West Indies v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Basseterre, St Kitts


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Jan 11, 2012
46 overs New Zealand 219/8 (N McCullum 39*, T Southee 0*) vs West Indies

New Zealand's struggling and inexperienced batting line-up got the gift of a pancake-flat track, a tiny ground where the longest boundary is 66m long, and the chance to bat first, but didn't profit from it too much as West Indies' bowlers struck three times and kept the run-rate reasonably low.

So far Rob Nicol was the only batsman to capitalise, as he made a brisk half-century after five successive ODI failures. Predictions of a six-fest looked good when Nicol effortlessly cleared the long-on boundary in the second over, and then swatted Andre Russell over mid-on for a boundary.

The benign nature of the track was highlighted as even Russell's shorter deliveries carried through to the keeper at only about waist height. However, Russell got one to nip in from outside off to have Martin Guptill, the most experienced of New Zealand's specialist batsmen, lbw.

Daniel Flynn, with a less-than-convincing ODI record (avg 15.38, strike-rate 61.53) coming into this match, had his best chance of making a case for being retained even when Brendon McCullum is picked for the next match. He started promisingly, with some fluent drives through the off side and a six over midwicket, but he threw it away by nicking a full and wide delivery to the keeper to be dismissed for 28.

More trouble followed for New Zealand as their captain, Kane Williamson, chopped an offspinner from Sunil Narine onto his stumps to be dismissed for 9. It was left to Nicol to power the innings and he did his best, reaching his fifty with his third six of the day. He will need support from the other end, though, as any total below 300 will not be safe against an explosive West Indies batting line-up.
New Zealand 249/9 after 50 overs.

(RJ Nicol 59, N McCullum 50).
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Never heard of him (Charles), looks like a decent bloke. Btw, where is Lendl Simmons these days?
Oh boy, bit short of first slip, Gayle played it with soft hands, West Indies 12-0 after second over.
Straight drive for :4

West Indies 19-0 after 3rd over.
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:out Perfect In-swinging yorker to Charles from Boult.
West Indies 19-1, another 231 runs required.
Silly batting from West Indies and some superb fielding from New Zealand, West Indies 52-4.
Say what you like about the NZ team, but they have the best ground fielders in the game. Best fielding ODI side. Some godlike reflexes.
good thumping win for the boys. odd choice nicol as motm though. nathan would have been my choice.