Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boult to Russell, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, cut away for a single
Boult to Russell, FOUR runs, poor delivery, pitched outside leg with fine leg inside the circle, and he has glanced it past the man

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

34 | 9 Runs | WI: 156/9 (94 runs required from 15.3 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 5.87)

  • Ravi Rampaul9 (10b)
  • Andre Russell37 (22b)
  • Kyle Mills7-2-37-0
  • Trent Boult8-0-40-1
Mills to Rampaul, no run, short of a length, on top of off, punched nicely, but straight to point
Mills to Russell, 1 run, down on a knee to drive this down to long-off
Mills to Rampaul, 1 run, pulled, but short of deep midwicket
Mills to Rampaul, no run, bouncer, hits RR's shoulder before lobbing back onto the pitch
Mills to Russell, 1 leg bye, Slower ball, and a shout for an lbw.. Not given out. Back of a length, pitches middle and leg, straightens, but doesn't straighten enough for the umpire's liking. They discuss a review, but don't go for it. Replays show it clipping the leg stump
Mills to Russell, SIX runs, Mis-hit for six. Russell looks to go over long-off, but gets too much under it. Long-off is right at the edge, and sees it sail over, but McCullum rushes in from long-on to get a hand to it, but he too has stepped out

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

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

1st19CH GayleJ Charles
2nd14CH GayleDR Smith
3rd17MN SamuelsDR Smith
4th2MN SamuelsDJ Bravo
5th10MN SamuelsKA Pollard
6th23D RamdinKA Pollard
7th10DJG SammyD Ramdin
8th8D RamdinAD Russell
9th30SP NarineAD Russell
10th28R RampaulAD Russell