West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Basseterre, St Kitts July 11, 2012

New Zealand get first win of tour to keep series alive

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New Zealand 249 for 9 (Nicol 59, N McCullum 50, Russell 4-57) beat West Indies 161 (Russell 42*) by 88 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

New Zealand's tour seemed to have hit rock-bottom midway through the third ODI against West Indies when their only consistent batsman of the series, BJ Watling, joined their lengthy list of injured players. This was after their struggling and inexperienced batting line-up got the gift of a pancake-flat track, a tiny ground where the straight boundaries are only 60m long, and the chance to bat first, but could only reach 249. It was, the pundits agreed, a total that wouldn't challenge Chris Gayle & Co, and West Indies seemed set to continue their dominance in this series.

Instead, New Zealand had their best session of the series, and picked up their first win of the tour. The first sign that New Zealand weren't completely demoralised by their woeful performances so far came in the second over. Trent Boult fired in a yorker in his first ball in ODI cricket, which Gayle managed to squeeze out. The baby-faced Boult walked back to his mark with a smile, unfazed by the pressure of bowling to the most destructive batsman in the world.

All the talk in the lead-up to the match had been about how to stop the marauding Gayle - he had four fifty-plus scores in four games coming into this match. So far, Gayle had combined casual brutality with consistency to put West Indies in charge of every match. This time, though, he was out early, as he edged an away-going delivery from Tim Southee to slip, exposing West Indies' explosive-but-brittle batting line-up.

The one department in which New Zealand have been as good, if not better, than West Indies is the fielding. Today was no different, as they pulled off three run-outs and a sharp catch. That catch by Nathan McCullum sent back Dwayne Smith, who continues to infuriate and enthrall by turns, for 19. Dwayne Bravo was run out soon after, as he attempted a third after Southee had fired in a laser-guided throw from deep midwicket, which reached the bowler inches from the top of the stumps. Martin Guptill made up for his batting failures with a sensational stop at cover that resulted in Marlon Samuel's wicket - on making the save, Guptill instantly flung the ball towards middle stump at the striker's end to catch Samuels short of his ground.

Kieron Pollard whacked a full ball straight to deep square leg, and Darren Sammy played one from McCullum too early, lobbing a return catch to the bowler. West Indies had stuttered to 95 for 7 and the game was up, despite Andre Russell showing off some clean hitting and highlighting the lack of gremlins in the track at the end.

At the start of the match, far higher scores were predicted. Former fast bowler Ian Bishop was talking about how glad he is that he wouldn't have to bowl on this pitch, and former wicketkeeper Jeff Dujon was hoping there was a sufficient stock of balls as he expected plenty to be hit out of the park. That sort of talk ceased midway through New Zealand's innings, as they had lost half their side and were in the middle of a 12-over boundary-less spell.

An already flatlining innings shifted to an even lower gear as Rob Nicol, the only top-order batsman to capitalise on the perfect batting conditions, miscued a catch back to the bowler Samuels. New Zealand were 125 for 5 and the priority switched from looking to belt the bowling around, to trying to play out the entire quota of overs. Once again the young top order failed: Guptill added to his run of low scores, Daniel Flynn didn't improve his pedestrian ODI record, Tom Latham made 12 and Kane Williamson played-on for 9.

One man who would have thrived in these conditions, Brendon McCullum, wasn't picked as New Zealand decided to give him time to acclimatise - he only flew in to the Caribbean a day ago. His brother Nathan, promoted to No. 7 ahead of Jacob Oram, did more than what was expected of him, reaching his fourth ODI half-century, and Watling made his third significant contribution of the series to ensure New Zealand didn't collapse to an embarrassing score.

During a 66-run stand with McCullum, Watling again showed his enterprising brand of batting. There were scoops, sweeps and his bread-and-butter nudge in front of square leg, and with West Indies trying to force him to score on the off side, he unleashed several cuts and a terrific inside-out lofted drive over extra cover for six.

He exited trying another scoop, after which McCullum started to take more risks, even hooking Dwayne Bravo over deep-backward square leg for six. Till Watling's dismissal in the 41st over, McCullum had been cautious, happy to work the singles and make sure no more wickets went down. He finally fell in the final over of the innings, pretty much making sure no overs went to waste.

It still looked too small a total for New Zealand to defend, but a combination of kamikaze batting, outstanding fielding and disciplined bowling proved enough to consign West Indies to their fourth straight defeat at Warner Park.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • everfaithful77 on July 13, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    VERY POOR PERFORMANCE BY WEST INDIES ! Sammy seems to be mentally drained or else why would he bowl first on such a flat pitch. His use of bowlers was puzzling. Why bowl RAMPAUL all his overs when he was struggling at over 5 an over and why didn't he give either GAYLE or SMITH a bowl ? These guys are very experienced bowlers but have hardly bowled a ball in this ODI series. SAMMY is an all-rounder himself and should know that bowling helps the confidence of the batsmen especially when they get a wicket. I have said it before that there is need for more SPECIALIST in the ODI team. SMITH and CHARLES look more suited for 20/20 cricket & should be replaced by CARTER and CHANDERPAUL at the top of the batting order. I think the WI SELECTORS are getting it all MIXED-UP in selecting ODI & 20/20 teams. ODI is a much longer format requiring more specialist batsmen & bowlers. All the top ODI teams spot very strong batting & spec bowlers. Also RAMPAUL & SAMMY need a rest repl by JOHNSON & MCLEAN.

  • jmcilhinney on July 12, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @SNIFFLEATHER on (July 12 2012, 09:49 AM GMT), as I said in my earlier comment, I think that they are capable of doing reasonably well without Gayle in the team but, as soon as he is in the team, they tend to rely on him too much. That's just a theory from an armchair critic though.

  • Midonoff on July 12, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Gd to see Kiwi's keeping series alive, however, expect west indies to wrap series on saturday. I think Sammy should just captain the test squad only, maybe after the t2 world cup, whether west indies win it or not. He should have batted first after winning the toss in such a small ground.

  • PACERONE on July 12, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Why is the W.I team the only team except India that has the same person as captain for all formats of the game? The Indian captain performs at a high standard in all formats...ours does not.Witness how many overs he bowls and how low he bats.The two worse batting displays came from Ramdin and Sammy.Sammy played one lovely stroke,but Ramdin has no idea about batting.He should be replaced along with Rampaul,who needs to rest before the test matches.I wonder about our batsmen been able to pick gaps in the field to score.Too many bad balls hit with power straight to fielders.Batting in nets does not prepare batsmen to pick gaps.Holder or Johnston should replace Rampaul,Benn replace Sammy and Dowrich replace Ramdin.

  • on July 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Please Sammy stand aside and let a pace bowler play you are not really contributing when the team needs you

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    In regards to this game I couldn't believe how easy they seemed to give it away Rampaul summed it up at the end what kind of foolishness was that I mean really trying to hit a 6 ? WHY when Russell was going so well at the other end it was still under a run a ball ! Where is the strategy why were these guys at the top getting run out when the score was not even high to chase where is the game plan with these guys can they not get their heads down in tough situations and at least fight it out instead of folding like cowards pathetic display.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 12, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    snbirdi...

    You are wrong. Gayle didn't face the Australians earlier this season, when West Indies drew the series with them. So no, this team does not always fall apart whenever Gayle fails, however talismanic he may be.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 12, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    These dead tennis ball bounce pitches do nothing for W.I cricket when India and Bangladesh come barring Barbados these wickets make them feel like they're the home side ! the same can be said about this Kiwi 11 who would much rather play on these kinda of slow tracks where the ball does not come on to the bat for our power batsman and offer soemthing for pace bowling. W.I need to get harder fast tracks and pick some fast bowlers these all rounders cannot cut it in Test match or ODI as openers / first change strike attack.

  • mixlocks on July 12, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    This goes out to the coach and captain, can they tell me why Andre Russell always bat so low down in the lineup when his average is just over 30. Ever since i saw him made his debut against Sri lanka in sri lanka i said to myself what a great find for my caribbean team he has so much talent and ability.Once he remains fit i know he can become an excellent allrounder with a batting & bowling averages of at least 40 &25 please wicb don't waste this young talent. I Nigel of Trinidad & Tobago beg u

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 12, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @Ajay Vishwanath What are you talking about Samuels also hit a ton that game W,I amassed 315, I agree with m_rbhat on direction and to many all rounders Pollard's place is not looking good he's not good enough as a batsman.

  • everfaithful77 on July 13, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    VERY POOR PERFORMANCE BY WEST INDIES ! Sammy seems to be mentally drained or else why would he bowl first on such a flat pitch. His use of bowlers was puzzling. Why bowl RAMPAUL all his overs when he was struggling at over 5 an over and why didn't he give either GAYLE or SMITH a bowl ? These guys are very experienced bowlers but have hardly bowled a ball in this ODI series. SAMMY is an all-rounder himself and should know that bowling helps the confidence of the batsmen especially when they get a wicket. I have said it before that there is need for more SPECIALIST in the ODI team. SMITH and CHARLES look more suited for 20/20 cricket & should be replaced by CARTER and CHANDERPAUL at the top of the batting order. I think the WI SELECTORS are getting it all MIXED-UP in selecting ODI & 20/20 teams. ODI is a much longer format requiring more specialist batsmen & bowlers. All the top ODI teams spot very strong batting & spec bowlers. Also RAMPAUL & SAMMY need a rest repl by JOHNSON & MCLEAN.

  • jmcilhinney on July 12, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @SNIFFLEATHER on (July 12 2012, 09:49 AM GMT), as I said in my earlier comment, I think that they are capable of doing reasonably well without Gayle in the team but, as soon as he is in the team, they tend to rely on him too much. That's just a theory from an armchair critic though.

  • Midonoff on July 12, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Gd to see Kiwi's keeping series alive, however, expect west indies to wrap series on saturday. I think Sammy should just captain the test squad only, maybe after the t2 world cup, whether west indies win it or not. He should have batted first after winning the toss in such a small ground.

  • PACERONE on July 12, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Why is the W.I team the only team except India that has the same person as captain for all formats of the game? The Indian captain performs at a high standard in all formats...ours does not.Witness how many overs he bowls and how low he bats.The two worse batting displays came from Ramdin and Sammy.Sammy played one lovely stroke,but Ramdin has no idea about batting.He should be replaced along with Rampaul,who needs to rest before the test matches.I wonder about our batsmen been able to pick gaps in the field to score.Too many bad balls hit with power straight to fielders.Batting in nets does not prepare batsmen to pick gaps.Holder or Johnston should replace Rampaul,Benn replace Sammy and Dowrich replace Ramdin.

  • on July 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Please Sammy stand aside and let a pace bowler play you are not really contributing when the team needs you

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    In regards to this game I couldn't believe how easy they seemed to give it away Rampaul summed it up at the end what kind of foolishness was that I mean really trying to hit a 6 ? WHY when Russell was going so well at the other end it was still under a run a ball ! Where is the strategy why were these guys at the top getting run out when the score was not even high to chase where is the game plan with these guys can they not get their heads down in tough situations and at least fight it out instead of folding like cowards pathetic display.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 12, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    snbirdi...

    You are wrong. Gayle didn't face the Australians earlier this season, when West Indies drew the series with them. So no, this team does not always fall apart whenever Gayle fails, however talismanic he may be.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 12, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    These dead tennis ball bounce pitches do nothing for W.I cricket when India and Bangladesh come barring Barbados these wickets make them feel like they're the home side ! the same can be said about this Kiwi 11 who would much rather play on these kinda of slow tracks where the ball does not come on to the bat for our power batsman and offer soemthing for pace bowling. W.I need to get harder fast tracks and pick some fast bowlers these all rounders cannot cut it in Test match or ODI as openers / first change strike attack.

  • mixlocks on July 12, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    This goes out to the coach and captain, can they tell me why Andre Russell always bat so low down in the lineup when his average is just over 30. Ever since i saw him made his debut against Sri lanka in sri lanka i said to myself what a great find for my caribbean team he has so much talent and ability.Once he remains fit i know he can become an excellent allrounder with a batting & bowling averages of at least 40 &25 please wicb don't waste this young talent. I Nigel of Trinidad & Tobago beg u

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 12, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    @Ajay Vishwanath What are you talking about Samuels also hit a ton that game W,I amassed 315, I agree with m_rbhat on direction and to many all rounders Pollard's place is not looking good he's not good enough as a batsman.

  • on July 12, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    A very dissapointing performance from the West Indies team. This was the best chance to close out the series. After restricting New Zealand for 249, the target should have been easy to get if at least three batsmen make half centuries. I'm fearing that New Zealand may come from behind and win this series.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on July 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Trent Boult looked really good... WI may bounce back in the series. They have potential. It is the time for them work out on their strategy and defining role to each player. there are too many all rounders.At this moment, I dont see any clear direction for the players.Time for Sammy to get smart. he has enough resources now.

  • on July 12, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Finally a Kiwi win! They looked rather hopeless before the 2nd ODI. Why the second ODI? Because, they managed a score of around 250 and you count out Chris "awesome" Gayle's innings, Windies would have lost that game too. Bringing in Trent Boult seemed a rather optimistic idea, as the ageing Kyle Mills looked uninspiring and very playable. Tim Southee is looking good and Jacob Oram still has a couple of years left in him. Perhaps, Oram should bat lower down the order to give the youngsters a chance, which was the right thing to do in the 3rd ODI. DJ Watling has just won another fan in me and hope he converts those fifties in the remaining ODIs. Kane Williamson needs to Come in at No.3 instead of the shaky looking Flynn. The latter is most likely to be axed along with Latham. McCullum's place in the batting order is the biggest question mark right now. Hope they continue their brilliance on the field. The Kiwis could certainly level the series if the keep playing this way..

  • snbirdi on July 12, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    After the last game, I said it was all a Gayle show, and people argued that no, it was a team effort. What more proof do you need that when Gayle fails, this team falls apart. West Indies cricket is not a team sport right now, it's either Gayle or a loss.

  • on July 12, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Man of the Match must be given to N. McCullum instead of Nicol as McCullum scored an important half-centuary, bagged 2 wickets, took one catch and was involved in one runout.....what else do you need????

  • Number1CricketFan on July 12, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    No Ross Taylor, Vettori, McCullum. They arnt playing Dean Brownlie who was star player last season. They only just gave Trent Boult a game in the 3rd ODI. And they continue to play Jacob Oram who is way past his expiry date. No wonder they have been losing.

  • subbuamdavadi on July 12, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Why are people always after Sammy? After all, he is definitely NOT the worst performer in this WI team!! He has done enough with both bat and ball - more consistently than any other player - to feel that he is being short-charged by the fans. What is the contribution of the so-called more talented players like the Bravo brothers, Pollard, Smith, Samuels....For how many matches have they performed consistently?

  • anver777 on July 12, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    A strong come back by NZ with a solid win... is this the turning point of the series ???with Brendon is back, they might turn the tables !!!!!

  • Baundele on July 12, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    All the experts were saying it was a flat wicket with a very small boundary and therefore, SIXes were going to be hit at will. In reality, the pitch was not easy, the ball was not coming in to the bat properly and power packed West Indies failed to score even 200. I wonder if the expert commentators want to just confuse us or they are not real experts.

  • indiasupbangalore on July 12, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    I really want NZ to win the game on saturday and create exciting finale for this odi series, otherwise the last game will become a dead rubber.

  • jmcilhinney on July 12, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Terrible tour for NZ injury-wise. Good on them for having the heart top come back in this game and keep this series alive. I have to wonder whether WI still rely too heavily on Gayle. I think that the drawn series against Australia was good for them because it showed that they are capable of performing without him - and several other big names for that matter. Now that he's back in the team though, I wonder whether other players tend to relax a bit and assume that he will demolish and demoralise the bowlers early and make their job easy, then panic a bit if he goes cheaply.

  • on July 12, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Darren Sammy should have bowled his last couple of overs instead of Ravi Rampaul. Rampaul was clearly struggling in line and length with his deliveries. In contrast, Sammy (with Narine) helped choke NZ midway through their innings. So, if Sammy bowled instead of Rampaul, West Indies would be chasing 225 instead of 250, and would have more confidence to chase down the score.

  • Aleckto on July 12, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    @KURUWITA - When did WI whitewash Australia??? maybe back in the 80's. Pretty sure they drew the last ODI series against the aussies and Australia won the Test series 2-0.

  • kiwicricketnut on July 12, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Don't be hastey Aleckto they may not be doing the job right now but they are two of our best batting prospects, same could have been said about Watling a couple years ago ,look at him now. Chances are you'll get your wish with taylor and mccullum coming into the team but flynn and latham are definatly worth perservaring with. Finally the black caps show a bit fight, good to see, the bowling still looks a bit pop gun and lacks that cutting edge but a good effort more of the same please

  • on July 12, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Darren Sammy should have bowled his last couple overs instead of Ravi Rampaul. Rampaul was struggling in his line and length the whole match, while Sammy (along with Narine) helped choke NZ for a while. Andre Russell was a good choice to bowl the final overs of NZ's innings, but it should have been Sammy, not Rampaul, to bowl those last lvers.l

  • 777aditya on July 12, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    if there is any sort of over confidence creeping in WI, they should nip it in the bud - there is still a long way to go to achieve the dizzying heights of the Lloyd and Richards era. Now WI needs to go from strength to strength - no distractions, absolute ruthlessness, and compete application will do the trick. They are a good team in the making, but no point in throwing it away. First, they should focus on this series before taking on the biggies later - remember, NZ can still win it. Both teams have not won a series in last 2-3 years - a charged up NZ was deadly enough to knock down the almighty Aussies at their strongest

  • Flemy on July 12, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    This what we expect from the Kiwis, always fight and fight hard, now its going to be 3-2 to the Kiwis and i hope B Mccullam replaces Flyn and Watling get fits for next game. and Yes the no offence to Nicole but N Mccullam was really the MOM.

  • choppa13 on July 12, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    it would be good to see the comments made by people from the match preview page about how the blackcaps were gonna get thrashed about how they shouldnt just have plans for gayle because any1 in the top 5 would smash us around the park etc.i realise its only 1 win and they still need to improve heaps but shocking on nz cricket for not organising pre match games(due to no funds) because it might have been an even contest from the start of the tour. anyway GO BLACKCAPS!!!

  • shawnsundar on July 12, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Sammy and Samuels should have bowled out. Gayle and Dwayne Smith should have had a few overs. Bad captaincy. Poor batting performance.

  • lankan_style on July 12, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    Plus I went for an extra batsmen, because New Zealnd's strong unit is their bowling, and our weakest is batting. Our bowling unit is okay, its just our batting isnt reliable.

  • lankan_style on July 12, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    What West Indies need is to let Dwayne Smith open the batting. Him and Gayle. Then they need a Genuine batsmen at the number 3 slot! Well I believe either Darren bravo or Adrian Barath should be used in this place. And then Marlon Sammuels. Then at the number five Dwayne Bravo and let L. Simmons follow Bravo. Also, play him as a keeper. We all know Ramdin can keep thats all he can do and at this level its simply not enough! Well, number 7 be filled with Pollard, 8 Russel, 9 Sammy, 10, Kemar Roach, 11 Sunil Narine. This team is fine in Subcontinent as well as in West Indies. They just need to let Dwayne Smith open.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 12, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    It is good Black Caps got a good win over WI although WI is not a TOP team. But WI is much better than current AUSSIES. I like to see how they will go this year Haddle trophy against Aussies.

  • on July 12, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    I'm always surprised that Dwayne Bravo's head is never called for by anyone. Please look up his stats in the last 2 years. He averages around 21 with the bat with just one 50 and averages 47 with the ball over the last 20 games. Chanderpaul would be better instead of him, so would just about anyone - Jerome Taylor, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Bishoo, Best, Edwards, Benn, Miller. He is neither a batsman nor a bowler and is the worst death bowler. And Ramdin should either be dropped or picked solely as a WK batting at #11 in ODIs. Honestly, these two are the worst performers for WI who have been given way too many chances. Pollard has actually shown a fair bit of talent and some application especially since scoring 119 against India. The problem is that his position in the batting order gets constantly shifted. He and Russell in particular need a lot of attention and grooming. Russell is good enough to be on par at least with Keith Miller or Shane Watson as an allrounder.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 12, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    I was really impressed by new young Black Caps bowlers. They r better than those of Aussi new bloods.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 12, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @noplay If they settling down in WI they have to make WI as home and invite other countries to play series in WI. Otherwise when they go to another country they need 2 weeks to settle down.

  • on July 12, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    I am not sure, but possibly I feel the Jake Oram has more to offer with the bat too.... give him some time in the middle and he may win some games. He has constantly batted in the lower order in the last few years, but is one of the most devestating players around.... I reckon we should use him more.... maybe he has lost a little, but maybe not!

  • on July 12, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Mental strengthening, mental strengthening, mental strengthening! How often have I said it on posts/threads on cricinfo for the Windies??? No one on that team is focussed on what can be achieved, only on playing the game as best as they FEEl the opposition can play. I am convinced that continuous, focused strategic mental exercises at the personal and team level is an innovation that need be included in the team manuscript - but am I on the WICB??? How long will we blame the players, grounds, CARICOM, etc.??? A failed sport franchise, with no hope of renewal = WEST INDIES!!!

  • legend_963 on July 12, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    NZ are still gonna lose and also this gound should be turned into a market or something worst pitch of the series

  • Pennyweight on July 12, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    It's great being a Black Cap fan. They may not have all the silky skills abundant in some other teams, but they know how to play cricket and they're scrappers. They exemplify the kiwi national character - we like nothing more than being seen as the underdog, then playing out of our skins to give the other team a jolly good walloping......

  • cracker2012 on July 12, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Typical WI collapse. Chanderpaul could have patched this.

    Well I saw a lot of people post about Gayle NOT being the only batsman but obviously he brings some sort of confidence to the team.

    Anyway, WI will win the next.

  • Sudath_NZ on July 12, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Well done black caps. But my man of the match is Nathan McCullum because his 2 wickets, 2 catches, 1 run out and 50 runs

  • on July 12, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    For the foreseeable future Darren Sammy is the captain of the West Indies cricket team. GET OVER IT.

  • noplay on July 12, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Clearly the New Zealanders are settling down. Can they be heading towards a move up the test rankings?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 12, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    I thought BLACK CAPS get WHITE WASHED like what happenned to AUSSIES.

  • on July 12, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    It was just a matter of time that the NZ get acclimatized and lift their level of performance. It is now going to come down to the wits of the captains, how to strategise and plan to get opposing batsmen out - it obvious in this match, starting with Gayle . Sammy does not posses any of the attributes that makes one a good captain and further more he is depriving a specialist batsman of a place. Sammy is like an idea, whose time has come! Time to turn over the captaincy to someone else!

  • on July 12, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    When Gayle failed with the bat, the rest of the team falls apart. Half of the team are dangerous in the 20 overs format, there is only 6*20 deliveries to face. 6*50 is a different game. Swing and hit the ball (clean hit) a six or four. Miss the ball or miss hit, you are out(80%)!The real question: is this the best 50 over team that the WI selectors had to chose from? We have a captain who can not seems to have a guaranteed place in the team despite despite sporadic form and poor leadership qualities. There are other players in the WI of 50 over caliber! Imagine if the opposition had a couple quality fast bowlers. The West Indies board and the selectors need to get their act together.

  • PACERONE on July 12, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    W.I are in deep trouble now.if Taylor and McCullum are ready to play.W.I bowling has also been lacking.We need fresh young strong bowlers. What happened to Dwayne Smith and Gayle bowling? Sammy only bowled 6 overs.Rampaul will be tired for the tests.He is also not very good at the death.With the team needing 5 per over to win why are we not running more two's and singles.Ramdiin should be dropped.I was hoping he would have taken a note from his pocket when he got out saying that he is retired. It the top 2 W.I batsmen do not make runs we will be in trouble.

  • lilyblackcapsfan on July 12, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    That's my boys!! Knew they'd come through. But we have two tough games to try and take the series!

  • Aleckto on July 11, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Flynn and Latham must go, they've had more than enough chances. Good to see NZ win but still need a lot of work to regain respectability.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 11, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Andre Russel CAN NOT be dropped. Let them drop Sammy or Pollard, but you can not drop Russel. Put it this way. His batting is better than Pollards and his bowling is better than Roach. He averages 33.2 with Strike Rate of 120 with the bat and averages 26.5 with an economy of 5.4 with the ball. Pollard averages only 25.5 with a strike rate of 99 with the bat and Roach averages only 29.3 with an economy of 5 with the ball. Russel can easily be the best limited overs all rounder there is at the moment (along with Thissara Perera of Sri Lanka)

  • godfreyse on July 11, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Surprised? Shouldn't be, that's WI. We love to do things the hard way. Now we have to face a stronger(Brendon) & a more confident NZ. In the entire NZ inns there were no 3s, the ground is 2 small for that. Brains speak louder than Talent, with all the Talent u still have to use your Brain. We r still the favourite, for the series win.

  • subbass on July 11, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Amazing win really, 249 should never have been enough. Oh well sets the series up nicely and NZ still were good in the field.

  • toxic1007 on July 11, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    West Indies to their tenth straight defeat at Warner Park. That Ghost pitch need to be dig up, why would WICB schedule the three remaining match at a location with such a record....PRICELESS On a more serious note Sammy is the only looser as a Captain batting that low he should be able to put some run on the board in a loosing or winning cause a Captain doesn't or should not allow his ship to sink that easily unless he is sleeping at the wheel or has no clue. Sammy take a break your deserve it....

  • BackfootNossyfan on July 11, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Great stuff. So proud. Up the BLACKCAPS!!

  • slasher on July 11, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Good to see the kiwis bounce back, a good sign with Taylor and McCullum ready to come back

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on July 11, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    why did sammy continue to bowl rampal at the end of nz innings despite his poor showing. sometimes i think dear leader gets brain locked. naraine was the choice to end the innings.

  • ramps_wi on July 11, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    WI panicked.........drop Johnson charles for a strike bowler and let Smith open, he does better at that position. Really hoping this does not become 2-2

  • on July 11, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    We have a team/captain who is not mean enough,our batting is our strength or maybe we were under instruction to loose this game to keep intrest in the series.we are 2 up why gamble send them to bat?? only if you have Finn,Broad,Anderson etc etc.They dont understand this Kiwis is not as bad as we think, 1972 India toured west indies I clearly remember a sports commentator on the radio saying they were not as good as a Jamaican club side, they beat Windies with 20 y.old Gavaskar,dont feel sorry for them,watch out

  • on July 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Andre Russell should be promoted in the batting line up

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  • on July 11, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Andre Russell should be promoted in the batting line up

  • on July 11, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    We have a team/captain who is not mean enough,our batting is our strength or maybe we were under instruction to loose this game to keep intrest in the series.we are 2 up why gamble send them to bat?? only if you have Finn,Broad,Anderson etc etc.They dont understand this Kiwis is not as bad as we think, 1972 India toured west indies I clearly remember a sports commentator on the radio saying they were not as good as a Jamaican club side, they beat Windies with 20 y.old Gavaskar,dont feel sorry for them,watch out

  • ramps_wi on July 11, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    WI panicked.........drop Johnson charles for a strike bowler and let Smith open, he does better at that position. Really hoping this does not become 2-2

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on July 11, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    why did sammy continue to bowl rampal at the end of nz innings despite his poor showing. sometimes i think dear leader gets brain locked. naraine was the choice to end the innings.

  • slasher on July 11, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Good to see the kiwis bounce back, a good sign with Taylor and McCullum ready to come back

  • BackfootNossyfan on July 11, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Great stuff. So proud. Up the BLACKCAPS!!

  • toxic1007 on July 11, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    West Indies to their tenth straight defeat at Warner Park. That Ghost pitch need to be dig up, why would WICB schedule the three remaining match at a location with such a record....PRICELESS On a more serious note Sammy is the only looser as a Captain batting that low he should be able to put some run on the board in a loosing or winning cause a Captain doesn't or should not allow his ship to sink that easily unless he is sleeping at the wheel or has no clue. Sammy take a break your deserve it....

  • subbass on July 11, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Amazing win really, 249 should never have been enough. Oh well sets the series up nicely and NZ still were good in the field.

  • godfreyse on July 11, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Surprised? Shouldn't be, that's WI. We love to do things the hard way. Now we have to face a stronger(Brendon) & a more confident NZ. In the entire NZ inns there were no 3s, the ground is 2 small for that. Brains speak louder than Talent, with all the Talent u still have to use your Brain. We r still the favourite, for the series win.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 11, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Andre Russel CAN NOT be dropped. Let them drop Sammy or Pollard, but you can not drop Russel. Put it this way. His batting is better than Pollards and his bowling is better than Roach. He averages 33.2 with Strike Rate of 120 with the bat and averages 26.5 with an economy of 5.4 with the ball. Pollard averages only 25.5 with a strike rate of 99 with the bat and Roach averages only 29.3 with an economy of 5 with the ball. Russel can easily be the best limited overs all rounder there is at the moment (along with Thissara Perera of Sri Lanka)