length ball angling in, and pulled to deep midwicket. New Zealand win by 13 runs!
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Mitchell Santner is the Player of the Match: "There was a bit of spin that was surprising. The lengths are key against these guys, they can hit you pretty far. Back of a length worked well. (CPL experience helped?) I've played for Trinidad, and you find out what lengths work against these guys. Surprised to see it spinning. Throughout our bowling innings we were able to take wickets, very handy since they bat so deep. We saw their fireworks even though they were seven down. (Williamson's reintroduction) It is massive. He is an outstanding player and captain. The way he controlled the innings was outstanding, along with Neesham who finished it off. We've had a few big guys come back, which is nice."
Losing captain Nicholas Pooran: "We were happy to chase 175 but we conceded a few more. We were excellent in the last five, just a little extra at the end. (Spin challenging?) Santner bowled well. It was a slower wicket, but it happens. But we got close, we are happy with that. We are finding that template. Guys are playing situation a bit smarter. Winning and losing is contagious and we are losing at the moment. (Too many top-order wickets) Roles are clear, but they'll learn from them. But I will not pull up any batsman. We will get better. Losing hurts us but we are trying our best, couple of things needed to go in our favour.
Winning captain Kane Williamson: (Pleased?) Nice to get the win. The performance and what went into it was more pleasing. We know how dynamic and gifted West Indies players are. We know that's what they are going to bring and for us it was nice to stick to our plan. Having said that, some things to improve. (Personal batting effort) It is just about playing roles and being clear about that. There are a number of really valuable contributions today, even the 17s of 10 balls that pushes the innings along. (Worried at the end?) Power is always there from West Indies, we know they will keep coming hard and for us it is about sticking to our plans.
Anand: "NZ scored 31 of last 8 legal balls.Wi scored 18 of last 8 legal balls.WI lost by 13 runs. "
6.40pm Finally we have a result, and this game ends with the floodlights on. West Indies fought to lose only by 13 runs, and therefore the hosts will think where they lost this. Was it those expensive two overs with the ball at the end of the first innings? Was it the early wickets in the powerplay that forced a recovery? They will need to have a relook at their notes while New Zealand will know that they cannot take West Indies lightly at all for the next two games.
Santner's 3 for 19 the pick of the bowling, while the others took one wicket each. A terrific 26-ball partnership of 58 between Smith and Shepherd though - one that would've made Williamson surely break a sweat in the last few overs.
Who is your Player of the Match? Santner's three-for at an economy of under 5 is a contender, Conway and Williamson too with their forties, but reckon Neesham is favourite with his 15-ball 33 with the bat, one stunning catch and some solid fielding on the boundary line. We'll soon find out.
six for sure! No, not for sure - Neesham with a terrific effort! Shepherd clubs this to deep midwicket and it has six written all over it, but Neesham at the cow corner boundary jumps high, sticks one hand out, and parries the ball back! Applause all around
is that six number two? No! Full ball just outside off stump. Shepherd loses his shape while trying to hit a six over the bowler. Ball flies off the edge and goes over short third man. Lands just inside the boundary line where Ferguson was around to drag the ball back
and there's one! Back of a length outside off. The tall Shepherd stays in his crease and flat-bats a six over long on!
24 off 4. Four sixes needed.
full, just outside off. Drags this to wide long on. Smith lost his shape trying to muscle it. Was in the slot for one of those six-hitting shots, but the combination of lack of pace and Smith's lack of balance saves Southee
back of a length outside off and angling into off. Mistimed pull to midwicket
26 needed. That's three sixes, two fours. Or four sixes and a couple of singles.
like a tracer bullet! In the slot, just outside off stump. And he creams a drive past cover's right and long off's left!
fullish outside off. Smith aims to hit it over the bowler, but sliced behind square instead. Ball lands just beyond short third man and point running back, but Sodhi's dive near the boundary line saves two crucial runs
Guptill is in the stands searching for the ball.
good length on middle. Angling into leg. Smith backs away exposing all three stumps and displays extremely fast hands as he clubs a pull in front of square. 90m six that hit the roof of one of the stands
Ferguson cranks it up. Short ball just outside off. Smith tries the pull but beaten by the pace
yorker attempted outside off. Ends up as a very low full toss. Smith gets low and hammers a shot through the covers
good length ball outside off, and he slaps this off the back foot to Santner's left. Santner - at long off - runs to his left, slides, and intercepts
That last over ruined Boult's figures. Couldn't get the yorker in, ended up with some full tosses or some slot deliveries.
full ball, leg-stump line. Tries to clip it fine, but hits his pad and the ball rolls away to short fine
full outside off stump. Shepherd loses his balance but not before clattering a six over wide long off! Pace off but Shepherd picked it up nice and early. 100 metres!
short ball, slower ball, Shepherd is totally deceived as he checks out of the attempted pull
full on middle. Shepherd's slog is dragged to deep backward square leg. Guptill runs around from deep square leg, slides along the ground, and stops the four
some free runs, but WI will take 'em. Misses the yorker, ends up as a low full toss outside off. Shepherd goes for a baseball swing, and it takes the outside edge. Races away, between keeper and short third
full toss on off. Shepherd keeps a solid base, and transfers the power well into a shot that flies straight back over for six! Off the sweet spot
62 needed off 18
back of a length ball angling into him. Pulls uncomfortably to Guptill at wide long on
fullish outside off. Drags this to Guptill's right, who is positioned at wide long on
|Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica|
|Toss||West Indies, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||T20I no. 1728|
|Match days||10 August 2022 - day (20-over match)|