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New Zealand Vs West Indies Live Score (T20)

Date: Wednesday, 03 January, 2018 15:03 IST Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat West Indies by 119 runs

243/5
Overs
20.0
R/R
12.15
Fours
12
Sixes
17
Extras
12
124/9
Overs
16.3
R/R
7.61
Fours
10
Sixes
7
Extras
6
  • It is said that the Windies like to scale mountains. Some time ago, they chased down a massive total close to 230 in South Africa. Doesn't look like they can do it tonight though. It needs to be an out and out Gayle show, similar to the Munro one, if this even becomes a contest, let alone a Windies win. Stay tuned for the chase...
  • Three bowlers from the Windies touched the 50-mark. They will hope their batsmen compensate for that. If at all, Brathwaite and Taylor looked decent towards the end of the innings, while Emrit seemed to learn from the mauling in his opening over.
  • When you have a 136-run opening stand at more than 12 an over, the platform set is big enough. Munro, as usual, started like a train on fire and then Martin Guptill did not allow the Windies to use the fire extinguishers either. Plenty of miscues in that partnership but both batsmen got away with it. Guptill fell on 63 while Munro eventually was dismissed in the final over, after becoming the first batsman to score three triple tons. The other batsmen barely got a chance to bat.
  • How many adjectives have been used today? Have asked my colleague to count that. Will do some work than just watching Colin Munro bat. Jokes apart, what a knock from the southpaw. He has perhaps batted the Windies out of the game before the 15th over itself.
  • 19.6 SIX! The innings started with a boundary (four) and ends with a boundary (six). A length ball on middle, Santner just swings this cleanly through the line and clears long on with absolute ease! New Zealand have been forced to declare on 243/5 as the 20 overs are done. Pun intended.
  • 19.5 A single now, as this is pushed towards long on for a run.
  • 19.4 FOUR LEG BYES! Brathwaite is appealing for LBW, I guess. But the rule states that the ball has to hit one of the three stumps. This might have hit the sticks but maybe only one of the fifth or sixth. Phillips walks across his stumps and Brathwaite bowls it on the pads. Glenn cannot connect his flick but the ball goes off his pads past the diving keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 19.3 SIX! Oh my word... how small is this ground? Does not look like even the 30-yard circle of the MCG. Full on off, Phillips gets across and looks to paddle but miscues. The ball goes straight up in the air but behind the keeper. Lands beyond the ropes. Sigh...
  • 19.2 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler who does well.
  • Mitchell Santner gets an opportunity to bat. Didn't think he would.
  • 19.1 OUT! Colin falls. A full ball on middle, Munro looks to swing this over long on but for once, his mistimed shot finds the fielder. Hetmyer takes the catch and Brathwaite has his second scalp. The crowd rises as one to applaud the outstanding knock. What a display.
  • Carlos Brathwaite to bowl the final over.
  • Glenn Phillips is the next man in.
  • 18.6 OUT! Drags it on! Change of pace does the trick. In fact, Williamson does something which is not there in his books and pays the price. Drags a short delivery well away from his body and gets a thick inside edge onto his stumps. Had he tried to play the cut or some other shot, might have got a boundary as well. Taylor reaches figures of 4-0-53-1. 226/4
  • 18.5 FOUR! He is into his groove now. A short ball, around middle, Williamson swivels and pulls this behind square leg and finds the boundary!
  • 18.4 FOUR! And now a straight drive. Boy is this beautiful to watch or not? Full and outside off, Williamson drives this past mid off and beats the man running to his left from long on!
  • 18.3 SIX! ELEGANT! Nope, I have not got my adjectives mixed up. But rarely do you see a biggie being hit without power and pleasing to the eye. Kane just shows how. Kane does not use the cane but just guides this ball on middle and leg, towards long on. He aimed to clear the fielder and he did. By some distance. All timing. Pure placement. T20s have place for clean cricket as well.
  • 18.2 Full and down the leg side, Williamson looks to paddle but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 18.1 Full on middle, hit down to long on for a single.
  • 17.6 This is around off, Kane heaves it through mid-wicket and collects a brace again. Emrit falls 8 short of a half century - 4-0-42-1 for him. 211/3
  • 17.5 Full and outside off, pushed through mid on for a couple.
  • 17.4 Down the leg side, worked through mid-wicket for one.
  • 17.3 Pushes this down to long on for a run.
  • 17.2 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • Kane Williamson walks in now. Surprisingly.
  • 17.1 OUT! Okay a run out. But the non-striker. Full and around off, Munro gets across to sweep but misses. The ball hits his pads but he does not know where it is. Kitchen, in the meanwhile, looks for a single and almost comes over to hand the cutleries to Munro. But Colin is simply not interested and Kitchen has to go back. Too late. Emrit calmly picks the ball up and disturbs the bails at his end.
  • 16.6 Clips this over mid-wicket and gets one more. 204/2
  • 16.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 16.4 SIX! Bruce into the act now. On the pads, swung massively over mid-wicket.
  • 16.3 Swings this over mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 16.2 There it is! FIRST BATSMAN ON THE PLANET TO SCORE 3 T20I TONS! Well played, sir. Has done something which no one has done yet. Of course, tonight he is similar to a cat with 9 lives but that is not his problem, is it? He has made the most use of his lives. Full on middle, Colin calmly pushes this down to long on and moves to 100.
  • 16.1 Full and wide outside off, squeezed through point for a couple.
  • Anaru Kitchen walks in at number 4, replacing Bruce. Looks very hungry...
  • 15.6 OUT! Bowled! You miss I hit. Brathwaite is pumped up. Remember the name, he might be saying. But New Zealand will not mind. At the current score, no Kiwi will. Bruce telegraphs his intentions to get across probably way back in 2017 and Brathwaite bowls it in line of the off stump in the month of January in 2018. Bruce is too far across to connect with his paddle and misses. The ball hits the stumps. Good knock though. 191/2
  • 15.5 On middle, bludgeoned down to long on for just a run.
  • 15.4 Pushes this through point for one more.
  • 15.3 FOUR! Terrific shot to bring up the 50-run stand. Full and wide outside off, not a bad ball at all but Bruce squeezes it through point and gets a boundary! 50-run stand up as well...
  • 15.2 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 15.1 On middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Carlos Brathwaite is back on. Not a bad time to make people remember his name...
  • 14.6 Full and outside off, Munro lofts this over covers and gets a couple. 16 from the over! 183/1
  • 14.5 Now Bruce swings this over mid-wicket but gets only a single.
  • 14.4 Yorker outside off, CM squeezes it through point and gets a single.
  • 14.3 Wide outside off, Colin cannot connect and unfortunately for New Zealand, they do not get a hat-trick of sixes. Massive dot ball.
  • 14.2 SIX! He does not have any mercy on the bowlers or on us. This is on the pads and Munro flicks it for half a dozen over square leg, as casually as I have been swatting flies at my workplace for the past one week.
  • 14.1 SIX! WHACK! Newton's third law comes into play. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Taylor bowled this very slow. But Munro smashed it with brute power and it travelled very fast, well over mid-wicket. Just thinking of different ways to describe the same shot. Phew...
  • Jerome Taylor comes on to bowl now.
  • 13.6 On middle and leg, almost a yorker, worked through mid-wicket for one more. 167/1
  • 13.5 The batsman has played it fine down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 13.4 Outside off, played towards point for a run.
  • 13.3 Pushes this towards long on for a single.
  • 13.2 SIX! Another one into the crowd. A length ball outside off, Bruce gets down on a knee and sends it sailing over extra cover!
  • 13.1 Full and outside off, Bruce slashes but misses.
  • 12.6 DROPPED! In the crowd though... doesn't seem like any of the high balls are going to go to the fielders tonight. SIX IT IS. A full toss from the usually reliable Badree and Munro smashes it way over mid-wicket. There is someone in the crowd who looks to go one-handed for the catch but drops it. 20 from the over, Badree finishes with figures of 4-0-51-0. Ouch. 157/1
  • 12.6 WIDE. Full and wide outside off, left alone and is wided.
  • 12.5 SIX! WALLOP! A short ball now, Munro just dispatches this towards the crowd waiting beyond the mid-wicket fence.
  • 12.4 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 12.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 12.2 FOUR! That is almost a one-handed shot. Short and outside off, Bruce rocks back to cut but his bottom hand comes off the willow. Still the timing is good enough to beat sweeper cover as the ball races behind point.
  • 12.1 Full on middle, hit back to the bowler.
  • Samuel Badree is back on.
  • 11.6 Full and wide outside off, Colin slashes hard but misses. Luckily for the bowler, the umpire does not stretch his arms. 9 runs but a wicket as well for the debutant. 2-0-25-1 are his figures. 137/1
  • 11.5 Full and outside off, hammered straight to short extra cover.
  • 11.4 Short and outside off, cut away for a single.
  • Tom Bruce is the new man in at number 3, replacing Guptill.
  • 11.3 OUT! Stop the press! A wicket has fallen! Not the best of balls but will the Windies care? Full and wide outside off, Guptill throws his bat at it but this time only succeeds in nicking it behind. Walton does not make any mess. Neither is it a no ball. So in short, the wicket is counted and Martin has to go. Nice knock, even though it was second fiddle and Windies can finally dream of RESTRICTING the Kiwis to some score.
  • 11.2 Now he skews this over covers, no foot movement, no technique, just wild swinging. But such is the luck of the Windies that the ball lands short of cover. Two runs taken.
  • 11.1 SIX! VIOLENCE! A short ball outside off, Guptill just blasts it over mid-wicket for a maximum! This is carnage. An understatement too.
  • 10.6 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for one. 128/0
  • 10.5 Full toss outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
  • 10.4 SIX! Another one is mistimed but clears the ropes. A length ball outside off, Munro swings hard but mistimes it massively. However, it clears long off with ease.
  • 10.3 Outside off, driven towards long off for a run.
  • What do we have here? A review for a caught behind! Nurse is pretty confident that Guptill is gone.
  • 10.2 NOT OUT! Not a bad review though. Full and wide outside off, Guptill looks to thrash that but seems to miss it. Nurse appeals and appeals but the umpire shakes his head. The bowler then coaxes his captain to go for the review and Snickometer shows a tiny deflection but there also seems to be a gap between bat and ball. The decision sensibly stays as it is.
  • 10.1 Another miscue. He is going through a golden patch, is Munro. A full toss outside off, Munro throws the kitchen sink at that but mistimes it. The ball goes in the air but it lands exactly between mid-wicket running back and long on running in! Just a single.
  • Ashley Nurse is back into the attack.
  • 9.6 Angles it on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. 118/0
  • 9.5 SIX! How has that gone all the way? Brathwaite bangs it short on middle, Guptill tries to pull but mistimes it towards mid-wicket. The fielder for a second thought he has a chance but the ball goes sailing over his head. This also brings the fifty up for Guptill, his 11th T20I fifty. A much needed one for him as he had a string of low scores coming into this game.
  • 9.4 Another double! This will be frustrating for the captain. Guptill again flicks it with the angle through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 9.3 Goes for the yorker but ends up bowling full on middle. Guptill flicks it uppishly but away from the fielder for a brace.
  • 9.3 FIVE WIDES! This is getting worse for the Windies! Brathwaite tries to bowl a slower one but has no control on it. He bowls it down the leg side and to make matters worse, the keeper lets it through his legs and the ball races away.
  • 9.3 WIDE! Fires it down the leg side and the umpire singles a wide.
  • 9.2 100 up for the Kiwis inside 10 overs! Brathwaite bowls it on the pads, Guptill, using his wrists, flicks it through square leg and in the gap for two.
  • 9.1 EXCELLENT RUNNING! Brathwaite bowls a slower ball on middle, Guptill works it with soft hands towards mid on and gets two.
  • 8.6 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 16 runs from the over. Another huge over and New Zealand are cruising here. 96/0
  • 8.5 A high full toss outside off, Munro slaps it through to the sweeper cover fielder for a run.
  • 8.4 Fuller in length on middle, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 8.3 Full and outside off, Munro square drives it for a run.
  • 8.2 SIX! BOOM BOOM GOES MUNRO! Emrit has gone for 12 off his first two T20I balls. He comes around the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Munro just loves it there. He smashes it over long on for a maximum.
  • 8.1 SIX! Brings up his 6th T20I fifty with a bang! Welcome to international T20I cricket Emrit! He starts off with a full ball on the pads, Munro flicks it over square leg for a biggie. He raises his bat to acknowledge the applause. It is also back-to-back fifties for the left hander. He is in outstanding form with the bat.
  • Rayad Emrit, the debutant, comes into the attack.
  • 7.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. A good over by Brathwaite, just 7 off it. 80/0
  • 7.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • 7.4 Another ball on middle, Guptill flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen complete a run. The fielder scores a direct hit at the striker's end which deflects the ball away from the fielder backing up and the batsman take an overthrow.
  • 7.3 Hits the deck hard and bangs it in on middle, Munro jumps and taps it towards covers for a run.
  • 7.2 Flicks it with the angle towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 7.1 Fuller in length on off, driven down to long off for a run.
  • Carlos Brathwaite brings himself on now. Can he stop the run flow?
  • 6.6 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. End of another good over for New Zealand. 73/0
  • 6.5 SIX! Catch was the call from the keeper but the fielder could only watch it sail over him! What a hit! Nurse tosses it up on the off stump. Munro gets enough room to free his arms and send it over the long on fielder for a biggie.
  • 6.4 Eases the full ball down to long on to change strike.
  • 6.3 Tosses it up on off, driven through covers for a run.
  • 6.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 6.1 Fires it on the pads, Guptill flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 5.6 FOUR! An excellent end to the Powerplay! Badree bowls it full outside off, Munro tries to go over mid off, but does not quite time it well, the placement is excellent though as he gets it in the gap for a boundary. An excellent Powerplay for the Kiwis. They are 63-0 after 6. 63/0
  • 5.5 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. They pick up a single.
  • 5.4 Punches the shorter delivery towards mid off and sets off for a run. Carlos Brathwaite there, comes running towards the ball but does not collect it. Had he done that, there could have been a chance for a run out. Nevertheless, the misfield has not cost any run and hence only one added to the total.
  • 5.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 5.2 Drags his length back and bowls it on off, Guptill pushes it towards mid on for a run.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Delightful! Trademark Guptill! Badree gives it air on off, Martin plants his front foot ahead and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
  • 4.6 Munro again makes room, Nurse bowls it very full, almost a yorker. Munro jams it out to the bowler. 52/0
  • 4.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 4.4 Sees the batsman making room and follows him. Munro eases it down to long on for a run.
  • 4.3 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 4.2 FOUR! Munro is dealing in boundaries here! Make that three in three for New Zealand. Nurse floats it full on off, another half-volley. Munro goes over the top of mid off and once bounce over the fence.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for New Zealand. Nurse fires it full, very full. Too easy for the batsman as he drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • First change! Ashley Nurse is into the attack.
  • 3.6 FOUR! Guptill has nailed the sweep this time! Badree bowls it fuller on middle, Guptill goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. 8 runs from the over. 42/0
  • 3.5 Darts it on middle, Cuptill goes for the sweep but is beaten by the extra bounce, to get hit high on the pads.
  • Shai Hope is seen walking off the field. HE was catching his shoulder after he dived to catch the ball in the previous delivery. Let us hope it is nothing serious.
  • 3.4 FOUR! In the air...but just out of the reach. The dots almost paid off. Badree tosses it up on off, Guptill tries to go over the off side but splices it uppishly towards cover-point. The fielder there dives to his left but fails to reach to it as the ball races away.
  • 3.3 The batsman drives this through the covers.
  • 3.2 Flatter on middle, Guptill tries to drive it down the ground but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 3.1 Short and outside off, cut to point.
  • 2.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. 34/0
  • 2.5 SIX! All the way! Taylor dishes out a full ball on middle, just where Munro likes it. He sends it sailing over the long on fence where the man in the crowd drops it. A boundary has been hit in each over by the Kiwis.
  • 2.4 Full ball on middle, driven back towards the bowler, who gets a hand to it but can't stop the single.
  • 2.3 Just a single off the free hit! Good bowling by Taylor! Taylor bowls it slower on middle, Munro pulls it, along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • Free Hit coming up!
  • 2.3 NO BALL! Short and outside off, guided through point for a single. Oh wait! The replays seem to be touch and go as the foot looks just behind the line. Nevertheless it has been called and it is time for a Free Hit.
  • 2.2 Fuller in length on off, Munro shuffles in and whips it towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 2.1 Back of a length on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 1.6 Darts it on middle, Guptill pushes it to mid on to keep strike. Back-to-back expensive overs and New Zealand are off to a flier. 22/0
  • 1.5 The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.
  • 1.4 Shorter and quicker outside off, pushed towards wide mid off for a run.
  • 1.3 Fires it on off, Munro drives it down towards wide mid off for a run.
  • 1.2 In the air...but safe! Munro is lucky here. Badree, smartly, tosses it up outside off, Munro tries to go over mid off but gets an outside edge which lobs towards covers. There are shouts of catch it but it has enough to clear the two fielders converging after it. Two taken by the batsman.
  • 1.1 SIX! BANG! What a poor ball to start with! Badree bowls a half-tracker down the leg side. Munro has all the time in the word to rock back and dispatch it over fine leg for a maximum. The first off the game.
  • Samuel Badree will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 FOUR! A boundary to start the over and one to end it! Poor by Taylor, he errs in line and bowls it on the pads. Guptill won't miss out there. He flicks it through fine leg to fetch himself his second boundary. 10 runs from the first over. Ideal start for the Kiwis. 10/0
  • 0.5 Munro is off the mark! Taylor bowls a slower ball on off, Munro waits for it and strokes it towards wide mid off, off the back foot for a run.
  • 0.4 Comes around to the wicket to the left-hander as there is no swing available. Taylor bowls a full ball on off, Munro drives it firmly towards mid off.
  • 0.3 Angles it on middle, from wide of the crease. Guptill eases it towards wide mid on for a run.
  • 0.2 Pulls his length back on off, Guptill defends it solidly.
  • 0.1 FOUR! Guptill needs no sighters! What a shot! A brilliant start for him as this would give him great confidence. Taylor starts off with a full ball outside off, a half volley. Martin leans into it and strokes it beautifully through the covers to get off the mark in style.
  • We are all set to get underway. Bright sunshine welcomes us here at the Bay Oval. The umpires and the players make their way out to the middle. The dynamic duo of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will open the batting for the home side. For the Windies, Jerome Taylor will open the bowling. Here we go...
  • West Indies (Playing XI) - Chadwick Walton(wk), Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Rayad Emrit, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree.
  • New Zealand (Playing XI) - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Glenn Phillips(wk), Tom Bruce, Anaru Kitchen, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
  • TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and opt to bat first. Just one change for the hosts as Trent Boult comes in for Seth Rance. Whereas the Windies, have made two changes. Rayad Emrit will be making his T20I debut. He will be replacing Kesrick Williams. The other change is Jerome Taylor, who will come in place of Sheldon Cottrell.
  • The Windies on the other hand, would want the tour to end on a high. After losing 7 out of the 8 games played in this tour, they would be eager for a win today. Brathwaite would hope for his big guns to fire and help them avoid a clean sweep. The weather forecast for today is not great with rain expected throughout the day. Let us all keep our fingers crossed and hope we witness a full game of cricket. Stay tuned for the toss.
  • After rain played spoilsport in the second T20I, we now welcome you at the same venue for the third and final T20I between New Zealand and West Indies. Things just get keep getting better for the hosts as Trent Boult makes a return to the squad after missing the first two T20Is. This will bolster their bowling attack further. Their batting has been quite decent in the tour so far. Kane Williamson will hope for them to continue their dominance and not only clinch the series but go on top of the rankings in T20Is with a win here.
  • So that is it from this game! Another series lost for the Windies. They have lost 7 out of the 8 games played in this tour. They still have time now to regroup and get themselves ready for the World Cup Qualifiers. New Zealand on the other hand, look a very strong unit, especially at home. They will be focused and rearing to go against a Pakistan side which has also impressed one and many in the limited over format. It will be one cracking contest and the first ODI will be played at Basin Reserve on the 6th January 1100 local (2200 GMT previous day). Till then, take care and good bye!
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says, it has been a fantastic series. Admits the Windies are one of the top sides in the shortest format and hence it was a commendable performance by his team. Credits their batting and their bowling for the way they played. Feels the players who came in played their role selflessly. Ends by saying they have to now turn their focus onto the Pakistan team as they too are a very good side.
  • Windies skipper, Carlos Brathwaite says, they have had a chat about what went wrong. Feels the Munro innings took the game away from them. Adds that they could easily have been 160-odd for 4 but wanted to make a statement and went for the win. Unfortunately, he believes that led to their undoing and hence lost early wickets in the process. Further says they had plans for Munro but some did work and some did not. Admits they did make a lot of mistakes while bowling to Munro and he capitalized on them. Appreciates New Zealand as a team and feels they are a strong unit.
  • Colin Munro who is also the Man of the Series, has been interviewed again. He says he has found the formula which works for him. Informs he has been in and out of the squad and now wants to be a permanent. Reckons it was always about watching the ball and he does that now. Thanks New Zealand for helping his family to come here and watch the game. Feels they have played some good cricket throughout the summer. Says they have a good group of cricketers and hopes it helps them in the next World Cup. On being asked whether he believes in superstition and luck, he initially is blank. Then Craig Cummins reminds him that he does not change the shirt for the next game if he has scored a big one in the previous one. Aha... suddenly Munro remembers and says that he does not believe in those things but likes to wear the same shirt as a reminder and a memento.
  • Man of the Match, Colin Munro says, he was fortunate to get a few out of the middle of the bat. Mentions the way he and Guptill played today was outstanding. Further adds he goes out there and tries to play his shots from the first ball. States he tries to be aggressive and play his natural game. Admits he was pretty confident as he was hitting the ball well throughout the series. Informs he has worked a lot on his technique since the time he has been moved up the order in the white ball format. Ends by saying he targeted the mid-wicket and the cover region where only timing was required for the ball to sail over the fence.
  • The New Zealand bowling on the other hand, was brilliant right from the start. Tim Southee was their tormentor-in-chief with a three-fer. He was well supported by the rest as everyone except Santner was amongst the wickets. Stay tuned for the presentation in a while.
  • Clinical, a very clinical performance by New Zealand to cleansweep the Windies. To be honest the thrashing from Munro in the first innings took the game away from the away side. Chasing 244 was always going to be an uphill task and they got off to the worst starts possible. They lost both their openers in the first over and then were never able to take off. Fletcher did score an entertaining 46 but it was never going to be enough.
  • 16.3 OUT! In the air...taken! That is it. Southee has taken the last wicket and he finishes with three. He bowls a slower one on middle, Badree is early into the shot and he balloons it towards Bruce at long on who runs in, settles himself under it and takes an easy catch. All smiles on the faces of the New Zealand player as THEY HAVE WON BY 119 RUNS, THEIR BIGGEST EVER T20I WIN!
  • 16.2 Back of a length on off, defended towards covers for a run.
  • 16.1 A length ball on off, Nurse lunges forward and defends it.
  • Tim Southee is back on.
  • 15.6 Yorker but outside off, Nurse jams it out. 123/8
  • 15.5 Slower ball on off, Nurse waits for it and guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 15.4 Back of a length, angling away from the batsman. Badree tries to defend but gets an outside edge down to third man for a run.
  • 15.3 Short and outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • 15.2 FOUR! STREAKY! Full and outside off, swinging back in. Nurse slips as he tries to drive and gets an inside edge in the process which goes agonizingly close to the leg pole and down to fine leg.
  • 15.1 Length ball on off, Nurse pushes it towards mid off for no runs.
  • 14.6 A single to end the over! Nurse will keep strike as he drives it down to long on. 116/8
  • 14.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.4 Gives it air and bowls it full outside off, Nurse tries to drive it through covers but does not connect.
  • 14.3 Short and outside off, cut to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 14.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 14.1 Floats it on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 13.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 114/8
  • Samuel Badree is the last man in as Shai Hope wont be batting due to the injury he suffered in the first innings.
  • 13.5 OUT! A soft dismissal! Not the best ball Boult would have bowled but he won't mind. He bowls a full toss on off, Taylor is surprised by it. He tries to clip it but gets a top edge towards covers where Santner takes it easily. The Kiwis are one wicket away from a cleansweep.
  • 13.4 In the air...dropped! A very tough chance, a good effort by the keeper. Boult bowls it short on middle, Nurse tries to pull but gets a top edge which goes up in the air towards fine leg. The keeper calls for it and runs behind it, dives full stretch, gets a hand to it but can't hang on.
  • 13.3 A yorker on middle, kept out well by the batsman.
  • 13.2 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 13.1 Short outside off, Nurse tries tog big but only connects with thin air.
  • Trent Boult is back into the attack.
  • 12.6 SIX! Taylor is continuing to play his strokes! Sodhi bowls it slower on middle, Taylor tries to go across the line and connects well. The ball goes over mid-wicket for a biggie. 113/7
  • 12.5 Gives it air on off, Nurse lofts it towards wide long off for a run.
  • 12.4 BEATEN! Floats it on off, gets to to turn away. Nurse tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 12.3 Works it against the spin, on the leg side for a run.
  • 12.2 SIX! BANG! A brilliant way to get off the mark! Taylor sees a tossed up ball on off and lofts it over long off for a maximum.
  • Jerome Taylor strides out to the middle.
  • 12.1 OUT! Excellent review by New Zealand! Sodhi bowls it flatter on off and gets it to go on with the arm. Emrit gets into position early to play the sweep but misses. Sodhi makes a half-hearted appeal to which the umpire shakes his head. The ball rolls towards fine leg and the batsmen take a single. The umpire signals a leg bye and hence Williamson decides to review. Replays roll in and there is no Hot Spot or Snicko available. After looking at several replays, the umpire decides there is no bat or glove involved and Hawk Eye shows three reds. Emrit is giving his marching orders.
  • New Zealand have decided to take a review against Emirt for an LBW. Looks close if there is no glove or bat involved.
  • Ish Sodhi is back into the attack.
  • 11.6 Fuller on the stumps. Driven down to long on to keep strike. 99/6
  • 11.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 11.4 Works it with the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 11.3 An appeal but not given! Kitchen bowls an arm ball on middle, Nurse tries to flick but he seems to have missed it. The ball goes onto hit the front pad and the players appeal. The umpire shakes his head. Replays show there was an inside edge.
  • 11.2 Tosses it up on off, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 11.1 Fires it full on middle, Emrit walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 10.6 Bangs it in outside off, Nurse tries to pull but is beaten by pace. A good over by Boult. 94/6
  • 10.6 WIDE! A bumper again but this one bounces above the batsman's head and the umpire signals a wide.
  • 10.5 Shorter in length outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • Rayad Emrit walks out at no. 8.
  • 10.4 OUT! Brathwaite holes out! The change of end does it for Boult! He lands it on a length around off, Carlos tries to pull it over long on. He gets the elevation but not the distance. Bruce there, runs to his right and takes it reverse cup.
  • 10.3 Full and wide outside off, Brathwaite strokes it to covers.
  • 10.2 Short ball on middle, Nurse pull it towards deep mid-wicket. The batsmen run one but Carlos slips at the striker's end as he goes for the second and hence decides against it.
  • 10.1 Starts off with a full ball outside off, driven towards sweeper cover for a run.
  • Trent Boult is back into the attack. He was very expensive in is first over. He has changed ends though. Let us see if that can bring him some luck.
  • 9.6 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 154 needed now from 60 balls. 90/5
  • 9.5 Flatter on middle, Brathwaite defends it off the front foot.
  • 9.4 Works it with the angle on middle, worked to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 9.3 Darts it on off, guided towards short third man. Nurse did set off for a run but is sent back by his partner.
  • 9.3 Spears it full down the leg side. Nurse misses the sweep and it is wided.
  • 9.2 Fires it on off, Nurse pushes it to covers.
  • 9.1 A full toss but a fast one. Nurse might have been surprised by it as he pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Anaru Kitchen is back on.
  • 8.6 How did that miss the stumps? A straighter one around off, Brathwaite swings wildly but misses. The ball almost kisses the off pole as Phillips collects nicely. Another fine over from Sodhi. 2-0-9-1 so far. 87/5
  • 8.5 Full and down the leg side, Carlos looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 8.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 8.3 SIX! WHAM! He has picked the bones out of that! Dropped short on middle, Brathwaite rocks back and heaves it over mid-wicket for a massive biggie!
  • 8.2 Comes down the track and pats it towards cover for a quick single.
  • Ashley Nurse comes in at number 7, replacing Fletcher.
  • 8.1 OUT! Number 5 down. And possibly the best possible chance for Windies goes as well, if they ever had one. The googly around off, Fletcher swings wildly but misses. The ball spins in and hits the stumps. Fletcher trudges back. Such is the luck for the visitors that even a half century is denied for their batsmen. Unless someone else can get there.
  • 7.6 Almost a run out. Fletcher works this towards the leg side and sets off for a single. Santner quickly moves across and in motion, picks the ball up and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. One of the two batsmen would have been surely out. Instead, an overthrow results. 80/4
  • 7.5 Clips this through mid-wicket and gets a run.
  • 7.4 The batsman has done well to keep that yorker at bay. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 7.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 7.2 Gets across and finally manages to produce a fruit of his umpteenth attempt to work the ball to the leg side as a single results.
  • 7.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Mitchell Santner gets a change of ends.
  • 6.6 Full and down the leg side, swept straight to short fine leg. Just 2 runs from Sodhi's first over. 75/4
  • 6.5 Short and around middle, it is the googly but Andre does not pick it. Looks to cut and gets a bottom edge.
  • 6.4 A tad short around off, AF looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 6.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.2 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 6.1 A short ball on middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • More spin. Ish Sodhi to bowl his leggies.
  • 5.6 SIX! And again! Would you believe this? 73 runs in the Powerplay! But 4 wickets down. And Fletcher has scored 42 of the team runs. Full and outside off, Fletcher replicates his previous shot and gets one more over wide long off. 20 from that over and Anaru realizes quickly enough how cruel the game can be. Just have a look at his first over and then this one. Cooked up in the kitchen. 73/4
  • 5.5 SIX! Beautiful. Tossed up outside off, Fletcher goes leg side of the ball and lofts it inside out over wide long off for a maximum.
  • 5.4 Fired almost at the yorker length, Andre digs it out.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Fletcher is enjoying himself. The ball is flighted on middle, Fletcher swings this over mid on this time and gets a boundary.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Dropped short, pulled through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 5.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 4.6 FOUR! Lovely start to the innings. Full and outside off, Brathwaite leans and lofts this with pure timing over extra cover. One bounce and into the ropes at that unmanned region. 53/4
  • Carlos Brathwaite walks in now.
  • 4.5 OUT! Another one down and this is in the form of a run out. Fletcher cuts this towards point and Hetmyer calls for the single. However, in spite of being the caller, Shimron is very slow while Colin Munro is quick as lightning. Gets to the ball from backward point, swoops down like an eagle and throws the ball towards the keeper. Phillips gets in front of the stumps, collects the ball and disturbs the stumps. Hetmyer was not even in the frame.
  • 4.4 Outside off, Fletcher looks to cut but misses.
  • 4.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 4.2 SIX! Connects this well! Not the cleanest of shots though. Full on middle, Hetmyer comes down the track and has an ugly heave. The ball goes high in the air and Colin Munro at deep mid-wicket is interested in the catch but the wind just tips the ball over.
  • 4.1 Full and down the leg side, Hetmyer looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. The keeper comes rushing in as the ball lobs in the air but does not get to it. No wood involved anyways.
  • Spin from both ends. Mitchell Santner to become the second of the spin twins.
  • 3.6 Full on middle, driven back to the bowler. Good start for the youngster. Three dots, a wicket, a single and one boundary in the over. 42/3
  • Shimron Hetmyer walks in at number 5, replacing Powell.
  • 3.5 OUT! Maiden T20I wicket for Kitchen! Full and outside off, Powell wildly slogs across the line but mistimes it big time as the ball turns away. It takes the top edge and goes really high in the air but Kane Williamson at short cover keeps his eyes on the ball and takes a well-judged catch.
  • 3.4 FOUR! That is a hack. Gets to the pitch of the ball and heaves it behind square leg for a boundary.
  • 3.3 Pushes this down to long on and gets a single.
  • 3.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 3.1 Full on middle, Fletcher looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • Time for spin. Anaru Kitchen to bowl.
  • 2.6 FOUR! Very good batting. On a length, on middle and leg, swung through long leg for a boundary. 19 from the over, 36 off the last 2! 37/2
  • 2.5 Another short ball, pulled straight to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 2.4 SIX! That is a beautiful shot. Short and wide outside off, Fletcher leaps and upper cuts it over point and the ball sails beyond the ropes.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Banged in short now, pulled over mid-wicket for another boundary.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Down the leg side, flicked over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 2.1 Short and outside off, a mistimed punch is played towards point.
  • 1.6 Finally the over ends. Full and outside off, Powell swings hard but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 17 runs from the 10-ball over. 18/2
  • 1.5 FOUR! This is now banged in short and Powell pulls it over mid-wicket for another boundary!
  • 1.4 FOUR! A full toss on middle, Powell swings it and the ball goes off the inner half of the bat behind square leg for a boundary.
  • 1.4 WIDE. Similar ball, this time Rovman stays where he is and the ball is wided.
  • 1.4 ANOTHER NO BALL. On the Free Hit. Full and wide outside off, Powell cannot connect as he backs away a bit too soon.
  • FREE HIT time!!!
  • 1.4 NO BALL. Oversteps and bowls this on a yorker length outside off, dug out to the off side for a single.
  • 1.3 Full on middle, Andre swings this over mid-wicket and almost gets a boundary. But Bracewell manages to pull the ball back in and keeps the batsmen to a couple.
  • 1.3 WIDE. That has bounced out of nowhere. A short ball around middle, Fletcher just lets it sail over his head and Phillips has to leap to collect.
  • 1.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 1.1 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. Plenty of inswing visible.
  • Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Outside off, played straight to point. What an over from Southee - W, 0, 1, 0, W, 0. 1/2
  • Rovman Powell walks in at number 4, replacing Gayle.
  • 0.5 OUT! Good night. The game is over. Terrific bowling from Southee. He is yet to complete his first over but has already bagged two scalps. A brilliant short ball, around leg stump, Gayle is caught hopping as he looks to fend. He has his eyes closed and the ball goes off his gloves to the keeper behind. The Kiwis appeal while Southee does not even bother to turn back. But Gayle does not walk and now the umpire raises his finger. A 2-ball duck. End of the chase?
  • 0.4 Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • 0.3 On a good length outside off, Andre looks to defend but is squared up. Manages to push it away to third man to get the Windies on the board.
  • 0.2 Similar ball, full and wide outside off again, Fletcher plays a similar shot, but this is all along the ground enroute point.
  • Andre Fletcher comes in at number 3.
  • 0.1 OUT! Oh dear. Gone. First ball. Full and wide outside off, Walton reaches out and smashes it. Straight to cover. Munro takes it with ease. The Kiwis are pumped up and the Windies have begun badly with the bat as well.
  • The players are back! Here is Southee, there is Walton at strike while Gayle is at the non-striker's end. Can we have a good chase? Let's see,



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