New Zealand in West Indies ODI Series - 4th ODI

West Indies v New Zealand

West Indies won by 24 runs

Players are out on the field. The sun is threatening to break through. A nice little breeze blows as Gayle and Charles get ready. Charles first. Doug Bracewell has the first new ball in hand

9.40am In 12 ODIs on this ground so far, 122 sixes have been hit, and only 13 threes have been run. It's that kind of a ground. Can New Zealand deny Gayle twice in a row, who, to evoke Billy Joel once again, must be thinking, "It's a pretty good crowd for a Saturday, and the manager gives me a smile. 'Cause he knows that it's me they've been comin' to see..."

9.30am Clouds are lifting, but the outfield is still getting some work. So we are still awaiting a revised start time. Just looking back at the toss, I am not so sure about West Indies' call after winning the side. I understand it is ruled by caution after their previous defeat, but there isn't much sun around and there has to be moisture around. So this might just be the best time to bowl. Play to begin at 9.45am

Russ, though, is not too bothered about the overhead conditions: "Gayle I believe he is killing us, as the rain drifts away from the ground, I believe we could be the world champs, if only good form comes around..."

9.25am Ross Taylor is back. And he is calling at the toss. Tails he calls. It's a head, and Darren Sammy is not going to put New Zealand in today. So, WI have won the toss, and are batting. Two changes for WI. Tino Best replaces Ravi Rampaul. Denesh Ramdin is off for his wedding, giving Devon Thomas a chance to keep wicket. No notes left for Viv

Good fitness news for New Zealand: apart from Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Doug Bracewell are both back. Daniel Flynn and Kyle Mills are out. One place is created by BJ Watling's injury

9.15am No toss yet, although I hear of clear skies in St Kitts.

"Theres an old man sitting next to me, his name is B McCullum" Russ, John at the bar is a friend of mine... and there's no place that he'd rather be. Alas, there is another Big John and Littlejohn that NZC'd rather see

It's nine o'clock on a Saturday, the regular crowd shuffles in, but the toss has been delayed because overnight heavy rains have been in

8.45am Hello and welcome to the coverage of the fourth ODI between West Indies and New Zealand. The series is still alive thanks to some poor batting from the hosts and the famous Kiwi fight from the visitors. It's another 9.30am start, and we are still in St Kitts, which means a flat wicket and small playing field. However, it is in unlikely any of these teams will want to field first. West Indies considered their decision to be a mistake after they lost the previous game, and New Zealand will take heart from how well they defended to take their first win of the tour. Toss is in 15 minutes

0.1

Bracewell to Charles, no run, starts with an outswinger but a little too wide to bother Charles

0.2

Bracewell to Charles, no run, another outswinger. Charles moves across, covers the stumps, and then lets it go

0.3

Bracewell to Charles, no run, gets closer to the stumps now, and Charles defends just outside off

0.4

Bracewell to Charles, no run, full, on off, shaping away, defended towards mid-off

0.5

Bracewell to Charles, no run, length ball, on off, swinging away again, and defended to cover after moving across to cover the line

"Billy Joel has probably never watched cricket.. can Piano Man be remixed with a reggae beat ?" Russ, I know he has played at MCG and SCG. Not cricket, though

0.6

Bracewell to Charles, no run, a maiden to kick off the game. Slightly shorter than he has been so far, but still getting the ball to move away, and beats a lazyish slash

End of over 1 (maiden) West Indies 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
J Charles    0* (6b)      DAJ Bracewell    1-1-0-0
CH Gayle    0* (0b)     

Okay, here's Trent Boult to Chris Gayle. This was a good contest the other. Trent wasn't as successful as Usain Bolt was against Gayle, but he did play part in the dismissal

1.1

Boult to Gayle, no run, starts with an awayswinger first up, begins just outside off, and left alone

1.2

Boult to Gayle, 1 run, a really good delivery, pitched on a length, on middle and leg, then swinging against the angle. He has to play at it, and is squared up. However, the the pace and bounce is not stingy enough, and the edge dies soon, and travels wide of second slip

1.3

Boult to Charles, no run, length ball outside off, driven straight to mid-off

1.4

Boult to Charles, no run, gets this to swing in from just outside off, defended back to him

Both the bowlers getting the ball to swing against the angle

1.5

Boult to Charles, no run, dangerous leave. Length ball, outside off, Charles moves across a little before shouldering arms. The ball holds its line, and passes about six inches to the left of the off stump

1.6

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

End of over 2 (1 run) West Indies 1/0 (RR: 0.50)
J Charles    0* (10b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0
CH Gayle    1* (2b)      DAJ Bracewell    1-1-0-0

Two slips, no gully, and third man is fine

2.1

Bracewell to Gayle, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

2.2

Bracewell to Gayle, 2 runs, short of a length, gives him the width, Gayle leans back to cut it hard into the ground, and between point and cover-point. Despite a heavy outfield and the McCullums chasing behind this ball, they have got four. Brendon's right arm is in contact with the ball and the rope at the same time as he puts in a desperate dive. Oh hang on. They haven't called it four. I don't think this is the right call

2.3

Bracewell to Gayle, no run, no room now, and Gayle defends off the back foot

2.4

Bracewell to Gayle, no run, fuller, no off, pushed to mid-off

2.5

Bracewell to Gayle, FOUR, Bludgeoned away. Bracewell digs this in for a gentle bouncer, and Gayle opens up the front leg to smash it to midwicket. "Neither he nor the pitch has the pace to bowl this short," says Jeff Dujon

2.6

Bracewell to Gayle, no run, full, swinging in, half a shout for lbw, but this is headed down leg

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies 7/0 (RR: 2.33)
CH Gayle    7* (8b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    2-1-6-0
J Charles    0* (10b)      TA Boult    1-0-1-0

3.1

Boult to Charles, 1 run, another ball swinging in to him, the inside edge gets him off the mark

Three slips here

3.2

Boult to Gayle, no run, yorker, swinging in to the left-hand batsman this time

3.3

Boult to Gayle, 1 wide, a wide down the leg side now

Surprising that Latham, and not B Mac, is keeping

3.3

Boult to Gayle, SIX, Boom. Length ball, into the pads, no swing, and effortlessly lofted down the ground over long-on. Six No. 1 today

3.4

Boult to Gayle, 2 runs, full, into the pads, dragged square onto the leg side, gets a couple square of long leg

3.5

Boult to Gayle, no run, Gayle is looking to come down the wicket, and yorks himself up with this full delivery on the pads

3.6

Boult to Gayle, no run, finally one that swings away, and Gayle doesn't go after it outside off

End of over 4 (10 runs) West Indies 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
CH Gayle    15* (13b 1x4 1x6)      TA Boult    2-0-11-0
J Charles    1* (11b)      DAJ Bracewell    2-1-6-0

Two slips for Bracewell

4.1

Bracewell to Charles, no run, length ball, angling in towards top of off, defended back to him

4.2

Bracewell to Charles, no run, slashes at one just wide of off and just short of a length. Beaten by the away movement

4.3

Bracewell to Charles, no run, short, wide, punched to cover, fumbled there, but Gayle hasn't taken a start, and they won't get a single off the misfield

4.4

Bracewell to Charles, no run, wide length ball, 132ks, driven hard, wristily, but on the half-volley and straight to mid-off

4.5

Bracewell to Charles, OUT, No half-volleys this time. If this was a shooting competition, Charles might even have scored a perfect 10. He has been bogged down, and is about to play out a second maiden over when he blasts this length ball down the ground. It's timed superbly, but straight to mid-off, and Williamson makes no mistake

J Charles c Williamson b Bracewell 1 (20m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.25

DR Smith is the new man in

4.6

Bracewell to Smith, no run, a wicket-maiden for Bracewell as Smith flirts with this maiden. Short of a length, outside off, no intent from Smith, just the instinctive chase. Even if he had middled this, he wouldn't have got a run. Beaten

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) West Indies 17/1 (RR: 3.40)
DR Smith    0* (1b)      DAJ Bracewell    3-2-6-1
CH Gayle    15* (13b 1x4 1x6)      TA Boult    2-0-11-0

5.1

Boult to Gayle, no run, full and straight, defended back to him

5.2

Boult to Gayle, no run, this one swings away, starts just outside off, and is left alone. Good carry even though this is bowled at 131ks. Collected in front of the face by Latham

5.3

Boult to Gayle, 1 wide, that starts a touch too wide, and swings away for Richard Illingworth to call it a wide

5.3

Boult to Gayle, 1 run, full, on off, angling in, bunted wide of mid-on for an easy single

5.4

Boult to Smith, no run, Huge shout. Did the bounce save him? Ross Taylot wanted to ask Boult if he wanted a review, but Boult was quickly back to his mark. Short of a length, straightening a little, hitting the knee roll. Immediate no from Illingworth. Replays show it pitching outside leg. Just about

5.5

Boult to Smith, no run, swiinging in towards off, defended to leg

5.6

Boult to Smith, no run, this one kicks at him, and his head goes back a little as he defends this in front of off

End of over 6 (2 runs) West Indies 19/1 (RR: 3.16)
DR Smith    0* (4b)      TA Boult    3-0-13-0
CH Gayle    16* (16b 1x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    3-2-6-1

Tim Southee replaced Doug Bracewell, whose figures are 3-2-6-1, and I suppose this might be a change made for Gayle, whom Southee got in the last match too

6.1

Southee to Gayle, OUT, And immediately he has got an lbw decision. After long deliberation, Gayle reviews it. Lovely first delivery from Southee. What a bowling change too. This is a length ball that swings in a little to hit him in front of leg. Umpire Nero has no doubt this is out. Gayle knows he hasn't hit it, he is banking on the ball pitching outside leg when he challenges this call. Replays show it pitched just in. On your bike, Chris

CH Gayle lbw b Southee 16 (28m 17b 1x4 1x6) SR: 94.11

Marlon Samuels is in

6.2

Southee to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

Two slips in

6.3

Southee to Samuels, no run, digs this in, gets good bounce, neck high, left alone outside off

6.4

Southee to Samuels, no run, sharp and short, at 137ks, Samuels doesn't want to play at it, and drops his wrists. The ball nips back in to surprise him and hit his forearm

6.5

Southee to Samuels, 1 run, full and straight, flicked away past midwicket for one

6.6

Southee to Smith, OUT, what a bowling change this has been. Southee is on absolute fire. He might even be bowling himself into the Test XI here. Slightly short of a length, just outside off, Smith covers the angle, but this ball leaves him a little, enough to take the edge

DR Smith c Taylor b Southee 0 (12m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 7 (1 run) West Indies 20/3 (RR: 2.85)
     TG Southee    1-0-1-2
MN Samuels    1* (4b)      TA Boult    3-0-13-0

7.1

Boult to Samuels, no run, Nearly another wicket. Swinging in again, and lobbed back down the ground, just wide of Boult. Williamson from mid-on tries to catch the non-striker backing up, and N McCullum coming in to take the throw dives into the stumps

7.2

Boult to Samuels, no run, full and swinging in, Samuels a little early into the shot again. And it lobs into the leg side again

The second slip comes to short midwicket to try to take that lob into the leg side

7.3

Boult to Samuels, no run, and this time he angles it away outside off, and is left alone

7.4

Boult to Samuels, no run, swinging in a little but from too far outside off to make him play

7.5

Boult to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, then seams away, almost like a cutter. Beaten

7.6

Boult to Samuels, no run, the leg-side trap nearly works. Full, swinging in, middle and leg, Samuels has the instinctive flick at it. In the air she goes, just over the short midwicket, and just short of the regulation man. Another maiden over

End of over 8 (maiden) West Indies 20/3 (RR: 2.50)
MN Samuels    1* (10b)      TA Boult    4-1-13-0
DJ Bravo    0* (0b)      TG Southee    1-0-1-2

Dwayne Bravo to face for the first time

8.1

Southee to Bravo, no run, Southee lets him have one yorker. He knows Bravo's big back lift. Bravo keeps it out

8.2

Southee to Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, moving away a little, left alone

8.3

Southee to Bravo, no run, lovely outswinger. Just short of being a half-volley, and in front of off. Defended in front of his body

8.4

Southee to Bravo, no run, gives him the one angling in, turned away to square leg from in front of middle and leg

8.5

Southee to Bravo, no run, outswinger now, and not anywhere close to a half-volley. Defended from the crease

8.6

Southee to Bravo, no run, outswinger again, but a little wide, and is left alone

So back-to-back maidens now

End of over 9 (maiden) West Indies 20/3 (RR: 2.22)
DJ Bravo    0* (6b)      TG Southee    2-1-1-2
MN Samuels    1* (10b)      TA Boult    4-1-13-0

9.1

Boult to Samuels, 1 run, length ball, on off, seams away, Samuels does well to play it with soft hands and guide it past the lone slip

9.2

Boult to Bravo, no run, short, angling away, Bravo looks to cut, gets a bottom edge

9.3

Boult to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off, chest-high collection for Latham

9.4

Boult to Bravo, 1 wide, called wide outside off. Didn't seem that wide to me. That's extremely harsh. Bravo left it alone, but it passed well inside that white guide line

9.4

Boult to Bravo, 1 wide, another wide, and although this was wider than the previous one, I am not sure this should have been called either

9.4

Boult to Bravo, no run, fuller, on off, shaping back, defended

9.5

Boult to Bravo, 2 runs, the inswinger now, but too full and straight, and is clipped away square on the on side

9.6

Boult to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, dabbed down to third man

End of over 10 (6 runs) West Indies 26/3 (RR: 2.60)
DJ Bravo    3* (11b)      TA Boult    5-1-19-0
MN Samuels    2* (11b)      TG Southee    2-1-1-2

10.1

Southee to Bravo, no run, leading edge as Bravo looks to whip this through midwicket. Safe to the left of Southee it goes

10.2

Southee to Bravo, no run, short of a lenght outside off, holding its line, left alone

10.3

Southee to Bravo, FOUR, nicely pulled away. Picks the short ball early, rocks back early, and pulls it over square leg. Takes from in front of his chest

10.4

Southee to Bravo, no run, length ball, just outside off, defended to cover

10.5

Southee to Bravo, no run, fuller, angling in towards off, solidly behind it

10.6

Southee to Bravo, FOUR, Trademark Bravo. Southee goes wide of the crease, bowls too full, and too straight. Bravo flicks this over midwicket. A whip really

End of over 11 (8 runs) West Indies 34/3 (RR: 3.09)
DJ Bravo    11* (17b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-1-9-2
MN Samuels    2* (11b)      TA Boult    5-1-19-0

11.1

Boult to Samuels, 1 run, length ball, on off, angling away, deftly guided to third man for a single

11.2

Boult to Bravo, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, angling towards off, pushed to leg

11.3

Boult to Bravo, no run, length ball outside off, doesn't play at it

11.4

Boult to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, wide, cut away with the typical Bravo flourish. Gets a single

11.5

Boult to Samuels, no run, definite moisture there as this one kicks off a length, and Samuels has to take the bottom hand off to keep this down

11.6

Boult to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, worked away for an easy single

End of over 12 (3 runs) West Indies 37/3 (RR: 3.08)
MN Samuels    4* (14b)      TA Boult    6-1-22-0
DJ Bravo    12* (20b 2x4)      TG Southee    3-1-9-2

12.1

Southee to Samuels, no run, driven nicely, on the bounce to cover

12.2

Southee to Samuels, no run, short of a length, left alone outside off, and boy does that climb? Collected overhead by Latham

12.3

Southee to Samuels, no run, fuller, on a length, angling in, defended off the front foot

Still a slip in

12.4

Southee to Samuels, no run, bouncer, doesn't rise too high, but goes over the top of the stumps, and Samuels sways out of the line

12.5

Southee to Samuels, 1 run, wide of the crease, but too full and too straight, and he is flicked away for a single

12.6

Southee to Bravo, no run, length ball, on off, straightening, defended towards mid-on

End of over 13 (1 run) West Indies 38/3 (RR: 2.92)
DJ Bravo    12* (21b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-1-10-2
MN Samuels    5* (19b)      TA Boult    6-1-22-0

Jacob Oram replaces Trent Boult, whose figures read 6-1-22-0

13.1

Oram to Samuels, 1 run, length ball, on off, slight holding of its line, guided behind square for one

13.2

Oram to Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

13.3

Oram to Bravo, 2 runs, full, really full, a half-volley really, driven wide of extra cover, and the heavy outfield keeps it in

13.4

Oram to Bravo, no run, another delivery that kicks from just short of a length. Bravo keeps it down, though, as he defends it to point

13.5

Oram to Bravo, no run, length ball, on off, defended off the back foot

13.6

Oram to Bravo, no run, Dropped. A sitter by international standards. It's Taylor again, who might have injured his left shoulder again, which he originally injured while dropping a catch in the US. Just short of a length, outside off, holds its line, takes the edge as Bravo covers the angle, and it goes about knee high to Taylor's left at first slip. He spills it, has two more stabs at it, but can't keep it in. Comes up with the hand clutching the shoulder

End of over 14 (3 runs) West Indies 41/3 (RR: 2.92)
DJ Bravo    14* (26b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-3-0
MN Samuels    6* (20b)      TG Southee    4-1-10-2

Doug Bracewell comes back

14.1

Bracewell to Samuels, 1 run, nicely steered away to third man as this is pitched well outside off

14.2

Bracewell to Bravo, 1 run, Oh Bravo says, you have dropped it, no worries, here I'll try to get myself out again. Premeditated big pull. And this is only just short of a lenght, and he ends up skying it. Just about clears mid-on

14.3

Bracewell to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

14.4

Bracewell to Samuels, FOUR, nicely played. Short, outside off, Samuels plays his percentages, and goes with the upper-cut in front of square. Even a mis-hit would have gone safe here. But he has middle this for four even as both his feet are in air as he plays the shot

14.5

Bracewell to Samuels, no run, driven, but straight to short cover

14.6

Bracewell to Samuels, no run, short of a length, angling in, punched to short cover

End of over 15 (6 runs) West Indies 47/3 (RR: 3.13)
MN Samuels    11* (25b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-2-12-1
DJ Bravo    15* (27b 2x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-3-0

Bowling PP taken. Oram to continue. One slip in place

15.1

Oram to Bravo, no run, length ball, on off, defended to leg

15.2

Oram to Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, a little extra bounce as he defends to cover

15.3

Oram to Bravo, no run, that's straight from a boxing match. Jabs at his throat from just short of a length, and Bravo's both feet are in the air, and the ball hits the top hand on the handle. Falls safe towards absent gully

15.4

Oram to Bravo, no run, length ball outside off, defended

"The infamously injury prone Oram passing on his unfortunate mantle to Taylor with that delivery maybe?" Mike, they will hope not

15.5

Oram to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, played with feet in the air again, placed wide of point for one

15.6

Oram to Samuels, no run, length ball outside off, he has left it alone... wait, not quite. Decides to have a late jab at it, and is beaten

Time for a water break

End of over 16 (1 run) West Indies 48/3 (RR: 3.00)
MN Samuels    11* (26b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-4-0
DJ Bravo    16* (32b 2x4)      DAJ Bracewell    4-2-12-1

16.1

Bracewell to Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, punched wide of mid-on for one

16.2

Bracewell to Samuels, FOUR, nicely played. This one gets big from just short of a length, but Samuels plays it late, Samuels place it with soft hands. Guides it wide of slip and wide of third man

16.3

Bracewell to Samuels, FOUR, too short this time, and this time Samuels shows some power as he punches it in front of square, wide of short cover. Lovely one-two from Samuels

16.4

Bracewell to Samuels, 1 run, that's a little wild. Trying to drag this short delivery from outside off, and gets a thick edge to third man

16.5

Bracewell to Bravo, 1 run, full, on the pads, whipped away to deep midwicket

16.6

Bracewell to Samuels, no run, full, swinging away slightly, driven nicely, but straight to short cover

End of over 17 (11 runs) West Indies 59/3 (RR: 3.47)
MN Samuels    20* (30b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    5-2-23-1
DJ Bravo    18* (34b 2x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-4-0

17.1

Oram to Bravo, OUT, Bravo has succeeded in getting himself out. This is the second time he has tried it. He waits as they check the no-ball, but Oram's foot is well behind as he lands. Short of a length, but Bravo's mind is made up he is going to play that extravagant whip over midwicket that is trademark Bravo. However, the length is not there, and he ends up skying it over mid-on. Enough time for Boult to run back and take it over his shoulder. That ball was closer to a pulling length than driving length

DJ Bravo c Boult b Oram 18 (47m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.42

Kieron Pollard is the new man in, but Samuels is on strike

17.2

Oram to Samuels, no run, nearly another, but you have to give credit to Samuels's soft hands. Short of a length, holding its line, but edged short of the only slip

17.3

Oram to Samuels, no run, extra bounce again, from just short of a length, defended with the bottom hand off

A gully is in

17.4

Oram to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

17.5

Oram to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, squared up as he defends it

17.6

Oram to Samuels, no run, defended with an open face, towards gully - a wicket-maiden for Oram. He is using his height superbly here

End of over 18 (wicket maiden) West Indies 59/4 (RR: 3.27)
MN Samuels    20* (35b 3x4)      JDP Oram    3-1-4-1
KA Pollard    0* (0b)      DAJ Bracewell    5-2-23-1

18.1

Bracewell to Pollard, no run, short of a length, Pollard plays for the angle, but the ball leaves him a little. Beaten

18.2

Bracewell to Pollard, no run, short of a length again, but well outside off, and left alone

18.3

Bracewell to Pollard, 1 run, Nearly played on. Actually nearly left on. Length ball outside off, he decides late to leave it alone, and the ball hits the inside edge of the retreating bat. Misses the stumps by inches

18.4

Bracewell to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, wide, punched away to sweeper-cover. Samuels looking in good touch now

18.5

Bracewell to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, drops his wrists as he doesn't make an attempt to play at it

Two slips for Pollard

18.6

Bracewell to Pollard, no run, goes wide of the crease, angling in towards the top of off, defended from the crease

End of over 19 (2 runs) West Indies 61/4 (RR: 3.21)
KA Pollard    1* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    6-2-25-1
MN Samuels    21* (36b 3x4)      JDP Oram    3-1-4-1

19.1

Oram to Samuels, no run, another spitting delivery as Samuels has to take his bottom hand off and the ball still hits the handle. Kicked from just short of a length

19.2

Oram to Samuels, no run, stays back to defend this short-of-a-length delivery outside off

19.3

Oram to Samuels, no run, slightly fuller, Samuels is back, and the ball hits the sticker on the bat as he defends

19.4

Oram to Samuels, no run, short of a length, angling in, tucking him up, defended

19.5

Oram to Samuels, 1 run, wider of the crease, angling in, nicely tucked away wide of midwicket for one

19.6

Oram to Pollard, no run, length ball outside off, Pollard well forward to defend

15 for 1 in the bowling powerplay

End of over 20 (1 run) West Indies 62/4 (RR: 3.10)
KA Pollard    1* (6b)      JDP Oram    4-1-5-1
MN Samuels    22* (41b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    6-2-25-1

First signs of spin. N Mac to bowl now. Round the stumps

20.1

NL McCullum to Samuels, 1 wide, gets turn first ball, and is wided down the leg side

20.1

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, the other one, the arm ball, pitched outside leg, and hits him in front of leg

Samuels goes a little wider in his stance

20.2

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, short of a length, makes room to punch him, but straight to cover

20.3

NL McCullum to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, pulled away fine for one

Five men inside the circle

20.4

NL McCullum to Pollard, no run, arm ball, pitches leg, angling towards off, defended off the front foot

20.5

NL McCullum to Pollard, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to long-off for one

20.6

NL McCullum to Samuels, 1 run, length ball, on off, Samuels drops and runs, and Pollard responds. Easy single to cover

End of over 21 (4 runs) West Indies 66/4 (RR: 3.14)
MN Samuels    24* (45b 3x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0
KA Pollard    2* (8b)      JDP Oram    4-1-5-1

Dan fumes at Bravo's irresponsible dismissals: 'WI team selectoin prompts with more questions than answers: Why would they drop Ravi Rampaul who has so far taken 5 wickets as oppose to Bravo, who has only taken 1 wicket? Because Bravo is a batting allrounder - He has only scored 23 runs at 7.66 average. Not really a allrounder either!!"

21.1

Oram to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, steered over gully for one

Two slips in for Pollard

21.2

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, drop and run again. This is going straight to mid-on, but Pollard's big strides make a mockery of this tight single

21.3

Oram to Samuels, 1 run, short, angling in, steered wide of gully this time

21.4

Oram to Pollard, no run, length ball, angling in, left alone

21.5

Oram to Pollard, no run, wide of the crease, short of a length, angling into the pads, pushed to square leg

21.6

Oram to Pollard, no run, wide of the crease again, and digs this time, and gets it to rise chest-high. However, it is wide outside off, and Pollard is not inconvenienced in staying away from this delivery

End of over 22 (3 runs) West Indies 69/4 (RR: 3.13)
KA Pollard    3* (12b)      JDP Oram    5-1-8-1
MN Samuels    26* (47b 3x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0

22.1

NL McCullum to Samuels, 1 wide

22.1

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, length ball, middle and leg, defended to leg

22.2

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, short, but quick, at 94ks, and he beats him on the pull with his pace

22.3

NL McCullum to Samuels, 1 run, tossed up, turning into the pads, inside edge onto the pad, and then wide of the keeper

22.4

NL McCullum to Pollard, 5 wides, short, turning down leg, and Latham can't get a touch to it

"Surely Bravo, who was quite recently regarded as the number one allrounder in West Indies, has now been surpassed by both Russell and Sammy. And, for limited overs, arguably by Pollard and Smith." Steve the Bajan, it is frustrating to watch such a talented repeatedly throwing his wicket away. Too much T20

22.4

NL McCullum to Pollard, 1 run, length ball, on off, thick edge, gets him a single

22.5

NL McCullum to Samuels, FOUR, top shot. Length ball, flat, on off, he goes inside-out, and clears mid-off with a flat hit with ease

22.6

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, flighted on off, defended solidly

End of over 23 (12 runs) West Indies 81/4 (RR: 3.52)
MN Samuels    31* (52b 4x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-16-0
KA Pollard    4* (13b)      JDP Oram    5-1-8-1

23.1

Oram to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to mid-off

Two slips in still

23.2

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

23.3

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, walks down the wicket, yorks himself up, digs this out to mid-on, and steals a single. Ridiculous how Pollard finishes this short singles without any trouble at all

23.4

Oram to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended with an open face

23.5

Oram to Samuels, FOUR, slashed away, but safe. Goes wide of the crease, but bowls short, and Samuels goes after it. Not entirely in control of it, but wide enough of gully. Calculate shot again

23.6

Oram to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended square on the off side

End of over 24 (5 runs) West Indies 86/4 (RR: 3.58)
MN Samuels    35* (55b 5x4)      JDP Oram    6-1-13-1
KA Pollard    5* (16b)      NL McCullum    2-0-16-0

24.1

NL McCullum to Pollard, no run, length ball, on the pads, but played straight to square leg

Goes over the wicket now

24.2

NL McCullum to Pollard, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven down to long-off for one

Round the stumps for Samuels

24.3

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended off the back foot

24.4

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, full, really full, gets an inside edge and drives it into his boot

24.5

NL McCullum to Samuels, 1 run, short, outside leg, pulled to long leg

24.6

NL McCullum to Pollard, 1 run, flighted outside off, no turn on it, takes the leading edge as Pollard looks to turn this to leg. Safely it goes, between cover and extra cover

End of over 25 (3 runs) West Indies 89/4 (RR: 3.56)
KA Pollard    7* (19b)      NL McCullum    3-0-19-0
MN Samuels    36* (58b 5x4)      JDP Oram    6-1-13-1

Southee comes back now: 4-1-10-2 so far

25.1

Southee to Pollard, no run, length ball, no movement, defended off the front foot

One slip in

25.2

Southee to Pollard, no run, short, outside off, and he chases it late. A buzz goes around the ground. They don't approve of this waft. Beaten

Seven men inside the circle

25.3

Southee to Pollard, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended

One man goes back on the leg side. So six saving the single

25.4

Southee to Pollard, 1 run, lenght ball, into the pads, worked away for a single

25.5

Southee to Samuels, no run, short, outside off, left alone

25.6

Southee to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, rocks back to cut, but finds cover-point

End of over 26 (1 run) West Indies 90/4 (RR: 3.46)
MN Samuels    36* (60b 5x4)      TG Southee    5-1-11-2
KA Pollard    8* (23b)      NL McCullum    3-0-19-0

A long unscheduled break as Pollard gets a new grip on the bat. N Mac over the wicket to him

26.1

NL McCullum to Pollard, 2 runs, flighted outside off, takes a thick edge as Pollard goes for a big drive. Gets it fine of short third

26.2

NL McCullum to Pollard, 1 wide, short, turning down leg, another wide

26.2

NL McCullum to Pollard, 1 run, short, punched to deep midwicket

Round the wicket to Samuels

26.3

NL McCullum to Samuels, no run, quick and straight, defended off the front foot

26.4

NL McCullum to Samuels, SIX, Lovely shot. Samuels just takes half a stride down the wicket to turn this into a half-volley, and lofts him over long-on. Samuels is looking really good here

26.5

NL McCullum to Samuels, 1 wide, short and turning down again

26.5

NL McCullum to Samuels, FOUR, uses his feet again. Down the wicket to turn this into a half-volley, and drills this back past him. There is a long-on in place, but he has no chance

26.6

NL McCullum to Samuels, OUT, N Mac strikes back. Samuels can't review this. Not that that would have made too much of a difference. Short of a length, pitches middle and leg, skids through, stays slightly low, and turns back in a little to trap him plumb. A good hand from Samuels, but the look on his face said he had done only half the job so far

MN Samuels lbw b NL McCullum 46 (93m 64b 6x4 1x6) SR: 71.87

End of over 27 (15 runs) West Indies 105/5 (RR: 3.88)
     NL McCullum    4-0-34-1
KA Pollard    11* (25b)      TG Southee    5-1-11-2

27.1

Southee to Pollard, no run, length ball, outside off, defended off the front foot

27.2

Southee to Pollard, no run, digs this in short, 134ks, over the top of the stumps, but Pollard does well to drop the wrists and sway out of its line

27.3

Southee to Pollard, 1 no ball, they have called this a no-ball for being the second bouncer in the over, although I didn't see the signal for one in the over. Must have missed it. That's a sharp bouncer, Pollard gets inside the line, ducks a little. And after his ducking this goes head high. In his normal stance, there is now way this was over the shoulder

27.3

Southee to Pollard, no run, short of a length, wide, goes after it, and is beaten by the lack of bounce

27.4

Southee to Pollard, 1 run, yorker length, dug into the leg side for one

Devon Thomas to face for the first time

27.5

Southee to Thomas, no run, wafts at a wide delivery with no foot movement. Beaten comfortably, although there is a half shout for a catch at the wicket

27.6

Southee to Thomas, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, guided past slip for one

End of over 28 (3 runs) West Indies 108/5 (RR: 3.85)
DC Thomas    1* (2b)      TG Southee    6-1-14-2
KA Pollard    12* (30b)      NL McCullum    4-0-34-1

"I wonder what would Bishop do now if he is offered to bowl on this wicket?" Sahid Majeed, Bish stayed during the last game he enjoys the airconditioning of the comm box more than the heat outside. A ball after he took the big wicket, N McCullum has been replaced by Rob Nicol

28.1

Nicol to Thomas, no run, length ball, into the pads, pushed to short midwicket

28.2

Nicol to Thomas, no run, short this time, punched uppishly, just short of short midwicket

28.3

Nicol to Thomas, no run, length ball on off, defended back to him

28.4

Nicol to Thomas, no run, pushed through outside off, defended with an open face

28.5

Nicol to Thomas, no run, slows it down a little, 83ks, tossed up outside off, defended

28.6

Nicol to Thomas, no run, plays a forward-defensive, gets an inside edge onto the pad, but there is no bat-pad in place

End of over 29 (maiden) West Indies 108/5 (RR: 3.72)
DC Thomas    1* (8b)      RJ Nicol    1-1-0-0
KA Pollard    12* (30b)      TG Southee    6-1-14-2

Boult comes back now

29.1

Boult to Pollard, 1 leg bye, swinging into the pads, starts too straight, but Pollard misses out and gets a leg-bye

29.2

Boult to Thomas, no run, short, outside off, cuts, gets a bottom edge that falls short of slip

29.3

Boult to Thomas, no run, short of a length, just outside off, defended off the back foot

"The important thing is Pollard is still there for the powerplay." Ryan warns New Zealand. Boult goes round the stumps

29.4

Boult to Thomas, no run, length ball, angling in, defended in front of off

29.5

Boult to Thomas, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to leg

29.6

Boult to Thomas, 2 runs, moves insode the line as this angles in, and clips it away towards deep square leg

End of over 30 (3 runs) West Indies 111/5 (RR: 3.70)
DC Thomas    3* (13b)      TA Boult    7-1-24-0
KA Pollard    12* (31b)      RJ Nicol    1-1-0-0

Nicol to follow up on his maiden

30.1

Nicol to Pollard, no run, length ball, turning into the pads, padded away

30.2

Nicol to Pollard, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to long-on for the first run off Nicol

30.3

Nicol to Thomas, no run, turning into the pads, turned away to square leg, B Mac tries to catch Pollard backing up, misses, but they don't take the overthrow

30.4

Nicol to Thomas, no run, played with the tun, straight to short straight midwicket

30.5

Nicol to Thomas, no run, short, puled square, but B Mac is alert at square leg

30.6

Nicol to Thomas, no run, flighted, middle and leg, defended back to him

Nicol to Thomas: balls 10, runs 0

End of over 31 (1 run) West Indies 112/5 (RR: 3.61)
DC Thomas    3* (17b)      RJ Nicol    2-1-1-0
KA Pollard    13* (33b)      TA Boult    7-1-24-0

31.1

Boult to Pollard, no run, appeal for a catch down the leg side, but that's more to make sure the umpire knows it has come off the batsman's person. It's the pad this time

31.2

Boult to Pollard, no run, Are they going to review it? No, New Zealand aren't. Short of a length, outside off, nips back in a little, and goes through the gap between bat and pad. There is a noise, but Illingworth rules not out. Replays prove him correct. Could have flicked the back thigh on the way through. Top decisions

31.3

Boult to Pollard, no run, angling away outside off, left alone

Goes round the stumps

31.4

Boult to Pollard, no run, beats the inside edge on his bat with a delivery angled in. Hit in front of stumps but too high

Seven runs scored off the last 28 balls

31.5

Boult to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, 136ks, left alone, collected in front of the face by Latham

31.6

Boult to Pollard, 2 leg byes, full, into the pads, angling too far, concedes too leg-byes, but adds to maidens tally

Second water break of the day

End of over 32 (2 runs, maiden) West Indies 114/5 (RR: 3.56)
KA Pollard    13* (39b)      TA Boult    8-2-24-0
DC Thomas    3* (17b)      RJ Nicol    2-1-1-0

32.1

Nicol to Thomas, 1 run, Thomas finally gets a run off Nicol. Worked wide of square leg

Pollard takes a fresh guard. Has been restrained so far

32.2

Nicol to Pollard, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

32.3

Nicol to Pollard, 1 run, short of a length, goes back to punch him down to long-off

32.4

Nicol to Thomas, no run, short of a length, turning in, beaten by the turn as he looks to work this to leg

32.5

Nicol to Thomas, 2 runs, short of a length, quick to rock back and pull it through midwicket

32.6

Nicol to Thomas, no run, flighted, turning into leg, worked to square leg

End of over 33 (4 runs) West Indies 118/5 (RR: 3.57)
DC Thomas    6* (21b)      RJ Nicol    3-1-5-0
KA Pollard    14* (41b)      TA Boult    8-2-24-0

"Do with this information what you will, but William Hill's computer has got stuck and they are still offering odds of 1/4 on less than 260 runs for W.I. (the odds on under 240 are 1/8)" Phil, either their computers are stuck, or they know something we don't

33.1

Boult to Pollard, FOUR, Missile from Pollard. That looked like he was gone for all money as it left the bat. Flat hit, no height on it, and the long-on is back, but it is hit so fast that N McCullum doesn't have time to take the couple of steps to his right that would take him to the ball. Pollard's first boundary - would you believe it?

33.2

Boult to Pollard, 1 wide, angled a bit too wide, and left alone

33.2

Boult to Pollard, 1 run, drops this lenght ball to wide of midwicket for a single

33.3

Boult to Thomas, no run, length ball, dabbed to the left of point but B McCullum is superb there

33.4

Boult to Thomas, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to cover-point

No slip. Just one gully

33.5

Boult to Thomas, 1 run, tucked away off the hip for a single

33.6

Boult to Pollard, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, worked away for an easy single

End of over 34 (8 runs) West Indies 126/5 (RR: 3.70)
KA Pollard    20* (44b 1x4)      TA Boult    9-2-32-0
DC Thomas    7* (24b)      RJ Nicol    3-1-5-0

Last over before the Powerplay

34.1

Nicol to Pollard, 1 run, full, middle and leg, worked away for a single

34.2

Nicol to Thomas, no run, lenght ball, middle and leg, defended

34.3

Nicol to Thomas, no run, short of a length, punched straight to short straight midwicket

34.4

Nicol to Thomas, 1 run, short of a length, dabbed away for a single past point

34.5

Nicol to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away, but straight to cover

34.6

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

End of over 35 (3 runs) West Indies 129/5 (RR: 3.68)
KA Pollard    22* (47b 1x4)      RJ Nicol    4-1-8-0
DC Thomas    8* (27b)      TA Boult    9-2-32-0

Okay, now the business is about to pick up. Pollard has had his eye in. The Powerplay has to be taken now. Can these five overs shift the momentum of this game or will WI slide further? Here's Oram

35.1

Oram to Pollard, FOUR, short of a length, swipes at the first ball, and connects well to swat it past square leg for four

Zaid can't understand what Thomas is doing ahead of Russell and Sammy: "Why'd they send in a freshman who hasn't proven himself with the bat ahead of Russel? Gayle's not playing at number 10, why is russell playing at number 9? They never learn, maybe cause they need to justify a reason why he shouldn't be in the team, thus only making him bowl, he bats better than most of the other guys Keep him at 7 in the least. Heck he'd keep the score ticking unlike what's going on right now, 250 seems impossible. It's like he's part of the team to give the team an extra 30 - 40 meaningless runs, every time he plays. Such stupidity!"

35.2

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, full, flicked away, can't beat midwicket

35.3

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

35.4

Oram to Pollard, no run, full and straight, and he plays across the line, and misses. The inside edge saves him, though

All three fielders in the deep are on the on side

35.5

Oram to Pollard, FOUR, that doesn't matter to Pollard. He gets a length ball, stands tall, and swipes it between long-on and deep midwicket. Not a fielder moved

35.6

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, full, near yorker, gets a single to long-on

End of over 36 (11 runs) West Indies 140/5 (RR: 3.88)
KA Pollard    32* (52b 3x4)      JDP Oram    7-1-24-1
DC Thomas    9* (28b)      RJ Nicol    4-1-8-0

Nicol continues into the Powerplay too. That's brave. leg side stacked

36.1

Nicol to Pollard, no run, short, wide, punched straight to extra cover

36.2

Nicol to Pollard, 1 leg bye, turning into the pads, helped around the corner

36.3

Nicol to Thomas, no run, flighted on middle and leg, and defended to midwicket

36.4

Nicol to Thomas, 1 run, full and straight, driven down to long-on for one

36.5

Nicol to Pollard, SIX, slog-swept into the breeze for a six. These boundaries are not big enough if he connects. He has taken this from outside off, and has hit pretty flat and over deep midwicket

That has bounced over and into the side street

36.6

Nicol to Pollard, 1 run, short, and he has pulled it along the ground to deep midwicket

End of over 37 (9 runs) West Indies 149/5 (RR: 4.02)
KA Pollard    39* (56b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    5-1-16-0
DC Thomas    10* (30b)      JDP Oram    7-1-24-1

Southee comes back

37.1

Southee to Pollard, 1 run, wide of the crease, full outside off, dragged to long-on for one

37.2

Southee to Thomas, FOUR, full, into the pads, and he has flicked it almost Dwayne Bravo-style to pick four runs wide of midwicket

Five men inside the circle on the off side

37.3

Southee to Thomas, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to cover

37.4

Southee to Thomas, 1 run, cut away, but Williamson dives to his left at point to save three runs

Fifty up for this stand

37.5

Southee to Pollard, 1 run, wide yorker from wide of the crease, toe-ends it to short fine leg for one

37.6

Southee to Thomas, 1 run, slower ball, one a length, pushed towards midwicket for one

End of over 38 (8 runs) West Indies 157/5 (RR: 4.13)
DC Thomas    16* (34b 1x4)      TG Southee    7-1-22-2
KA Pollard    41* (58b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    5-1-16-0

Bracewell replaces Nicol

38.1

Bracewell to Thomas, 2 runs, length ball, outside off, Thomas goes for the drive, slices it over cover. Safe shot

38.2

Bracewell to Thomas, 2 runs, short, pulled away with the front leg in air, looks like Bravo again, and gets a couple past square leg

38.3

Bracewell to Thomas, 1 run, length ball, on off chipped over his head for a single

38.4

Bracewell to Pollard, 1 run, yorker from slightly wide of the crease, kept out for a single

38.5

Bracewell to Thomas, FOUR, wide length ball, Thomas goes after it, gets a healthy edge through the vacant slip region for four

38.6

Bracewell to Thomas, FOUR, fuller, half-volley eve, and Thomas has creamed this drive between cover and extra cover. Thomas is sure making up for that slow start

End of over 39 (14 runs) West Indies 171/5 (RR: 4.38)
DC Thomas    29* (39b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    7-2-39-1
KA Pollard    42* (59b 3x4 1x6)      TG Southee    7-1-22-2

39.1

Southee to Pollard, 1 wide, wide of the crease, bowls a wide yorker, slightly too wide, and called

39.1

Southee to Pollard, no run, wide yorker again, this time Pollard plays at it, and hits it straight to point

39.2

Southee to Pollard, 1 run, slightly short of being a yorker, hit to extra cover for a single. He was well in even if Oram had hit

39.3

Southee to Thomas, 1 run, full and wide again, gets a single to extra cover to reach his personal best in ODIs

39.4

Southee to Pollard, FOUR, goes for the wide yorker again, ends up bowling a full toss, which Pollard drags into the leg side for four, between square leg and midwicket

39.5

Southee to Pollard, FOUR, wide yorker gone wrong again. It;s a now a full wide delivery,and he has driven it past extra cover. Brings up a mature fifty for Pollard. One of his best efforts

39.6

Southee to Pollard, no run, goes for the yorker at the stumps this time, beats the inside edge and ekes out a dot ball

End of over 40 (11 runs) West Indies 182/5 (RR: 4.55)
KA Pollard    51* (64b 5x4 1x6)      TG Southee    8-1-33-2
DC Thomas    30* (40b 3x4)      DAJ Bracewell    7-2-39-1

53 for no loss in the Powerplay. So momentum definitely with West Indies now. Nicol comes back to bowl the 10th over of spin

40.1

Nicol to Thomas, SIX, Thomas has sent this out f the ground. Jumps out of the crease, makes a bit of room to swing his arms, and lofts this length ball over long-off

40.2

Nicol to Thomas, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, dabbed away for a single

40.3

Nicol to Pollard, 1 run, flat, into the pads, pushed to long-on for one

40.4

Nicol to Thomas, OUT, soft dismissal. Low full toss, Thomas has the right idea, looking to chip it cover cover who is in at a short position, but Thomas hits this straight to that man. Anyway, Thomas has done his job. over to Sammy and Russell

DC Thomas c Taylor b Nicol 37 (59m 43b 3x4 1x6) SR: 86.04

Sammy comes in ahead of Russell

40.5

Nicol to Sammy, no run, flighted outside off, defended off the front foot

40.6

Nicol to Sammy, 1 wide, shorter, turning down leg for a wide

40.6

Nicol to Sammy, no run, length ball, on off, pushed back to Nicol

End of over 41 (9 runs) West Indies 191/6 (RR: 4.65)
DJG Sammy    0* (2b)      RJ Nicol    6-1-25-1
KA Pollard    52* (65b 5x4 1x6)      TG Southee    8-1-33-2

41.1

Bracewell to Pollard, 1 run, full, on off, drilled to long-on, threatening to burst through the hands of N Mac there, but he does well to keep it in

41.2

Bracewell to Sammy, no run, short of a length, dabbed to point, where B Mac is in from the circle to cut the single

41.3

Bracewell to Sammy, FOUR, nonchalantly pulled away. That's a long hop at 131ks, and he pulls this square from just outside off

41.4

Bracewell to Sammy, no run, short of a length, punched straight to short cover

41.5

Bracewell to Sammy, 1 leg bye, length all, angling in, inside edge onto the pad gets him a single

41.6

Bracewell to Pollard, 1 run, low full toss, drilled back over his head, but long-off is straight enough to come around and cut it off

End of over 42 (7 runs) West Indies 198/6 (RR: 4.71)
KA Pollard    54* (67b 5x4 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    8-2-45-1
DJG Sammy    4* (6b 1x4)      RJ Nicol    6-1-25-1

Pollard takes a fresh guard. Oram is back

42.1

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, short of a length, on off, steals a single to point

Nobody inside the ring on the on side

42.2

Oram to Sammy, 1 run, and he pushes this wide of cover for a single

42.3

Oram to Pollard, 1 run, sees him make room, follows him with a yorker, which is dug out for a single

42.4

Oram to Sammy, 1 run, length ball, whipped away to long-on for one

42.5

Oram to Pollard, OUT, the only loose shot from Pollard perhaps. Well bowled too. Slower-ball bouncer, Pollard makes room, his head falls away as he swings at this, and gets a top edge that is taken comfortably at point. Important innings from Pollard. Mature one too

KA Pollard c BB McCullum b Oram 56 (111m 70b 5x4 1x6) SR: 80.00

In comes Russell now, but Sammy is on strike

42.6

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

End of over 43 (4 runs) West Indies 202/7 (RR: 4.69)
DJG Sammy    6* (9b 1x4)      JDP Oram    8-1-28-2
AD Russell    0* (0b)      DAJ Bracewell    8-2-45-1

Russell to face for the first time

43.1

Bracewell to Russell, 1 run, short of a length, run down to third man for one

43.2

Bracewell to Sammy, no run, short, wide, but cut away straight to point

43.3

Bracewell to Sammy, no run, length ball, Sammy's eye light up, but this one holds its line and beats the almighty swing of the bat

43.4

Bracewell to Sammy, 1 wide, short and wide, and even Sammy can't reach it

43.4

Bracewell to Sammy, 1 run, goes after another length delivery, gets a thick edge that drops just short of third man

43.5

Bracewell to Russell, 1 run, Dropped. Russell has hardly had his eye in, that's why he has mis-hit this pull. Looks like an easy enough chance at long-off, but while going back Southee tripsover, loses his footing, and the ball

43.6

Bracewell to Sammy, 1 run, length ball, outside off, driven to long-off for one

End of over 44 (5 runs) West Indies 207/7 (RR: 4.70)
DJG Sammy    8* (13b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    9-2-50-1
AD Russell    2* (2b)      JDP Oram    8-1-28-2

44.1

Oram to Sammy, 1 run, full and straight, drilled to long-off for one

44.2

Oram to Russell, 1 run, short to Russell. There seems to be some sort of plan to Russell to bowl short. Dabbed away for a single

44.3

Oram to Sammy, 1 wide, slower ball gone wrong, wide down leg

18 runs through wides so far

44.3

Oram to Sammy, 1 run, slower ball again, Sammy checks his big shot, takes a single to long-on

44.4

Oram to Russell, no run, yorker, on leg stump, can't do anything with it

44.5

Oram to Russell, 1 run, length ball, outside off, gets a single to point

44.6

Oram to Sammy, no run, misses out on a leg-side full toss, is hit on the pad

End of over 45 (5 runs) West Indies 212/7 (RR: 4.71)
DJG Sammy    10* (16b 1x4)      JDP Oram    9-1-33-2
AD Russell    4* (5b)      DAJ Bracewell    9-2-50-1

45.1

Bracewell to Russell, no run, full and wide, driven nicely, but Taylor dives to his right at short straight cover to deny them a single

45.2

Bracewell to Russell, 1 run, low full toss, dragged form outside off for a single to midwicket

"My god, every time I think a big hitter is out, another one just walks straight in! And Tino is scheduled to come in at 11!" Adam, watch the windows

45.3

Bracewell to Sammy, 1 run, full, outside off, dug out for a single to deep cover

45.4

Bracewell to Russell, FOUR, lovely hit. Short of being a yorker, and he goes on a knee, and drives this over extra cover. Holds the pose too

45.5

Bracewell to Russell, 1 run, low full toss, and finds midwicket again - that's quite a few full tosses gone unpunished

45.6

Bracewell to Sammy, 1 run, low full toss outside off, hit to midwicket again

End of over 46 (8 runs) West Indies 220/7 (RR: 4.78)
DJG Sammy    12* (18b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-2-58-1
AD Russell    10* (9b 1x4)      JDP Oram    9-1-33-2

Boult to bowl his last over. Round the stumps

46.1

Boult to Sammy, SIX, angling into the pads, short too, Sammy plays an effective little pick-up shot to help it over long leg

46.2

Boult to Sammy, SIX, dropped by Oram, back-to-back sixes for Sammy. It's a little harsh to call this a drop, but we have been ruined for the unspectacular by some extraordinary fielding nowadays. Full, hit flat and to the left of long-off, Oram makes ground, has both feet in the air when he makes contact with the ball, but the ball bursts through. Could never have been sure if he would have stayed inside

46.3

Boult to Sammy, 2 runs, full and straight, driven wide of long-on for two

46.4

Boult to Sammy, OUT, full again, driven wide of long-on for twohe has found long-on with this low full toss. Timed really well. It's that half-cock punch that he plays that travels miles. But this time he has failed to get any elevation, and has picked Guptill out at long-on

DJG Sammy c Guptill b Boult 26 (28m 22b 1x4 2x6) SR: 118.18

Sunil Narine is the new man in

46.5

Boult to Narine, no run, length ball outside off, holds its line, beats the defensive bat

46.6

Boult to Narine, 1 run, length again, pushed to extra cover for one

End of over 47 (15 runs) West Indies 235/8 (RR: 5.00)
SP Narine    1* (2b)      TA Boult    10-2-47-1
AD Russell    10* (9b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    10-2-58-1

Southee is back now

47.1

Southee to Narine, 1 run, lenght ball, angling across, guided to third man for one

47.2

Southee to Russell, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long-off for one

47.3

Southee to Narine, 1 run, length to Narine, and he dabs it to point for a single

47.4

Southee to Russell, SIX, yorker gone wrong. A comfortable full toss on the pads, and he has heaved it over midwicket for an easy six

47.5

Southee to Russell, SIX, slower short ball, and he has picked it early, and clubbed it down the ground for a huge straight six. That seems like it has touched the sky before landing in the stands

47.6

Southee to Russell, 1 run, full and straight, dug out for a single

End of over 48 (16 runs) West Indies 251/8 (RR: 5.22)
AD Russell    24* (13b 1x4 2x6)      TG Southee    9-1-49-2
SP Narine    3* (4b)      TA Boult    10-2-47-1

Oram for his final over

48.1

Oram to Russell, 1 run, full and straight, dug out for another single

48.2

Oram to Narine, 1 run, length ball outside off, he slogs, gets an edge, gets the single to third man

48.3

Oram to Russell, 1 wide, slower ball, called wide down the leg side, Oram says it has hit something on the way. Big Jake says he wants to review it, but of course you can use reviews only for dismissals. Seems to have come off the glove, and bounced in front of the keeper

48.3

Oram to Russell, FOUR, length ball, drilled down the ground, and Guptill, eager to keep them down to one, lets it slip through for four

48.4

Oram to Russell, OUT, drilled towards Guptill at long-on again, but this time in the air, and despite the swerve away from him, Guptill takes the catch. Had he missed that, it could have been worth 20 runs in the final equation

AD Russell c Guptill b Oram 29 (28m 16b 2x4 2x6) SR: 181.25

Shut your windows, here is Best

48.5

Oram to Best, 1 wide, another wide - 20 runs off wides now

48.5

Oram to Best, no run, o boy, an immaculate forward-defensive from Best, back to the bowler

48.6

Oram to Best, 1 run, steers this down to third man for a single

End of over 49 (9 runs) West Indies 260/9 (RR: 5.30)
TL Best    1* (2b)      JDP Oram    10-1-42-3
SP Narine    4* (5b)      TG Southee    9-1-49-2

Last over coming up. West Indies have far exceeded the expectations that might have been at 20 for 3

49.1

Southee to Best, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on for one

49.2

Southee to Narine, 1 run, full, on off, played with an open face, gets a single

49.3

Southee to Best, 1 run, full toss, mis-hit down towards long-on

49.4

Southee to Narine, 1 run, full, on off, driven inside-out to long-off for a single

49.5

Southee to Best, OUT, WI are bowled out. Best goes for the big slog sweep, and is cleaned up by a leg-stump yorker

TL Best b Southee 3 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Super comeback from West Indies even as New Zealand players shake hands and pat backs on their way back. New Zealand made a great start under overcast skies, but Pollard and Devon Thomas engineered a comeback through cautious batting. Pollard restrained himself before opening up and scoring one of his better half-centuries. Three days ago, New Zealand defended 249 successfully, so West Indies will find this is at least a par total. Mind you, New Zealand now have Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum. Let's see how they go. We will be back soon

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Sunil Narine trapped Kane Williamson lbw, West Indies v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Basseterre, July 14, 2012

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Ross Taylor made 110 on his comeback from a shoulder injury, West Indies v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Basseterre, July 14, 2012

Ross Taylor made 110 on his comeback from a shoulder injury

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