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

West Indies in New Zealand T20I Series - 1st T20I

New Zealand v West Indies

Match tied (West Indies won the one-over eliminator)

0.1

Mills to Gayle, no run, drove away but a good stop at mid-off

0.2

Mills to Gayle, 1 run, dropped in to square leg and they hurry a single

0.3

Mills to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, flicked off his hips through the gap at square leg but picked up on the rope

0.4

Mills to Chanderpaul, FOUR, wider ball but Chanderpaul gracefully places the ball through the covers and Vettori doesn't quite release the ball in time on the boundary and it's given as four runs

0.5

Mills to Chanderpaul, no run, blocked down in to the leg-side

0.6

Mills to Chanderpaul, no run, chipped away to mid-off

End of over 1 (7 runs) West Indies 7/0 (149 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.84)
S Chanderpaul    6* (4b 1x4)      KD Mills    1-0-7-0
CH Gayle    1* (2b)     

1.1

Southee to Gayle, no run, wide of off-stump and Gayle leaves it alone

1.2

Southee to Gayle, FOUR, wide again but this time Gayle plays a powerful cut over the top of point and the balls runs away for four

1.3

Southee to Gayle, FOUR, awesome! Gayle stands tall and smacks the ball through the covers. The fielders just stare and the ball flashes past them

1.4

Southee to Gayle, no run, bouncer from Southee which Gayle misses

1.5

Southee to Gayle, no run, swinging in towards off-stump and Gayle hits the ball in to his pads

1.6

Southee to Gayle, FOUR, good length again but Gayle tanks the ball over Southee's head and back down the ground for a one-bounce four

End of over 2 (12 runs) West Indies 19/0 (137 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 7.61)
CH Gayle    13* (8b 3x4)      TG Southee    1-0-12-0
S Chanderpaul    6* (4b 1x4)     

2.1

Mills to Chanderpaul, OUT, superb catch! A straight drive from Chanderpaul and it's going left of Mills but he dives down quick and takes a stunning grab with his left hand

S Chanderpaul c & b Mills 6 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Xavier Marshall the new batsmen in

2.2

Mills to Marshall, no run, blocked back to the bowler

2.3

Mills to Marshall, FOUR, whipped away off the legs and it reaches the rope at deep square leg

2.4

Mills to Marshall, no run, blocked away to point

2.5

Mills to Marshall, no run, blocked off the front foot back past the bowler

2.6

Mills to Marshall, SIX, quick hands and he gets underneath it to drag the shot low in the air over midwicket but enough power for the ball to carry the boundary

End of over 3 (10 runs) West Indies 29/1 (127 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 9.66, RRR: 7.47)
XM Marshall    10* (5b 1x4 1x6)      KD Mills    2-0-17-1
CH Gayle    13* (8b 3x4)     

3.1

Southee to Gayle, FOUR, fuller ball but far too much width and the ball is helped through the covers and the quick outfield takes the ball away down to the rope

3.2

Southee to Gayle, no run, great yorker and Gayle can do nothing but dig it out back to Southee

3.3

Southee to Gayle, SIX, massive! Just a bit short and Gayle gets through the ball and lifts it straight over the bowlers head and it ends up about 12 rows back in the ground

3.4

Southee to Gayle, SIX, slower ball but Gayle equal to it and it's clubbed low over midwicket and smacks in to the advertising boards for another six

3.5

Southee to Gayle, no run, fuller ball driven away to mid-off

3.6

Southee to Gayle, 2 runs, full toss met by a not so well-timed cover drive and Ryder picks it up at deep cover

Great over for West Indies who are well ahead of the run rate. If Gayle stays in you would fancy them winning

End of over 4 (18 runs) West Indies 47/1 (109 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 11.75, RRR: 6.81)
CH Gayle    31* (14b 4x4 2x6)      TG Southee    2-0-30-0
XM Marshall    10* (5b 1x4 1x6)     

4.1

Mills to Marshall, no run, flicked off the body but picked up at fine leg

4.2

Mills to Marshall, 1 run, prodded away but picked up at backward point from a good diving stop by Flynn

4.3

Mills to Gayle, no run, slower ball outside off-stump which bamboozled Gayle who didn't play a stroke

4.4

Mills to Gayle, no run, and again. Slower and swinging away and Gayle prods at it and misses

4.5

Mills to Gayle, no run, slower outside off-stump. Left alone once more

4.6

Mills to Gayle, no run, slower outside off again and Gayle happy to leave those

West Indies don't need to take too many gambles just now

End of over 5 (1 run) West Indies 48/1 (108 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.60, RRR: 7.20)
CH Gayle    31* (18b 4x4 2x6)      KD Mills    3-0-18-1
XM Marshall    11* (7b 1x4 1x6)     

Oram on to bowl now

5.1

Oram to Marshall, 2 runs, In the air and the ball drops in to the gap short of deep midwicket and they run two

5.2

Oram to Marshall, FOUR, flashing cut over cover which needs only two bounces before reaching the rope

5.3

Oram to Marshall, no run, bowled on the legs and defended away to mid-on

5.4

Oram to Marshall, no run, slower delivery fools Marshall who misses the shot

5.5

Oram to Marshall, no run, blocked away to extra cover

5.6

Oram to Marshall, 1 run, slow full toss hit in to the ground which bounces over Oram's head towards mid-off

End of over 6 (7 runs) West Indies 55/1 (101 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.16, RRR: 7.21)
XM Marshall    18* (13b 2x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    1-0-7-0
CH Gayle    31* (18b 4x4 2x6)     

Patel with some spin now

6.1

Patel to Marshall, 1 run, full toss driven to long-off

6.2

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, off the legs through square leg for one

6.3

Patel to Marshall, 1 run, leans it away with the spin down to short third man

6.4

Patel to Gayle, 2 runs, flicked through midwicket and they have enough time to come back for the second

6.5

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, fuller flight played off his feet through midwicket

6.6

Patel to Marshall, 1 run, full again dug away to long-on

End of over 7 (7 runs) West Indies 62/1 (94 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.85, RRR: 7.23)
XM Marshall    21* (16b 2x4 1x6)      JS Patel    1-0-7-0
CH Gayle    35* (21b 4x4 2x6)     

7.1

Oram to Marshall, no run, slower ball hacked away to midwicket

7.2

Oram to Marshall, no run, full toss and Marshall comes down the track for it. Straight drive which Oram picks up and throws back to the stumps. Marshall is struggling and dives feet first in to his crease just in time

7.3

Oram to Marshall, no run, straight drive splits the stumps at the other end

7.4

Oram to Marshall, 1 run, angled away to third man

7.5

Oram to Gayle, 4 leg byes, bowls down the leg-side which clips the pad and runs behind the keeper for four leg byes

7.6

Oram to Gayle, 1 run, dropped down to short leg and they jog a single

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 68/1 (88 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.33)
CH Gayle    36* (23b 4x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    2-0-9-0
XM Marshall    22* (20b 2x4 1x6)     

8.1

Patel to Gayle, SIX, flicked away with ease and beautiful timing over midwicket and in to the building site for another maximum for Gayle

8.2

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, chipped down to long-on

8.3

Patel to Marshall, FOUR, great reverse sweep beats the diving fielder at short fine leg and races away for four

8.4

Patel to Marshall, 1 run, dropped down to square leg for one more

8.5

Patel to Gayle, 1 run, cut away and picked up at deep point

8.6

Patel to Marshall, 1 run, fuller ball dug away to long-off

End of over 9 (14 runs) West Indies 82/1 (74 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.11, RRR: 6.72)
XM Marshall    28* (23b 3x4 1x6)      JS Patel    2-0-21-0
CH Gayle    44* (26b 4x4 3x6)     

9.1

Vettori to Marshall, OUT, first ball! Vettori bowls one which keeps low and escapes under Marshall's defensive drive before going on and clipping his off-stump

XM Marshall b Vettori 28 (27m 24b 3x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

9.2

Vettori to Sarwan, 1 run, cut away to deep point

9.3

Vettori to Gayle, no run, too far down the leg-side

9.4

Vettori to Gayle, 1 wide, straight drive to long-on

9.4

Vettori to Gayle, 1 run, turned away to fine leg

9.5

Vettori to Sarwan, no run, straight drive back to the bowler

9.6

Vettori to Sarwan, no run, fended away in to the covers

End of over 10 (3 runs) West Indies 85/2 (71 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 7.10)
RR Sarwan    1* (3b)      DL Vettori    1-0-3-1
CH Gayle    45* (28b 4x4 3x6)     

10.1

Southee to Gayle, 1 run, placed through the covers but picked up on the boundary

10.2

Southee to Sarwan, no run, cut in to the ground and fielded at point

10.3

Southee to Sarwan, no run, blocked to square leg

10.4

Southee to Sarwan, no run, tries to drive but hits it down in to his pads

10.5

Southee to Sarwan, 1 run, flicked away through square leg

10.6

Southee to Gayle, 1 run, too wide and cut away but great fielding by Flynn at point

End of over 11 (3 runs) West Indies 88/2 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.55)
CH Gayle    47* (30b 4x4 3x6)      TG Southee    3-0-33-0
RR Sarwan    2* (7b)     

11.1

Vettori to Gayle, no run, blocked back to Vettori

11.2

Vettori to Gayle, 1 run, turned through midwicket and they quickly run one

11.3

Vettori to Sarwan, 1 run, faster and flatter delivery cut away through point

11.4

Vettori to Gayle, 1 run, turned away to long-off

11.5

Vettori to Sarwan, no run, down the leg-side and a thin bottom edge. McCullum whips off the bails but Sarwan got his foot back just in time

11.6

Vettori to Sarwan, no run, powerful off-side drive but solid fielding at short cover

End of over 12 (3 runs) West Indies 91/2 (65 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.58, RRR: 8.12)
RR Sarwan    3* (10b)      DL Vettori    2-0-6-1
CH Gayle    49* (33b 4x4 3x6)     

12.1

Oram to Gayle, FOUR, full toss and a well-timed low straight drive whizzes back past Oram and scampers away for four

That's 50 for Gayle

12.2

Oram to Gayle, no run, another powerful straight drive but too low and Oram stops it with his foot

12.3

Oram to Gayle, 1 run, guided through midwicket and picked up in the deep

12.4

Oram to Sarwan, 1 run, full toss driven away to long-off

12.5

Oram to Gayle, SIX, leg-stump half-volley and Gayle puts it away with ease and that's six anywhere! Clears the boundary by about 30 metres over midwicket

12.6

Oram to Gayle, SIX, and another. Not as far and a bit higher but still clears the boundary safely over long-on. Great shot

End of over 13 (18 runs) West Indies 109/2 (47 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.38, RRR: 6.71)
CH Gayle    66* (38b 5x4 5x6)      JDP Oram    3-0-27-0
RR Sarwan    4* (11b)     

13.1

Vettori to Sarwan, OUT, Sarwan goes for the heroics but gets underneath it too much. The ball spins away high to Flynn at deep square leg where he takes the catch well

RR Sarwan c Flynn b Vettori 4 (16m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

13.2

Vettori to Gayle, no run, blocked back to the bowler

13.3

Vettori to Gayle, 1 run, batted away down to long-off

13.4

Vettori to Findlay, 2 runs, nudged away down to third man

13.5

Vettori to Findlay, no run, tries the same shot but misses this time. Played it too late

13.6

Vettori to Findlay, 2 runs, flicked off the legs through square leg and good running see them turn back for two

End of over 14 (5 runs) West Indies 114/3 (42 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.14, RRR: 7.00)
SE Findlay    4* (3b)      DL Vettori    3-0-11-2
CH Gayle    67* (40b 5x4 5x6)     

14.1

Patel to Gayle, OUT, pitched up from Gayle and he goes for one to many and doesn't get hold of it. Taylor has plenty of time to think about it at long-off and takes a crucial catch

CH Gayle c Taylor b Patel 67 (60m 41b 5x4 5x6) SR: 163.41

That's the wicket the Kiwis wanted

14.2

Patel to Findlay, no run, blocked to cover

14.3

Patel to Findlay, 1 run, flicks it off his toes towards fine leg

14.4

Patel to Pollard, SIX, lifted with ease over midwicket and it goes all the way for six!

14.5

Patel to Pollard, 1 run, driven away to long-off

14.6

Patel to Findlay, 1 run, blocked in to the gap at square leg and they take a single

End of over 15 (9 runs) West Indies 123/4 (33 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.20, RRR: 6.60)
SE Findlay    6* (6b)      JS Patel    3-0-30-1
KA Pollard    7* (2b 1x6)     

33 runs needed off 30 balls for West Indies

15.1

Vettori to Findlay, 1 run, dropped to short leg and they take one

15.2

Vettori to Pollard, no run, turns in towards the pads and big lbw appeal but turned down by umpire Billy Bowden

15.3

Vettori to Pollard, OUT, slower ball and he gets under it too much. The ball soars high in to the air and Patel takes a simple but important catch at long-off

KA Pollard c Patel b Vettori 7 (5m 4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

15.4

Vettori to Findlay, no run, attempts a flashing cut but misses

15.5

Vettori to Findlay, FOUR, he picks up the slower ball and clubs it away through midwicket and it races away for four

15.6

Vettori to Findlay, no run, plays and misses the cut again and a big appeal for McCullum for caught behind but no interest in the umpire

This match is finely poised with Gayle now dismissed. 28 runs needed off 4 overs and this could well go down to the last few deliveries

End of over 16 (5 runs) West Indies 128/5 (28 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.00)
SE Findlay    11* (10b 1x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-16-3
CS Baugh    0* (0b)     

16.1

Patel to Baugh, 2 runs, placed between the covers and they turn quickly for the second

16.2

Patel to Baugh, OUT, slower delivery and pitched up. He gets under it too much and McCullum calls for it early and makes good ground to get underneath it with the gloves

CS Baugh c †McCullum b Patel 2 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Only 4 wickets remaining for West Indies

16.3

Patel to Findlay, no run, tries to angle it down fine leg and misses

16.4

Patel to Findlay, 1 run, straight drive picked up at long-off

16.5

Patel to Taylor, no run, blocked din to the ground and picked up by midwicket

16.6

Patel to Taylor, 1 run, full ball hacked away to long-off

24 runs from 18 balls needed for West Indies

End of over 17 (4 runs) West Indies 132/6 (24 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.76, RRR: 8.00)
JE Taylor    1* (2b)      JS Patel    4-0-34-2
SE Findlay    12* (12b 1x4)     

17.1

Oram to Taylor, no run, slower ball and he misses with the cut outside off

17.2

Oram to Taylor, 2 runs, goes for the big shot and it goes high over his head behind the keeper and the ball drops in between three fielders who just couldn't get there in time. Quick turn and they come back for two

17.3

Oram to Taylor, no run, full toss on leg-stump. The batsmen misses with the drive and it misses leg-stump by a coat of paint! Big sigh from the players and the crowd

17.4

Oram to Taylor, 1 run, pulls it away through square leg. Picked up on the boundary

17.5

Oram to Findlay, FOUR, full toss which is pulled away through square leg and well-timed enough to reach the rope. Poor bowling

17 needed off 13 now

17.6

Oram to Findlay, 1 run, clipped in to square leg and they run one

End of over 18 (8 runs) West Indies 140/6 (16 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.77, RRR: 8.00)
SE Findlay    17* (14b 2x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-35-0
JE Taylor    4* (6b)     

The West Indies team are sitting on the edge of their seats outside the pavilion. The Kiwi crowd are buzzing with excitement. Kyle Mills is being entrusted with the penultimate over

18.1

Mills to Findlay, 1 run, good ball in to his body but it's blocked away to the leg-side and they hurry a single

18.2

Mills to Taylor, FOUR, improvised shot from Taylor as he shuffles across his stumps before angling the bat and leaning the ball over the short leg fielder using the pace of the bowler. Runs away for four

18.3

Mills to Taylor, no run, slower ball outside off stump and the batsmen misses

18.4

Mills to Taylor, 2 runs, straight drive down the ground and it looks like just one. They turn quick and come back for a second and Mills cannot gather the ball at the stumps to complete the run-out

18.5

Mills to Taylor, 1 run, bottom edge squirts past McCullum and they pick up another

18.6

Mills to Findlay, 1 run, pulled away through square leg and they take one more

7 runs needed off the last over

End of over 19 (9 runs) West Indies 149/6 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.84, RRR: 7.00)
SE Findlay    19* (16b 2x4)      KD Mills    4-0-27-1
JE Taylor    11* (10b 1x4)     

Southee to bowl the last over

19.1

Southee to Findlay, OUT, pitched up and going away from the batsmen. He takes a wild swipe at it and the ball just nicks off the toe and McCullum gathers the ball. First blood to the Kiwis

SE Findlay c †McCullum b Southee 19 (31m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 111.76

Fidel Edwards to the crease

19.2

Southee to Edwards, no run, short of a length and Edwards misses with the pull shot

7 off 4 now

19.3

Southee to Edwards, 1 run, makes contact and driven through the off-side but picked up a deep cover. Just one and huge cheers from the crowd

19.4

Southee to Taylor, OUT, swing and a miss and they try and run but it's suicide really as McCullum rolls the ball against the stumps

FH Edwards run out 1 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

6 runs needed off the last 2 balls now. Or 5 runs for a tie

19.5

Southee to Benn, FOUR, fuller and wide delivery which Benn takes a swipe at. It catches a thick outside edge and runs fine away for four! Light at the end of the tunnel for West Indies

2 runs for the win. Only 1 needed for a tie. The tension around the ground is unbearable

19.6

Southee to Benn, 1 run, he gets bat on it and angled away to backward point. Oram jumps on it and hold on to the ball as they sprint one. And that's it the game is tied! We will now have the first ever super over to settle the teams.

Well what a thrilling finish! West Indies will have feel they could have won the game with Gayle starting off so strong but New Zealand will also feel that they were ahead in the last few overs.

We will now have one super over for each team. 3 batsmen and one bowler are chosen for each team who are bowl one over each on the same pitch with the same ball. West Indies batted second so they will have the first super over. If two wickets fall then the team is out and no more balls will be bowled.

End of over 20 (15 runs) West Indies 155/8 (1 run required)
SJ Benn    5* (2b 1x4)      TG Southee    4-0-39-1
JE Taylor    11* (11b 1x4)     
Series Results
New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton - Dec 28, 2008
New Zealand won by 36 runs
New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland - Dec 26, 2008
Match tied (West Indies won the one-over eliminator)
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Dec 26, 2008

Chris Gayle thumped the first ever super over for 25 runs, New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Twenty20, Auckland, December 26, 2008

Chris Gayle thumped the first ever super over for 25 runs

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Dec 26, 2008

Chris Gayle's heroics powered West Indies to a pulsating win, New Zealand v West Indies, 1st Twenty20, Auckland, December 26, 2008

Chris Gayle's heroics powered West Indies to a pulsating win

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