West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Kingston July 7, 2012

Gayle and Samuels pummel New Zealand

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West Indies 315 for 5 (Gayle 125, Samuels 101*) beat New Zealand 260 (Watling 72*, Williamson 58, Guptill 51, Rampaul 3-50) by 55 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It is a rarity these days for West Indies to enter a series as overwhelming favourites but it hasn't taken them long to show how much of a gulf exists between them and New Zealand. On the same Sabina Park track on which New Zealand stuttered to 190 two days ago, West Indies bludgeoned 315 in the second ODI. It was a more comfortable win than the 55-run margin suggests, and despite BJ Watling's enterprising innings, New Zealand never really threatened to pull off a win.

Contrasting centuries from local heroes Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels kept the Jamaican crowd entertained in the morning, as the innings unfolded with the noisy chorus of vuvuzelas in the background.

In the blockbuster Jaws, the police chief memorably deadpans, "We are going to need a bigger boat," on seeing the giant killer shark for the first time. International bowlers will have similar sentiments on seeing Chris Gayle walk out to bat. Once again he made a cricket ground seem tiny as he hit nine sixes in another exhibition of his ability to make power-hitting look effortless.

With his father, sister and several other family members watching, Gayle destroyed New Zealand's listless bowling to reach his 20th ODI hundred, a new West Indian record as he went past the great Brian Lara's tally. It was also his fifth fifty-plus score in six innings since his international exile ended last month.

New Zealand's bowlers were looking to exploit some of the early morning moisture in the track, but their only success was dismissing Lendl Simmons. He fell for his sixth successive score under 20 after returning to the West Indies side, chasing an away-going delivery from Tim Southee in the fourth over. Any hopes of keeping the batsmen under pressure were swiftly and brutally dashed. In the next over, Gayle launched New Zealand's bowling spearhead Kyle Mills for three sixes over mid-off.

Though he repeatedly dispatched the ball into the stands, Gayle's innings was not all slam-bang. There was plenty of discretion as he regularly let deliveries go through to the keeper or watchfully defended them. When he did decide to attack, his shots were almost always in the V, unlike the Twenty20-era slogger's preferred thwack to midwicket.

After the early punishment, New Zealand's quicker bowlers adapted their line to Gayle, targetting the middle and leg stump as they managed to slow him down a touch. Still, there were the gentle offerings of an array of part-time slow bowlers for Gayle to feast on. A murderous straight hit off Daniel Flynn took him to 98, and a tickle down to fine leg for four off Kane Williamson in the 30th over brought up his century. He did a celebratory jig, before sinking to his knees with his hands aloft as the Jamaican crowd cheered their biggest cricketing idol.

Gayle had plenty of time to go on past his career-best score of 153, but in the 38th over, one of his shots - finally - didn't carry past the rope, landing instead in the hands of deep midwicket. That only allowed the other Jamaican batting star, Marlon Samuels, to take centrestage.

Unlike Gayle's boundary-filled innings, Samuels' knock was more about the singles - taking 51 of them, and even pushing Gayle to come back for several quick twos. Though Samuels didn't maintain as high a strike-rate as Gayle, he wasn't too far off a run-a-ball. He reached his half-century off 57 deliveries, though he had hit only a couple of fours and a six.

Even when Samuels started finding the boundaries regularly, there was a marked difference to the Gayle style - three consecutive cover-driven fours off Tim Southee in the 39th over were all about timing and placement, and little about power-hitting.

Two of West Indies' middle-order powerhouses, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, failed to make an impact, and New Zealand managed to shackle the scoring as Samuels slowed down in sight of the century. Samuels scored only in singles in the last seven overs of the innings before finally reaching his first ODI hundred since 2006 in the final over. Despite Darren Sammy's quickfire 31, West Indies gathered only 33 runs in the final five overs, but the total still proved far too much for the inexperienced New Zealand batsmen.

The chase got off to a reasonable, though not explosive, start. Rob Nicol fell early after hitting a couple of boundaries, Daniel Flynn played an edgy innings before departing in the 12th over with the score on 62. New Zealand then lost momentum as Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson struggled to pull off the big hits. When Guptill was dismissed midway through the innings, the asking-rate was nearing eight, and the game looked lost.

Williamson and Watling tried to revive the innings through a quick 70-run stand, but though both compiled half-centuries, they had too much to do. Williamson was done in by a full swinging ball from Rampaul in the 37th over virtually ending the contest, though Watling improved his highest score in ODIs for the second game in a row and kept fighting till the end.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 9, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    if you notice right now Australia is getting trashed by England....soo one should not worry about the lost to England in their conditions..W.I just need a bit more tuning up and little work here and there and we good to go

  • linjean on July 9, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    All of you people, if it were not for sammy's 31 off 21 balls we would not have posted 315 runs on the board. Without his 31 run blast, NZ would most likely would have won. Samuels towards the end lost his way. Hooray SAMMY!!!

  • estraker on July 9, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Sammy we have three fast bowlers from Barbados why are they not playing? One of the reasons happen to be you are taking (wasting) one spot.

  • VivGilchrist on July 9, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Please do not call for Sarwan, he is too mentally fragile. Could gayles break fromthe team driven his hunger to return and return well? Masterstroke by the WICB!

  • adkum on July 8, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Glad to see WI in winning mode after such a long lapse. Thanks to Gayle and the good sense of WI board to bring him back. My fear is that this success will be falsely credited to Gibson and Sammy. I think the board should next move to remove both. Sarwan should be brought back also. Glad to hear that Hilaire will be demitting office. That would be another good thing for WI cricket.

  • MrPontingToYou on July 8, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    what is simmons purpose, even looking at his odi stats its unclear what his role in the side is. he neither scores quickly, nor plays an anchor role with regular high scores. in fact all he seems to do is waste deliveries and put pressure on whoever is at the crease with him to score quickly. barat would be a better option imo.

  • CricCritic27 on July 8, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan, I'm pretty proud of West Indies's performance against New Zealand.. Can they Whitewash them ( New Zealand) like BD did in 2010?

  • on July 8, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    it seem like a lot of people got their fingers or computer broken all those who use to write that gayle shouldn't get back in the team for its going to be bad for the team if this is the bad u were all talking about its a good bad we have lost three series that we would have won if it wasn't for gibson bulling ways i hope he learn for from it that when u worker is happy u get the best out of them not by bulling them

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on July 8, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    I think this is a very powerful and potent WI side which will WHITEWASH all the series against NZ this summer!! "AWESOME" !!! - From a supportive Indian Fan :)

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 8, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I have to agree about the horns same as in the SL game being played and that is a test match an endless annoying din. WI batting looks good against this NZ team, the bowling seems to be lacking something and the fielding! Hopefully WI are on the way to being a competitive consistent side, not sure they are world beaters yet as some would have you believe.

  • on July 9, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    if you notice right now Australia is getting trashed by England....soo one should not worry about the lost to England in their conditions..W.I just need a bit more tuning up and little work here and there and we good to go

  • linjean on July 9, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    All of you people, if it were not for sammy's 31 off 21 balls we would not have posted 315 runs on the board. Without his 31 run blast, NZ would most likely would have won. Samuels towards the end lost his way. Hooray SAMMY!!!

  • estraker on July 9, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Sammy we have three fast bowlers from Barbados why are they not playing? One of the reasons happen to be you are taking (wasting) one spot.

  • VivGilchrist on July 9, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Please do not call for Sarwan, he is too mentally fragile. Could gayles break fromthe team driven his hunger to return and return well? Masterstroke by the WICB!

  • adkum on July 8, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Glad to see WI in winning mode after such a long lapse. Thanks to Gayle and the good sense of WI board to bring him back. My fear is that this success will be falsely credited to Gibson and Sammy. I think the board should next move to remove both. Sarwan should be brought back also. Glad to hear that Hilaire will be demitting office. That would be another good thing for WI cricket.

  • MrPontingToYou on July 8, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    what is simmons purpose, even looking at his odi stats its unclear what his role in the side is. he neither scores quickly, nor plays an anchor role with regular high scores. in fact all he seems to do is waste deliveries and put pressure on whoever is at the crease with him to score quickly. barat would be a better option imo.

  • CricCritic27 on July 8, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi fan, I'm pretty proud of West Indies's performance against New Zealand.. Can they Whitewash them ( New Zealand) like BD did in 2010?

  • on July 8, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    it seem like a lot of people got their fingers or computer broken all those who use to write that gayle shouldn't get back in the team for its going to be bad for the team if this is the bad u were all talking about its a good bad we have lost three series that we would have won if it wasn't for gibson bulling ways i hope he learn for from it that when u worker is happy u get the best out of them not by bulling them

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on July 8, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    I think this is a very powerful and potent WI side which will WHITEWASH all the series against NZ this summer!! "AWESOME" !!! - From a supportive Indian Fan :)

  • The_bowlers_Holding on July 8, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I have to agree about the horns same as in the SL game being played and that is a test match an endless annoying din. WI batting looks good against this NZ team, the bowling seems to be lacking something and the fielding! Hopefully WI are on the way to being a competitive consistent side, not sure they are world beaters yet as some would have you believe.

  • on July 8, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    "Sammy and Otis Gibson's days are numbered if WI continues to perform well" Now this is the dumbest statement I have ever heard.... get rid of them when they are getting the team to win matches....... Look at Sammy's record since the India tour and you be the judge if your narrow mind allows you.....

  • on July 8, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Well played WI. It's great to see the team doing well. But I feel disappointed for NZ, who seems to be suffering from poor team selection and interference from various places. It's also quite clear now that the selectors have not been successful in finding good replacements for retired players such as Cairns, Fleming, McMillan, Astle etc. These player were valuable and helped the team win many matches single handily. Stephen Fleming in particular was a great captain, because he was a intelligent captain who could use the limited resources available to him very well. Anyway, hope the team starts playing well once again. Good luck.

  • riverlime on July 8, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @Arunrg... Sammy is a good limited overs player, despite what negative impressions there may be of him. However, his form varies like any other player. He therefore needs to earn his place like everyone else, and not be an AUTOMATIC pick. Moreso, he is not Test material, and his presence skews the team balance. Sarwan is waiting in the wings to resume his position at number 3, and Nash cannot be overlooked as a Chanderpaul replacement. BTW... what on earth is Ryder doing?

  • Morgsy on July 8, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Adithya Ragu - give it a rest mate. Bangladesh beat NZ in ONE series two yrs ago when the side didn't even have a coach! How many times has NZ destroyed Bangladesh in both tests and one day games before then??

    WI are playing really good cricket right now and deserve the two nil scoreline. I hope some of NZs young players stand up and offer a little more resistance in game three. Regardless of the one day results though, I think a full strength NZ test side will be quite a different proposition. There are some great match ups across the two teams...I can't wait for the real stuff to begin!

  • on July 8, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    NZ lost against bangladesh with Taylor,B.Mccullum,Daniel Vettori,J.Ryder,Mckay

  • priceless1 on July 8, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    BTW any one else found it irritating to watch the match( even from the TV) , while all those horns going none stop at the stadium?

  • enigma12345 on July 8, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @Vikas Sharma : West indies are playing without S.Chanderpaul,Ramnaresh Sarwan,Kemar Roach,Jerome Taylor,Darren Bravo..

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    bring back mcllum taylor franklin vittory wagner.........they will thrash this west indies unit.they need an out an out pace bowler for tackling gayle.

  • on July 8, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    WI bowling still looks wanting and that can be devastating when we're playing against strong teams. The batting will not not consistently perform. Sammy's cricket has improved but at best he's still average or just above,he needs conditions to help him. Giving him captaincy in all 3 formats is a big blunder,as we've seen in England where his bowling was totally ineffective. If the team is winning I'd still keep Simmons and allow him to settle. I hope we can win the next game so some of the senior players can be rested. Bring back Chanderpaul so he can feel the bowling in preparation for the tests,alongside exposing some of the young talents.We have the talent pool but still not the optimal combination.

  • Flighted_kiwi on July 8, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Agree with Min2000 - At present NZL cricket doesnt have the depth to run 3 separate squads. The crazy part is guys like Martin and Wagner are going to arrive with no recent cricket behind them and have one 3 day game and then straight into the tests. NZ could do much worse than draft these guys straight into the ODI side where we are lacking consistent bowling. At least if we continue to lose they would have some match bowling under their belts before the tests. Sure I know Martin can't bat but if your strategy relies on your number 11 to bat you're stuffed anyway. At least he gives 100% and when he gets out its because he is genuinely beaten not throwing his wicket away. Don't see the guys above him scoring much more at present anyway. Sadly I think we are doomed to make the same mistakes and have an underprepared test side as well. But hey - Wrighty's going and Buchanan, science and the mysterious arts will lead us to a new winning dawn. Yeah right!!!

  • youfoundme on July 8, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    It will be a completely different story in the Tests. Also good to see BJ Watling score runs, surely he has cemented his spot now.

  • arunrg on July 8, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Sammy and Otis Gibson's days are numbered if WI continues to perform well. Time for Samuels/Gayle and Walsh to take over.

  • on July 8, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    they are resting them because in the next 18 months its virtually non stop cricket for new zealand

  • BackfootNossyfan on July 8, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    West Indies played very well. Hard to stop Gayle on a roll and Samuels had a great and paced innings. But watch out for Williamson, because he's on a rise of form now. Good to see Guptill getting amongst the runs and BJ Watling - my second favourite player - putting some consistent performances down to cement his place in the side. Another good thing was Southee's bowling today. A wicket off a good outswinger, a wicket off a good inswinger (yes, I am aware it should not have been given, but it was a good swinging delivery.), and my favourite, the toe-crushing (literally) yorker that got out Bravo. If he can get some consistency he'll be back to his old self again. I think Latham needs a bit more developing, and that Boulty should get an ODI run.

  • Min2000 on July 8, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    NZL cricket doesnt have the depth to run 3 separate squads for T20, ODIs and Tests. We cant just replace Ryder, McCullum, Vetorri, Bracewell, Taylor (when fit), Franklin etc. These guys need to commit and play for New Zealand in all formats.

  • on July 8, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    You crazy fans please temper your celebrations. NZ is a weak team. These same players just came from England and played two ODI's. The balls swing in England and many were found wanting against a world class attack. Please stop the flag waving.

  • on July 8, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    West Indies as a team is climbing..soon WI will reach the portals of grateness where WI (we) belong.

  • noplay on July 8, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Congratulations Chris Gayle, It might only be another low ranked team but you have made a difference. Now when West Indian fams come to this site they won't have to congratulate their team for losing... and saying "We competed well"

  • Rising_Edge1234 on July 8, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Take out simmons and bring back sarwan and then you got a killer side.

  • Buckers410 on July 8, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    When Roach does come back, it will be an even bigger pummelling for the battered kiwis. Windies playing well, nice work Gayle and Samuels. Hope Pollard and Bravo come good, next game will be good for them.

  • Lermy on July 8, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    What incredibly timid batting by NZ, esp against Narine. Yes he is a good bowler, but whatever happened to footwork. Plenty of times they could have got to him on the half volley or the full, but just stayed in the crease and couldn't pick the spin. Actually I'm amazed this weakened NZ team got so close. The WI bowling was made to look miles better than it was. A few batting reinforcements with a positive attitude and I think NZ could beat WI. If NZ got off to a Ryder McCullum flier at the start, that 315 wouldn't have been challenging at all. Both these sides have real concerns.

  • Htc-Android on July 8, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    i dont understand the point of new zealand resting mcculum and franklim. new zealand plays very less amount of cricket each year and just had a 3 month break. so whats the use of resting these players.

  • on July 8, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Gayle is the best ODI batsman in the world. 20 ODI tons has to make him a WI great.

  • ramps_wi on July 8, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Need to have three Genuine bowlers, drop simmons and bowling should be roach, rampaul, russel and narine

  • arunsudha on July 8, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    nz is no where match to GAyle

  • cricketWI on July 7, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Although WI has won every game thus far (which is good), they still must remember that this is a weakened NZ side. What WI need to do is to play and dominate other leading sides (even though they were missing some key players in both the Tests series against Aus and Eng). Also there are still some fine tuning to do in terms of wides and dot balls. Besides that, great win for WI.

  • tongue on July 7, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Praise Sammy, Gibson, and WICB for having Chris Gayle and Samuels.

  • tompuffin on July 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    This tour is quickly reminding me of Nassar Hussain's last tour as captain of England.... John Wright going out, NZ getting pummled by the team just below them in the rankings, new players coming in. Changes need to be made after this tour. As a patient NZ fan, I have come to accept that the blackcaps are not world beaters, but if NZ administration and players e do not learn from this, than there will be a sorry state of cricket in the future

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 7, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Well done Grampy! 20 ODI 100's, passing the great Brian Charles Lara's tally of 19 today. Good work so far in the T20's and these first two ODI's, now let's see the series wrapped up in the next game on Wednesday at Basseterre. Then, focus can switch towards the REAL cricket, i.e. the two tests. Hope to see fit Roach and maybe Delorn Johnson getting the nod to make his test debut, the young man looks a mighty fine prospect.

  • hassaboy on July 7, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Well done Mr. Gayle. You have proven that you can take the West Indies to new heights. Since your return, the WI has looked like a team that can compete with any other in the world. You have made WICB bosses Mr Hunte, Hallaire, Gibson and Benn look good, despite their efforts to keep you away., The people of the West Indies will again go, by the tousands, to see their favourite team compete with the world. Thanks.

  • on July 7, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    If Smith can get to be more consistent , Marlon and Chris they have a good a batting line up. They need one more good bad up in the order, Lendl is not cutting it....and Pollard/Bravo with their incosistent bowling need to improve their batting form a lot more.... I cannot wait for a Indies comeback....they have the talent....with some very good young bowlers .....

  • NatillydreadJm on July 7, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    When the Windies were being pummelled themselves in the UK , I asked the question "where are the Jamaicans?. Question answered.

  • on July 7, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    i was shocked by the fight shown by new zealand. Westindies need a genuine fast bowlere in that side and must develop the killer instinct

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  • on July 7, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    i was shocked by the fight shown by new zealand. Westindies need a genuine fast bowlere in that side and must develop the killer instinct

  • NatillydreadJm on July 7, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    When the Windies were being pummelled themselves in the UK , I asked the question "where are the Jamaicans?. Question answered.

  • on July 7, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    If Smith can get to be more consistent , Marlon and Chris they have a good a batting line up. They need one more good bad up in the order, Lendl is not cutting it....and Pollard/Bravo with their incosistent bowling need to improve their batting form a lot more.... I cannot wait for a Indies comeback....they have the talent....with some very good young bowlers .....

  • hassaboy on July 7, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Well done Mr. Gayle. You have proven that you can take the West Indies to new heights. Since your return, the WI has looked like a team that can compete with any other in the world. You have made WICB bosses Mr Hunte, Hallaire, Gibson and Benn look good, despite their efforts to keep you away., The people of the West Indies will again go, by the tousands, to see their favourite team compete with the world. Thanks.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 7, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Well done Grampy! 20 ODI 100's, passing the great Brian Charles Lara's tally of 19 today. Good work so far in the T20's and these first two ODI's, now let's see the series wrapped up in the next game on Wednesday at Basseterre. Then, focus can switch towards the REAL cricket, i.e. the two tests. Hope to see fit Roach and maybe Delorn Johnson getting the nod to make his test debut, the young man looks a mighty fine prospect.

  • tompuffin on July 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    This tour is quickly reminding me of Nassar Hussain's last tour as captain of England.... John Wright going out, NZ getting pummled by the team just below them in the rankings, new players coming in. Changes need to be made after this tour. As a patient NZ fan, I have come to accept that the blackcaps are not world beaters, but if NZ administration and players e do not learn from this, than there will be a sorry state of cricket in the future

  • tongue on July 7, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    Praise Sammy, Gibson, and WICB for having Chris Gayle and Samuels.

  • cricketWI on July 7, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Although WI has won every game thus far (which is good), they still must remember that this is a weakened NZ side. What WI need to do is to play and dominate other leading sides (even though they were missing some key players in both the Tests series against Aus and Eng). Also there are still some fine tuning to do in terms of wides and dot balls. Besides that, great win for WI.

  • arunsudha on July 8, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    nz is no where match to GAyle

  • ramps_wi on July 8, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Need to have three Genuine bowlers, drop simmons and bowling should be roach, rampaul, russel and narine