Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    10.3 Nicol has had a brain freeze. Sammy has picked up a wicket after coming on to bowl when the heat was on. He goes across the line to play the pick-up shot, but the length - much like Bravo earlier in the day - is a little too short for a front-foot shot. As a result he gets a bit too under it, and finds deep midwicket 63/3
    0.6 full, straight, beaten for the pace, and Best has got his wicket. he is down on his knees, looking skyward with arm aloft. What a celebration. Guptill has contributed to the dismissal by playing across the line to a full delivery headed for middle stump. He is a goner as soon as he misses it, but he has also been done in for pace a little 8/1
    7.2 soft dismissal. There have been quite a few in this series. Slightly short of a lenght, and he goes to pull it, picking the short midwicket with surgical precision. Not the length to pull. And he is not pleased with himself. The PA system at the ground plays, "Hit the road Jack... and don't you come back no more." 50/2
    48.2 Sammy takes the catch. Taylor perishes. There are people already wanting to invade the pitch. Surely this wins the series for West Indies? Full toss, on off, Taylor wants to hit it for a six over leg, gets a thick edge that is skied to Sammy at point 237/9
    13.4 he is gone. Williamson has had a horrid time of it with Narine. He is reviewing this lbw decision, though. Quicker, straighter delivery, no thumb sticking out as Narine goes up for the delivery. Short of a length, but skiddy, and beats Williamson on the pull, which is not quite one. Pitched outside off, hits him in front of off, and that's a review exhausted 75/4
    33.4 Latham has finally succumbed. Three dots in a row draw out a forceful shot to a short-of-a-length delivery just outside off. He is cramped for room, and edges it through to Thomas. This wicket ensures at least one new batsman in the Powerplay 146/5
    38.5 Best can stick his tongue out all he want now. He has got his man. McCullum gets a rare full ball from Best who has bee peppering him with short stuff. He drives, but all he manages is to run it straight to point where Sammy accepts it gleefully 170/6
    44.5 Best is looking heavenwards again. It's the good old you-miss-I-hit stuff from him. Oram, under pressure from the many dot balls he has faced, makes room, but Best remains full, straight and fast. And he hits the middle stump. Timbahhhh. An underwhelming innings from Oram, who seems to now justify N McCullum's promotion ahead of him 219/7
    47.1 Bracewell charges at the first ball of Narine's last. Bracewell has made a little too much room as Narine floats this wide outside off, and the mist-hit settles with long-off 234/8
    49.3 West Indies have won their first ODI series against a side other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe in more than four years. Slower ball, beats the bat, and the keeper completes the run-put after the New Zealand Nos 10 and 11 are confused and both in the middle of the pitch 240/10
    not out
    24 (b 5, lb 10, nb 1, w 8)
    240 all out (49.3 Overs, RR: 4.84)
    Fall of wickets: 1-8 (MJ Guptill, 0.6 ov), 2-50 (BB McCullum, 7.2 ov), 3-63 (RJ Nicol, 10.3 ov), 4-75 (KS Williamson, 13.4 ov), 5-146 (TWM Latham, 33.4 ov), 6-170 (NL McCullum, 38.5 ov), 7-219 (JDP Oram, 44.5 ov), 8-234 (DAJ Bracewell, 47.1 ov), 9-237 (LRPL Taylor, 48.2 ov), 10-240 (TG Southee, 49.3 ov)
    TL Best10.014644.60362240
    AD Russell6.004918.16185210
    DJG Sammy10.014114.10364001
    SP Narine10.012022.00410010
    MN Samuels10.005015.00260200
    DJ Bravo3.301905.4290110

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