New Zealand in West Indies ODI Series - 3rd ODI

West Indies v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 88 runs

Two slips, no gully, and Ravi Rampaul is ready to bowl

We'll start, though, on a somewhat sombre note from Ken: "Great spirit on the part of WI players to honour Runako Morton. Also, best wishes to Sean Devers, one of the most promising west indies cricketing sports journalist, who will be going shortly for his second treatment in Trinidad for brain tumor. As the great South African, Jacques Kallis said about Boucher's injury 'It's not about cricket anymore'. To my cricinfo commentators, keep up the excellent work!" Get well soon, Sean

A minute's silence being observed before they go crazy here. Flat wicket, short boundaries, the big hitters in the WI line-up, everybody is expecting a lot of sixes. Before that, though, New Zealand will hope to set up a big score. I can already see a decent turnout on the grass banks

9.25am Spare a moment when teams or players reach the score "37". All West Indies players will be wearing No. 37 too. Kyle Mills will also be wearing No. 37, but that he always does. It's the late Runako Morton's number. It's all about him today. Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo are donating their match fee to Runako's wife. This is what Gayle had to say about today: "I gather that his wife will be here for the match and we want to give his family and the crowd something to cheer about. We will wear his number on our shirts. We will put in the extra work and try to win tomorrow for Runako. It's a Public Holiday and we are hoping for a huge turn-out."

Whatever you say of his statistics, Rubako left behind vivid memories. Be it the naughty lie about his grandmother or the 30-ball duck or that time when he undid Australia at Brabourne Stadium or when he outran the great Shiv or just how he plonked his front foot down and drove down the ground. What is your Runako moment?

9.15am So a debut for Trent Boult, who replaces legspinner Nethula. A bit of a good news is that Brendon McCullum has arrived in the Caribbean, and will be available for the final two ODIs. How New Zealand will love to keep the series alive until then

Darren Sammy has won the toss and chosen to field. Early-morning freshness perhaps? Or perhaps the small ground that could make it difficult to defend.

West Indies XI: Sammy, Bravo, Charles, Gayle, Narine, Pollard, Ramdin, Rampaul, Russell, Samuels and Smith.

New Zealand XI: Williamson, Boult, Flynn, Guptill, Latham, N. McCullum, Mills, Nicol, Oram, Southee and Watling

8.45am Salutations, greetings, what's up, kia ora. This is match three of what has been a miserable tour for New Zealand so far. We are in St Kitts for an early start in the middle of the week. Really does make you feel for the Caribbean grounds when they complain about bigger-ticket fixtures going to the US. Anyway, toss is in 15 minutes, by which time it will be 1am in New Zealand. Those staying up for this game deserve a better fight from their side than has been on display so far

0.1

Rampaul to Nicol, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the front foot

0.2

Rampaul to Nicol, no run, short of a length again, just outside off, leaves him late, squares him up, and beats his defence

"That's kia ora, but we'll forgive you that. Crossing my fingers that New Zealand can put it one of those classic fight backs!" Luke, I swear I wrote just that. Not sure how "a" became "o"

0.3

Rampaul to Nicol, no run, steps down the wicket a little, Ravi shortens the length a little, played to leg for no damage

0.4

Rampaul to Nicol, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, steered down to third man

0.5

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, fuller, wider, left alone

0.6

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, pulls the length back again, gets on top of off, and Guptill leaves it on the bounce

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
MJ Guptill    0* (2b)      R Rampaul    1-0-1-0
RJ Nicol    1* (4b)     

Andre Russell takes the other new ball

1.1

Russell to Nicol, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended off the front foot

"My favorite southern-hemisphere squad is getting schooled by my favorite northern-hemisphere team! I hope the Kiwis brought their big wooden sticks today, and a whole box of stubborn..." Mitch, it is a tough ask

1.2

Russell to Nicol, no run, length ball, shaping away, Nicol is forward to defend

1.3

Russell to Nicol, SIX, That's Six No. 1. We are expecting many more today. Nicol shimmies down the track, takes this on the half-volley, from well outside off, and flicks it towards wide long-on. Not good signs for bowlers

Herschelle Gibbs hit his six sixes at this ground, so...

1.4

Russell to Nicol, no run, short of a length, well outside off, left alone

1.5

Russell to Nicol, no run, nipping in a little off a length, defended off the front foot

1.6

Russell to Nicol, no run, length ball, on off, 125ks, no movement, defended towards mid-off

End of over 2 (6 runs) New Zealand 7/0 (RR: 3.50)
RJ Nicol    7* (10b 1x6)      AD Russell    1-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    0* (2b)      R Rampaul    1-0-1-0

2.1

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, on a length, 135ks, on off, holding its line, defended to cover

2.2

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, slightly shorter but Guptill is forward again in defence

2.3

Rampaul to Guptill, FOUR, this time Guptill shimmies down, and while he doesn't get all of it, he gets four nonetheless. Aiming to go over mid-off, gets a thick edge that clears point with ease

2.4

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, length ball, into the pads, and Guptill misses out on that offering. Hit on the pad as he flicks a little too early

2.5

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, short of a length, just outside off, punched away, but not too far off extra cover

2.6

Rampaul to Guptill, 2 runs, effort ball, bouncer at 140ks, Guptill slightly late into the pull, but gets a couple as the bottom edge goes past square leg

End of over 3 (6 runs) New Zealand 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
MJ Guptill    6* (8b 1x4)      R Rampaul    2-0-7-0
RJ Nicol    7* (10b 1x6)      AD Russell    1-0-6-0

3.1

Russell to Nicol, no run, misses out here. This was so wide it would have been called a wide, but Nicol went for the cut, and couldn't beat cover-point

3.2

Russell to Nicol, 2 runs, another mis-hit that clears the infield. Nicol leaves the crease again to try to go over mid-off, but the movement away from him means the ball goes right off the cue. It clears mid-off, though

3.3

Russell to Nicol, FOUR, these are not good signs for bowlers at all. This is short of a length, and he has swat-pulled this over mid-on. Oh batsmen are finding this pitch too trustworthy

3.4

Russell to Nicol, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

3.5

Russell to Nicol, no run, another forward-defensive

3.6

Russell to Nicol, no run, slower ball now, short of a length, no room, patted back to him

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 19/0 (RR: 4.75)
RJ Nicol    13* (16b 1x4 1x6)      AD Russell    2-0-12-0
MJ Guptill    6* (8b 1x4)      R Rampaul    2-0-7-0

4.1

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, short of a length, no room, pushed to mid-on

4.2

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, short of a length again, into the pads, punched down to mid-on

4.3

Rampaul to Guptill, FOUR, this is a little ridiculous. Short ball, outside off, and he has punched it down the ground for four. No fear of the bounce. A little misjudgement from Charles at mid-off who runs the other way to begin with, and is beaten on the left. No dive offered either

4.4

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, left alone just outside off. More on the bounce

4.5

Rampaul to Guptill, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, punched to midwicket

4.6

Rampaul to Guptill, 1 run, gets a little big on him, but he still manages to punch it to mid-on, and steal a single

"if this is what the NZ batsmen are doing so far if it stays like this for the second innings it would take something special to get gayle out" Yeah Jake, this is the kind of ground where you don't know what total is safe

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 24/0 (RR: 4.80)
MJ Guptill    11* (14b 2x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-12-0
RJ Nicol    13* (16b 1x4 1x6)      AD Russell    2-0-12-0

5.1

Russell to Guptill, OUT, Given lbw. Guptill has a chat with Nicol, and decides against reviewing it. This one skids a little, and does him in for the pace a little. Short of a length, just outside off, and he is deep into the crease to try to punch it. The ball nips back in, and skids off and hits him on the knee roll in front of middle and leg. Hitting top of leg

MJ Guptill lbw b Russell 11 (20m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

In comes Daniel Flynn

5.2

Russell to Flynn, no run, and begins with a defensive shot towards mid-off

5.3

Russell to Flynn, no run, short of a length, gives him a bit of room, and he goes after it. Smith, though, dives to his right at point, and concedes no run

5.4

Russell to Flynn, no run, looks to run this behind square, and this time Sammy at gull dives to his right to deny Flynn

5.5

Russell to Flynn, 1 run, nearly a run-out. Flicked to fine leg, Flynn always wants a second, but as he turns back he sees Rampaul has already swooped on it, and he sends Nicol back, who dives full length to save his wicket

5.6

Russell to Nicol, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended back to him

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 25/1 (RR: 4.16)
RJ Nicol    13* (17b 1x4 1x6)      AD Russell    3-0-13-1
DR Flynn    1* (4b)      R Rampaul    3-0-12-0

"With the WI batting line up (Gayle, Smith, Samuels, Pollard Bravo etc) New Zealand must need at least 300 here. Another 434 match?" James, you haven't budgeted for how New Zealand's batsmen have been going of late. Although I agree that 300 seems the bare minimum

6.1

Rampaul to Flynn, no run, lenght ball, middle and leg, pushed to leg

6.2

Rampaul to Flynn, FOUR, length ball, gives him a bit of space to drive, and he places it between mid-off and extra cover

6.3

Rampaul to Flynn, no run, short of a length, on the pads, beaten for pace, hit on the pad

"Two under pressure batsman on a placid pitch against an underwhelming (bar narine) bowling attack. With McCullum coming back these two are playing for one spot." Matt, I agree but I also find McCullum's return poorly timed. The series might not even be alive

6.4

Rampaul to Flynn, no run, heavy ball, short of a length, hits the sticker of the bat outside off

6.5

Rampaul to Flynn, no run, fuller, outside off, defended towards cover

6.6

Rampaul to Flynn, 2 runs, nicely worked away off the pads, wide of deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 7 (6 runs) New Zealand 31/1 (RR: 4.42)
DR Flynn    7* (10b 1x4)      R Rampaul    4-0-18-0
RJ Nicol    13* (17b 1x4 1x6)      AD Russell    3-0-13-1

"DJ Sammy should have taken the beat and batted first. Let Gayle and Co launch a few and bat NZ out of the match before the innings break." GK, he said he didn't know what a safe total on this pitch would be

7.1

Russell to Nicol, no run, back of a length, not much room, defended off the back foot

7.2

Russell to Nicol, 1 run, steps down the wicket, pushes this to mid-on who is right at the edge of the circle

"Sid, has NZ given a reason for not playing Brendon McCullum today?" Andy, he arrived there last afternoon

7.3

Russell to Flynn, no run, looking to pull but is too early into the shot, and cues it towards mid-off

7.4

Russell to Flynn, FOUR, plum half-volley on off, and he has driven it down the ground and along the ground, between mid-off and Russell. Picked the slower ball early, and waited for it to arrive

7.5

Russell to Flynn, no run, short of a length, on leg, pushed off the front foot towards mid-off

7.6

Russell to Flynn, SIX, that's No. 2. This ground promises some carnage. Short of a length, and he sets himself up, goes across the line, and pull-swipes it over midwicket for an easy six. Just before this delivery, Ian Bishop said he wouldn't want to bowl on this ground. who can argue?

End of over 8 (11 runs) New Zealand 42/1 (RR: 5.25)
DR Flynn    17* (14b 2x4 1x6)      AD Russell    4-0-24-1
RJ Nicol    14* (19b 1x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    4-0-18-0

8.1

Rampaul to Nicol, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

8.1

Rampaul to Nicol, no run, walks down the wicket only to find out he has dug it in, and fends it back to him

8.2

Rampaul to Nicol, 1 run, short of a length, punched away towards deep midwicket

8.3

Rampaul to Flynn, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, heading towards off, defended off the back foot

8.4

Rampaul to Flynn, no run, defended off the back foot, no room again

8.5

Rampaul to Flynn, FOUR, too full now, and he push-drives this half-volley to the right of Rampaul and left of mid-off. This is looking ridiculously easy

8.6

Rampaul to Flynn, no run, short of a length, no room, defended to cover

End of over 9 (6 runs) New Zealand 48/1 (RR: 5.33)
DR Flynn    21* (18b 3x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    5-0-24-0
RJ Nicol    15* (21b 1x4 1x6)      AD Russell    4-0-24-1

Dwayne Bravo no now

9.1

Bravo to Nicol, 1 run, offbreak to begin with, worked away into the leg side

"Sid, you should have mentioned I'm an Aussie. I'm sure that just as a means of distraction some hurting Kiwi would mention the under-arm ball. Always comes out when we give them a ribbing for a couple of losses." GK, Kiwis are always going to be one-up on that. Have you seen this?

9.2

Bravo to Flynn, 1 run, square-drive from Flynn as he gets a wide length ball, but Smith makes another diving save at point

9.3

Bravo to Nicol, 1 run, slower offcutter again, pushed towards deepish mid-on for one

"Bish might not want to bowl on this, but he's one of the few who stood a chance of not getting carted. Garner would be another." James, how about his "high"ness Curtly Ambrose?

9.4

Bravo to Flynn, 1 wide, wide length ball, angling away, and called wide

9.4

Bravo to Flynn, 1 wide, another big wide outside off, starting too wide and angling it away

His two deep fielders are both on the offisde, which might be prompting him to bowl wide

9.4

Bravo to Flynn, 1 run, length ball, wide, this time he gets bat on ball and takes a single to deep point

9.5

Bravo to Nicol, FOUR, that's a third slower ball out of three to the right-hand batsman, and this time Nicol is expecting it and glances it from in front of off to beat short fine leg

9.6

Bravo to Nicol, 1 run, slower offcutter again, flicked to long-on for one

End of over 10 (11 runs) New Zealand 59/1 (RR: 5.90)
RJ Nicol    22* (25b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-11-0
DR Flynn    23* (20b 3x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    5-0-24-0

"I am sure Brendon Mccullum would scored a hundred inspite of the lack of sleep and JetLag. This Pitch seems like bowlers nightmare" Ajay, I tell you what, I dread to imagine an India-Sri Lanka match here. Given their batsmen-dominated structures, we might have been looking at 500. Anyway, here is Narine

10.1

Narine to Nicol, FOUR, starts with an offbreak, Nicol was sweeping it regardless, and places it wide of deep square

10.2

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, full, offbreak, driven to long-on for one

10.3

Narine to Flynn, 1 run, flat, short of a length, on the pads, 86ks, worked away for an easy single

10.4

Narine to Nicol, no run, I called on offreak as I saw the thumb stick out. And offbreak it was. Swept to short fine

10.5

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, this is the knuckle ball, and it starts on middle and leg. Pushed down to long-on

10.6

Narine to Flynn, 1 run, offbreak, starts outside leg for left-hand batsman, worked away. Not much intrigue from Narine in the first over

End of over 11 (8 runs) New Zealand 67/1 (RR: 6.09)
DR Flynn    25* (22b 3x4 1x6)      SP Narine    1-0-8-0
RJ Nicol    28* (29b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-11-0

"Sid, I'd agree about Curtly, but Garner was probably the greatest death bowler of all time. Check his runs per over stats. Miles better than anyone else." James, of course Big Bird is stuff of legends. Not that Curtly isn't, but Joel bigger legends maybe

11.1

Bravo to Flynn, no run, length ball outside off, angling away, beats the drive

11.2

Bravo to Flynn, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched square for a single

"Imagine if Gilchrist was Batting on this pitch at this ground with this bowling... Sheesh duck for cover in the crowd!!" Billy, don't forget his opening partner, Hayden

11.3

Bravo to Nicol, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended back off the back foot

"Kiwis hurting? Aussies try the underarm against England - may help in current situation too!" Carl, what took it so long for this to arrive?

11.4

Bravo to Nicol, no run, slower ball again, outside off, cutting in, defended off the front foot

11.5

Bravo to Nicol, no run, Big lbw shout, and it's really close. Nicol has walked across all the way, and is hit right in front to a short-of-a-length delivery. The height has saved him. It hits the underside of the thigh pad. No review called for. Which is just as well because it was bouncing over

11.6

Bravo to Nicol, no run, looks to run this down but is cramped for room and dabs it to point

End of over 12 (1 run) New Zealand 68/1 (RR: 5.66)
RJ Nicol    28* (33b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-12-0
DR Flynn    26* (24b 3x4 1x6)      SP Narine    1-0-8-0

""Bravo to Flynn, no run"

I know NZ's batsmen are struggling, but giving congratulations merely for not getting out sounds a wee bit too condescending."

Bravo, Nastle. That's the humour I'm looking for

12.1

Narine to Flynn, no run, offbreak, starts outside off, left alone

12.2

Narine to Flynn, no run, this one starts on middle and leg, takes a thick edge past slip

12.3

Narine to Flynn, 1 run, swept behind square, along the ground, gets a single

12.4

Narine to Nicol, no run, full, into the pads, can't miss short midwicket

12.5

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, this is the other one, turning away from outside off, but Nicol seems to have picked it, and opens the face to get a single into the off side

12.6

Narine to Flynn, 1 run, offbreak, starts from outside leg, worked towards square leg where Pollard nearly runs into the umpire. Surely that's not what the umpires signed for

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 71/1 (RR: 5.46)
DR Flynn    28* (28b 3x4 1x6)      SP Narine    2-0-11-0
RJ Nicol    29* (35b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-12-0

"Sid, Bird and Curtly are both legends of the game, but, according to Boycott, even Viv and Ian Botham couldn't hit Bird in the nets. So he might stand a chance on this pitch." Yes James, we need no less than the Horsemen of Apocalypse here

13.1

Bravo to Flynn, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed towards mid-off

13.2

Bravo to Flynn, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone

13.3

Bravo to Flynn, OUT, what a way to get out. This would have been called a wide had he not edged it. It's really wide outside off, and he has done well to reach it on the drive, but all he manages is an edge. He will be kicking himself for that. You don't get such flat wickets and small fields every day

DR Flynn c †Ramdin b Bravo 28 (38m 31b 3x4 1x6) SR: 90.32

Captain Kane Williamson is the new man in

13.4

Bravo to Williamson, 1 run, full, into the pads, worked towards long leg for one

"Billy, imagine if Gayle was batting against the Kiwi attack on this pitch. Oh, sorry." Oh yes, James, lest we forget

13.5

Bravo to Nicol, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended off the back foot

13.6

Bravo to Nicol, 1 run, slower ball, 109ks, floated wide outside off, hit uppishly towards long-off

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 73/2 (RR: 5.21)
RJ Nicol    30* (37b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-14-1
KS Williamson    1* (1b)      SP Narine    2-0-11-0

14.1

Narine to Nicol, no run, flighted on middle and leg, misses out

14.2

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, swept away to deep square

14.3

Narine to Williamson, no run, short of a length, on off, worked to midwicket

14.4

Narine to Williamson, no run, short of a length outside off again, defended back to him

14.5

Narine to Williamson, FOUR, long hop with fine leg up, and he has pulled this between square leg and short fine

"What we need here is Daan Van Bunge vs Gayle/Pollard/Smith/Sammy/Bravo...either one will do im not fussy" Ha, The Builder, I don't think Daan took away a piece of Windsor Park turf along with him

14.6

Narine to Williamson, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

End of over 15 (5 runs) New Zealand 78/2 (RR: 5.20)
KS Williamson    5* (5b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-0-16-0
RJ Nicol    31* (39b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-14-1

Bowling PP taken as soon as it is available. Bravo to continue. Both third man and fine leg in the circle. Expect many slower balls

15.1

Bravo to Nicol, 1 run, and slower offcutter it is, dropped into the covers for a single

Both third man and fine leg go back now. A plan for Williamson?

15.2

Bravo to Williamson, (no ball) 1 run, length ball, into the pads, worked away for a single, and that Bravo has overstepped means Nicol will get a free hit

Time to swing hard at this free hit. My money is on a slower-ball bouncer

15.2

Bravo to Nicol, SIX, It's slow all right, but it is a half-volley on the pads, and he has flicked it over long-on for the third six of the day

We have lost the ball on the top of a tent. So a replacement ball has come out. Boy, we need to make sure we have a large enough supply for when Gayle and friends get going

15.3

Bravo to Nicol, no run, bouncer outside off, the quicker variation, left alone, called one for the over

This is the 11th ODI here, and that last six was the 113th hit here. Those stats don't make for good reading

15.4

Bravo to Nicol, 1 run, steered down to third man for one

"I thought Brendon must have missed his plane! The series is still alive and he's still resting. Nice." Such is life, Andy

15.5

Bravo to Williamson, 1 run, short, wide, cut in front of square for one

"Free hit on this pitch? Not clever." James, I'll rephrase it. "Free hit? Not clever"

15.6

Bravo to Nicol, 1 no ball, Williamson has run up to the striker's end and back. Sammy goes to the wrong end here. Dabbed towards point, Williamson thinks this is past point, but it is not, and Nicol doesn't move. Sammy goes at the striker's end where both the batsmen are, and misses too. Willaimson gets enough time to get back as midwicket shies at the non-striker's end. No-ball too because they didn't have enough men inside the circle

15.6

Bravo to Nicol, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

First water break of the day

End of over 16 (12 runs) New Zealand 90/2 (RR: 5.62)
RJ Nicol    39* (45b 3x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-26-1
KS Williamson    7* (7b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-0-16-0

16.1

Narine to Williamson, no run, offbreak from outside off, cramps him up as he looks to punch

16.2

Narine to Williamson, 1 run, short off break, pulled to deep backward square

16.3

Narine to Nicol, no run, the knuckle ball, full outside off, played with the turn, to mid-off

16.4

Narine to Nicol, no run, another knuckle ball, beaten by no turn as he looks to dab it

16.5

Narine to Nicol, no run, pulls the sweep out, gets an inside edge onto the pad

16.6

Narine to Nicol, no run, defends at an offbreak outside off, beaten, and hit on the pad outside the line of off

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 91/2 (RR: 5.35)
RJ Nicol    39* (49b 3x4 2x6)      SP Narine    4-0-17-0
KS Williamson    8* (9b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    4-0-26-1

"Just catching up on the report and saw that at toss time it was 1.00am in NZ. I would have thought that a NZ or even Australia tour would be perfect avenue for D/N matches in the Caribbean to coincide with the away team's television market. A D/N ODI in the Caribbean would allow for matches to start at 6.00am or thereabout in OZ and NZ. Just my .02c" That's a strong point, Nishal N, but I don't think Windsor Park at least has lights. Then again, the counter would be to schedule NZ's tour at grounds that have lights

17.1

Bravo to Williamson, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to point

"Question: that circle violation no ball in the 16th over, if that ended in a run out, should it stand? you could argue that more fielders within the circle contribute to the dismissal?" Another strong point, Joe. I intend to debate this later

17.2

Bravo to Williamson, no run, length ball, outside off, defended with a slightly open face

17.3

Bravo to Williamson, no run, fuller, angling in towards off, driven, but straight to extra cover

17.4

Bravo to Williamson, no run, short of a length, no room, punched towards cover-point

"Where is Darren Sammy? Isn't he supposed to be bowling given that he is one of the frontline bowlers?" asks Ken

17.5

Bravo to Williamson, 1 run, looks to punch this down the ground, gets an outside edge to third man for a single

17.6

Bravo to Nicol, FOUR, slower ball, picked early, to full too, and swiped from well outside off and deposited one bounce into the midwicket fence

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 96/2 (RR: 5.33)
RJ Nicol    43* (50b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    5-0-31-1
KS Williamson    9* (14b 1x4)      SP Narine    4-0-17-0

18.1

Narine to Williamson, 1 wide, offbreak, turning down leg, called a wide

18.1

Narine to Williamson, no run, the other one, doesn't turn, and is defended off the back foot, just outside off

18.2

Narine to Williamson, no run, the straighter one again, pushed to cover

18.3

Narine to Williamson, OUT, offbreak now, and is lazily dragged on. Length ball, outside off, and Williamson stays back to it, and also pushes at it away from the body. The inside edge hits him low on the pad, and rolls onto the stumps. That's a second wicket gifted today. And that's out of three

KS Williamson b Narine 9 (26m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

Tom Latham walks out now

18.4

Narine to Latham, no run, offbreak, short of a length, middle and off, turning away, pushed to cover

18.5

Narine to Latham, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

18.6

Narine to Latham, no run, short of a length, offbreak, goes back to defend it back to him

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 97/3 (RR: 5.10)
TWM Latham    0* (3b)      SP Narine    5-0-18-1
RJ Nicol    43* (50b 4x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    5-0-31-1

Speak of the devil... Darren Sammy replaces Bravo now

19.1

Sammy to Nicol, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, punched down to long-on

Keeper goes back for Latham

19.2

Sammy to Latham, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, punched to cover

I can see Brendon McCullum bat in the nets

19.3

Sammy to Latham, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended back

19.4

Sammy to Latham, 2 runs, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a couple

19.5

Sammy to Latham, 2 runs, length ball, wide off, driven square on the off side

"@ Joe, small correction. No Ball was for less fielders in the circle. So no argument!!" True, Naveen Raju, but imagine if this was a run-out from the deep?

19.6

Sammy to Latham, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, pushed back to him

End of over 20 (5 runs) New Zealand 102/3 (RR: 5.10)
TWM Latham    4* (8b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0
RJ Nicol    44* (51b 4x4 2x6)      SP Narine    5-0-18-1

Powerplay over, but Narine still has a slip

20.1

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, swept away to long leg for a single

20.2

Narine to Latham, 1 run, offbreak, short of a length, punched away square on the off side

"The Laws of Cricket state that a batsman can't be dismissed off of a no ball except by being run out, handling the ball, hit the ball twice or obstructing the field. Nothing there about it depends on why the no ball is given." DWolfman brushes up the old blue book

20.3

Narine to Nicol, no run, he hasn't picked this offbreak at all. but he is also struck outside the off stump when beaten playing a defensive shot

20.4

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, when in doubt, sweep, and sweep Nicol does for a single to long leg

20.5

Narine to Latham, no run, full, middle and leg, defended back to him

20.6

Narine to Latham, no run, offbreak, starts on off, and Latham lets it turn past the stumps

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 105/3 (RR: 5.00)
TWM Latham    5* (11b)      SP Narine    6-0-21-1
RJ Nicol    46* (54b 4x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0

21.1

Sammy to Nicol, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

21.2

Sammy to Nicol, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched down to long-on for one

21.3

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, bouncer, 128ks, pulled into the ground for a single to midwicket

Keeper up to the stumps for Nicol

21.4

Sammy to Nicol, no run, short of a length, holds its line outside off, beats the edge

21.5

Sammy to Nicol, SIX, That's fifty for Nicol, and Six No. 4 for the day. Length ball, on the pads, and flicked over long leg with ease

21.6

Sammy to Nicol, no run, looks to run this fine behind square, but the ball is not short enough, and beats him

End of over 22 (8 runs) New Zealand 113/3 (RR: 5.13)
RJ Nicol    53* (59b 4x4 3x6)      DJG Sammy    2-0-13-0
TWM Latham    6* (12b)      SP Narine    6-0-21-1

22.1

Narine to Latham, 1 run, offbreak, punched square on the off side for a single

"If you have the run for the no ball and an extra delivery why risk getting out to one of the few ways available to the fielding team to a ball hit in the deep (probably coming back for a second)? Sounds more like poor cricket than a faulty rule." DWolfman, there's merit to what you say, but in principle the fielding side has benefited from the extra man in the deep

22.2

Narine to Nicol, no run, misses out on the sweep, but is hit outside the line of off

22.3

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, slightly fuller, and connects with the sweep this time. Gets a single to long leg

22.4

Narine to Latham, no run, he hasn't picked this knuckle ball at all, and this one breaks back in appreciably from the line of off stump. Quicker too, at 90ks, Just about gets an edge to save the stumps

22.5

Narine to Latham, no run, offbreak now, and left alone

22.6

Narine to Latham, no run, nearly done in by another knuckle ball. Bowled at 89ks, short of a length, on off, and he is hit on the pad in front of leg. Fair to say he has no clue which way Narine is turning it

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 115/3 (RR: 5.00)
TWM Latham    7* (16b)      SP Narine    7-0-23-1
RJ Nicol    54* (61b 4x4 3x6)      DJG Sammy    2-0-13-0

23.1

Sammy to Nicol, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to cover

23.2

Sammy to Nicol, 1 run, runs this down to third man for a single

23.3

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, length, middle and off, tips and runs before cover can come in

23.4

Sammy to Nicol, 1 run, slower ball, on off, pushed to mid-off, and steals a single as Narine is a bit deep

"Sid, as you say in principle the fielding side has benefited from the extra man in the deep. However, if the batsmen make stupid mistakes, or take big risks, should they not be punished for it?" Now that I have had time to think, James, DWolfman and others, I agree with you. Because if we disallow the run-out off a no-ball, the batsmen will run as many runs as their bodies will allow them to. Or at least they will convert every one-and-a-quarter into a two. Better sense has prevailed. I have found the logic behind the law. Life's good

23.5

Sammy to Latham, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover

23.6

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for a single

End of over 24 (4 runs) New Zealand 119/3 (RR: 4.95)
TWM Latham    9* (19b)      DJG Sammy    3-0-17-0
RJ Nicol    56* (64b 4x4 3x6)      SP Narine    7-0-23-1

Now that all is at peace, here is Samuels, whose lazy walk oozes peace

24.1

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, punched to long-off for one

24.2

Samuels to Nicol, 1 run, flat again, and punched down to long-on

24.3

Samuels to Latham, no run, slower through the air, Latham tries the lap from outside off, and sweeps this into his own body

24.4

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, full, outside off, driven to long-off

24.5

Samuels to Nicol, 1 run, length ball, outside off, pushed to the right of cover for a single

24.6

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, comes down the track to take this on the half-volley, and drive it down to long-off

End of over 25 (5 runs) New Zealand 124/3 (RR: 4.96)
TWM Latham    12* (23b)      MN Samuels    1-0-5-0
RJ Nicol    58* (66b 4x4 3x6)      DJG Sammy    3-0-17-0

25.1

Sammy to Latham, OUT, Sammy strikes. It's an interesting dismissal. C Gayle B Sammy. Gayle breaks into a little jig. As for Latham, if you are getting bullied by a Sammy bouncer, well... No disrespect to Sammy, pace like fire is not his virtue. This is dug in short, he goes back for the pull, is late into it, and top-edges it to midwicket

TWM Latham c Gayle b Sammy 12 (25m 24b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

25.2

Sammy to Nicol, no run, short of a length, pushed to cover, sends back Watling, the new non-striker, who has to dive to make his ground

25.3

Sammy to Nicol, 1 run, pushed wide of long-on, but Bravo's quickness there keeps them down to one

A silly mid-on standing next to Nicol as Watling takes strike for the first time

25.4

Sammy to Watling, no run, and defended to silly mid-on right away

25.5

Sammy to Watling, no run, length ball, angling in, played to Gayle at silly mid-on again

25.6

Sammy to Watling, no run, full, on off, defended back to him

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 125/4 (RR: 4.80)
BJ Watling    0* (3b)      DJG Sammy    4-0-18-1
RJ Nicol    59* (68b 4x4 3x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-5-0

26.1

Samuels to Nicol, OUT, Another soft dismissal, and Samuels is laughing himself silly here. Short of a length, just holds up a bit, and Nicol is early into the punch, lobbing it back to Samuels

RJ Nicol c & b Samuels 59 (113m 69b 4x4 3x6) SR: 85.50

Nathan McCullum comes out as New Zealand are falling apart in conditions batsmen will kill for. Both batsmen yet to get off the mark. A slip is in

26.2

Samuels to McCullum, no run, length ball, outside off, defended back to him

26.3

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to long-on for one

26.4

Samuels to Watling, no run, length ball outside off, played off the back foot to the bowler

26.5

Samuels to Watling, no run, short of a length, dragged into the on side, but finds short midwicket

26.6

Samuels to Watling, no run, short of a length, pushed to the left of short midwicket, but Gayle is quick enough to deny them a single

End of over 27 (1 run) New Zealand 126/5 (RR: 4.66)
BJ Watling    0* (6b)      MN Samuels    2-0-6-1
NL McCullum    1* (2b)      DJG Sammy    4-0-18-1

"Call Air Sea Rescue. Eleven Kiwis in a big hole here!" James sends out an SOS

27.1

Sammy to McCullum, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, worked away for a single

27.2

Sammy to Watling, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked away to deep square

A slip in for Sammy too

27.3

Sammy to McCullum, no run, a length ball outside off, holds its line, beats the edge of a tentative bat

27.4

Sammy to McCullum, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, pushed back to him

"Make that 12 James, the 12th hadn't had a good sleep last night. I wonder this night would be any better." Amjad, referring to Brendon McCullum?

27.5

Sammy to McCullum, no run, length ball, outside off, angling in, defended off the front foot

27.6

Sammy to McCullum, no run, length ball, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

End of over 28 (2 runs) New Zealand 128/5 (RR: 4.57)
NL McCullum    2* (7b)      DJG Sammy    5-0-20-1
BJ Watling    1* (7b)      MN Samuels    2-0-6-1

Slip still in

28.1

Samuels to Watling, no run, length ball, stays back, finds the short straight midwicket again

28.2

Samuels to Watling, 1 run, plays the lap sweep, gets a single to fine leg

28.3

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed down to long-on for one

28.4

Samuels to Watling, 1 run, punched down to long-on

"Whilst at Uxbridge Andre Adams takes 6-32 for Notts extending his margin as the leading wicket taker in the County Championship this season. Ho hum." Tony, I have never understood why Dre hasn't got a proper run. "Discipline" issues?

28.5

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, paddle-swept for a single to fine leg

28.6

Samuels to Watling, 1 run, the broom is out again, lapped away for another single

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 133/5 (RR: 4.58)
BJ Watling    4* (11b)      MN Samuels    3-0-11-1
NL McCullum    4* (9b)      DJG Sammy    5-0-20-1

"Last 5 overs 13/2. On this pitch? Fat lady already planning the post match party (organising committee: CH Gayle). He's probably going to try to finish in time for Happy Hour." Or in time for a late lunch, James

29.1

Sammy to Watling, no run, driven down to long-off for one

The silly mid-on next to the non-striker is back

29.2

Sammy to Watling, no run, looks to drive, gets the inside half of the bat, to the silly mid-on

29.3

Sammy to Watling, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended off the back foot

29.4

Sammy to Watling, no run, length ball, headed towards top of off, defended back to him

"Taylor, styris, brendon, may help kiwis rescue a little. Not fully" Pooran Gangaram doesn't want NZ to look for excuses

29.5

Sammy to Watling, 1 run, slower ball, pushed wide of cover for a single

29.6

Sammy to McCullum, no run, bouncer, ducks under it

End of over 30 (1 run) New Zealand 134/5 (RR: 4.46)
NL McCullum    4* (10b)      DJG Sammy    6-0-21-1
BJ Watling    5* (16b)      MN Samuels    3-0-11-1

Meanwhile, Sid Ravindran, who is doing the Bulletin for this match, informs me that Gayle has scored more runs than NZ line-up combined. I am asking myself if this is the weakest NZ team of all time. At least my living memory for sure. Wonder what John Wright thinks.

Meanwhile BJ Watling seems to have cramped or strained some muscle. He gets the treatment, and is back up

30.1

Samuels to Watling, no run, short of a length, pushed to midwicket, and Ramdin goes, "Make him run, boys"

30.2

Samuels to Watling, 1 run, paddled away fine for a single

30.3

Samuels to McCullum, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

30.4

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, this time he has dripped this wide of cover, and calls Watling through for a quick single. Watling hobbles through. NZ don't need another injury here

30.5

Samuels to Watling, no run, looks to run this behind square, is beaten

30.6

Samuels to Watling, no run, punched straight to cover this time

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 136/5 (RR: 4.38)
BJ Watling    6* (20b)      MN Samuels    4-0-13-1
NL McCullum    5* (12b)      DJG Sammy    6-0-21-1

"Andre made himself unavaliable for selection for New Zealand a few years ago if I recall correction." Mike, if he did do so, I stand corrected

31.1

Sammy to McCullum, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover

31.2

Sammy to McCullum, no run, looks to work this to leg, is beaten by seam movement back in. Hit on the pad, but headed down leg

31.3

Sammy to McCullum, no run, full, driven to mid-off

Sammy has brought the field up, and is not allowing any easy singles

31.4

Sammy to McCullum, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to cover

31.5

Sammy to McCullum, no run, digs this in, 125ks, outside off, and is left alone

31.6

Sammy to McCullum, no run, slower ball, played to short straight midwicket. First maiden of the innings

"Even Misbah would have gone crazy on this ground :)" Adee, NZ can sure do with a Misbah

End of over 32 (maiden) New Zealand 136/5 (RR: 4.25)
NL McCullum    5* (18b)      DJG Sammy    7-1-21-1
BJ Watling    6* (20b)      MN Samuels    4-0-13-1

Sid Ravindran is watching this like a hawk. Ten overs without a boundary, he informs me. That's criminal on this pitch

32.1

Samuels to Watling, 1 run, lapped away fine for a single

32.2

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed between cover and extra cover for one

32.3

Samuels to Watling, no run, short of a length, looks to cut it, gets a bottom edge, but is safe

32.4

Samuels to Watling, no run, full and fast, driven down the ground, Samuels makes a diving save to his right

32.5

Samuels to Watling, 1 run, full again, pushed wide of mid-off for one

"Sid, Mike seems to be right (according to Statsguru player profile, which is the source of all knowledge!)." I agree, James

32.6

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, defended to leg

The second water break for the day

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 140/5 (RR: 4.24)
NL McCullum    7* (20b)      MN Samuels    5-0-17-1
BJ Watling    8* (24b)      DJG Sammy    7-1-21-1

Meanwhile BJ Watling is still hobbling around. Will he able to keep wicket?

"'have never understood why Dre hasn't got a proper run'

Neither can Stuart Broad or any of his team mates at Notts. He is now the 5th highest NZ first class wicket taker behind Hadlee, Tom Pritchard, Chris Cairns and Stephen Boock. He will finish his career in 3rd place!" Says Tony before adding, "Andre became alienated from NZ cricket mainly bec of issues with the team management."

"Wonder if Bish fancies a bowl now?" James, I suppose he'd be too nice to dominate just the lower order. Bish and Doully, both commentating in this series, are the nicest of fast bowlers you'll see

33.1

Sammy to McCullum, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover

"the only runs we getting will be from a dodgy windies curry" Steve, you might have to go to Trini for a curry

33.2

Sammy to McCullum, no run, short, wide, cuts away, but Smith has been an electric fence at point today

33.3

Sammy to McCullum, 1 run, short, wide, cut away to third man for one

33.4

Sammy to Watling, no run, slower ball, driven uppishly, short of cover

"Raw nerve, fellas: NZ administrators have hamstrung the side for the last ten years (at least). Good test side under Fleming then they stopped scheduling tests, wasted Shane Bond's talents over IPL fiasco, and forced premature retirement of Astle & Fleming. Since then they've mucked around and finally got things Wright only to lose him with misguided appointments in high places. It's an utter shambles and heartbreaking for Kiwi fans. That said, if any other team knows about wasted talent to the same degree as us, it's the Windies, so well played to you guys this series, and great to see Gayle back and firing :)" Can't disagree much with Grubb. The Bond-ICL fiasco hurts me the most

33.5

Sammy to Watling, no run, full toss this time, but finds cover again with this drive

33.6

Sammy to Watling, no run, short of a length, punched to that short straight midwicket

End of over 34 (1 run) New Zealand 141/5 (RR: 4.14)
BJ Watling    8* (27b)      DJG Sammy    8-1-22-1
NL McCullum    8* (23b)      MN Samuels    5-0-17-1

Meanwhile Batting PP has been taken

"Is it really water,or a few sips of an ice cold beer or a shot of brandy to keep the relaxed?" Not in this day and age, Ken. Maybe in the glory days of Sobers and Ian Chappell. Who knows?

34.1

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, plays the paddle sweep first up, gets a single

34.2

Samuels to Watling, FOUR, short, wide, cut away for the first boundary since the 22nd over

34.3

Samuels to Watling, FOUR, flighted outside off, and he goes inside-out, over extra cover. Always a nice shot to watch

"Who is the reserve 'keeper if BJ can't come out after the innings break?" Phil, there is Tom Latham, even though he is not great

34.4

Samuels to Watling, no run, short of a length, into the pads, punched to mid-on

34.5

Samuels to Watling, 1 run, paddled away fine for a single

34.6

Samuels to McCullum, 1 run, full toss, middle and leg, driven to mid-off, steals a single. A direct hit might have got him here

End of over 35 (11 runs) New Zealand 152/5 (RR: 4.34)
NL McCullum    10* (25b)      MN Samuels    6-0-28-1
BJ Watling    17* (31b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    8-1-22-1

Rampaul comes back

"I should have added that he still plays the odd game for New Zealand though; that is for the London New Zealand Cricket Club and we hope to see him turning out for the North Island v South Island at the end of this season." Tony's lowdown on Andre Adams continues

35.1

Rampaul to McCullum, no run, length ball, outside off, gets a thick edge on the drive, fielded at point

Third man, deep point, long-on are the deep men

35.2

Rampaul to McCullum, FOUR, full toss outside off, 134ks, N mac gets a thick outside edge, and on this short field it's going to be four

Square leg goes back now, long-on comes up

35.3

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, runs it down to third man for one

"Bond was one of the all time great wasted talents. Similar strike rate to Dale Steyn in tests. Anyone want to name others? Franklyn Stephenson perhaps?" James, outside the guys done in by Apartheid, Bond might be very close to the top of list

35.4

Rampaul to Watling, FOUR, short, wide, asking to be hit, and hit Watling does, fine of point, square of third man

35.5

Rampaul to Watling, 1 run, slightly fuller and wider, Watling has trouble reaching it, gets a bottom edge to third man for one

35.6

Rampaul to McCullum, no run, looks to square-drive a short-of-a-length delivery, and is beaten outside off

End of over 36 (10 runs) New Zealand 162/5 (RR: 4.50)
NL McCullum    15* (29b 1x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-34-0
BJ Watling    22* (33b 3x4)      MN Samuels    6-0-28-1

Narine comes back

36.1

Narine to Watling, no run, short of a length, just outside off, played to point

36.2

Narine to Watling, 1 run, short, offbreak, thumped down to long-on for one

36.3

Narine to McCullum, no run, no thumb sticking out, and this is the legbreak. On a length, middle and leg, turning towards off, defended to leg

36.4

Narine to McCullum, no run, this is the offbreak, and cramps him on the punch

36.5

Narine to McCullum, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover

36.6

Narine to McCullum, no run, the knuckle ball now, and defended just outside off stump

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 163/5 (RR: 4.40)
NL McCullum    15* (33b 1x4)      SP Narine    8-0-24-1
BJ Watling    23* (35b 3x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-34-0

"Why does Nathan bat above Oram? On this ground, with his power, he should get as many overs as possible. Even his mishits would fly over" Mehul wonders what I have been wondering

37.1

Rampaul to Watling, 1 run, slogs at a length ball, gets a single to long-on

Third man, square leg and long-on are back

37.2

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, runs it off the face to third man

37.3

Rampaul to Watling, FOUR, Improvisation. Moves right across the stumps, gets really bottom-handed, and scoops this length ball over short fine leg. That takes some doing

37.4

Rampaul to Watling, 2 runs, a near slog-sweep from outside off, the miscue clears short midwicket

37.5

Rampaul to Watling, no run, length ball, outside off, driven straight to cover

Cover has gone back to the fence now

37.6

Rampaul to Watling, 1 run, low full toss, driven to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 38 (9 runs) New Zealand 172/5 (RR: 4.52)
BJ Watling    31* (40b 4x4)      R Rampaul    7-0-43-0
NL McCullum    16* (34b 1x4)      SP Narine    8-0-24-1

Russell replaces Narine now

38.1

Russell to Watling, no run, slower ball, on off, short of a length, makes room, but finds point

All three boundary men on the leg side

38.2

Russell to Watling, 1 run, length ball, middle and leg, driven to long-on

38.3

Russell to McCullum, 1 wide, goes too straight, bowls a wide down the leg side

38.3

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, tucked away off the hip for a single

Fifty for this partnership. Just about hanging in there

38.4

Russell to Watling, 1 run, length ball, mis-hit down to long-on for another single

38.5

Russell to McCullum, no run, short of a length, no room at all, can't run it down as he attempts to

38.6

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, full, into the pads, and he has protection square and deep on the leg side

36 for no loss in the PP. Not bad at all

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 177/5 (RR: 4.53)
NL McCullum    18* (37b 1x4)      AD Russell    5-0-29-1
BJ Watling    33* (43b 4x4)      R Rampaul    7-0-43-0

39.1

Rampaul to McCullum, FOUR, short, wide, cut away powerfully past point

39.2

Rampaul to McCullum, no run, digs this one in a little, closer to off, McCullum thinks of upper-cut but restrains himself

39.3

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, dug in again, chest-high, run down to third man for one

39.4

Rampaul to Watling, no run, short of a length, no room, punched to mid-on

39.5

Rampaul to Watling, 1 run, short of a length, late-cuts it to third man for one

39.6

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, gets a little big, he rides the bounce to run it down to third man

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 184/5 (RR: 4.60)
NL McCullum    24* (41b 2x4)      R Rampaul    8-0-50-0
BJ Watling    34* (45b 4x4)      AD Russell    5-0-29-1

40.1

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, flicked away to deep midwicket

"RE: your wasted talents, the most obvious IMHO is Andrew Flintoff - he must have missed half his career in because of injuries and then had to retire at 31" And Luke Curtis, what a joy it was to watch him in the 2005 Ashes. Can't say the same of the media phenomenon he later became

40.2

Russell to Watling, SIX, Six No. 5. Inside-out, on the up. Top shot. Short of a length, on off, and he drives over long-off. High elbow for the pose too

40.3

Russell to Watling, OUT, Too cute. Tries to follow up that lovely off drive with a scoop. Gets down on a knee, in front of off, the head falls away as he tries the dangerous shot, and he gets a bit too under it to lob an easy catch for Narine at short fine leg. It is the cutter that has done him in here

BJ Watling c Narine b Russell 40 (66m 47b 4x4 1x6) SR: 85.10

In comes the gentle giant, Jacob Oram

40.4

Russell to McCullum, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to off

40.5

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, worked away off the hip

After Watling crossed the rope, he smashed his bat into the turf twice. Hope he doesn't get fined for him

40.6

Russell to Oram, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

End of over 41 (8 runs) New Zealand 192/6 (RR: 4.68)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      AD Russell    6-0-37-2
NL McCullum    26* (44b 2x4)      R Rampaul    8-0-50-0

Bravo comes back

41.1

Bravo to McCullum, FOUR, length ball, moves across the line to work this behind square, and Charles dives over the ball at short fine leg

41.2

Bravo to McCullum, no run, slower ball outside off, defended to cover

41.3

Bravo to McCullum, 4 leg byes, not Charles's fault this time. Short of a length, too straight, and helped away off the pads, past short fine leg

41.4

Bravo to McCullum, no run, yorker just outside off, beats the bat

41.5

Bravo to McCullum, no run, bouncer this time, he ducks under it as it passes over the leg stump

Speaking of injuries wasting talent, how about Dion Nash? Was one of my favourite Kiwis. I interviewed him here?

41.6

Bravo to McCullum, no run, slower ball, middle and leg, flicked to midwicket

End of over 42 (8 runs) New Zealand 200/6 (RR: 4.76)
NL McCullum    30* (50b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-35-1
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      AD Russell    6-0-37-2

"From NZ's point of view, the biggest talent waste was Clarrie Grimmett. Wasted on Australia because NZ wasn't playing tests in 1925." Ben redefines wasted talent. Narine comes back

42.1

Narine to Oram, 2 runs, full, on the pads, driven wide of long-on, comes back for the second

42.2

Narine to Oram, no run, offbreak, lands on off, turns away, beats the sweep

"A certain case of wasted talent is Vinod Kambli. With an avg of 54 in tests he certainly lost his way having played his last test at age of 23" That's true, Vibhor

42.3

Narine to Oram, no run, offbreak flighted outside leg, beats his attempt at a defence, hits the pad

42.4

Narine to Oram, no run, quicker, flatted one, stays back to defend

42.5

Narine to Oram, no run, offbreak, on off, left alone

42.6

Narine to Oram, no run, offbreak, pitched outside leg, defended to cover

End of over 43 (2 runs) New Zealand 202/6 (RR: 4.69)
JDP Oram    2* (7b)      SP Narine    9-0-26-1
NL McCullum    30* (50b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-35-1

43.1

Bravo to McCullum, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven to sweeper-cover

43.2

Bravo to Oram, FOUR, makes room to drill this length ball square of Russell at sweeper-cover. He didn't have too far to go, but this one flew off the bat

Round the wicket

43.3

Bravo to Oram, 1 run, full, angling in, driven wide of mid-off

43.4

Bravo to McCullum, SIX, Six No. 6 for the day. Tries the bouncer, McCullum clears the front leg, and hooks this over deep backward square

"You could also consider Carl Hooper as a wasted talent. He skipped a world cup at his prime, and promised much much more than he actually delivered." Rakesh Rajagopalan, what a stylish player he was. I agree to an extent

43.5

Bravo to McCullum, no run, full outside off, driven, but can't beat extra cover

43.6

Bravo to McCullum, 1 leg bye, misses out. Full, outside leg, can't get a touch on it. Off the boot it goes, and close enough for Ramdin to get a hand to it

End of over 44 (13 runs) New Zealand 215/6 (RR: 4.88)
NL McCullum    37* (54b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    7-0-47-1
JDP Oram    7* (9b 1x4)      SP Narine    9-0-26-1

"Re wasted talents, how about Asif and Aamer?" Can't forget that, Basit

44.1

Narine to McCullum, no run, legbreak, starts outside off, turns away, he moves across to work this to leg, but is beaten by the turn away

44.2

Narine to McCullum, 1 run, another legbreak, this time he works it to leg for a single

44.3

Narine to Oram, OUT, walks right past one. Almost as if he was blindfolded. Oram jumps out of the crease, Narine bowls a flat offbreak, and Oram is about a foot away from the line of it. Stumped by a mile. He didn;t even bother trying to make it back

JDP Oram st †Ramdin b Narine 7 (19m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

"Another who played his last test too early was probably Robin Smith. OK, he had problems against Shane Warne, but who didn't?" James, how about Laxman and Tendulkar?

Kyle Mills, wearing No. 37, is in

44.4

Narine to Mills, no run, legbreak, starts outside off, defended

44.5

Narine to Mills, no run, big offbreak from outside off, hits the pad, causes a stifled appeal

44.6

Narine to Mills, 1 run, length ball, turning in, helped around the corner for a single

So 10-0-28-2 for Narine. Top effort

End of over 45 (2 runs) New Zealand 217/7 (RR: 4.82)
KD Mills    1* (3b)      SP Narine    10-0-28-2
NL McCullum    38* (56b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    7-0-47-1

Russell is back

45.1

Russell to Mills, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, gets a single to sweeper-cover

45.2

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, looks to work this to leg, ends up chipping it towards long-on

"Andrew Symonds is another who probably didn't achieve near what he was capable of." That's right, Daniel

45.3

Russell to Mills, no run, length ball, no room, pushed back to him

"Can I put forward the left armer Brett Schultz, another whose injuries robbed cricket of a potential star" Yes, you can, Dan

45.4

Russell to Mills, OUT, short of a length, outside off, Mills stands rooted and swings. Looking to go down the ground, gets too under it, and skies it for Gayle at cover

KD Mills c Gayle b Russell 2 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

"RE: mills. 37 how many balls Gayle will take to get his century." Mike, not many will mind that. In comes Tim Southee

45.5

Russell to McCullum, no run, sharp bouncer to welcome him, 135ks, McCullum ducks under it

45.6

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, full outside off, driven to Gayle at cover, and the ball pops out as he looks to run the stumps down. Allows them a single

End of over 46 (3 runs) New Zealand 220/8 (RR: 4.78)
NL McCullum    40* (59b 3x4 1x6)      AD Russell    7-0-40-3
TG Southee    0* (0b)      SP Narine    10-0-28-2

Meanwhile Rampaul is back, the most expensive bowler today

KC reminds me of a recent Dravid event: "A fantastic quote from Rahul Dravid on talent - "I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people's ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That's the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament, these are also talent""

46.1

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, cut away, Sammy gets a bad bounce at point, allows them a single

46.2

Rampaul to Southee, 1 run, short of a length, drops and runs, brings McCullum back on strike

46.3

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, late-cuts it to third man for one

46.4

Rampaul to Southee, 1 run, short of a length, tucks him up, but they run for a single eve the tough the ball has not even gone off the pitch

46.5

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, short, into the body, pulled away to deep backward square

46.6

Rampaul to Southee, no run, short, no room, Southee thinks of the upper cut, but decides against it

End of over 47 (5 runs) New Zealand 225/8 (RR: 4.78)
TG Southee    2* (3b)      R Rampaul    9-0-55-0
NL McCullum    43* (62b 3x4 1x6)      AD Russell    7-0-40-3

So Sammy won't bowl out despite figures of 8-1-21-1. Russell to continue

47.1

Russell to McCullum, no run, slower offcutter, jumps at him a little, played back to Russell

47.2

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, drags this one down, pulled away to deep midwicket for one

47.3

Russell to Southee, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, Southee gets a single to deep cover, and hands it over to McCullum

47.4

Russell to McCullum, no run, lovely save by Ramdin. Full ball, hits a foot hole on the crease, between pat and pad, and then breaks in like an offbreak, and Ramdin changes direction well and makes a one-handed save down leg

47.5

Russell to McCullum, FOUR, slower legcutter, a little too short, and Mac saw it early. Waited for it, and cut it behind point. First boundary since the 44th over

47.6

Russell to McCullum, 1 run, appeal for leg-before, and so busy is Russell appealing they sneak off for a run even though the ball is on the pitch. Given a run, seemed an inside edge, and hit outside the line anyway

End of over 48 (7 runs) New Zealand 232/8 (RR: 4.83)
NL McCullum    49* (67b 4x4 1x6)      AD Russell    8-0-47-3
TG Southee    3* (4b)      R Rampaul    9-0-55-0

Rampaul to bowl out

48.1

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 run, that's fifty for McCullum, a fighting hand. Short, on off, cut away to sweeper-cover. He gets an applause from his gallery. Fourth fifty for him

48.2

Rampaul to Southee, FOUR, short, doesn't rise, and Southee opens the front leg up to pull this between square leg and deep midwicket. Slower ball gone wrong

48.3

Rampaul to Southee, no run, looks to go behind square on the leg side, but Rampaul goers wide outside off, and beats him

48.4

Rampaul to Southee, no run, charges at him now. Rampaul bowls the bouncer, and beats him again

48.5

Rampaul to Southee, 1 run, late swinging yorker, follows him as he tries to make room, concedes a single off the inside edge

48.6

Rampaul to McCullum, 1 leg bye, goes deep into the crease to try and slog, but gets an outside edge to third man for a single. At least he keeps the strike

End of over 49 (7 runs) New Zealand 239/8 (RR: 4.87)
NL McCullum    50* (69b 4x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    10-0-61-0
TG Southee    8* (8b 1x4)      AD Russell    8-0-47-3

Russell will bowl the last over

49.1

Russell to McCullum, OUT, length ball, slower ball, 116ks, outside off, McCullum sees an opportunity to get under it, but is slightly too early into this, and goes only as far as deep midwicket. A fighting hand from McCullum but one that is not likely to be enough

NL McCullum c Bravo b Russell 50 (104m 70b 4x4 1x6) SR: 71.42

In comes debutant Trent Boult, but Southee is on strike

49.2

Russell to Southee, 1 run, yorker on off, gets a single as he squeezes it out

49.3

Russell to Boult, no run, yorker, quick, 139ks, down leg, but not called a wide

49.4

Russell to Boult, 1 run, slower ball, full, driven down to long-off for one

49.5

Russell to Southee, SIX, short of a length, on the stumps, Southee just makes room and swings, and has connected it superbly for a flat six to cow corner

49.6

Russell to Southee, 2 runs, tries the cute shot behind square on the leg side. Exposes all stumps, toe-ends a full delivery for a couple towards midwicket

1.25pm More bad news tricking in for New Zealand. BJ Watling won't be able to keep wicket. Here is what their release says: "BLACKCAPS batsman BJ Watling won't take any further part in today's One Day International after straining his left quadricep during the first innings of the match against the West Indies at Warner Park, St Kitts.

Watling sustained the injury while running between the wickets. He received treatment from the team physiotherapist when on five runs and managed to bat on before being dismissed for 40. Tom Latham will take over the wicket-keeping duties.

He will be monitored and assessed over the next 24 hours to determine his management and availability for the remainder of this series."

So an underwhelming effort again from New Zealand. Short boundaries, flat pitch, against Gayle, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard etc, 249 might not prove enough. Batsmen got starts but couldn't convert them. Those who when mid-range couldn't get a century. West Indies remained disciplined more often than not, and reaped rewards. Their repay starts at around 1.45pm. New Zealand will need to play out of their skins to save this one

End of over 50 (10 runs) New Zealand 249/9
TG Southee    17* (11b 1x4 1x6)      AD Russell    9-0-57-4
TA Boult    1* (2b)      R Rampaul    10-0-61-0
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Jul 11, 2012

The West Indies team hand over a cheque to Runako Morton's widow, West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Basseterre, July 11, 2012

The West Indies team hand over a cheque to Runako Morton's widow

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Jul 11, 2012

Marlon Samuels was run out for 11, West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Basseterre, July 11, 2012

Marlon Samuels was run out for 11

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