West Indies v New Zealand, 4th ODI, St Kitts July 15, 2012

I bowled quick and I got wickets - Best

ESPNcricinfo staff

Two West Indies bowlers spearheaded the successful defence of 264 in the fourth ODI in St Kitts, allowing the home side to clinch the series with a game to spare. Tino Best was playing his first game of the series and bowled with buster, hitting nearly 150 kph and taking four wickets. Sunil Narine was parsimonious, slowing down New Zealand's run-rate, especially at the death, even though they had Ross Taylor batting on a hundred.

"I love this feeling ... winning feels good ... really, really good," Best said after the 24-run victory. "We were made to work hard for this win and I'm happy I played a crucial role in bowling the team to victory. I bowled quick and I got wickets. That's the job of a fast bowler."

Best struck in the first over, beating Martin Guptill with pace to trap the batsman lbw, but his initial three-over spell cost 23 runs. Rob Nicol hit him for two sixes, a streaky slash over third man and a clean strike over long-on.

"I went for a few [runs] in my opening spell and I knew I had to hit back second time around. I had a chat with captain Darren Sammy and he told me it's better to bowl the ball 'flat' side rather than look to hit the seam. I took his advice and it worked," Best said. "I was up on pace and I knew once I got the ball in the right areas I could make it quite difficult for the batsmen."

Best's second spell was more economical, and included a maiden over to the well-set Taylor. His third and fourth contained the wickets of Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram and Taylor, which ended hopes of a New Zealand victory. In his last six overs, Best conceded no boundaries. His figures of 4 for 46 were the second best of his 14-ODI career, spread over eight years.

"I must say it was great the way the crowd got behind me and the team and urged us on," Best said. "They came here today expecting us to win and we gave them something to celebrate."

The Man-of-the-Match award, however, did not go to Best, but to Narine for his spell of 10-1-20-2. New Zealand had reached 61 for 2 before Narine was introduced in the 10th over. The effect was immediate. During his first spell, Narine dismissed Kane Williamson and dragged New Zealand back. By the end of his first six overs, Narine had figures of 1 for 8 and the visitors were 85 for 4 after 20.

"Normally, when I go onto the field I look at the scoreboard and see what is required of me," Narine said. "Sometimes it requires me to be attacking, other times I just have to keep the pressure on. Today I tried to keep my composure and build the pressure. We got wickets at key stages and the pressure mounted on them."

Narine's second and last spell was during the final ten overs, when Taylor was threatening to pull off a superb chase. When he came on in the 42nd over, New Zealand needed 76 with Taylor on 74 and Jacob Oram on 2. Narine conceded five in that over, and after Taylor took Andre Russell for 21 runs in the 43rd, Narine pulled it back again for West Indies by giving away only two in the 44th. Not even Taylor could score off Narine and the control he exerted in the final overs of the chase was a significant difference between the two attacks.

"We wanted to win on Wednesday and seal the series, but we ended on the wrong end, so it was very important that we rebounded today and finish off the job," Narine said. "There was a great deal of effort today. We had to dig deep to come up with this win, and that made it feel that much better. To win a series at home is special. Tino kept running in and I knew my job was to remain accurate and build the pressure on the batsmen.

"We don't want to stop here. We want to come back on Monday and look for another victory. Everyone knows that 4-1 would look a lot better than 3-2, so we will be going for that."

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  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    A lot of comments are going out to individual players but the one player I have not heard mentioned is Devon Thomas. His crucial innings in partenership with Pollard set the right tone for Sammy and Russell to launch at the end. Congrats Devon.

  • Hildreth on July 16, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS Windies on a hard-fought victory! I was most pleased with the PASSION & FIGHTING SPIRIT displayed by the team. It was truly a TEAM effort and this augurs well for the upcoming T20 WC. The efforts of SAMUELS, POLLARD, BEST & NARINE were OUTSTANDING. However we cannot overlook the WEAKNESSES that must be dealt with before we can beat the top teams in ODI cricket. With the exception of GAYLE, SAMUELS and POLLARD the batting up to no.6 is very shaky. ODI's require more STEADY BATTERS who can bat for several overs and also be agressive when needed. Without the SENSIBLE batting of Samuels, Pollard and lower order at 59/4 WI could have ended up like the 3rd ODI at 95/7 & 161 all out. Simply adding CHANDERS & CARTER makes a big difference. Most bowlers are too WAYWARD and EXPENSIVE. Also too many BOUNDARY RIDERS are deployed out of POWER-PLAY overs allowing opp to BREAK SHACKLES built up during PP. Eg NZ scored only 9 runs in PP overs 15-20 but over 60 runs in overs 21-34.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    They need three batsmen who can, when required, bat 50 overs. Now, they have Gayle and Samuels. Up the order, the Windies need Darren Bravo back - perhaps as an opener - in place of Dwayne Smith.

  • leabert on July 16, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    I am so impressed with the speed and accuracy that Tino Best bowled with during his second spell,right away the late great Malcolm marshall comes back to mind, just to show everybody that all these guys need is just proper corrective coaching whenever they are doing something the wrong way,thanks to skipper Sammy for instructing Tino to stop using the seam of the ball and to use the flatside instead and we all see it paid off,stay focussed Tino and do not let anybody rent space in your head because you have the potential to be a fearsome and successful fast bowler.

  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain These days their pitches r slow. Even the traditionally fast Jamaica and Barbados r slow these days. Imho it's that,and the exodus of the really tall young guys (like Ambrose, Walsh and Garner for example) to American basketball that has damaged WI cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Narine deserved every inch of that MOM. The 44th over to Taylor brought down the curtains, it was just superb bowling. Tino bowled well. Bravo is a wicket taker but most time he is too expensive. On another issue, why do the selectors think that Barath is not an ODI batter? In my view he is the perfect ODI opener. He scores quickly, he has all the strokes, so why persist with Johnson? If not Smith & Gayle, it should be Barath & Gayle. Think about it.

  • mg on July 15, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Great to see wi team coming up it is good for cricket

  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Great job guys! A well-earned and hard-fought victory. Particulaly refreshing was Pollard's maturity with the bat. That holding- then-exploding job was well done by Pollard and Thomas. Imran and Inzamam in partnership for Pakistan in a World Cup proved it's effectiveness many moons ago (who remembers that?).Samuel's innings was pure class. Good cameos by Sammy and Russel. However, there were still too many dot balls -188 is unacceptable.Rotate the strike PLEASE! Narine's control was commendable for one so young and inexperienced. He can only improve.Oh Tino! Big respect man-all heart and commitment. A lesson for all Never give up! Iagree with Captain Sammy 4-1 is better than 3-2. Go for the jugular! WI pride is at stake.

  • robert on July 15, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    at long last! Look who have had the most impact - gayle, samuels, pollard, narine - where are the boyz brought thru by Otis - n then add chanders and sarwan for the tests - what a contrdiction?

  • kanishka on July 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats, Windies. Good to see you guys winning. This is a formidable young team, one I'm backing to do really well in 2015. A few changes may be in order, however. Bravo needs to be tried as an opener; he could do what Cook does for England--I also see him as a future captain. Here, then, is my team:

    Gayle, Bravo, Smith, Samuels, Pollard, Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Ramdin, Roach, and Narine.

    The bowling unit is looking terrific--waiting in the wings are Edwards, Rampaul, Best, Bishoo, and Shillingford, all of whom have played for WI. Rookies like Johnson, McClean, and Permaul await. What WI needs to be back at the top again are a couple of solid batsmen.

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