West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Twenty20, Florida July 1, 2012

Gayle, Narine star as WI sweep series


West Indies 177 for 5 (Gayle 53, Bravo 35*, McCullum 2-19) beat New Zealand 116 (Narine 4-12) by 61 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Gayle provided the substance, yet again, Dwayne Bravo provided the late blast, and Sunil Narine ended New Zealand's chase before it could even begin. West Indies completed their second big win over New Zealand to take the Florida and Twenty20 leg of the series 2-0. Already weakened by injuries to key players, including captain Ross Taylor, New Zealand had no answer to West Indies' combination of power, explosiveness and intrigue.

Gayle threatened to cause as much damage as he had on Saturday before Nathan McCullum restricted him to 53, but Bravo's burst ensured West Indies had another substantial total to defend. Narine, who had gone for some runs on Saturday, made a return to his miserly and productive ways from the IPL, picking up 4 for 12.

New Zealand were much more disciplined with the ball today than they had been in the first T20, but Doug Bracewell proved the weak link once again. In the absence of Kieron Pollard - rested after hurting his shoulder in the field on Saturday - it was Gayle who delivered again, after another slow start.

Gayle didn't face his first delivery till the third over, and when he did, he went on to play out a maiden to Kyle Mills. With Gayle intent on taking his time, Dwayne Smith falling early and Johnson Charles easing off, West Indies went through a period of only one boundary in 24 balls.

Even that four was a thick edge off Gayle's bat to the third man rope. Bracewell had removed Smith with his first delivery, but West Indies were to regain momentum in his second over, the eighth of the innings. Charles swatted a full delivery over long-on, Gayle pulled a slow bouncer over deep square leg and turned one for four past short fine leg.

New Zealand managed to pull things back again, conceding only 26 in the next four overs and dismissing Charles. But Bracewell came back into the attack, and Gayle took toll again, powering consecutive sixes over long-on and reaching his fifty with a slice over extra cover for four.

The momentum was to change sides once again. McCullum bowled Gayle after a missed heave and had Lendl Simmons caught at deep square leg to leave West Indies on 124 for 4 after 16 overs. Enter Bravo, after Darren Sammy and before Marlon Samuels. Bravo swung his first ball, from Tim Southee, over wide long-off for six, and hit three more in the next three overs as West Indies took 53 off the last four overs.

In hindsight, Bravo needn't have bothered, given the way New Zealand crumbled against Narine. Struggling to pick him in the face of a tall asking-rate, Martin Guptill skied Narine to extra cover in his first over. Next ball, Rob Nicol walked past a flighted carrom ball to be stumped.

New Zealand continued to dig a deeper hole for themselves. Kane Williamson, leading the side in place of Taylor, managed to run himself out in the next over. Southee, promoted to No. 3, holed out off his fifth ball to give Samuel Badree his maiden international wicket.

Narine signed off his first spell of three overs with his third wicket, bowling Dean Brownlie after the batsmen backed away and missed. New Zealand had limped to 43 for 5 after nine overs, and the game was as good as over.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Earlla on July 3, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Congrats windies.....go ahead n blast the one day series.........CHRISTOPHER HENRY GAYLE KEEP MOVING UP THE RANKINGS ALL THE BEST FOR THE ONE DAY LEG OF THE TOURNAMENT.........

  • fhfgdgfg on July 3, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Thank you IPL for cultivating the WI team.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    West Indies has something none of the other teams have and that's POWER & STRENGTH something we can all agree on. They simply outplayed New Zealand in this short T20 Series :)

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    We showed improvements in all facets of the game against the Kiwis. However, we must strive for consistency. We were more accurate with the throws on Saturday than on Sunday. Badree settled well on Sunday and proved that he can become an integal part of the T20 arsenal. He and Narine stiffled the Kiwis and they never recovered. This current crop of players can do well against any opposition in T20's. England are 2up on the Aussies- so Windies can take heart. Take the English out of their blustery conditions and see how they perform. Stay up Windies!

  • Kevin on July 2, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Four serious injuries in 40 overs of cricket. Now I know why they're only playing one test, and these two sides will be lucky to survive for five days!!!! Will it be a case of last man standing? With Gayle batting, its the bowler who should be wearing a helmet!!! Its interesting to see some of the NZ guys who went OK against SA being totally bambozzled by the WI bowlers. Still this is the weirdest looking WI attack for a long time. Medium pacers and spinners... ...it just don't seem right, but they're doing the job!!!

  • Zorina on July 2, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Wow we had some captaincy in the second game. Darren Sammy promoted himself above Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels. No captaincy and coaching in the first game. We will have plenty coaching and captaincy over the next few weeks. Don't expect this same team to be playing in Sri Lanka.

  • Anshuman on July 2, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    West indies is certainly the team to look out for in T20 WC, now that gayle is back, along with Pollard, Rampaul, Roach, Bravo. Add to that Sunil Naraine who showed his T20 potential in recent IPL.

  • John on July 2, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Basically have to agree with all the comms here re NZ being a very flimsy looking side. Without Mccallum, Ryder,Taylor etc they look very weak in that batting dept and it almost seems that if Guptill doesn't fire then that's it. Also they badly miss the control Vettori gives them in the field.

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    West Indians surely are happy with the wins.But let us not lose sight of the fact that it is the inclusion of experience that has done it.

  • sonu on July 2, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    West Indies play really well yesterday, Gayle give their batting alot of boost and then Narine with the bowl, if they continue to play like this they can beat anyone in the world.

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