West Indies v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Basseterre, St Kitts

Narine stars again as West Indies take series 4-1

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

July 16, 2012

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West Indies 241 for 9 (Russell 59*, Bravo 53, Mills 3-40, Southee 3-37) beat New Zealand 221 (Williamson 69, Narine 5-27) by 20 runs
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Sunil Narine celebrates one of his five wickets, West Indies v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Basseterre, July 16, 2012
Sunil Narine picked up 5 for 27 © DigicelCricket.com/Brooks LaTouche Photography

The fifth one-dayer between West Indies and New Zealand had plenty of similarities to Saturday's fourth ODI at Warner Park: West Indies chose to bat, the top order stumbled, one of their Twenty20 stars made the slowest ODI half-century of his career to anchor the innings, and then some pyrotechnics from Andre Russell took the home side towards 250.

The echoes of Saturday continued during the chase, so much so that when seven overs were remaining, New Zealand needed exactly the same number of runs and had the same number of wickets in hand - 50 runs and four wickets. And once again, Sunil Narine showed how his temperament is as notable as his variations, spooking the New Zealand batsmen in the closing stages to engineer another West Indies victory.

A listless performance in the middle overs, with an abundance of dot balls and an inability to read Narine had seemingly fatally hurt New Zealand's chances of victory midway through the chase. In the 26th over Ross Taylor was unluckily dismissed as the ball bounced off his toe before ricocheting off the wicketkeeper's pad onto the stumps to find him short, and New Zealand slid to 108 for 4. They were in deeper trouble when Daniel Flynn, who has surely played his last limited-overs international for a while, was gone for a duck and Tom Latham's struggle for runs continued.

With Kane Williamson was also labouring to 29 off 50, the game looked over at 140 for 6 with 15 overs to play. The match changed, though, towards the end of the batting Powerplay as New Zealand found a pair of batsmen in Williamson and Andrew Ellis who both worked the ball around for singles, without getting bogged down. There had been only five boundaries since the 12th over till the almost the end of the 40th, but once Williamson got his half-century with a boundary to midwicket, and Dwayne Bravo was taken for 13 in the 42nd over, you could feel a momentum shift. That was only heightened when Bravo, normally a terrific fielder, put down an Ellis chance in the next over.

Smart stats

  • West Indies won four ODIs in a series against a major team (excluding Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) for the first time since their 4-1 win against India in 2006. It is the 13th time overall that West Indies have won four or more matches in a bilateral series.
  • New Zealand lost four or more matches in a series for the 11th time in ODIs. It is the third time in the last three years that they have lost four or more matches in a series.
  • The victory margin of 20 runs is the lowest for West Indies against New Zealand. The previous lowest (in terms of runs) was the 23-run win in Antigua in 1985.
  • Andre Russell's strike rate of 147.50 is the second-highest strike rate for a West Indies batsman against New Zealand for a fifty-plus score. The highest is Brian Lara's 171.87 during his 55 in Auckland in 1995.
  • Sunil Narine's 5 for 27 is the best bowling performance by a West Indies spinner in ODIs surpassing Jimmy Adams' 5 for 37 in Adelaide in 1996.
  • Narine's bowling display is also the third-best by a spinner in ODIs against New Zealand. Muttiah Muralitharan holds the record with 5 for 9 in Sharjah in 2002.

Enter Narine. He had three overs to go, and operated with an unusual around-the-wicket line. Chris Gayle has customarily changed matches with his power-hitting but this time he did it with an athletic piece of fielding. With Narine choking the runs, Williamson looked to hit out in the 46th, only for Gayle to dive and pluck a one-handed chance at midwicket. In his next over, Narine confounded Ellis and finished off his spell by knocking back Kyle Mills' offstump, ending with the best figures by a West Indies player against New Zealand, and also ending the match as a contest.

Narine had earlier boosted West Indies with the wickets of two set batsmen, Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill, who had kept New Zealand's run-rate hovering around six in the mandatory Powerplay. In the company of Darren Sammy, whose accuracy was highlighted by the fact that he didn't bowl a single ball down the leg side to the right-handers in the final three ODIs, Narine choked the runs to help West Indies claw back after a brisk start to the chase.

New Zealand were satisfied halfway through the game, as they lined up with a wafer-thin bowling attack after dropping the specialist spinner Nathan McCullum and the experienced allrounder Jacob Oram. They have had wretched luck with injuries on this tour so far, and they were thankful that the latest casualty, fast bowler Trent Boult, sent down eight overs before picking up a thigh strain. The bowling was so inexperienced that Rob Nicol with an aggregate of ten wickets was the third-highest wicket-taker in the XI.

What helped New Zealand's part-time trio of Nicol, Flynn and Williamson to get through some low-pressure overs was the early spell of Tim Southee, who took 2 for 5 in his first three overs. Southee didn't begin the series well, but has been impressive since his new-ball spell to Chris Gayle in the third ODI which was the first time Gayle failed in this series.

In a line-up filled with flashy players, the relatively steady Marlon Samuels is expected to shoulder plenty of responsibility. Samuels task was made more difficult as Bravo was struggling to find fluency, especially as he was under-pressure to bat with more restraint after his slapdash innings on Saturday. He did his bit with a bustling 43.

There wasn't any exceptional bowling from New Zealand, who relied more on nagging line-and-length stuff. Bravo was far from the flamboyant big-hitter we have come to expect, struggling to 20 off 60 deliveries. He too capitalised on some loose bowling from Nicol, but was still unable to lift his strike-rate too much. Soon after reaching his seventh ODI half-century, he holed out, hitting a low full toss on the pads to midwicket.

Kieron Pollard and Sammy failed, before Russell continued to press his case for a promotion from the depths of No. 9. First, Williamson was hammered over square leg for six, and then clubbed down the ground for four. Ellis, so steady through much of his spell, was rattled against Russell, serving up a couple of full tosses that were dismissed over midwicket. When Russell walked in in the 39th over, West Indies would have been happy with a score around 200; Russell's cameo gave them 40 more.

Once again, the brightest talents to have emerged from Caribbean over the last year, and two of their best performers in the series, played massive roles in a West Indies victory.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
West Indies 182 18 6 44-3 14-0 25-2 77-2 0/9
New Zealand 181 19 3 55-1 7-1 29-0 52-4 0/5

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Posted by   on (July 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

sunil narine for the win

Posted by   on (July 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Viv Richards 6-41 vs India Delhi 1989-90 is the best bowling performance by a WI spinner.

Posted by SwingandSeam on (July 17, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

@ Kewiz Har. Gayle has played some big innings, but also has got out cheaply too many times over the years. Both he and Samuels have promised much, but all too often failed to deliver consistent performances in the past. Only now has Samuels started to show the maturity of a top class player. Gayle's average is only 41, which is less than most of the leading Test batsmen in the world. I also read somewhere he has a problem now with his legs, which affects him in long innings, and at 33 probably isnt going to improve. Saying all that he is still the best opener the West Indies have.

Posted by godfreyse on (July 17, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

A fine bowling performance in an 0DI match constitute an Econ that is less than the overall RR of the opposing team. Eg 3rd ODI (NZ RR 4.98), Sammy's econ, 2.75. Sunil's econ was also very low. Now add wks to that & u had a superb match as a bowler. DJ Bravo & A Russell had Econ that were way too high. But Russell had a few wks(10) & a fantastic S/R. Somebody has to make way for Roach.

Posted by ROXSPORT on (July 17, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Seeing as the series progressed that NZ were so unable to play Narine, I wonder why they didn't play Bishoo as well, at least in the inconsequential final ODI......??????

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

i thini NZ still a better team than WI,,, and world cricket need both of these nations be great ,,, right now basically world cricket have only 6 nations who can play consistently in international level,, thats a shame

Posted by boxer44 on (July 17, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

At present the Windies is the third best odi team(imo) England, S.A and then Windies in with S.L and India at 3. England crushed them after the drew with Aussie (w/o Gayle) When Otis Gibson nails his best batting line-up there is gonna trouble for Eng, and S.A also GO WINDIES. WI love you.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Losing 4-0 to minnows Bangladesh then losing 5-0 to India and already this year, losing 3-0 to South Africa and now 4-1 to a team similar to them West Indies. Yeap New Zealand are certainly on the decline :)))

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

The 'Bird' was wrong & Sammy made his own history. Great series win for WI. But there r a few issues to be sorted out regarding the composition of the future WI ODI teams. Let's take a look at 3 players D. Sammy; DJ Bravo; & A Russell. Series batting avg Sammy22; DJ Bravo 19; A Russell 130. Bowling Econ as agst team batting run rate.Sammy(S); Bravo(B); Russell(R). 1st ODI RR(NZ) 3.80. S-3.83; B-4.57; R-4.50. 2nd RR(WI) 6.30. S-5.37; B-6.66; R-5.66. 3rd RR(NZ) 4.98.S-2.75; B-6.71; R-6.33. 4th.RR(WI)5.29. S-4.10; B-5.42; R-8.16. 5thRR(WI)4.82. S-3.00; B-5.00; R-6.25. You can add their wks & make your decision.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

sunil narine and andre russell you both have amazing future ahead.stay humble and focus.

Posted by jackiethepen on (July 17, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Sammy is a gifted captain. He inspires his team. He is the one player who can unite the team.

Posted by Samiiiii on (July 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT)


Posted by AshanRox on (July 17, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Well done Darren Sammy and WI team!! Well its the came back of West Indies, Now the question is will it be like the late 70s :) Darren Sammy is the captain they needed. He is so dedicated.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

@ SwingandSeam seriously gayle can only score quick runs?? No stamina?? Such a laff, where were u when he scored those 100s against nz in nz and aus in aus and not forgetting two tripple and one double.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Narine is an amazing bowler. I'm sure he'll come in handy a lot for the West Indies in the future!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 17, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

New Zealand really should've won that match but everyone knows they are starting to become a really weak side now :)

Posted by ForgeNZ on (July 17, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

John Bucahanan and Lawn Bowls Man OUT OUT OUT OUT

Posted by Rafelgibt on (July 17, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Good see WI playing well..........NZ is no longer competitive in format of the game........I really doubt whether if they play 3 match test series against BAN then they wont be able to win a single test.........BAN gonna certainly thrashed them all department..........All the best to WI for the DECEMBER series against BAN.......Hope BAN are gonna win the series........Go TIGERS Go>>>>>>>>

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (July 17, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Nows the time to get rid of these bits and pieces players that dont offer us much with either bat or ball, i use to be a huge Jacob Oram fan but he contibutes far less to the team these days and sadly he fits into this catagory now along with Ellis, Nicol and even N.Mccullum to a lesser extent. 1. Ryder/ Latham, 2.Guptil, 3.McCullum, 4.Williamson, 5.Taylor, 6.Watling, 7.Bracewell, 8.Southee, 9.Wagner, 10.Nethula, 11.Milne Longish tail but can't do any worse than those before them and better bowling options with more attacking and cutting edge, specailists are what will turn our fortunes around

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

As a South African, I cannot help but find myself comparing Andre Russell to Albie Morkel. While both players have the talent, and have shown glimpses of their potential, Russel has capitalised on every chance he has gotten, while Morkel has yet to show a true game-winning temperament.

Russell has shown that he has the temperament to finish innings with the bat, and has looked threatening with the ball throughout the series. He has the same sort of star quality that players like Shane Watson have. However he must be better managed. Batting a man with an average of 35+ at number 9, while players like Devon Thomas waste balls at number 7 is ridiculous.

Russell needs to be promoted much higher up the order, and WI desperately need to fix their top order woes, with only Samuels proving to be a consistent performer. Gayle needs someone else to support him, and WI victories should not be dependent entirely on his performances, and a cleaning up job from the lower order.

Posted by Malikmuhammadali on (July 17, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Amzing guy sunil Narine.....He will be graet future bowler.........

Posted by riverlime on (July 17, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Once again, i say Sammy has earned his stripes as a limited overs player. However, in the longer form, he is often found out as a containing bowler and a lower order biffer. Keep him for the T20 world Cup in september though.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Big wins like these in the last two ODI'S prove that THE WEST INDIES ARE BACK! Surely, a return to the glory days have begun. We now have all the angles covered to be #1 again. When one considers our new crop of world class spin bowlers, plus our three or four top quality all-rounders, our two or three 1st class pacers, and a batch of power hitters that are the envy of the cricket world, the drive to become the phenomenon we once were is well and truly on! So from the WINDIES to the world:THEY ARE BAAAACK!

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

PERMAUL,HOLDER,MCLEEN ARE SITTING IN THE BENCH ARE ALL BOWLERS BUT THE BATTING NEED TO BE CONSISTENT DEFENTELY Darren bravo, Barth, McLean should be consistent for wt20 and Odis Gayle, Smith should be openers Darren bravo, Samuel, Dwayne bravo,pollard in middle order Thomas or ram din, Russel, swam-my be lower order narain,roach

bench-Barth, Simmons,kirk Edwards,B Nash,sarwan, per maul,holder, McLean,best

Posted by Meety on (July 17, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Well done WIndies, Narine is certainly a tough prospect on slow low turners.

Posted by VivTheKing on (July 17, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Why on earth russell comes after sammy in the batting order. I have huge respect for Sammy and his fighting skills but Russell is a greater talent than Sammy. And Sammy shouldn't get insecure because of someone like Russell and should deliberately allow the man to come before him. My odi linup : Dsmith/Barath/simmons( will encourage healthy competition between these 3 for the opening slot), Gayle, BravoJn, MSamuels, BravoSn, Pollard, Russell, ramdin/Devon, Sammy, Roach/tampaul, narine. This is like the Aussies/saffers of the late nineties.

Posted by typos on (July 17, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Normally I'm one of Sammy's most ardent detractors but I must congratulate him on the way he led the team and on his bowling which was second only to Narine. If we are consistently getting low scores from the other opener and #3, well maybe Sammy or Russell can fill that spot so another genuine fast medium/fast bowler can come in, or even a second genuine spinner. Either of these 2 can do no worse than Smith and Charles up the order. But well done to the team an to Sammy, I wish you all the best in the Test series.

Posted by Philippe on (July 17, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Its an overall a good show by WI team.. more or less every player contributed equally throughout the series.. every batsmen & bowler fired.. keep it up.. bring back the era of 80s great team.. Narine is good.. playing for KKR in IPL proved to be lucky for him.. now he gonna make a big impact on international field.. great news & great output.. although at the same time I feel NZ should also come up to the level.. this team is going down & down since last 3-4 years..

Posted by adidvlliers on (July 17, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Congo WI....Narine u r gr8 yaa.. its a fantastic performance frm WI russell n narine

Posted by joseyesu on (July 17, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

This team looks awesome in lineup as like SA was in late 90's. End and WI are the two team to watch out for WC15

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 17, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Good win boys, Russell at 9 is CRIMINAL though we have now seen enough to see he is a far my complete and consistence batsman than either Sammy / Pollard / Ramdin / Thomas he reminds me of Shane Watson who was first considered a bowling all-rounder that then took the game by storm with the bat ! Russell has the potential to be a great batsman he is extremely talented.

Posted by SwingandSeam on (July 17, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

The West Indies certainly look like a decent One day and T20 side now, but still remain a very poor Test team. In order to progress up the rankings in Test cricket they need more solidity in the top three, and whilst Gayle can get runs quickly, he lacks stamina in the longer version of the game. The bowling attack on the other hand is showing a lot more promise with the likes of Delorn Johnson, Gabriel, Permaul etc coming through the ranks, to support Roach and Narine. Tino Best has had a good ODI series, albeit slightly expensive, but should now step aside for these younger guys who are the future. Windies might not be NO1 yet, but they are moving in the right direction.

Posted by Ramcharitarvishal on (July 17, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

This is a response to Deepan Kumar. I will agree with you that Mendis is not as smart as Narine and will also add to that, that he (Narine) is much more consistent than Mendis. You need to realize that Mr. Narine bowled in the most recent IPL tournament flawlessly and successfully against some World Class players. So I strongly believe that Murali is a very good comparison for Narine to be compared to. Mendis is BOO in front of Narine and for the time being Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan will need to face some face some World Class Spin bowling until they can even begin to figure him out, whenever that may be!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

It is a shame that Russell perhaps will no get selected for the test matches,he is clearly by far the best batsman of the fastbowlers (except Bravo senior) but has potential to be as good if not better.He is as good as any 3rd fast bowler in the squad including the captain and they should find a way to get him in the rotation.Rampaul,Roach,bravo,Edwards would be a handfull for any side,backed up by sammy & Russell but with sammy the captain playing every game ok cricketer but playing ahead of people with more talent with a higher ceiling (RUSSELL) to me is a conundrum. We need to revisit the captaincy.

Posted by abdulahadjawaid on (July 17, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

I am happy for the current West Indian team. I have some good hopes for WI in World T20. Andre Russell is someone any team would want. Inclusion of Narine and return of Gayle makes them one of the toughest competitor in the tournament. All the best to West Indies.

Posted by SamRoy on (July 17, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

I think it is time now that the selection crisis is more or less resolved it is time for Sammy being dropped from test team. He has been a good leader but because of him West Indies is unable to play 2 spinners at home (and West Indian pitches nowadays are extremely spinner friendly). Nor can they play 3 paceman is seamer friendly conditions in England, SA and Australia. He is useful only in T20s and ODIs. And one more thing, Dwayne Bravo, unless he improves his bowling, needs to be dropped. He was a pretty good bowler even though he didn't have pace but nowadays he bowls only rubbish.

Posted by beejaytee on (July 17, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

NZ gifted this game to WI. As soon as I saw no Oram, N McCullum on the team sheet, I switched off and went to find something else to do. If fit, it is inexplicable that at least one didn't play. Were NZ hoping that Flynn or possibly Nicol could find some form for the Tests? Did Latham really stand to benefit from the experience of one more match? I just don't get it. NZ were a bowler short *with* these two experienced allrounders in the side. Without them, NZ were gone before they even put their boots on. If NZ want to win ODIs, they need to find a way to field this side (or something like it): Ryder, Guptill, B McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Watling, (Franklin/Oram/N McCullum), Bracewell, Southee, (Boult/Wagner/Mills). 4 of the 6 bracketed names to play based on form, fitness & match conditions. Obviously, if Vettori declares himself available, he walks in as one of the allrounders.

Posted by maddy20 on (July 17, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

@Wifan16 I would not say that. They gave the OZ a run for the money and I really believe this can be a worldclass team. All they have to do is try their best to be consistent and learn from their mistakes. Top order batting for instance has been very fragile. They need to fix those issues thats all.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

From all the comments,there is no doubt that everyone including me would like the WI to do well and succeed.It is heartening to know that whilst this team still needs to improve on a few aspects there is a definite purpose and better teamwork than before. Keep up the good work guys remain focussed,Sammy & the team management desrve kudos for all their hard work.

Posted by rket on (July 17, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Keep it up Narine. I think, everybody from WI contributed in this series. Though I am an Indian fan, I would like to see 80's WI team again.

Posted by leabertshaw on (July 17, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

just to show, this game demonstrated that a superstar can certainly win a game but a team that is together and united can win every game,well done captain Sammy and the boys all u guys need now is consistency and i can see that coming so big up!!

Posted by Lamsalsandesh on (July 17, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

Hats off to Bravo, Samuels, RULLSEL who played with the Match condition RESPONSIBLY. Now its seen till 10 the position we have some batting order. Batting problem still on the 1,2,3 just need to suffle a bit.

No doubt Sunil Narine, Best all doing their well for make country proud since 2008. Looking forward for Test matches.

W.Need to select Good Vice.captain and I see Samuels with his responsibility can be taken into consieration. We must say Good bye to Ramdin as we got our player THOMSON.

Really played Well..........keept it up.

If the team plays so i can awake all night long to watch the W.indies in Nepal.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

Next murali???? Dude slow down your horses......i'm seeing a case of Mendis here......but Narine won't fade away like Mendis did coz he is much smarter than that but he won't have the same venom like he does now.....i predict Sri lanka , india n pakistan will figure him out sooner and d others will follow suit....Personally, really happy to see WI slowly find their feet but unless their administrative system and domestic system gets a major overhaul , i don't see WI rise to the heights they did before...coz as of now there is no competition for places in the team atleast not in the batting anyway....and also the players must choose more of national duty rather than freelance t20 stuff....fingers crossed ....lets hope WI rise like the 70's....coz it'll definitely make cricket exciting!!!!

Posted by Reagos on (July 17, 2012, 1:08 GMT)

Narine made his ODI debut on Dec 5th 2011 and is current 29th in the world ODI bowlers standing excluding this 5 for performance today. I would love to see him break into the top 3 before making his first full year of international cricket with the champions league and 5 ODI at Bangladesh pending. it cant be too much i am asking for after you took the IPL by storm, shocked the world with your bowling and excites in every match. I see good things in the upcoming T20 worldcup.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

As a life-long WI supporter, am happy for Sammy and his men. Won't say we're back yet though, but certainly we're on the move. BC are lower-tier like us, so beating them isn't really a true guage of where we are. A more accurate assessment will come in Tests when we go up against stronger teams. Think the Test in Antigua will be a high-scoring draw and we'll win in JA. Let's enjoy the triumph of Sammy's team until then.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 17, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

Well done West Indies and extremely happy. I am a Sri Lankan by the way. Now please ensure you sustain this advantage during the tests. Not only that, must also do well against major test teams like England, Australia and South Africa.

Posted by yocasi on (July 17, 2012, 0:29 GMT)

Keep going, Windies! Let's make this our summer, from cricket to Olympics.

Posted by wifan16 on (July 17, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

The only number 1 this team can be is in 20/20///thats it!!..nz is a weak team compare to other teams around the world...

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Congrats on the win...bu dont get carried away...it was number 7 playing number 8. Two very poor teams.

Posted by   on (July 17, 2012, 0:07 GMT)

So, Mr Boy-cott, do you still feel that Sunil narine is no mystry bowler?

Posted by Ramcharitarvishal on (July 16, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

To me it feels like 1970's WI cricket all over again. As a WI fan, I can't begin to say how proud I am of this side!!! I must also say that at times I had my doubts, hence my earlier comments 1970's cricket. Congrats to the NZ team for a well played match, great efforts from, Taylor, Southee, Kane and Mills you guys really made it competitive. However both teams really need to sort out their opening pairs going into the test matches. Sammy, thank you for winning the series. I am sure you have restored a lot of hope to alot fans all over. We needed this!!!!! Ps. Narine you are now the next Murali. TRUST ME PPL!!!!!!!

Posted by landsite on (July 16, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

I cant wait for Narine to get a second chance at the over-hyped England/Saffie/Irish team in proper cricket conditions.Narine is getting better with every ball he bowls,if he ever gets a pitch that helps no team will stand up to his wiles.

Posted by corzaNZ on (July 16, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

love how you think W.I are back..they beat a pretty average NZ team who have lost 4-0 to Bangladesh and havnt won an ODI series for a while expect for against Zimbabwe.. dont rush to say the W.I are back just yet.. but saying that, they played well and deserved to win the series 4-1

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

Congrats. WI very good team approach to win this series. Well done Sammy you said it right Narine is World Class. One person may be responsible for wining a game but for sure you need a team approach to win 4 games out of 5.

Posted by quayman on (July 16, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

With all those allrounders and hard-hitting batsmen (Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Russell, Sammy, Samuels, Gayle & Dwayne Smith) along with the economical Narine, West Indies look like they'll have a very good team for the World T20.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

Well played windies and congrats to Sunil. ICC emerging player of the year anyone?

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Big wins like these in the last two ODI'S prove that THE WEST INDIES ARE BACK! Surely, a return to the glory days have begun. We now have all the angles covered to be #1 again. When one considers our new crop of world class spin bowlers, plus our three or four top quality all-rounders, our two or three 1st class pacers, and a batch of power hitters that are the envy of the cricket world, the drive to become the phenomenon we once were is well and truly on! So from the WINDIES to the world: WE ARE BAAAACK!

Posted by   on (July 16, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Job Well done Westindies, lets carry the winning form into the test..

Posted by ForgeNZ on (July 16, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

One wonders why Oram is there if he is not going to be played ?

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