New Zealand in West Indies ODI Series - 3rd ODI

West Indies v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 88 runs

All right we are ready to play. Tom Latham is keeping wicket in BJ Watling's absence. Brownlie is on the field for Watling. Charles and Gayle are to open the innings. Kyle Mills to bowl the first ball. And he loses his run-up. Knowing their luck so far, Mills could have easily injured himself with this

"Ah, what is it with Wicket Keepers this week? Taibu, Boucher and now Watling.. Hope the list stops here." Elan, you missed Adnan Akmal who has broken his ring finger on the left hand. And how interesting that Boucher and Taibu should retire on the same day? Now they can discuss averages

1.40pm I remember about three years ago a New Zealand left-arm seamer made ODI debut at Seddon Park. Ewen Thompson ran into a red-hot Sehwag who made a mockery of a decent run chase. Four overs and 42 runs later, he had had his fix of international cricket. Soon Trent Boult will bowl his first against Gayle, who is in a Sehwag-like mood. Here's wishing him a better future

Some stats about Warner Park: 117 sixes have been hit here, and only 13 threes have been run. That tells you all you need to know about the size of the ground. At the other end of the spectrum, MCG, since about 2000, has seen 123 sixes and 219 threes. Stats don't necessarily lie

0.1

Mills to Charles, no run, slight shape away, on off, defended back to him

0.2

Mills to Charles, no run, swinging away after starting outside off, left alone

0.3

Mills to Charles, no run, short of a length, on off, slight shape away, defended to cover

0.4

Mills to Charles, no run, angling in this time, defended towards midwicket

0.5

Mills to Charles, FOUR, half-volley, outside leg, all it needs is a touch past the keeper. Charles gets it

0.6

Mills to Charles, FOUR, wide half-volley, Charles stands tall, and drives it wide of mid-off. Rollicking start to the chase

End of over 1 (8 runs) West Indies 8/0 (242 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.93)
J Charles    8* (6b 2x4)      KD Mills    1-0-8-0
CH Gayle    0* (0b)     

Trent Boult into it right away. Here he is

1.1

Boult to Gayle, no run, and a top start for him. A yorker first up, swinging away a little, kept out. Boult walks back with a smile one

1.2

Boult to Gayle, no run, stays full, is driven, but not past cover

Two slips for him

1.3

Boult to Gayle, no run, full and swinging again, driven powerfully, but straight to mid-off

1.4

Boult to Gayle, no run, three full deliveries followed by a bouncer at 138ks, over the top of the stumps, and he sways out of the line

1.5

Boult to Gayle, no run, full now, on off, angling in, defended to cover

1.6

Boult to Gayle, FOUR, Edged and can't be taken. Boult pitches on a length, in front of off, swinging away, Gayle pushes at it, gets a soft edge, and that does two things: dies down, and also travels between keeper and first slip. Latham, the makeshift keeper, doesn't go for it. Anyway, would have been a great catch even for a regular keeper

End of over 2 (4 runs) West Indies 12/0 (238 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.95)
CH Gayle    4* (6b 1x4)      TA Boult    1-0-4-0
J Charles    8* (6b 2x4)      KD Mills    1-0-8-0

2.1

Mills to Charles, no run, length ball, defended with an open face

2.2

Mills to Charles, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the front foot

2.3

Mills to Charles, FOUR, swinging half-volley, nicely driven down the ground, just a caress, between the bowler and mid-off, all along the ground

2.4

Mills to Charles, no run, short of a length, looks to cut, beaten

"You know you are in for a long day when Gayle decides to play out the first over." Truly ominous signs, Sleepin' Hunter

2.5

Mills to Charles, 2 runs, length ball, on the pads, clipped away past square leg for a couple. Gayle casual in finishing the second, and makes it in a photo finish. Nobody realises, though, how close this was

Second slip has come out to short cover

2.6

Mills to Charles, 1 run, this one starts outside off, is swinging away, and gets a thick edge to third man

End of over 3 (7 runs) West Indies 19/0 (231 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 4.91)
J Charles    15* (12b 3x4)      KD Mills    2-0-15-0
CH Gayle    4* (6b 1x4)      TA Boult    1-0-4-0

3.1

Boult to Charles, no run, this is angled across the right-hand batsman, and is left alone by Charles

3.2

Boult to Charles, OUT, that's dead plumb. Umpires don't get to make easier decisions than this. Low full toss, swinging in, and Charles has walked across to play across its line. Hit on the full. Can't get away with it. Boult has had a superb start to his ODI career

J Charles lbw b Boult 15 (13m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

"You're kidding, Gayle "played out" the first over? He had to! It was a very well bowled over from Boult. Started with a great yorker, not even Gayle can hit that for 6." Phil, while not disagreeing with the yokrer, the bouncer and the edge off the last ball, Gayle did block out three half-volleys

In comes DR Smith

3.3

Boult to Smith, no run, length ball outside off, angling away, left alone

The smart thing about what Boult did to Charles was that he pushed the first one through, and then swung the next one in

3.4

Boult to Smith, 2 runs, length ball outside off, no swing, and Smith leans into the drive, between mid-off and extra cover. McCullum gets a hand to it to save two runs

3.5

Boult to Smith, 1 run, this one shapes in a little, bunted wide of mid-on for one

3.6

Boult to Gayle, no run, good stuff from Boult. Full, just outside off, swinging away. Gayle plays inside the line

End of over 4 (3 runs) West Indies 22/1 (228 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 4.95)
CH Gayle    4* (7b 1x4)      TA Boult    2-0-7-1
DR Smith    3* (3b)      KD Mills    2-0-15-0

4.1

Mills to Smith, no run, length ball, on off, slight shape away, defended square on the off side

4.2

Mills to Smith, no run, length ball, on off, shape again, defended solidly

4.3

Mills to Smith, no run, short of a length, wider, Smith chase it without intent, playing a tame shot away from the body. Admonishes himself after being beaten

4.4

Mills to Smith, no run, full, middle and off, defended to mid-on

4.5

Mills to Smith, no run, length ball, on off, again slight shape away from him, defended to cover

4.6

Mills to Smith, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to mid-off - maiden over

End of over 5 (maiden) West Indies 22/1 (228 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 5.06)
DR Smith    3* (9b)      KD Mills    3-1-15-0
CH Gayle    4* (7b 1x4)      TA Boult    2-0-7-1

5.1

Boult to Gayle, 1 run, full and straight, inside-edged to fine leg for one

5.2

Boult to Smith, no run, full, middle and leg, angling towards off, gets a thick edge to point

5.3

Boult to Smith, no run, this one shapes back in, defended to square leg

5.4

Boult to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, steered away to third man

5.5

Boult to Gayle, 1 run, dug in short, 134ks, slightly early into the pull, gets it in front of square for one

5.6

Boult to Smith, no run, shout for lbw as this one swings back in from a length. Stifled shout because this is pitched outside leg

End of over 6 (3 runs) West Indies 25/1 (225 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 5.11)
DR Smith    4* (13b)      TA Boult    3-0-10-1
CH Gayle    6* (9b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-1-15-0

Southee replaces Mills who just bowled a maiden

6.1

Southee to Gayle, no run, Gayle plays for a swinging delivery, but this one holds its line outside off, and beats him by some distance

6.2

Southee to Gayle, no run, length ball, angling towards off, defended off the back foot

6.3

Southee to Gayle, no run, dug in short, over the top of the stumps, 133ks, Gayle stays away from its line

6.4

Southee to Gayle, no run, lovely bouncer, that's headed for the badge on the helmet. Gayle thinks of pulling but withdraws

6.5

Southee to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle swings. Length ball, and Gayle just goes after it, dragging it towards midwicket where New Zealand have a man present. Doesn't carry, but those bouncers have drawn an injudicious shot

Short cover-point comes in

6.6

Southee to Smith, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to mid-on

End of over 7 (1 run) West Indies 26/1 (224 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 5.20)
DR Smith    4* (14b)      TG Southee    1-0-1-0
CH Gayle    7* (14b 1x4)      TA Boult    3-0-10-1

I must say New Zealand have made a decent start to their defence of an under-par score on a flat wicket

7.1

Boult to Gayle, no run, low full toss, Gayle's bat turns in his hand as he keeps that out

7.2

Boult to Gayle, 1 leg bye, goes wide of the crease, angles it in, and off the pad it goes. Not too pretty from Latham as this is bouncing away softly after a lot of the pace has been taken off by the pad

7.3

Boult to Smith, 1 leg bye, short of a length, pitched outside leg, concedes a leg-bye

7.4

Boult to Gayle, no run, angling into the pads again, this time it bounces back towards the bowler, so no leg-bye will be taken

7.5

Boult to Gayle, FOUR, Bouncer with a deep midwicket in place, but Gayle has pulled it in front of that man. Clears the front leg, and almost swats it

7.6

Boult to Gayle, no run, wide of the crease again, angling in again, beats the inside edge, and hits the pad

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 32/1 (218 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.19)
CH Gayle    11* (19b 2x4)      TA Boult    4-0-14-1
DR Smith    4* (15b)      TG Southee    1-0-1-0

8.1

Southee to Smith, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, swiped away to deep midwicket for one

8.2

Southee to Gayle, no run, length ball, on off, 135ks, defends with an open face

8.3

Southee to Gayle, no run, stays in that same channel, on a length, angling towards off, defended with an open face

8.4

Southee to Gayle, OUT, Big wicket. Huge wicket. New Zealand know it. This game is not over. Gayle has been tentative so far, and has looked unsettled. Plays at a full delivery without any feet, from inside the crease, and just offers the bat to dry. The slight movement away takes a healthy edge, and Guptill pouches it at first slip

CH Gayle c Nicol b Southee 11 (37m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

In comes Marlon Samuels

8.5

Southee to Samuels, no run, and a nice little bouncer to welcome him. On the top of the stumps, Samuels drops his wrists, and sways out of its line

8.6

Southee to Samuels, 1 wide, fuller, but strayed down the leg side

8.6

Southee to Samuels, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended towards cover-point

End of over 9 (2 runs) West Indies 34/2 (216 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 3.77, RRR: 5.26)
MN Samuels    0* (2b)      TG Southee    2-0-3-1
DR Smith    5* (16b)      TA Boult    4-0-14-1

9.1

Boult to Smith, no run, full, just outside off, dug out to mid-off

9.2

Boult to Smith, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to mid-off

9.3

Boult to Smith, FOUR, Smith tries to break free. Length ball, outside off, he swishes at it, and the thick outside edge flies over cover

9.4

Boult to Smith, no run, swinging a little into leg, worked away, but can't beat square leg

9.5

Boult to Smith, FOUR, beats square leg this time. Just a mere deflection off the pads, but timed really well. deep midwicket gives chase towards square leg, but to no avail

9.6

Boult to Smith, no run, a moment after a deft touch, Smith plays the violent lash across the line, only to be beaten by a short-of a length delivery

End of over 10 (8 runs) West Indies 42/2 (208 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.20, RRR: 5.20)
DR Smith    13* (22b 2x4)      TA Boult    5-0-22-1
MN Samuels    0* (2b)      TG Southee    2-0-3-1

10.1

Southee to Samuels, no run, short of a length, angling in, pushed to mid-on

10.2

Southee to Samuels, no run, wide of the crease, on a length, outside off, driven to cover

10.3

Southee to Samuels, 1 run, full and straight, driven gently down the ground, into the stumps, and gets a single off the deflection

10.4

Southee to Smith, SIX, Six No. 118 at this venue, and No. 8 today. This is across the line all right, but he has timed it sweetly. Length ball, wide outside off, but he has dragged it over wide long-on

Mid-on goes back now

10.5

Southee to Smith, no run, goes wide of the crease, and angles a yorker in. Smith does well to keep it out considering his big back lift

10.6

Southee to Smith, no run, short of a length, punched sweetly down to mid-off

End of over 11 (7 runs) West Indies 49/2 (201 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.15)
DR Smith    19* (25b 2x4 1x6)      TG Southee    3-0-10-1
MN Samuels    1* (5b)      TA Boult    5-0-22-1

Jacob Oram replaces Trent Boult. One wide slip in place

11.1

Oram to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, helped away for a single

11.2

Oram to Smith, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, 126ks, hits the higher part of the defensive bat

11.3

Oram to Smith, no run, angling in from slightly wide, on a length, driven to mid-off

New Zealand trying to deny them singles. They know if they open up the field, they might struggle to defend the total

11.4

Oram to Smith, OUT, What a mindless shot from Dwayne Smith. Lovely catch from Nathan McCullum, though. Short of a length again, angling in towards off, Smith is caught in the crease as he tries to loft this over mid-off. As he is playing well in front of the body, all he manages is a lob that looks like it might clear cover, but McCullum runs back, and takes it superbly over his shoulder

DR Smith c McCullum b Oram 19 (38m 28b 2x4 1x6) SR: 67.85

11.5

Oram to Samuels, no run, length ball, on off, defended to cover

11.6

Oram to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, defended again

End of over 12 (1 run) West Indies 50/3 (200 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 5.26)
MN Samuels    2* (8b)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-1
DJ Bravo    0* (0b)      TG Southee    3-0-10-1

Kyle Mills comes back. New Zealand really into it. They are a side on the prowl, and it will be some achievement if they can defend 249 on this pitch and outfield

12.1

Mills to Bravo, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended

Dwayne Bravo is the new man in, by the way

12.2

Mills to Bravo, 2 runs, OUT, There is madness all around. New Zealand are accepting all their gifts with glee. Bravo trying only the 14th three in 11 ODIs at this ground. There is a good reason why threes aren't taken here. This is played towards deep midwicket, and he takes on Southee's arm, and is caught well short. Third umpire not even needed. Lovely slide from Southee, a left-handed pick-up, transfer to throwing hand, refusing the relay throw, and returning this right by the stumps, but still a gross misjudgement from Bravo. Not even a desperate dive would have got him in

DJ Bravo run out 2 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

12.3

Mills to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, stays low, beaten

12.4

Mills to Samuels, no run, length ball outside off, driven to cover

12.5

Mills to Samuels, FOUR, Samuels continues being at languid ease as he drives this length ball past cover. Open face doesn't matter here. He has middled the daylights out of this delivery

12.6

Mills to Samuels, no run, fuller, closer to stumps, driven nicely down the ground, but Mills gets a hand to it in his followthrough

End of over 13 (6 runs) West Indies 56/4 (194 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 5.24)
MN Samuels    6* (12b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-1-21-0
KA Pollard    0* (0b)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-1

Kieron Pollard to face for the first time

13.1

Oram to Pollard, no run, length ball, on off, angling in, defended

13.2

Oram to Pollard, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended off the front foot

13.3

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, offcutter, Pollard lets it break in, rides the little extra bounce, and helps it into the leg side

13.4

Oram to Samuels, FOUR, Beautiful off-drive. On a length, angling in, Samuels presents it a straight face, timing it superbly. Williamson dives his right at mid-off, but is slightly early into the dive

13.5

Oram to Samuels, 1 run, shorter now, and steered down to third man for one

13.6

Oram to Pollard, no run, wide of the crease, short of a length, angling in, defended back to him

End of over 14 (6 runs) West Indies 62/4 (188 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 5.22)
KA Pollard    1* (4b)      JDP Oram    2-0-7-1
MN Samuels    11* (14b 2x4)      KD Mills    4-1-21-0

After Bravo ran himself out trying a third here, I will quote myself from the innings break: "Some stats about Warner Park: 117 sixes have been hit here, and only 13 threes have been run. That tells you all you need to know about the size of the ground. At the other end of the spectrum, MCG, since about 2000, has seen 123 sixes and 219 threes. Stats don't necessarily lie"

14.1

Mills to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, plays defensively with an open face

14.2

Mills to Samuels, no run, left alone outside off this time

14.3

Mills to Samuels, no run, fuller, on off, defended with an open face

14.4

Mills to Samuels, OUT, New Zealand fielders can turn into super heroes when they sense they can defend a total. Awesome is a word usually thrown around lightly, but this is truly awesome from Guptill at cover. Nicely punched by Samuels and he takes a few instinctive steps down the wicket. Guptill at cover dives full length, nay he flies, makes a one-handed save, and forget balancing himself, or getting up, he throws in what seems like that same motion, and takes down the stumps at the striker's end. And Samuels, who has only taken a few instinctive steps, is nowhere near the crease when the wicket is broken. Awe. Some. Awe some is what awesome does

MN Samuels run out 11 (31m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.11

Denesh Ramdin is the new man in

14.5

Mills to Ramdin, no run, length ball outside off, defended towards point

14.6

Mills to Ramdin, no run, angling in towards off, patted back to him

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) West Indies 62/5 (188 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.13, RRR: 5.37)
D Ramdin    0* (2b)      KD Mills    5-2-21-0
KA Pollard    1* (4b)      JDP Oram    2-0-7-1

Bowling PP taken

15.1

Southee to Pollard, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to cover

Southee has replaced Oram. A wide slip in place

15.2

Southee to Pollard, no run, yorker from wide of the crease, kept out

15.3

Southee to Pollard, no run, bouncer, over middle and leg, Pollard avoids it easily

15.4

Southee to Pollard, no run, digs this in short, well outside off, left alone

15.5

Southee to Pollard, 1 run, more super fielding from New Zealand. this is guided past slip, and Brownlie the substitute makes a diving save at third man. Pollard is surprised he is not getting even a couple for this, and has to rush back

15.6

Southee to Ramdin, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, thick edge to third man for one

End of over 16 (2 runs) West Indies 64/5 (186 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.47)
D Ramdin    1* (3b)      TG Southee    4-0-12-1
KA Pollard    2* (9b)      KD Mills    5-2-21-0

Big Jake Oram gets a change of ends

16.1

Oram to Ramdin, 1 run, length ball outside off, driven wide of cover for a single

16.2

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, nicely punched on the top of the bounce, gets a single wide of mid-off

16.3

Oram to Ramdin, no run, angling in, defended off the front foot

16.4

Oram to Ramdin, no run, slower ball, just outside off, cutting in, defended off the front foot

16.5

Oram to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

16.6

Oram to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, defended with an open face

End of over 17 (2 runs) West Indies 66/5 (184 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.88, RRR: 5.57)
D Ramdin    2* (8b)      JDP Oram    3-0-9-1
KA Pollard    3* (10b)      TG Southee    4-0-12-1

17.1

Southee to Pollard, no run, length ball, outside off, holding its line, defended off the back foot

Two slips for Southee to Pollard

17.2

Southee to Pollard, no run, bouncer at 138ks, over the top of the stumps, and Pollard sways out of its line

17.3

Southee to Pollard, no run, fuller, outside off, 133ks, left alone

17.4

Southee to Pollard, 1 run, fuller, shaping in a little, played with an open face to third man

17.5

Southee to Ramdin, no run, that's rapid, short and wide, Ramdin cuts without feet, and is beaten by the pace, which reads only 136ks on the gun

17.6

Southee to Ramdin, 1 run, holds its line outside off, Ramdin gets a thick edge for a single

End of over 18 (2 runs) West Indies 68/5 (182 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.77, RRR: 5.68)
D Ramdin    3* (10b)      TG Southee    5-0-14-1
KA Pollard    4* (14b)      JDP Oram    3-0-9-1

18.1

Oram to Ramdin, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

18.2

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, slower short ball, takes him time before pulling it to deep backward square

18.3

Oram to Ramdin, 1 run, short of a length, wide, steered away to third man

18.4

Oram to Pollard, no run, legcutter. That's skillful. Short of a length, on off, and getting it to go away, beating tholds he edge

18.5

Oram to Pollard, no run, holds its line outside off again, beats the bat again

18.6

Oram to Pollard, no run, beautiful bowling. Oram goes wide of the crease, makes Pllard play for the angle, and then gets the ball to go against the angle. Beaten again

End of over 19 (3 runs) West Indies 71/5 (179 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 5.77)
KA Pollard    5* (18b)      JDP Oram    4-0-12-1
D Ramdin    5* (12b)      TG Southee    5-0-14-1

"watching the score hidding in a corner at work, I am loving it that people's prediction just based on pitch's nature is turning false! cricket is still a game of those who think they can.." Yes, the surprises, Mitesh. And also, sport would lose half its charm if we didn't eventually end up being surprised by such turnarounds

19.1

Southee to Ramdin, no run, length ball, angling in, defended back to Southee

19.2

Southee to Ramdin, no run, fuller, just outside off, defended off the front foot

19.3

Southee to Ramdin, no run, full, on off, hit back to Southee

19.4

Southee to Ramdin, no run, short and wide, but cut straight to Brownlie at point

19.5

Southee to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended towards point

19.6

Southee to Ramdin, no run, Dropped by Guptill. Can't believe my eyes. Guptill is fielding at a short cover point, so very little reaction time here. Ramdin drives in front of his body, up to the right of Guptill, who goes up one-handed, but gets only finger tips to it

9 for no loss in this Powerplay

End of over 20 (maiden) West Indies 71/5 (179 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.55, RRR: 5.96)
D Ramdin    5* (18b)      TG Southee    6-1-14-1
KA Pollard    5* (18b)      JDP Oram    4-0-12-1

N Mac to bowl now

20.1

McCullum to Pollard, no run, drilled back at him, and he tries to deflect it onto the stumps at the non-striker's end. Misses, but I think Ramdin would have been in

20.2

McCullum to Pollard, FOUR, Pollard frees himself up a little. Flighted ball outside off, and lofted powerfully over mid-off. Makes it look easy

20.3

McCullum to Pollard, no run, defended outside off

20.4

McCullum to Pollard, 1 run, full, into the pads, driven to long-on for one

20.5

McCullum to Ramdin, no run, full, into the pads, pushed to short midwicket

20.6

McCullum to Ramdin, 2 runs, driven wide of sweeper-cover for a couple

End of over 21 (7 runs) West Indies 78/5 (172 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 5.93)
D Ramdin    7* (20b)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0
KA Pollard    10* (22b 1x4)      TG Southee    6-1-14-1

Williamson calls Boult back. The young captain has rotated his quicks nicely. He knows he needs a wicket here

21.1

Boult to Pollard, 2 runs, length ball, on the pads, Pollard shouts two-two-two the moment it lives the bat as he flicks. Gets a couple wide of deep midwicket

21.2

Boult to Pollard, no run, short of a length, just outside off, left alone on the angle

One slip in place

21.3

Boult to Pollard, no run, aimlessly follows a length ball angling across him, and is beaten

Bracewell substituting for Southee, who is getting his toe strapped

21.4

Boult to Pollard, no run, short of a length, on off, left alone with the angle

21.5

Boult to Pollard, FOUR, a miscue but eventually safe. he is looking mid-off here with this loft to a length ball, but thick edge takes it over cover. Could have gone anywhere

21.6

Boult to Pollard, no run, left alone outside off this time

End of over 22 (6 runs) West Indies 84/5 (166 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.81, RRR: 5.92)
KA Pollard    16* (28b 2x4)      TA Boult    6-0-28-1
D Ramdin    7* (20b)      NL McCullum    1-0-7-0

'why windes players have 37 on the logo?" Hassan, that's the number of the late Runako Morton's jersey. This is his benefit match. Bravo and Sammy are donating their match fee to his wife

22.1

McCullum to Ramdin, no run, length ball outside off, defended to cover

Round the stumps

22.2

McCullum to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, on the pads, flicked to square leg

22.3

McCullum to Ramdin, 1 run, full, on leg, driven to long-on for one

22.4

McCullum to Pollard, no run, on a length, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

22.5

McCullum to Pollard, OUT, this is lacking in any cricketing intelligence. Michael Holding's famous words come to mind. Pollard has left a few, and swung at few without any rhyme or reason. This is a length ball, slightly slower in the air, and Pollard swings across its line to find deep midwicket with surgical precision. He could have done the same at least twice before

KA Pollard c sub (DG Brownlie) b McCullum 16 (47m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Captain Sammy is the new man in

22.6

McCullum to Sammy, 1 run, worked around the corner, Bracewell at short fine leg keeps them tied down, but the direct hit and the ricochet concedes a single

End of over 23 (2 runs) West Indies 86/6 (164 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 6.07)
DJG Sammy    1* (1b)      NL McCullum    2-0-9-1
D Ramdin    8* (23b)      TA Boult    6-0-28-1

23.1

Boult to Sammy, FOUR, lovely shot. Half-punch-half-drive. On the up to a length ball, and between the bowler and mid-off

23.2

Boult to Sammy, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, bunted into the on side for a single

23.3

Boult to Ramdin, no run, length ball, pitches leg, headed towards off, defended back

23.4

Boult to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, concedes a leg-bye

23.5

Boult to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed to cover

23.6

Boult to Ramdin, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a single

End of over 24 (6 runs) West Indies 92/6 (158 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.83, RRR: 6.07)
D Ramdin    9* (27b)      TA Boult    7-0-34-1
DJG Sammy    6* (3b 1x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-9-1

24.1

McCullum to Ramdin, no run, full, hit back to the bowler

24.2

McCullum to Ramdin, 1 run, short of a length, punched down to long-on for one

24.3

McCullum to Sammy, 1 run, full, middle and leg, flicked away for a single

Dex:"So much for the great revival of WI cricket... back to the drawing board. I just hope we're not back to those days of Gayle not firing and the team automatically does whatever it takes to crash and burn. Some very silly and unnecessary wickets gifted to NZ. WI still have a long way to go in terms of mindset... maybe they need to adopt more 'talents'according to R. Dravid."

24.4

McCullum to Ramdin, 1 run, slightly short of a length, and the impulsive cutter in Ramdin places it to sweper-cover

24.5

McCullum to Sammy, no run, short of a length, worked around the corner to square leg

24.6

McCullum to Sammy, no run, full, middle and leg, driven to straight midwicket

End of over 25 (3 runs) West Indies 95/6 (155 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 6.20)
DJG Sammy    7* (6b 1x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-12-1
D Ramdin    11* (30b)      TA Boult    7-0-34-1

25.1

Oram to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, nipping back in, inside-edged into the pad

Oram is back. Williamson continuing the rotation of his quicks

25.2

Oram to Ramdin, no run, pulled off the front foot, but can't beat square leg

25.3

Oram to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, cutting in, kept out by Ramdin

25.4

Oram to Ramdin, no run, sucker ball. After giving him no room through the over, Oram floats one full and wide. Ramdin drives without any feet, and is beaten

25.5

Oram to Ramdin, no run, slower ball, outside off, defended off the front foot

25.6

Oram to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, cut to point

Fourth maiden over for NZ. WI managed just one

End of over 26 (maiden) West Indies 95/6 (155 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.65, RRR: 6.45)
D Ramdin    11* (36b)      JDP Oram    5-1-12-1
DJG Sammy    7* (6b 1x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-12-1

26.1

McCullum to Sammy, OUT, back of the bat. Seven down. Sammy is not known for his soft hands, and is done in because of that. Looks to a flick a length ball, is way too early into the shot, and the hard hands mean it lobs back all the way for a simple catch to N Mac

DJG Sammy c & b McCullum 7 (12m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Here's Andre Russell

26.2

McCullum to Russell, no run, full, on off, driven to mid-off

26.3

McCullum to Russell, FOUR, Russell is going to swing too. Gets under a full delivery, and goes wide of long-on

26.4

McCullum to Russell, no run, tossed up on off, defended towards point

26.5

McCullum to Russell, 1 run, slow in the air again, outside leg, swept away to long leg

26.6

McCullum to Ramdin, 1 run, full, on off, driven down to long-on

End of over 27 (6 runs) West Indies 101/7 (149 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.74, RRR: 6.47)
D Ramdin    12* (37b)      NL McCullum    4-0-18-2
AD Russell    5* (4b 1x4)      JDP Oram    5-1-12-1

Really strange batting from West Indies so far. Nobody has shown the - courage is not the right word - willingness to tough it out for a while. They knew they batted till No. 9, and all two of their main batsmen needed to do was they took the game into the last 10 overs with Pollard, Sammy and Russell still to come. Nobody seemed to want to fight the long fight, though

27.1

Oram to Ramdin, 2 runs, length ball on the pad, worked away behind square

27.2

Oram to Ramdin, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover-point

Ken: "@Dex, I agree with you. The other day everyone was after me when I was rooting for Chanderpaul instead of Dwayne Smith. WI team is like that famous calypso song 'One step forward, two step backwards and tremble'."

27.3

Oram to Ramdin, OUT, Seven, eight, through the gate... Ramdin is trapped dead in front. short of a length, angling in, staying a little low, skidding through, hit on the knee roll in front of middle. Caught on the crease too. They heck for the no-ball, but Big Jake is fine

D Ramdin lbw b Oram 14 (53m 40b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.00

Sunil Narine walks in, his batting not as mysterious as his bowling

27.4

Oram to Narine, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, defended to cover

27.5

Oram to Narine, no run, fuller, closer to the stumps, defended to leg

Goes round the stumps

27.6

Oram to Narine, no run, short of a length, angling in, pushed square on the off side

End of over 28 (2 runs) West Indies 103/8 (147 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.67, RRR: 6.68)
SP Narine    0* (3b)      JDP Oram    6-1-14-2
AD Russell    5* (4b 1x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-18-2

28.1

McCullum to Russell, SIX, Russell tees off, and launches this length ball well over long-on for the ninth six of the day

Over the stumps now

28.2

McCullum to Russell, SIX, Russell slog-sweeps now, and connects cleanly again for the 10th six of the day. Over deep midwicket she goes. Can he cause some panic with this?

28.3

McCullum to Russell, no run, slower through the air, defended outside off

28.4

McCullum to Russell, 1 run, Can you believe it? Guptill has dropped a simple catch. Russell top-edges a slog-sweep, and this one kisses some low-flying aircraft and comes back. Guptill has had ages to settle under it, call for it, think about it. He goes with reverse cups, but the ball hits the palms and pops out. Nobody can believe it. Guptill has dropped tow in one day

28.5

McCullum to Narine, no run, defended outside off

28.6

McCullum to Narine, 1 run, pushed wide of point for one

End of over 29 (14 runs) West Indies 117/8 (133 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.03, RRR: 6.33)
SP Narine    1* (5b)      NL McCullum    5-0-32-2
AD Russell    18* (8b 1x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    6-1-14-2

29.1

Oram to Narine, no run, extra bounce as he digs this in short of a length. Beaten outside off

29.2

Oram to Narine, no run, bouncer, only at 130ks, but right over the stumps, and Narine sways out of its line

29.3

Oram to Narine, no run, yorker on off, dug out by Narine

29.4

Oram to Narine, FOUR, short of a length but gives him room, and Narine punches this through cover-point for four

29.5

Oram to Narine, FOUR, oh these runs have been coming in thick and fast for the last two overs. Thick edge from Narine, Mills puts in the dive at third man, but his left ankle is touching the rope as he pulls this in

Round the stumps now

29.6

Oram to Narine, no run, short of a length, angling in, left alone

End of over 30 (8 runs) West Indies 125/8 (125 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.16, RRR: 6.25)
SP Narine    9* (11b 2x4)      JDP Oram    7-1-22-2
AD Russell    18* (8b 1x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    5-0-32-2

Let's see if KW gives N mac another go. Yes he does

30.1

McCullum to Russell, no run, no air at all. Flat and quick, defended off the back foot

30.2

McCullum to Russell, SIX, sees a bit of flight, dances down the track, not right to the pitch of the ball but close enough to loft him over long-on. The first man to cross 20 in this innings - 18 of those through three hits

30.3

McCullum to Russell, 1 run, really full, flicked away square for a single

Jabir Shah: "I think West Indies need to trust on Specialists rather then on these bits and peices players. They need to get Sarwan and Bravo back in place of Charles and Smith."

30.4

McCullum to Narine, 1 run, full, outside off, driven down to long-off for one

30.5

McCullum to Russell, OUT, New Zealand fielders have recovered well from those drops. This time it is Kane Williamson. For any other team, this is driven wide of extra cover, but this team;s captain, Williamson, dives full-length to his right to field this cleanly, and throw this to the bowler while on the ground. Narine has gone through for the single, but Russell hasn't after taking three steps down the wicket. Narine gone. Third run-out of the innings

SP Narine run out 10 (14m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Time for the final water break of the day

Ravi Rampaul is the last man in, but at the non-striker's end

30.6

McCullum to Russell, no run, full, middle and leg, finds midwicket

End of over 31 (8 runs) West Indies 133/9 (117 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.29, RRR: 6.15)
AD Russell    25* (13b 1x4 3x6)      NL McCullum    6-0-40-2
R Rampaul    0* (0b)      JDP Oram    7-1-22-2

"I remeber the discussion earlier today about 'late lunch'...yeah it is coming true...but in a different way!!" Yes, Partha Patra, funny little game, isn't it? Happy hours are still on for sure. Kyle Mills comes back

31.1

Mills to Rampaul, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended to leg

31.2

Mills to Rampaul, FOUR, length ball, wide outside off, driven through the cover, all along the ground, all the way for four

31.3

Mills to Rampaul, no run, length ball, middle and off, defended off the back foot

A slip and a short cover-point in

31.4

Mills to Rampaul, FOUR, Nearly cleaned out Russell there. This is some swat. Length ball, outside off, and he swings hoping for the best. What a lively connection, and Russell is ducking for cover. Four through mid-off

31.5

Mills to Rampaul, no run, slower bouncer, and Rampaul doesn't want to do anything with it

31.6

Mills to Rampaul, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to cover-point

End of over 32 (8 runs) West Indies 141/9 (109 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 6.05)
R Rampaul    8* (6b 2x4)      KD Mills    6-2-29-0
AD Russell    25* (13b 1x4 3x6)      NL McCullum    6-0-40-2

Boult comes back

32.1

Boult to Russell, 1 no ball, and starts with a no-ball. Short of a length, on off, defended, but overstepping too

Free hit coming up. He is going round the wicket. I must confess I am surprised to see you can change your angle for the free hit

32.1

Boult to Russell, FOUR, goes wide of the crease, bowls a yorker, but the toe edge carries it past short fine leg

Comes back over the stumps

32.2

Boult to Russell, no run, Short of a length, on the stumps, defended late

32.3

Boult to Russell, no run, short of a length, just outside off, opens up the front leg and lashes. Misses by a long way

Ben: "Russell should be batting higher up the order. He is a better batsman than Pollard, Bravo, and Sammy. He also deserves a spot in the Test squad."

32.4

Boult to Russell, no run, slower ball, short of a length, outside leg, defended from deep inside the crease

Goes round the stumps

32.5

Boult to Russell, 1 run, yorker, middle and leg, dug out for a single

One slip in. Boult sees only three men in, and pulls out of tat delivery. Sharp thinking

32.6

Boult to Rampaul, no run, slower ball, on off, defended

End of over 33 (6 runs) West Indies 147/9 (103 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 6.05)
R Rampaul    8* (7b 2x4)      TA Boult    8-0-40-1
AD Russell    30* (19b 2x4 3x6)      KD Mills    6-2-29-0

"I can see your logical view about change of angle for the free hit. Logic should prevail. The rule should not allow change of angle for the free hit...I'm at a loss to understand why this is allowed..?!" Ben, I am not sure if the umpires were caught napping, but that is highly unlikely. The rule, as I understand from what hapened today, doesn't allow field changes, but has no problem with the change of the angle

33.1

Mills to Russell, SIX, Mis-hit for six. Russell looks to go over long-off, but gets too much under it. Long-off is right at the edge, and sees it sail over, but McCullum rushes in from long-on to get a hand to it, but he too has stepped out

33.2

Mills to Russell, 1 leg bye, Slower ball, and a shout for an lbw.. Not given out. Back of a length, pitches middle and leg, straightens, but doesn't straighten enough for the umpire's liking. They discuss a review, but don't go for it. Replays show it clipping the leg stump

33.3

Mills to Rampaul, no run, bouncer, hits RR's shoulder before lobbing back onto the pitch

33.4

Mills to Rampaul, 1 run, pulled, but short of deep midwicket

33.5

Mills to Russell, 1 run, down on a knee to drive this down to long-off

33.6

Mills to Rampaul, no run, short of a length, on top of off, punched nicely, but straight to point

End of over 34 (9 runs) West Indies 156/9 (94 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 5.87)
R Rampaul    9* (10b 2x4)      KD Mills    7-2-37-0
AD Russell    37* (22b 2x4 4x6)      TA Boult    8-0-40-1

"Looking at what could certainly be Russell's Man of the Match performance, it rather angers me that he would have to be the one making way for when Roach returns. After all, Bravo and Pollard aren't going to be dropped anytime soon, and Sammy has to play, regardless of performance." Randy, this performance might dare them, though. For me, Pollard has to be the man to go

34.1

Boult to Russell, FOUR, poor delivery, pitched outside leg with fine leg inside the circle, and he has glanced it past the man

34.2

Boult to Russell, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, cut away for a single

34.3

Boult to Rampaul, OUT, This shall do it for New Zealand. Their first win of the tour. Full ball, Rampaul goes after it, toe-ends it to long-off where Southee completes the catch. West Indies couldn't even take their Batting Powerplay

R Rampaul c Southee b Boult 9 (21m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

That cool interview, kept short by the dreamy-sounding Nicol, ends the proceedings for the day. Do be sure to join us on Saturday. Thanks for being here tonight

Rob Nicol is the Man of he Match. A little surprised with that call. Anyway, says Nicol: "I was pleased. I wanted to carry on with a start, which I did today. It was disappointing to not go and score a three figures."

"It's nice to win the match and keep the series alive," says Kane Williamson. "It was below par, but we thought it was enough for us to show some Kiwi fight. We fielded well, executed better with the ball. We are yet to put a strong batting performance. We have been patchy, the momentum keep shifting. It will be nice to put on a proper batting performance. Bowling is doing fine."

Time for the presentation. "It's disappointing," says Darren Sammy. "but the way the Kiwis fielded was brilliant. Looking back, we probably should have batted first, but we backed ourselves to chase 250. We just kept losing wickets. They fielded well, we had a few run-outs. We also had team plannings, and the team always comes first (in reply to why he didn't bowl his 10 overs)". This not a panic situation. We have been playing well. Today was an off day. It's important we have more good days than off days."

John Wright and New Zealand are pretty chuffed with this effort. They are struggling to put an XI on the field, they further lost their keeper today, and put up a sub-par total on a belter surrounded by short boundaries. Yet they have broken their duck on this tour against a massive run of play. Flashy allrounders - Smith, Pollard and Bravo - offered their wickets on a platter all right, but boy did the New Zealanders field spectacularly today, never mind the two drops by Guptill. His run-out of Samuels is one for the ages. Williamson's run-out of Narine, and McCullum's catch of Smith are not far behind. It's almost their comfort zone when it comes down to defending these inadequate totals through tigerish fielding and with the last ounces of their pride on the line. And they have pulled this one off. "How amusing. I was expecting to wake to the news of a match winning ton from Chris Gayle, and instead find that the Kiwis have won by almost the exact number of runs Gayle was short of said ton." BJ - not Watling - finds this trivia

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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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