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Match Analysis

More heartache for New Zealand

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from New Zealand against West Indies in Pallekele

David Hopps
David Hopps
It was Super Over heartbreak again for Ross Taylor and New Zealand  •  Getty Images

It was Super Over heartbreak again for Ross Taylor and New Zealand  •  Getty Images

Heartache of the day
There have been only eight ties in the history of T20 internationals and remarkably New Zealand have been involved in two in five days at Pallakele - and lost the Super Over on both occasions, firstly against Sri Lanka and now West Indies.
Substitute of the day
Dwayne Smith was again not selected by West Indies, but he found his way onto the field as a substitute and had quite an impact, sending the match into a Super Over with a direct hit from midwicket to run out Doug Bracewell on the last ball as Bracewell sought a second run that would have brought New Zealand victory off the final ball.
Misfield of the day
That Super Over might never have happened had Sunil Narine not misfielded in the final over of New Zealand's innings, a simple fumble at short fine leg which crucially kept Ross Taylor on strike. Ultimately, it did not matter, but Narine, who along with Samuel Badree formed one half of an excellent West Indies spin partnership, nearly wasted his excellent work.
Mishap of the day
A last-minute Achilles injury for Daniel Vettori robbed New Zealand of one of their most accomplished performers and gave Ronnie Hira, a slow left-armer, his first game of the tournament.
Statistic of the day
When Chris Gayle despatched a full toss from Jacob Oram over square leg for six, it was his 300th six in T20, quite a haul in a format that has not been around all that long, even considering that he travels the world in search of new boundaries to clear.
Soft dismissal of the day
Nathan McCullum, New Zealand's offspinner, held up play for a few seconds while he moved Tim Southee 10 yards straighter at long off. From his next ball, Marlon Samuels obligingly chipped it to the fielder, who did not have to move an inch. As West Indies stuttered to 139, it looked as if it would be New Zealand's night.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo