Friday 26 December 2008 

West Indies Prevail In Auckland Super Over

West Indies Prevail In Auckland Super Over
West Indies Prevail In Auckland Super Over
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For the second time in as many encounters the West Indies and New Zealand tied a
Twenty20 International in their opening match in Auckland.

Chris Gayle looked to have done enough with 67 to lead his team to victory but when he was out the team collapsed and in the end the two sides had to be separated by a one over shoot out, which the West Indies won by 10 runs.

Chasing 156 for victory, the West Indies made a positive start as their skipper
Chris Gayle smashed three fours in Tim Southee’s first over, two of them square cuts
and one straight down the ground, as the West Indies found themselves 19 for no loss
after two overs.

Kyle Mills provided New Zealand with a vital breakthrough when he had the dangerous
Shivnarine Chanderpaul caught and bowled for six to leave the West Indies 19 for one
in the third over.

Chanderpaul’s dismissal did not stop Gayle from batting in his usual aggressive way
as he smashed Southee for two sixes down the ground in one over, the West Indies' 50
was raised in the sixth over when Xavier Marshall worked Jacob Oram into the leg
side for a couple of runs.

Marshall became the second wicket to fall for the West Indies when he was bowled by
Daniel Vettori for 28 to leave the visitors 82 for two in the 10th over.

Gayle brought up his half-century with a four straight down the ground off the
bowling of Oram, and a couple of balls later he raised the West Indies' hundred with
a huge six over mid wicket.

It looked as though Gayle was going to take his team to victory however when he was
on 67 he holed out to Ross Taylor attempting another six and the West
Indies rather lost their way, needing seven for victory off the last over, they
could only manage six, therefore rendering the match a tie, and setting up the first
ever one over a side shoot out.

Gayle smashed 25 runs from the one Vettori over and New Zealand in reply despite a
six from Oram never looked like chasing down the runs falling 10 runs short.

Earlier, Ross Taylor (63) fell three runs short of the highest individual Twenty20 score for
New Zealand, but he helped his side reach a total on 155 for seven with some
explosive stroke play which included four sixes.

However, it was the visitors who got off to the brighter start, as the explosive
Brendon McCullum (14) was caught by Benn off the bowling of Lionel Baker, to leave
New Zealand 21 for one after three overs.

Jesse Ryder was in magnificent form for the Kiwis in their recent Test series
against Gayle’s men but he seemed unsettled at the crease in this Twenty20
fixture, and was dismissed for 12, clean bowled by Fidel Edwards to leave the hosts
tottering on 37 for two in the sixth over.

Experienced all-rounder Scott Styris replaced Ryder at the wicket, and the veteran
looked in an aggressive mood, smashing a six early in his innings, a few overs later
he then top edged Kieron Pollard over fine leg for six, but Pollard had his revenge
with his very next delivery at Styris (21) presented him with a simple return catch,
to leave New Zealand 70 for three in the tenth over.

After Styris’s demise Ross Taylor took on the mantle of being the aggressor for New
Zealand, as he smashed Pollard for a four down the ground and a six over mid wicket
off consecutive deliveries in the 12 over. The hosts hundred was raised with a wide
from Gayle in the 14th over, the momentum now appeared to be firmly with New

Jacob Oram (13) attempted to hit a huge six over extra cover but was brilliantly
caught on the boundary by Xavier Marshall. Oram’s dismissal gave Benn his first
wicket and left New Zealand 104 for four in the 15th over.

Taylor brought up his 50 off 43 balls in the 18th over, with a huge six over
midwicket off the bowling of Edwards, he followed this up with another maximum two
balls later. Taylor was eventually dismissed bowled by namesake Jerome for a
brilliantly made 63.

After Taylor’s dismissal the hosts struggled to maintain their momentum and lost
wickets at regular intervals finishing their 20 overs with a below par total of
155 for seven.

Aaron Kumar
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