New Zealand tour of United States of America and West Indies, 1st T20I: New Zealand v West Indies at Lauderhill, Jun 30, 2012
West Indies won by 56 runs
30 June 2012 (20-over match)

Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith are opening for West Indies. Nathan McCullum to open the bowling for New Zealand.

Apologies if our coverage is patchy to begin with - the TV coverage is having major issues.

Ram: "how will it goes for gayle. 5 am in sydney. takem day off just to see him batting." I suppose you won't be wanting to see Gayle out first ball then, will you??!!

Rupeen: "Around 3 AM in Singapore as well and the only reason why i am awake is Chris Gayle....hope to see him smack some out of the ground" Already the feedback is streaming in hoping to see Gayle play a trademark knock. Well, a decade ago to this day... [see comments at 2.20pm]

Many of you asking about Brendon McCullum, who has been rested from this series and the ODIs to follow.

Info on Samuel Badree making his West Indian debut today: picked up eight wickets in six games at 11.87 and going for just 4.31 an over in the 2012 Caribbean T20 domestic competition. Overall record of 39 wickets at 16.48 and 4.48 economy rate in 41 Twenty20 games. Also had the 3rd best economy rate in the 2011-12 Champions League T20 including 2-7 in 4 overs v Leicestershire in a qualifier match at Hyderabad.

Caino: "Nearly 3am here in Perth, Western Australia, eager to see how this match turns out, both young but very talented sides and really hope its a highly entertaining match for the americans to witness and hopefully an eye opener for them as well!"

Apparently the crowd are having difficulties entering the ground. Taking up to 90 minutes (if not more). Not sure why as yet

To round our package out, Peter has served up two features: he interviews the No 1 batsman in the ICC T20I rankings, Martin Guptill as well as former West Indian legends Lance Gibbs and Lawrence Rowe, who chat about what these games will mean to the significant expatriate West Indian population living in both Florida and in the USA generally.

There are also quotes from West Indies assistant coach Toby Radford as well as the two skippers and Kyle Mills.

Our team has prepared an extensive preview package for you. First piece to check out is Sidharth Monga's series preview.

2.45pm Qasim Anwar with the first feedback of the day: "Finally a cricket match that matches with my time zone :)" A sentiment I'm sure shared by many of you out there.

2.40pm The West Indies have left out Lendl Simmons and Ravi Rampaul from their XI. Their XI: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Fidel Edwards, Sunil Narine, and a debut for Samuel Badree.

We have toss news for you. New Zealand have won and elected to bowl first. New Zealand have confirmed their XI. They have left out Kyle Mills, BJ Watling, Daniel Flynn and Andrew Ellis. Their XI is: Rob Nicol, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor (c), Dean Brownlie, Tom Latham (wk), Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Ronnie Hira, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee. A strong battling line-up there going deep. Tom Latham makes his debut, and is the 55th New Zealander to play a Twenty20 international.

2.35pm Peter informs me that the weather has dawned fine - should be a hot, sticky day with the temperature in the vicinity of 30 degrees Celsius and 50%+ humidity. Says the atmosphere is much better at the ground than two years ago.

I am Avi Singh and I will be manning the commentary console for the duration of today's match. Our USA correspondent Peter Della Penna is at the Central Broward Regional Park and will be bringing you all the news and quotes from the game, while assistant editor George Binoy is on match report duties with Venkat Raghav diligently taking charge of the scoring. Today's team can be followed by those of you in the Twittersphere. Peter can be found @DPMilGaya, George @glbinoy, Raghav @raghavitis and my good self @MannerOfSpeakin. We welcome your feedback throughout, if you want to have a say feel free to click the link at the bottom of the page.

2.30pm It is on that historical note that I welcome you, wherever you are in the world and at whatever hour of the day you are joining us, to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of today's 1st Twenty20 International between the West Indies and New Zealand from Lauderhill.

2.25pm No doubt the alert among you will have picked up on the fact that this tour's Twenty20 Internationals are being played in the United States of America, so we are not technically in the West Indies yet. Accordingly I refer you to 2010. 120 all out plays 92 all out. 81 all out plays 82/3. Those were the match scores when New Zealand played Sri Lanka in the Pearl Cup in two Twenty20 Internationals, notable only for the fact that they were the first to be played on American soil, at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. Two years, one month and one week on, we are back at Lauderhill to watch the USA's West Indian neighbours take on the New Zealanders, who are back here once more as part of a strategic tie-up with the USA Cricket Association, under the umbrella of Cricket Holdings America (CHALLC), with the intent of jointly launching a nationwide Twenty20 league in the US in the near future.

2.20pm This 2012 tour marks the end of one of the longest time periods in which a Full Member has not toured another Full Member under the Future Tours Programme (aside from Pakistan due to security concerns), beating Sri Lanka's absence on South African shores from 2002/03 until 2011 but falling short of Bangladesh's rather notorious failure, for a variety of reasons, to have played a Test series in India. Suffice to say the cricket landscape today is utterly different from what it was 10 years ago. The Twenty20 format, yet to see the light of day in 2002, is the chosen method for kicking off the tour in 2012. That's not to say that everything has changed - on this day 10 years ago Chris Gayle bludgeoned a double-hundred and picked up the Man of the Match award at Grenada in the same Test where Styris made his mark. The more things change... [insert end of adage]

2.10pm 2002. The last time New Zealand embarked on a full bilateral tour of the Caribbean. A time when Scott Styris was a relative young'un making his Test debut and celebrating with a hundred, as opposed to being retired from international cricket and proving a constant source of needle to his Test series-winning New Zealand skipper on that 2002 tour, and current Chennai Super Kings coach, Stephen Fleming on Twitter. A time when the West Indies, although obviously nowhere near the class of their pre-1995 predecessors, could still call on the Prince of Port of Spain, the great Brian Charles Lara, as well as 'Cool Carl' Hooper and the ever-reliable Ridley Jacobs, the last West Indian wicketkeeper to have a firm grip on what has proved a troublesome spot ever since his retirement.


McCullum to Smith, SIX, that is some start from Dwayne Smith, he's carted McCullum over the long-off boundary. Stand and deliver stuff.


McCullum to Smith, no run, pushed from the crease towards the off side


McCullum to Smith, no run, flat and straight from McCullum, Smith plays it back to the bowler


McCullum to Smith, SIX, over long-on this time. Smith leans forward, gets under the ball and lofts with power. Clean strike through the line


McCullum to Smith, no run, better length this time and Smith pushes towards mid-off


McCullum to Smith, no run, defended on the back foot towards the off side

End of over 1 (12 runs) West Indies 12/0 (RR: 12.00)

    • DR Smith 12 (6b 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 0 (0b)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-12-0

Bracewell to share the new ball.


Bracewell to Gayle, no run, good length angling across the left-hander, Gayle stays in his crease and lets it go


Bracewell to Gayle, no run, fuller ball slanting across off stump, Gayle lets it go again


Bracewell to Gayle, no run, short of a length and that delivery rises on Gayle, who stays in his crease, gets behind the line and blocks


Bracewell to Gayle, no run, wider outside off stump, Gayle lets it go again


Bracewell to Gayle, no run, a sharp short ball from Bracewell, Gayle swayed his head out of the way and let it pass


Bracewell to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle short-arm pulls a short delivery in front of square, he didn't try and hit it with power and played it along the ground

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 14/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • CH Gayle 2 (6b)
    • DR Smith 12 (6b 2x6)
    • DAJ Bracewell 1-0-2-0
    • NL McCullum 1-0-12-0

McCullum's out of the attack after those sixes in his opening over, South replaces him, bowling from over the wicket.


Southee to Smith, no run, short of a length outside off, Smith stays in his crease and square drives fluently to Brownlie at cover point


Southee to Smith, 1 run, fuller length outside off and Smith biffs it hard off the front foot, forcing the fielder at mid off to hurry to his left and field


Southee to Gayle, 1 no ball, good length and straight, Gayle defends, but Southee's overstepped according to the umpire. Replays show his foot landed just behind the line. Free-hit coming up.


Southee to Gayle, no run, Gayle clears his front foot and slogs, he inside edges it into the ground and the keeper dives to his right to collect


Southee to Gayle, FOUR, too short and Gayle has pulled with power through midwicket


Southee to Gayle, no run, defended from the crease on the off side, much better length from Southee


Southee to Gayle, no run, Gayle stays in his crease and knocks the ball towards cover point

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies 20/0 (RR: 6.66)

    • CH Gayle 6 (11b 1x4)
    • DR Smith 13 (8b 2x6)
    • TG Southee 1-0-6-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 1-0-2-0

Bracewell to Smith, no run, Smith tries to pull a ball that isn't short enough from outside off stump and gets an inside edge on to the thigh


Bracewell to Smith, no run, the slower ball on a good length around off stump, Smith defends towards cover


Bracewell to Smith, FOUR, that has vanished. The ball was short and wide outside off stump. Smith did not hold back, freeing his arms and carving the ball over point


Bracewell to Smith, 1 leg bye, a bit too straight this time but Smith fails to connect with the flick, gets a leg bye towards square leg


Bracewell to Gayle, 1 wide, another bouncer at Gayle, who sways out of the way. That's too high, though, well over Gayle's head


Bracewell to Gayle, 1 run, played off the back foot towards midwicket, Gayle runs a quick single


Bracewell to Smith, OUT, bowled him! The length was far too good to be swinging across the line. Smith aimed for midwicket but missed the ball angling into him from outside off. Off stump took a beating.

DR Smith b Bracewell 17 (15m 13b 1x4 2x6) SR: 130.76

End of over 4 (7 runs) West Indies 27/1 (RR: 6.75)

    • CH Gayle 7 (12b 1x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 2-0-8-1
    • TG Southee 1-0-6-0

Southee to Gayle, 1 run, full on the pads and tucked away behind square leg

Thanks to George for stepping in, I'm back after coverage issues

The leading run-scorer in the Caribbean T20 2012, Johnson Charles, facing his first ball


Southee to Charles, no run, goes back and punches his first ball on off stump into the covers but can't pierce the in-field


Southee to Charles, no run, half-volley outside off and punched with good timing but picks out mid-off and can't get underway


Southee to Charles, no run, this is a good length ball from Southee around off stump and Charles doesn't get much timing as he punches to point


Southee to Charles, FOUR, this is shorter than the previous delivery and Charles plays a short-arm pull off the front foot and smears it across the line and over the in-fielders at midwicket to the boundary


Southee to Charles, no run, Gayle almost gone there, Charles completely mistimed the drive as he tried to knife through the line on the up, goes on the bounce to mid-off, Gayle had started for a run and was miles out had the throw hit

End of over 5 (5 runs) West Indies 32/1 (RR: 6.40)

    • J Charles 4 (5b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 8 (13b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 2-0-11-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 2-0-8-1

Jacob Oram into the attack


Oram to Gayle, no run, the first ball is full down leg, Gayle misses out but it must have hit his pad on the way through as the umpire does not signal a wide


Oram to Gayle, 1 wide, this is a horrible attempted slower ball, miles down leg and Gayle can't get to it, wide given


Oram to Gayle, 1 wide, oh dear, Oram is bowling a good line to a right-hander but this is poor to Gayle, he has to leave one down the leg side, that's how wide it was


Oram to Gayle, 1 run, this is full on middle and Gayle defends with soft hands into the covers and strolls through for a single in typically laidback Gayle fashion


Oram to Charles, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Charles frees his arms and slashes it over backward point and down to the fence


Oram to Charles, no run, ball is full outside off and Charles hits in the air for a fraction of a second as the drive goes to cover after several bounces


Oram to Charles, no run, slower ball from Oram outside off and Charles pushes into the covers but can't sneak a single


Oram to Charles, FOUR, Charles again tries to go over the top on the off-side, doesn't time it all that well but he manages to get enough on it over the in-field and down to the boundary, which is given after several replays to check whether the fielder had dragged it back. He hadn't

End of over 6 (11 runs) West Indies 43/1 (RR: 7.16)

    • J Charles 12 (9b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 9 (15b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-11-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-11-0

Nathan McCullum returns after the Powerplay is finished, from around the wicket to the right-hander


McCullum to Gayle, 1 run


McCullum to Charles, 1 run, this is full and flat on leg and turned behind square and they jog a single


McCullum to Gayle, no run, Gayle tamely pushes a full ball on middle and leg back to the bowler


McCullum to Gayle, no run, this is full outside off, Gayle stays in the crease and looks to cut but it isn't short enough and he mistimes to short cover


McCullum to Gayle, 1 run, worked away into the leg side from a middle-and-leg line


McCullum to Charles, no run, fired in on leg and flicked straight to short midwicket

End of over 7 (3 runs) West Indies 46/1 (RR: 6.57)

    • J Charles 13 (11b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 11 (19b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-15-0
    • JDP Oram 1-0-11-0

On comes the left-armer Roneel Hira, around the wicket to Gayle


Hira to Gayle, 1 wide


Hira to Gayle, 1 run, on middle and leg and pushed down the ground to long-off


Hira to Charles, no run


Hira to Charles, 1 run, steps down the track a touch and plays a good length ball on middle and off down to long-off

Apologies for sporadic commentary, coverage is intermittent at the moment


Hira to Gayle, 1 run


Hira to Charles, 1 run


Hira to Gayle, 2 runs, Gayle nearly holes out, on leg and he whips it away out into the leg side, deep midwicket running in puts a big dive in but can't quite get to it

End of over 8 (7 runs) West Indies 53/1 (RR: 6.62)

    • CH Gayle 15 (22b 1x4)
    • J Charles 15 (14b 3x4)
    • RM Hira 1-0-7-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-15-0

McCullum to Charles, 1 leg bye, this is short but flat on leg, Charles misses the flick, hits the pad and rolls fine


McCullum to Gayle, 1 run, goes back and punches into the off-side


McCullum to Charles, 2 runs, this is a full toss outside off, Charles goes for a big swing and somehow manages to slice it with enough control to get it over the head of cover running back, Gayle has to really hurry back for the second


McCullum to Charles, no run, beaten outside off as he tries to cut


McCullum to Charles, 1 run, chips down the track and flicks it to long-on


McCullum to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle using his feet now, but can only tap it to the bowler's left and down to long-on

End of over 9 (6 runs) West Indies 59/1 (RR: 6.55)

    • CH Gayle 17 (24b 1x4)
    • J Charles 18 (18b 3x4)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-20-0
    • RM Hira 1-0-7-0

Hira bowled a full ball outside off and Gayle slapped it to long-on, but for some reason the umpire called it dead ball


Hira to Gayle, FOUR, a boundary for Gayle after a while, full outside off and smeared to the left of Oram at long-off who runs round and puts a dive in but can only deflect it over the rope, Oram might be in trouble here, his knee took out a massive chunk of the turf and he is getting up gingerly, he is moving very slowly but is still on for now

Many of you unhappy that Gayle is scoring so slowly. Patience people, he has certainly done this before - slow start before going boom...


Hira to Gayle, no run, Gayle plays a late cut but picks out backward point


Hira to Gayle, 1 run, full outside off and drives to long-off


Hira to Charles, 1 run, Charles backs away and exposes the timber, Hira follows him and he slogs to long-on


Hira to Gayle, no run, Gayle goes back and pulls but picks out midwicket


Hira to Gayle, 2 wides, fired flat and fast down leg, Latham can't collect cleanly and they take a run to add to the wide


Hira to Charles, no run, reverse sweep off the back of the bat, it was full outside off and he gets it away behind point and they rush back for Gayle to have strike for the next over

End of over 10 (8 runs) West Indies 67/1 (RR: 6.70)

    • J Charles 19 (20b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 22 (28b 2x4)
    • RM Hira 2-0-15-0
    • NL McCullum 3-0-20-0

McCullum to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle goes after this ball, half-volley outside off, Gayle gives himself some room and smacks it flat down the ground


McCullum to Gayle, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries for Gayle as most feedbackers wanted, comes down the track and lofts it one-bounce over the bowler's head


McCullum to Gayle, 1 run, full on leg and Gayle tucks it calmly towards long-on


McCullum to Charles, 1 bye, oh dear, missed stumping by Latham and to add insult to injury, he tries to run him out but instead gifts an overthrow, Charles had come down and missed a slog by a mile


McCullum to Gayle, 1 run


McCullum to Charles, no run, Charles mistimes it back to the right of the bowler - Nathan McCullum dives and stops it

End of over 11 (11 runs) West Indies 78/1 (RR: 7.09)

    • J Charles 19 (22b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 32 (32b 4x4)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-30-0
    • RM Hira 2-0-15-0

Hira to Gayle, SIX, that is the Gayle all of you wanted to see. Plants his front foot down the pitch and swings a full ball on leg in high and mighty fashion into the hospitality tents at midwicket


Hira to Gayle, 1 run, oh my, Gayle has absolutely bludgeoned this tossed-up ball outside off back at Hira, it has slammed into his finger (technically and harshly speaking a dropped chance) and still rushes to long-on, Hira is going off immediately, he may have fractured a finger

Kane Williamson to complete Hira's over, he had the best economy rate for anyone who bowled 20 overs minimum in New Zealand's 2012 domestic Twenty20 competition, the HRV Cup


Williamson to Charles, no run


Williamson to Charles, no run


Williamson to Charles, 1 run, that is another dropped chance, wide outside off, came down and edged the carve over covers, Latham misses it and it rolls towards third man


Williamson to Gayle, 2 wides, wide, very wide down leg


Williamson to Charles, 2 runs, Charles dabs a full ball outside off behind point with delicate hands

End of over 12 (12 runs) West Indies 90/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • J Charles 22 (26b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 39 (34b 4x4 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 0.4-0-5-0
    • NL McCullum 4-0-30-0

Seems like Hira's bone may have been exposed. Rob Nicol, second-highest wicket-taker in the same HRV Cup as well as fourth-highest run-scorer, comes on


Nicol to Gayle, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw first up but it pitched outside leg before it turned past Gayle's flick and hit the pad in line with leg stump, rolls to off


Nicol to Charles, 1 run, Charles goes back, keeps a bit low but he still punches past a diving cover on the edge of the circle


Nicol to Gayle, SIX, there goes Gayle again! Rocks back as he sees the short ball sit up and it sails into the stands with brute power behind it, Gayle is warming up here nicely, the West Indies could add much more to the current projected total


Nicol to Gayle, 1 run, goes back and punches through cover point into the deep


Nicol to Charles, 1 run, short and flat on middle and leg, Charles works it to fine leg on the circle


Nicol to Gayle, 1 wide, way down leg, Gayle misses the pull, appeal for caught behind is turned down and the wide is given to Nicol's annoyance


Nicol to Gayle, no run, plays it back to Nicol down the pitch

Riddymon: "This is a HORRIBLE bowling display by New Zealand. Windies don't look troubled at all to the point where they don't even look like they're trying to make any effort to play their shots."

End of over 13 (11 runs) West Indies 101/1 (RR: 7.76)

    • CH Gayle 46 (38b 4x4 2x6)
    • J Charles 24 (28b 3x4)
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-10-0
    • KS Williamson 0.4-0-5-0

Williamson to Charles, OUT, West Indies fans, send your complaints to Riddymon and not to me! Charles goes for an absolutely filthy slog to leg, it was full on off but Charles had made his mind up and it skews off the outer edge high in the air where backward point settles under it

J Charles c Oram b Williamson 24 (38m 29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 82.75

In comes Kieron Pollard, who was only dismissed once in Caribbean T20 for an average of 153 in 6 games at a strike rate of 219!!


Williamson to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle plays it without his usual power down to long-off


Williamson to Pollard, SIX, well Pollard's strike rate is currently 600, it is in the slot outside off and Pollard just smokes it with a short backlift over the cow corner boundary


Williamson to Pollard, 2 runs, slices this through the off side and comes back for a second


Williamson to Pollard, SIX, Pollard is giving the West Indies real impetus, this is again full outside off, this time Pollard shows he can hit them big on the off-side and smacks it over the despairing long-off's head


Williamson to Pollard, 1 run, full on leg from around the wicket and slammed on the bounce to long-on

End of over 14 (16 runs) West Indies 117/2 (RR: 8.35)

    • KA Pollard 15 (4b 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 47 (39b 4x4 2x6)
    • KS Williamson 1.4-0-21-1
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-10-0

Nicol to Pollard, 1 wide, terrible short ball down leg, tried to fire it full and flat but instead sends it very wide down leg


Nicol to Pollard, 1 run, smeared across the line into the deep


Nicol to Gayle, 1 wide, this is down leg and beats Gayle's flick, he almost overbalances but recovers and the wide is given


Nicol to Gayle, 1 run


Nicol to Pollard, SIX, absolutely clobbered by Pollard who is making exactly the impact expected, in the slot outside off and slammed over long-off with ease


Nicol to Pollard, no run


Nicol to Pollard, no run, full on the stumps and punched straight back to Nicol


Nicol to Pollard, FOUR, this is full on leg and he smacks it away out to deep midwicket fence

End of over 15 (14 runs) West Indies 131/2 (RR: 8.73)

    • KA Pollard 26 (9b 1x4 3x6)
    • CH Gayle 48 (40b 4x4 2x6)
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-24-0
    • KS Williamson 1.4-0-21-1

Bracewell to Gayle, 1 run


Bracewell to Pollard, 2 runs, good length outside off and smeared to cow corner where deep midwicket runs around well to cut it off


Bracewell to Pollard, 1 run


Bracewell to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle flicks it off the pads towards deep square leg and brings up his half-century


Bracewell to Pollard, FOUR, this is a similar delivery and stroke to that played by Pollard earlier in the over - the difference here is that this time Pollard has enough power to bisect the fielders in the deep


Bracewell to Pollard, FOUR, full outside off and Pollard stylishly carves it through cover point and deep cover running around dives in vain

End of over 16 (13 runs) West Indies 144/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • KA Pollard 37 (13b 3x4 3x6)
    • CH Gayle 50 (42b 4x4 2x6)
    • DAJ Bracewell 3-0-21-1
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-24-0

Oram to Gayle, FOUR, full on middle in the slot and Gayle is merciless, opens the front leg and blasts it to the cow corner boundary


Oram to Gayle, 1 run


Oram to Pollard, 1 no ball, almost bowls him with a yorker, gets him in a tangle as he tries to get his pads out of the way, but it's a no-ball and a free hit as the delivery goes wasted. Although for the second time in the match, a no-ball is called when the foot was actually behind the line


Oram to Pollard, 1 run


Oram to Gayle, 1 wide, this is pushed through well down leg, Oram is not having the best of days so far


Oram to Gayle, FOUR, fires that yorker in again, Gayle gets his pads out of the way and even gets some bat on it as he squeezes it between his legs and past the diving Latham to the fine leg fence


Oram to Gayle, (no ball) 1 run, another no-ball as Gayle opens up and drills a full ball on leg to long-on, this time the correct call is made and another free hit results


Oram to Pollard, no run, misses out though, slower ball outside off and Pollard tries a bizarre reverse scoop over third man and doesn't come close to making contact


Oram to Pollard, 1 run, oh dear, dropped by Taylor at deep fine leg, he had run round to try and collect a top-edged pull and looked to have it covered but ended up trying to take it while falling and he grasses it, to make matters worse for New Zealand he rolls around on his shoulder in pain and is very slow to get up, is still holding it with concern

Oram was also looking ginger throughout the over, injury woes striking New Zealand in the very first game of the tour

End of over 17 (15 runs) West Indies 159/2 (RR: 9.35)

    • KA Pollard 39 (17b 3x4 3x6)
    • CH Gayle 60 (46b 6x4 2x6)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-26-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 3-0-21-1

On comes Southee, apologies again for the intermittent commentary, our pictures are not the best


Southee to Pollard, SIX, Pollard greets him with utter disdain and picks a full ball up and deposits it over the wide long-on boundary


Southee to Pollard, no run, slower ball on leg is mistimed back to Southee for some temporary respite from the onslaught


Southee to Pollard, no run, slammed powerfully to cover, had that gone either side of the fielder it was four


Southee to Pollard, no run, moves across outside off and tries to paddle sweep, unnecessary considering the damage he's inflicted so far with conventional strokes, misses and is hit on the pads


Southee to Pollard, 1 run, a back of the hand slower ball is dragged short, Pollard is waiting back in the crease for it but totally mistimes the smear into the leg side


Southee to Gayle, 2 runs, very full on leg and clipped away behind square to the left of the fielder in the deep, two overs to go and West Indies will want 190-200

End of over 18 (9 runs) West Indies 168/2 (RR: 9.33)

    • CH Gayle 62 (47b 6x4 2x6)
    • KA Pollard 46 (22b 3x4 4x6)
    • TG Southee 3-0-20-0
    • JDP Oram 2-0-26-0

Oram has indeed gone off, and Bracewell replaces him at the bowling crease


Bracewell to Pollard, no run, beaten outside off by a ball in the blockhole, well bowled


Bracewell to Pollard, SIX, this is short, this is wide and Pollard takes it on with glee and smokes it over long-on to bring up a half-century with a scoring rate of more than two runs every ball


Bracewell to Pollard, 1 run, smacks a full ball with great timing but long-on can run to their right and just collect it in front of the rope


Bracewell to Gayle, 1 wide, horrendous ball to bowl at the death stage, again miles down leg, New Zealand have bowled so many similar wides today


Bracewell to Gayle, SIX, another drop by New Zealand although this was very tough, Gayle opened up and slammed a full ball flat towards long-on where Nathan McCullum dived to his right while aerial, but it goes straight through his hands and over the rope


Bracewell to Gayle, SIX, long hop on middle and leg and Gayle doesn't need an invitation, gets both the elevation and the distance and New Zealand are collapsing completely here, can Gayle get an improbable hundred??


Bracewell to Gayle, SIX, half-volley outside off and Gayle is putting New Zealand through the spin cycle in the washing machine, clears that front leg in typical fashion and creams it over the rope at cow corner

End of over 19 (26 runs) West Indies 194/2 (RR: 10.21)

    • CH Gayle 80 (50b 6x4 5x6)
    • KA Pollard 53 (25b 3x4 5x6)
    • DAJ Bracewell 4-0-47-1
    • TG Southee 3-0-20-0

Southee to Pollard, FOUR, full on leg and uppishly flicked off the pads by Pollard with such excellent timing that it pinpoints the gap between the two fielders in the deep


Southee to Pollard, FOUR, hopeless full toss and Pollard swings with all his might from deep in the crease, sends it along the ground to the square leg fence to bring up the 100 partnership from only 39 balls!


Southee to Pollard, 1 run, sliced into the deep on the off side


Southee to Gayle, FOUR, terrible line from Southee, well down leg and Gayle manages to get to it and flick it fine for an easy boundary


Southee to Gayle, 1 run, drilled to long-off for just the single, but West Indies don't need any more than that


Southee to Pollard, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off and guided to third man, the West Indies end on their highest ever Twenty20 International score after pillaging 78 runs in the last five overs

West Indies' total has clocked in at 13th on the list of highest innings totals in Twenty20 Internationals.

Some rather simple, yet accurate, feedback from Randy: "NZ is the first team to feel the wrath of Pollard and Gayle together."

Safe to say whatever they have done has worked from the point of view of the batsmen, the West Indies have scored more on their own in this innings than the total score in the last match played here. Gayle started very steadily but picked it up gradually to give the sell-out crowd what they wanted to see and ended up on 85* off 52 balls, while Pollard was ruthless from ball one and feasted on a New Zealand attack which looked very rusty and already seems beset by injury problems. Can their batsmen do something special? We will find out very shortly.

The hope before the game was that the pitch would not resemble the state it was in two years ago, when it was a pudding with slow, low bounce which hampered run-scoring and did not exactly provide cricket with a riveting introductory presentation to the untapped US market. To improve the state of the wicket, Jamaican groundsman Samuel Plummer was been brought in (as was Mark Perham who oversees the Eden Park international and Colin Maiden Park domestic wickets in Auckland). Another solution the authorities came up with to encourage higher scores with more boundaries was the bringing in of the ropes.

End of over 20 (15 runs) West Indies 209/2

    • KA Pollard 63 (29b 5x4 5x6)
    • CH Gayle 85 (52b 7x4 5x6)
    • TG Southee 4-0-35-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 4-0-47-1





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