West Indies v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20, Florida June 30, 2012

Gayle, Pollard shine in big win

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West Indies 209 for 2 (Gayle 85*, Pollard 63*) beat New Zealand 153 (Nicol 32, Narine 3-34) by 56 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Any worries that the first Twenty20 international in Lauderhill, Florida, would be a dreary contest because of a slow pitch were allayed by an exhibition of power hitting from the West Indian batsmen, much to the delight of the strong Caribbean contingent in the crowd. Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle were the headliners, hitting missiles into the stands during a 108-run partnership plundered at almost 16 runs an over. Gayle began his innings watchfully but then accelerated to build a sound platform, which allowed Pollard to explode from the get-go and set a target that was comfortably out of New Zealand's reach.

New Zealand were listless in the field and looked every bit a side that hadn't played international cricket since March. Their lines and lengths were unimaginative and inconsistent; they conceded 13 runs in wides and bowled three no-balls; and they missed a stumping, a run-out and a catch. They lost Ronnie Hira to an injured finger, and Jacob Oram and Ross Taylor damaged a knee and a shoulder while fielding. They have less than 24 hours to nurse those injuries and make plans to counter Gayle and Pollard before round two.

Gayle played a calculated innings. He began carefully, leaving deliveries outside off and swaying away from bouncers, and was happy to let Dwayne Smith and Johnson Charles attack. However, whenever there was a lull in the scoring, Gayle would use his muscle. He could have been run out on 8 had a throw from mid-off struck the stumps at the non-striker's end; it did not.

In the tenth over, Gayle hit left-arm spinner Hira powerfully towards long-off, where Oram dived but failed to prevent the boundary. Oram hurt his knee during the dive and had trouble later while bowling - struggling with his line and footing - and running between the wickets. Gayle continued to attack the spinners, carting Nathan McCullum for consecutive straight boundaries before pulling Hira into the stands beyond midwicket. He then hammered the ball back at Hira, who dislocated a finger as he tried to intercept it. Hira went off the field immediately and played no further part in the game.

Pollard entered in 14th over with West Indies 101 for 2. He hit his first and third balls for six, long-distance blows over long-off and long-on off the spinner Kane Williamson. His seventh, off Rob Nicol, also disappeared over long-off. Pollard took charge of the partnership from there on, and Gayle cruised in his slipstream. In the 17th over, Pollard top-edged a pull off Oram towards fine leg, where Taylor circled under the swirling ball and fell hard on his shoulder as he dropped the catch. He would retire hurt at the end of the sixth over of the chase because of that injury.

The penultimate over was the most expensive of the innings. Pollard sent a length ball from Doug Bracewell over the straight boundary to go past 50 off his 24th ball, and then Gayle decided he wanted in on the action. Gayle powered one six flat over long-on, burning McCullum's hands in the process, and sent two more far over deep midwicket to take 26 runs off the 19th over. Fifteen more came in the 20th, as West Indies amassed 209.

West Indies weren't as clinical in the field as they had been with the bat. Their bowlers bowled poor lines, which allowed New Zealand's openers to find the boundary frequently. They also had an injury concern, when Pollard dived and hurt his shoulder while trying in vain to stop a boundary at mid-off.

New Zealand had scored 37 in four overs when Darren Sammy gave Sunil Narine the ball, with immediate results. His first ball was down leg side but Guptill had come out of his crease and overbalanced, leaving Denesh Ramdin with a sharp stumping to complete. In the next over, after scoring 1 off his first eight balls, Taylor cut Samuel Badree for two fours. He winced and clutched his shoulder after each of those shots, and eventually went off the field.

Wickets began to fall regularly after that and the asking-rate soared out of reach. West Indies grew sharper in the field as well, effecting two run outs with direct hits. The game ended when Oram skied a catch to long-off in the penultimate over. New Zealand were nine down but Hira had a compound fracture and did not bat.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY jtggrehhtrhtrht on | July 2, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    where is jeetan patel and mark gillespie and darryl tuffy

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | July 2, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding England are waaay over rated. Like their football team LOL!!!!! England go out on PENALTIES LLOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! In the QF. In cricket England was dumped out at the QF in Sri Lanka by a superb performance from the Sri Lankan cricketers. Trust bitter England supporters to come on here and try and spoil a windies party. Go Windies!

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | July 2, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Well Done West Indies! You guys are the reason I like cricket.

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | July 1, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    They have washed away New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | July 1, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Destructive batting but favourites for the T20 world cup :) NZ bowling was truly awful, lack of practice and lack of ideas, why not aim for a gradual improvement rather than predicting world domination. BTW I am WI is probably my No. 2 side after England.

  • POSTED BY Reuelsean on | July 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @yorkshirePudding, what are you going on and on about? England are a very strong team at home and have been for a couple of years, even Aus are finding it difficult to beat them. India were demolished by them, so give wi a break, no true wi fan actually thought that WI could beat Eng. WI out batted nz and deserved to win the game so lets focus on that shall we. i would admit our bowling was total rubbish, but Pollard and Gayle batted well. @lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk, both pollard and gayle made runs against your so called superior bowling attack in Eng. Pollard even blasted a century earlier this year against Aus and Gayle has proven himself time and time again, so lets just focus on the NZ vs WI series for now. WI finally had a victory after all the disappointments, so as a West Indian i am enjoying it however it comes, and taking each game on its merit, because it doesn't happen very often.

  • POSTED BY Chetan007 on | July 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    England are not the best team at the moment but they were the best at their home.They can beat any side at their home not outside. Ya Ya, someone can say that they had beaten Australia at their home but the fact that was that was the worst Australian team. I wonder if they do the same at Australia this time.But there is no series for England in Australia at the recent future. Let them come to India which might be struggling at this moment that is due to constant injuries and the team members were not high on their fitness. No one can deny what happened to England when they came to India and went to Pakistan. Though they have beaten Pakistan in ODIs with no best players in their rank. England is going to be down starting from the series coming ahead for them.

  • POSTED BY Principle on | July 1, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    From a personal standpoint I will accept the fact that the WI are not the strongest team in the world at the moment. The only thing stopping us is a lack of confidence due to repeated failures. No question as to the raw talent as this is there for all to see. If we can put it all together, no doubt we will a force in world cricket again.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 1, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @Bruisers, whats that got to do with the price of eggs, Gayle didnt do much in the ODI series in england though, and less than nothing in the T20 game that was played. Actually I havent forgotten, and know that we played badly, the difference is that I accept it as part of the game, and dont look to make excuses or claim that we are better than we are.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | July 1, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding

    Why begrudge a few happy Windies fans enjoying a rare victory against a decent side? We have had very little to cheer since the great days when the West Indies team was the finest to grace a cricket field, so allow us to smile once in a while. We know how much better England's team is right now, but we are playing New Zealand at this time, so comment on that, rather than the series that has finished already. Your mind should be on Australia, not the Windies.

  • POSTED BY jtggrehhtrhtrht on | July 2, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    where is jeetan patel and mark gillespie and darryl tuffy

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | July 2, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding England are waaay over rated. Like their football team LOL!!!!! England go out on PENALTIES LLOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! In the QF. In cricket England was dumped out at the QF in Sri Lanka by a superb performance from the Sri Lankan cricketers. Trust bitter England supporters to come on here and try and spoil a windies party. Go Windies!

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | July 2, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Well Done West Indies! You guys are the reason I like cricket.

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | July 1, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    They have washed away New Zealand.

  • POSTED BY The_bowlers_Holding on | July 1, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Destructive batting but favourites for the T20 world cup :) NZ bowling was truly awful, lack of practice and lack of ideas, why not aim for a gradual improvement rather than predicting world domination. BTW I am WI is probably my No. 2 side after England.

  • POSTED BY Reuelsean on | July 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @yorkshirePudding, what are you going on and on about? England are a very strong team at home and have been for a couple of years, even Aus are finding it difficult to beat them. India were demolished by them, so give wi a break, no true wi fan actually thought that WI could beat Eng. WI out batted nz and deserved to win the game so lets focus on that shall we. i would admit our bowling was total rubbish, but Pollard and Gayle batted well. @lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk, both pollard and gayle made runs against your so called superior bowling attack in Eng. Pollard even blasted a century earlier this year against Aus and Gayle has proven himself time and time again, so lets just focus on the NZ vs WI series for now. WI finally had a victory after all the disappointments, so as a West Indian i am enjoying it however it comes, and taking each game on its merit, because it doesn't happen very often.

  • POSTED BY Chetan007 on | July 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    England are not the best team at the moment but they were the best at their home.They can beat any side at their home not outside. Ya Ya, someone can say that they had beaten Australia at their home but the fact that was that was the worst Australian team. I wonder if they do the same at Australia this time.But there is no series for England in Australia at the recent future. Let them come to India which might be struggling at this moment that is due to constant injuries and the team members were not high on their fitness. No one can deny what happened to England when they came to India and went to Pakistan. Though they have beaten Pakistan in ODIs with no best players in their rank. England is going to be down starting from the series coming ahead for them.

  • POSTED BY Principle on | July 1, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    From a personal standpoint I will accept the fact that the WI are not the strongest team in the world at the moment. The only thing stopping us is a lack of confidence due to repeated failures. No question as to the raw talent as this is there for all to see. If we can put it all together, no doubt we will a force in world cricket again.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 1, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    @Bruisers, whats that got to do with the price of eggs, Gayle didnt do much in the ODI series in england though, and less than nothing in the T20 game that was played. Actually I havent forgotten, and know that we played badly, the difference is that I accept it as part of the game, and dont look to make excuses or claim that we are better than we are.

  • POSTED BY SNIFFLEATHER on | July 1, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding

    Why begrudge a few happy Windies fans enjoying a rare victory against a decent side? We have had very little to cheer since the great days when the West Indies team was the finest to grace a cricket field, so allow us to smile once in a while. We know how much better England's team is right now, but we are playing New Zealand at this time, so comment on that, rather than the series that has finished already. Your mind should be on Australia, not the Windies.

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | July 1, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    West Indies need to get the bowling department right in order to be COMPLETE. I still believe a LEFT ARM spinner is needed .

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | July 1, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - Sorry but WI did well against Australia in the limited-overs without their key player GAYLE. To remind you, they tied the ODI series 2-2 and the T20s 1-1. Not to mention the tough fight they gave the Aussies in the Test series without a whole bunch of players who were playing IPL at that time. Agreed, English fans have a short memory as they seem to have forgotten the 3-0 'thrashing' they got at the hands of Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | July 1, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Agree with you PACERONE !...WI beat a NZ team WITHOUT,I repeat WITHOUT...Vettori,Franklyn,Ryder.Mills,Brendon McCullum .....Taylor could not continue batting,Oram ..injured during the match,and all of a sudden WI are favourites for the World T20.This NZ team is a VERY POOR one,and I am worried about the WI bowling attack.Narine got 3 wickets ,but was FAR from impressive against THIS NZ team.....Guptill was unlucky to have been stumped off a WIDE, Southie presented him with his wicket,and only McCullum was out to a good ball.

  • POSTED BY lenedwards96yahoo.co.uk on | July 1, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    The innings of Gayle and Pollard proved what everyone has known for a long time. They can thrash rubbish bowling, but when they faced a superior bowling attack against England, they were not effective in any form of the game. Come on WIndies fans, LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE, this WIndies side will not beat the better international sides because they are not good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding that is because england were sheepish they set a wicket that that would not assist spin, that was evident by the ineffectiveness of swan one of england's better bowler but dont worry my friend they wont be setting the wickets/pitches in Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    gayle the monster and the pollard the gangster and the narine the sweeper westindies have these three big guns so how can a team beat them in t20

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | July 1, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    People seem to have a very short memory, and every one has forgotten the recent THRASHING the WI's were handed in England.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Gayle was just too good for the New Zealand bowlers and Powlard too, the both r just a awsome pair in T20 cricket and if West Indies can play like this in the secon T20 as well they can beat any team.

  • POSTED BY BackfootNossyfan on | July 1, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    West Indies played well and the team I support didn't. Gayle and Pollard are star performers. It's unfortunate for my BLACKCAPS, but I'm sure they'll learn from their mistakes and try to fix their weaknesses. I have faith in them. I'm just wondering who's going to be captain tomorrow - perhaps Guptill? Or Williamson, seeing as he's captained Gloucestershire before? Best of luck for the BLACKCAPS tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | July 1, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    I think if Johnson Charles can keep wickets and Andre Russell is brought in place of Denesh Ramdin, this team will be nearly invincible in the World T20. Good thing is they are making the best use of Pollard, something which Mumbai Indians haven't yet learnt in three years. I'm not convinced with Fidel Edwards' selection though. He might get hit for a few runs in the subcontinent now that he has turned himself into a Test match bowler.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | July 1, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Pretty woefull start NZ, pretty normal for us straight out of winter, would love to say it's only up from here but no captain, no vice captain in McCullum so not only are we rudderless we lack the firepower as well. I love the fact new guys are getting a chance but it looks a little grim those windies are a powerfull outfit. Good luck NZ it looks like you're going to need a little

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    awesome seeing gayle in the maroon

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | July 1, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Gayle is the best T 20 batman ever,Though guptil is current no 1 batman,but he is not a patch on great gayle.

  • POSTED BY karusubra on | July 1, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    well done west indies!!!Llloyd -Richards era will come back soon to West indies cricket.congradulations .keep it up

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    West Indies NEED to play at least four SPECIALIST bowlers in this t20 side........ The problem will not be batting but bowling.... will make no sense making competitive totals only to lose with part time / back up bowlers....

  • POSTED BY chaitanya1219 on | July 1, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    now datz one heck of a performance gayle force in collaboration wid pollard power can be NEMESIS for any bowling attack now dis is wat makes WINDIES favorites for t-20 WC in lanka wid gayle smith as openers samuels bravo pollard forming dere flamboyant middle order and den narine leading dere spin attack wid pace of roach and edwards 2 rattle dere opponents and backed wid some aggressive fire power in form of russell sammy makes dem one heck of a team so world watch out REVAMPED windies are in for some SALVAGE

  • POSTED BY lilyblackcapsfan on | July 1, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    New Zealand are obviously very rusty, and those injuries aren't going to help. Missing McCulum, Franklin and Ryder has done quite a bit of damage. West Indies put on a fantastic performance, and they look to be heading towards the World T20 tournament as one of the best T20 teams. Hope tomorrow's game is close. :)

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | July 1, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Good performance, Interesting to see that Narine is effective in this match but was ineffective in England - different opposition and different conditions and match format. WI can put together good performances in the shorter formats but lack the consistency in the longer format - even 50 overs seems to tax their concentration. Keep going boys, and don't be distracted.

  • POSTED BY jonnynz on | July 1, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Good win for the west indies but im not sure how much they can read into the victory because its a weak new zealand side, without mcculum, ryder, franklin, vettori. And also a new zealand side that hasnt played together in over 3 months without a warm up or a training camp.

  • POSTED BY noplay on | July 1, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Did you see that? The WI played without a captain and coach and won.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | July 1, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Finally a good show from WI after a disappointing English tour. the only weak link in this WI is Sammy.he is neither a front line bowler or a capable enough batsman. he may be good for T20 but not up to the level in test and 50 overs. WI must try to make someone like Bravo as the captain.then it would make bravo a more responsible person and will help the balance of the team. they can either play a front line bowler or a batsman for his place. with bravo and pollard around they don't need any so called all rounders.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    I live in Vermont, Us and could not go to the game. Can anyone tell me if the pitch is consistent with ODI in other countries. Also if you saw the game how do you rate the ground. It sounds like the outfield is too hard as Oram and others got injured on the field.

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    I think there is a mistake with the NB\Wides stats. Can remember windies bowling no balls.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | July 1, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Santokie on SL wickets in T20 WCup would be more effective than the massively overrated (in the WI only) Fidel Edwards. Ramdin takes up a spot, but the alternatives of Baugh or even Charles or Simmons aren't much better. If WI get the team right and get Pollard in earlier (no3) as having him coming in with only a few overs left is a waste, they still have Bravo, Russell and Sammy to hit lower down.

  • POSTED BY HadleeCrowe on | July 1, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    cricket is a game for lithe athletes not lumbering giants ... Oram is just too big... same thing with freddie flintoff ... big units have trouble continuing to bowl quick late into their careers. Not for a minute suggesting oram was quick, just that he bowls. Marchant de lange for the yappies will have plenty of injury problems later on for the same reason.... Look at the quicks who don't or didn't have many injury probs in past ... holding, hadlee, wasim, mcgrath ... and dale steyn now... all thin lean machines

  • POSTED BY HairyKiore on | July 1, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    I cannot see New Zealand beating anybody at the World T/20..As usual they are not fit and before they start playing the ramp and other dinky shots they should first learn how to play with a straight bat especially down the ground ..This is the worst NZ team I have seen with all the batsmen playing across the line ...Where are you Jessie ?? All is forgiven ..New Zealand needs you... Hairy Kiore

  • POSTED BY 512fm on | July 1, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Guys don't be overrating the Windies here, the Blackcaps were absolutely woeful. As a Blackcaps fan myself I have pretty much given up on this team, they didn't even look like they wanted to be out there. Oh and good riddance to Oram, you shouldn't have even been selected in the first place.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | July 1, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    With bowling like we saw today W.I will need 300 to beat good teams.Fidel is all over the place...he does not seemto be able to bowl two good balls back to back.Benn is still the best spinner in the Windies.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | July 1, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    This will be an interesting series. Especially the tests. Will see if WI are really on the up or are still struggling at the bottom. I hope both sides play good cricket and improve.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Good win for WI. However, it would be nice to have back to back wins. I haven't seen this for a while. The wicket is playing well & WI will need to put another 200+ score. There is room for improvement in the bowling dept.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    That Gayle/Pollard partnership is why Windies are T20 WC favourites. Don't think any bowling attack can conceivably stop the windies if Gayle bats through an innings and Pollard is their to finish like that.

    Individually Malinga, Steyn, Ajmal could outfox them maybe however.

    NZ very rusty, they are lucky Vettori has decided to return to their squad for the T20 World Cup.

    Gayle Smith Simmons/Charles Samuels DW Bravo Pollard Russell Sammy Ramdin Narine Rampaul/Edwards

    Back-ups: Charles/Simmons Rampaul/Edwards Badree/Benn Cooper/Roach

    Such a potential T20 world cup squad once all are fit is pretty dynamic.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    oram, time to go now you have beenagreat servant to the game but you just break down to often....

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    if WI can polish up their bowling, I think they'll be unstoppable in the World T20... but they can be so inconsistent...

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Good start but there is room for improvement.

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | June 30, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Good win for the WI, showing what this strong batting line up can do, I can see more 200+ scores with this batting power house unlless their are injuries ofcourse. Once WI get their bowling right in time for the World T20 they will be right up there. Sorry to see so many injuries for the Kiwi's and hope they get better soon as we don't want a one sided contest. Think Narine bowl well today, an overall team performance although bowling wasn't quite up to the mark.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    good game WI arine the mam

  • POSTED BY cyborg on | June 30, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    fantastic stuff , well done to the boys for a satisfying win , new Selene will bounce back but today we celebrate all through the night , polled and gayle did pretty well , lived every second of this match

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I can't see New Zealand beating either Pakistan or Bangladesh in their group at World T20 Championship. They struggle on slow turning wickets and the West Indies with superb batting and fielding deserved the win. Surprising thing was in this match the amount of injuries picked up and hope they're okay for the matches coming up.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Good win for the West Indies and nice to see a very large crowd turn out . May be this is the start of good things to come .Pollard , Gayle , Smith , just awesome to watch in full flight .

  • POSTED BY Sankofa on | June 30, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    That was a better performance by WI but still too many dot balls and they need to polish up things with their bowling

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  • POSTED BY Sankofa on | June 30, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    That was a better performance by WI but still too many dot balls and they need to polish up things with their bowling

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Good win for the West Indies and nice to see a very large crowd turn out . May be this is the start of good things to come .Pollard , Gayle , Smith , just awesome to watch in full flight .

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I can't see New Zealand beating either Pakistan or Bangladesh in their group at World T20 Championship. They struggle on slow turning wickets and the West Indies with superb batting and fielding deserved the win. Surprising thing was in this match the amount of injuries picked up and hope they're okay for the matches coming up.

  • POSTED BY cyborg on | June 30, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    fantastic stuff , well done to the boys for a satisfying win , new Selene will bounce back but today we celebrate all through the night , polled and gayle did pretty well , lived every second of this match

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    good game WI arine the mam

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | June 30, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Good win for the WI, showing what this strong batting line up can do, I can see more 200+ scores with this batting power house unlless their are injuries ofcourse. Once WI get their bowling right in time for the World T20 they will be right up there. Sorry to see so many injuries for the Kiwi's and hope they get better soon as we don't want a one sided contest. Think Narine bowl well today, an overall team performance although bowling wasn't quite up to the mark.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Good start but there is room for improvement.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    if WI can polish up their bowling, I think they'll be unstoppable in the World T20... but they can be so inconsistent...

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    oram, time to go now you have beenagreat servant to the game but you just break down to often....

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    That Gayle/Pollard partnership is why Windies are T20 WC favourites. Don't think any bowling attack can conceivably stop the windies if Gayle bats through an innings and Pollard is their to finish like that.

    Individually Malinga, Steyn, Ajmal could outfox them maybe however.

    NZ very rusty, they are lucky Vettori has decided to return to their squad for the T20 World Cup.

    Gayle Smith Simmons/Charles Samuels DW Bravo Pollard Russell Sammy Ramdin Narine Rampaul/Edwards

    Back-ups: Charles/Simmons Rampaul/Edwards Badree/Benn Cooper/Roach

    Such a potential T20 world cup squad once all are fit is pretty dynamic.