West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Twenty20, Florida

Gayle, Narine star as WI sweep series

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

July 1, 2012

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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

Dwayne Bravo smashed four sixes in 11 balls, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Twenty20, Florida, July 1, 2012
Dwayne Bravo smashed four sixes in 11 balls © AFP

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.

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Posted by denessa 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.........

Posted by Ra_Thore on (July 3, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Thank you IPL for cultivating the WI team.

Posted by   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 :)

Posted by   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!

Posted by Lermy 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!!!

Posted by noplay 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.

Posted by ac_Indian 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.

Posted by JG2704 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by inzamam_ul_haq 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.

Posted by Denogy on (July 2, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

i dont understand why would Simmons come in to bat with few overs remaining and then to have Sammy promoting himself infront of Samuels and Bravo. The captaincy for T20 must be changed. Sammy is not a T20 player and dont think he will ever be either. Wi should have different test, ODI,T20 captain or ODI/T20 captain. The only way they can win the World T20.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

WI are looking like the best T20 team right even with the loss against England. Chris Gayle has grown up as a batsman, even in T20 he sees no reason to rush, I think he now realizes how good a player he is. Building an innings in T20 is not an easy task due to the lack of balls, and he has been doing it since the IPL.

Bravo is an exceptional T20 player also, he has done the same in the IPL.... WI needs to play this batting team in all formats minus ...Smith, and Johnson in test. We need to play our best players all the time, when they are not touring they should be in camps playing as a team against teams in the various islands...

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Nice win for West Indies considering Kieron Pollard , Darren Bravo , Ravi Rampaul , Kemar Roach and the best all rounder in the world , Andre Russell werent playing

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Very Nice win for West Indies considering Kieron Pollard , Ravi Rampaul , Kemar Roach , Darren Bravo , and The best all rounder in the world Andre Russell didnt play.

Posted by cyborg on (July 2, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

nice match , i like the way the guys are playing around gayle , narine and pollard are some force to deal with , make this show mind exploding for the die hard fans , dwayne smith is off the charts

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 11:04 GMT)


Posted by Philippe on (July 2, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

future of the NZ team is in danger.. they are really playing badly since last 4-5 years.. although they went to WC semis.. but all by luck & all.. they have to improve themselves as early as possible otherwise for next generation they have to start from the scratch again.. team is really going down & down day by day.. tournament by tournament.. they are just lacking the attitude to win matches..

Posted by Philippe on (July 2, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

Has gayle become 20-20 player only? we need him to show the same show in ODIs as well as tests..

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

I was waiting for Chris Gayle as he was out of WI team, he's back and proved that he is good player...Best of luck Chris Gayle, we are expecting you again...

Posted by Haleos on (July 2, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

It was a bravo special. 11 balls 35 and 2 wickets. Comeon abhishek.

Posted by yocasi on (July 2, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Congrats to Windies! One is not responsible for the strength of one's opponent so a win is a win. Just a little reminder for the fickle Windies fans: we just got hammered by England in the ODI & T20 series with the IPL stars present so please don't get over the moon so quickly, ok.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

gayle is the best

see the wi squad...........

Posted by Sakthiivel on (July 2, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

IPL had done real good for WI T20 team, Surely they going to lift T20 WC..

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 2, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

WI are moving forwards, while Aus are slipping backwards. I'm so glad WI took my advice and decided to open with Gayle and Smith.

Posted by typos on (July 2, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

Well said Nizam1949. The class players have shown their worth to this team. management must learn how to mange them in everybody's best interest in all formats of the game. Good work Sammy for working with them.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

West Indies can eye to T20 WC. Gayle, Narine, Pollard, Bravo......... what a crushing side! Don't stop Indies bosses, make your show mind blowing for your supporters.

Posted by anver777 on (July 2, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Reunited WI is a team to watch in this year's WT20 !!!! their gun players are the most suited in this format & i'm sure this is their best chance for a world title !!!!!!!!

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (July 2, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

This is the weakest NZ team i think i have ever seen tour anywhere we are not good enough to leave our big names at home especially with our casualty rate. It really was a good oppotunity though for these up and comers to put their hand up for world cup selection but none of them did. I also think Kane Williamson is not a T20 player and we should stop trying to turn him into one, he's a class act but if you can't hit the fence in this format you're just a handbrake on momentum. The tests will be close but the odi's look like they will be a one way street, come on NZ show some spine and get in the windies faces no more of these limp wristed performances please.

Posted by HairyKiore on (July 2, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

This is a NZ team without Mccullum, Ryder, Franklin, Vettori. Taylor, Oram, Hira are injured and Flynn and Brownlie aren't T20 players..You may say that.. ...But thats not the problem ? The problem is NZ Cricket's front office....Its the whole structure..For 20 years NZ cricket has failed to put into place a proper fitness program,they have failed in the coaching with the result we now see all batsmen swinging across the line ..it just goes on and on ..Most of this team should be dumped including Taylor,Vettori,Franklin and Oram...There are players who can straight drive and play with a full bat in our domestic competition,who will not pick and chose when they play but yet are ignored .. Its time players learnt its a priviledge to play for ones country ,not a right..now it seems the final humiliation will come later when the NZ team is composed of all South Africans Expatriates who by the way are no world beaters as far as talent goes..

Posted by Nizam1949 on (July 2, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Gayle and Sunil Narine, and as also Pollard, had proved their class in the IPL 2012 in the assembly of an all-star international opposition, sui generis sine dubio.

It is therefore cold comfort for the doubters and detractors to harp on the weakness of the NZ team. In the IPL all the NZ players of strength had played against Gayle, Narine and Pollard. The IPL results and score cards of these three West Indies gentlemen of Cricket verily vouchsafe their pedigree and class in Cricket's global mosaic.

The West Indies Cricket Board finally had had the wisdom to make a settlement with the outcasts. And the results and rewards are there for all to see in a revitalized West Indies Cricket Team. Gayle, Pollard and Narine have infused a new breath of life into the West Indies team, and understandably it has now a new lease of life. Let the show go on. Bravo and Three Cheers, Gayle, Narine and Pollard! Hurrah for the new-look West Indies Cricket Team!

Posted by Morgsy on (July 2, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

I applaud the west indies win as I think they played really well. Just a word of caution though - this was a new zealand b team missing six players who would otherwise walk into the team. No side could lose names like mccullum, taylor, ryder, franklin, vettori and oram and expect to be competitive.

Posted by lilyblackcapsfan on (July 2, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

This is a NZ team without Mccullum, Ryder, Franklin, Vettori. Taylor, Oram, Hira are injured and Flynn and Brownlie aren't T20 players. It's a very weak New Zealand side, I'm not really that surprised we lost. West Indies are playing incredibly well at the moment, and I'm sure they'll be a good side in the T20 World Cup. I believe with all our key players back NZ can beat Pakistan and Bangladesh, and the ODI's will present a bigger challenge for the West Indies.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

This New Zeland team is a mediocre team Zimbabwe/Bangladesh would have done better . So this must not be seen as windies getting some consistency.Its gonna be hard for j. charles or l. simmons to be in final 11 when pollard rampaul n russell is back, marlon samuels need to improve his strike rate or else badree is going to get his game.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

The West Indies are getting it together with bat and ball . i still see the need for a Left arm bowler in the squad . Nice to see CHRIS having fun while playing for the WI, we all know he love the IPL and this format of the game .

Posted by godfreyse on (July 1, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

Congrats WI, pleasing to see back to back wins. It is about doing the simple things right. With our home advantage in the upcoming series we r expected to do very well against the Kiwis. Selectors please find a place for S. Benn, he has to complement Narine in the ODI series. Whatever u do u must go into the ODI series, with the left arm spinner. The rest of the team selects itself.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

Good job Windies!

Need to string together performances like this against tougher opposition though.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (July 1, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

I don't want to take anything away from the Windies; I think they have the potential to be solid in all formats but is this kiwi team as pathetic as they look?They better get used to spinners like Narine on turning pitches because they'll probably get a steady diet of them in Sri Lanka in the World Twenty 20 coming up.

Posted by   on (July 1, 2012, 23:12 GMT)

good win for windies but i think dwayne bravo should bat higher up

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