About the Match
West Indies took a 1-0 lead against New Zealand by defeating the hosts in the 1st ODI of the 5-match series by 2 wickets with more than 22 overs to spare. They now play each other in the 2nd ODI on Dec 29 at Napier where the Kiwis will look to avenge their humiliation and level with the Windies. It was a sheer display of bravado as Darren Sammy steered the team to its first win of the tour. The upcoming match poses a huge challenge to the visitors and it will be interesting to see if they will continue on their winning momentum and maintain the lead or will the Kiwis bounce back and dominate once again.
Except for the McCullum brothers, the rest of the batting line-up crumbled and they were all-out for a lowly 156 runs in the 43rd over itself. While Brendon scored 51 off 57 balls, Nathan posted 47 runs off 64 deliveries; but with lack of support from other players, the duo couldn’t survive long and the rest of the batsmen gave up without any fight. Though McClenaghan made early in-roads into the West Indies batting order, taking 5 quick wickets while Mills and Neesham contributed by taking 3 wickets between them, the bowlers couldn’t stop Sammy from scoring the winning runs as early as the 28th over. It was a disappointing performance by the Kiwis and while the batting collapse will haunt the team for some time, they need to rise above their problems and give their best in the upcoming match on Sunday.
Rampaul and Holder demolished the Kiwis’ top order by taking 2 wickets each very early on in the 1st innings; Bravo continued with the destruction and ended up with a figure of 4-44 to restrict the opponents to a meagre 156 runs. The tight bowling gave a glimpse of the West Indies’ talent and capabilities, something that they had failed to show in this tour until now; the target was easily achievable and the batsmen delivered with the bat. Though the openers failed to score big runs and there were minor hiccups on the way, Simmons built the innings and posted 34 off 43 balls and later on Sammy took charge to post a brilliant unbeaten 43 runs off 27 deliveries that included 5 fours and 3 sixes to take the team towards its first win here. They wrapped up the match with 135 balls to spare and this much-needed win will surely boost the morale of the West Indies camp, instilling in them confidence to perform even better from now on. The side looks pumped up and are sure to come out all guns blazing in the next match.
With the first win to their name in the ODI series, the West Indies seem to be charged up with energy and confidence and are eager to win again; the Kiwis on the other hand were shocked with their poor performance and will be hungry to do well in the upcoming matches. Though the Windies have the psychological advantage, New Zealand looks better placed to win the 2nd ODI and level up with the visitors here.
New Zealand, 1.44 @ William Hill