West Indies v New Zealand, Super Eights, Antigua March 29, 2007

Oram gets back his wicket-taking form

Stats highlights from New Zealand's comfortable seven-wicket victory against West Indies in Antigua.

Jacob Oram's three wickets broke a lean spell in which he had only taken a solitary wicket in his llast eight ODIs © AFP

Scott Styris and Craig McMillan finished it off in style, but New Zealand's comprehensive seven-wicket victory was set up by their bowlers. Shane Bond and Michael Mason were outstanding with the new ball, while Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori backed them superbly later in the innings.

The numbers don't show it, but the first 11 overs of the West Indies innings witnessed perhaps the best new-ball spell of the tournament. Both Bond and Mason bowled impeccable lengths, as the table below shows: 86% of the balls pitched on a good length. They also induced a not-in-control factor of 20%, which means one in every five deliveries beat the bat, induced an edge or rapped the pads. Bond beat the bat or induced an edge seven times in his first five overs, while the corresponding figure for Mason was five in six overs.

The lengths that Bond and Mason bowled in the first 11 overs
Length Balls Runs Runs per over
Full length 5 6 7.2
Good length 57 15 1.57
Short 3 4 8.00

Neither bowler was rewarded sufficiently at the time - though Bond later finished with three wickets - but that only meant an opportunity for Oram to finally get among the wickets and break his barren run with the ball. He has been in excellent touch with the bat, but in his last eight ODIs - in which he bowled 50 overs - Oram had managed just a solitary wicket at an average of 245 and an economy rate of nearly five. His performance today enhances an already strong bowling line-up and gives New Zealand more attacking options through the rest of the tournament.

Chris Gayle survived that torrid spell but missed out on an opportunity to break out of a slump which has fetched him just 226 runs in his last , at an average of 17.38. Five of his last eight innings have been single-digit scores, and if West Indies are to put up a better fight in the remaining games, much will depend on Gayle getting his form back.

Other highlights

  • Scott Styris's unbeaten 80 pushed his average in World Cups up to 75.14. In 11 innings, he has scored four half-centuries and a hundred.

  • Daniel Vettori's three wickets brings down his average against West Indies in the Caribbean down to a slightly more respectable 41.50. In three previous games against the home team here, Vettori had only managed a solitary wicket.

  • During the course of his innings of 45, Stephen Fleming became the leading run-getter for New Zealand in the World Cup - he now has 900 at an average of 36.00 in 27 games, surpassing Martin Crowe's 880 (ave.55.00) in 21 matches

  • West Indies' best bowler, by some distance, was Daren Powell, who has now taken 15 wickets in his last eight ODIs, at a superb average of 20.

  • New Zealand hold the record for putting the opposition in to bat on the most occasions in the World Cup - this was their 22nd such instance. Sri Lanka are next best with 20. They have won 13 of those matches.

  • Brendon McCullum took four catches in the West Indies innings, the second time he has achieved this feat in this tournament - he had also pouched four against England. Kamran Akmal, Denesh Ramdin and Brendan Taylor are the other wicketkeepers to have nailed four victims in a single innings in this tournament.

  • In their last 10 World Cup innings, West Indies have not recorded a total of 250. The 177 they scored against New Zealand is their lowest total during this period.

    With inputs from Rajesh Kumar.

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