, no need for How to play this time

Claps from the slips and keeper.

1.5

Powell to How, FOUR, horrible, leg-side full toss clipped through midwicket and four all the way

Poor first over and it's not finished yet ...

1.6

Powell to How, no run, well outside off and left

End of over 2 (8 runs) New Zealand 8/0
JM How    8* (6b 2x4)      DBL Powell    1-0-8-0
TG McIntosh    0* (6b)     

2.1

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, wide and left, not much movement either in the air or off the pitch

2.2

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, another short one, again McIntosh hurries to duck

2.3

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, good line outside off, well left by McIntosh but it made him think

2.4

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, drawn two-thirds forward and pushed very sedately to mid-off

2.5

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, probing the same line and length, McIntosh having none of it and happy to shoulder arms

2.6

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, half volley but very wide and McIntosh happy to let it through ... a second maiden for Taylor

Not many in and it's not exactly a big ground.

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 8/0
TG McIntosh    0* (12b)      JE Taylor    2-2-0-0
JM How    8* (6b 2x4)     

3.1

Powell to How, 1 run, neatly-timed defensive prod between stumps and mid-on, an easy single

3.2

Powell to McIntosh, no run, two of the three slips clap a ball outside off which McIntosh never had to play

3.3

Powell to McIntosh, no run, and again, slanted across the left hander

3.4

Powell to McIntosh, no run, into the groove in his second over, two feet outside off and left

3.5

Powell to McIntosh, no run, four out of four ...

Not much movement with the new ball though.

3.6

Powell to McIntosh, no run, slightly tighter line but left

Five balls to the man making his debut and he didn't have to play one of them.

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 9/0
TG McIntosh    0* (17b)      DBL Powell    2-0-9-0
JM How    9* (7b 2x4)     

A stiff breeze ... the trees very ruffled and they say it's bringing rain with it later.

4.1

Taylor to How, 1 run, flicked off leg stump to long leg, How playing confidently off his pads already

4.2

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, good delivery, quick and zipping back into McIntosh, he hurries and is caught in the crease, heading down leg though and a stifled appeal

4.3

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, back, stands tall and drops the ball at his feet, a momentary thought about a single but the cover fielders in quickly

4.4

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, back to the lure-him-to-nibble-outside-off line but McIntosh having none of it

4.5

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, wide and left alone

4.6

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, he pushes forward and then lifts the bat high out of the way

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 10/0
TG McIntosh    0* (22b)      JE Taylor    3-2-1-0
JM How    10* (8b 2x4)     

5.1

Powell to How, no run, right into line and solidly defended

5.2

Powell to How, OUT, woefully loose drive, full but not quite to the pitch of it, hit on the up and Chanderpaul holds a straightforward low catch at point

JM How c Chanderpaul b Powell 10 (21m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

In comes Daniel Flynn. Two left handers and both of them on 0. How was looking to drive that through mid-off but he didn't get to the pitch of it and ended up reaching for the ball.

5.3

Powell to Flynn, no run, good one first up, outside off and Flynn had to think about that

5.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, fuller and on off stump, into line and pushed into the covers

5.5

Powell to Flynn, no run, outside off stump and no shot needed

5.6

Powell to Flynn, no run, slightly shorter, Flynn back into his crease to defend

Powell's been by far the worst of the two openers and yet he has the wicket.

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 10/1
DR Flynn    0* (4b)      DBL Powell    3-1-9-1
TG McIntosh    0* (22b)     

6.1

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, Oh yes, the new boy gets a working over ...short and McIntosh has to duck hurriedly. 144kph

6.2

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, stands tall in his crease and drops the ball at his feet

6.3

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, short but down the leg side, he shimmies inside the line

Twenty-five balls and still to play an attacking shot. The pressure mounts.

6.4

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, slightly short outside off, he leaves but turns his head away from the ball as it passes

6.5

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, a hint of movement into the left hander off the seam, left alone

6.6

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, back, jumps on his toes and pushes to mid-on

Nothing rash from McIntosh who appears happy to bide his time. Three maidens out of four for Taylor, all but two balls so far have been where he would have wanted them to be.

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 10/1
TG McIntosh    0* (28b)      JE Taylor    4-3-1-0
DR Flynn    0* (4b)     

7.1

Powell to Flynn, 1 run, pushed gently into the covers and as soon as he hit that Flynn was off for the single, and McIntosh was quick to respond

McIntosh nervously retakes his guard.

7.2

Powell to McIntosh, no run, half forward, a slight movement to the off, defended

7.3

Powell to McIntosh, no run, outside off and he appeared set to nibble but flicked the bat above his head very late

Thirty balls and counting.

7.4

Powell to McIntosh, no run, and the nerves are mounting ... McIntosh dropped that at his feet, started for the single, stopped, and Chanderpaul in quickly from point and he hits the stumps. Had they gone for the run they might not have even crossed

He's getting desperate now ... great pressure from the fielding side.

7.5

Powell to McIntosh, no run, and still they keep him under the cosh

7.6

Powell to McIntosh, no run, blocked, again he appeared to be wanting a suicidal single but Flynn having none of it

Until that over McIntosh was becalmed but looking in control ... suddenly the calm veneer has disappeared.

End of over 8 (1 run) New Zealand 11/1
TG McIntosh    0* (33b)      DBL Powell    4-1-10-1
DR Flynn    1* (5b)     

8.1

Taylor to Flynn, no run, confidently pushed to mid-on from the crease

8.2

Taylor to Flynn, 2 runs, steered behind square on the off side, a slight relief of pressure

8.3

Taylor to Flynn, 3 runs, that's a good shot, forward and driven through the covers, a slow outfield and the ball pulls up well short

8.4

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, a good response, short and at the body, he jumpily defends but the ball not under control and he does well to prevent it popping to short leg

8.5

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, they can see the whites of his eyes now ... a desperate pull to a ball that wasn't there for pulling and he misses

Flynn trots down and has a quiet word.

8.6

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, a full ball there for the drive, but he blocks and the cover fielders close in like wasps round a honeypot

End of over 9 (6 runs) New Zealand 16/1
TG McIntosh    0* (36b)      JE Taylor    5-3-6-0
DR Flynn    6* (8b)     

My colleague Kanishka points out that Marcus Trescothick took nearly 40 balls to get off the mark in his first Test, also against West Indies, so McIntosh needn't worry too much

9.1

Powell to Flynn, no run, Powell has also settled into a decent line, no run

9.2

Powell to Flynn, no run, full and straight, very correct defensive shot from the crease

9.3

Powell to Flynn, no run, angled to cover, Flynn barks "wait" ... he knows his colleagues has the jitters and might, just might, do something daft as far as running is concerned

9.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, angled across him, left alone

9.5

Powell to Flynn, 2 runs, overpitched and another confident drive through extra cover, sweetly hit but the outfield swallows it and the fielders catch it well inside the rope

9.6

Powell to Flynn, FOUR, same ball, same shot but that one was timed and the fielders don't even bother to chase it

Again Powell offers a couple of four balls ... Gayle stands arms folded looking grim.

End of over 10 (6 runs) New Zealand 22/1
DR Flynn    12* (14b 1x4)      DBL Powell    5-1-16-1
TG McIntosh    0* (36b)     

Fidel Edwards replaces Taylor. Another test for McIntosh.

10.1

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, jumpily turned to short leg who tumbles to his right to stop the ball

10.2

Edwards to McIntosh, FOUR, he's off the mark with a very loose drive that flies inches over gully - had Brendan Nash been quicker to react that could have been a catch, albeit a great one - and he's away

10.3

Edwards to McIntosh, 2 runs, he's gone positively Twenty20, turning the ball into the wide open spaces of the leg side for another couple

10.4

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, into line and defended

10.5

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, forward and short mid-off trots in to field

10.6

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, forward and he shoulders arms

The breeze is becoming something stronger now ... and it's chilly although still sunny.

End of over 11 (6 runs) New Zealand 28/1
TG McIntosh    6* (42b 1x4)      FH Edwards    1-0-6-0
DR Flynn    12* (14b 1x4)     

For those wondering about the timings of this game, it started at midday so we will finish at 7pm. Which is not ideal for those of you in the Caribbean who will have to stay up late to catch the final session.

11.1

Powell to Flynn, no run, stands tall and defends

11.2

Powell to Flynn, 1 run, Powell groans - he thought he was through the defences - but it took the edge to fine leg

11.3

Powell to McIntosh, no run, short again, McIntosh plays it poorly, taking his eyes off the ball and just about getting away with it

In comes short leg.

11.4

Powell to McIntosh, no run, loud appeal as McIntosh's defences are breached, Mark Benson not interested as it pitched outside leg

11.5

Powell to McIntosh, no run, uncertain push into the leg side

McIntosh playing himself out of form ...

11.6

Powell to McIntosh, 1 leg bye, off his pads behind square, the keeper scurries round to field

A reminder we have third-umpire reviews in this game should either side want them.

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 30/1
TG McIntosh    6* (46b 1x4)      DBL Powell    6-1-17-1
DR Flynn    13* (16b 1x4)     

12.1

Edwards to McIntosh, 2 runs, short - they have already decided he doesn't like them up him - and he paddles it to long leg, eyes off the ball and he had no idea where that was going

So in comes square leg for a repeat shot.

12.2

Edwards to McIntosh, 2 runs, Forty-eight balls in and he plays a genuine attacking shot, pulled under control and over it through midwicket

That even sounded sweet. That will settle his nerves.

12.3

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, back into his shell, blocked to mid-on

12.4

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, speared across the left hander and he lets it pass

12.5

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, shuffles across his crease, is smacked on the pads but no joy despite a loud appeal

No referral even though that was close ... a good call so the replays suggest, it pitched and inch outside the line of leg.

12.6

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, wide and left

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 34/1
TG McIntosh    10* (52b 1x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-10-0
DR Flynn    13* (16b 1x4)     

13.1

Powell to Flynn, no run, pushed into the reinforced off side - Flynn's hit two or three cracking off-side drives and Gayle wants to cut them out

13.2

Powell to Flynn, no run, reached for that and lots of oohs and aahs from the close men

13.3

Powell to Flynn, no run, same line but this time Flynn leaves well

13.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, short but it didn't bounce, Flynn drops his wrists and allows it though

13.5

Powell to Flynn, no run, pushed to backward point

This could be it for Powell I suspect.

13.6

Powell to Flynn, no run, outside off, left alone and Mark Benson calls "drinks, lads" and so it is

Drinks An interesting first hour, the one wicket coming from a loose shot. West Indies have bowled decently without putting too much pressure on, Tim McIntosh has survived a torrid first hour in Test cricket but he's still there and fighting.

End of over 14 (maiden) New Zealand 34/1
DR Flynn    13* (22b 1x4)      DBL Powell    7-2-17-1
TG McIntosh    10* (52b 1x4)     

Spectators coming in all the time, and the grass banks now well populated with a young crowd. Don't forget, India v England starts in four hours, so stay with us and then switch to that for almost 12 hours of non-stop cricket.

14.1

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, outside off and he leaves

14.2

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, forward and firmly pushed to mid-off

14.3

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, short, fast and outside off, McIntosh slashes and misses, not too much foot movement but he was up for it

14.4

Edwards to McIntosh, FOUR, now that is a really good shot, short again and pulled with a real crack to the midwicket boundary, right off the sweet spot

He's not happy with the really short stuff but anything pullable he's up for.

14.5

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, another shortish one, outside off, but he opts to leave

Edwards switches to round the wicket.

14.6

Edwards to McIntosh, FOUR, a wide full toss up in the blockhole and McIntosh smears that square on the off side, timed and you can almost see his confidence growing

Full credit to McIntosh. He survived an often torrid first hour and seems to have emerged from darkness into light. That's the kiss of death, obviously ...

End of over 15 (8 runs) New Zealand 42/1
TG McIntosh    18* (58b 3x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-18-0
DR Flynn    13* (22b 1x4)     

15.1

Powell to Flynn, no run, left alone outside off

15.2

Powell to Flynn, no run, forward and very solidly defended

15.3

Powell to Flynn, no run, another leave, this time with a slight crouch

15.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, really dug in with feeling, far too short and no need for Flynn to duck, although he does flex the knees, a reflex more than self preservation

15.5

Powell to Flynn, FOUR, super shot, full and driven back past the bowler with interest

15.6

Powell to Flynn, no run, fractionally outside off, he drops his wrists and leaves

The shackles are beginning to be cast off.

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 46/1
DR Flynn    17* (28b 2x4)      DBL Powell    8-2-21-1
TG McIntosh    18* (58b 3x4)     

16.1

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, a big stride forward and then he shoulders arms

16.2

Edwards to McIntosh, FOUR, very fortunate, a loose drive, no foot movement, he gets a thick inside edge past his off stump and wide of the keeper

16.3

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, more assured defensive push

16.4

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, forward, inside edge into pads and the ball poodles a few feet into the off side

16.5

Edwards to McIntosh, 1 run, pushed with firm hands into the covers for a quick single

An hour ago the cover fielders would never have allowed that run ...but the pressure is slackening as the score ticks up.

16.6

Edwards to Flynn, no run, full on his leg stump, firmly driven to wide mid-on

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 51/1
DR Flynn    17* (29b 2x4)      FH Edwards    4-0-23-0
TG McIntosh    23* (63b 4x4)     

The second change of the day, Lionel Baker on debut to bowl. It's his 12th first-class match ... 18 wickets at 46 so far but raw talent.

17.1

Baker to McIntosh, no run, outside off and full at 133kph ... a loosener for sure

17.2

Baker to McIntosh, no run, some radar tweaking needed ... very wide

17.3

Baker to McIntosh, no run, much better, good line and length and McIntosh treats it with great respect

17.4

Baker to McIntosh, no run, moral victory to the bowler as McIntosh plays a nothing shot with matching footwork and it beaten all ends up

17.5

Baker to McIntosh, no run, a big step forward and left

17.6

Baker to McIntosh, no run, another one that would have been a wide - with interest - in one-day cricket but he gets the benefit of the doubt and starts his Test career with a maiden

End of over 18 (maiden) New Zealand 51/1
TG McIntosh    23* (69b 4x4)      LS Baker    1-1-0-0
DR Flynn    17* (29b 2x4)     

18.1

Edwards to Flynn, no run, defensive poke into the covers

18.2

Edwards to Flynn, FOUR, a genuine edge falls a foot short of the gap between second and third slips, though them for four to rub salt in the bowler's wounds

18.3

Edwards to Flynn, no run, a quicker one to underline that the bowler is a tad miffed

18.4

Edwards to Flynn, FOUR, driven through the gully area for four, not quite where he intended but they all count

18.5

Edwards to Flynn, no run, inside out defensive push to mid-on

18.6

Edwards to Flynn, 1 run, tucked off his pads to long leg to bring up the 50 stand

End of over 19 (9 runs) New Zealand 60/1
DR Flynn    26* (35b 4x4)      FH Edwards    5-0-32-0
TG McIntosh    23* (69b 4x4)     

The tide has turned. You feel New Zealand have overcome the early attack and are now taking the upper hand.

19.1

Baker to Flynn, 2 runs, checked drive off the back foot past a sprawling extra cover, cut off a metre or so inside the rope

19.2

Baker to Flynn, no run, left alone, two feet outside off

19.3

Baker to Flynn, no run, slanted across the left hander who shoulders arms

19.4

Baker to Flynn, no run, another no-shot-needed delivery

19.5

Baker to Flynn, no run, punched firmly off the back foot to cover

19.6

Baker to Flynn, no run, a few claps from the close men for another ball the batsman can leave without any concerns

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 62/1
DR Flynn    28* (41b 4x4)      LS Baker    2-1-2-0
TG McIntosh    23* (69b 4x4)     

Back comes Jerome Taylor for his second burst at the Southern End.

20.1

Taylor to McIntosh, 1 run, patted into the leg side from right back on his stumps

20.2

Taylor to Flynn, no run, again onto the back foot to defend into the covers

20.3

Taylor to Flynn, no run, dug out of the blockhole - albeit two feet wide of off stump - and gully stops

20.4

Taylor to Flynn, 1 run, slower ball, full, dug out in the air two feet to the right of Taylor who was never going to readjust to take the catch, and it's a run instead

20.5

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, left alone outside off

And the umpire ambles down and starts poking the pitch with his left foot ... a clear message that he's unhappy with Taylor's follow through. The message is lost on the bowler who is ambling back to his mark quite oblivious to it all.

20.6

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, driven into the off side

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 64/1
TG McIntosh    24* (72b 4x4)      JE Taylor    6-3-8-0
DR Flynn    29* (44b 4x4)     

21.1

Baker to Flynn, 1 wide, this time there's no leniency for the umpire for one that actually wasn't quite as wide as the one in his first over

21.1

Baker to Flynn, no run, claps all round but the batsman was never interested

Gayle has two short covers ... almost a slip corden in front of Fylnn

21.2

Baker to Flynn, no run, another leave

21.3

Baker to Flynn, no run, wide and left

Two slips, a gully, a point, two short covers, cover and mid-off. The gauntlet is thrown down.

21.4

Baker to Flynn, no run, Flynn has a swish at a short, wide one but misses

21.5

Baker to Flynn, no run, another one outside off ... there's a plan here to frustrate Flynn and Baker is certainly sticking to the right line

21.6

Baker to Flynn, no run, tighter line but no need for Flynn to play at it

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 65/1
DR Flynn    29* (50b 4x4)      LS Baker    3-1-3-0
TG McIntosh    24* (72b 4x4)     

22.1

Taylor to McIntosh, 1 run, short, pulled from neck height, he managed to control it skillfully and backward square leg fields

Again he took his eyes off the ball. A quicker bowler would cause him real worries, not to mention possibly pain.

22.2

Taylor to Flynn, no run, forward and defended

22.3

Taylor to Flynn, no run, crisp back-foot drive, cover tumbles to stop

22.4

Taylor to Flynn, 2 runs, loose flick off his leg, for a second it seemed as if it was going to Powell at midwicket, but it looped some way over his head

22.5

Taylor to Flynn, FOUR, and for the second time today an inside edge off a full toss zips between off stump and keeper ... that really could have gone anywhere

Taylor gives what passes in his parts for a hard stare. Not quite in the Colin Croft class.

22.6

Taylor to Flynn, 2 runs, crisp square drive which pulls up two metres inside the rope

End of over 23 (9 runs) New Zealand 74/1
DR Flynn    37* (55b 5x4)      JE Taylor    7-3-17-0
TG McIntosh    25* (73b 4x4)     

23.1

Baker to McIntosh, no run, nothing doing from Baker

23.2

Baker to McIntosh, 2 runs, sweetly timed back-foot push through the covers

Two slips and two gullies.

23.3

Baker to McIntosh, no run, back and defended

23.4

Baker to McIntosh, no run, Baker maintains a decent line, no shot but always there or thereabouts so far

23.5

Baker to McIntosh, no run, forward and left alone

23.6

Baker to McIntosh, no run, defended from back in the crease

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 76/1
TG McIntosh    27* (79b 4x4)      LS Baker    4-1-5-0
DR Flynn    37* (55b 5x4)     

Fifteen minutes until lunch and the momentum is now with New Zealand. Gayle is beginning to take a more defensive approach as the runs tick over.

24.1

Taylor to Flynn, no run, back and allows it to pass

24.2

Taylor to Flynn, no run, half forward to block, "wait there, wait there" is the call. McIntosh was going nowhere

24.3

Taylor to Flynn, no run, steered defensively into the gully

24.4

Taylor to Flynn, 1 run, worked off his pads into the leg side, he picked the slower ball and waited for it

24.5

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, banged in, McIntosh goes for the pull but bottom edges into his stomach

His Test career is less than two hours old and he already appears to have a reputation as being suspect against the shorter ball!

24.6

Taylor to McIntosh, no run, prodded into the covers

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 77/1
TG McIntosh    27* (81b 4x4)      JE Taylor    8-3-18-0
DR Flynn    38* (59b 5x4)     

Still sunny and windy, a few more clouds appearing. Showers forecast for later in the day but it seems unlikely at the moment

25.1

Baker to Flynn, no run, a poor and over ambitious shot outside off, he misses and gets away with it

25.2

Baker to Flynn, no run, a fairly similar one but he leaves

25.3

Baker to Flynn, no run, same spot and again Flynn leaves

25.4

Baker to Flynn, no run, and Baker yet again perseveres with a line just too far outside off

In fairness, he's bowling to his captain's field.

25.5

Baker to Flynn, no run, closer to off but the angle of attack means Flynn can leave with impunity

25.6

Baker to Flynn, 3 runs, and that's the first delivery from Baker that has been on the stumps, Flynn quick to seize on the length and pulls through square leg ... it's to the one long boundary and he comes back for three as long leg has a lot of ground to cover

End of over 26 (3 runs) New Zealand 80/1
DR Flynn    41* (65b 5x4)      LS Baker    5-1-8-0
TG McIntosh    27* (81b 4x4)     

Two more overs I suspect. Here comes Chris Gayle.

26.1

Gayle to Flynn, no run, back and pushed to cover ..."catch him" comes from somewhere

26.2

Gayle to Flynn, no run, the keeper gets excited as Flynn goes back to defend

26.3

Gayle to Flynn, no run, right forward to defend

26.4

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, eased round the corner to backward square leg ...had he missed, he would have been close to being lbw

The batsmen have a chat to waste time.

26.5

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, firm push into the off side

26.6

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, half forward and played with a degree of uncertainty into the on side

End of over 27 (1 run) New Zealand 81/1
TG McIntosh    27* (83b 4x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-1-0
DR Flynn    42* (69b 5x4)     

27.1

Baker to Flynn, no run, defended into the off

27.2

Baker to Flynn, FOUR, wide and too short, Flynn waits and then slashes the ball square for four

27.3

Baker to Flynn, 1 run, turned with a lot of bottom hand to midwicket

27.4

Baker to McIntosh, 1 run, back and pushed into the same midwicket area for another easy single

27.5

Baker to Flynn, 1 run, short and pulled through midwicket but no timing

He's not playing for lunch ... attacking everything. Signing off with intent.

27.6

Baker to McIntosh, no run, "that's over and lunch" calls out Mark Benson as McIntosh leaves

Lunch Well, a good session for the home side after a tough first half hour. West Indies bowled ordinarily, Tim McIntosh battled through a torrid firrst hour in Test cricket, while Daniel Flynn grew in stature as the session went on. That's it from me, Martin Williamson. Join us for the afternoon session in 40 minutes (2.40pm - 0140GMT). While you wait, if football's your game, check out last night's European action on soccernet.

End of over 28 (7 runs) New Zealand 88/1
TG McIntosh    28* (85b 4x4)      LS Baker    6-1-15-0
DR Flynn    48* (73b 6x4)     

Welcome back to the second session

28.1

Gayle to Flynn, no run, short ball outside the off stump, Flynn cuts it to backward point

28.2

Gayle to Flynn, no run, comes forward and defends it on the off side

28.3

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, on the leg stump, works it away behind square leg for a single

28.4

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, comes forward and pushes it to the off side

28.5

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, outside the off stump, comes forward and pushes it to the off side yet again

28.6

Gayle to McIntosh, 1 run, works it for a single to retain the strike

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 90/1
TG McIntosh    29* (88b 4x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-3-0
DR Flynn    49* (76b 6x4)     

29.1

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, fuller and wide outside the off stump, drives it to point

29.2

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, pushes up to mid off, hard work for the bowler here into the breeze

29.3

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, fuller in length yet again. McIntosh squeezes it to mid off

29.4

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, covers the line od the delivery as he comes forward and defends

29.5

Edwards to McIntosh, FOUR, fetch that! full delivery outside the off stump, McIntosh drives it through extra cover for a boundary

29.6

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, outside the off stump and left alone

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 94/1
TG McIntosh    33* (94b 5x4)      FH Edwards    6-0-36-0
DR Flynn    49* (76b 6x4)     

30.1

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, on the leg stump, Flynn works it to square leg to get to his half-century

30.2

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, beats him with a delivery outside the off stump

30.3

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, comes forward and defends it to the off side

30.4

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, pushes it to mid-on

30.5

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, fuller on the off stump, comes forward and drives it to mid-off

30.6

Gayle to McIntosh, 1 run, pushes it to square leg. Keeper gives the chase but cant prevent the single

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 96/1
TG McIntosh    34* (99b 5x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-5-0
DR Flynn    50* (77b 6x4)     

31.1

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, outside the off stump. McIntosh comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

31.2

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, left alone outside the off stump

31.3

Edwards to McIntosh, no run

31.4

Edwards to McIntosh, no run

31.5

Edwards to McIntosh, no run

31.6

Edwards to McIntosh, no run, short length delivery outside the off stump, left alone

End of over 32 (maiden) New Zealand 96/1
TG McIntosh    34* (105b 5x4)      FH Edwards    7-1-36-0
DR Flynn    50* (77b 6x4)     

32.1

Gayle to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump. Flynn comes forward and pushes it to cover

32.2

Gayle to Flynn, no run, another defensive prod to cover

32.3

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, pushes it to square leg and sets off for a single

32.4

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, outside the off stump, McIntosh comes forward and pushes it to cover point

32.5

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, pushes it back to the bowler

32.6

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, fuller outside the off stump. McIntosh pushes it to short cover

End of over 33 (1 run) New Zealand 97/1
TG McIntosh    34* (108b 5x4)      CH Gayle    4-0-6-0
DR Flynn    51* (80b 6x4)     

33.1

Edwards to Flynn, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Flynn comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

33.2

Edwards to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and Flynn lets it be

33.3

Edwards to Flynn, no run, wide outside the off stump, left alone by Flynn

33.4

Edwards to Flynn, no run, fuller length delivery outside the off stump, Flynn comes forward and pushes it to point

33.5

Edwards to Flynn, no run

33.6

Edwards to Flynn, no run, long hop outside off, left alone

End of over 34 (maiden) New Zealand 97/1
DR Flynn    51* (86b 6x4)      FH Edwards    8-2-36-0
TG McIntosh    34* (108b 5x4)     

34.1

Gayle to McIntosh, no run, outside the off stump, comes forward and pushes it to point

34.2

Gayle to McIntosh, OUT, finally the breakthrough! comes round the wicket, McIntosh decides to go over the top but it's a half-hearted loft, Baker pedals backwards from mid-on and tumbles as he takes the catch, a debutant gets another debutant

TG McIntosh c Baker b Gayle 34 (139m 110b 5x4 0x6) SR: 30.90

Taylor is the new man in but off strike as the batsmen crossed

34.3

Gayle to Flynn, no run, comes forward and defends

34.4

Gayle to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and Flynn is all at sea

34.5

Gayle to Flynn, no run, lets it go outside the off stump

34.6

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, on the leg stump, Flynn closes the face of the bat and turns it to midwicket for a single

End of over 35 (1 run) New Zealand 98/2
DR Flynn    52* (90b 6x4)      CH Gayle    5-0-7-1
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)     

35.1

Edwards to Flynn, no run, off the inside edge

35.2

Edwards to Flynn, no run, short in length outside the off stump, Flynn shoulders arms to the delivery

35.3

Edwards to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and moving away a bit, Flynn comes forward and pushes it to point

35.4

Edwards to Flynn, no run

35.5

Edwards to Flynn, no run, defends nicely to point

35.6

Edwards to Flynn, no run, short ball and spotted as he ducks under it comfortably

End of over 36 (maiden) New Zealand 98/2
DR Flynn    52* (96b 6x4)      FH Edwards    9-3-36-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (0b)     

Taylor comes in to replace Gayle from this end

36.1

Taylor to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump and left alone comfortably

36.2

Taylor to Taylor, no run, on the leg stump, Taylor stands tall and guides it to square leg

36.3

Taylor to Taylor, no run, on the leg stump, Taylor, yet again pushes it to square leg

36.4

Taylor to Taylor, no run, on the off stump, Taylor comes forward and pushes it to cover point

36.5

Taylor to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump, Taylor comes onto the frontfoot and forces it to mid off

36.6

Taylor to Taylor, 4 leg byes, on the leg stump, Taylor glances it but the umpire reckons that it hit the pads as he signals four leg-byes

End of over 37 (4 runs, maiden) New Zealand 102/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (6b)      JE Taylor    9-4-18-0
DR Flynn    52* (96b 6x4)     

37.1

Edwards to Flynn, no run, pushes it to mid-off

37.2

Edwards to Flynn, 2 runs, pushes wide of the mid-on fielder for an easy couple

37.3

Edwards to Flynn, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and left alone by Flynn

37.4

Edwards to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump, Flynn comes forward and pushes it to mid-off

37.5

Edwards to Flynn, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Flynn gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it to point

37.6

Edwards to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump, Flynn comes forward and defends it yet again

It has been tough for the Kiwi's as they have scored only 16 runs in 10 overs since lunch

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 104/2
DR Flynn    54* (102b 6x4)      FH Edwards    10-3-38-0
LRPL Taylor    0* (6b)     

38.1

Taylor to Taylor, no run, and now there is a huge shout for an LBW. Easily negated as there was a clear inside edge

38.2

Taylor to Taylor, 2 runs, on the leg stump and Taylor works it nicely off his pads for a couple

38.3

Taylor to Taylor, FOUR, there is the gift of timing in evidence for you as Taylor has a defensive prod at the delivery on the backfoot and at the last moment opens the face of the bat as the ball runs away to the point boundary

38.4

Taylor to Taylor, FOUR, on the leg stump, gift for Taylor as he clips it away behind square leg for a boundary

38.5

Taylor to Taylor, no run, Taylor has not learnt his lessons well as he bowls a similar delivery once again. Taylor, does not time the ball properly as he clips it to the square leg fielder

38.6

Taylor to Taylor, no run

End of over 39 (10 runs) New Zealand 114/2
LRPL Taylor    10* (12b 2x4)      JE Taylor    10-4-28-0
DR Flynn    54* (102b 6x4)     

39.1

Edwards to Flynn, no run

39.2

Edwards to Flynn, no run

39.3

Edwards to Flynn, no run

39.4

Edwards to Flynn, FOUR, there you go again as Edwards pitches one short and Flynn gets onto the back foot and forces it through the point region for a boundary. What an inspired decision it seems to promote Flynn to one-down

39.5

Edwards to Flynn, no run, now this is sensible as he comes forward in defense to a delivery that is moving late and pushes it to mid-off

39.6

Edwards to Flynn, FOUR, they are leaking runs now as Edwards bowls one short outside the off stump and Flynn, who is seeing the ball well gets onto the back foot and slaps it high over the cover fielder for a boundary

End of over 40 (8 runs) New Zealand 122/2
DR Flynn    62* (108b 8x4)      FH Edwards    11-3-46-0
LRPL Taylor    10* (12b 2x4)     

40.1

Taylor to Taylor, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and left alone

40.2

Taylor to Taylor, no run, fuller in length outside the off stump, Taylor comes forward and pushes it to mid-on

40.3

Taylor to Taylor, FOUR, runs are coming pretty easily now as Taylor meets a full delivery on the front foot and powers it away to sweeper cover for a boundary

40.4

Taylor to Taylor, no run, slower delivery clocking 114kmph. Taylor is initially surprised but decides to let it go

40.5

Taylor to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump, punches it to mid-off

40.6

Taylor to Taylor, no run, fuller in length on the middle and leg, and Taylor times a drive to mid-on

End of over 41 (4 runs) New Zealand 126/2
LRPL Taylor    14* (18b 3x4)      JE Taylor    11-4-32-0
DR Flynn    62* (108b 8x4)     

Powell replaces erratic Edwards

41.1

Powell to Flynn, no run, bowls a wide delivery outside the off stump and left alone by Flynn

41.2

Powell to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and left alone by Flynn yet again

41.3

Powell to Flynn, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Flynn comes forward and pushes it to the cover region

41.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and left alone by Flynn for the third time in the over

41.5

Powell to Flynn, no run, are they bowling to a plan here as Powell bowls one more outside the off stump and Flynn is more than happy to let it pass to the keeper

41.6

Powell to Flynn, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Flynn drives it hard to cover

End of over 42 (maiden) New Zealand 126/2
DR Flynn    62* (114b 8x4)      DBL Powell    9-3-21-1
LRPL Taylor    14* (18b 3x4)     

42.1

Gayle to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump, Taylor comes forward and plays it against the spin to extra cover

42.2

Gayle to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump, Taylor moves across and pushes it back to the bowler

42.3

Gayle to Taylor, 1 run, fuller on the leg stump, Taylor pushes it to mid on and sets off for a quick single

42.4

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, tickles it to the leg side for a single

42.5

Gayle to Taylor, OUT, not the ball to sweep, it lands outside off and doesn't spin, Taylor goes for the slog sweep and fails to clear the fielder at fine leg. How many times have we seen Taylor falling that way? An entertaining stay, though

LRPL Taylor c Marshall b Gayle 15 (37m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

And it's drinks

Batsmen cross and it will be Flynn on strike

42.6

Gayle to Flynn, no run, outside off and left all alone by Flynn

End of over 43 (2 runs) New Zealand 128/3
DR Flynn    63* (116b 8x4)      CH Gayle    6-0-9-2
JD Ryder    0* (0b)     

43.1

Powell to Ryder, no run

43.2

Powell to Ryder, no run

43.3

Powell to Ryder, no run

43.4

Powell to Ryder, no run

43.5

Powell to Ryder, no run

43.6

Powell to Ryder, no run

End of over 44 (maiden) New Zealand 128/3
JD Ryder    0* (6b)      DBL Powell    10-4-21-1
DR Flynn    63* (116b 8x4)     

44.1

Gayle to Flynn, no run, down the leg side and Ramdin is not upto the task in collecting it cleanly

44.2

Gayle to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump, comes forward and pushes it to mid off

44.3

Gayle to Flynn, FOUR, short outside the off stump. Flynn, rocks back and cuts it past the point fielder for a boundary

44.4

Gayle to Flynn, no run, comes forward and gets an inside edge onto his pad

44.5

Gayle to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and left alone

44.6

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, on the leg stump, Flynn turns it behind square for a single

End of over 45 (5 runs) New Zealand 133/3
DR Flynn    68* (122b 9x4)      CH Gayle    7-0-14-2
JD Ryder    0* (6b)     

45.1

Powell to Flynn, 2 runs, bouncer and Flynn immediately goes for the pull shot as he gets a top edge for a couple

45.2

Powell to Flynn, no run, yorker digged out to gully

45.3

Powell to Flynn, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and left alone

45.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, again the tactic of bowling outside the off stump is pressed into action as Flynn gets into the auto-pilot mode of leaving it

45.5

Powell to Flynn, no run, outside off and left alone yet again by Flynn

45.6

Powell to Flynn, no run, now Flynn lets go of a delivery outside the off stump and it was a juicy half-volley

End of over 46 (2 runs) New Zealand 135/3
DR Flynn    70* (128b 9x4)      DBL Powell    11-4-23-1
JD Ryder    0* (6b)     

46.1

Gayle to Ryder, no run, outside the off stump, comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler

46.2

Gayle to Ryder, no run, outside the off stump, Ryder moves across and pushes it back to the bowler

46.3

Gayle to Ryder, no run, a faster delivery outside the off stump, Ryder adjusts as he defends it back onto the pitch

46.4

Gayle to Ryder, 1 run, outside the off stump, Ryder is looking to drive it but gets an outside edge to gully for a single

46.5

Gayle to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump, Flynn comes forward and pushes it to cover

46.6

Gayle to Flynn, 1 run, on the leg stump, Flynn turns it round the corner for a single

End of over 47 (2 runs) New Zealand 137/3
DR Flynn    71* (130b 9x4)      CH Gayle    8-0-16-2
JD Ryder    1* (10b)     

47.1

Powell to Flynn, no run, slower yorker dug out to midwicket

47.2

Powell to Flynn, no run, fuller delivery outside the off stump, Flynn pushes it to mid-off

47.3

Powell to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump and left alone by Flynn

47.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, outside the off stump, Flynn comes forward and defends it to extra cover

47.5

Powell to Flynn, no run, ducks under a bouncer pretty easily

47.6

Powell to Flynn, no run

End of over 48 (maiden) New Zealand 137/3
DR Flynn    71* (136b 9x4)      DBL Powell    12-5-23-1
JD Ryder    1* (10b)     

48.1

Gayle to Ryder, no run

48.2

Gayle to Ryder, no run

48.3

Gayle to Ryder, no run

48.4

Gayle to Ryder, 1 run

48.5

Gayle to Flynn, no run

48.6

Gayle to Flynn, no run

End of over 49 (1 run) New Zealand 138/3
DR Flynn    71* (138b 9x4)      CH Gayle    9-0-17-2
JD Ryder    2* (14b)     

49.1

Powell to Ryder, no run, outside the off stump, Ryder gets onto the back foot and punches it to cover

Tony says "Recipe for getting New Zealand batsmen out:

1. Bring on a part-time spinner. 2. Put the fielders back on the boundary. 3. Wait for the brain explosions."

Well not so much really

49.2

Powell to Ryder, FOUR, now this is the Ryder we have come to know as he gets onto the back foot and powers the fuller delivery through covers for a boundary

49.3

Powell to Ryder, 1 run, short of a good length delivery. Ryder, clips it to midwicket for a single

49.4

Powell to Flynn, no run, now Powell bounces Flynn, who comfortably gets under the delivery

49.5

Powell to Flynn, no run, another bouncer and Flynn does a flexibility check on himself by ducking

49.6

Powell to Flynn, FOUR, Flynn has got his eye in as he gets hold of a fuller delivery wide outside the off stump and dispatches it to the cover boundary

End of over 50 (9 runs) New Zealand 147/3
DR Flynn    75* (141b 10x4)      DBL Powell    13-5-32-1
JD Ryder    7* (17b 1x4)     
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