New Zealand in West Indies ODI Series - 4th ODI

West Indies v New Zealand

West Indies won by 24 runs

Welcome back. '"I hope the guy tipping under 260 runs hasn't lost too much money !" Matt, as I said, the bookmakers know their game. Here is Tino Best to rob Nicol with two slips in place

0.1

Best to Nicol, no run, short of a length, into the body, pushed to midwicket

0.2

Best to Nicol, SIX, that's edged for six. Best digs this in short, provides him the width, half-deliberate, half-top-edged over third man, where for some reason Russell was a fair way in from the boundary. That's on a 60-metre field

0.3

Best to Nicol, 1 leg bye, ticked into the body, concedes a leg-bye

0.4

Best to Guptill, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

Best has been fairly rapid so far

0.5

Best to Guptill, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

0.5

Best to Guptill, no run, full, outside off, 147ks, left alone

0.6

Best to Guptill, OUT, full, straight, beaten for the pace, and Best has got his wicket. he is down on his knees, looking skyward with arm aloft. What a celebration. Guptill has contributed to the dismissal by playing across the line to a full delivery headed for middle stump. He is a goner as soon as he misses it, but he has also been done in for pace a little

MJ Guptill lbw b Best 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 1 (8 runs) New Zealand 8/1 (257 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.24)
     TL Best    1-0-7-1
RJ Nicol    6* (3b 1x6)     

Russell to take the other new ball

1.1

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

That single brings the returning Brendon McCullum to strike. Two slips in. The fine leg is up

1.2

Russell to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length, stump to stump, defended

1.3

Russell to BB McCullum, no run, length ball, shaping away from outside off, left alone

1.4

Russell to BB McCullum, no run, bowled from behind the stumps, on a length, in front of off, defended to cover

1.5

Russell to BB McCullum, 4 leg byes, misses all around. Russell misses his line and bowls well down the leg side, McCullum misses on the glance, and is hit on the pad, and while the deflection hasn't gone too wide, Thomas has dived over the ball to concede four leg-byes

1.6

Russell to BB McCullum, no run, length ball outside off, pushed to cover

End of over 2 (5 runs) New Zealand 13/1 (252 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 5.25)
BB McCullum    0* (5b)      AD Russell    1-0-1-0
RJ Nicol    7* (4b 1x6)      TL Best    1-0-7-1

2.1

Best to Nicol, no run, digs this in, gets it to rise towards the splice of the bat, fended into the leg side - bowled at 146ks

The slowest Best has bowled so far is 145.1kmph

2.2

Best to Nicol, no run, short, wide, doesn't rise much, beats him on the cut

2.3

Best to Nicol, no run, short of a length, 145.2ks, again hits the sticker on the bat as Nicol defends

2.4

Best to Nicol, 1 run, length ball, kicks at him again, off the splice it goes towards square leg, and McCullum is deceptively quick in completing that quick single

2.5

Best to BB McCullum, no run, this is pitched in his own half, McCullum on his toes to defend, right behind it

2.6

Best to BB McCullum, no run, full and fast, 148.1ks, on off, driven to mid-off. Half shout for lbw with bat and pad together, but there is a lot of bat involved in this, and seemingly before the pad

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 14/1 (251 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.34)
BB McCullum    0* (7b)      TL Best    2-0-8-1
RJ Nicol    8* (8b 1x6)      AD Russell    1-0-1-0

3.1

Russell to Nicol, FOUR, Nicol has been facing Best in high140s, and when he gets Russell at 131ks, he dances down the track, and despite the swing, he lofts a length ball over mid-off

3.2

Russell to Nicol, 2 runs, short of a length, outside off, steered square of third man for a couple

3.3

Russell to Nicol, FOUR, short, wide, 131.5ks, and Nicol goes for the cut in font of square, and over the top. No risk involved

3.4

Russell to Nicol, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, tucked away for a single

3.5

Russell to BB McCullum, 1 run, length ball, on off, and he hustles through a single to mid-off

3.6

Russell to Nicol, 1 run, short, outside off, looks to pull this, gets a bottom edge, far enough off the stumps

End of over 4 (13 runs) New Zealand 27/1 (238 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 5.17)
RJ Nicol    20* (13b 2x4 1x6)      AD Russell    2-0-14-0
BB McCullum    1* (8b)      TL Best    2-0-8-1

4.1

Best to Nicol, 1 run, dangerous shot, across the line to a full and straight and fast delivery, bowled at 148.3ks. Gets the bat down in time, takes a single to square leg

4.2

Best to BB McCullum, 1 run, short, into the body, and now at 149.1ks, and clearly beats him for the pace, although he concedes a leg-bye

4.3

Best to Nicol, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, 147.2ks, clipped away for a single

4.4

Best to BB McCullum, FOUR, done in for pace again. Short of a length, angling in towards off, McCullum looks for the punch, gets a thick inside edge for four

4.5

Best to BB McCullum, no run, another inside edge as McCullum looks to punch. This time it goes straight to square leg

4.6

Best to BB McCullum, 2 wides, wide down the leg side, Best goes "catch it, catch it". Thomas is untidy again down leg, and allows an extra run

4.6

Best to Nicol, SIX, Nicol is playing a neat little gem here. He has this liking for a shimmy down to quicks. Just half a stride down, takes this on the half-volley, and flicks him clean over long-on. Already two sixes for Nicol

End of over 5 (15 runs) New Zealand 42/1 (223 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 8.40, RRR: 4.95)
RJ Nicol    28* (16b 2x4 2x6)      TL Best    3-0-23-1
BB McCullum    6* (11b 1x4)      AD Russell    2-0-14-0

5.1

Russell to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, punched to mid-on

5.2

Russell to BB McCullum, no run, length ball, angling in, pushed to short midwicket

5.3

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

5.4

Russell to BB McCullum, 3 runs, that's a manufactured shot. Goes back to punch a length ball between cover-point and point. Pollard chases, slides and saves, giving them enough time to take a rare three at this ground. Only the 14th three in fact, as opposed to 133 sixes

5.5

Russell to Nicol, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to mid-off

5.6

Russell to Nicol, no run, bouncer, over the top of the stumps, ducks under it

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 45/1 (220 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 5.00)
RJ Nicol    28* (18b 2x4 2x6)      AD Russell    3-0-17-0
BB McCullum    9* (15b 1x4)      TL Best    3-0-23-1

Okay, so the heat is on, Nicol is on fire, and Sammy has introduced himself. Many of the feedbackers to Cricinfo will find that this is going against their theory that Sammy hides himself when the heat is on

6.1

Sammy to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, worked past short fine line for one

No slip, keeper up

6.2

Sammy to Nicol, FOUR, and it goes through where the first slip would have been. Short of a length, Nicol goes hard at it, gets an edge, and will take the four

We have got a slip now. The horse might have bolted

6.3

Sammy to Nicol, no run, short of a length, angling in, Nicol is forward and in defence

6.4

Sammy to Nicol, no run, stays on that nagging length, just outside off, and Nicol defends

6.5

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

6.6

Sammy to Nicol, no run, short of a length. angling in, defended towards mid-on

End of over 7 (5 runs) New Zealand 50/1 (215 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 5.00)
RJ Nicol    32* (23b 3x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0
BB McCullum    10* (16b 1x4)      AD Russell    3-0-17-0

7.1

Russell to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, pushed to cover

7.2

Russell to BB McCullum, OUT, soft dismissal. There have been quite a few in this series. Slightly short of a lenght, and he goes to pull it, picking the short midwicket with surgical precision. Not the length to pull. And he is not pleased with himself. The PA system at the ground plays, "Hit the road Jack... and don't you come back no more."

BB McCullum c Sammy b Russell 10 (30m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Enter captain Ross Taylor. One slip for him

7.3

Russell to Taylor, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to him

7.4

Russell to Taylor, no run, bowls this short, just outside off, extra bounce, and Taylor doesn't play at it

7.5

Russell to Taylor, FOUR, hands on heads as Taylor cuts this in the air. Not much width, but he goes after it, and hits it uppishly, but well wide of point

7.6

Russell to Taylor, FOUR, fuller, on off, and he has off-driven this between the bowler and mid-off who is a little wide. Just walked into this push-drive

End of over 8 (8 runs) New Zealand 58/2 (207 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 4.92)
LRPL Taylor    8* (4b 2x4)      AD Russell    4-0-25-1
RJ Nicol    32* (23b 3x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0

8.1

Sammy to Nicol, no run, Sammy stays short of a length, in line with off, and draws another dot

8.2

Sammy to Nicol, 1 run, slightly fuller, pushed off the front foot, takes the quick single, has to run around Sammy, but the throw from Samuels is well wide

8.3

Sammy to Taylor, no run, length ball, wide, 128ks, driven to point

8.4

Sammy to Taylor, no run, length ball, on off, no movement, but no room either. Defended

8.5

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, cut away to third man for one

8.6

Sammy to Nicol, 1 run, full, outside off, driven wide of mid-off for a single

End of over 9 (3 runs) New Zealand 61/2 (204 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 6.77, RRR: 4.97)
RJ Nicol    34* (26b 3x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    2-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor    9* (7b 2x4)      AD Russell    4-0-25-1

Early introduction for Narine. One slip in place

9.1

Narine to Nicol, no run, starts with an offbreak, Nicol is already down a knee to sweep. Played to short fine

9.2

Narine to Nicol, no run, goes down for the sweep again, beaten by the turn

9.3

Narine to Nicol, 1 wide, this one turns down the leg side

9.3

Narine to Nicol, 1 run, the straighter one, but Nicol is sweeping regardless, and gets a single to fine leg

9.4

Narine to Taylor, no run, another straighter one, Taylor moves across, plays this from off, into the leg side

9.5

Narine to Taylor, no run, flighted outside off, not much time for the ball to turn, defended off the front foot

9.6

Narine to Taylor, no run, another straight one, Taylor stays back to defend it outside off

A testing first over from Narine

End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 63/2 (202 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 5.05)
LRPL Taylor    9* (10b 2x4)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0
RJ Nicol    35* (29b 3x4 2x6)      DJG Sammy    2-0-8-0

10.1

Sammy to Nicol, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to point, Smith misfields, but they decide against a single

10.2

Sammy to Nicol, no run, length ball outside off, no movement, driven to cover

10.3

Sammy to Nicol, OUT, Nicol has had a brain freeze. Sammy has picked up a wicket after coming on to bowl when the heat was on. He goes across the line to play the pick-up shot, but the length - much like Bravo earlier in the day - is a little too short for a front-foot shot. As a result he gets a bit too under it, and finds deep midwicket

RJ Nicol c Bravo b Sammy 35 (48m 32b 3x4 2x6) SR: 109.37

10.4

Sammy to Taylor, 2 runs, short of a length, on off, bunted into the leg side, between the two deep fielders, gets a couple

10.5

Sammy to Taylor, no run, fuller, on off, defended off the front foot

10.6

Sammy to Taylor, FOUR, wide length ball, Taylor walks into the drive, and places it wide of extra cover. Lovely drive again

End of over 11 (6 runs) New Zealand 69/3 (196 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 6.27, RRR: 5.02)
LRPL Taylor    15* (13b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-14-1
KS Williamson    0* (0b)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0

Kane Williamson, who has had trouble picking Narine, to face for the first time

11.1

Narine to Williamson, no run, and he is not picking him. Tossed up outside off, the straighter one, and he is searching for the offbreak. Beaten

Taylor has a chat with Williamson

11.2

Narine to Williamson, 1 run, short, pulled away for a single

11.3

Narine to Taylor, no run, quick offbreak, sliding through, beats the inside edge, but is headed down leg

11.4

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, moves across the line to pull this to deep square leg

11.5

Narine to Williamson, no run, flighted outside off, defended solidly

11.6

Narine to Williamson, no run, short of a length, turning in, pushed to square leg

End of over 12 (2 runs) New Zealand 71/3 (194 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 5.10)
KS Williamson    1* (4b)      SP Narine    2-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    16* (15b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-14-1

12.1

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, short, outside off, dragged to deep square for a single

12.2

Sammy to Williamson, 2 runs, nicely played. Short of a length, outside off, opens the face late, guides it past slip, but Russell at third man puts in a good foot around to save two runs

12.3

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

12.4

Sammy to Williamson, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended

12.5

Sammy to Williamson, no run, length ball, on off, no room, defended back to him

12.6

Sammy to Williamson, no run, short of a length, angling in towards middle, pushed to leg

End of over 13 (3 runs) New Zealand 74/3 (191 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 5.16)
KS Williamson    3* (9b)      DJG Sammy    4-0-17-1
LRPL Taylor    17* (16b 3x4)      SP Narine    2-0-4-0

13.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, into the pads, worked away for a single

13.2

Narine to Williamson, no run, straighter one again, but too full to bother him, as he defends it

13.3

Narine to Williamson, no run, short of a length, turning in, pushed to square leg

13.4

Narine to Williamson, OUT, he is gone. Williamson has had a horrid time of it with Narine. He is reviewing this lbw decision, though. Quicker, straighter delivery, no thumb sticking out as Narine goes up for the delivery. Short of a length, but skiddy, and beats Williamson on the pull, which is not quite one. Pitched outside off, hits him in front of off, and that's a review exhausted

KS Williamson lbw b Narine 3 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Tom Latham is the new man in. Narine won't mind a left-hand batsman. Two slips for him

13.5

Narine to Latham, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone

13.6

Narine to Latham, no run, offbreak, pitches off, left alone

End of over 14 (1 run) New Zealand 75/4 (190 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.35, RRR: 5.27)
TWM Latham    0* (2b)      SP Narine    3-0-5-1
LRPL Taylor    18* (17b 3x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-17-1

"Hahaha, KW has so little clue about Narine's bowling that he reviewed. apparently, even after he missed it, he couldn't tell where the ball was going to hit." Hussain Syed, A bit like what Cullinan would have felt with Warne, but Warne is clearly a bigger tormentor with a stronger mental hold

14.1

Sammy to Taylor, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to mid-on

14.2

Sammy to Taylor, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed back to him

14.3

Sammy to Taylor, no run, fuller, angling in, pushed to short straight midwicket

14.4

Sammy to Taylor, no run, short of a length, accurate, defended to cover

14.5

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length again, but provides him width, which he uses to run it down to third man

A slip comes in

14.6

Sammy to Latham, no run, wafts at a wide delivery without any foot movement, and is beaten. A nervous shot. He wouldn't have managed even a single even if he had middled it

End of over 15 (1 run) New Zealand 76/4 (189 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.06, RRR: 5.40)
TWM Latham    0* (3b)      DJG Sammy    5-0-18-1
LRPL Taylor    19* (22b 3x4)      SP Narine    3-0-5-1

15.1

Narine to Taylor, no run, turning into the pads, defended back

15.2

Narine to Taylor, no run, turning into the pads again, but finds midwicket this time

15.3

Narine to Taylor, no run, defended off the back foot as he flattens the trajectory

15.4

Narine to Taylor, no run, the straighter one, defended off the back foot

15.5

Narine to Taylor, no run, into the pads this time, misses out, hit on the pad

15.6

Narine to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside off, defended to finish the maiden over of the innings

Time for a water break

End of over 16 (maiden) New Zealand 76/4 (189 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 5.55)
LRPL Taylor    19* (28b 3x4)      SP Narine    4-1-5-1
TWM Latham    0* (3b)      DJG Sammy    5-0-18-1

16.1

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, short of a length, on off, defended

"I can only assume batsmen can't pick Narine's pace. He bowls a good line and length, but he hardly turns the ball at all. Forget about turn and just whack him straight down the ground." John Muir, I also feel they are playing a reputation, and not the balls bowled at them

16.2

Sammy to Taylor, no run, length ball, on off, defended to leg

16.3

Sammy to Taylor, no run, length ball, angling in, defended to leg

16.4

Sammy to Taylor, no run, short of a length, outside off, wants a quick single as he dabs it to point, but is sent back, and rightly so

16.5

Sammy to Taylor, FOUR, Had Bravo been right at the rope, Taylor was gone. He has pulled this, and on this small field, he has managed to lob the boundary fielder, and then get it to bounce inside. I have no clue why fielders come in so far on 60m boundaries

16.6

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, pushed down to long-on for one

End of over 17 (6 runs) New Zealand 82/4 (183 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.82, RRR: 5.54)
LRPL Taylor    24* (33b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    6-0-24-1
TWM Latham    1* (4b)      SP Narine    4-1-5-1

17.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

17.2

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

17.3

Narine to Latham, 1 run, short of a length, goes back to punch him wide of point for a single

17.4

Narine to Taylor, no run, straighter one, on a length, on off, Taylor defends it back

17.5

Narine to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside off, assured that he can get outside the line, Taylor goes for a sweep, but finds the short fine leg

17.6

Narine to Taylor, no run, offbreak, tossed up high, outside off, beats the bat, hits the pad, but is turning too much to get an lbw verdict

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 84/4 (181 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 5.65)
LRPL Taylor    25* (37b 4x4)      SP Narine    5-1-7-1
TWM Latham    2* (6b)      DJG Sammy    6-0-24-1

18.1

Sammy to Latham, no run, length ball, outside off, allowed to go through

The keeper is back for Latham. Slip in too

18.2

Sammy to Latham, no run, length ball outside off, and left alone again

18.3

Sammy to Latham, no run, full, just outside off, jammed out to point

18.4

Sammy to Latham, no run, full and slightly wide again, jammed out to point again

18.5

Sammy to Latham, no run, short of a length, pushed to mid-off

"@ John Muir - Narine does turn the ball more than most spinners. Infact my friend used to play with Narine during his school days and Narine used to turn it a mile. Infact there was a saying - "If it looked like Narine's thumb got cut off while bowling then that's the knuckle ball". If you look closely the thumb goes inside the the groove between his lower palm and the ball during the knuckle ball. And from a batsman's viewpoint it's as if the thumb fell off." S Potnis, that's the giveaway, you are correct. But I suspect, in limited-overs cricket, especially T20, when you are under pressure to score 8-9 an over, picking him is not enough. In Tests, I fear, Narine will find it much more difficult when all the batsmen need to do is keep him out

18.6

Sammy to Latham, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, defended to pay out a maiden

End of over 19 (maiden) New Zealand 84/4 (181 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 5.83)
TWM Latham    2* (12b)      DJG Sammy    7-1-24-1
LRPL Taylor    25* (37b 4x4)      SP Narine    5-1-7-1

19.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, turning into the pads, worked past midwicket for one

19.2

Narine to Latham, no run, tries the big sweep, premeditated, beaten outside off

19.3

Narine to Latham, no run, quicker straighter one, full outside off, and left alone

19.4

Narine to Latham, no run, offbreak, short of a length, punched to point

19.5

Narine to Latham, no run, length ball, middle and off, stays back to defend

19.6

Narine to Latham, no run, looks to paddle, doesn't pick the other one, the ball comes back and hits the pad, but outside the line, hence not given out

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 85/4 (180 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 6.00)
TWM Latham    2* (17b)      SP Narine    6-1-8-1
LRPL Taylor    26* (38b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    7-1-24-1

Sammy 7-1-24-1. No emails so far alleging he is bowling himself out so he hides himself away from the business end of the innings

20.1

Sammy to Taylor, no run, length ball, on off, no room, defended to mid-on

20.2

Sammy to Taylor, no run, fuller, pushed to Pollard at short straight midwicket. Pollard fumbles, and the two batsmen are loitering around wondering if they should take a single. Suddenly they realise Pollard has the ball again, and Taylor has to rush back. Third umpire finds out he is back in

20.3

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, worked away for a single

20.4

Sammy to Latham, no run, digs this in short, just outside off, left alone

20.5

Sammy to Latham, no run, dug in short again, just outside off, and Latham doesn't play at it - he is 2 off 19 now

20.6

Sammy to Latham, no run, full, just outside off, pushed to extra cover

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 86/4 (179 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.09, RRR: 6.17)
TWM Latham    2* (20b)      DJG Sammy    8-1-25-1
LRPL Taylor    27* (41b 4x4)      SP Narine    6-1-8-1

Some momentary respite for New Zealand. Marlon Samuels to replace Sunil Narine

21.1

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, on off, worked wide of Gayle at midwicket for one

21.2

Samuels to Latham, 2 runs, premeditated lap shot fine of fine leg for a couple. They try to go at Taylor's end who is taking it easy, but Samuels is no position to take the wide throw

21.3

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, another paddle, this time off a full toss, and straight to the fielder at fine leg

21.4

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, powerful sweep, gets a single to deep square

21.5

Samuels to Latham, no run, short of a length, on off, gets a thick edge to point

21.6

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on for one

End of over 22 (6 runs) New Zealand 92/4 (173 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.18, RRR: 6.17)
TWM Latham    6* (24b)      MN Samuels    1-0-6-0
LRPL Taylor    29* (43b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    8-1-25-1

Time for pace like fiyah. Here is Best

22.1

Best to Latham, no run, full, on the pads, pushed to midwicket

22.2

Best to Latham, FOUR, wide low full toss, Latham reaches out for it, and steers it fine of point and wide of third man

22.3

Best to Latham, 1 run, short of a length, angling towards off, pushed wide of point

22.4

Best to Taylor, no run, short of a length, outside off, played off the front foot, towards cover

22.5

Best to Taylor, no run, wide half-volley, Taylor square-drives, but finds Smith at point. Six feet either side, and he would have got four

22.6

Best to Taylor, no run, full outside off, driven to cover, on the bounce

End of over 23 (5 runs) New Zealand 97/4 (168 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.21, RRR: 6.22)
LRPL Taylor    29* (46b 4x4)      TL Best    4-0-28-1
TWM Latham    11* (27b 1x4)      MN Samuels    1-0-6-0

23.1

Samuels to Latham, no run, length ball, pitched outside leg, hits the pad

23.2

Samuels to Latham, no run, fired in flat again, yorks him up inn front of leg

23.3

Samuels to Latham, no run, darted away again, just outside of,f he cuts, and finds Best at point

23.4

Samuels to Latham, no run, yorker again, dug out, but another doubt. Pressure building up

23.5

Samuels to Latham, no run, slightly slower through the air, defended in front of off

23.6

Samuels to Latham, 2 runs, gets width, guides this past point, comes back for two - takes him to 13 off 33

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 99/4 (166 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.12, RRR: 6.38)
TWM Latham    13* (33b 1x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-8-0
LRPL Taylor    29* (46b 4x4)      TL Best    4-0-28-1

Asking rate is 6.38 now

24.1

Best to Taylor, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed to point

24.2

Best to Taylor, no run, rapid. Short, 144ks, looks like Taylor might get four with a cut, but the extra bounce means he has to abort the shot, and drop his wrists out of the way

24.3

Best to Taylor, no run, full and straight, hit back to him, and Best has a mock-throw at Taylor. The crowd likes it

24.4

Best to Taylor, no run, dug in short again, rising towards the chest, fended down

24.5

Best to Taylor, no run, short of a length, headed for top of off, defended solidly

24.6

Best to Taylor, no run, sucker ball after a testing over full of short bowling. Thrown up full and wide, 143ks, Taylor goes for the drive, and is beaten. Very nearly the perfect over. Maiden nonetheless

End of over 25 (maiden) New Zealand 99/4 (166 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.96, RRR: 6.64)
LRPL Taylor    29* (52b 4x4)      TL Best    5-1-28-1
TWM Latham    13* (33b 1x4)      MN Samuels    2-0-8-0

25.1

Samuels to Latham, no run, full, on leg, Latham thinks he has got a single to long-on, but Samuels fields to his left

25.2

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, driven up to long-off for one

25.3

Samuels to Taylor, no run, Taylor is trying to drag this into one of his famous slogs, Samuels fires this in. Hits the toe of the bat, into the boot, into the pad, and then to the keeper, who flicks the bail. Taylor is back, though. They are still going to the third umpire. They could even be checking for the catch here. Not a catch either. It hits the ground before hitting the boot

25.4

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, punched down the ground for one

25.5

Samuels to Latham, no run, short of a length, on off, punched square, but finds point

25.6

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, fuller, on leg, worked past midwicket for a single

End of over 26 (3 runs) New Zealand 102/4 (163 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.92, RRR: 6.79)
TWM Latham    15* (37b 1x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-11-0
LRPL Taylor    30* (54b 4x4)      TL Best    5-1-28-1

Asking rate 6.79 now

26.1

Best to Latham, no run, sharp bouncer to Latham too. Straight, over the top of the stumps, chin-high, beats the upper-cut, at 146ks

26.2

Best to Latham, 1 wide, length ball, 147ks, but too wide outside off

26.2

Best to Latham, no run, short of a length, 146ks, tucks him up, on middle and leg, pushed back to Best

26.3

Best to Latham, no run, length ball, on off, 145ks, pushed to cover

26.4

Best to Latham, 1 run, misses his line but minimum damage down as Latham clips him off the pads for a single to fine leg

26.5

Best to Taylor, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

26.6

Best to Taylor, 4 byes, more ordinary work from Thomas followed by ordinariness from Russell. Short outside off, stays low, reaches Thomas on half-volley, but he lets it through, and then Russell from third man only sticks out a boot in vain

End of over 27 (6 runs) New Zealand 108/4 (157 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.82)
LRPL Taylor    30* (56b 4x4)      TL Best    6-1-30-1
TWM Latham    16* (41b 1x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-11-0

27.1

Samuels to Latham, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended

27.2

Samuels to Latham, no run, tries the slog sweep, beaten outside off

27.3

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

27.4

Samuels to Taylor, 2 runs, darted into the pads, helped away past short fine leg for two

27.5

Samuels to Taylor, no run, short of a length, on off, defended back to Samuels

27.6

Samuels to Taylor, no run, surprised by the full toss, bowled at 116ks, almost the Sammy pace, and he hits it straight to midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) New Zealand 111/4 (154 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.96, RRR: 7.00)
LRPL Taylor    32* (59b 4x4)      MN Samuels    4-0-14-0
TWM Latham    17* (44b 1x4)      TL Best    6-1-30-1

Sammy brings himself back on

28.1

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, short outside off, he reaches for it to cut it for a single to deep point

28.2

Sammy to Taylor, 2 runs, full, on off, Taylor moves across for the slog, gets a thick inside edge for a couple, wide of deep square

28.3

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, Taylor moves across again, bunts this into the leg side, wants two, but Thomas gives chase, Sammy goes to collect at striker's end, and Gayle at non-striker's. Good alert team work from everybody keeps them down to one

28.4

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, short of a length, angling away, punched away for a single

"Ok, now Sammy can bowl his 3 remaining overs before powerplay starts...!!" Madhav, these are the emails I was talking about

28.5

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

Round the wicket

28.6

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, angling into the pads, pushed uppishly to mid-on for a single

End of over 29 (7 runs) New Zealand 118/4 (147 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.06, RRR: 7.00)
TWM Latham    20* (47b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    9-1-32-1
LRPL Taylor    36* (62b 4x4)      MN Samuels    4-0-14-0

29.1

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, juicy full toss but he hits straight to deep midwicket on the bounce

29.2

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, Thomas appeals for bat before wicket, not for the first time today, even as Taylor gets a single off the thick outside edge

29.3

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, angled across, conceding a single off the bottom edge

29.4

Samuels to Taylor, no run, full and fast, hit back to MS

29.5

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, full toss, at nelson kmph, driven to long-off for one

29.6

Samuels to Latham, 2 runs, makes room to drive this wide of long-off for a couple

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 124/4 (141 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.13, RRR: 7.05)
TWM Latham    24* (50b 1x4)      MN Samuels    5-0-20-0
LRPL Taylor    38* (65b 4x4)      DJG Sammy    9-1-32-1

As we enter the last 20 overs, the asking rate has crossed 7 an over. Sammy to bowl his last over

30.1

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run, length ball, outside off, pushes on the run, and gets a single to mid-off

Round the stumps

30.2

Sammy to Latham, (no ball) 1 run, short, into the body, pulled away to deep square, but he has overstepped too

Free hit coming up

30.2

Sammy to Taylor, FOUR, moves across to a length ball outside off, and swats it six feet to the left of Samuels at deep midwicket, who puts in no attempt to save the fur runs. Almost as if scared of the ball

30.3

Sammy to Taylor, no run, full, outside off, pushed to point

Says Chris: "If a captains has a bowler that he knows cant bowl at the end shouldnt he make sure he gets his overs through before the slog is on. Why is it then a problem when Sammy does it. He knows his limitations."

30.4

Sammy to Taylor, 1 bye, short of a lenght, kicking up, beats the bat, but Thomas standing up concedes a bye

Stays over the wicket

30.5

Sammy to Latham, 1 run, dug in short, pulled away for a single to deep square

30.6

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

End of over 31 (10 runs) New Zealand 134/4 (131 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.32, RRR: 6.89)
LRPL Taylor    44* (70b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    10-1-41-1
TWM Latham    26* (52b 1x4)      MN Samuels    5-0-20-0

"I have a feeling that New Zealand could sneak this if they keep their heads. Double the score at 30 overs and it will be close... a small extra push would get them over the line. Good test of Sammy's captaincy." Mark Kidger, Taylor will have to bat for about 15 more overs for NZ to win

31.1

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-on for one

31.2

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, driven to short straight extra where Gayle dives but only manages to deflect it to long-off

31.3

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, turning into the pad,s helped around the corner for one

"no love for bravo: 23 Runs @ 7.66. Bowling : 1 wicket @ 99.00" Itachi has questions about the other allrounder

31.4

Samuels to Latham, 1 run, fired into the pads, helped away for a single

31.5

Samuels to Taylor, no run, full, middle and off, pushed back to Samuels

Taylor, mindful of Samuels rushing through his overs, makes him wait a little

31.6

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, low full toss, driven down to long-on for one

End of over 32 (5 runs) New Zealand 139/4 (126 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 7.00)
LRPL Taylor    47* (74b 5x4)      MN Samuels    6-0-25-0
TWM Latham    28* (54b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    10-1-41-1

P Bharathwaj has this anecdote to share: "I read a very interesting interview once about how Pollard lost his hair-locks and shortened his hair. He was asked to choose between Darren and Dwayne Bravo as the better cricketer and he chose Darren upon which Dwayne got enraged and at once placed a chewing-gum in Pollard's hair! All in good humour! This happened 10 years ago according to the interview."

Speaking of which, here is Dwayne Bravo

32.1

Bravo to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball, flicked away into the on side for one

Round the wicket

32.2

Bravo to Latham, no run, short of a length, outside off, holds its line, beats his waft

32.3

Bravo to Latham, 1 run, full, angling in, driven to deep cover for one

32.4

Bravo to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, off the inside edge it goes into the on side where there is no man to save a single

32.5

Bravo to Latham, 1 wide, length ball, starts wide, shapes away a little, called wide

NZ conceded 26 extras, WI have given away 17 so far

32.5

Bravo to Latham, 2 runs, quick single as he pushes this to Smith and point and responds to Taylor's call. Smith goes for the non-striker's end, Latham dives, sees the throw sail over the stumps, and takes the overthrow too

32.6

Bravo to Latham, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, gets a leading edge as he looks to work this to leg. Takes the single to third man

Final water break for the day

End of over 33 (7 runs) New Zealand 146/4 (119 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 7.00)
TWM Latham    32* (58b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0
LRPL Taylor    49* (76b 5x4)      MN Samuels    6-0-25-0

33.1

Samuels to Latham, no run, quick, gets a thick edge to point

33.2

Samuels to Latham, no run, full, on the pads, pushed to midwicket

33.3

Samuels to Latham, no run, yorker, on off, dug out straight to point

33.4

Samuels to Latham, OUT, Latham has finally succumbed. Three dots in a row draw out a forceful shot to a short-of-a-length delivery just outside off. He is cramped for room, and edges it through to Thomas. This wicket ensures at least one new batsman in the Powerplay

TWM Latham c †Thomas b Samuels 32 (86m 62b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.61

Nathan McCullum is the new batsman in

33.5

Samuels to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up outside off, defended after moving across

33.6

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

End of over 34 (1 run) New Zealand 147/5 (118 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.32, RRR: 7.37)
NL McCullum    1* (2b)      MN Samuels    7-0-26-1
LRPL Taylor    49* (76b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0

34.1

Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, dabbed wide of point for a single

34.2

Bravo to Taylor, 1 leg bye, angling into the pads, fails to make connection, but takes the leg-bye

34.3

Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, slower ball, 111ks, offcutter, cut away to point

34.4

Bravo to NL McCullum, no run, quicker delivery, 134ks, slashes at it wide outside off, and is beaten

34.5

Bravo to NL McCullum, 1 run, length ball, angling in, nudged into the on side for one

34.6

Bravo to Taylor, no run, slower ball, defended to cover

End of over 35 (3 runs) New Zealand 150/5 (115 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 7.66)
LRPL Taylor    49* (78b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-9-0
NL McCullum    3* (6b)      MN Samuels    7-0-26-1

Exciting times ahead. Powerplay to be taken now. I don't imagine New Zealand will take undue risks here. Asking rate 7.67. Samuels continues

35.1

Samuels to NL McCullum, no run, full, on off, driven back to Samuels

35.2

Samuels to NL McCullum, 1 run, full and fast again, driven to long-on for one

35.3

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, full and fast again, 113ks, clipped into the on side, McCullum turns down the second. At any rate, that brings up the fifty for Taylor

35.4

Samuels to NL McCullum, 1 run, slower through the air, 95ks, driven down to long-on for a single

35.5

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, full toss, into the pads, pushed to long-on for one

35.6

Samuels to NL McCullum, 2 runs, shorter, he moves across to work this into the on side. Soft hands mean they risk the second, and Bravo's return is wide. He would have made it anyway

End of over 36 (6 runs) New Zealand 156/5 (109 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 7.78)
NL McCullum    7* (10b)      MN Samuels    8-0-32-1
LRPL Taylor    51* (80b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-9-0

Tino Best is back. He has got a reputation for being not too difficult to unsettle. Third man, fine leg, square leg are back

36.1

Best to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, dropped for a single into the leg side

36.2

Best to NL McCullum, 1 wide, short of a length again, but down the leg side. That's 19 extras vs NZ's 26

36.2

Best to NL McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, wide, runs it down to third man for one

36.3

Best to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball - his first slower ball, 113ks, short of a length, on off, pushed wide of cover for one

36.4

Best to NL McCullum, 1 run, steered away down to third man

36.5

Best to Taylor, 1 run, just short of a yorker, pushed wide of mid-on for one

36.6

Best to NL McCullum, no run, stays low and beats McCullum's attempt to punch him away - 12 off the first two overs of PP

End of over 37 (6 runs) New Zealand 162/5 (103 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.37, RRR: 7.92)
NL McCullum    9* (13b)      TL Best    7-1-36-1
LRPL Taylor    54* (83b 5x4)      MN Samuels    8-0-32-1

37.1

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, full and straight, driven down to long-on for one

37.2

Samuels to NL McCullum, no run, gets rare width from Samuels, but he finds point with the square-drive

37.3

Samuels to NL McCullum, no run, fast length ball, pushed back to him

37.4

Samuels to NL McCullum, no run, low full toss now, and hit straight to midwicket

37.5

Samuels to NL McCullum, 1 run, fired into the toes at 116ks, dug out to the right of Gayle at midwicket, and they steal one

37.6

Samuels to Taylor, 1 leg bye, beaten by pace, hit on the toe, but he still hobbles through for a leg-bye

End of over 38 (3 runs) New Zealand 165/5 (100 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 8.33)
LRPL Taylor    55* (85b 5x4)      MN Samuels    9-0-34-1
NL McCullum    10* (17b)      TL Best    7-1-36-1

38.1

Best to Taylor, 1 leg bye, misses out. Gets a length ball into the pads, but is late into it, and has to contend with a leg-bye

38.2

Best to NL McCullum, 1 run, short of a length, N Mac goes across the line to tuck this into the leg side for one. On the way back Tino sticks his tongue out to N McCullum

38.3

Best to Taylor, 2 runs, full, outside off, gives him room to drive, not timed perfectly, but he will pick a couple past extra cover

38.4

Best to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball, on a length, on off, slogged to deep square for one

38.5

Best to NL McCullum, OUT, Best can stick his tongue out all he want now. He has got his man. McCullum gets a rare full ball from Best who has bee peppering him with short stuff. He drives, but all he manages is to run it straight to point where Sammy accepts it gleefully

NL McCullum c Sammy b Best 11 (23m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.89

In walks Big Jake Oram. He was superb with the ball. They need a big effort from him with the ball

38.6

Best to Oram, no run, short of a length, on off, no room, 147ks, squares him up in defence

"Hard to understand what NZ are doing in the powerplay. WI scored 53 during the same time but NZ seem happy to just keep collecting and let the required run rate mount. And they've still got Narine to contend with." Mark, it might have been Latham's wicket just before the PP that might have set them back

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 170/6 (95 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.35, RRR: 8.63)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      TL Best    8-1-40-2
LRPL Taylor    58* (88b 5x4)      MN Samuels    9-0-34-1

39.1

Samuels to Taylor, SIX, Taylor finally gets his slog working. Moves across and never mind Samuels's pace, he gets under this length ball and clears cow corner. You could name it Taylor corner too

39.2

Samuels to Taylor, SIX, Onto the roof. Slog-sweeps from outside off, and well over long-on. He connects them superbly when he gets down to them

39.3

Samuels to Taylor, 2 runs, fast and furious, 120ks, Taylor is late into this slog, gets a thick edge that clears point

39.4

Samuels to Taylor, no run, hit straight to midwicket this time

39.5

Samuels to Taylor, 1 run, driven straight to Pollard at mid-off but he makes it through for a comfortable single

39.6

Samuels to Oram, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-off for one

End of over 40 (16 runs) New Zealand 186/6 (79 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.65, RRR: 7.90)
JDP Oram    1* (2b)      MN Samuels    10-0-50-1
LRPL Taylor    73* (93b 5x4 2x6)      TL Best    8-1-40-2

So 79 required off the last 10. Four of these overs might be bowled by Narine. Taylor has kept this game alive. It's Russell first. He himself scored 29 off 16 in WI's innings. What NZ won;t give for a 29-off-16 cameo

40.1

Russell to Oram, 1 run, short of a length, on off, pushed to long-off for one

40.2

Russell to Taylor, 1 run, short, Taylor's bottom hand drags it fine, but can't beat short fine leg

40.3

Russell to Oram, no run, makes room, Russell bowls offcutter outside leg, pushed to cover

40.4

Russell to Oram, no run, short, slight width available, the angle too, but he finds point

40.5

Russell to Oram, no run, slower ball, 104k, full, near yorker, just outside off, played back to Russell

40.6

Russell to Oram, 1 wide, pushes it wide outside off, a touch too far

40.6

Russell to Oram, no run, swings at a length ball outside off, beaten by the angle

End of over 41 (3 runs) New Zealand 189/6 (76 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.60, RRR: 8.44)
JDP Oram    2* (7b)      AD Russell    5-0-28-1
LRPL Taylor    74* (94b 5x4 2x6)      MN Samuels    10-0-50-1

Here is Narine

41.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, doesn't read this offbreak, picks it off the pitch, cramped on the cut, gets a single past slip

41.2

Narine to Oram, no run, short of a length, squares him up in defence

41.3

Narine to Oram, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

41.4

Narine to Taylor, 1 leg bye, the other one, the one the breaks away, pitches outside leg, hits the pad, and goes for a leg-bye

41.5

Narine to Oram, 1 run, the rare loose ball, but he has pulled it straight to long leg for one

41.6

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, the knuckle ball again, on a length, on off, turning away, dabbed into the off side for a single

End of over 42 (5 runs) New Zealand 194/6 (71 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.61, RRR: 8.87)
LRPL Taylor    76* (97b 5x4 2x6)      SP Narine    7-1-12-1
JDP Oram    4* (10b)      AD Russell    5-0-28-1

"One of the points in Sun Tsu book stated that "attack when the enemy is not expecting". I guess NZ is going to attack when WI think that the game is over??" Dan, you must be really sleep-deprived

42.1

Russell to Taylor, SIX, length ball, on off, Taylor likes it. Moves across, gets under it, and without a heavy back lift, he lofts it over long-on

42.2

Russell to Taylor, SIX, Taylor is dealing in braces of sixes. Again he has got successive sixes. Russell's yorker goes wrong, and he slog-sweeps this low full toss from outside off and sends it over midwicket

42.3

Russell to Taylor, 2 runs, short of a length, stays deep inside the crease, and swats this towards deep midwicket, and charges back for the second. Into the 90s now

42.4

Russell to Taylor, FOUR, He is not all about the on side. Those two sixes must have really had an impact on Russell's line, who goes wide outside off when he goes full, and Taylor drives him over extra cover for four. Roscoe is turning it on

42.5

Russell to Taylor, 2 runs, short of a length, no room, bunted towards deep midwicket with soft hands, and he comes back for an easy second

42.6

Russell to Taylor, 1 run, length ball, on off, driven down to long-on for a single

Has this 21-run made New Zealand the favourites? Still a long way to go, I say. Taylor remains the key

End of over 43 (21 runs) New Zealand 215/6 (50 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.14)
LRPL Taylor    97* (103b 6x4 4x6)      AD Russell    6-0-49-1
JDP Oram    4* (10b)      SP Narine    7-1-12-1

43.1

Narine to Taylor, 1 leg bye, offbreak, starts on off, hits the pad in front of leg, goes for a leg-bye

43.2

Narine to Oram, no run, straighter one, Oram defends from deep inside the crease

43.3

Narine to Oram, no run, offbreak, short of a length, on leg, beats the push, and Thomas sees Oram lift his push for a brief moment, and breaks the wicket. The umpires don't go to the TV replay. They might have been right

Sammy moves to slip

43.4

Narine to Oram, no run, length ball, on leg, moving towards off, defended to cover

43.5

Narine to Oram, 1 run, makes room to drive this to sweeper-cover for a single

43.6

Narine to Taylor, no run, Taylor seems to be playing for the straighter one as he goes to late-cut this, but is surprised by the offbreak, and is cramped up. Another dot

End of over 44 (2 runs) New Zealand 217/6 (48 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.93, RRR: 8.00)
LRPL Taylor    97* (105b 6x4 4x6)      SP Narine    8-1-13-1
JDP Oram    5* (14b)      AD Russell    6-0-49-1

Tino Best to replace Russell

44.1

Best to Oram, no run, short of a length, outside off, Oram doesn't get wood on leather as he wafts at it

44.2

Best to Oram, no run, full toss, just outside off, hit back to Best, and the crowd cheers as Best fields it to keep it down to a dot

44.3

Best to Oram, 1 run, low full toss, Oram clips it away for a single - 6 off 17 now, he needs to do better

Mid-off up for Taylor

44.4

Best to Taylor, 1 run, full, outside off, driven to deep point for one

44.5

Best to Oram, OUT, Best is looking heavenwards again. It's the good old you-miss-I-hit stuff from him. Oram, under pressure from the many dot balls he has faced, makes room, but Best remains full, straight and fast. And he hits the middle stump. Timbahhhh. An underwhelming innings from Oram, who seems to now justify N McCullum's promotion ahead of him

JDP Oram b Best 6 (27m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Bracewell is the new man in

44.6

Best to Bracewell, 1 run, length ball, into the pads, worked to long leg for one

Three runs and a wicket off that over

End of over 45 (3 runs) New Zealand 220/7 (45 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.88, RRR: 9.00)
DAJ Bracewell    1* (1b)      TL Best    9-1-43-3
LRPL Taylor    98* (106b 6x4 4x6)      SP Narine    8-1-13-1

Taylor needs to find that 20-run over somewhere because two of these remaining overs will be bowled by Narine, who has a slip now bowling to Bracewell

45.1

Narine to Bracewell, 1 run, offbreak, deflected into the on side for a single

45.2

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, straighter one, takes it from in front of off, works it into the leg side for one

45.3

Narine to Bracewell, 1 run, legbreak, drops it into the off side, wide of cover, for one

45.4

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, the straighter one again, late-cut to short third for a single to bring up his hundred. Calmly he accepts applause. His first ODI since October, and he scored a century in that game too

45.5

Narine to Bracewell, no run, turning into the pads, pushed to short midwicket

45.6

Narine to Bracewell, no run, the legbreak from Narine, punched away, but straight to short cover

End of over 46 (4 runs) New Zealand 224/7 (41 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.86, RRR: 10.25)
DAJ Bracewell    3* (5b)      SP Narine    9-1-17-1
LRPL Taylor    100* (108b 6x4 4x6)      TL Best    9-1-43-3

Dwayne Bravo comes on. Crucial over. Best's final over held back

46.1

Bravo to Taylor, 1 run, Bravo gets away with it. Full, on the pads, swung away, but straight to long leg

46.2

Bravo to Bracewell, no run, wide yorker, well inside that tram line, but out of Bracewell's reach. Top delivery

46.3

Bravo to Bracewell, 1 run, full toss, hit down to long-off for one

46.4

Bravo to Taylor, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, and he gets a single again to long leg. Solid over for West Indies so far

46.5

Bravo to Bracewell, 1 run, low full toss again, gets a single to long-off

Good stuff so far. Nothing fancy. Just full and straight, bot letting them get under the deliveries

46.6

Bravo to Taylor, SIX, this is a high full toss, and Taylor accepts it with glee, lofting him over square leg for his fifth six. What's more? He wants a call for a no-ball for a high full toss. Doesn't seem that high, though. The umpires tell him just that

End of over 47 (10 runs) New Zealand 234/7 (31 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.97, RRR: 10.33)
LRPL Taylor    108* (111b 6x4 5x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-0
DAJ Bracewell    5* (8b)      SP Narine    9-1-17-1

Narine to bowl out

47.1

Narine to Bracewell, OUT, Bracewell charges at the first ball of Narine's last. Bracewell has made a little too much room as Narine floats this wide outside off, and the mist-hit settles with long-off

DAJ Bracewell c Pollard b Narine 5 (13m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

Taylor has got the strike now, and Suthee is his new ally

47.2

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, offbreak, cramps him from a short of a length, punched down to long-on

47.3

Narine to Southee, no run, legbreak, pitches on a length, in front of off, turning away, defended back to him

47.4

Narine to Southee, no run, short delivery, Southee swings at it expecting it to turn in, but the ball turns away, and beats the edge, or so it seems. Thomas appeals, he is so confident he has convinced Sammy to review the decision. And oh my word, Narine doesn't have any part of the foot behind the line. Thomas and Sammy might have conceded a no-ball and a free hit here. Plus lose their review. I think it will be pretty generous if this is not called a no-ball. Long wait for the decision. Tension all around as players form small-small groups to chat among themselves. Not-out called, but Narine has been allowed to get away with that no-ball. How crucial could a free hit be in the context of this match? Ordinary umpiring there

47.5

Narine to Southee, 1 run, full, outside off, driven to long-on for one

47.6

Narine to Taylor, 1 run, swept away powerfully, but only for a single. Narine finishes with 2 for 20 off his 10. What pressure he has exerted. Could me the watch-winning turn

End of over 48 (3 runs) New Zealand 237/8 (28 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.93, RRR: 14.00)
LRPL Taylor    110* (113b 6x4 5x6)      SP Narine    10-1-20-2
TG Southee    1* (3b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-19-0

Best to bowl the 49th over, in keeping with the trend of bowling your best option in the penultimate over and take the game into the final over

48.1

Best to Taylor, no run, short of a length, inside edge into the pads, drops into the off side, Taylor turns down the single. Cheers all around

48.2

Best to Taylor, OUT, Sammy takes the catch. Taylor perishes. There are people already wanting to invade the pitch. Surely this wins the series for West Indies? Full toss, on off, Taylor wants to hit it for a six over leg, gets a thick edge that is skied to Sammy at point

LRPL Taylor c Sammy b Best 110 (185m 115b 6x4 5x6) SR: 95.65

48.3

Best to Southee, 1 run, full, on off, dug out for a single

Trent Boult to face for the first time

48.4

Best to Boult, 1 run, full, on off, will get just the single

"What is the use of having a TV umpire look for a no ball if they then don't know the rules?! They could easily look them up on Cricinfo..." Or, Matthew, they could read the commentary here. Meanwhile, Best looking for a well-earned five-for

48.5

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

One more ball to get five for Best. "Ti-no, Ti-no," goes the crowd

48.6

Best to Boult, no run, Best won't get five, but he has sealed the match for sure. length ball outside off, Boult is not keen to get in line as it is bowled at 144ks. Beaten

End of over 49 (3 runs) New Zealand 240/9 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.89, RRR: 25.00)
TA Boult    1* (2b)      TL Best    10-1-46-4
TG Southee    3* (5b)      SP Narine    10-1-20-2

Bravo to bowl the last over, which should only be a celebratory home run for them

49.1

Bravo to Southee, no run, full, on off, driven down the ground, turns down the single

49.2

Bravo to Southee, no run, full, angling in, beats the huge swing. Beaten

49.3

Bravo to Southee, OUT, West Indies have won their first ODI series against a side other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe in more than four years. Slower ball, beats the bat, and the keeper completes the run-put after the New Zealand Nos 10 and 11 are confused and both in the middle of the pitch

TG Southee run out 3 (15m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

That brings an end to the proceedings for today. Thanks for joining us. Cheers

Sunil Narine is MoM. He says: "It shows in the depth in our batting. The lower order giving us a total to bowl at, and then Best running in hard. We have a long season, hopefully I will get a chance in Tests again."

"A good feeling indeed," says Darren Sammy. "It looked a 200 wicket in the morning. Then the partnership between Pollard and Thomas turned it around. You have go commend Narine for another man of the Match today. Tino didn't start too well, but the way he came back and picked up wicket was great. The good thing for us today was that the lower order came through. NZ improved as the series went on, but it was good to see we kept our cool. As he said, 4-1 is much better than 3-2 so we will come out trying to win."

Ian Bishop hosts the presentation ceremony. "You have got to give credit to Wst Indies," says Ross Taylor. "They were under pressure. Their middle order batted well, and the cameos from Sammy and my Delhi team-mate Russell. We would have liked to put the foot down on the throat, but we didn't execute well. You have got to back yourself to get 79 off the last 10, but you have to give credit to Narine. We are slowly improving in a lot of areas, but 2-3 looks much better than 1-4, so we need to come back."

Time for some reaction from readers. Mike is gutted: "Absolutely disgusted - disgusted with Oram and Bracewell, disgusted with the on-field umpires for the inconsistent wide calling, disgusted with the third umpire for completely ignoring a no-ball, and disgusted with the NZ bowlers for relaxing. Feel so sorry for Taylor he tried but everyone around him was pathetic!"

Calvin has a salute for Sammy detractors: "So Sammy hit a crucial 26, took 4 catches, took 1 wicket and took some brave decisions as captain. He is the unsung hero of this match. And people still question his place in the team. What's up with that???"

What scenes of joy between the players and inside the crowd too. They have got this series win the hard way. After the collapse three days ago, they were five down for 100 and change today, and it seemed like we were headed for an equaliser. Kieron Pollard, though, played one of his best innings of all time, restraining himself, scoring a matured fifty to set up, what he called, "a fighting" total. Best then started with pace and fire, and Sammy and Narine followed it up with acts of discipline. Rpss Taylor came back to ODI cricket with a top century, giving WI a right fright, but Narine kept the pressure one, bowling overs 41, 43, 45 and 47 for just 12 runs. That pressure proved too much, and wickets kept falling at the other end. Finally Taylor fell in the 49th over, and it was all over. And how crucial was that no-ball not given in the 48th over? We will never know

Tino Best says, "My son says, 'Dad go and bowl fast.' Any time a 12-year-old tells you that, you'll go out and do it."

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Jul 14, 2012

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

Sunil Narine trapped Kane Williamson lbw

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Jul 14, 2012

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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