Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BJ Watling
60(98) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 5 2 0 2 0 5 4
DR Smith
65(77) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 12 2 2 0 2 1

Best performances - Bowlers

KD Mills
O5.0
M1
R7
W1
Eco1.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Russell
O10.0
M0
R45
W4
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

That was pretty much a perfect game for West Indies, starting with the new ball spell of Andre Russell, backed up by the bewitching bowling of Sunil Narine, who proved far too tricky for the inexperieced New Zealand batting. BJ Watling's half-century helped New Zealand avoid complete humiliation, but the 190 they put up was never likely to test the home side, even less so when NZ lost Ellis to an injury reducing their bowling options. Gayle got his third successive half-century, and Smith reached a fifty of his own to ensure there were no troubles in the chase. A lengthy rain delay kept the home crowd waiting but once the showers went away and play resumed, it was a quick finish.

Abhishek Purohit is putting the finishing touches to his match report, check it out.

Post-match presentation:

Kane Williamson: "I guess we didn't start too well with the bat, we scrapped our way to some sort of the total, and again the power-hitters hurt us. We can learn from the West Indies, they bowled well, swung it a bit, we need to learn from the mistakes we are making. We are looking to improve and close the gap, which is looking quite big at the moment. We are a young side, playing a very experienced side, we have to show the West Indies side that we can compete."

Darren Sammy: "Very pleasing (Russell's performance). For a long time we have been struggling with the bat, and it is nice to see us winning by nine wickets."

Man of the Match is Andre Russell: "I knew how important this game was. It was my mom's birthday, I gave her a good surprise. The wicket tends to have some moisture in the morning, we had to keep it tight then as it gets a little flat in the middle overs."

Well, that's about a wrap from us here. Catch you during the second game on Saturday. Seeya!

24.2
2
Guptill to Smith, 2 runs, this time he does, and he sends that to the deep point boundary, a full and wide ball, an utterly one-sided game this, would have been a travesty if New Zealand escaped because of the rain
24.1
0
Guptill to Smith, no run, well outside off, smith wanted to send that out of the ground, doesn't connect

Guptill, of all people, bowling now

END OF OVER:
24 | 8 Runs | WI: 134/1

  • DR Smith63 (75b)
  • CH Gayle63 (57b)
  • JDP Oram5-0-37-0
  • TG Southee7-1-37-0
23.6
1
Oram to Smith, 1 run, works it away towards short midwicket for a single, that was a full ball well outside off stump, Smith mistimes his drive
23.5
1lb
Oram to Gayle, 1 leg bye, angling down the leg side, helped to the right of the keeper, who moves quickly across and takes off a glove and underarms the ball towards the stumps
23.4
1
Oram to Smith, 1 run, again on the pads, again Smith clips it, just a single this time as the deep square leg fielder stops it
23.3
4
Oram to Smith, FOUR runs, another boundary, West Indies finishing this in a hurry, that was a full ball on the pads, whipped to the deep backward square leg boundary for four

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BJ Watling
60(98) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 5 2 0 2 0 5 4
DR Smith
65(77) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 12 2 2 0 2 1

Best performances - Bowlers

KD Mills
O5.0
M1
R7
W1
Eco1.40
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Russell
O10.0
M0
R45
W4
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF