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As it happened: New Zealand vs West Indies, 1st ODI


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext
Dec 26, 2013 at 01:51pm IST

(For ball-by-ball commentary of this match, scroll to the bottom of the page)

Toss: West Indies won the toss and opted to field.

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The West Indies have rejected any suggestion of a Test hangover going into the opening one-day international against a New Zealand side bolstered by the return of Jesse Ryder.

As it happened: New Zealand vs West Indies, 1st ODI

Darren Sammy scored an unbeaten 43 to help West Indies chase 157 in the 28th over with two wickets in hand.

Gayle remains sidelined with a hamstring injury while Ryder has been in devastating form in New Zealand domestic cricket ahead of his return to the international arena after a 22-month self-imposed exile.

Commentary (West Indies 1st Innings)

DARREN SAMMY has been named the Man Of The Match. That is all we have for you from here. The second ODI will be played on Sunday, 29th December, 2013 at 0100 GMT (0630 IST). Do join us for that game. Until then, on behalf of the commentators and scorers, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

What a game. Thrilling to no end. West Indies bundled out New Zealand for a paltry 156, but then stutter in the run chase. In both the innings, the bowlers were brilliant. The lower order did well for each side too, Nathan McCullum for the hosts, Sammy for the Windies. This win should bring a lot of smiles on the Caribbean faces. But they have a lot to address in terms of their batting. So do the Kiwis.

27.3 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, FOUR! WEST INDIES WIN BY 2 WICKETS! A short ball from McClenaghan again, Sammy murders it through mid-wicket for a boundary! 157/8

27.2 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, A full toss outside off, 128 kph, Sammy gets a bottom edge back to the bowler. 153/8

27.1 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, SIX! Boom! A short ball on middle and off, Sammy pulls it miles over mid-wicket! That should surely be the game for the West Indies, right? 153/8

SUNIL NARINE walks in.

26.6 J Neesham to J Holder, OUT! New Zealand still fighting. A short ball, down the leg side, 132 kph, Holder gets across and looks to tickle it fine but only succeeds in glancing it to the keeper! Is there still a twist left in this tale? 147/8

26.5 J Neesham to D Sammy, A long hop on middle, 133 kph, pulled straight to short mid-wicket for a single. 147/7

26.4 J Neesham to D Sammy, SIX! Lucky! West Indies will not mind! A short ball on middle, 133 kph, Sammy goes for the hook but gets a top edge which sails over the keeper! 146/7

26.3 J Neesham to D Sammy, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 140/7

26.3 J Neesham to D Sammy, WIDE! Slips this down the leg side, a crime at this stage! 140/7

26.2 J Neesham to D Sammy, NOT OUT. Height saves him! Good length delivery on middle, 134 kph, Sammy comes forward to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. New Zealand take a review but replays show umpire's call. 139/7

New Zealand have taken a review for an LBW appeal against Sammy.

26.1 J Neesham to D Sammy, FOUR! Clean again! Full outside off, 136 kph, Sammy leans and lofts it with finesse over covers! 139/7

25.6 M McClenaghan to J Holder, The batsman has been struck on the thigh-pad. 135/7

25.5 M McClenaghan to J Holder, FOUR! Crisp! Full outside off, 135 kph, Holder leans and drives it through the covers! 135/7

25.4 M McClenaghan to J Holder, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 131/7

25.3 M McClenaghan to J Holder, Played to the point region by the batsman. 131/7

25.2 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, A short ball on middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a single. 131/7

25.1 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, Good length delivery outside off, Sammy pushes but misses. 130/7

24.6 J Neesham to J Holder, Full and wide outside off, 136 kph, Holder plays a loose drive but misses. 130/7

24.5 J Neesham to D Sammy, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 130/7

24.4 J Neesham to D Sammy, A short ball outside off, 129 kph, Sammy goes for the hook but gets a bottom edge to slip. 129/7

24.3 J Neesham to D Sammy, A yorker on middle, well dug out. 129/7

24.2 J Neesham to J Holder, Full outside off, 136 kph, Holder drives it through the covers. Nathan McCullum displays excellent athleticism as he chases the ball down to save the boundary. Three runs taken. 129/7

24.1 J Neesham to D Sammy, A short ball on middle, 132 kph, tucked round the corner to fine leg for a single. 126/7

JAMES NEESHAM is back on.

23.6 M McClenaghan to J Holder, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. 125/7

23.5 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, A short ball, on middle, 136 kph, bludgeoned via a pull to deep mid-wicket. A single taken. 125/7

23.4 M McClenaghan to J Holder, Full outside off, 136 kph, Holder leans and drives this through the covers. Three runs are the result. 124/7

JASON HOLDER walks out.

23.3 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, OUT! That is a fine catch! Well, this match is swinging like a pendulum from one end to the other. A full ball outside off, 138 kph, Ramdin drives this through the covers but fails to keep it down. Brendon McCullum at short extra cover takes a smart low catch. MAIDEN 5-WICKET HAUL for McClenaghan! 121/7

23.2 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, FOUR LEG BYES! Useful runs! Slips this down the leg side, 135 kph, Ramdin misses his flick and the ball runs off his pads to the fine leg fence! 121/6

23.1 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, A bouncer, Ramdin ducks. 117/6

23.1 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, WIDE! One more extra, a wide, slipped down the leg side. New Zealand will feel the pinch now. The Windies are now back in this. 117/6

22.6 K Mills to D Sammy, Outside off, Sammy watches it through. 9 runs from the over. 116/6

22.5 K Mills to D Sammy, FOUR! Bludgeoned! West Indies are not done yet, Sammy is not done yet! Short outside off, 127 kph, Sammy slaps it wide of point for a boundary! 116/6

22.4 K Mills to D Sammy, Outside off, 125 kph, left alone. 112/6

22.3 K Mills to D Sammy, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 112/6

22.2 K Mills to D Sammy, FOUR! Excellent batting! Sammy gets another one in his zone and launches this cleanly over mid on! However, he gets more height than distance but because mid on was up, he got away with it. 112/6

22.1 K Mills to D Ramdin, Outside off, steered through point for a single. 108/6

21.6 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, A bouncer on middle, 137 kph, Sammy ducks. 107/6

21.5 M McClenaghan to D Sammy, SIX! Clean hitting! A length ball on middle, Sammy just places it straight back over the bowler's head! Amazing timing! 107/6

21.4 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, A short ball, Ramdin helps it down for a single. 101/6

21.3 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 100/6

21.2 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, Full outside off, Ramdin crashes this through the covers but Brendon McCullum pulls off a spectacular save with a dive. 100/6

21.1 M McClenaghan to D Ramdin, Starts off with a full ball on the pads, 128 kph, Ramdin cannot get it away, flicks it straight to the keeper. 100/6

Mitchell McClenaghan is back on.

20.6 K Mills to D Sammy, The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 100/6

20.5 K Mills to D Sammy, Outside off, 123 kph, left alone. 100/6

20.4 K Mills to D Sammy, Full outside off, 129 kph, driven straight to mid off. 100/6

20.3 K Mills to D Sammy, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails. 100/6

20.2 K Mills to D Sammy, FOUR! What a start! A low full toss outside off, 127 kph, Sammy leans and pushes this through the covers! 100 up for West Indies! 100/6

DARREN SAMMY walks out to bat. West Indies need 61 from 179 balls.

20.1 K Mills to N Deonarine, OUT! Bowled around his legs! Deonarine pays the price for shuffling far too across. Mills keeps the line straight, 127 kph, Deonarine misses his flick, Mills doesn't. New Zealand favourites now. 96/6

19.6 C Anderson to D Ramdin, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. 96/5

19.5 C Anderson to D Ramdin, Outside off, 130 kph, left alone. 96/5

19.4 C Anderson to N Deonarine, Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 96/5

19.3 C Anderson to N Deonarine, Full outside off, swinging away, Deonarine pushes meekly at it and gets a leading edge which does not carry to cover! 95/5

19.3 C Anderson to N Deonarine, WIDE! This is for height. A bouncer, Deonarine ducks. 95/5

19.2 C Anderson to N Deonarine, The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. No wide signalled. 94/5

19.1 C Anderson to N Deonarine, Full and on the pads, flicked straight to mid-wicket. 94/5

18.6 K Mills to D Ramdin, Good length delivery, watchfully defended. 94/5

18.5 K Mills to D Ramdin, Full and straight, watchfully defended. 94/5

18.4 K Mills to D Ramdin, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 94/5

Denesh Ramdin walks in.

18.3 K Mills to L Simmons, OUT! Wow. A brave decision. A fuller length delivery just outside off, Simmons pushes inside the line. The ball goes off the outside edge, straight but low to Ross Taylor at first slip who cups it. The Kiwis celebrate but the former captain is not too sure whether the ball carried. The umpires refer it upstairs and replays are not too convincing either. However, the third umpire rules it in favour of the fielder. 94/5

Is that taken? The umpires want to check the legality of a catch taken by Ross Taylor. The fielder himself is not sure.

18.2 K Mills to N Deonarine, Pushes this through point for a single. 94/4

18.1 K Mills to N Deonarine, Full outside off, 129 kph, driven straight to mid off. 93/4

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