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New Zealand Vs West Indies Live Score (T20)

Date: Friday, 29 December, 2017 11:11 IST Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat West Indies by 47 runs

  • For the Windies, apart from Samuel Badree, every bowler took a pasting. They did pick wickets but it was more because of the batsmen gifting it away rather than they earning it. As far as the playing surface goes, it looks like a very good strip for batting. Also, considering the size of the ground and the power hitters that the tourists possess in their batting ranks, this could be an interesting chase. Do join us in a short while.
  • 34 runs in the last two overs and New Zealand have finished things on a high. After losing Martin Guptill early in the match, Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips combined to raise a quickfire 86-run stand and in the process scored fifties. The batsmen who followed next kept on chipping with runs and never allowed the momentum to slip away. Mitchell Santner played a handy cameo towards the end to take the total beyond the 175-run mark.
  • Colin Munro is caught up on the sidelines and he thinks 187 is a good score and their aim at the start was for about 180. Admits they were guilty of hitting the ball too hard at the start. Credits the middle order for this good position that his side is in. About the pitch, he reckons that there is tennis-ball bounce on that and the ball was holding a bit. Adds that the batsmen will give inputs to the bowlers and if they bowl well, they'll be good with the defense. About Badree, he says that the spinner has got him out three times and his flight and pace which he varies is the key.
  • 19.6 Good length delivery around off, Santner muscles it down to long on for a couple of runs. A massive over for New Zealand, 25 runs coming off it as they finish on 187/7!
  • 19.5 Short in length on off, it's pulled to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 19.4 Only a bye off the Free Hit... Kesrick bowls it full and outside off, 138.1 kph, Southee throws his bat at it but misses. They cross.
  • 19.4 FOUR! And it's called a no ball for height. Kesrick bangs in a short ball seeing the batsman giving the charge. Southee wheels his bat across the line and top edges it over short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 19.3 Williams bowls a bouncer this time, Southee tries to swing hard at it but misses.
  • 19.2 A legal delivery this time, Southee walks down the track and whips it through mid-wicket. He turns for the second run, slips but still makes it safely to the other end as the throw from the deep wasn't a good one.
  • 19.2 Free Hit accounts for a run but...but...but... Williams has overstepped again. He is feeling the heat. As far as this delivery is concerned, it's short and pulled to wide long on for one. Another Free Hit coming up...
  • 19.2 FOUR! And what more? Kesrick has overstepped, dear me, you cannot afford to do that at this stage. A full toss on middle and Santner powers it to the deep mid-wicket fence. Free Hit coming up...
  • 19.1 SIX! What a start to the over! Williams serves it in the line of the stumps, Santner winds up for a big shot and dismisses it straight over the bowler's head for a maximum.
  • Kesrick Williams continues...
  • 18.6 FOUR! Brathwaite goes for a quicker delivery but it's around the leg stump line, Southee deflects it fine off his pads and it beats short fine leg. 162/7
  • Skipper Tim Southee is in next.
  • 18.5 OUT! Carlos Brathwaite has taken yet another outstanding catch in the match. This time off his own bowling. It's full and angling into the batsman, Doug gets forward and pushes it uppishly back to the bowler. It's never easy to go down low in the followthrough, especially for a tall man but Brathwaite has pulled off a ripper. Straightway tosses the ball in the air and celebrates.
  • 18.4 Identical to the last delivery but it's slower in pace. Santner once again camps back and then hits it square of the wicket on the off side. Finds the gap and collects a single.
  • 18.3 FOUR! Wrong line and length by Carlos Brathwaite. Bowls it short and wide outside off, Santner moves back and whacks it over point for a boundary.
  • Doug Bracewell walks in now.
  • 18.2 OUT! Another full toss has resulted in a wicket and this is a big one too. Taylor holes out and this means a deduction of at least 10-15 runs from the eventual Kiwi total. Ross walks across the stumps and tries to heave it over mid-wicket, his favoured region. But this time he fails to get enough power behind the shot and hands a simple catch to Jerome Taylor in the deep.
  • 18.1 Good fast yorker outside off, 134 kph, Taylor tries to dig it out but misses.
  • Carlos Brathwaite to bowl the penultimate over.
  • 17.6 The batsman drives this through the covers. One run added to the total. Excellent over, 4 runs from it along with the wicket of Anaru Kitchen. 153/5
  • 17.5 Shortish and pulled wide of long on for one.
  • 17.4 Goes on the back foot and punches it straight to covers.
  • 17.3 Angling away from the batsman, on a good length, Santner tries playing it late but fails to connect.
  • 17.2 Slower and full on middle, Santner tickles it through square leg for a couple of runs.
  • Mitchell Santner joins Taylor in the middle with 17 balls remaining.
  • 17.1 OUT! Kesrick Williams deceives Anaru Kitchen with a well-disguised slower one. He runs in delivers it from wide of the crease, Anaru walks back and forward to play the flick shot but is way too early into the shot. He fails to make any connection and it gets deflected off his back pad to the back of the front boot before disturbing the stumps. So just 12 runs on debut for Kitchen!
  • Kesrick Williams is back on.
  • 16.6 A near yorker on middle, Taylor squeezes it out from the inner part of the bat to deep square leg and takes a brace. 149/4
  • 16.5 SIX! Bang! It's dead straight and has gone all the way. Jerome delivers this one full and right in the arc for the batsman. Ross keeps his weight on the back leg and goes hard at it. He absolutely blazes it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
  • 16.4 Length delivery angling into the batsman, Anaru helps it down to long on for one.
  • 16.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 16.2 A length ball around off, slower in pace, Taylor is cramped up a bit for room and chops it down wide of the keeper for a run.
  • 16.1 Length delivery outside off, Kitchen throws his bat at it but gets an inside edge to the leg side. A single taken.
  • 15.6 Walks down the track and works it down to long on for a run. 12 from the over, Nurse finishes with 4-0-31-1! 136/4
  • 15.5 Quicker and flatter outside off, tapped down to short third man for a single.
  • 15.4 Turns it off his pads to mid-wicket for one.
  • 15.3 FOUR! EDGY! Nurse is on the shorter side with his length outside off, Kitchen rocks back with the square cut but it takes the outside edge and runs fine down to third man for a boundary.
  • 15.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Cheeky from Taylor! Flighted ball on middle, Taylor kneels and plays a paddle sweep. It goes uppishly but wide of the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Badree stationed there could have done better with his effort.
  • Ashley Nurse back for his last over.
  • 14.6 Shortish and pulled on the leg side for one. 124/4
  • 14.5 Taylor delivers an off pace ball outside off, Anaru eases it down to long off for one.
  • 14.4 Fullish and outside off, pushed down through mid on for a run.
  • 14.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They take a single. This will settle down the nerves of the debutant.
  • Anaru Kitchen, the debutant, walks in next.
  • 14.2 OUT! That's dead plumb! Bruce fails to connect with a rank full toss after walking a bit across the stumps and is hit just above the knee roll on the front leg. They appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Tom has a chat with Ross and opts for the DRS. That looked quite close to the naked eye. The replays roll in, there is no inside edge on the Snicko while the Ball Tracker shows that the impact is in line and it's going on to hit the middle stump.
  • Huge appeal for an lbw! The finger goes up and Tom Bruce reviews it after consulting his partner. Looks quite close. Let's see...
  • 14.1 Fuller and on middle, forced down to long on for one.
  • Taylor to Taylor! The contest will be worth watching as Jerome Taylor comes back into the attack. A false start first up...
  • 13.6 Tossed up ball outside off, Tom gets across and tries to defend but misses. He gets an inside edge onto the pads. Badree ends his spell, 4-0-22-1! Superb effort. 119/3
  • 13.5 Uses his feet to get down the track and knocks it down to long on for one.
  • Ross Taylor walks in next with a strong platform set. He is in the form of his life!
  • 13.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! Badree strikes to remove the danger man. He keeps his line straight and gets the reward. A tossed up ball landing full on middle, Phillips sits down on one knee to slog it across the line but misses. It goes through to rattle the stumps and yet another batsman gets dismissed soon after scoring a fifty. Windies would hope to capitalize from here and bowl a lot better in the end overs.
  • 13.3 FOUR! Cracked away! Good lord, that was hit ferociously. Short and outside off, flatter through the air, Phillips camps back and smacks it through point for a boundary.
  • 13.2 Here it is, maiden T20I fifty for Glenn Phillips. No raise of the bat this time though. Badree bowls it quick and on middle, Glenn tickles it off his pads in front of square leg and scampers back for the second run. Nurse in the deep rushes to the ball but throws it wayyyyyy wide of the keeper. Ian Bishop on air exclaims 'he threw a wide' and there is a laughter heard in the background. What a horrible throw! The batsmen complete the second run with ease.
  • 13.1 FOUR! Fine shot! A flighted full ball around middle and off, Phillips kneels and nails his sweep in front of square leg for a boundary. He raises his bat thinking he has scored a fifty. But he's still on 49! A bit embarrassing if he comes to know that.
  • Samuel Badree is back on to bowl his final over.
  • 12.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. 108/2
  • 12.5 SIX! High and handsome! Not an ideal line and length to bowl. It's on middle and fractionally overpitched, Phillips swings his bat across the line and makes outstanding connection. It flies from the middle of the bat and lands in the crowd at mid-wicket.
  • 12.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 12.3 A speedy delivery this time, on a length and angling in, Phillips chips it over mid on and collects a single. Failed to get it from the middle. Nearly carried to the fielder in the deep.
  • 12.2 Short in length this time, slower in pace again, Phillips pulls it through square leg and takes a brace.
  • 12.1 FOUR! He will keep playing his shots! Picks the slower delivery early, it's on the fuller length outside off and Glenn smashes it over covers for a boundary.
  • 11.6 Loopy and on off, too full in length, it's knocked down to long on for one. A successful over, 4 runs and wicket from it! 93/2
  • 11.5 Tries playing it across the line but ends up pushing it back to the bowler.
  • 11.4 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • Tom Bruce arrives.
  • 11.3 OUT! Another inspirational piece of fielding effort by the Windies skipper. Munro in an attempt to clear long on went hard at a quicker delivery fired at him. He failed to get enough distance on his shot and Brathwaite in the deep took a nice low catch. Not easy for a tall man to get down low and forward. Excellent effort to end an excellent knock.
  • 11.2 Stifled appeal for an lbw, turned down. Tossed up ball around off, Phillips walks across with the paddle sweep but fails to middle it. It goes off the pads past the keeper to short fine leg and they take a leg bye. Impact well outside off!
  • 11.1 Fine stop in the deep by Carlos Brathwaite! Munro smashes a fullish ball down the ground and it speeds away. Brathwaite in the deep rushes across to his right and makes a fantastic stop. Saves three for his side. The skipper leading from the front!
  • 10.6 FOUR! Spoils a good over! Brathwaite fails to hit the yorker mark and it's a juicy full ball around middle for the batsman. Glenn flexes his arms and drills it wide of long on for a boundary. 89/1
  • 10.5 Goes hard at it and gets it away off the inner half of the bat. It rolls wide of short fine leg and they take a run.
  • 10.4 Fullish and on middle, 133.7 kph, Munro pushes it right back. Brathwaite gets his hands to it but it goes through it and nearly hits the stumps at the other end. Phillips was well aware of all the action and quickly plants his bat inside the crease. Taking no chance.
  • 10.3 Walks back a bit and strokes it down the ground to long off for one.
  • 10.2 A slower delivery on middle, 104.3 kph, Phillips whips it through mid-wicket and rushes across for a single. A slight fumble in the deep and they pinch the second run as well.
  • 10.1 Hits the yorker mark, Phillips does well to dig it out.
  • Carlos Brathwaite back on for another spell.
  • 9.6 Outside off on a fuller length, driven straight to covers. 81/1
  • 9.5 Floated on the stumps, eased to long on for a single.
  • 9.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 9.3 Now Phillips plays the sweep shot for a single.
  • 9.2 4th T20I fifty for Colin Munro! Sweeps this one through backward square leg for a single. He has looked good today in spite of getting a couple of chances. He is on course for a big one, will he get it?
  • 9.1 Bowled in line of the stumps, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • Munro shows concern to the spectator whom the ball hit in the previous ball. His biggie deflected from a spectator's shoulder and hit another on the face. Seeing that there is no imminent danger, he continues to bat.
  • 8.6 SIX! Make that two-in-two! What powers does this Munro have! Full ball on middle and leg, he nonchalantly lifts it over long off. The ball sails over the fence for another biggie. Another big over this, 19 runs from this one. 76/1
  • 8.5 SIX! Easy pickings! Williams delivers this on a length from over the wicket, Munro pulls this over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • 8.4 FOUR! The change of bat seems to be doing wonders for Munro. Gets a short ball on the pads, he pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. The fielder in the deep did well to dive but couldn't prevent a boundary.
  • Change of bat for Colin Munro. After hitting the shot on 8.2, he immediately had a look at the bottom of the blade and signaled for the change to the dressing room.
  • 8.3 Phillips has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 8.2 A touch shorter in length, Munro flat-bats it to long on for one.
  • 8.1 Length ball on off, punched through wide mid off for a single.
  • Kesrick Williams back on.
  • 7.6 This one is hit straight to the man at long on for a single. 57/1
  • 7.5 SIX! Bang goes Phillips and he makes massive contact on that one. He is a terrific striker of the ball and here is a proof of that. Nurse floats it on a fuller length on off, Glenn gets down and just slogs it over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen. Breaking shackles with this?
  • 7.4 Munro works this delivery through the square leg region to rotate strike. Brings up 50 for the Kiwis.
  • 7.3 Flatter on the pads, clipped through square leg for one.
  • 7.2 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 7.1 Not much flight on this one, eased through mid off for one.
  • More spin. Ashley Nurse to roll his arm over. He fared reasonable well in the ODIs and would love to make an impact here.
  • 6.6 Slower one at 111.9 kph, Phillips looks to go big on the on side. Gets an inside edge onto his back leg and the ball rolls towards backward point. A run taken. 6 singles of this over, Windies won't mind this. 46/1
  • 6.5 Brathwaite delivers this on off and middle, Munro picks up a run by turning this through mid-wicket.
  • 6.4 Full on the stumps, driven down the ground for another run.
  • 6.3 Munro flat-bats it down the ground. Carlos dives to his left in his followthrough but cannot get a hand to that. A run results.
  • 6.2 This ball is flicked through mid-wicket for one.
  • 6.1 Short delivery around off, pulled towards mid-wicket for one.
  • The skipper, Carlos Brathwaite, brings himself on now.
  • 5.6 Fuller around off, hit back towards the bowler. Good over from Williams this. The visitors have done well in the Powerplay, just 40 runs have been given and a wicket taken. 40/1
  • 5.5 Banged short on the stumps, Phillips makes room and lets it go. One for the over signaled.
  • 5.4 The bowlers' effort to prevent runs off their own bowling is fun to watch many a times. Munro clips it with soft hands through mid-wicket and wants a couple immediately. But Williams himself charges after that and keeps the run flow to just one.
  • 5.3 Excellently delivered! Bowls a slower off cutter at 119.7 kph outside off, Munro throws his all at that. Misses the ball completely as the ball arrived just today while he was done with the shot yesterday.
  • 5.3 NO BALL! Length ball on the stumps, Phillips gets it high off the bat towards wide mid on. Never looked in control. But what's more, Williams has overstepped. Free Hit time!
  • 5.2 This one is bowled wide of the crease, Munro pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 5.1 Length ball outside off, punched through covers for one.
  • Kesrick Williams to bowl now. He will bowl the last over of the fielding restrictions.
  • 4.6 Colin has punched the ball off the back foot. 35/1
  • 4.5 FOUR! No, no, no! Brathwaite spills a chance here and what's more, it results in a boundary. This is floated on middle and off, Munro backs away a touch and flat-bats it towards mid off. The Windies skipper leaps to his left but the ball bursts through his hands and goes to the fence. How costly will this be? To be fair to him, this was hit hard.
  • 4.4 Darted on the pads, Glenn misses the flick. The ball rolls towards square leg and a leg bye is taken.
  • 4.3 Tossed up outside off, Phillips gets down to sweep but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 4.2 Served on the stumps, kept out off the back foot.
  • 4.1 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 3.6 FOUR! Third boundary of the over this! This is full outside off, Munro drives it through covers. Brathwaite from mid off gives a valiant chase. He puts in the dive to keep the ball in play. The umpire goes upstairs and confirms that it is a boundary indeed. Costly over this - 16 came off this one. 30/1
  • 3.5 Fuller in length angling on the stumps, Munro clips it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Not really the wisest of choices from Jerome to offer width to the southpaw, especially with no men in the deep on the off side. This is full outside off, almost near the tramline. Munro throws his bat at that and ends up slicing it over short third man for a boundary.
  • 3.3 FOUR! No Taylor, don't bowl there! He delivers a slow paced ball at 106.9 kph on a length outside off. Munro reads the change in pace and pounces on that. Slaps it powerfully through covers for a boundary.
  • 3.2 Length ball aimed at the off stump, Glenn opens the face of the bat and takes a run towards third man.
  • 3.1 Taylor runs in from round the wicket and bowls it full on off. Munro gets it off the inner half to long on for one.
  • 2.6 Floated on a fuller length outside off, Munro gets it off the inside edge towards fine leg for one. 14/1
  • 2.5 Munro drives this one but finds the fielder at mid on.
  • 2.4 FOUR! This time Munro gets the desired length and width and he cashes on that. Flatter and shorter outside off, Colin goes back and slaps it over cover-point for a boundary.
  • 2.3 Oh! Close! Seeing a shorter length on this one, Munro goes back to cut. But the ball spins in a bit and the batter is beaten. It wasn't far from the leg stick either.
  • 2.2 Badree is keeping it nice and tight against Munro. Anticipates that the batter will try to make room and darts it into him. Munro can only present a straight bat in defense.
  • 2.1 Fuller in length on middle, eased down to long on for one.
  • 1.6 Length ball on the pads, tucked away through square leg for one. Successful over to start for Jerome Taylor. 8/1
  • 1.5 Munro drives this delivery towards mid on and crosses over to the other end.
  • 1.4 Good delivery first up. Spears in a yorker around middle, Phillips digs it out to the off side. A run taken immediately. He's off the mark.
  • Glenn Phillips walks in at the fall of the first wicket.
  • 1.3 OUT! Yes he is a goner! Taylor draws first blood. He lands it just around a good length in a line that is around off. The ball nips in just a touch after pitching. Guptill is done for pace there and doesn't account for the inward movement. Gets hit on the back pad before the bat comes down. The players appeal and they get the umpire's nod immediately. Sorry return for the Kiwi opener here.
  • 1.2 Length ball around off, defended from the crease.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Guptill is up and running! Gets an overpitched delivery outside off, Guptill strides forward and drives it crisply through covers for a boundary. Should feel good after that.
  • Jerome Taylor to begin from the other end.
  • 0.6 This one is punched off the back foot towards covers. Good start from Badree, he has managed to frustrate Munro here. 1/0
  • 0.5 Chance goes down, albeit a tough one! Badree fires this just outside off, it is a wrong 'un. Munro goes back to cut but fails to pick this one. Gets a bottom edge to that and the ball strikes the keeper's pads. That went pretty quickly so the keeper didn't have time to adjust to that one.
  • 0.4 Similar delivery, Munro gets it off the inner half towards square leg.
  • 0.3 Short in length this time, Munro fails to take full toll. Gets it to the man at short fine leg.
  • 0.2 Flatter on the stumps, Munro blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 0.1 Streaky way to get going. Badree begins with a flat googly, Guptill doesn't really pick that one. Gets an inside edge towards short fine leg and the batters steal a quick run.
  • We are all ready for play to get underway. The Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro make their way out to the middle. Samuel Badree to start with the ball for the Windies. Here we go...
  • Windies Playing XI - Chris Gayle, Chadwick Walton(wk), Andre Fletcher, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Kesrick Williams, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree.
  • New Zealand Playing XI - Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips(wk), Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Anaru Kitchen, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee(c), Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance.
  • TOSS - Windies have won the toss and WILL BOWL FIRST. Shai Hope makes his maiden T20I appearance for them. For the Black Caps, Anaru Kitchen makes his international debut while Seth Rance makes his T20I debut.
  • Both the sides have change in leadership for this series. While Tim Southee will don the leader's hat for the first game, 'Remember the name' Carlos Brathwaite, the skipper of Windies in the shortest format, will have the leader's mantle. Even though the sides may seem depleted ones on paper, the T20 specialists from both sides will be on show today. Let's hope for a thrilling contest between the sides, it promises to be one. Stay with us as we get to you the toss and the teams in a while.
  • Hello folks! We are into the last phase of this Windies' tour of New Zealand 2017. It's time for the game's shortest form to be on show. The current world champions in this format will exhibit their skills against the perennial dark horses in world cricket. The tourists have had an abysmal time in the Kiwi nation and they would want to sign off on a high. Welcome to our coverage of the 1st T20I between the two sides which is to be played at Saxton Oval in Nelson.
  • That's it from us in this game. After seeing numerous awe-inspiring cricket from West Indies, one is forced to wonder what has happened to them. Yet one can only go back into the shell and hope for their 'better' side to turn up. New Zealand, like always, are a side filled with exuberance and that reflects well from their outings. These two sides will lock horns again on the first day of the new year at 0700 local time (0600 GMT) in Mount Maungani. We'd love to have your company then. Meanwhile, you can catch the Ashes action by switching tabs. Till the next time, ta-ta! Take care!
  • Tim Southee, the New Zealand skipper, says they struggled early on with the bat but did well in the end. Credits the side for not losing their way with the bat in the tougher times apart from lauding the fielders and bowlers for their performance. Admits getting the momentum at the end of their time with the bat and grabbing it to their bowling. Reckons that the beauty of bowling second is that one can assess the conditions and plan bowling accordingly. Signs off saying he enjoyed leading the side and a clinical performance from them made things easier.
  • Carlos Brathwaite, the Windies skipper, says they were in the game for most part till the last couple of overs with the ball. Admits that they didn't get a big over when they were batting, something that is required while chasing a tall score. He credits the opposition bowlers and fielders. Is happy with the decision to chase as largely they were in control of it. Admits that Williams went awry towards the end but it happens. Adds that it gave the hosts some momentum. States that this wasn't an abysmal performance and they have a lot of positives to take from it. Asserts that training improves skills but it is all about execution in the middle. Regretfully says that had they got Munro early, things could have different in the end. Ends saying that he looks forward to an improved performance and squaring the series in the next game.
  • Glenn Phillips is the Man of the Match for his maiden T20I fifty and 4 dismissals with the gloves, including the stunning catch of Chris Gayle. He says that the track was slow early on and it was tough to bat on. He and Munro, being natural hitters, tried to go a bit too hard and were unsuccessful. Adds that they took about 5 overs to assess the conditions and held back, which is against their nature. Also admits that starting slow was hard on him and talking with his partner, Munro, helped. About taking that stunning catch, he states being unsure of where the ball had flown and who was coming in from fine leg. Yet he decided to go for the catch and it came out pretty well. Credits the whole side for churning out a complete performance. He reckons that he has to work on his rotation of strike. Ends saying that the dynamics of batting at no.3 aren't far different than that of opening as unless the openers are off to a flier, the no.3 batter has to face the new ball.
  • Earlier in the game, the Kiwis couldn't get off to a flier that they would have liked. The Windies bowlers were largely disciplined in keeping the opposition quiet, in spite of well made fifties from Munro and Phillips. Yet, the last couple of overs, where 34 runs were yielded - 25 from the last one - changed the momentum heavily in favour of the home side. It never looked back from thereon and rest is history. Let's have a look at what the player of the game and the skippers have to say on the game...
  • What do you say about the Black Caps? Their bowlers were on the mark in the defense of the 188-run target that they had set. Getting bigwigs like Gayle, McCullum or the batters of such order as a maiden scalp is an appreciable thing and Rance would sleep well tonight after picking up the former. That set the tone for the others to stifle the runflow and go for the wickets, which they did. Rance was joined by his skipper Southee, both of whom had three wickets to their credit to deny any chance of a comeback for the visitors.
  • And the Windies capitulate meekly yet again on this tour! One is left wondering when the real 'World Champions' West Indies side will turn up. When a side is chasing a high total, it requires two things - a decent start and one significant partnership. The visitors had neither of these and hence the end result isn't surprising. Gayle couldn't create a storm in Nelson and that set the tone for the hosts. Fletcher began steadily and was starting to look threatening before he was dismissed while attempting a rash shot. Post that, nobody stood up to be counted. Brathwaite flexed his muscles a touch but the task at hand was a touch too difficult by then.
  • 18.6 OUT! No involvement of the bat. All over for the Windies! Rance spears it in and lands it just ahead of a yorker mark at 133.3 kph. Badree tries to work it around but is late in bringing his bat down. It sneaks through to strike him on the back leg. They appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Badree opts for the review immediately but the replays find no wood and the impact was well within the line. It's hitting leg and NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 47 RUNS!
  • Badree is adjudged lbw here! That looks plumb and only an inside edge can save him. He has reviewed it...
  • 18.5 Gives the charge to the bowler and somehow manages to push it down to long on for a run.
  • 18.4 FOUR! That's a fine shot from a tailender. He receives a fuller length ball outside off and unveils a nicely timed square drive past the diving point fielder for a boundary.
  • 18.3 On the pads and it's worked towards square leg for a single.
  • 18.3 Wide called for height! Rance digs in a short ball which goes over the head of the batsman.
  • 18.2 A short delivery which has been pulled away. They pick up a single.
  • 18.1 Full and on middle, helped on the leg side for a run.
  • Samuel Badree is the last batsman for the Windies.
  • 17.6 OUT! One shot too many from Jerome Taylor. He has to depart now. Southee delivers yet another short ball and this time Taylor top edges his attempted pull shot towards mid-wicket. Tom Bruce gets underneath it and the rest is history. End is nigh for the Windies! 131/9
  • 17.5 FOUR! Another miscued shot has gone for a boundary. Southee bangs in a short ball and targets the body of the batsman. Taylor wheels a pull shot but once again top edges it. This time towards the fine leg boundary.
  • 17.4 Short in length on off, pulled to deep square leg for a run.
  • 17.3 FOUR! Nurse joins the fun! He picks the slower one by Southee and lofts it over mid off for a boundary. The fielder was inside the ring and had to run back but it bounced in front of him and then crossed the rope.
  • 17.2 Slower cutter, Taylor is deceived there. Fails to connect with his shot and it goes off his thigh pad to point. A leg bye taken.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Taylor won't die wondering here! Southee bowls it short and Taylor tries to pull. But it takes the top edge and flies down to third man for a boundary.
  • Tim Southee is back on.
  • 16.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 117/8
  • 16.5 FOUR! Full in length and around off, it's driven firmly down the ground for a boundary.
  • 16.4 The batsman has lofted that over mid off. One run added to the total.
  • 16.3 Gets forward to push it through covers for a run.
  • 16.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 16.1 Straighter in line, helped to mid-wicket for one.
  • Seth Rance back for another burst.
  • 15.6 SIX! All the good work goes down the drain here as the replays show that Bracewell was a bit late in releasing the ball. A flighted full ball on off, Taylor clears his front leg and smashes it down the ground. Bracewell near the long off rope tries to attempt the catch first as he flies beyond the rope but then realizes that he cannot do so. He immediately throws the ball back but is not sure whether he made contact with the rope. The umpire gets it checked upstairs and the replays confirm that it's a biggie. 109/8
  • Is that a six? Doug Bracewell near the long off boundary seems to have made an outstanding save. The umpires want to check it...
  • 15.5 Short in length and outside off, it's punched off the back foot to the off side.
  • Jerome Taylor is the number 10 batsman.
  • 15.4 OUT! Beautiful bowling by Santner. He nicely tosses it up around off and tempts the batsman to go after it. Williams advances down the track, realizes that he is beaten in flight there and hence tries to defend. But the ball spins away to beat the bat. The keeper snaps the ball and immediately breaks the stumps as well. Taking no chance there. It's given as a caught behind. Brilliant all round work by the Kiwis as they approach yet another win over the Windies.
  • 15.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 15.2 Tries to play the flick shot against the spin and gets a leading edge. It goes to deep covers and they take a couple.
  • 15.1 Flighted ball outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • Mitchell Santner is back on.
  • 14.6 SIX! Up and over! Southee darts in a short ball around off and Nurse takes on the challenge of pulling it. It gathers the top edge and flies all the way over the fine leg fielder who ran in to his left. 10 runs and two wickets from the over! 101/7
  • 14.5 Williams opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • Kesrick Williams is in next.
  • 14.4 OUT! Another sharp catch by Glenn and once again we are seeing a couple of wickets going down in a single over. Southee delivers it on a length outside off, Powell tries to run it down to third man but ends up hitting it too close to the keeper. Phillips dives across to his right to grab the catch. No fight presented here by the tourists, yet again.
  • 14.3 A length delivery on off, Nurse taps it down in the gap on the off side for a run.
  • Ashley Nurse is the new batsman.
  • 14.2 OUT! Brathwaite holes out. From the outset, it felt that Carlos has cleared the fence with ease but that's not the case. A back of a length ball angling into the batsman, Brathwaite stands back and nonchalantly swings his bat. Seems a proper connection but it falls straight down the throat of the long on fielder. Tom Bruce takes the catch safely and that ends Carlos' stay in the middle.
  • 14.1 Short in length on off, Brathwaite pumps his pull shot just over mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • Tim Southee returns in the attack.
  • 13.6 Flighted again, outside off, Rovman drives but finds the cover fielder. 13 from the over. 4-0-30-1, Sodhi's figures today. 91/5
  • 13.5 Turns it off his pads past the square leg region for a run.
  • 13.4 A flighted ball, probably a googly, Brathwaite tries to pull after going deep inside the crease but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 13.3 SIX! Doesn't quite middle it but the result is the same. Sodhi serves it full and around off, Brathwaite latches onto it and thwacks it over long on for a biggie. Brathwaite is targeting the leggie here!
  • 13.2 SIX! Connects and connects well. A flighted full ball outside off, Carlos clears his front leg and goes hard at it. There is ample width for him to exercise his arms and he dispatches it over long off for a maximum.
  • 13.1 Tossed up ball outside off, Brathwaite tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect.
  • 12.6 Another quicker delivery, hitting the blockhole, Carlos digs it out on the leg side for a run. Another tidy over. 78/5
  • 12.5 Fires it in on middle, it's eased down to long on for one.
  • 12.4 Slow loopy full ball outside off, Powell under edges his attempted cover drive through the keeper's legs. A couple taken.
  • 12.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 12.2 Nearly a fine catch by Munro! A tossed up ball on middle has been slog swept behind square leg. It balloons in the air and Munro reacts quickly to his right in the deep. He attempts to catch it by going down low but it falls just short. For a moment, Munro lost the ball as he looked back in search of it but it was in front. Even after all the drama, the Windies batting pair gathered only a run.
  • 12.1 Quicker and flatter outside off, Brathwaite slaps it through the line but finds the cover fielder.
  • Mitchell Santner is back on.
  • 11.6 Flighted leg spinner around off, Powell lunges to defend. It takes the outer half of the bat and rolls towards short third man. 5 from the over, a really good one by Ish! 73/5
  • 11.5 Skidding down the leg side, worked around the corner towards square leg for one.
  • 11.4 Gets on the back foot and slaps it to deep point for a run.
  • 11.3 Shortish and on middle, Brathwaite gets back and punches it to deep mid-wicket for a run. Carlos has struggled against the spinners, so this will be a big challenge for him.
  • 11.2 Tossed up ball on middle, Rovman forces it down to long on for a run.
  • 11.1 Gets on the front foot and pushes it to covers for one.
  • 10.6 Fullish and on middle, flicked in front of square leg for a run. 68/5
  • Remember the name - Carlos Brathwaite is in next.
  • 10.5 OUT! Doug Bracewell has done it again. My colleague quietly tells me that even in his ODI comeback, Doug picked up a couple of wickets in one over. Talk about coming back with a bang! A short delivery does the trick for him. He bowls it wide outside off and Shai Hope tries to pull it off his front foot. Fails to get any timing behind the shot and hands a very simple catch to Colin Munro at mid-wicket. He makes no mistake and Windies slip further.
  • 10.4 Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • Rovman Powell arrives.
  • 10.3 OUT! Straight to point! Another wicket goes down for the Windies. Bracewell delivers a length delivery outside off. It keeps its line after landing and Mohammed is through with his shot a bit early. It flies off the outer half of the bat and Taylor takes the simplest of catches. Windies going down rather quickly. 122 needed off 57 balls!
  • 10.2 A slower delivery, an off cutter at 111 kph, Hope picks it well and steers it down to third man for a single.
  • 10.1 Back of a length delivery on off, Mohammed goes on his back foot and pushes it with gentle hands to mid on for a single.
  • Doug Bracwell is back on to bowl.
  • 9.6 Jason flicks this through mid-wicket and gets to the other end. 64/3
  • 9.5 Flatter outside off, slapped through cover-point for one.
  • 9.4 Mohammed gets off the mark with a clip through mid-wicket.
  • 9.3 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • The next man in for West Indies is Jason Mohammed.
  • 9.2 OUT! Fletcher tries to be too much enterprising and that brings his downfall. Sodhi gives more air to this one and lands it just around off. He dangles Fletcher with the flight and the batter is enticed into coming down the track. He fails to account for the spin and the ball goes through to the keeper. Phillips does the rest. Windies' downfall continues.
  • 9.1 FOUR! A boundary after 18 balls. Sodhi tosses it up on off, Fletcher charges down the track and belts it down the ground. The long off fielder had no chance to cut that off.
  • 8.6 Another arm ball on off, AF slaps it through cover-point for one. 57/2
  • 8.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 8.4 Arm ball on off, Hope defends it from the crease.
  • 8.3 Excellent stuff from Santner. Anticipates the batter to come down the track and tosses this up wide outside off. Andre has to reach out and does hit it aerially to sweeper cover. Gets only one.
  • 8.2 Fired in on off at 100 kph, Fletcher can only manage to keep it out with a straight bat.
  • 8.1 A touch short outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 7.6 Hope clips it to the on side in front of square and gets to the other end. 53/2
  • 7.5 Floated full on off, knocked down to long off for one.
  • 7.4 Hope takes a run to this one by playing it to sweeper cover.
  • 7.3 Andre goes back to this one and punches it through the cover region for one. Brings up the 50 for Windies.
  • 7.2 Floated outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 7.1 Landed in line of the stumps, Hope gets it off the inside edge towards fine leg for one.
  • Another change. Another spinner. Ish Sodhi comes into the attack now.
  • 6.6 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails. 48/2
  • 6.5 Nicely played. Fletcher lets that come to him, moves back a touch and guides it through the gap between backward point and short third man for a couple. Sodhi did well to keep the ball in play with the slide there.
  • 6.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 6.3 Nicely tossed up outside off, Fletcher is drawn into the shot but is unable to do anything as the pace is very slow on that.
  • 6.2 This ball is punched through covers for one.
  • 6.1 NOT OUT! This is flatter outside off, Andre slaps it towards covers and sets off for a run. The fielder there hurls a throw at the bowler's end and he hits the stumps down. The umpire involves the TV umpire to help him there. Replays show that Fletcher's bat got stuck there but he was well inside the crease.
  • Another direct hit at the bowler's end, Fletcher is the man there. The umpire decides to take it upstairs.
  • More spin in the form of Mitchell Santner. He will roll his arm over now.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Nice way to end the Powerplay for the Windies. Kitchen darts it on the pads, Hope gets down and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. 44 runs for the loss of 2 wickets for them. 44/2
  • 5.5 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 5.4 This delivery is pushed towards covers.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Beautifully played. Kitchen gives a bit of flight on this one, Fletcher slinks down the track in no time and hits it over covers for a boundary.
  • 5.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 5.1 Fired on the pads, worked away through square leg for one.
  • Anaru Kitchen to have a bowl now.
  • 4.6 This ball is glided towards third man for a single. 34/2
  • 4.5 That's hit the batsman on his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. The umpire signals a leg bye.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Shot! This is a touch short in length, Andre just flat-bats it through mid on for a boundary.
  • 4.3 NOT OUT! Never looked in trouble actually, but the umpires don't take chances when there's a direct hit. Hope taps this one towards mid off and takes off for a run. The fielder there hits the bull's eye at the batter's end. Fletcher is well in, as confirmed by the TV ump.
  • Direct Hit at the striker's end! A run out appeal against Fletcher is referred upstairs. Seems to be safe enough.
  • 4.2 Bowled on the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 4.1 Fletcher fails to flick this full ball on the pads away. Takes a leg bye as the ball rolls through square leg.
  • Doug Bracewell comes into the attack now. On his ODI comeback, he had impressive returns and will it be the case yet again on his T20I comeback?
  • 3.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 26/2
  • 3.5 This one is pulled away through square leg for one.
  • 3.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 3.3 SIX! BAM! Power all the way. This is bowled on a fuller length outside off, Fletcher throws his hand at that with full force. Makes good contact and the ball flies over covers. The ball goes the distance, as confirmed by the replays.
  • 3.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.1 Full outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 2.6 An anticlimax! Rance bowls it on a length well outside off. A harmless ball. Hope just lets it go. No hat-trick but a terrific over nevertheless. 19/2
  • Shai Hope is the next batter in. He will face the hat-trick ball. Rance on debut with an opportunity. Will he get the troika? Here we go...
  • 2.5 OUT! Plenty of twos in this one! Two-in-two for Rance and two debutants combine to end Walton's stay at the crease. This is bowled full outside off, Walton goes with all his power with the drive through the cover region. Kitchen there dives to his right and pulls off a stunner. The Kiwis are on a roll here. Windies rocked back early, they require 169 more in 103 balls.
  • Andre Fletcher is the next man in. He is used to opening the batting, so this isn't a new territory for him.
  • 2.4 OUT! What a wicket, what a catch! Take a bow, Glenn Phillips! This ball is banged short just outside off, Gayle looks to pull it with all his might. All he does manage is to get a top edge. The ball swirls in the air and flies behind the keeper. Phillips has his eyes fixed on the ball as he runs backwards. Puts in a dive and takes that. Never easy are the ones where you have to run backwards but he has done well here. More credit to him because the fielders from short third man and short fine leg were also seen coming there. So a good move by the keeper to give the early call and take that. Rance has Gayle's wicket as his maiden T20I scalp, not a bad thing on your CV.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Rance cannot afford to give any width to Gayle. He does so on this occasion and pays the price. Length ball on the shorter side and width on offer. Gayle has no half measures there and slashes and slashes hard. Gets it over backward point for a boundary.
  • 2.2 Length delivery on the pads, nudged through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 2.1 Well done, Bracewell! Rance delivers this on a length on the pads, Walton just clips it towards fine leg. Doug hares to his right and dives to keep the batters down to one.
  • 1.6 Very full ball outside off, Gayle fails to dig that out. 12/0
  • 1.5 This ball is driven back down the ground for one. The mid on fielder gets to his left and stops that.
  • 1.4 Length ball on off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 1.3 Length ball outside off, Walton flashes at that but misses.
  • 1.2 Similar delivery, Gayle pushes it towards covers and shouts TWO immediately. Santner there gets down to his left and keeps it down to one.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Runs off Gayle's blade, a boundary. Sees a length ball on offer just outside off, he stands tall and punches it through the cover region. Succeeds in finding the gap there and a boundary results.
  • Skipper Tim Southee to share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 FOUR! Not an ideal delivery to end the over. Angles it on a length on the pads, Walton clips it over short fine leg and helps himself to a boundary. Spoils an over that looked good till this point. 6 runs off this one. 6/0
  • 0.5 Full length ball on middle, knocked down to long off for a single.
  • 0.4 Fuller on leg, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 0.3 Windies are off. Walton pushes this delivery towards mid off and gets off the mark.
  • 0.2 Angled in on the pads, clipped straight to short fine leg for nothing. With Gayle at the other end, do not expect quick singles.
  • 0.1 Begins with a length ball outside off, Walton just lets it be.
  • Back for the chase! Windies have their task cut out. Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton to begin with the bat in pursuit of the target. Seth Rance, on T20I debut, will begin with the ball.

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112