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1st T20I, Roseau, July 05, 2014, New Zealand tour of West Indies
(18/18 ov) 132/8
(15/15 ov, T:106) 117/4

New Zealand won by 12 runs (D/L method)

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end of over 159 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 117/4CRR: 7.80 
Ross Taylor28 (20b 1x4 2x6)
Luke Ronchi0 (0b)
Daren Sammy 3-0-22-3
Kieron Pollard 2-0-14-0

That's it from us for this match. The rain played a major role in the match, both in terms of making the ball hard to grip and the pitch a little unpredictable, and it put New Zealand in a distinctly advantageous position by the end. They made sure they capitalised, and they've taken a 1-0 lead. Do join us tomorrow for the second T20. Good night.

Andre Fletcher is Man of the Match

Darren Sammy says West Indies batted really well, after the start they got, but didn't get the finish they wanted at the end. "We still backed our bowlers to defend, but the conditions didn't allow us to do it. The most important thing in cricket is the ball, and the conditions made it very difficult to grip."

Brendon McCullum agrees, and says the conditions were "unacceptable" and adds that he feels for the "team on the wrong side" of the result. "The wicket, with the rain on it, it was hard to tell if it was going to kiss off it or sit on it."

Ross Taylor says "you have to give credit to the umpires and the West Indies players for staying out for so long because it was raining quite steadily."

And that, it seems, is that. It's still raining, and the light isn't great either, and the players go off again, and the players shake hands as they do so. The Duckworth-Lewis par score for New Zealand, at this point, was 105 for 4, and they're comfortably ahead of that score. This means, of course, that they are in the curious, but now familiar position of having won by a runs margin rather than a wickets margin despite batting second. They have won by 12 runs.

Sammy to Taylor, 2 runs

shortish ball outside off, and he chops down on it and sends it speeding away wide of Narine at short third man, but he gives chase and cuts it off easily enough

Luke Ronchi comes in, wearing a comedy moustache under the helmet

Sammy to Anderson, OUT

Sammy has three now. He bangs this in, and it goes looping off Anderson's outside edge as he looks to pull. Easy catch for Narine at short fine leg

Corey Anderson c Narine b Sammy 15 (9b 1x4 1x6 18m) SR: 166.66

They're finally bringing out a batch of replacement balls now. Had to happen, I suppose. The towels were coming out after every delivery

Sammy to Anderson, FOUR runs

full-toss, and he swats it over the bowler's head, two bounces down past the boundary. It was the slower ball, and it slipped out of his grasp

Sammy to Anderson, no run

into the blockhole, and he swings hard at it but can't even get it off the square

Sammy to Anderson, 2 runs

short ball, and Anderson was late on the pull. Caught it high on the bat and it looped up but safely enough, dropping down near where mid-on would have been had he not been stationed at long-on

Sammy goes around the wicket now

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run

full ball outside off, and he shuffles forward to play a checked drive towards deep cover

end of over 1411 runs
NZ: 108/3CRR: 7.71 RRR: 6.50
Corey Anderson9 (5b 1x6)
Ross Taylor25 (18b 1x4 2x6)
Kieron Pollard 2-0-14-0
Daren Sammy 2-0-13-2
Pollard to Anderson, no run

short ball, and Anderson semi-ducks, semi-sways out of the way

The West Indians are complaining about the ball but the umpires are having none of it. The ball promptly slips out of Pollard's grasp as he runs in for his next delivery. Out come towels and red rags to wipe the ball clean

Pollard to Anderson, SIX runs

full, on off stump, right in Anderson's slot, and he swats across the line and launches it over the deep midwicket boundary

Pollard to Taylor, 1 run

back of a length, angling in towards off, and he shuffles across and tucks it off his hip to deep midwicket

Pollard to Anderson, 1 run

slower ball, very short, and he thought about cutting initially, but it barely came on, and decided in the end to club it down to long-on

Pollard to Taylor, 1 run

onto middle stump now, length ball, and he tucks it gently into the midwicket area with a roll of his wrists

Pollard to Taylor, 1 wide

that's a shocking delivery. He lost his action there, and it slipped out of his hand, with no pace at all, and way down the leg side

Pollard to Anderson, 1 run

slower ball, full and angled across towards off stump, and he drives it to deep cover

end of over 134 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 97/3CRR: 7.46 RRR: 7.40
Corey Anderson1 (1b)
Ross Taylor23 (16b 1x4 2x6)
Daren Sammy 2-0-13-2
Sunil Narine 3-0-19-0
Sammy to Anderson, 1 run

short, rising to chest-height, and he clubs it down to deep midwicket

Sammy to Taylor, 1 run

full, on off, and he walks across his stumps and works it behind square on the leg side

Sammy to Taylor, no run

full ball, angling in towards off, and he defends back to the bowler

Anderson is in now

Sammy to McCullum, OUT

Sammy strikes again! It's short, and McCullum pulls, but for once he doesn't get hold of it and it goes uppishly and drops comfortably into the hands of Dwayne Smith at deep square leg

Brendon McCullum c Smith b Sammy 40 (35b 3x4 1x6 52m) SR: 114.28
Sammy to Taylor, 1 run

thickish outside edge as he tries to drive towards cover, slices it down to short third man

Sammy to McCullum, 1 run

full and wide, and he comes forward to drive that to deep cover

end of over 125 runs
NZ: 93/2CRR: 7.75 RRR: 6.83
Brendon McCullum39 (33b 3x4 1x6)
Ross Taylor21 (13b 1x4 2x6)
Sunil Narine 3-0-19-0
Andre Russell 2-0-21-0
Narine to McCullum, 1 run

bit of bounce, and he takes his bottom hand off and gets an inside-edge down towards backward square leg

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