West Indies VS New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2024 Match 26 – FULL SCORECARD, COMMENTARY, SQUAD

West Indies beat New Zealand by 13 runs
02
nd Innings New Zealand
Right then, that will be it from us for this contest. We hope you enjoyed the coverage. The action continues at the T20 World Cup as Bangladesh takes on the Netherlands on June 13th at the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent. That game will start at 8 pm IST (2.30 pm GMT). But you can join early for all the build-up. Until then, take care and cheers!
The West Indies skipper, Rovman Powell says that he is very happy with the performance. Feels that individual brilliance is crucial on such surfaces. Adds that Sherfane Rutherford's knock gave them confidence and belief. States that they watched what the New Zealand bowlers did well and tried to replicate the hard lengths. Further says that the talk was to hit the hard length. Credits the bowlers for the way they bowled with the wet ball. Ends by saying that it was unfortunate that some of their batters could not get going, but he is glad to get the win.
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, says that it was a tricky surface and the bowlers did a good job. Lauds Sherfane Rutherford for his knock. Adds that that the batting depth was beneficial for West Indies and that they had some tough overs at the backend. Mentions that the wicket kept going up and down but the team did a fine job to adapt. Reckons that they tried to make the best of the preparation. Ends by sharing that they need to bounce back quickly in the last two games and take the learnings as they have to pick themselves and get back.
Sherfane Rutherford is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his rescue act with the bat. He starts by thanking the Almighty. Shares that even though he did not play for his Indian T20 League franchise, he was preparing there for this tournament. He says that it was about keeping things simple and backing his skills. Adds that he kept telling himself to take it deep. States he knew he could make it up in the end once he started to get into rhythm. Further says that he knew that New Zealand were 2 overs short and that if he stayed there, he could score maximum runs off those 2 overs. Hopes that the team can keep the momentum.
Time for the Presentation…
Earlier in the day, West Indies were sent into bat first and were reeling at 76 for 7 in the 13th over. Sherfane Rutherford scripted a comeback for the ages as he made handy partnerships with Russell, Hosein, and Shepherd to take his side out of troubled waters. Rutherford smashed an unbeaten 68 off just 39 and single-handedly took his side to a competitive score of 149. Trent Boult was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with three wickets while Southee and Ferguson snapped a couple. New Zealand started well with the ball but gave away plenty of runs at the backend and were never in the game with the bat. New Zealand have suffered back-to-back losses and will need a miracle to progress into the Super 8s. If Afghanistan win their next game against PNG, that will be the end of Super 8 stage qualification hopes for the Kiwis.
Defending the score, West Indian bowlers applied the pressure from the word go and never allowed the Black Caps to get easy runs. Akeal Hosein picked up the early wicket of Devon Conway after which Alzarri Joseph and Gudakesh Motie put a stranglehold on the Kiwi batting through the middle stages of the game. Alzarri Joseph with four and Gudakesh Motie with three were the stand-out bowlers for the Men in Maroon as they make it three out of three in the group stage with a game to go.
WEST INDIES ARE THROUGH TO THE SUPER 8 STAGE OF THE T20 WORLD CUP! An outstanding comeback from the West Indies sees them defeat New Zealand by 13 runs. Chasing 150 for the win, New Zealand lost Devon Conway early but Finn Allen stuck a few lusty blows and kept up with the required rate. The home side came back strong and had New Zealand reeling at 63 for 5 in the 11th over. Glenn Phillips with 40 off 33 tried hard but lacked the support from other batters. Mitchell Santner stuck three maximums in the final over but it was all too late for the Black Caps as they finished on 136 for 9.
19.6
1
Romario Shepherd to Mitchell Santner, Takes pace off again and outside off, Mitchell Santner reaches out and drags the pull to deep mid-wicket for just a single. West Indies win by 13 runs and have booked their place in the Super 8 stage. As for the New Zealand, they are all but out of the T20 World Cup.
19.5
Romario Shepherd to Mitchell Santner, Fuller and slower, outside off, Mitchell Santner swings to go big on the off side but gets undone by the lack of pace as the ball sneaks under the bat.
19.4
6
Romario Shepherd to Mitchell Santner, SIX! Launched down the ground! Romario Shepherd's confidence is taking a hit here. Into the wicket and angling in, over middle, Mitchell Santner stays still and lofts it straight over the bowler's head for the third maximum of the over. Had this six-hitting act come earlier, things would have panned out differently for New Zealand.
19.3
Romario Shepherd to Mitchell Santner, Slower and into the wicket, outside off, Mitchell Santner throws his hands at it but miscues the shot to mid-wicket. Three legal deliveries and West Indies will be home.
19.2
6
Romario Shepherd to Mitchell Santner, SIX! Back-to-back maximums for Mitchell Santner. Romario Shepherd bangs it away on a short of a good length, over middle and leg, Mitchell Santner stands tall and dispatches the pull over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
19.1
6
Romario Shepherd to Mitchell Santner, SIX! A half-volley and it gets the treatment. Romario Shepherd offers width on off, in the slot, Mitchell Santner stays low to make the connection and carves it over cover for a flat six.
Lockie Ferguson is the last batter for New Zealand. New Zealand need 33 runs off the final over. Romario Shepherd to bowl.
18.6
W
Andre Russell to Trent Boult, OUT! CAUGHT! Andre Russell strikes with the last ball of his spell. Six and out for Trent Boult. Stays over the wicket and hits a good length, on the off-stump line, Trent Boult stays deep in his crease and clears his front leg to go back over the bowler's head. Slices it towards short third where Roston Chase takes it safely.
18.5
6
Andre Russell to Trent Boult, SIX! Put away with disdain! Russell goes full but serves it right in the arc, on middle and leg, Trent Boult backs away and swipes across the line. Clears deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
18.4
1
Andre Russell to Mitchell Santner, Dishes it out on a fullish length, on off, Mitchell Santner scuffs his drive down to long off for a single.
18.3
Andre Russell to Mitchell Santner, Drags the length back and offers no pace whatsoever, on off, Mitchell Santner stays leg side and tries to punch it through the off side but the ball keeps a bit low and scoots under the bat.
18.2
1
Andre Russell to Trent Boult, Length delivery, on middle, Trent Boult clears his front leg and hacks it through mid-wicket for a single.
18.1
1
Andre Russell to Mitchell Santner, Leg bye! Serves it on a hard length, on leg, Mitchell Santner hops back and tries to work it away on the leg side. Gets beaten for pace as the ball zips through to hit him on the thigh. Andre Russell is the only one to go up in appeal but the ball clearly pitched outside leg.
17.6
Alzarri Joseph to Trent Boult, No hat-trick for Alzarri Joseph. Attacks the stumps with a good-length delivery, on middle, Trent Boult moves leg side and swings through the line but gets a thickish outside edge that flies down to deep third for one.
Trent Boult walks in to face the hat-trick ball.
17.5
W
Alzarri Joseph to Tim Southee, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Two in two for Alzarri Joseph and he is on a hat-trick now! Hurls it in on a length, just outside off, Tim Southee walks right across his stumps to access the leg side. He swings but gets a leading edge that goes straight up and behind the bowler. Joseph turns around and runs across to his right to take a well-judged catch. A golden duck for Tim Southee as the West Indies strengthen their grip on the game.
Tim Southee is in at 9.
17.4
W
Alzarri Joseph to Glenn Phillips, OUT! CAUGHT! Alzarri Joseph fights back and that should do it for the West Indies. Joseph responds by pulling his length back and bowls it over middle and leg, Glenn Phillips backs away and opens himself up to flat-bat this one down the ground. Gets rushed in his shot and fails to get any distance behind it. Rovman Powell runs in from long on to his right and takes a good catch.
17.3
4
Alzarri Joseph to Glenn Phillips, FOUR! And again! Angling in from over the wicket in the arc for the batter, on a nagging length, Glenn Phillips clears his front leg and swats it to the right of deep mid-wicket. One bounce and it goes over the ropes.
17.2
4
Alzarri Joseph to Glenn Phillips, FOUR! Smeared away! At the batter, on a length, Glenn Phillips stays low to make the connection and whips it past deep square leg for a boundary.
17.1
Alzarri Joseph to Glenn Phillips, This stays low as Joseph bangs into the wicket, on middle and leg, Glenn Phillips tries to go big on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
16.6
1
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, Very full and at the stumps, Glenn Phillips drives it down the deck. Andre Russell stretches to his right and keeps it down to one.
16.5
2
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, Sloppy from the West Indies! This is on a short of a good length, outside off, Glenn Phillips drills it from the crease to deep cover where Gudakesh Motie tidies it up but the throw comes at an awkward height to Andre Russell who fails to gather it and concedes an extra run.
16.4
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, Attacks the pads, on a nagging length, Glenn Phillips gets beaten for pace as the ball sneaks past the inside edge and hits him on the pads.
16.3
6
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, SIX! Gets enough on it! 10 runs off the first 3 balls. Is this the big over for New Zealand where the turnaround starts for them? Russell rolls his fingers over the ball and lands it on a good length, around off, Glenn Phillips holds his shape and tonks it over the leaping long on fielder for a maximum.
16.2
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, Serves it on a length, around off, Glenn Phillips extends his hands and firms the drive but it goes straight to extra cover.
16.1
4
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, FOUR! Good start to the over and New Zealand need more of these. Into the deck, on off, Glenn Phillips drags the pull off the front foot and gets it to the left of deep square leg for a boundary.
15.6
1
Alzarri Joseph to Glenn Phillips, Takes pace off slightly and goes full as well, on off, Glenn Phillips knocks it down to long on and keeps the strike with a single. Another miserly over from Joseph, a wicket and just the 2 runs off it. Glenn Phillips has to put his foot down now with the required rate now up to 15.75.
15.5
Alzarri Joseph to Glenn Phillips, Attacks the stumps at 136 kph and hits the bat extremely hard, on a good length, Glenn Phillips defends it on the off side.
15.4
1
Alzarri Joseph to Mitchell Santner, Angling away, on a short of a good length, outside off, Mitchell Santner frees his arms and smacks it on the bounce to cover where the fielder lets it through and concedes a single.
15.3
Alzarri Joseph to Mitchell Santner, On a shortish length again, on middle, Mitchell Santner gets on his toes but still gets this one off the splice of the bat. The ball rolls in front of point for a dot.
15.2
Alzarri Joseph to Mitchell Santner, Bangs it into the deck, on middle, Mitchell Santner hops back and pats it in front of point. A yes-no situation for the single between the two batters but in the end, they decide not to take the run.
Mitchell Santner walks to the crease.
15.1
W
Alzarri Joseph to James Neesham, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Instant impact for Alzarri Joseph on his return to the attack. Steams in from over the wicket and keeps it away from the reach of the batter as it goes across him. Full in length and near the tramline on off, James Neesham clears his front leg and reaches out to go back over the bowler's head. Skies it off the toe-end of the bat towards short mid off where Brandon King settles under it and takes a safe catch.
14.6
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, Hard-length, on the middle and leg. Glenn Phillips hangs back and defends it back toward the bowler.
14.5
1
Andre Russell to James Neesham, Slower length ball, on off. James Neesham drops into the off-side and takes a quick run.
14.4
1
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, Full-length, outside off. Driven to deep point for a single.
14.3
1
Andre Russell to James Neesham, Hard-length delivery on the middle and leg. James Neesham tucks it through mid-wicket for a single.
14.2
Andre Russell to James Neesham, Slower length ball, angling across the batter. James Neesham is deceived by the change of pace. Plays and misses at it.
14.1
1
Andre Russell to Glenn Phillips, Back of a length, around off. Glenn Phillips guides it past the backward point fielder for a single.
13.6
Romario Shepherd to James Neesham, Good length, outside off. Keeps a shade low. James Neesham flays and misses.
13.5
Romario Shepherd to James Neesham, On a length, around off. James Neesham dabs it to backward point.
13.4
1
Romario Shepherd to Glenn Phillips, Back of a length, outside off. Glenn Phillips punches it toward deep cover for a single.
13.3
Romario Shepherd to Glenn Phillips, Hard-length, on off. Glenn Phillips blocks into the off-side.
13.2
1
Romario Shepherd to James Neesham, Short of a length, angling in. Neesham gets behind the line and drops into the leg side.
13.1
6
Romario Shepherd to James Neesham, SIX! Through the hands and Neesham gets a maximum! Full-length, angling into the middle and leg stump line. Neesham flicks it aerially toward the deep backward square leg region. Johnson Charles runs around to take the catch but the ball goes through his hands and hits the cushion on the full.
12.6
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Flighted, full, on off. Glenn Phillips prods and drives it toward Gudakesh Motie. Four dots to end the over.
12.5
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Tossed up on off. Glenn Phillips comes forward and bunts it to Motie.
12.4
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Flatter, outside off. Glenn Phillips chops into the off-side.
12.3
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, A loud appeal for caught behind but the umpire is unmoved. Flatter, just outside off, keeps a shade low. Glenn Phillips plays and misses. Pooran thinks there is an inside edge and appeals for the catch. West Indies do not take the review and it proves to be a wise decision as UltraEdge shows no spike on it.
12.2
6
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, SIX! UP AND AWAY! Just what New Zealand and Glenn Phillips needed! Pitched full, on the middle and leg. Glenn Phillips gets under it and hits it with the wind. Connects well enough to clear the deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.
12.1
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Tossed up on off. Glenn Phillips prods and gets an inside edge that rolls into the leg side.
11.6
Roston Chase to James Neesham, Fired in on the pad. Neesham plays across the line and wears on the pad.
11.5
Roston Chase to James Neesham, Full, around off. Neesham advances and bunts it back at Chase.
11.4
1
Roston Chase to Glenn Phillips, Utter confusion between the New Zealand batters and West Indies have shelled a chance. Darted on the middle and leg. Glenn Phillips turns into the short leg region and looks to take the run. Neesham was not interested while Phillips was halfway down. Pooran quickly collects it and has a shy at the stumps at the batting end. He misses and the batters complete the run. He could have ran up to the stumps and also had the option of lobbing it towards Brandon King who was running in towards the stumps.
11.3
1
Roston Chase to James Neesham, Tossed up on the middle and leg. James Neesham turns it toward mid-wicket for a run.
11.2
1
Roston Chase to Glenn Phillips, Drifted on the pad. Glenn Phillips nudges it through backward square leg for one.
11.1
Roston Chase to Glenn Phillips, Flatter, at the stumps. Glenn Phillips defends into the leg side.
11.1
1
Roston Chase to Glenn Phillips, WIDE! Fires it down the leg. Glenn Phillips plays and misses. Wide to start for Chase.
James Neesham is in at number 7. Also, Roston Chase has been handed the ball now.
10.6
W
Gudakesh Motie to Daryl Mitchell, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Gudakesh Motie is pumped! Bowls it full, on the middle stump line and turns a tad after pitching. Mitchell looks to play straight and lift it over the bowler but is foxed by the spin as the ball clatters into the stumps. Motie gets his third. New Zealand are in trouble as half of their side is back into the hut.
10.5
1
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Tad short, outside off. Glenn Phillips cuts it to deep point for one.
10.4
2
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Full and quick outside off. Glenn Phillips drives it toward deep extra cover for a couple.
10.3
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Flat and quick at the stumps. Glenn Phillips stays back and dabs it to backward point.
10.2
1
Gudakesh Motie to Daryl Mitchell, Tossed up on the leg peg. Daryl Mitchell nudges it through mid-wicket for one.
10.1
1
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Pitched full, outside off. Glenn Phillips drives it to deep extra cover for a single.
Time for Drinks! New Zealand are struggling in the chase of 150. West Indies are well-ahead at this moment and will hope to keep chipping away with the wickets. New Zealand will need Phillips or Mitchell to step up and take the game deep for New Zealand to have a chance. A loss for the Kiwis will pretty much mean curtains to their T20 World Cup hopes. An exciting passage of play is upon us. Don't go anyhwere!
9.6
Akeal Hosein to Daryl Mitchell, Three dots on the trot by Akeal Hosein to finish his quota of 4 overs. Another tidy outing for Hosein as he finishes with figures of 4-0-21-1. Much quicker but the length stays full, on off and middle, Daryl Mitchell nails the reverse sweep but it goes straight to the man at backward point. At the halfway mark, New Zealand are 58/4.
9.5
Akeal Hosein to Daryl Mitchell, Darting in, a bit fuller and on off, Daryl Mitchell gets on the front foot and defends it on the off side.
9.4
Akeal Hosein to Daryl Mitchell, Drags the length back and it is quicker as well, on off, Daryl Mitchell waits on it and pats it back to the bowler.
9.3
1
Akeal Hosein to Glenn Phillips, Continues to bowl it full and at the stumps, Glenn Phillips drives it to the left of the bowler and gets to the other end.
9.2
1
Akeal Hosein to Daryl Mitchell, Tosses it up, drifting in and then spinning away, around off, Daryl Mitchell plays the line of the ball but gets an outside edge that rolls wide of point for a single.
9.1
1
Akeal Hosein to Glenn Phillips, Very full and on off, Glenn Phillips presses forward and knocks it down to long off for a single.
8.6
1
Gudakesh Motie to Glenn Phillips, Slanting in, full and on middle and leg, Glenn Phillips leans on it and works it past the diving mid-wicket fielder for a single to get off the mark. The required rate for New Zealand is inching close to 9.
Glenn Phillips comes out to bat now.
8.5
W
Gudakesh Motie to Rachin Ravindra, OUT! TAKEN! Rachin Ravindra could not have picked the fielder out there any better. Switches to over the wicket for the left-hander does Motie and fires it in, full and on the pads, Rachin Ravindra's eyes light up and he tries to make the most of this delivery sliding onto the pads. Rachin flicks it aerially but can't find the gap and ends up hitting it straight down the throat of the only man in the deep there. Andre Russell at deep mid-wicket does the rest.
8.4
1
Gudakesh Motie to Daryl Mitchell, Pushes it through, short and outside off, Daryl Mitchell shuffles across a bit and punches it through point for one.
8.3
2
Gudakesh Motie to Daryl Mitchell, Good running! Loops it up does Motie, on off, Daryl Mitchell uses his feet and works it in front of deep square leg with soft hands that allows him to come back for the second run.
8.2
Gudakesh Motie to Daryl Mitchell, Spears it in, on a nagging length, on off, Daryl Mitchell uses the depth of the crease and defends it out.
8.1
1
Gudakesh Motie to Rachin Ravindra, Floats it up, full and on middle, Rachin Ravindra clips it towards mid-wicket where Brandon King dives to his right and parries it away, allowing the batters to cross over.
7.6
Alzarri Joseph to Daryl Mitchell, Honing in, on the off-stump line, on a good length, Daryl Mitchell gets his bat out in front of the pads and defends solidly. A tidy over from Joseph.
7.5
1
Alzarri Joseph to Rachin Ravindra, Oh, that was risky! Rachin Ravindra would have been in trouble had the throw hit. Joseph bangs it on a hard length, on middle, Rachin Ravindra firms it off the back foot to mid off and sets off for the run. Rovman Powell swoops in and fires in a throw at the bowling end but misses.
7.4
2
Alzarri Joseph to Rachin Ravindra, Too straight, sliding on the hips, on a back of a length, Rachin Ravindra nudges it along the carpet nicely to the right of deep square leg for a couple of runs.
7.3
Alzarri Joseph to Rachin Ravindra, Coming back in a touch to the left-hander, on a back of a length, on middle, Rachin Ravindra punches it off the back foot to cover.
7.2
1
Alzarri Joseph to Daryl Mitchell, Angling in from over the wicket, on a shortish length, on middle, Daryl Mitchell tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
7.1
1
Alzarri Joseph to Rachin Ravindra, Lands it on a short of a good length, on middle and leg, Rachin Ravindra helps it down to deep backward square leg for one.
6.6
4
Gudakesh Motie to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! Roston Chase should have done better there. Bowls it full and at the stumps, Daryl Mitchell brings out the reverse sweep and plays it right in front of the stumps. Chase at backward point dives all over it and concedes a boundary.
6.5
2
Gudakesh Motie to Daryl Mitchell, Darts a fullish delivery in, on middle, Daryl Mitchell paddles it fine to the right of fine leg and comes back charging back for the second run.
Daryl Mitchell walks in at 5.
6.4
W
Gudakesh Motie to Kane Williamson, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Gudakesh Motie comes into the attack and gets the big fish! A massive blow to New Zealand. Comes from around the wicket for the right-hander and bowls it just short, just outside off, Kane Williamson makes room for himself as he looks to cut this one away. A bit of extra bounce and the ball spins away too. Gets an outside edge through to the keeper, Nicholas Pooran who has his gloves in the right position. The ball pops out of his gloves but Pooran takes it on the second attempt.
6.3
1
Gudakesh Motie to Rachin Ravindra, This goes straight on, on middle, on a nagging length, Rachin Ravindra punches it down to long on and gets to the other end.
6.2
2
Gudakesh Motie to Rachin Ravindra, Drops it short now and on middle, Rachin Ravindra goes on the back foot and pulls it to the left of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
6.1
Gudakesh Motie to Rachin Ravindra, Begins with a tossed up delivery and gets a good purchase off the surface as it spins back in, full and middle, Rachin Ravindra gets an inside edge onto the pads as he looks to flick.
5.6
1
Alzarri Joseph to Rachin Ravindra, Keeps hitting that hard length does Joseph, over off, Rachin Ravindra stays leg side of the ball and steers it down to deep third for one. At the end of the Powerplay, New Zealand are going run-a-ball at 36/2.
5.5
1
Alzarri Joseph to Kane Williamson, This is on a hard length, on off, Kane Williamson waits on it and plays it right under his eyes. Dabs it wide of a wide first slip for a quick single.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson walks in at 4.
5.4
W
Alzarri Joseph to Finn Allen, OUT! TAKEN THIS TIME! Andre Russell isn't going to drop those and Sherfane Rutherford will be a relieved man. Alzarri Joseph makes use of the surface as he bends his back and digs it in short. Directs it right at the batter at chest height. Finn Allen gets on his toes but gets cramped up for room and the ball gets big on him as he goes for the pull. It goes only as far as deep backward square leg where Andre Russell takes an easy catch.
5.3
Alzarri Joseph to Finn Allen, Too straight, on a shortish length, Finn Allen pulls it well but picks out the man at short fine leg. Joseph gets away with a poor delivery.
5.2
Alzarri Joseph to Finn Allen, Bangs it on a hard length, on middle, Finn Allen hangs back and stabs it down the deck.
5.1
2
Alzarri Joseph to Finn Allen, DROPPED! Sherfane Rutherford does all the hard work but puts it down! Alzarri Joseph steams in from over the wicket and angles it in, on off, on a length, holds up in the surface a bit, Finn Allen looks to work it across the line. Gets a leading edge that flies over the in-field. Sherfane Rutherford turns around and goes after it but overruns it and fails to hold on. How costly will this prove to be?
4.6
1
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Flatter, on off. Allen punches it to mid-off for a quick single.
4.5
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Arm ball, angling into the middle and leg. Allen hangs back and turns into the leg side.
4.4
4
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, FOUR! PUT AWAY! Fraction short, outside off. Allen goes back and forces the cut through the backward point region for a boundary.
4.3
1
Akeal Hosein to Rachin Ravindra, Flatter arm ball, at the stumps. Rachin Ravindra hangs back and punches it to long on for a single.
4.2
Akeal Hosein to Rachin Ravindra, Tad short, outside off. Rachin Ravindra chops it into the off-side.
4.1
1
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Flatter, and holds up in the surface, into the middle and leg. Allen stays back and knocks it uppishly toward long-on for one.
3.6
Andre Russell to Rachin Ravindra, Short of a length, on off. Rachin Ravindra is on his toes and blocks into the off-side.
3.5
1
Andre Russell to Finn Allen, Short of a good length, angling into middle and leg. Allen nudges into the leg side for a single.
3.4
Andre Russell to Finn Allen, Good comeback! Three dots in a row! Good length delivery, attacking the stumps. Allen defends it forward.
3.3
Andre Russell to Finn Allen, Back of a length, at the stumps. Finn Allen gets behind the line and blocks it under the eyes.
3.2
Andre Russell to Finn Allen, Full-length, on the middle and leg. Allen defends it toward silly mid-on.
3.1
4
Andre Russell to Finn Allen, FOUR! TOO EASY! Andre Russell is greeted with a boundary. Short of a length, angling down the leg. Finn Allen half-pulls it through backward square leg and it races to the boundary.
Rachin Ravindra comes in at number 3. A change in bowling as Andre Russell comes on to bowl.
2.6
W
Akeal Hosein to Devon Conway, OUT! CAUGHT! In the air and taken! Akeal Hosein draws first blood and a soft dismissal for Conway! Flatter, arm ball, on the middle and leg stump line. Conway gets low to sweep this away but gets a top edge that flies toward Roston Chase at the short fine leg region. He makes no mistake and New Zealand lose their first.
2.5
Akeal Hosein to Devon Conway, Tossed up on off. Conway defends it forward.
2.4
1
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Flatter and quicker at the stumps. Allen goes back and knocks it to long-on for one.
2.3
6
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, SIX! UP AND AWAY! Full on the middle and off-stump. Allen gets low and hits it with the angle. Connects well enough to clear the deep mid-wicket boundary for a maximum.
2.2
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Tad short, on off. Allen cuts it straight to the man at backward point.
2.1
1
Akeal Hosein to Devon Conway, Flatter, around off. Conway sweeps it to deep backward square leg for one.
1.6
Romario Shepherd to Finn Allen, Jaffa! Back of a length, just outside off. Finn Allen plays it inside the line and gets beaten on the edge.
1.6
1
Romario Shepherd to Finn Allen, WIDE! On a length, nipping away, outside off. Finn Allen flays and misses. Wided by the umpire.
1.5
Romario Shepherd to Finn Allen, Full-length outside off. Finn Allen looks to force it through covers but gets an inside edge onto the pitch.
1.4
1
Romario Shepherd to Devon Conway, Back of a length, jumps off a length, on off. Devon Conway is on the backfoot. Adjusts well to drop into the off-side off his glove for a run.
1.3
1
Romario Shepherd to Finn Allen, Pitched full, at the stumps. Allen prods forward and jams into the pitch. Conway calls for a quick single and Allen responds to it.
1.2
4
Romario Shepherd to Finn Allen, FOUR! Finn Allen is up and running! Short of a length, angling into the batter. Allen picks the length and pulls it towards the deep square leg region. One bounce and over the ropes.
1.1
1
Romario Shepherd to Devon Conway, Back of a length, attacking the stumps. Devon Conway stays back and turns into the leg side for one.
1.1
1
Romario Shepherd to Devon Conway, WIDE! Comes from round the wicket and bowls it on a length, angling down the leg. Devon Conway plays and misses. Wide to start for Romario Shepherd.
Who will bowl from the other end? It will be Romario Shepherd.
0.6
1
Akeal Hosein to Devon Conway, Drifting into the leg peg. Devon Conway stays back and nudges it through backward square leg for a run.
0.5
1
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Tad short, around off. Finn Allen goes back and pulls it to wide of long-on for a single.
0.4
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Flatter on off. Finn Allen comes forward and defends.
0.3
Akeal Hosein to Finn Allen, Arm ball, slanting in on off. Finn Allen goes back and keeps it out.
0.2
1
Akeal Hosein to Devon Conway, Tosses it full, outside off. Conway reaches for it and drives uppishly through covers for a single.
0.1
Akeal Hosein to Devon Conway, Akeal Hosein begins with a flatter delivery on the middle and leg. Devon Conway looks to play across the line and gets a thud on the thigh pad.
Ad
01
st Innings West Indies
Welcome back for the second essay. Rovman Powell leads his troops out to the middle and they are followed by the two Kiwi openers. It will be the left-hand right-hand combination of Devon Conway and Finn Allen to open the innings for New Zealand. West Indies are starting with spin in the form of Akeal Hosein. A slip in place. Let's play…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, the West Indies will be the happier of the two sides at the halfway mark, and they have momentum with them courtesy of the strong finish with the bat. On a surface that has been anything but true with variable bounce on offer, Rovman Powell will be confident enough that his bowlers can defend the total. New Zealand are right up against it in what is a virtual knockout game for them, and it will require a collective effort to get over the line. Back in a bit for the chase.
Sherfane Rutherford, the man of the moment, is up for a chat. He says that he is happy to get the opportunity and is pleased to contribute. Adds that playing the World Cup is a dream and he wants to contribute to the side. Shares that it was important to build small partnership and ends by mentioning that 149 is a great score on this wicket.
As for New Zealand, all the hard work got undone there towards the end, conceding 37 runs in the last couple of overs and that has resulted in a dramatic shift in momentum. As he has done so often, Trent Boult set things in motion with a wicket in his first over. New Zealand were able to build on that scalp as Tim Southee, who was brought into the side for this game, struck twice in his opening spell. Thereon, the Kiwis were able to exert pressure even after the Powerplay through Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham. Just as a partnership was threatening to flourish, Mitchell Santner helped them break the stand before Trent Boult got them a massive breakthrough, dismissing Andre Russell. However, the gamble to bowl their main bowlers out, leaving them to finish with Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner proved to be too costly.
TAKE A BOW, SHERFANE RUTHERFORD! A remarkable rescue act from the southpaw has allowed the West Indies to recover from 76-7 to end up with 149. However, the start was far from ideal for the co-hosts, as they were rocked early with the departure of Johnson Charles. Nicholas Pooran threw his bat around but not for long and from there, West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sherfane Rutherford and Akeal Hosein got together to steady the sinking ship and did a decent job. After Akeal fell, Andre Russell teed off from ball one but his stay was short-lived. Rutherford then joined hands with the lower order to provide the finishing kick. He was unfazed by the loss of wickets at the other end and turned the heat on in the last couple of overs. Rutherford took Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner apart and through a blistering 39-ball 68 has helped West Indies reach 149.
20
over
20 | 18 Runs | HH: 149/9
19.6
4
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, FOUR! BANG! 18 runs off the over and Sherfane Rutherford finishes in style! Short and wide outside off. Sherfane Rutherford cuts it aerially into the gap between deep cover-point and the long-off fielder for a boundary. West Indies finish on a competitive score of 149 for 9.
19.5
6
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, SIX! GOING, GOING, GONEEEE! Tosses it full, outside off. Sherfane Rutherford sits down and powers it over wide long-on boundary for a maximum. West Indies breach the 140-run mark.
19.4
2
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, In the air but safe! Full and quick, outside off. Sherfane Rutherford advances and lifts it toward the sweeper cover region for two more.
19.3
4
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, FOUR! LAUNCHED! Flatter, outside off. Sherfane Rutherford brings the forearms into play and thumps it toward the deep extra cover region. One bounce and over the ropes.
19.2
2
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, Short and wide outside off. Sherfane Rutherford stays back and cuts it toward deep backward point for a couple.
19.1
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, Flatter, outside off. Sherfane Rutherford pumps it to long-off but does not take the run.
Mitchell Santner will bowl the final over. Kane Williamson had the option of going with Glenn Phillips who will take the ball away from the left-hander, but instead, he has gone with Santner. A favourable match-up for Sherfane Rutherford. Can he take the West Indies past 140?
19
over
19 | 19 Runs | HH: 131/9
18.6
1
Daryl Mitchell to Sherfane Rutherford, Sherfane Rutherford gets to his FIFTY! A standing ovation from the crowd! Hard-length delivery, on middle. Sherfane Rutherford knocks it down to long-on for a single. Keeps the strike for the final over.
18.5
6
Daryl Mitchell to Sherfane Rutherford, SIX! BOOM! A third over in the over and best of the lot! Short of a length, on off. Sherfane Rutherford stays back and smacks it over long-leg boundary for half a dozen.
18.4
Daryl Mitchell to Sherfane Rutherford, Goes full, on the pad. Sherfane Rutherford looks to flick across the line but misses and wears on the pad.
18.3
6
Daryl Mitchell to Sherfane Rutherford, SIX MORE! HIGH AND HANDSOME! Pace-off, in the slot. Sherfane Rutherford picks it early and slams it deep into crowd over long-off for back to back maximums.
18.2
6
Daryl Mitchell to Sherfane Rutherford, SIX! TAKE THAT! Just what Sherfane Rutherford and West Indies need! Slower length ball, outside off. Sherfane Rutherford thumps it hard and over the long-off boundary for a powerful hit.
18.1
Daryl Mitchell to Sherfane Rutherford, Full-length delivery, outside off. Sherfane Rutherford drags it off the inner-half through mid-wicket. He denies the single.
18
over
18 | 5 Runs | HH: 112/9
17.6
Trent Boult to Gudakesh Motie, Back of a length, on middle and off. Gudakesh Motie hangs back and defends into the off-side.
Gudakesh Motie is the last man in for the West Indies.
17.5
W
Trent Boult to Alzarri Joseph, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Trent Boult finishes with three wickets! A touch fuller than a good length, angling into the middle and off-stump line. Alzarri Joseph looks to block this but the ball keeps low and cannons into the stumps. West Indies are in danger on batting out their overs. New Zealand right on top.
17.4
Trent Boult to Alzarri Joseph, Back of a length, angling in on off. Alzarri Joseph swats it to extra cover.
17.3
Trent Boult to Alzarri Joseph, Angling away, on a good length, outside off, Alzarri Joseph goes for the drive but the ball keeps low and sneaks under the bat.
17.2
4
Trent Boult to Alzarri Joseph, FOUR! Nicely done! Slower and short of a length, down the leg. Alzarri Joseph waits and helps it past the keeper, toward fine for a boundary. These are handy runs for the home side.
17.1
1
Trent Boult to Sherfane Rutherford, Short of length delivery. Rutherford mistimes the drive with one hand to long-on for a single.
17
over
17 | 4 Runs | HH: 107/8
16.6
1
Lockie Ferguson to Sherfane Rutherford, Hard-length, on the leg peg. Sherfane Rutherford knocks it toward mid-on for a single.
16.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Alzarri Joseph, Good length, on off. Keeps a shade low. Alzarri Joseph does well to bring his bat down, gets an inside edge toward square leg for a single.
16.4
1
Lockie Ferguson to Sherfane Rutherford, Slower and fuller, at the stumps. Sherfane Rutherford pushes it toward extra cover for a single.
16.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Alzarri Joseph, Pitched full, around off. Alzarri Joseph drives it uppishly through cover-point for one.
Alzarri Joseph is the new man in.
16.2
W
Lockie Ferguson to Romario Shepherd, OUT! LBW! Ferguson gets his second! Appeal and given! Good length delivery, angling into the middle stump line. Romario Shepherd stays back and looks to hack it across the line. He misses and gets pinned in front. The finger goes up. Romario Shepherd takes the review. The Ball Tracking shows Three Reds and Romario Shepherd is a goner! West Indies are eight down!
16.1
Lockie Ferguson to Romario Shepherd, Serves it full and outside off, takes the pace-off. Romario Shepherd waits and drills it straight to the extra cover fielder.
16
over
16 | 12 Runs | HH: 103/7
15.6
1
James Neesham to Romario Shepherd, Pace-off, on a fullish length, on the pad. Romario Shepherd flicks it uppishly through backward square leg for one.
15.5
1
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Pitched full, outside off, driven to sweeper cover for a single.
15.4
6
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, SIX! BANG! Sherfane Rutherford breaks the shackles with a maximum! Short of a length, angling down the leg. Sherfane Rutherford swivels and pulls it powerfully over long-leg for a biggie.
15.3
1
James Neesham to Romario Shepherd, Bowls it full, on the middle and leg. Romario Shepherd flicks it toward short fine leg for a run.
15.3
1
James Neesham to Romario Shepherd, WIDE! Slower bumper, down the leg. Romario Shepherd ducks under it and lets it go. Wide signaled by the umpire.
15.2
1
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Goes full, on the pads. Sherfane Rutherford whips it on the bounce to the man at deep square leg for one.
15.1
1
James Neesham to Romario Shepherd, Pitched full, on off. Romario Shepherd eases it through covers for a single.
15
over
15 | 10 Runs | HH: 91/7
14.6
1
Tim Southee to Romario Shepherd, Continues to bowl it into the wicket, over middle, Romario Shepherd swivels and pulls it in front of square on the leg side for a run.
14.5
1
Tim Southee to Sherfane Rutherford, Keeps it on a back of a length, on off, Sherfane Rutherford dabs it wide of point and gets to the other end.
14.4
Tim Southee to Sherfane Rutherford, Oh, that could have been risky! Angling in, on a nagging length, on off, Sherfane Rutherford chops it off from the crease in front of point where the fielder dives but misses the shy at the bowling end.
14.3
1
Tim Southee to Romario Shepherd, This is on a back of a length, on middle, Romario Shepherd nudges it off the back foot through mid-wicket for a run.
14.2
6
Tim Southee to Romario Shepherd, SIX! Just over! Too straight, on a short of a good length, at the hips, Romario Shepherd swings and gets enough bat on it to clear deep fine leg. Trent Boult there leaps but can only get fingertips to it.
14.1
1
Tim Southee to Sherfane Rutherford, Angling into the pads, on a length, Sherfane Rutherford turns it wide of mid-wicket and takes a single.
14
over
14 | 4 Runs | HH: 81/7
13.6
James Neesham to Romario Shepherd, Drags the length back and bowls it in the channel on off, Romario Shepherd tries to run it down to deep third but misses out.
13.5
1
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Lands it on a hard length, around off, Sherfane Rutherford pats it wide of backward point and dives to make the ground at the bowling end.
13.4
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Back of a length and it nips away off the deck, outside off, Sherfane Rutherford fiddles at the delivery and gets beaten on the outside edge.
13.3
2
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Full and going across, on off, Sherfane Rutherford drives it wide of deep cover for a couple of runs.
13.2
1
James Neesham to Romario Shepherd, Fuller and around off, Romario Shepherd works it in front of cover and gets to the other end.
13.1
James Neesham to Romario Shepherd, Comes back into the attack and goes full, on off, Romario Shepherd drives it in front of cover.
13
over
13 | 2 Runs | HH: 77/7
12.6
Trent Boult to Sherfane Rutherford, Hurls it closer to the off-stump line, on a good length, Sherfane Rutherford stays back in his crease and dabs it down to backward point.
12.5
1
Trent Boult to Romario Shepherd, At pace, on a hard length, on off, Romario Shepherd hops back and tucks it wide of square leg for a single to get off the mark.
12.4
Trent Boult to Romario Shepherd, Lands it on a shortish length, on off, Romario Shepherd is quick to duck and lets the ball go through to the keeper.
Romario Shepherd walks to the crease.
12.3
W
Trent Boult to Andre Russell, OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Trent Boult does what was asked of him! He removes Andre Russell and this is a body blow to the West Indies. Boult takes all the pace off and goes into the wicket, angling away from the batter, outside off, Andre Russell reaches out as he looks to flat bat it down the ground. Loses his shape and ends up slicing it towards short third where Lockie Ferguson takes an easy catch.
12.2
Trent Boult to Andre Russell, Angles it across the batter, on a back of a length, Andre Russell swings through the line but does not manage to get any bat on it.
12.1
1
Trent Boult to Sherfane Rutherford, Charges in from over the wicket and serves it on a length, on off, Sherfane Rutherford pushes it in front of extra cover for one.
12
over
12 | 17 Runs | HH: 75/6
11.6
4
Lockie Ferguson to Andre Russell, FOUR! Picks the gap to perfection. Just the over the West Indies were after, 17 runs off it. Ferguson drags his length back and bowls it around middle, Andre Russell opens up his front hip and drags the pull through square leg for a boundary.
11.5
6
Lockie Ferguson to Andre Russell, SIX! Andre Russell gets enough! Fuller in length and right in the hitting arc from Ferguson, on middle and leg, not quite from the middle of the bat but Andre Russell still manages to clear long on as he swats at it.
11.4
Lockie Ferguson to Andre Russell, Oh, that was not far away from the leg pole! Angling in, on a good length, around leg, Andre Russell clears his front leg and goes for a wild hack across the line but connects with thin air.
11.3
Lockie Ferguson to Andre Russell, Good sharp bumper! Bends his back and bangs it into the wicket, at the helmet of the batter, Andre Russell gets hurried but does well to duck and lets the ball go through to the keeper.
11.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Andre Russell, WIDE! Down leg again, on a back of a length, Andre Russell fails to help it away off his hips.
11.3
1
Lockie Ferguson to Andre Russell, WIDE! Slips it down leg, on a short of a good length, Andre Russell gets inside the line but misses the tickle. Wide given.
11.2
4
Lockie Ferguson to Andre Russell, FOUR! No sighters needed for Andre Russell. Ferguson tries to go full but ends up serving it right in the slot, on middle and leg, Andre Russell clears his front leg and tonks it back over the bowler's head for a boundary.
11.1
1
Lockie Ferguson to Sherfane Rutherford, Goes into the wicket, on off, Sherfane Rutherford gets on his toes and dabs it square to deep point for one.
Andre Russell comes out to bat now.
11
over
11 | 9 Runs | HH: 58/6
10.6
W
Mitchell Santner to Akeal Hosein, OUT! TAKEN! The bravery from Kane Williamson to bring a left-arm spinner against two left-handers gets rewarded. Santner attacks the stumps with a quicker delivery, on a nagging length, on middle, Akeal Hosein goes on the back foot to tuck it past mid-wicket. Fails to keep his shot along the ground and hits it straight to mid-wicket where James Neesham dives to his left and takes a good catch.
10.5
2
Mitchell Santner to Akeal Hosein, Slows it up nicely and keeps it full, on off, Akeal Hosein gets down and drags the shot to the left of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
10.4
Mitchell Santner to Akeal Hosein, Goes straight on and it is fuller as well, Akeal Hosein pushes it to the left of the bowler.
10.3
Mitchell Santner to Akeal Hosein, Gets a bit of extra bounce off a hard length, on off, Akeal Hosein nudges it off the back foot to mid-wicket.
10.2
1
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, Pushes it through, on a nagging length, on off, Sherfane Rutherford goes on the back foot and pulls it to wide long on for one.
10.1
6
Mitchell Santner to Sherfane Rutherford, SIX! Sherfane Rutherford greets Mitchell Santner with a maximum. Starts it short and turning in, on middle and leg, Sherfane Rutherford rocks on the back foot quickly and nails the pull flat and over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
Drinks break! A good little partnership is developing for West Indies on what has been a tricky surface so far with variable bounce. These two batters will be looking to knock it around before shifting gears in the back end of the innings and the Windies still have Andre Russell left in the shed. New Zealand have not given much away and must continue to hunt for wickets to keep the opposition to a manageable total. Mitchell Santner will bowl after the break.
10
over
10 | 2 Runs | HH: 49/5
9.6
James Neesham to Akeal Hosein, Bowls it on a length, just outside off. Hosein looks to block this one but the ball keeps low and misses everything.
9.5
James Neesham to Akeal Hosein, BEATEN! Lands in on a length and nips away, around off. Hosein has a poke at it and gets beaten on the outside edge.
9.4
James Neesham to Akeal Hosein, Slower length ball, angling into middle and off-stump line. Hosein plays all around it and gets deceived by lack of pace. Wears on the pad.
9.3
1
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Short of a length, angling in. Sherfane Rutherford miscues the pull toward long-on for a run.
9.2
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Lands it on a back of a length, on off, Sherfane Rutherford pushes it off the back foot to cover.
9.1
1
James Neesham to Akeal Hosein, Comes from over the wicket and angles it in, on a back of a length, on middle, Akeal Hosein tucks it throguh mid-wicket for a single.
9
over
9 | 11 Runs | HH: 47/5
8.6
1
Glenn Phillips to Akeal Hosein, Flatter, on the middle. Hosein stays back and punches it toward long-on for a single.
8.5
6
Glenn Phillips to Akeal Hosein, SIX! BOOM! Akeal Hosein hits a shot of authority! Floated, full, on off. Hosein makes room and slams it over long-off boundary for a biggie. A much-needed hit for the West Indies.
8.4
1
Glenn Phillips to Sherfane Rutherford, Pitched full, at the stumps. Rutherford eases it to long-on for a single.
8.3
2
Glenn Phillips to Sherfane Rutherford, LEG BYES! Low full toss, drifting down the leg. Rutherford turns it off his pad, toward fine leg for a couple of leg byes.
8.2
1
Glenn Phillips to Akeal Hosein, Tossed up on off. Hosein drives it uppishly toward long-off for a single.
8.1
Glenn Phillips to Akeal Hosein, Glenn Phillips bowls it full and at the stumps. Hosein jams it back to the bowler.
8
over
8 | 4 Runs | HH: 36/5
7.6
Lockie Ferguson to Sherfane Rutherford, Goes full, at the stumps. Rutherford bunts it back at the bowler.
7.5
1
Lockie Ferguson to Akeal Hosein, Hard-length, on the off and middle stump line. Hosein stays back and gets an inside edge through the backward square leg region for a streaky run.
7.4
2
Lockie Ferguson to Akeal Hosein, Pitched full, on off. Hosein drives it toward mid-off and a bit of fumble by the fielder allows the second run.
7.3
Lockie Ferguson to Akeal Hosein, Back of a length, on off. Hosein hangs back and blocks into the off-side.
7.2
Lockie Ferguson to Akeal Hosein, Hard-length, on the middle stump line. Hosein comes forward and wears it high on the pad.
7.1
1
Lockie Ferguson to Sherfane Rutherford, Back of a length, on off. Rutherford guides it to third man for a single.
7
over
7 | 9 Runs | HH: 32/5
6.6
1
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Short of a good length, outside off. Rutherford cuts it past the backward point fielder, toward deep third for a single.
6.5
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Good length delivery, angling in at the stumps. Rutherford comes forward and blocks it.
6.4
1
James Neesham to Akeal Hosein, Full-length, outside off. Akeal Hosein drives it uppishly to deep third for one.
6.3
W
James Neesham to Brandon King, SIX AND OUT! TAKEN! Neesham gets his man. This was on a length, close to the stumps. King looks to dab it down to third-man region but gets a faintest of edge through to the keeper. Devon Conway comes forward and hangs onto a low catch. West Indies slide further as half of their side is back into the pavilion.
6.2
6
James Neesham to Brandon King, SIX! UP AND AWAY! Neesham serves it full, around off. King picks it early and lofts it over the wide long-off boundary for a maximum.
6.1
1
James Neesham to Sherfane Rutherford, Pitched full, outside off. Rutherford drives it to sweeper cover for a single.
6
over
6 | 1 Runs | HH: 23/4
5.6
Tim Southee to Brandon King, Good length delivery, angling into the middle and leg stump line. King was a tad late on it as the ball hits the pad. Probably was going down the leg.
5.5
1
Tim Southee to Sherfane Rutherford, Back of a length on the leg stump. Rutherford helps it round the corner and gets off the mark with a single.
New Zealand are right on top here having four wickets so far. The decision to bowl first is turning out to be the right one for the Kiwis.
Sherfane Rutherford comes in now.
5.4
W
Tim Southee to Rovman Powell, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Southee gets his second and the West Indies skipper departs. On a length, around off. Powell stays back to guide it down but gets an edge that is neatly taken by Devon Conway behind the stumps. West Indies are in all sorts of trouble as the fourth one is back in the hut. New Zealand on top.
5.3
Tim Southee to Rovman Powell, Tight length, angling into the middle and leg. Powell comes forward and blocks into the leg side.
5.2
Tim Southee to Rovman Powell, Southee goes full, at the stumps. Powell defends it forward.
5.1
Tim Southee to Rovman Powell, This is on a hard length, on middle, Rovman Powell rides the bounce and nudges it to mid-wicket.
5
over
5 | 2 Runs | HH: 22/3
4.6
Lockie Ferguson to Brandon King, Lands it on a short length, around off, Brandon King goes after it but gets an inside edge that rolls down to short fine leg.
4.5
Lockie Ferguson to Brandon King, Nipping back in, on a short of a good length, on off, King gets hurried but covers the line of the ball well and defends it out on the off side.
4.4
1
Lockie Ferguson to Rovman Powell, Attacks the stumps again, on a nagging length, on middle, Rovman Powell rolls his wrists and tucks it through square leg for a single to get off the mark.
West Indies skipper, Rovman Powell comes next to the crease.
4.3
W
Lockie Ferguson to Roston Chase, OUT! GOES STRAIGHT UP AND TAKEN! Lockie Ferguson gets into the act now! Pace continues to do the trick here for New Zealand. Ferguson bends his back and digs it in short, on off, Roston Chase gets on his toes and tries to pull this one off the front foot. Plays it in front of his body and gets this one off the bottom half of the bat. It goes very high in the air but only as far as mid on where Rachin Ravindra takes a couple of steps back and takes it near his chest. A duck for Chase.
4.2
Lockie Ferguson to Roston Chase, Honing in at the stumps, on a good length, Roston Chase stays rooted in his crease and drives it off the inner half of the bat to mid on.
4.1
1
Lockie Ferguson to Brandon King, Rushes the batter up straight away. Starts off on a hard length, on off, Brandon King hops back to play at it but gets rushed and gets an inside edge that rolls to backward square leg for a single.
4
over
4 | 8 Runs | HH: 20/2
3.6
Tim Southee to Roston Chase, Goes full and straight, at the stumps, Roston Chase drives it but without much timing towards mid on. End of a successful over for Tim Southee and New Zealand.
Roston Chase walks in at 4.
3.5
W
Tim Southee to Nicholas Pooran, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Expertly held by Devon Conway and Tim Southee finally gets his man! Southee stays over the wicket and goes into the wicket, outside off, Nicholas Pooran waits back in his crease and frees his arms to go through the off side aerially. The ball slices up in the air behind the wicket where Devon Conway turns around and keeps his eyes on the ball all the way through. The ball swirls to his left at the last moment but Conway adjusts well and settles under the skier. Nicholas Pooran is made to wait as the third umpire checks if the ball deflected off the wire of the Spider Cam. After a couple of replays, the third umpire is happy with it and Pooran will have to continue walking. Huge wicket for the New Zealand and this is just the start they would have hoped for in a crunch game.
3.4
4
Tim Southee to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Gets it through! Slower and fuller, outside off, Nicholas Pooran reaches out as he crouches and drags the shot to the right of mid on for a boundary.
3.3
Tim Southee to Nicholas Pooran, DROPPED! Daryl Mitchell shells it! Straight in and out but that was hit really hard. Bowls it on a short of a good length, on off, Nicholas Pooran hangs back and smacks it right off the middle of the bat straight to cover where Daryl Mitchell is in really tight. It comes at a good height to him but the ball does not stick and pops out.
3.2
4
Tim Southee to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Flayed away! Southee drops it way too short and offers width as well, Nicholas Pooran frees his arms and slaps it over the in-field on the off side.
3.1
Tim Southee to Nicholas Pooran, On a length, on off. Pooran swings hard across the line but gets an inside edge that rolls toward the keeper.
3
over
3 | 9 Runs | HH: 12/1
2.6
1
Trent Boult to Nicholas Pooran, Pitched full, at the stumps. Pooran flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
2.5
1
Trent Boult to Brandon King, Serves it on a length, on middle and leg, Brandon King drills it down to mid on and gets to the other end quickly.
2.4
1
Trent Boult to Nicholas Pooran, Back of a length, outside off. Pooran hangs back and guides it to third man for a single.
2.3
2
Trent Boult to Nicholas Pooran, This is much fuller but straying on the pads, Nicholas Pooran swats it up and over mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
2.2
Trent Boult to Nicholas Pooran, Slanting in, on a length, on middle and leg, Nicholas Pooran goes for a heave across the line but gets beaten on the inside edge.
2.1
4
Trent Boult to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Not where he intended but Pooran will take it! Fuller and honing in at the stumps, Nicholas Pooran uses his feet and tries to turn it away on the leg side. Gets an outside edge that races down to deep third for a boundary.
2
over
2 | 2 Runs | HH: 3/1
1.6
Tim Southee to Brandon King, Lands it on a back of a length, on middle and leg, Brandon King misses out on the swipe and the ball brushes his thigh pad on the way to the keeper.
1.5
Tim Southee to Brandon King, This is on a short of a good length, on off, Brandon King punches it down to mid off.
1.4
1
Tim Southee to Nicholas Pooran, Dragged it on back onto the stumps nearly! Full and going across the batter, Nicholas Pooran goes for the drive but gets an inside edge that sneaks past the stumps and rolls behind square on the leg side for one.
1.3
Tim Southee to Nicholas Pooran, Angling away, on a length, outside off, Nicholas Pooran lets it go through to the keeper.
1.2
1
Tim Southee to Brandon King, Pitches it up and it is at the stumps, Brandon King pushes it in front of mid on and gets to the other end quickly.
1.1
Tim Southee to Brandon King, Beaten all ends up! Gets the ball to nip back in off the deck, on a hard length, on off, Brandon King plays inside the line of the ball and gets cut in half as the ball zips past the inside edge.
Nicholas Pooran walks in at 3. Tim Southee will steam in from the other end for New Zealand.
1
over
1 | 1 Runs | HH: 1/1
0.6
W
Trent Boult to Johnson Charles, OUT! DRAGGED ON! Angles it across the right-hander from over the wicket, on a length, outside off, Johnson Charles backs away as he moves to the leg side and shapes up to go down town. The ball keeps a bit low and catches the inside edge of the bat before crashing into the stumps. New Zealand strike early and it is Trent Boult who has so often do the job for the Kiwis.
0.5
Trent Boult to Johnson Charles, Drags his length back and bowls it in the channel on off, Johnson Charles is happy to let that one go.
0.4
Trent Boult to Johnson Charles, Play and a miss! Back of a length, angling across the batter. Johnson Charles has a feel for it and gets beaten on the edge.
0.3
Trent Boult to Johnson Charles, Tries to go full but slips in a low full toss, shaping in, on middle, Johnson Charles clips it neatly but straight to mid-wicket.
0.2
Trent Boult to Johnson Charles, Big swing and a miss! Angling away, on a good length, outside off, Johnson Charles clears his front leg and swings to go back over the bowler's head but connects with thin air.
0.1
1
Trent Boult to Brandon King, LEG BYE! Length delivery swings back into the pads. Brandon King plays all around it as the ball turns into the on side for a leg bye to start the game.
Done with the pre-match formalities. All set now. The players and umpires make their way to the middle. Brandon King and Johnson Charles will open for West Indies. It will be Trent Boult with the ball in hand for New Zealand. Let's play…
All in readiness now as the teams and match officials stride out for the National Anthems. We begin with the anthem of New Zealand followed by that of co-hosts, West Indies. Action is not far away.
PITCH REPORT – Simon Doull and Samuel Badree are near the deck. They reckon that some pockets are bigger with 65 metres and 67 metres square boundaries and a 74-metre hit straight down the ground. They further mention that there was torrential rainfall yesterday but the ground staff have done very well to get the ground in pristine shape. Share that it’s a recently re-laid surface and the average first innings score is 162. Reckon that there is patchiness on the surface and there might be variable bounce. They feel that West Indies will try to get around 180.
The skipper of the West Indies, Rovman Powell says that they would have bowled first as well. On not being able to practice due to the inclement weather, he says that he is okay with it as the guys in the team come on the back of a lot of cricket and rest is also important. Tells that they want to keep on improving in all 3 areas and there are a few boxes to be ticked in the batting department. Also says that they want to control their Powerplay bowling. Ends by informing that they are going with the same team as the last game.
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, says that they will have a bowl as there are a few unknowns in the surface. Adds that they haven’t had a lot of practice time with the weather around. Shares that it is about committing to their job and doing what they are good at. Ends by mentioning the three changes with James Neesham in for Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee in for Matt Henry, and Rachin Ravindra coming in for Mark Chapman.
New Zealand (Playing XI) – Finn Allen, Devon Conway (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra (In for Mark Chapman), James Neesham (In for Michael Bracewell), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (In for Matt Henry), Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
West Indies (Unchanged Playing XI) – Johnson Charles, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Roston Chase, Rovman Powell (C), Sherfane Rutherford, Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie.
TOSS – The coin toss lands in the favour of New Zealand and they have opted to BOWL first.
As for the 2022 semi-finalists, New Zealand, they have had a rocky start and are teetering on the edge of elimination early in the tournament. After looking disjointed as a unit in their opening match, it's now or never for the Kiwis to get their act together. Kane Williamson will need to lead from the front, supported by Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell in the batting lineup. The pace trio of Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Lockie Ferguson will play crucial roles, alongside spinner Mitchell Santner, as New Zealand fight to stay in contention. Will this high-pressure situation bring out the best in the Kiwis? Let's find out as we await the toss and team news.
The West Indies have launched their quest for a third Men's T20 World Cup title with two commanding victories. Now, the real test awaits as they face critical matches against New Zealand and Afghanistan. Their bowling unit, yet to face a stern challenge, will depend on performances from Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, and Alzarri Joseph. In the batting lineup, success lies with players like Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Johnson Charles, and Rovman Powell, while the explosive Andre Russell is ready to make his mark with both bat and ball.
Hello and a warm welcome, everyone! The 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup has arrived in Trinidad, and what a mouthwatering prospect we have in front of us as the West Indies take on New Zealand at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. A lot is riding on this game, more so for New Zealand with their tournament life on the line, and a defeat here will push them even closer to the exit door, whereas the West Indies can qualify for the Super 8 stage with a win.
… MATCH DAY …