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

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary for the fourth ODI between West Indies and New Zealand at Auckland. West Indies have won the toss and we are just about to get underway. Martin Guptill is in the side at the expense of Jesse Ryder, and is just about to get his chance.

Fidel Edwards has the new ball in his hands, and we are seconds away from the start

0.1

Edwards to McCullum, 1 wide, a hideous wide, way outside off stump. But, in mitigation, there was some extravagant swing on offer

0.1

Edwards to McCullum, 1 wide, outside off again, not quite as wide this time, but wide enough

0.1

Edwards to McCullum, no run, much better, a bit fuller and tighter, good climb past the edge as McCullum shoulders arms

0.2

Edwards to McCullum, no run, cracking delivery, Edwards is finding his range as the over develops, that one burst past the edge as McCullum advanced

0.3

Edwards to McCullum, FOUR, shorter and McCullum cuts, underneath the ball and over point. A bit loose but that's four

0.4

Edwards to McCullum, 1 run, full length, genuine outswing, and pushed firmly out to point

0.5

Edwards to Guptill, no run, left alone, full length and keeps a touch low through to the keeper

0.6

Edwards to Guptill, no run, outside off again, good carry, and that's the end of what was eventually a probing over

End of over 1 (7 runs) New Zealand 7/0
MJ Guptill    0* (2b)      FH Edwards    1-0-7-0
BB McCullum    5* (4b 1x4)     

1.1

Powell to McCullum, FOUR, guided passed the slips and beats wide third-man

1.2

Powell to McCullum, no run, left alone outside off

1.3

Powell to McCullum, no run, pushed out ont he off side

1.4

Powell to McCullum, no run, left alone by McCullum this time

1.5

Powell to McCullum, no run, left alone again. Good cary there

1.6

Powell to McCullum, no run, left again outside off

End of over 2 (4 runs) New Zealand 11/0
BB McCullum    9* (10b 2x4)      DBL Powell    1-0-4-0
MJ Guptill    0* (2b)     

2.1

Edwards to Guptill, 1 run, angled away passed second slip and beats wide third man

2.2

Edwards to McCullum, no run, beaten outside off-stump this time. Good delivery that

2.3

Edwards to McCullum, no run, flashy drive by McCullum but no connection

2.4

Edwards to McCullum, FOUR, wide and McCullum throws everything at that and it races to the ropes

2.5

Edwards to McCullum, no run, prods forward and the ball just misses the outside edge again

2.6

Edwards to McCullum, no run, that's more of a leave by McCullum as he pull his bat out the way at the last minute

End of over 3 (5 runs) New Zealand 16/0
BB McCullum    13* (15b 3x4)      FH Edwards    2-0-12-0
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)     

3.1

Powell to Guptill, no run, that hits high up on Guptill's bat and lops in the air, but lands safe

3.2

Powell to Guptill, no run, left alone outside the off stump

3.3

Powell to Guptill, FOUR, driven hard, on the up over point, His first international boundary

3.4

Powell to Guptill, 1 run, similar shot but he didn't get hold of that one and Sarwan fields at third man

3.5

Powell to McCullum, no run, short and McCullum sways out of the way

3.6

Powell to McCullum, no run, left alone outside off again to end the over

End of over 4 (5 runs) New Zealand 21/0
BB McCullum    13* (17b 3x4)      DBL Powell    2-0-9-0
MJ Guptill    6* (7b 1x4)     

4.1

Edwards to Guptill, FOUR, odd looking shot, he 's tried to pull that and sliced it down to third man for another boundary

Hardly convincing, but he'll take that

4.2

Edwards to Guptill, no run, similar shot, no connection this time

4.3

Edwards to Guptill, 1 run, late on that drive again and that's another single to third man

4.4

Edwards to McCullum, no run, defended on the back foot

4.5

Edwards to McCullum, no run, another beauty from Edwards that beats McCullum

He's bowling consistently quick here

4.6

Edwards to McCullum, no run, defended on the back foot again

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 26/0
BB McCullum    13* (20b 3x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-17-0
MJ Guptill    11* (10b 2x4)     

5.1

Powell to Guptill, no run, hops onto the back foot and defended to point

5.2

Powell to Guptill, no run, decent yorker and well dug out by the man on debut

5.3

Powell to Guptill, FOUR, delightful shot, not much footwork but it races passed mid-off

5.4

Powell to Guptill, 1 run, dropped another drive and Ramdin committed to the catch only to put it down

5.5

Powell to McCullum, no run, left alone that time

5.6

Powell to McCullum, 1 run, driven straight but be didn't get hold of that one

End of over 6 (6 runs) New Zealand 32/0
BB McCullum    14* (22b 3x4)      DBL Powell    3-0-15-0
MJ Guptill    16* (14b 3x4)     

6.1

Edwards to McCullum, no run, beaten again. Edwards must be getting frustrated now

6.2

Edwards to McCullum, (no ball) 2 runs, uppish drive advancing down the track and hit in the air, nearly a collision in the outfield but the ball landed safe

6.2

Edwards to McCullum, 1 run, free hit and McCullum moves around in his crease and hits it square for a single

6.3

Edwards to Guptill, FOUR, nice shot, off his hips and away square on the leg side

6.4

Edwards to Guptill, no run, angled into his body and Guptill doesn't get bat on it

6.5

Edwards to Guptill, no run, played square, Guptill sets off but is sent back by McCullum and rightly so

6.6

Edwards to Guptill, no run, on the back foot and driven square again, but straight to the fielder

End of over 7 (8 runs) New Zealand 40/0
MJ Guptill    20* (18b 4x4)      FH Edwards    4-0-25-0
BB McCullum    17* (25b 3x4)     

Jessie Ryder gets a round of applause from some of the crowd as he takes drinks onto the field. Ironic perhaps?

7.1

Powell to McCullum, no run, outside off and left alone

7.2

Powell to McCullum, 1 run, quick single taken there after McCullum pushes it square to Nash who shys at the non-strikers end but misses

7.3

Powell to Guptill, no run, left alone that time

7.4

Powell to Guptill, no run, angled down leg side and hits Guptill on the pads, I think he's missed out there

7.5

Powell to Guptill, no run, left alone again by Guptill

7.6

Powell to Guptill, no run, solid front foot defensive back to the bowler

A better over that, Powell just trying to slow the New Zealand openers down

End of over 8 (1 run) New Zealand 41/0
MJ Guptill    20* (22b 4x4)      DBL Powell    4-0-16-0
BB McCullum    18* (27b 3x4)     

Lionel Baker into the attack now to replace Edwards

8.1

Baker to McCullum, no run, pushed square for no run

8.2

Baker to McCullum, no run, defened on the off side again

8.3

Baker to McCullum, no run, left alone this time

Solid start here by Baker

8.4

Baker to McCullum, no run, left alone again by McCullum, he's just settling a little here

8.5

Baker to McCullum, 1 wide, that's wide outside off and is called by the Umpire

8.5

Baker to McCullum, no run, left alone again, quite wide again but he gets away with that one

8.6

Baker to McCullum, 1 run, pushed into the off side and they scamper through for a quick single

Just the one off the bat that over so a good start by Baker. To pass the time between deliveries, why not read some thoughts from inside the New Zealand camp. Click here for Iain O'Brien's latest blog.

End of over 9 (2 runs) New Zealand 43/0
BB McCullum    19* (33b 3x4)      LS Baker    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    20* (22b 4x4)     

9.1

Powell to McCullum, no run, that jags back and strikes McCullum on the thigh-pad

9.2

Powell to McCullum, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump and they race through as mid-on fields

9.3

Powell to Guptill, no run, left alone again by Guptill as that ball comes back into him from outside off

9.4

Powell to Guptill, no run, that one has come in again and hits Guptill on the thigh

9.5

Powell to Guptill, no run, drives and Findlay at short cover very nearly takes a catch but the ball doesn't quite carry

9.6

Powell to Guptill, 1 run, cut down to third man, in the air but perfectly safe

Chris Gayle has called the power play

End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 45/0
MJ Guptill    21* (26b 4x4)      DBL Powell    5-0-18-0
BB McCullum    20* (35b 3x4)     

10.1

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, dropped cut again and Nash at point dives and gets a hand on it but can't cling on. very tough chance

10.2

Baker to McCullum, no run, left alone outsidde off

10.3

Baker to McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot

10.4

Baker to McCullum, 2 runs, driven square in the air as Nash goes flying to his right but can't get near it

Hardly convincing from McCullum here

10.5

Baker to McCullum, 1 wide, very wide this time

10.5

Baker to McCullum, 1 run, poor line, on leg stump and that's turned round the corner to bring up the 50

10.6

Baker to Guptill, no run, left alone to complete the over

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 50/0
MJ Guptill    22* (28b 4x4)      LS Baker    2-0-7-0
BB McCullum    23* (39b 3x4)     

11.1

Powell to McCullum, no run, very short and well over the head of McCullum, he's lucky that's not called

11.2

Powell to McCullum, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads and there's a half-hearted appeal as the batsman run a leg bye

11.3

Powell to Guptill, FOUR, a fifth boundary for Guptill, guided deliberately down to third man again

11.4

Powell to Guptill, 1 run, back foot and played off the top of his stumps passed point for a single

11.5

Powell to McCullum, no run, that's a well judged leave as the ball comes back into him again

11.6

Powell to McCullum, no run, defended into the off side there and a loud cry of no

End of over 12 (6 runs) New Zealand 56/0
BB McCullum    23* (43b 3x4)      DBL Powell    6-0-23-0
MJ Guptill    27* (30b 5x4)     

12.1

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, single taken

12.2

Baker to McCullum, no run, left alone outside off

12.3

Baker to McCullum, no run, solid defence there

12.4

Baker to McCullum, 1 run, pushed into the leg side and another quick single taken

12.5

Baker to Guptill, no run, front foot defence there and Baker picks up

12.6

Baker to Guptill, 1 wide, he loses his line and that's wide down the leg side, McCullum has missed out there

12.6

Baker to Guptill, no run, into the body again and defended into the off side once more

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 59/0
MJ Guptill    28* (33b 5x4)      LS Baker    3-0-10-0
BB McCullum    24* (46b 3x4)     

13.1

Powell to McCullum, 1 run, front foot and he opens the face and guides it to third man

13.2

Powell to Guptill, no run, defended again into the off side

13.3

Powell to McCullum, 2 runs, lovely drive through extra cover and a fantastic diving save by Nash on the boundary

13.4

Powell to McCullum, 1 run, pushed into the off side

13.5

Powell to Guptill, 4 byes, very short and that has flown over Ramdin and away to the ropes

13.6

Powell to Guptill, 1 wide, down the side again

Just losing it a bit here Powell and in danger of undoing his good work

13.6

Powell to Guptill, no run, angled into the body and defended

End of over 14 (9 runs) New Zealand 68/0
MJ Guptill    28* (36b 5x4)      DBL Powell    7-0-28-0
BB McCullum    28* (49b 3x4)     

14.1

Baker to McCullum, no run, into the body again and chopped down. Not very convincing that

14.2

Baker to McCullum, OUT, away swinger this time and a lazy waft from McCullum that presents a very easy chance for Ramdin and he makes no mistake

BB McCullum c †Ramdin b Baker 26 (64m 50b 3x4 0x6) SR: 52.00

Well West Indies really needed that, they were starting to look a bit ragged but that will give them a much needed lift

Matthew Sinclair, with something to prove not for the first time in his career

14.3

Baker to Sinclair, no run, chopped downwards and safe, just

14.4

Baker to Sinclair, no run, solid defence this time

14.5

Baker to Sinclair, no run, into the body again and hits him high on the thigh

14.6

Baker to Sinclair, no run, solid defence this time back to the bowler

Baker is bowling a vital spell here and is dragging his side back into this. 68 on the board after 15 overs

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 68/1
MS Sinclair    0* (4b)      LS Baker    4-1-10-1
MJ Guptill    28* (36b 5x4)     

Brendan Nash into the attack replacing Powell. He'll bowl left-arm over

15.1

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, not a great line first up and tickled down to fine leg

15.2

Nash to Sinclair, 1 leg bye, on leg stump again and played away for runs

15.3

Nash to Guptill, no run, again on the bats

15.4

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, defended this time

15.5

Nash to Sinclair, no run, driven to long off

15.6

Nash to Sinclair, 1 run, driven again on the off side

Drinks taken, New Zealand will be fairly happy despite the loss of McCullum and West Indies still need to raise their standards in the field

End of over 16 (3 runs) New Zealand 71/1
MS Sinclair    1* (7b)      BP Nash    1-0-3-0
MJ Guptill    31* (40b 5x4)     

16.1

Baker to Sinclair, 1 run, into the body and played into the leg side

16.2

Baker to Guptill, no run, defended

16.3

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, pushed away again

16.4

Baker to Sinclair, 1 run, short and pulled to Chanderpaul at backward square

16.5

Baker to Sinclair, no run, left alone

16.6

Baker to Sinclair, OUT, short-lived comeback for Sinclair, he pokes outside off and gets a big edge through to Ramdin

MS Sinclair c †Ramdin b Baker 2 (12m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 74/2
     LS Baker    5-1-13-2
MJ Guptill    32* (42b 5x4)     

17.1

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, played away on the leg side

17.2

Nash to Taylor, no run, defended first up by Taylor

17.3

Nash to Taylor, no run, defended again

17.4

Nash to Taylor, no run, pushed back to the bowler again

Good line this by Nash

17.5

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, driven through the covers, there's a man out there so just a single

17.6

Nash to Guptill, no run, dropped driven back at the bowler, wide to his left and it's another great effort but Nash just unable to cling on for a second time today

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 76/2
MJ Guptill    33* (44b 5x4)      BP Nash    2-0-5-0
LRPL Taylor    1* (4b)     

18.1

Baker to Taylor, 2 runs, good line again from Baker as he finds the outside edge and only a dive from third man saves the boundary

18.2

Baker to Taylor, no run, defended properly this time

18.3

Baker to Taylor, no run, left alone by Taylor

18.4

Baker to Taylor, no run, good line and length and again Taylor lets it go

18.5

Baker to Taylor, 1 wide, how frustrating, that's wide of off stump and is called

Eighth wide of the innings that one

18.5

Baker to Taylor, no run, defended to mid on as that is angled in to the batsman again

18.6

Baker to Taylor, no run, full and driven hard in to the ground by Taylor. Baker gets a hand on it in his follow-through and mid off fields

Another generally good over from Baker

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 79/2
LRPL Taylor    3* (10b)      LS Baker    6-1-16-2
MJ Guptill    33* (44b 5x4)     

19.1

Nash to Guptill, no run, straight and another back foot defensive

19.2

Nash to Guptill, no run, pushed into the covers

19.3

Nash to Guptill, no run, that's come back into him, far to close to cut and he's very nearly chopped on to his stumps

19.4

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, driven down to mid-off

19.5

Nash to Taylor, no run, blocked again by Taylor

19.6

Nash to Taylor, no run, played back to the bowler again

Nash has also found a good line now and in partnership with Baker is really starting to put the breaks on New Zealand

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 80/2
LRPL Taylor    3* (12b)      BP Nash    3-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    34* (48b 5x4)     

20.1

Baker to Guptill, no run, full and played straight by Guptill

20.2

Baker to Guptill, no run, good length again and angled into the batsman, difficult to get away those

20.3

Baker to Guptill, 1 leg bye, on leg stump and the attempted drive just goes off the pad for a leg bye

20.4

Baker to Taylor, 1 run, full and on leg stump, played away square for one

20.5

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, a touch wide and driven through cover but he's not timed it and they just take a single

20.6

Baker to Taylor, 1 run, pushed behind square and away to third man for an easy run

End of over 21 (4 runs) New Zealand 84/2
LRPL Taylor    5* (14b)      LS Baker    7-1-19-2
MJ Guptill    35* (52b 5x4)     

21.1

Nash to Taylor, no run, swinging back in to the right-hander again and played back to Nash

21.2

Nash to Taylor, no run, off stump line and no run again

21.3

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, whipped into the leg side, through midwicket for one

21.4

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, a touch wide and cut square

21.5

Nash to Taylor, no run, defended once more

21.6

Nash to Taylor, no run, swings back in and hits Taylor on the pad. Another half appeal but no real danger for Taylor

End of over 22 (2 runs) New Zealand 86/2
LRPL Taylor    6* (19b)      BP Nash    4-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    36* (53b 5x4)     

22.1

Baker to Guptill, no run, driven to mid-off

22.2

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, driven into the covers for another single

Looks like Guptill has gone into anchor mode now and is looking very solid after some initial nerves

22.3

Baker to Taylor, no run, defended again

22.4

Baker to Taylor, no run, appeal from behind the stumps but not much interest from the bowler, going down leg that one

22.5

Baker to Taylor, 1 run, pushed straight and a very well taken single to mid-on

22.6

Baker to Guptill, no run, a touch short and the attempted pull doesn't come off. Instead it's an inside edge on to the thigh which will sting a little I imagine

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 88/2
MJ Guptill    37* (56b 5x4)      LS Baker    8-1-21-2
LRPL Taylor    7* (22b)     

23.1

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, full and pushed to long-off for an easy run

23.2

Nash to Guptill, no run, that swings back in again and not much Guptill can do with that

23.3

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, on the stumps again and driven passed the bowler once more

23.4

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, driven to long-on this time

23.5

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, a touch wider of off this time and driven to long-off again

23.6

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, another nice looking straight drive but just the one again

Really consistent line this, Nash very rarely strays off the stumps

End of over 24 (5 runs) New Zealand 93/2
LRPL Taylor    10* (25b)      BP Nash    5-0-13-0
MJ Guptill    39* (59b 5x4)     

24.1

Baker to Taylor, no run, on off stump and a solid defence

Looks like Baker will bowl out here

24.2

Baker to Taylor, 1 run, cut square and Nash has a shy at the non-strikers end, but Taylor would have been home regardless

24.3

Baker to Guptill, no run, cut hard again but straight at Nash once more

24.4

Baker to Guptill, FOUR, lovely shot, perfect straight drive and with mid-on and mid-off up that races away

24.5

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, crashed into the covers, another great shot but cut off by the man on the rope

24.6

Baker to Taylor, no run, solid defence again by Taylor, he's being quite sedate here, I wonder how long that will last

Half-way point in the innings with New Zealand on 99

End of over 25 (6 runs) New Zealand 99/2
LRPL Taylor    11* (28b)      LS Baker    9-1-27-2
MJ Guptill    44* (62b 6x4)     

25.1

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the leg side and that brings up the hundred

25.2

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, straight again and driven, they thought about two but wisely decided against it

25.3

Nash to Guptill, no run, slower ball, a touch wide for a change but hit to point

25.4

Nash to Guptill, no run, straight again and fielded but the bowler

25.5

Nash to Guptill, 2 runs, another cover drive that's fielded on the boundary

25.6

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, played behind square this time as Nash strays a touch wide again

Guptill really is growing in confidence as he approaches a maiden fifty

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 104/2
MJ Guptill    48* (67b 6x4)      BP Nash    6-0-18-0
LRPL Taylor    12* (29b)     

baker starting his final over, can he finish this spell off with another good one?

26.1

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the covers again

26.2

Baker to Taylor, no run, driven straight but no run

26.3

Baker to Taylor, no run, good line and length again and Taylor gets well behind that

26.4

Baker to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor pushing forward and plays that down to third man

26.5

Baker to Guptill, no run, back foot and another defensive shot

Last ball for Baker now

26.6

Baker to Guptill, 1 run, on middle stump and pushed to midwicket and that brings up his fifty on debut

A good round of applause from his home crowd, good innings this, I wonder if he can go on

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 107/2
MJ Guptill    50* (70b 6x4)      LS Baker    10-1-30-2
LRPL Taylor    13* (32b)     

27.1

Nash to Guptill, 2 runs, on leg stump and turned square, a diving stop by Fidel Edwards saves four

27.2

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, another straight drive for one

27.3

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, whipped to long-on for another one

27.4

Nash to Guptill, no run, straight and defended again

27.5

Nash to Guptill, no run, same again, swinging back in a touch

27.6

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the off side once more

End of over 28 (5 runs) New Zealand 112/2
MJ Guptill    54* (75b 6x4)      BP Nash    7-0-23-0
LRPL Taylor    14* (33b)     

Nikita Miller into the attack, enforced change this and he'll bowl left-arm round

28.1

Miller to Guptill, no run, Solid defence

28.2

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, worked into the leg side

28.3

Miller to Taylor, 1 run, pushed into the off side through extra cover

28.4

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, driven to long-on for one

28.5

Miller to Taylor, 1 run, identical shot from Taylor, long-on fields

28.6

Miller to Guptill, no run, defended square into the off side this time

I'm just waiting for Ross Taylor to start hitting out - how long will he wait?

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 116/2
MJ Guptill    56* (79b 6x4)      NO Miller    1-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (35b)     

29.1

Nash to Taylor, no run, played into the leg side but no run

29.2

Nash to Taylor, no run, on leg stump and he's missed out there as he fails to get bat on it

29.3

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, pushed into the covers this time

29.4

Nash to Guptill, no run, defended on off stump

29.5

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, worked square on the leg side again and another easy single

29.6

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, full and driven to long-off again

Nash continues to do a good job, but the wickets in hand could be crucial for New Zealand

End of over 30 (3 runs) New Zealand 119/2
LRPL Taylor    18* (39b)      BP Nash    8-0-26-0
MJ Guptill    57* (81b 6x4)     

30.1

Miller to Taylor, 1 run, pushed square on the off side

30.2

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, into the covers and the scoreboard keeps ticking over

30.3

Miller to Taylor, 1 run, similar shot and a hurried single this time

30.4

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, a touch wide and cut by Guptill, Nash chases and pulls it up just short of the boundary

30.5

Miller to Guptill, no run, beaten, top delivery that by Miller who got very excited. Ramdin couldn't take it behind the stumps

30.6

Miller to Guptill, no run, pushed square but no run this time

End of over 31 (5 runs) New Zealand 124/2
MJ Guptill    60* (85b 6x4)      NO Miller    2-0-9-0
LRPL Taylor    20* (41b)     

31.1

Nash to Taylor, 2 wides, passed leg stump and that's a slightly harsh wide

31.1

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, worked to leg for a single

this is the second highest score by a man on debut for New Zealand now, Stephen Flemming has the highest with 90

31.2

Nash to Taylor, FOUR, full toss and smashed down passed long-on, great shot and a rare boundary

31.3

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, guided to third man

31.4

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, guided away by Guptill this time

31.5

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, the singles keep coming as Taylor pushed that into the off side once more

31.6

Nash to Guptill, no run, driven into the ground and Nash collects in his follow-through

End of over 32 (10 runs) New Zealand 134/2
MJ Guptill    62* (88b 6x4)      BP Nash    9-0-36-0
LRPL Taylor    26* (44b 1x4)     

32.1

Miller to Taylor, 1 run, pushed to long-off

32.2

Miller to Guptill, no run, tries to guide that to third man but fielded by deep gully

32.3

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, pushed into the off-side again, a touch wide from Miller

32.4

Miller to Guptill, no run, much closer to the batsman this time and no run

32.5

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, worked to the leg side once more

32.6

Miller to Guptill, FOUR, too wide from Miller and Guptill smashes it through point, picking the gap perfectly

The acceleration is starting

End of over 33 (9 runs) New Zealand 143/2
MJ Guptill    70* (93b 7x4)      NO Miller    3-0-18-0
LRPL Taylor    27* (45b 1x4)     

Nash into his last over

33.1

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, full toss flicked around the corner but stopped by short fine-leg

33.2

Nash to Guptill, 1 run, played into the off side

33.3

Nash to Taylor, 2 runs, turned fine and beats Edwards at short fine-leg but he turns and chases it down to save the boundary

33.4

Nash to Taylor, no run, goes for the big shot but misses

33.5

Nash to Taylor, 2 runs, another aggressive shot from Taylor, inside edge and a slight mis-field from Edwards allows two. He's been busy this over

33.6

Nash to Taylor, 1 run, driven again, down to long-on

That's the end of Nash, decent spell from him

End of over 34 (7 runs) New Zealand 150/2
LRPL Taylor    33* (50b 1x4)      BP Nash    10-0-43-0
MJ Guptill    71* (94b 7x4)     

34.1

Miller to Taylor, no run, defended off middle

34.2

Miller to Taylor, 1 run, pushed between point and cover and a quick single taken

34.3

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the covers again

34.4

Miller to Taylor, no run, short and wide and cut hard by Taylor, but straight to Nash at point

34.5

Miller to Taylor, no run, driven again into the off side

34.6

Miller to Taylor, FOUR, backs away and perfectly placed behind point. Great cut shot

Miller starting to look expensive and it looks like Fidel Edwards will come back into the attack to replace Nash

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 156/2
LRPL Taylor    38* (55b 2x4)      NO Miller    4-0-24-0
MJ Guptill    72* (95b 7x4)     

35.1

Edwards to Guptill, 1 run, angled into the body and Guptill drops it into the leg side

35.2

Edwards to Taylor, 2 runs, drifts onto the pads and Taylor gets an easy two square of the wicket

35.3

Edwards to Taylor, no run, too short for the drive tha one and it goes harmlessly to point

35.4

Edwards to Taylor, 2 runs, driven again, straight down the ground, not quite timed but they'll get two

35.5

Edwards to Taylor, no run, good bouncer, short and quick which Taylor ducks underneath

35.6

Edwards to Taylor, no run, a little short and wide, Taylor cuts hard but picks out the man at point. He'll feel he has missed out there

Drinks now. New Zealand are very nicely poised here and we could really see some fireworks in the closing overs, especially if Taylor stays in. There's still another power play to come too don't forget.

End of over 36 (5 runs) New Zealand 161/2
LRPL Taylor    42* (60b 2x4)      FH Edwards    5-0-30-0
MJ Guptill    73* (96b 7x4)     

Chris Gayle replaces Miller

36.1

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the off side

Guptill just giving the strike to Taylor now

36.2

Gayle to Taylor, no run, full and driven to mid-on

36.3

Gayle to Taylor, 1 run, worked into the leg side

36.4

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the off side

36.5

Gayle to Taylor, 1 run, turned round the corner and picked up by short fine-leg coming round

36.6

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, driven into the covers and picked up on the boundary

End of over 37 (5 runs) New Zealand 166/2
MJ Guptill    76* (99b 7x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-5-0
LRPL Taylor    44* (63b 2x4)     

37.1

Edwards to Guptill, no run, pushed on to the back foot and defended square to point

37.2

Edwards to Guptill, 1 run, swing there for Edwards and Guptill drives into his pads and the ball goes into the off side, Taylor calls the single

37.3

Edwards to Taylor, no run, driven hard to mid-off, the ball is definitely reversing

37.4

Edwards to Taylor, 1 run, short and dropped square on the leg side for one

37.5

Edwards to Guptill, 2 runs, drives and that's an inside edge that shoots away square on the leg side. Edwards looking frustrated

37.6

Edwards to Guptill, no run, good, fast yorker and well dug out by Guptill

One of the keys to this partnership has been the running between the wickets - they're both very quick these two

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 170/2
MJ Guptill    79* (103b 7x4)      FH Edwards    6-0-34-0
LRPL Taylor    45* (65b 2x4)     

38.1

Gayle to Taylor, 1 run, driven just passed mid-on for a single

38.2

Gayle to Guptill, no run, pushed square on the off side and picked up at point

38.3

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, worked into the leg side

38.4

Gayle to Taylor, 1 run, played into the covers, not middled

38.5

Gayle to Guptill, no run, driven straight and Gayle dives to save a single

38.6

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, worked into the leg side and that's the hundred partnership between these two, from 132 balls

End of over 39 (4 runs) New Zealand 174/2
MJ Guptill    81* (107b 7x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-9-0
LRPL Taylor    47* (67b 2x4)     

39.1

Edwards to Guptill, 1 run, flicked into the leg side, out the middle of the bat so they just get one as Chanderpaul collects at deep square

39.2

Edwards to Taylor, no run, good length and Taylor pushes it to point

39.3

Edwards to Taylor, 4 byes, short and that takes off, Taylor ducks under it very easily and Ramdin gets a glove on it but cannot prevent it racing to the ropes. Byes called but could very easily have been wides

39.4

Edwards to Taylor, no run, full and dug out. Fielded at mid-on

39.5

Edwards to Taylor, 1 run, on leg stump and dropped to midwicket and they sprint through once more

39.6

Edwards to Guptill, 2 leg byes, off the pad and fine for more extras

Extras are really mounting up here.

New Zealand have called the batting power play with ten overs to go and Daren Powell comes back into the attack. Things are going to get interesting.

End of over 40 (8 runs) New Zealand 182/2
MJ Guptill    82* (109b 7x4)      FH Edwards    7-0-36-0
LRPL Taylor    48* (71b 2x4)     

40.1

Powell to Taylor, no run, short and Taylor ducks under it with ease. One for the over signalled

40.2

Powell to Taylor, FOUR, SMASH, what a way to bring up your fifty. Short again and Taylor hammers it over wide long-on and it bounces once on its way to the ropes

40.3

Powell to Taylor, no run, cracked into the leg side again but straight at midwicket this time

40.4

Powell to Taylor, FOUR, hammered again, Taylor beats the man diving at deep midwicket and he is really stepping it up now

40.5

Powell to Taylor, 1 wide, short and down leg side. Is Taylor getting to Powell?

40.5

Powell to Taylor, no run, good delivery, Powell bowls the slower one and Taylor doesn't middle the drive

40.6

Powell to Taylor, 1 run, dropped into the leg side for Taylor to keep the strike

End of over 41 (10 runs) New Zealand 192/2
LRPL Taylor    57* (77b 4x4)      DBL Powell    8-0-38-0
MJ Guptill    82* (109b 7x4)     

41.1

Edwards to Taylor, no run, full and Taylor's drive gets an inside edge just passed leg stump and fielded at short fine-leg

41.2

Edwards to Taylor, 1 run, full again, Taylor stepping away gets bat on it but again it just misses leg stump. Picked up by Ramdin this time but they get through for the single

41.3

Edwards to Guptill, no run, Guptill stepping away this time as Edwards bowls the short one. A big swing and miss

41.4

Edwards to Guptill, no run, quick and full again, into the pads this time

Good spell by Edwards since he's come back into the attack

41.5

Edwards to Guptill, FOUR, full and angled into the pads again, this time Guptill flicks it behind square for another boundary

41.6

Edwards to Guptill, no run, backs away again and attempts the cut but only manages a bottom edge that's collected by Ramdin

End of over 42 (5 runs) New Zealand 197/2
MJ Guptill    86* (113b 8x4)      FH Edwards    8-0-41-0
LRPL Taylor    58* (79b 4x4)     

42.1

Powell to Taylor, 1 run, good length, a swing from Taylor that isn't middled and they take a single to midwicket

42.2

Powell to Guptill, 1 run, just wide of off stump and played behind square for one

42.3

Powell to Taylor, FOUR, slower ball that's too short, Taylor waits nicely and hits it just over extra-cover for his fifth boundary

42.4

Powell to Taylor, no run, big heave to leg but he misses completely

42.5

Powell to Taylor, FOUR, he comes down the track and hits over extra-cover again. He didn't middle that but struck it hard enough to get four

42.6

Powell to Taylor, 1 run, he stays in his crease this time and drives square to keep the strike

Taylor could really damage West Indies here

End of over 43 (11 runs) New Zealand 208/2
LRPL Taylor    68* (84b 6x4)      DBL Powell    9-0-49-0
MJ Guptill    87* (114b 8x4)     

43.1

Edwards to Taylor, SIX, wide of off and Taylor throws everything at that and is just clears the ropes at backward point for the first six of the innings

43.2

Edwards to Taylor, 1 run, full toss that surprises Taylor, played straight for a single. He feels he's missed out there

43.3

Edwards to Guptill, 2 runs, full again and driven down to long-on for an easy two

43.4

Edwards to Guptill, 1 run, played square for one

43.5

Edwards to Taylor, OUT, big heave again from Taylor as he backs away and he misses totally as that crashes into off stump

LRPL Taylor b Edwards 75 (99m 87b 6x4 1x6) SR: 86.20

Good innings from Taylor, he looks annoyed but he's played really well today. Daniel Flynn in next

43.6

Edwards to Flynn, no run, blocked straight

So reward at last for Edwards, one more over of the power play to go

End of over 44 (10 runs) New Zealand 218/3
DR Flynn    0* (1b)      FH Edwards    9-0-51-1
MJ Guptill    90* (116b 8x4)     

44.1

Powell to Guptill, 1 run, played square and that gives Guptill the highest ever score by a New Zealander on debut

44.2

Powell to Flynn, OUT, he tries to drive straigh but doesn't connect with it presenting an easy catch to Baker at mid-on

DR Flynn c Baker b Powell 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Difficult time for Flynn to come in, especially as he's not naturally a big hitter.

Neil Broom is next in so New Zealand will have two men on debut out there.

44.3

Powell to Broom, no run, goes between bat and pad and through to Ramdin

44.4

Powell to Broom, no run, full and defended by Broom

44.5

Powell to Broom, no run, he comes across his stumps slightly and plays it back to Powell

44.6

Powell to Broom, 1 run, dropped to point and he scampers through for his first international run

End of over 45 (2 runs) New Zealand 220/4
NT Broom    1* (4b)      DBL Powell    10-0-51-1
MJ Guptill    91* (117b 8x4)     

Miller back into the attack

45.1

Miller to Broom, 1 run, worked to leg

45.2

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, eased to midwicket and some excellent running gets him two

45.3

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the off side this time

45.4

Miller to Broom, 1 run, played to midwicket again

45.5

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, driven and that's good placement again between long-off and deep extra-cover

45.6

Miller to Guptill, no run, blocked into the leg side

End of over 46 (7 runs) New Zealand 227/4
MJ Guptill    96* (121b 8x4)      NO Miller    5-0-31-0
NT Broom    3* (6b)     

46.1

Gayle to Broom, 1 run, worked into the leg side again to give Guptill the strike

46.2

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, pushed square and well picked up and returned

46.3

Gayle to Broom, no run, tries to hit that straight but sends it back to Gayle

46.4

Gayle to Broom, no run, tries to heave that to leg but doesn't connect

46.5

Gayle to Broom, 1 run, driven straight for a single

46.6

Gayle to Guptill, SIX, HundredWhat a way to become only the fifth man to score a ODI century on debut, a touch short and hammered over long-on for six, that went miles

Wonderful innings and on his home ground as well

End of over 47 (9 runs) New Zealand 236/4
MJ Guptill    103* (123b 8x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    3-0-18-0
NT Broom    5* (10b)     

47.1

Miller to Broom, 1 run, struck square on the off side

47.2

Miller to Guptill, 2 runs, cut away square again

47.3

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, dropped into the leg side once more

47.4

Miller to Broom, 3 runs, lofted over point, clever shot as there's no pace on the ball at all. Good running too

47.5

Miller to Guptill, 1 run, played to midwicket

47.6

Miller to Broom, SIX, what a shot! Broom picks that up and sends it well over extra-cover

The boys on debut are doing a good job here and that last shot lost the ball

End of over 48 (14 runs) New Zealand 250/4
NT Broom    15* (13b 1x6)      NO Miller    6-0-45-0
MJ Guptill    107* (126b 8x4 1x6)     

48.1

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, pushed into the off side

48.2

Gayle to Broom, 1 run, aggressive shot again down to long-on

48.3

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, backs away and hit square

48.4

Gayle to Broom, SIX, walking around in his crease and eventually backs away and clears the rope at long-on. Great shot

48.5

Gayle to Broom, 1 run, struck into the leg side, he wanted two but settled

48.6

Gayle to Guptill, 1 run, played to the leg side again

Final over now, will be bowled by Fidel Edwards

End of over 49 (11 runs) New Zealand 261/4
MJ Guptill    110* (129b 8x4 1x6)      CH Gayle    4-0-29-0
NT Broom    23* (16b 2x6)     

49.1

Edwards to Guptill, (no ball) 1 run, waist-high full toss so a no-ball is called. Hit high on the bat and out to deep point

49.1

Edwards to Broom, 1 run, another yorker and well dug out for a single

49.2

Edwards to Guptill, no run, good slower ball and a swing and miss from Guptill

49.3

Edwards to Guptill, SIX, full toss and he has sent that miles. Straight over the bowlers head and that gives him the second highest debut score in ODI history

49.4

Edwards to Guptill, 2 runs, driven down the ground again, along the ground this time

49.5

Edwards to Guptill, 2 runs, struck into the leg side this time and they sprint two

49.6

Edwards to Guptill, 1 run, driven into the off side and he bats through the innings

Martin Guptill, the fifth man to score an ODI hundred on debut, gets a huge ovation from his home crowd for a really impressive innings. There were some early nerves, then a settled period with Ross Taylor followed by some great striking at the end. Don't forget the roll played by the other man on debut, Neil Broom who he also shared a fifty partnership with.

So a tough target for West Indies, if they are going to take an unassailable lead in this series they will need a special knock from someone. Join us again in 40 minutes to see how they get on.

End of over 50 (14 runs) New Zealand 275/4
MJ Guptill    122* (135b 8x4 2x6)      FH Edwards    10-0-65-1
NT Broom    24* (17b 2x6)     
Series Results
New Zealand v West Indies at Napier - Jan 13, 2009
New Zealand won by 9 runs (D/L method)
New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland - Jan 10, 2009
No result
New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington - Jan 7, 2009
New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 177 balls remaining)
New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch - Jan 3, 2009
West Indies won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) (D/L method)
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