Stunning New Zealand Fightback Earns Seven-Run Win

Stunning New Zealand Fightback Earns Seven-Run Win
Stunning New Zealand Fightback Earns Seven-Run Win
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New Zealand 124-8 (Taylor 50, Benn 2-12) beat
West Indies 117 (Chanderpaul 53, Styris 4-18) beat
ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, Guyana

New Zealand made it two warm-up match wins out of two as they staged a remarkable recovery to beat the West Indies by seven runs in Guyana.

A 60-run partnership between Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram hauled New Zealand up to a score of 124 for eight, and despite the West Indies at one point being 86 for one in reply, they collapsed to be bowled out for 117, Scott Styris returning four for 18.

New Zealand were in trouble after choosing to bat first as Sulieman Benn, Ravi Rampaul and Darren Sammy picked up a brace of wickets apiece as the Black Caps fell to 37 for six.

Left-arm spinner Benn opened the bowling and picked up two for 12 while Rampaul returned two for 18 and Sammy two for 38 with Nikita Miller and Dwayne Bravo also taking a wicket.

Taylor then hit 50 in 35 balls, with four sixes, and Oram an unbeaten 46 in 40 balls with two maximums to give their bowlers something to bowl at.

Daniel Vettori was then savaged by West Indian openers Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle, who hit four huge sixes in his innings of 35 in 27 balls before he was bowled by Oram.

Chanderpaul continued on, reaching his half-century after Bravo was caught by Martin Guptill off of Styris for three and Styris took a second wicket when Ramnaresh Sarwan was bowled for one soon after.

Styris struck again when Narsingh Deonarine was caught by Oram for a duck and Shane Bond returned to the attack to have Chanderpaul caught in the deep for 53 in 47 balls to leave the West Indies at 98 for five and in some peril themselves and their situation was worsened when Sammy became Styris's fourth wicket, caught by Vettori for two.

They needed 16 to win from the final two overs and the penultimate over bowled by Vettori (2-46) brought the wickets of Denesh Ramdin (1) and Rampaul (0) and left the West Indies with 13 runs to win from the last over, bowled by Bond.

It proved to be a task too much for them as Miller was caught behind for four and Andre Fletcher was run out by Brendon McCullum for 15.

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