West Indies vs. New Zealand, 1st T20: Analysis, Scorecard and Report

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2014

New Zealand beat the West Indies by 12 runs in the first T20 International. The Black Caps secured the win via the Duckworth/Lewis method, largely thanks to the way they limited their opponents' batting order in Dominica.

The Windies could only establish a modest score after New Zealand gave them the right to bat first. West Indies managed 132-8, thanks to the performances of Andre Fletcher and Darren Bravo.

The prolific pairing piled up 82 runs before Kieron Pollard took over. The big-hitting all-rounder smashed a late six.

However, Pollard's efforts were slightly overshadowed by the dismissal of captain Darren Sammy. The skipper was caught out following a poorly judged and reckless strike.

That was symptomatic of a West Indies batting attack that failed to really maximize its obvious talent and push home a commanding advantage. Too many batsmen were overly eager to chase runs even after making mediocre contact with the ball. Denesh Ramdin was run out thanks to this folly.

There were also too many smashers on display, even for a T20 format. Four West Indies batsmen were caught out after chancing a big swing.

It was mostly Trent Boult's steady bowling that tempted Windies' batsmen into those risky choices. He caught Fletcher, while Sammy was caught out from his delivery.

Boult even managed to thwart Lendl Simmons, forcing a leg before wicket (lbw). The fast-pitching lefty was chiefly responsible for stifling the Windies and slowing them down.

Boult was a key part of a bowling performance that gave New Zealand hope of overhauling their deficit.

Here's the full scorecard from Saturday's play, beginning with the Windies' batting effort:

West Indies Batting Scorecard
Dwayne SmithCaught by BJ WatlingTim Southee813
Lendl SimmonsLBWTrent Boult13
Andre FletcherCaught by Trent BoultIsh Sodhi5239
Darren BravoCaught by Luke RonchiCorey Anderson3028
Kieron PollardCaught by Corey AndersonTim Southee1616
Darren SammyCaught by Tim SoutheeTrent Boult104
Andre RussellCaught by Ross TaylorCorey Anderson15
Denesh RamdinRun Out11
Sunil NarineNot Out00

Fletcher certainly wasn't afraid to attack. Sadly, his accuracy was not shared by enough of his teammates. That meant the West Indies finished with a decent score, but it was one that should have been so much better.

Of course, part of the reason that score wasn't higher was the consistency of New Zealand's bowlers. Here is their scorecard:

New Zeland Bowling Scorecard
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Tim Southee402025.00
Trent Boult402827.00
Jimmy Neesham301404.67
Corey Anderson403228.00
Ish Sodhi3035111.67
Sky Sports

It was Boult and Anderson's fast pace that caused the most problems for the West Indies. Only Fletcher managed to stay composed enough to still craft good shots.

Boult and Anderson's efforts gave New Zealand a favourable target to overhaul. It was captain Brendon McCullum who did the most damage leading that charge, as the scorecard shows:

New Zealand Batting Scorecard
Kane WilliamsonCaught and Bowled by Darren SammyDarren Sammy1918
Jimmy NeeshamBowled by Krishmar SantokieKrishmar Santokie118
Brendon McCullumCaught by Dwayne SmithDarren Sammy4035
Ross TaylorNot Out2820
Corey AndersonCaught by Sunil NarineDarren Sammy159
Luke RonchiNot Out00
Sky Sports

Despite Sammy's best efforts, McCullum was just too strong. He smashed a quartet of deliveries to the boundary, including a trio of fours.

But McCullum wasn't the only heavy hitter who dented West Indies' hopes. Taylor blasted a pair of sixes, while Anderson quickly followed suit with one of his own.

With an achievable target in sight, New Zealand's batsmen were able to combine aggressive daring with steady efficiency. Once they had notched a quick and healthy score, they didn't need to chase runs in the reckless manner the West Indies had.

McCullum was the leader of this savvy approach, as Sky Sports noted:

New Zealand’s reply was led by their captain, Brendon McCullum, as he made 40 off 35 balls, including hitting three fours and a six. Cleverly he always made sure his team were ahead of the required rate should the game suddenly be halted, despite the fact they regularly lost wickets.

With five overs needed to make a match official they took left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie for 17 just before the cut-off point, then made sure they were never behind the par score from then on.

While Sammy and Krishmar Santokie tried to make things difficult, the medium-paced approach of their bowling gave New Zealand a chance to amass runs early. The Windies needed quicker delivery to force mistakes, but they never got it.

West Indies Bowling Scorecard
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Samuel Bardee301304.33
Krishmar Santokie2027113.50
Sunil Narine301906.33
Andre Russell2021010.50
Darren Sammy302237.33
Kieron Pollard201407.00
Sky Sports

On a day when rain forced delays, the Black Caps held their nerve to unsettle the West Indies. It was a disappointing defeat for the latter, who failed to make the most of their batting strength.

For New Zealand, the win was a tribute to the calm leadership of McCullum. He engineered a thoroughly professional win, based on discipline and patience.

Those qualities ultimately stifled the eager naivety the West Indies players displayed throughout, something this team must soon shed.


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