one more gone, a run-out at the non-striker's end and West Indies have done it, Deandra Dottin has done it! Rowe misses the length ball and it goes to the keeper, Jonas wants to steal a bye, Rowe is ball watching and doesn't run, Jonas is halfway down the pitch and the keeper throws the ball quickly to Dottin and Jonas is well short of her ground
9.55pm A proud Courtney Walsh is walking around in the dressing room. What a spectacle to start the World Cup, what a match to set things up for the other games, and what a start for West Indies, who have never won the World Cup. New Zealand were on top often, especially until Devine was batting, and Martin and Jess Kerr kept hitting boundaries too, but both fell victim to Dottin, the player who stole the show in the last over. It's time for me to say goodbye to you all and slap myself back to reality after this thriller. Thanks to everyone for turning in. We have a double-header tomorrow, with Bangladesh vs South Africa, a day game in Dunedin, followed by a cracking England vs Australia day-nighter in Hamilton. Do tune in again, we'll bring you all the action live, as usual, well before first ball. Ciao ciao!
Bimal: "If WI can improve their fielding, they can definitely reach semis. "
Bala: "This WC has begun with a twist with WI getting the better of the more fancied NZ. Watch out and expect more to come as me progress in this WC."
Zeesun islam: "Seems like I have seen the final !! Excellent game of cricket"
Azweer: "Whatta thriller to start with...!!!"
KJ: "Oh dear. That has to go down as a choke I am afraid. Amazing game but panic stations in the last over gas given the game away. Phew. If this is the standard can't wait..."
Time for the presentation...
Stafanie Taylor: The way we played today, set the game up for us. We needed to get over 200, we had a meeting and thought we had to get over 200 to be competitive. That's for the coaches who decides now (who opens once Rashada Williams is fit), it was quite hard for her to come to the top but we told her she was the best option to open and she agreed. New Zealand is a good chasing team, but we can't focus too much on them, we need to focus on ourselves. We knew we could put up a fight, and it was kind of tricky in terms of who to bowl for the last over, and Deandra said she wanted the last over and she did it. Selman was supposed to bowl the last, and Deandra said "give me the ball". I said, "you and the coach can discuss later what happens, I'll give you the ball". The bowlers were doing really well, they were brilliant. Expectations from them) We like to fly under the radar, one step at a time.
Devine: Full credit to West Indies, how they played, especially Matthews. She set the game up and we were in it right till the last over. We'll take positives out of it and move on quickly. We have to embrace the pressure, being the host nation. We play our best cricket when we have a smile on our face. I wanted to play till the end, we were trying to keep the run rate down a bit, but it was fantastic fielding (her dismissal), now we have to dust ourselves off. It's a quick turnaround and that's the best thing for us. We started slowly with the ball, conceded around 40-50 runs in the field, and that's disappointing, we can't afford to do it in World Cups contests. Save some runs and gain some runs. The energy (Bangladesh) they bring is quite contagious, we know what a dangerous side they are.
9.40pm What a match to start the tournament - twin hundreds from two big-ticket players, one of them was injured and carried the innings, and the other led the chase almost until the end. Both teams suffered a lot because of dropped chances, which probably took the game to such a close finish. Twists and turns, boundaries and wickets, and when six are needed off the last over, Deandra Dottin comes in to bowl who hadn't even bowled in the last six ODIs she played. And what does she do? Bowls five balls, concedes just two and takes two wickets.
Hayley Matthews is the Player of the Match: It's New Zealand playing at home, to come out here against the crowd and do it was unbelievable. [We won with my injured hamstring so] a couple of girls are saying I should get injured more often. Really really important knock for me and we had to put in a goof performance, it means a lot to me. Hope we can carry this momentum for the rest of the tournament.
9.31pm What more do you want from this World Cup? The West Indies players are running wild, they are all crowding around Deandra Dottin, she's done it on the big stage again. Just five to defend off the last over, and she's done it. New Zealand players bury their heads in their hands, and they can't believe it. Playing at home, in red-hot form, and they are stunned at home in the opening game of the World Cup.
Four off two, one wicket left, 17-year-old Fran Jonas comes out, not on strike here
miscued to mid-off! Deandra Dottin is doing it all here, getting rid of the set batters all by herself when they need to defend five in the last over. Bravely tries the block hole with mid-off in the circle, Kerr wants to hit the winning runs over mid-off but can't clear the fielder. It's the easiest of catches, and West Indies are holding on to them when it matters
Dottin runs in but withdraws, has to run in again
low full toss on leg, trying the yorker again, and she gets a single down to long-on
How many more twists and turns are there going to be? I need a glass of water. Five off four needed. Hannah Rowe out there now
right in the block hole from Dottin, Martin can't put it away, loud, loud appeal and it's given! Martin also reviews, it's all happening. A dipping yorker right on leg stump, it's hit Martin's back show in front of leg, no edge says UltraEdge, and ball-tracking shows it's hitting leg. Big wicket from a big player at a big time, Deandra Dottin
Martin on strike
a sliding effort to the left of mid-off after she middles the drive, great effort to keep it to one and keep the game alive
Discussions for the West Indies players. They're under pressure now . Kerr is on strike, on 24 off 19, having already hit three fours. Deandra Dottin will bowl the last over. Third man and mid-off in the circle, fine leg, square leg and long-on are deep
Nitin: "is there super over?" Yes!
on the other side this time, four more for Martin! She's closed the game here by bringing it down to six off six. Short and wide, again there to be hit, and Martin hangs back to scythe it over point for four
goes deep and across, and absolutely hammers that across the line. What a shot from Martin! Full on the stumps, she shuffles to off in the crease and swings it away to wide long-on in the big gap
Mid-off in the circle, mid-on is deep. She runs in but doesn't bowl it, Martin was looking to scoop it away. Fine leg is in the circle. Some more field changes
mid-off is in, she won't get four because she hasn't middled it, but gets enough on it as she lofts it down the ground for two more
Nathan: "If NZ manage to get over the line, WI will only have the dropped catches to blame. How many is that now!?" Six, if I'm not wrong
full and wide, driven along the ground to deep point for one now
gets width outside off, slams it over the covers to deep point and they want a second, get it as well because the throw is poor
Can Kerr get them another boundary?
full outside off, she drives for a thick edge to third man for one
20 off 12. New Zealand will want boundaries again because there are plenty of dot balls in between. Henry for her last
Matthews finishes off with 2 for 41 from her 10
outside off again, and she scythes it straight to point again
waits for the ball turning in from outside off again, and she helps it to point. Can't take a single off that
goes back for the ball turning in, and she defends it back
Mid-off goes back now
gets some width to free her arms, she makes some more and slaps that over the covers for four! Jess Kerr playing a little gem here, with her boundaries
fuller outside off, and she drills it straight to Anisa at cover
dropped at long-on, it's not going to be a third for Matthews! Kerr lofted it down the ground, went really high, and long-on ran in put in a forward dive, got both hands, but again couldn't hold on
Matthews' last over
"somewhere NZ needs 1 big over... lets hope its not the last" Why not the last, Glen?
Six from that over
mid-off was dropped back, it's pitched up again and she powers it down to the left of long-ff for one more
105kmh, nice and tight on the stumps and she defends it back
mid-off is in, the ball is pitched up and Jess Kerr finds her second boundary by lofting this over the circle, and it races away for four. Not much power into that, just a chip down the ground
|Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui|
|Toss||New Zealand Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||WODI no. 1244|
|Match days||4 March 2022 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||West Indies Women 2, New Zealand Women 0|