Taylor guides this one down to the gully
Match State: Delay - rain
And they have come off as the rain is getting too heavy and we have the familiar sight in this series of the groundstaff pulling on the covers. As it stands New Zealand will win under the Duckworth Lewis calculations. There is a possibility of further play and the local view is that the rain may let up so fingers crossed. I will bring you updates whenever I can.
19.10 Right, we will start losing overs in the next 15 minutes and then lose one every five minutes. We have 15 overs left so there is still some time left yet. Were they to come out, New Zealand are 9 runs ahead and West Indies would need wickets.
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19.30 Rain is still coming down I'm afraid so no change yet. No more details to give you but as soon as I hear I will l let you know.
19.50 Bad news folks, the match has been abandoned due to the incessant rain which shows no sign of letting up. That means that New Zealand wins the game by 9 runs under the Duckworth Lewis method and the ODI series 2-1.
Unsurprisingly Chris Gayle receives the Man of the match award for his fabulous 135. He sounds a very disappointed man and so he should be, he and Chanderpaul played superbly to give their team a excellent platform. However, there were precious few contributions from the rest of the team and some of the batting at the death was mindless slogging where run gathering would have got them the extra 15-20 runs that may have made the difference.
Having said that New Zealand did well and having received some treatment earlier pulled the game back in within reach.
Their chase started off at an incredible pace and the fifty came up in the fifth and the hundred in the twelfth. There was some woefully erratic bowling from Powell and Edwards whose control could not match their fire and extras supplemented some meaty shots from McCullum, Ryder and Guptill. Baker and Pollard brought a measure of control but even when Powell returned to pick up a couple of wickets with the rain looming that start stood New Zealand in good stead.
With the rain getting heavier, Taylor took the batting Powerplay and some delightful drives took them past the Duckworth Lewis par score and into control. It was certainly cruel on Gayle and Chanderpaul who were the outstanding performers of the day but as Gayle said afterward that whilst West Indies played good cricket in patches New Zealand played the better cricket overall throughout the series.
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a drive goes to Nash at mid off who has a shy which goes for an overthrow. They need to look for a wicket and it is getting greasy so understandable
yorker comes in and the drive comes down on the ball which bounced past the stumps to the keeper
hops up and calmly placed it down into the gully region
strikes the pads and runs square on the leg
Powell tries to bang one in looking for the wicket but it goes down leg side for a wide
the batsmen gets on his toes and plays it square on the off side
Looks like the ball is getting a bit slippy but some lovely cricket shots have put New Zealand ahead. Taylor's turn to get some treatment for his foot- West Indies need a wicket!
low full toss and hit square where it is hauled in on the boundary
on the legs, hit the pad and a half-hearted appeal. Leg bye
stunning drive, just in front of square this time. A wide half volley dispatched
full ball is pounced on by Taylor and he drives it square and over the boundary
Eliott plays a classical cover drive which is stopped by a dive on the boundary saving one
on the legs and runs behind square for one
New Zealand call for their Powerplay- they feel they need to get the runs now in case the rain comes down any harder. Can't afford to lose a wicket but needs 9 now
Looks like Taylor has decided they need to get ahead of the rate asap
Taylor tries to heave one from one knee but toe ends it out on the off-side
Taylor slashes at a short wide one
a shorter one restricts the batsmens options
194 is par so NZ still 5 behind
a full ball is prodded out to the off side
a misfield allows the batsment through for one
pushed wide of the bowler and they take on the deep mid off, they get home easily
The umpires have had a chat although nothing too heavy coming down yet
A good over from Nash, asking New Zealand how they want to play it
and now mid on and still now run
|McLean Park, Napier|
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand won the 5-match series 2-1|
|Match number||ODI no. 2792|
|Hours of play (local time)||12.00 start, First Session 12.00-15.30 Interval 15.30-16.15, Second Session 16.15-19.45|
|Match days||13 January 2009 - day (50-over match)|
Moles wants team to be more consistent
'We were the better side' - Vettori
New Zealand v West Indies, 5th ODI, Napier
|LRPL Taylor||not out||48||71|
|GD Elliott||not out||14||17|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 6, nb 3, w 13)|
|Total||211(5 wkts; 35 ovs)|