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New Zealand Vs West Indies Live Score (T20)

Date: Monday, 01 January, 2018 17:05 IST Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Match Status: Match Ended

Match Abandoned

  • That's it from this match. It started like a train on fire but then fizzled out after the sprinkling of water from the heavens. There is one more game left on this hapless tour for the Windies and they would hope to level the series before boarding the flight. The venue for the last T20I is also the Bay Oval but the forecast ain't very promising on the 3rd of January. Let's keep our fingers crossed for an uninterrupted game. Do join us at 1900 local (0600 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
  • It was shaping up to be a cracking match! Colin Munro set the stadium ablaze with his rollicking knock and New Zealand were cruising. However, the tourists did manage to pull the strings back in the three overs after the Powerplay. Just when the Windies seemed to get some semblance of order in the game, the rain gods intervened and spoiled the party.
  • CALLED OFF! There was a little glimmer of hope for at least a 5-over encounter when the umpires went out for inspection but it's dashed now. The light spits of rain eventually turned into a proper rain and the officials had no other option but to call it off. What an unfortunate start to the new year!
  • 2129 local time update - Finally, we are hearing some positive news from the ground. RAIN HAS STOPPED and the umpires are going out to inspect the conditions. The latest the game can resume is 2218 local for a 5-over encounter. Let's be hopeful of that, at least.
  • 2105 local time update - The rain is still on and so are the covers. According to a tweet by the official handle of the Black caps, these aren't positive signs... Sigh... A damp squib to begin the year? Let's hold on in hope of anticipation of some play.
  • Oh dear... it's a shame... The rain returns and forces the players off the field here. Brathwaite has a look at the ball before handing it over to he umpires and walking off. Now that Windies have managed to quieten things a bit - 16 runs off the last 3 overs - this rain is an untimely one. If the DLS system comes into play here, it would favour the hosts greatly, something that wouldn't please the tourists. We'll get you the updates as we get them.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Not the ideal way to end the over. Nurse serves it a touch short in line of the stumps, Williamson goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket. There was a man in the deep who was seen running to his left but there's no chance for him to cut that off. A boundary it is that brings up 100 for New Zealand.
  • 8.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 8.4 Short in length, pulled away to the deep on the leg side for a run that gets him going.
  • Anaru Kitchen walks in next. Didn't do much on debut, tonight's the night?
  • 8.3 OUT! What a catch! Remember the name? This is floated full on off, Bruce looks to slog it through mid-wicket but he fails to get the desired elevation. Nevertheless, he wouldn't have been faulted for thinking about runs there. But what he failed to account for is the presence of a 'gentle giant' by the name of Carlos Brathwaite in the way there. The Caribbean skipper flings himself to his right and pulls off a stunner. The ball was almost behind him before he took that. He knows the value of that catch and shows it in his celebration.
  • 8.2 Excellent running yet again. A touch shorter on off, Bruce goes back and cuts it through backward point. Before the fielder in the deep can get the throw in, a brace results.
  • 8.1 Flatter on the pads, gets it off the inner half to short fine leg.
  • 7.6 Slipping shot! Williamson slips a touch as he pulls this one through mid-wicket. Does well to come back for two. 95/3
  • 7.5 Bruce gets going with a flick through mid-wicket.
  • 7.4 Another appeal, turned down! Badree floats it on the stumps, Bruce goes for the flick but there are two noises as he gets hit on the pads. The players appeal but to no avail. Sliding down leg, maybe.
  • 7.3 Bruce finds the cover fielder with this push.
  • 7.2 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • Tom Bruce walks in next at the fall of the 3rd wicket.
  • 7.1 OUT! Can't keep Badree out of the wickets column in T20s, can you? He bowls a flat slider in line of the stumps, Phillips fails to pick it up. Goes back to play for that but is beaten and is struck in front of the sticks. An appeal here is just a formality as the umpire gives him the marching orders. Not the time tonight for Glenn Phillips. He perhaps knew that he was a dead duck and began walking almost immediately.
  • With Munro gone, Samuel Badree is back on.
  • 6.6 Phillips gets it through mid off for one. 92/2
  • 6.5 Glenn has played the square drive. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 6.4 This one is driven through covers for one.
  • 6.3 SAFE! Nurse floats this one nicely, Williamson is drawn forward into the stroke. Misses the ball and the bails are whipped off by Walton. The Kiwi skipper looked to lose his balance there. The TV umpire sees that his back foot is firmly grounded when the bails are dislodged and he presses the NOT OUT button.
  • Williamson, is he gone? Windies seem confident. A stumping appeal against the home side skipper is referred upstairs...
  • 6.2 Phillips rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 6.1 Flat on off, driven through mid off for one.
  • Ashley Nurse into the attack.
  • 5.6 SIX! Goes the distance! Has Phillips been batting already? Gets a nice juicy full toss for a Free Hit, he just strokes it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum to get going. 24 runs in this one, 45 off the last two. End of the Powerplay, NZ 86/2! Humongous. 86/2
  • 5.6 NO BALL! No, my boy, no! Cannot afford to overstep in the game. This is a length ball outside off which is cut away for one. Free Hit coming up...
  • Glenn Phillips, the player of the game in the previous one, is out to bat now. He's got a nice platform set here.
  • 5.5 OUT! Wow! Walton's suggestion works! The change of angle works for Williams. He comes round the wicket and bowls it on a fuller length on off. Munro looks to go over long on but fails to get the elevation as well as the distance on that. Ends up hitting it straight down Powell's throat who doesn't miss this one. End of an entertaining knock. Can the visitors quieten the hosts here?
  • The keeper has some inputs to give now. After the chat with the bowler, the angle is changed now. Kesrick runs in from round the wicket...
  • 5.4 FOUR! It's raining boundaries here! This is full on off, Munro clears his front leg and lofts it over mid off. The ball speeds away to the fence in a trice.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Another one. Almost similar. Short, wide outside off, Munro stands back and slaps it through the point region for a boundary.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Not the best of balls this. Short and wide outside off, Munro cuts it over point for another boundary.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Windies not helping themselves on the field! Williams almost gets his man off his first delivery but it is not to be. Bowls it on a length outside off, Munro slashes wildly at that. Gets it off the outside edge towards short third man. Cottrell flies to his right but the ball flies through him and goes to the fence.
  • Kesrick Williams comes into the attack now. He had gone to all parts of the ground at the end of the innings in the previous game.
  • 4.6 50 for Colin Munro, his 5th in T20Is! Well played, son! He gets it off just 18 balls, scoring the second fastest by a Kiwi (fastest also belongs to him - off 14 balls). He's just come at the Windies like a storm for which they don't have an answer to. Squeezes this yorker through mid-wicket to get to the other end to bring up his milestone. 21 runs off this one. 62/1
  • 4.5 FOUR! Oh dear! When a batter is smashing you to all parts of the ground, the least you would want is some support from your fielders. The West Indies skipper doesn't get that on this occasion. Munro pulls it towards deep mid-wicket, where Powell gets to his right, puts in the dive but fails to prevent the boundary.
  • 4.5 WIDE! This is banged short down the leg side, Munro misses the pull.
  • Square leg goes back and a deep mid-wicket in place as well.
  • 4.4 FOUR! This is nice batting. Gets a length ball on off, Munro goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Brings up the 50-run stand with his skipper. Quick stand this.
  • 4.3 FOUR! Field change? Change in line of attack? Nothing matters for the southpaw right now. Brathwaite bowls it full outside off, Munro makes room and blasts it through covers for a boundary.
  • Point has gone out in the deep now... Perhaps a change of line of attack from Brathwaite?
  • 4.2 SIX! This is colossal! Brathwaite comes round the wicket and angles it into Munro on a length. Colin just helps it over deep backward square leg for a biggie.
  • 4.1 Williamson is rotating the strike pretty well. Knows what his job is at the moment, with his partner going all guns blazing. He guides it through backward point and gets to the other end to get the best seat in the house.
  • Skipper says, my time! Carlos Brathwaite brings himself into the attack. He isn't known to be very stingy with his spells...
  • 3.6 Fails to clear the cover fielder with the punch. Another costly over as the Kiwis romp to 41/1 at the end of 4 overs. 41/1
  • 3.5 FOUR! Easy, this is too easy for Colin Munro. Badree isn't giving much air to these ones and in such skiddy conditions, shot-making becomes as much easier. This is a touch full on off, Munro clears his front leg and smashes it past mid off for another boundary.
  • 3.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 3.3 NO shouts Munro after hitting it straight to point.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Another one. Flatter ball on off, Munro gets down on one knee and blasts it over mid off for another boundary. Good to see him put early pressure on the leggie, who is very economical otherwise.
  • 3.1 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 2.6 Williamson flicks this off the pads and retains strike. 17 runs from this over, very costly. 32/1
  • 2.5 Colin has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 2.4 SIX! High-paced bowling? Wicket-taker? Munro doesn't give a damn! His intentions are crystal clear. Another length ball just outside off, Munro thumps it nice and high over deep mid-wicket for another biggie. The person in the crowd also fails to latch onto that, although it wouldn't have mattered. Perhaps the looming incessant weather might be forcing Munro to play this way.
  • The commentators on air opine that Brathwaite might just be in a quandary over whether he bowl seam from both ends, taking into account the conditions on offer now.
  • 2.3 Fuller on the pads, clipped through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 2.2 SIX! Boom! Bang! The fireworks go off, not the real one but off Munro's bat! This is hurled on a length outside off, the ball moves away after pitching. Munro has nothing to do with that and just bashes it over long on for half a dozen, the first of the game.
  • 2.1 Length ball outside off, punched through point for one.
  • 1.6 FOUR! Nice way to end the over. Munro is making his intentions clear as he looks to go over the top. Ends up slicing this and gets it over mid off for a boundary. 11 runs off this Badree over. 15/1
  • 1.5 Flatter on the pads, Munro fails to get bat to that.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Freebies at the start, very good for Munro! Badree offers a high full toss outside off, Munro thrashes it through covers for a boundary. Nice way to get going for the southpaw. The fielder there could have done better as he dived over the ball there.
  • 1.3 Careful Munro! This one is flatter around middle, Munro goes back to cut it seeing the length of that. But the ball skids on and he hurriedly has to play towards mid off.
  • The rain returns and is getting a bit heavier...
  • 1.2 This one is eased through mid on for a single.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a full ball outside off, Williamson drives it through covers for a couple.
  • Samuel Badree to begin from the other end.
  • 0.6 The Kiwi skipper is up and running. He drives this one towards wide mid off to open his account. Positive start for West Indies. 4/1
  • 0.5 On a length, Williamson blocks it back towards the bowler.
  • The skipper, Kane Williamson, walks in next. Interesting move this, considering that Glenn Phillips did well at no.3 in the last game. But then, one cannot imagine Williamson to play further down than this in T20.
  • 0.4 OUT! Oh yes! Cottrell and the Windies get going! This early wicket should set the tone for them. Guptill's barren run in international cricket continues. This is bowled a touch full outside off and the width dangles Guptill into a shot. He slashes at that but all he manages is an under edge. The ball carries nicely to the keeper who throws it up in glee. The bowler gets out his army-style celebration to savor his first wicket of 2018. Top start for the tourists, just what the doctor ordered.
  • 0.4 WIDE! Speared wide down the leg side, MG misses the flick. Wide signaled.
  • 0.3 Back of a length ball on the pads, Martin misses the flick and gets hit high on the pads.
  • 0.2 Good awareness and wonderful running. Guptill clips this length ball through backward square leg and sets off for a run. Spots that there is a chance for the second and takes the fielder on. He gets in safely in the end with a dive. The on-air commentators discuss whether it is a wise decision to stretch himself given that he was out with a hamstring injury earlier.
  • 0.1 On the money! Cottrell steams in and lands it on a length on middle and leg. Guptill is squared up a touch and gets it off the outer edge towards point.
  • Here we are! The Windies players jog their way out to the middle. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro stride out with the bat. The former would like to get among the runs quickly after having a failure in the previous game. Sheldon Cottrell is in the side in this game and takes the new ball straightaway. A slip in place. He will run in from over the wicket. Here we go...
  • 1916 local time update - Good news! We are all set for a start in another 4 minutes. No overs lost as yet.
  • 1910 local time update - The rain has subsided and the covers are coming off. There will be inspection in a bit.
  • 1850 local time update - Bad news folks! Rains, the good ol' rains! They have made an appearance at the Bay Oval, which has forced the covers to come on. This means the start of play would be delayed. Hopefully, this shouldn't be a major delay... Be there with us, we'll get you further updates.
  • TOSS - Windies call it right at the toss and ELECT TO BOWL. SHIMRON HETMYER makes his T20I debut and SHELDON COTTRELL is slotted in the side. They replace Jason Mohammed and Jerome Taylor. For the hosts, KANE WILLIAMSON comes in for Ross Taylor and that is the lone change for them.
  • There's something about turning a new leaf at the dawn of a new year. However, the West Indies have to turn an entire tree - such dismal was the previous year for them. Talking about this tour, a whitewash looms large on them. The self-proclaimed greatest player of the format will be in action today and he would want to make the right noises straightaway. The hosts, the perennial 'good boys' of world cricket, will want to open their account right away as they set their eyes on a numero uno status in the T20I rankings. A riveting contest beckons. Stay with us as we get to you the toss and the team news in a while.
  • Happy New Year folks! Two contrasting sides - one churning out buoying performances one after the other and the other miring down the slush that they find themselves in, courtesy their (surprising) inability to compete - are on show on Day 1 of 2018. Welcome to our coverage of the second T20I between New Zealand and Windies to be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. The hosts would love to seal the deal here while the tourists would want to take this one to the decider. Who will succeed?

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