West Indies vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008-09

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WI v NZ, 5th ODI, Napier: New Zealand claim ODI cricket series over Windies (NZ 2:1)

An opening batting blitz and timely rain gave New Zealand a nine-run victory in the winner-takes-all final one-day international against the West Indies at Napier Tuesday.
The stars of the game were West Indies captain Chris Gayle, who made 135, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul with 94, but the match and the series were decided by the weather and the Duckworth-Lewis system. New Zealand, chasing a target of 294, were behind on the calculations as the first drops of rain fell.
But they called an immediate power-play, during which Ross Taylor and Grant Elliot belted 21 runs in two overs before being forced from the field in the 35th over. New Zealand were then 211 for five, ahead of the required rate by nine runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The win gave New Zealand the ODI series 2-1 and snapped the tour deadlock. Both Tests were drawn and the two Twenty20 games resulted in a win apiece.
WI v NZ, 5th ODI, Napier: New Zealand 211-5 (35.0 overs) beat West Indies 293-9 (50.0 overs) by 9 runs (D/L)

WI v NZ, 4th ODI, Auckland: Rain hits series again (NZ 1:1)

Napier, weather permitting, will provide the winner of the rain-plagued New Zealand-West Indies One-Day International series, after the fourth game was declared a non-result in Auckland on Saturday.
The series stands at 1-1 after the first game, in Queenstown, was also abandoned.
The West Indies started their innings needing 276 to beat New Zealand which was superbly spear-headed by debut batsman Martin Guptill who achieved the second highest score in all ODIs for a debut player when finishing 122 not out. Only West Indian Desmond Haynes, who scored 148, had scored more.
As the second break, which looked more threatening, the tourists were 64 without loss with Gayle 46 not out off 37 balls while Sewnarine Chattergoon was 17 not out off 26 balls.
WI v NZ, 4th ODI, Auckland: New Zealand 275-4 v West Indies 64-0: No Result

WI v NZ, 3rd ODI, Wellington: New Zealand level ODI series (NZ 1:1)

Skipper Daniel Vettori took four cheap scalps as New Zealand crushed the West Indies by seven wickets to level the one-day series 1-1 on Wednesday.
Vettori finished with 4-20 from 10 overs in the third of the five-match series after the hosts skittled the West Indies for 128 in 41.4 overs at Westpac Stadium.
New Zealand initially stuttered in the run-chase, losing the wickets of Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder and Jamie How in the space of six runs to be 40 for three after 7.2 overs.
But Ross Taylor made an unbeaten 51 off 50 balls including five fours and three sixes, supported by Daniel Flynn's 23 not out in an 89-run partnership that propelled New Zealand to 129 in just 20.3 overs.
WI v NZ, 3rd ODI, Wellington: New Zealand 129-3 (20.3 overs) beat West Indies 128 (41.4 overs) by 7 wickets

WI v NZ, 2nd ODI, Christchurch: Windies scrape home in last-over thriller (WI 1:0)

A late batting onslaught by Ramnaresh Sarwan and Denesh Ramdin saw the West Indies snatch victory with one ball to spare in the one-day international against New Zealand at Christchurch on Saturday.
In a match reduced to 28 overs per side after a lengthy disruption due to thunder and hail, New Zealand made 152 for eight and under the Duckworth-Lewis system the West Indies were set a target of 158 to win.
Man-of-the-match Sarwan fittingly hit the winning run off the penultimate delivery to finish unbeaten on 67 off 65 balls while Ramdin was not out 28 from 18. For much of innings the target had seemed out of reach for the West Indies as New Zealand kept tight control in the field, wickets fell at regular intervals and the required run rate escalated.
Midway through the 23rd over, when Ramdin came to the crease at the fall of Kieron Pollard's wicket, they were 110 for five. With three overs remaining the West Indies still required 30 runs before Sarwan and Ramdin fully opened up, taking 12 off a Tim Southee over and then 14 off Jeetan Patel.
In a desperate final over, Ramdin took two off the first delivery bowled by Southee, and then he and Sarwan took singles off the fourth and fifth balls to seal the match.
WI v NZ, 2nd ODI, Christchurch: West Indies 158-5 (27.5 overs) beat New Zealand 152-8 (28.0 overs) by 5 wickets (D/L)

WI v NZ, 1st ODI, Queenstown: Rain washes out opening ODI

Bad weather has forced the opening one-day international between New Zealand and the West Indies to be abandoned in Queenstown.
Only 35.4 overs were possible before rain brought an early end to proceedings shortly before 3pm local time with the West Indies on 129 for five.
Rain had been a feature from the very start with the players called off the ground after the opening over, then again in the 14th before play was suspended for a third and final time midway through the 36th over. Xavier Marshall was unbeaten on 29 and wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin was on three when play was called off.
Ramnaresh Sarwan top scored with 38 for the tourists who were inserted in overcast conditions after New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori won the toss and opted to bowl first.
WI v NZ, 1st ODI, Queenstown: Match abandoned

WI v NZ, 2nd Twenty20, Hamilton: New Zealand beat West Indies by 36 runs

Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder put on 130 runs for the opening wicket to set up New Zealand’s 36-run win over the West Indies in the second Twenty20 international.
The win tied the two-match series 1-1 after the West Indies won the opener in a one-over eliminator after the teams were tied.
McCullum hit 59 from 34 balls with six fours and four sixes and Ryder had 62 from 41 balls with seven fours and three sixes as New Zealand reached 191-9 in 20 overs, its highest score in Twenty20 matches.
Daniel Vettori took 2-19 and Jeetan Patel 2-12 as New Zealand restricted the West Indies to 155-7 in their 20 overs in reply.
New Zealand’s win ended an eight-match losing streak in Twenty20 internationals and produced the first definitive result of the West Indies tour after both matches in the two-test series were drawn.
WI v NZ, 2nd Twenty20, Hamilton: New Zealand 191-9 (20 ovs) beat West Indies 155-7 (20 ovs) by 36 runs

WI v NZ, 1st Twenty20, Auckland: West Indies defeat New Zealand in Twenty20 clash

Chris Gayle's whirlwind display of hitting helped West Indies pull off a thrilling 15-run win in the first ever super over contest in an international twenty20.
Chasing 156 for victory, West Indies tied the scores at 155 off the last ball of their innings, to force the first one mandatory super over. Gayle then launched into Daniel Vettori taking 25 runs off the over before Sulieman Benn restricted the Kiwis to 15 for 2 in their over to give the Windies victory by 15 runs under the super over ruling.
Earlier, Ross Taylor slammed 63 from 50 deliveries as New Zealand posted 155 for 7 after electing to bat. Gayle was the most successful bowler with 2 for 16.
Captain Gayle then cracked 67 off 41 deliveries and Xavier Marshall 28 from 24 as West Indies tied the scores with 155 for 8. Daniel Vettori picked up 3 for 16 and Jeetan Patel 2 for 34.
WI v NZ, 1st Twenty20, Auckland: West Indies 155-8 (20 ovs) tied with New Zealand 155-7 (20 ovs) WI won by 10 runs in super-over

WI v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier: Gayle hits 197 as Napier Test ends in draw

A masterful 197 by Chris Gayle saved the West Indies and ensured a drawn series as New Zealand gave up their run chase Tuesday with nine overs remaining in the second cricket Test.
Facing a target of 312 in 60 overs, New Zealand passed the 200 mark with 16 overs left but dropped off the pace when Brendon McCullum, their last hard-hitting batsman, fell to a questionable dismissal. When captains Gayle and Daniel Vettori agreed to call the players in, New Zealand were 220 for five with Jesse Ryder not out on 59.
The result meant both Tests were drawn and ensured the West Indies remained at seven in the world rankings, one place ahead of New Zealand.
When the West Indies resumed the final day at 278 for seven New Zealand had visions of wrapping up the innings quickly but Gayle had other ideas. With stoic support from Edwards, they forged a 70-run partnership for the eighth wicket before Gayle's eight and a half hours at the crease ended in freakish circumstances.
He turned a loose delivery from off-spinner Patel down the leg side but the ball hit the foot of wicketkeeper McCullum and bounced up into his gloves.
When the West Indies innings ended at 375 just on lunch, New Zealand were left facing a mammoth 312 run chase in 60 overs.
WI v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier: New Zealand 371 & 220-5 drew with West Indies 307 & 375

WI v NZ, 1st Test, Dunedin: Rain ensures draw in Dunedin

The first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies has ended in a predictable draw after the final day was abandoned because of rain in Dunedin.
Weather has hampered the match from day one when bad light forced the players from the field early and they did not return again until midway through day three after heavy rain the previous day.
Only one full day's play has been possible at University Oval, the highlight of which was Jerome Taylor's maiden Test century on Sunday which helped the West Indies to 340 all out in reply to New Zealand's first inning total of 365. The hosts were set to resume on 44 for two in their second innings, a lead of 69 runs, with Tim McIntosh on 24 and Daniel Flynn on four. But the weather had the final say on Monday with play called off without a ball being bowled.
The teams now head to McLean Park in Napier for the final Test which is due to start on Friday.
WI v NZ, 1st Test, Dunedin: New Zealand 365 & 44 for 2 drew with West Indies 340

WI v Auckland, Warm-Up: West Indies accumulate batting time in Test warm-up

The West Indies warmed up for the first cricket Test against New Zealand with valuable time in the middle as their three-day match against Auckland ended in a draw.
After Auckland had declared at 587 for seven, the West Indies had reached 431 for seven when stumps were drawn.
It was never a realistic run chase and opener Sewnarine Chattergoon contented himself with a deliberate 93 off 247 balls, while Ramnaresh Sarwan top-scored with 158 before he retired.
After starting the final day at 82 without loss, the West Indies added eight runs before Xavier Marshall became the first wicket to fall, bowled by left-arm paceman Michael Bates for 47. As the tourists crept along at just more than two runs an over, Chattergoon and Sarwan put on 116 for the second wicket before Chattergoon's five hours at the crease ended when he was bowled by spinner Tarun Nethula.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul added 22 and Brendan Nash 23, but both would be disappointed they did not last longer in the middle, while wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was not out 37, including seven boundaries, at the close.
The first Test against New Zealand starts in the southern city of Dunedin on December 11.
Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.